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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | 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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CWVegas

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-03-2013 02:44:47 | More by CWVegas
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

notes to myself -

bomber is sweeter than on tap. bottle is wonderfully chocolate stouty yumminess. tap was good, also (f/stop on 6/15/13), but a bit more cocoa than chocolate in the flavor, and a bit drier on the finish . . . not worse, just different.

06-20-2013 06:05:57 | More by lighthabit
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-16-2013 04:30:39 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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egrace84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-16-2013 02:50:59 | More by egrace84
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dsn1600

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-06-2013 01:19:37 | More by dsn1600
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev 0%

Alameda Brewing 'Black Bear XX Stout' @ 7.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a medium size tan head , leaving a spotty lace along the pint glass

S-chocolate , dark fruit , also some pine hops

T-rich smooth and creamy tasting with enough hop in the back to balance this brew

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium to full bodied

Ov-ok/good bear , err beer , yes I'd buy again

prost LampertLand

05-27-2013 03:48:17 | More by LampertLand
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HKUSPC40

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-13-2013 08:31:31 | More by HKUSPC40
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Kyroqz

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-13-2013 06:17:04 | More by Kyroqz
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sharpski

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-11-2013 20:20:40 | More by sharpski
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MADPolo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-07-2013 17:19:07 | More by MADPolo
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elektronen

Montana

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-26-2013 04:44:06 | More by elektronen
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured black with frothy mocha head that left some splashy lace

S- Dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt. Very balanced and pleasant aroma for a stout

T- Big bittersweet and chocolate chip flavors, blackberry and dark fruits, roasted coffee, light vanilla, and light vinegar notes. Incredibly complex stout with all the flavors I love in a stout, very balanced flavor profile

M- Very creamy and smooth, dry, medium body. Really nice silky mouthfeel and incredibly easy to drink

O- One of the best stouts I have had in the past year. Reminds me a lot of favorite, Lion Stout. I love the blackberry/dark fruit flavors I am getting out of this that compliment the chocolate and roasted notes.

04-25-2013 03:33:30 | More by Hoptometrist
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ronbo5421

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-23-2013 03:26:11 | More by ronbo5421
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WalterHeisenberg

New Mexico

4.81/5  rDev +22.4%

Aggressive pour into pint glass
A: Dark black coffee colored with thick espresso colored head nice lacing. Great head retention.Looks like an espresso!Looks just awesom!
S: Dark roasted caramel malty bready chocolate coffee. Smells as great as it looks!
T: Coffee caramel malted bitter cherry cholocate then bready malty then coffee very slight hop bitterness.All balanced super well. Tasty tasty. No hint of the 7% whatsoever ever!
M: Smoothsilky smooth.Thick and syrupy
O: A very tasty treat. Super rich Malty but not too sweet not bitter at all . Usually dont like overly sweet beer.being a hop head. Looks tastes smells just great. Really balanced no booze at all. Top notch Stout.Grab one quick if you can.

04-15-2013 00:38:11 | More by WalterHeisenberg
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vcoggins

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-11-2013 13:08:15 | More by vcoggins
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-09-2013 13:13:38 | More by 604growler
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spedprof

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-25-2013 22:07:59 | More by spedprof
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rfreed

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-17-2013 22:20:59 | More by rfreed
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tehmogue

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-16-2013 14:00:11 | More by tehmogue
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-03-2013 00:57:01 | More by nmann08
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Slammy

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%

Just bought this 22 oz. bottle at Whole Foods in Portland, Oregon for $3.99.

A: Noticeably syrupy as it is being poured out of the bottle, this deep, molasses colored stout is entirely opaque. The rich tan head was quite minimal - one cm at best - and foreshadowed an underwhelming experience. At 7 percent ABV, I was expecting a fuller head that lasted longer. This one, however, dissipated within 20 seconds. Lacing was minimal throughout the drinking, which, after seeing the pour, I was not surprised.

S - This was definitely the weak point of the beer as there was little aroma to discern. I got some nuttiness and a hint of alcohol, but - probably due to the lack of head (perhaps this is just a bad bottle?) - there was so little for my olfactory system to interpret.

T - The taste made me somewhat forget the underwhelming aromas. I was able to detect light hints of pistacho and molasses, the latter of which was surprisingly light.

M - This is definitely a creamy beer. After quick carbonation on the tip of my tongue, the beer was very smooth and syrupy, which was not unexpected after watching the pour. This aspect, to me, was the highlight of the beer.

O - Well, I can't say that I was thrilled with the beer, but I would drink it again. I'm guessing that it would be better on tap, which I will try the next time I am close to the brewery. Hopefully, it will be a better experience.

Edit: I just noticed the bottle date was VERY recent (12/21/12). Perhaps this beer would do better with some aging.

02-21-2013 21:44:24 | More by Slammy
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fivetime

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-18-2013 17:12:07 | More by fivetime
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Birdlegs

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-08-2013 09:30:01 | More by Birdlegs
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london1o1

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-24-2013 04:49:52 | More by london1o1
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leedorham

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-21-2013 16:34:26 | More by leedorham
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.