Hair Of The Bear - Mammoth Brewing Company
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3.28/5 rDev -10.1%
Had on tap, looked and smelled pretty good - bready and slightly fruity fragrance. Taste was smooth and full, but I couldn't really pick apart the pieces. It's one of those beers that you want to like, but can't. You'll drink it, but you don't really remember what you just had. I will say that for being a 9% doppelbock, it's really easy to drink. Mammoth has tried to develop some bigger beers and they are nearly good. I want to get behind them but at the end of the day I've got Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Russian River, Firestone Walker, Stone, etc. nearby with strong presence and I can't say Mammoth competes with their diversity and quality on all fronts.
07-28-2012 18:23:36 | More by TheRealBigC
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
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
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
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
10-07-2011 08:11:31 | More by McStagger
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
3.18/5 rDev -12.9%
On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011.
Has a thick tan head, minimal lacing. Deep brown color.
Smells great like cherries and chocolate.
Tasted sweeet, sticky sweet; extreme malt and milk chocolate.
I couldn't get past the sweetness, and I am a lover of sweet beers. Was a struggle to finish.
08-01-2011 00:31:28 | More by bceagles39
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
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
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
01-29-2011 00:51:50 | More by flannelman808
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
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
Hair Of The Bear from Mammoth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.