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Hair Of The Bear - Mammoth Brewing Company

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HalfFull on 08-10-2008)
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Reviews by OStrungT:
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OStrungT

California

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

This beer pours a rusty orangish brown color, with a thin, light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer has a sweet caramel aroma. I get a sligtly nutty aroma as well. the alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.

This beer tastes like it smells, some sweet caramel with some nuttyness.

This beer is smooth. It leaves a sweet malty aftertaste.

I doubt this beer would make a great session beer. It is a bit high in alcohol.

Overall: I think this beer is a bit boring. It is pretty plain in both aroma and flavor. It isnt bad, I just think it could be more.

11-06-2011 00:08:02 | More by OStrungT
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magictrokini

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Real name is "Hair of the Bear." Poured clear brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, caramel, alcohol, and leather in the nose. Velvet mouthfeel. Smooth caramel and toffee taste dominate, with rosated malt, coffee, vanilla, and a brandy-like alcohol warmth and taste. This beer company is almost as good as the ski resort behind it.

12-10-2008 18:38:21 | More by magictrokini
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Had a pint at Slocum's in Mammoth for $8.50. While the 9% alcohol was hidden, this beer was disappointingly simple. There was a big chocolate taste followed by a sweet cherry candy note. Yeah, it was a little bready and if I really searched I could get a touch of caramel and toffee, but this was a two-tone beer for the most part. Maybe a year or two would aging would add some depth.

09-04-2010 03:20:51 | More by tempest
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HalfFull

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a deep amber/mahogany red into a pint glass, and mostly clear. Yields a half inch head with some big bubbles which sheds quickly to a scattered lacing and a thin surface cap.

Aromas of coffee and a hint of chocolate, some bready malts/earthy hops and a sweet caramel nose after some settling.

Tastes of dark roasted malts yet without the alcohol present in the nose. A light malt structure with light carbonation without any bitterness on the finish.

Nice moderately chewy finish yet not too sweet, and drinkability is good thanks to the balance offered by the malt structure and carbonation. Aside of the nose, the alcohol is relatively muted and hidden with this beer.

08-10-2008 06:36:39 | More by HalfFull
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Served from bottle into a sampler mason jar glass. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wheat, and very slight banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight hop, wheat, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was not a bad Doppelbock. Not that great either... It was nicely balanced however and had a good aroma, but that is where it ends. This is worth trying at least once, but that might would be it for myself.

01-12-2011 18:23:34 | More by thagr81us
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nightwing002

California

3.25/5  rDev -11%

02-21-2012 00:00:49 | More by nightwing002
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Swamper

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Dark with finger width off white/cream color head. Smoky nose with plum hints confirmed in the first sip.
Taste is of tar/smoke and plum with majority of the sweetness coming across as carmel.
Surprisingly light mouthfeel makes it a fairly easy drinker for a 9%er

01-07-2011 19:02:32 | More by Swamper
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blincoln

California

2.38/5  rDev -34.8%

Appearance: Dark carmel brown with a thin layer of coffee colored head. Head dissipates very quickly with no lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts and nuts with a tinge of sourness to it. Hint of chocolate.

Taste: Not a real rich beer. Bready with malts and roasted nuts. An ever-so-small hint of chocolate. 9% alcohol is masked well behind the blandness. More smell than taste.

Palette: Very light with almost no carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Compared to the Death Valley and Grand Canyon beers, this one was a disappointment. I'm hoping the other Mammoth Brewing Co beers are better, but Hair of the Bear has dashed my hopes. Its rather bland and simple with nothing really separating it from any other average doppel bock.

08-18-2011 02:30:16 | More by blincoln
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JustinQ

California

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-10-2012 23:20:40 | More by JustinQ
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charlzm

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Consumed June 2nd, 2010 from a Triple Petrus snifter/tulip, served at 55 degrees F. Bottle purchased at the brewery May 28th 2010 and kept refrigerated until consumed.

Beer is a clear caramel brown that, despite the brewery's warnings to the contrary, developed a nice two-finger tan/light brown head at my approx 1500' elevation.

Nice but perhaps bordering on a style-inappropriate caramel aroma with notes of honey.

Flavor is thick and sweet but not cloying. The dark roasted malts verge on porterlike. Traces of honey. Mildly spicy on finish with very low bitterness. Alcohol notable but not objectionable in flavor.

Slightly thick in the mouth. Adequately carbonated to offset the mouthfeel and sweetness.

A bit too sweet for a whole bomber solo, IMHO. May have too much chocolate and caramel for the style, but tastes good all the same.

06-05-2010 04:15:42 | More by charlzm
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-07-2011 08:20:28 | More by drewone
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

A: The pour is a dark amber color, almost brown, with a thin off-white head to go with it.

S: Smells surprisingly good for a Mammoth beer. Cherries, plums, raisins, and maybe a couple other fruit notes are present along with some caramel and toffee. Maybe a bit on the roasty side for a doppelbock, though.

T: Some earthy hops to go along with the sweetness. Quite heavy on the toasted malts, but still sweet. Brown sugar, toffee, hearty bread, and quite a bit of cherry. It is decently bitter, come to think of it.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is low to medium.

D: Nothing terribly exciting, but this is incredibly good for a Mammoth beer. I don't know if I'd have it again, but if forced to drink something from them, this would probably be it.

01-10-2011 21:12:08 | More by womencantsail
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flexabull

California

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

Pours a bright, dark amber/brown color with a small off white head.

Aromas are nice. Cocoa, chocolate, toast, and some nuttiness as well.

Taste is clean and full flavored. Lots of creamy malts, some cocoa, nuts, and toast. Finish is crisp, with a nice slight alcohol and hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel is very nice, very full without being thick.

This beer was a pleasant surprise, it is a very tasty and well made Doppelbock. Drinks surprisingly easy for a 9% ABV beer.

09-05-2010 03:54:27 | More by flexabull
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Liana

California

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

03-16-2013 00:38:15 | More by Liana
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NickRivers

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

A&S - Pours a deep red with a one finger tan head. Tons of cherries on the nose with a smokey chocolate finish, not to much hops or alcohol.

T&M - Starts off with notes of chocolate, bread, and mostly cherries and slowly but surely turns to a earth hop infused nutty flavor with a smokey finish, nice medium/heavy body with not to much burning alcohol like other DBs.

O - A very good beer, just not my style.

My fourth Mammoth Brewing beer, which ended up being around 4/4, every brew was solid for its style and seem to feel true to Mammoth and the surrounding areas. This beer is sure to please anyone who loves a sweet and fruity beer. For me, it was just too much, it was great overall but I just didn't seem to be in the mood, which comes up a lot for this brewery, I feel the beers were crafted so that they could be appreciated at the brewery or in the village as apposed to bringing them home and enjoying them in a different environment. The 395 IPA was very piney and full of local juniper and sage which thrives throughout the area. I gave it a reasonable even though I didn't fully enjoy it. If your in the area pick it up, hopefully you'll have better luck. Stay thirsty my friends.

06-28-2011 05:54:41 | More by NickRivers
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

Source/Serving: 750mL bottle

S: Day-old brown bread with dried cherries and plums, spirit-like alcohol warming. Fruitiness is quite light and hints at raspberries, apple, and pear.

T: Very smooth maltiness that’s got a lot of black fruit and a touch of golden biscuit breadiness but is only slightly sweet up front. A touch dry in the middle with bread crust and brown sugar piercing through the continued fruitiness. Fruits are rich and smooth with a lot of plum-wine character. Fairly refined since its not sweet. No hop character, but it a touch tannic/grainy/minerally. Full-bodied, average for the style. Finish has a nice light sherry note and is pleasantly warming with the faintest hint of herbal/floral noble hops to complement the fruit.

Notes: As mentioned by others, a decent beer that’s just a bit plain and one-dimensional.

12-11-2011 21:51:38 | More by 4000qtrap
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Skeeze

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-01-2013 22:59:48 | More by Skeeze
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kmt314


4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

08-27-2012 19:44:57 | More by kmt314
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-11-2011 19:17:41 | More by mhaugo
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outlaw1323

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-22-2012 22:51:24 | More by outlaw1323
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kyager2000

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

05-04-2012 00:23:48 | More by kyager2000
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

Appearance: Pours a burnished chestnut with a finger's worth of head that leaves quite a few strands behind; good retention

Smell: Burnt brown sugar, caramel, plums and figs, with a hint of chocolate

Taste: Caramel and plums, with subtle undertones of fig flavor; no real flavor progression

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but rather flabby, despite the attractive head/lacing

Overall: A rather run of the mill version of the style; nothing wrong with it (other than the mouthfeel) but just not that memorable

11-15-2011 01:31:33 | More by brentk56
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shade13


3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-25-2012 21:02:36 | More by shade13
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illidurit

California

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle courtesy SamGamgee. Pours a clear light brown with a thin ecru head. Aromas of fresh bread, coffee, and overripe fruit. Flavor is caramel, bread, coffee, light roast, dark fruit, slight vegetal note, no alcohol taste. On the thin side for a doppelbock. Not bad, not great.

01-10-2010 22:47:48 | More by illidurit
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-10-2013 16:24:03 | More by harpus
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Hair Of The Bear from Mammoth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.