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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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Liana

California

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

03-16-2013 00:38:15 | More by Liana
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kmt314


4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big ol' brown bomber w/o a freshness date.
"Hair of the Bear Doppelbock: Brewer's Reserve"

A: A nice red-brownish tint. Very clear lager with great carbonation.

S: Caramel notes to this roasted malt bomb in a bottle.

T: A delicious doppelbock: perhaps the best non-German one I've had the pleasure of tasting. Sweet malts dominate, but as should be there is a modicum of balance thanks to the hops.

M: Cloying and chewy. This is where the 9% abv shines through...at first.

D: This is nearly a "triplebock". While the alcohol is barely detectable in the taste, it certainly announces its presence as the glass becomes half-empty.

On a side-note, I drank this while eating a Reblochon with olive bread. What a pairing! Doppelbocks love hard, nutty cheeses but they also love Reblochon...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 04:11:21 | More by johnnieoz
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flexabull

California

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 03:54:27 | More by flexabull
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flannelman808

California

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brownish red color with a light tan colored head. Retention is lacking some but the lacing is pretty good.

S: Lots of malty chocolaty spicy notes going on. Smells sweet and good, full of flavor and body.

T: Layers of chocolate and spice, a nice drying finish. This is a pretty darn good beer. Caramel notes in the middle as well. Nice medium plus finish on it.

M: Prickly yet sticky too... good!

D: medium High

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 00:51:50 | More by flannelman808
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magictrokini

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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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Skeeze

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up when my brother got married in Yosemite.

A: Moderate pour into beer mug. Beer is cloudy amber...like an extra dark dunkelweizen. Red/amber core with cloudy orangish outline when held up to the light. Tan head. Moderate retention. Carbonation is much more prevalent than expected.

S: Wonderful aromas of milk chocolate, dark fruit, malt syrup, toasted sugar and a mild bit of pine-y hops. The nose on this bad boy is pretty damn good.

T: Delicious sweet malts and molasses in the forefront lead way to a lingering expression of mocha that begins with the sweetness of lighter milk chocolates and finishes with roasted coffee and semi dark chocolate notes. This beer is nine percent alcohol and hides it quite well.

M: Probably the beer's greatest downfall. While not watery by any means, this beer does feel a tad on the thin side for the fairly robust flavor it exudes. While not necessarily a detriment, I feel this beer could be just a bit "thicker".

O: Pretty good little Doppel and a great way to reintroduce myself into dark beer. I'm coming full circle and fully expect to buy more porters, stouts and doppels the next time I'm out.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 08:11:31 | More by McStagger
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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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gford217

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber courtesy of jh1982 poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear copper with a big creamy tan head that regenerates nicely with every swirl, leaving decent lacing and boozy legs along the side.

The aroma is very good and very sweet with the caramel malts dominating throughout. There is more than a hint of chocolate and sweet dark fruits come out more as it warms.

The taste is good as well, but it seems a little bit off. The backbone of sweet sugary malts are there as well as the dark fruits, but there is also a faint tartness that is starting to show and I imagine this bottle has seen better days.

The mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied with soft carbonation and slightly tart in the finish, probably not intended unfortunately.

The nose on this one is great but there is definitely an emerging sourness that suggests infection. It's a shame, as I bet this was an excellent dopplebock fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 02:46:28 | More by gford217
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Irrationalist

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-12-2014 05:56:10 | More by Irrationalist
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 21:12:08 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle called "Hair of the Bear," part of Mammoth's Brewer's Reserve line, purchased from Naja's Place for seven dollars, split with a friend, also had this on tap here a few months before, poured into a Chimay goblet

A-Deep mahogany color with more brown than red, 3/4 inch creamy off white head that stuck around for a little bit, some retention, minimal lacing
S-Caramel, brown sugar, sweet dark fruits and mostly raisins, hints of bread, and cloves
T-Lots of caramel up front with some chewiness in the middle, more biscuity than anything for the malt, finish is slightly sweet with fruit but also a hot underlying aftertaste, gets sweeter as time goes on and continuously harder to drink, flavors are nice but too powerful throughout, needed to be more subtle to make it truly enjoyable, syrupy because carbonation from the beginning did not seem to last too long
M-Boozy, chewy, and sweet mouthfeel, can be sry at times too, medium bodied on the verge of being full, could use some more carbonation, taste lingers
D-Alcohol is not hidden very well, can definitely tell it is nine percent, smooth for its style at times, could not drink much more than twelve ounces either time I had it

I am really starting to get into this style and enjoyed this one quite a bit so I revisited so I can review it, prefer the draft version from what I can remember though, would drink again, probably at Bluesapalooza next year, recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 17:44:09 | More by Floydster
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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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TrojanWheels

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-18-2012 21:15:31 | More by TrojanWheels
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illidurit

California

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 22:47:48 | More by illidurit
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Hair Of The Bear from Mammoth Brewing Company
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