Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse
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3.38/5 rDev -14%
Weirdly sharp mouthfeel. I thought it was just the carbonation, but there is something unusually acidic for such a dark roasted brew.
Some malty sweetness. Tannic with chocolate milk, old coffee, perfume. Dry, winey finish. Decent foam in the tall glass. From the 22 oz bottle.
08-20-2014 04:56:59 | More by mactrail
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
Split a bomber with friends. Nothing surprising about the appearance, big and black with a tan head. I really enjoyed this stout because it wasn't the usual thick, chewy stout. Instead it was a touch lighter, like an export stout should be, with two dominant characteristics: dry roasted black malts and sweet cocoa chocolate. Heck of a beer, checkthis out.
04-25-2010 19:58:00 | More by tempest
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Poured jet black with good carbonation that leaves a small tannish cap which quickly resedes leaving a mere bubble, small cap and zero lacing. Uncharacteristic of this style.
S: Deep roast, with coffee, light chocolate
T: First sip reveals deep roasted malt, coffee, good amount of bitterness lingers with a dash of chocolate. The finish is rather dry, light booze, more lingering cofee and bitterness.
M: Medium to full bodied, wl carbonated, big dry roastiness with coffee sit on the palate
O: Good. i can see why this one GABF medals.
10-10-2012 02:13:07 | More by barleywinefiend
3.1/5 rDev -21.1%
A 22 oz bomber from Tangfoot as part of the I Want That BIF.
A: The stout has a gloriously thick bubbly head that, like a decent stout, creates a cascading effect as the head settles out. The settling out process is slow, with the thick four finger head leaving a prodigious trail of lace. The stout is a standard, dark black stout color.
S: The nose has a roasted, burnt toast malt aroma that is nicely pepped up with a bitter hop element. The aroma conjures up the image of a Lion Stout ad, with chocolate and chile pepper notes.
T: The ale begins with the body of a stout, roasted with dark chocolate and burnt bread flavors, grainy without getting too intesnse. Layered atop the roasted body is a hop flavor that adds a citrusy flavor to the dark body. A funky aftertaste emerges, overtaking the hops and spoiling the taste.
M: The mouthfeel straddles the malt sweetness and hop bitterness line nicely, allowing both flavors to come through.
D: I split the bomber with my wife, it was okay but the aftertaste was a bit too much to take.
07-04-2007 01:37:42 | More by akorsak
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours like motor oil with a four finger tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and very heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts with a bitter chocolate flavor, some middle sweetness, finish has a slight bitterness. A decent stout. $3.25 for a 22oz bottle from John's Grocery Tigard, Or. Label puts the ABV at 7.0%.
07-29-2006 22:35:05 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.
Poured into a chalice a dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, my first from this brewery, thanks Brian.
06-03-2009 23:31:47 | More by Wasatch
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
08-20-2013 05:00:05 | More by superspak
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
On draft at Henry's 12th Street Tavern, Portland, Oregon.
Poured a deep black hue with a one and a half finger creamy dark tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a moderate cocoa aroma.
The taste consisted of soft chocolate malts, a mile rye spice, cafe au lait element and cocoa.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a touch of creaminess.
Overall a stout with good drinkability that could use a bit more black malt.
12-23-2009 21:33:23 | More by plaid75
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!
Pours a pretty opaque black, some dark reddish highlights but almost impossible to see through, very thick light brown head forms, slowly drops to a thick layer and ring leaving a ton of lace chunks stuck to the glass. Smell is nice, lightly lactic, lots of caramel, chocolate milk, very roasty, quite fruity, some vanilla, light orange peel, cherries, some coffee, pretty neat. Taste is similar, some lactic sourness, milky, chocolate, very roasty, some vanilla, fruity, more chocolate milk, pretty interesting stuff, lightly toasty, oaky in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty silky and smooth, some acidic roasty character. Pretty cool stuff! Thanks Russ!
05-16-2009 02:43:47 | More by Viggo
4.4/5 rDev +12%
A - jet diesel back with ruby highlights around the outside of the one-finger foamy head
S - roasted malts and a nice dark-bitter chocolate
T - great taste here. Chocolate dominates the taste profile, but in a good way because it lets other players: subtle hops and coffee enter periodically into the taste. Well done!
M - I was expecting the body to be thinner, but it was quite full for the style.
D - one of the most unexpectedly delicious pints I have had in awhile. At 7% it is just out sessionability, but I could myself having a pint whenever I see it on tap.
11-21-2011 20:29:27 | More by PEIhop
3.18/5 rDev -19.1%
Served Imperial pint glass. Poured a typical solid black, with over an inch of thick, tan head that had decent retention and OK lacing.
Nicely roasted scents greet the front of the nose and the expected solid malts fill the rest of aromatic aspects. The flavors were also just about what you expect from the style, nice roast, earthy malts and just a hint of mellow hops.
The body was about as full as you'd expect, smooth and not overly heavy. Drinkability was good, if you like the big stouts you'll drink a few of these. Overall, a good, solid example of the style, one that's certainly worth trying when you see it.
05-14-2012 01:50:21 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
Black with a tan head, good retention and lace.
Aroma of cafe mocha, brown sugar, black licorice, quite bready.
Pumpernickel rye bread, black strap molasses, piny resin, coffee, tobacco, salty black licorice, burnt caramel, solid (tar-like) bitterness, alcohol is subtle.
Body is rich and creamy, perhaps a little too full, but it is more of a protein shake than residual sweetness.
Certainly has a bit of domestic and PNW flavour (that you don't find in many export stouts), but it's one hell of a brew!
I'm glad they decided to export this to the foreign land of Canada!
05-01-2012 00:39:28 | More by Derek
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
22oz bomber, split, served as base for some experimental mussels
appearance: served in ommegang chalice, ebony body, light bubbly rim, some garnet hue
smell: smoke, roast, rye, cocoa
taste: dry, moderate roast, bitter cocoa, spicy rye, smoke, char, some light green hops, espresso. Not very memorable, but worked well with the shellfish
mouthfeel: uncharacteristically thin, creamy but lacking depth
overall: bizarre stout - quite drinkable but doesnt really fit the bill for the style
01-07-2012 04:43:45 | More by dirtylou
3.85/5 rDev -2%
650ml bomber poured into tulip 31/7/14
A black with a deep cola edge, two fingers of dark mocha foam sits around for half the glass but leaves zero lace
S coco powder, chocolate milk, fennel, root beer, nutmeg, faint smoke, raisins, a strange combo but it works
T more of the same with more earthy notes and the roasts darker, much like the nose but stronger
M not as thick as the color would let you believe but still far from thin, bubbles cream it up, a little grit left behind, coco and ash linger
O respectable beer and I'd believe it was under 5%, no problems taking down the bomber but not the richest stout I've had recently
worth a try but another one of those 10$ bombers that I doubt I'd buy again based on price alone
08-01-2014 04:41:41 | More by wordemupg
2.53/5 rDev -35.6%
Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter, the Black Bear XX is pitch black with a 1 finger dark tan creamy head that leaves thick bubbly lace and a hefty collar.
The aroma is pretty subdued, molasses and rye. It opens up and sweetens as it warms, reminiscent of sweet cream, but not appetizing to me for a stout. It also got a bit boozy towards the end, but again, sweet.
The taste is really not my cup of tea, maybe it's the rye, or the anise flavor that I can't ignore (and never like), but I will try to remain objective. It's fairly complex, and also includes the appropriate roastiness, with sweet milk, caramel, and some citrus flavoring hops as well as bittering on the finish. I'm not sure if it's the rye or what, but there is a sweet flavor that strikes me as a bit off, although this bottle is not that old, and has been well kept locally. I have another in the stash and I'll have to see if it smooths out with age or amplifies unfavorably.
The mouthfeel is pretty nice, matching the appearance as strong suits. It is not to heavy and really creamy and frothy in your mouth.
I didn't really care for the taste of this one, and by the end of the 2nd snifter from the bottle, I was pretty sick of it. It wasn't that heavy though though so if it's your thing, it's probably pretty drinkable. Just a bit to sweet for me. I'm compelled to try this on nitro at the brewery now that I live here, although I can't say I'm in a big hurry to do so. Hopefully it'll be more enjoyable and I'll re-review. Same goes for the bottle I'm cellaring.
03-31-2007 06:53:44 | More by ccrida
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: entirely black with a thin layer of frothy dark-tan foam. Pretty nice.
Smell: light roastiness which includes both chocolate and coffee notes. Quite pleasing.
Taste: light roastiness with a mild coffee character. A light tartness and mild bitterness are also present. Tasty enough, but kind of mild and boring.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a light carbonation. Decent.
Overall: a pretty mild export stout, but quite drinkable nonetheless. I would have this again.
04-01-2012 19:16:23 | More by flagmantho
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. Deep dark brown color with a reddish halo and a thick light tan head that dissipates steadily. Roasty aroma of coffee and malt. Medium-bodied and smooth with a rather sharp bitterness around the edges. The nitro smoothness seems to contradict the somewhat harsh acidity in the flavor. Malt and coffee flavors keep it from falling apart luckily. The finish is creamy with a bitter aftertaste. I would not go as far as to say the bottle had turned but something seemed a little off about this.
10-04-2006 18:10:51 | More by Dogbrick
4.85/5 rDev +23.4%
Comes out of the tap an opaque warm sable with a bubbly tan head like the fizz on freshly-poured cola. Rich aroma has strong molasses and mocha tones, and is somewhat sweet but not too sweet. Superb, smoky flavor has quality coffee, molasses, nutty and chocolate tones, and is very enjoyable. Thick, fairly fizzy texture has a powdery hint and leaves a fizzy, smoky finish.
07-09-2011 03:31:50 | More by Cyberkedi
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
On tap with dinner tonight. What a pleasant surprise.
Black with a dense, brown head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks pretty good. The nose is surprisingly good. Creamy chocolate, mild coffee, more cream and some rye spiciness, there's also some licorice present. The palate is a blend of cream, sweetness (more lactose than caramel) with creamy chocolate, a mild bitterness, a flavor that makes me think debittered malt, a little bit of rye spiciness. The licorice comes through on the mid palate. Not as roasty as I was expecting, but not surprising given the style. Sweet on the finish with lactose, chocolate, coffee and minimal bitterness, this beer is medium-light in body and has a wonderful, creamy carbonation. It really is nice on the palate. Yummy, I'd drink this again.
10-20-2012 04:47:20 | More by DefenCorps
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance This beer is black as night and has a beautiful nitro head. It comes up like Mt. St. Helens on a bad day and is very dark.
Smell This has a humongous nose. The dark, roasted malts are evenly mixed with some strong coffee grounds that are burnt to a crisp. I can catch some whiffs of dark chocolate as well and maybe some light brown sugar.
Taste The nose finds its way nicely into the taste. The malt flavors in particular are very rich and creamy. The chocolate came out strong on the tongue making this a very complex stout.
Mouthfeel This is medium-bodied and creamy with some good, strong bitterness. The nitro mouthfeel is glorious, of course, and combined with the bitter nature of the stout gives this one a terrific feel in between the cheeks.
Drinkability A high quality session stout? Yes, this does fit the bill. Its low ABV and smooth delivery can keep you going all night.
Comments I would have had to pretend to like it anyway since skyhand was sitting next to me and wouldnt shut up about how great it is, so it was a real bonus that I liked it so much.
09-27-2004 17:46:54 | More by RoyalT
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
Thanks to SeaBass for this one.
A: Pours deep black with a creamy brown head. Some light retention and spotty lace.
S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
T: Lots of roast, hints of smoke as well. Very subtle cafe mocha flavors. light hops in the finish.
M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.
D: Not great but solid.
02-28-2010 15:20:18 | More by tpd975
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.