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Lair Of The Bear - Mammoth Brewing Company

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87
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in Heaven Hill barrels.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 12-23-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a lost abbey teku.

A: Pitch black body with an espresso colored head that fades quickly after a vigorous pour.

S: Earthy espresso and dark chocolate right off the bat, followed by hints of dark fruit and a background note of bourbon/oak.

T: Espresso and cacao flavors up front, with a dark cherry note that further develops as it warms. Vanilla/toasty oak is a minor contributor from the bourbon barrels following each sip.

M: Medium/Light body for the style, with perfect carbonation levels. Usually prefer a bit more residual sugar in Imperial Stouts, but the predominant coffee flavors are expressed well in conjunction with a dryer, less cloying finish IMO.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Espresso flavors are prevalent while the bourbon barrel notes take a back seat. Much more balanced than most examples of the style but lacking some complexity that beers with more influence from the barrel may have.

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This beer was a very pleasant surprise considering the brewery only distributes in California and Nevada. Russian Imperial Stout, ABV 9.5, IBU 70, aged in bourbon barrels for 7 months

A: very dark, almost black

S: pleasant smell of chocolate, roasted coffee, bourbon

T: initially mild chocolate with bourbon/coffee finish

M: not as heavy as some stouts but by no means watery; smooth

O: very good and a great value for a BBA stout; nice balance of hops and malts; I will be buying more of this; probably my favorite BBA stout for the value

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nose- cocoa, black cherry, vanilla, touch of black licorice, bourbon

taste- lovely. cocoa, dark fruits (cherry, figs, etc), vanilla and oaky goodness, earthy hops, perfect boozy warmth. finishes oaky and bourbony with lush and dry roasted malt

feel- heavy, chewy, roasty, syrupy, awesome

there are obviously a handful of amazing barrel-aged imperial stouts that are amazing, this isn't KBS, BCBS top-tier but it is very good. I would buy this often

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A: Brown head faded quickly (might be the cup).

S: Smell is coffee and chocolates with a slight bourbon aroma. Smell is great, but wish it was a little stronger. May have been too cold out of the bottle.

T: the chocolate and bourbon is there but not as complex, and a little bit more bitterness that other BA stouts (which I like)

M: Body is little on the light side for an imperial stout. Good carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and a great value for the price compared to other BBA imperial stouts. Went back and bought more. Recommend trying.

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Lair Of The Bear from Mammoth Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.