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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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very good

205 Ratings

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Smooth, rich and creamy. Rye malt blends with roast and chocolate malts to create a new and delicious stout profile, balanced with soft and velvety hops. This northwest original is poured using the traditional nitrogen dispensing method, so it may take an extra minute to arrive, but the wait is worth it. The Black Bear won the Gold Medal at the 2003 GABF in the foreign-style stout category."

6.8% ABV 50 IBU

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 02-20-2004)
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Photo of BastardKing24
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love trying new breweries and this is my first for Alameda. This could be a make or break for trying more of their beers.

Pours a very dark black with a big mocha head that sticks around for a bit and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is Coffee and chocolate with more dark roasty malt notes. A hint of fruit in there as well, cherry and plum.

Taste is very coffee like, with molasses, chocolate, bitter hops, and a lingering creaminess that is wonderful. It starts velvety with the cocoa and coffee, and then continues with a medium hop aspect that doesn't last, and then more coffee and toffee, malty in the end.

Mouthfeel is velvety, with medium carbonation.

Overall I like this and think I will try more from Alameda.

BastardKing24, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

powdersoldier, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Kuaff
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I drank this stout at cellar temperature, in a snifter.

Named after the black bear, this is, appropriately, a black beer. And it's got a beautifully billowy beige head (two fingers high) that leaves flawless lacing as it recedes. Real pretty-like.

The aroma is a womp of chocolate milk, dark cocoa, and coffee. Traditional, straight-forward stout notes, burly in all the right places. Though there might also be a little pine and citrus mixed in, kind of like a black IPA.

All of that chocolate and ceffee fills the flavor big-time, with some great earthiness in the aftertaste. The middle is a bit tart in the way some stouts are.

It's pretty well-carbonated, maybe slightly too much. But it's a minor gripe, really.

I'd recommend anyone who likes stouts meet this bear.

Kuaff, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Greels
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Greels, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of RHVC59
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

RHVC59, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of AnEscapedMind
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

AnEscapedMind, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of TaraBrynn
3/5  rDev -23.7%

TaraBrynn, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of HappyPappy2X
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Very dark beer with mild sized head. Coffee crema colored head.

Smell: Slightly sweet, grassy aroma, very mild-smelling.

Taste: Thin and cloying, rather than 'rich and creamy' as advertising states.

Mouthfeel: Light. Is not creamy as description and nice head would seem to promise.

Overall: Doesn't match Stout elements for style. More of a dark cascadian IPA. Very light mouthfeel and heavy hops bittering throws one off from thinking Stout.

HappyPappy2X, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of hopspiller
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

hopspiller, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Kylemif
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Kylemif, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of KlayWey
1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

KlayWey, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of wchasse222
4/5  rDev +1.8%

wchasse222, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

thinwhiteduke, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Ciocanelu, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of brinkdeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

brinkdeer, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Braz
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at Top Foods.
Looks very appealing. Dark rich brown/black, with a sudsy tan head. Aromatics are roasted yet there is some sweetness that comes through. Taste is also roasted and coffee like. Kind of dry. I can taste the rye a bit and there is a woodsy character to it. The feel is very velvety, smooth and creamy. Overall I enjoyed this and would have again when in the mood for this style.

Braz, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of quetzal013
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

quetzal013, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, toast, dark bread, floral, light pine, light rye, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, coffee, toast, dark bread, light rye, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount or roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, coffee, toast, dark bread, light rye, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a fair amount of hop balance; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent foreign stout. All around great balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Aug 20, 2013
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

BESTIALEX, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

fizzyted, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

CWVegas, Jul 03, 2013
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.