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Lair Of The Bear - Mammoth Brewing Company

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88
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 12-23-2012

Aged in Heaven Hill barrels.
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate syrup, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a coffee-like roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and tasty flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gldnns
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jmgrub
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Hopbomber
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Catracho5
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Pitch black with a nice mocha colored head, head vanished fairly quick, getting some nice lacing on the glass,not much carbonation, lots of tiny bubbles in what is left of the head, looks really good.

A: Not much on the nose, bourbon, some chocolate, hint of alcohol on the finish, pretty mellow it's not bursting with bourbon aromas.

T: Bourbon, a really nice chocolate sweetness finishing off bitter, very easy drinking, smooth, the chocolate really lingers with a dry finish, some alcohol burn on the end, but this taste really good.

M: Nice creamy medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: Very impressed, nice balance barrel aged stout, easy drinking, nice creamy mouthfeel, the barrel does not dominate the flavor but complements the chocolate notes in the beer. I would love to try the base beer, if you love barrel aged stouts this one is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Beerhunter808
3.96/5  rDev 0%

Photo of deford
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a FW snifter at just under room temp.

L- Pours nice and thick, slowly building a dark, burnt orange colored head. Looks delish.

S- Bourbon, not overpowering but right there. I think I can even identify the Jack, kinda sharp, really nice. Dark fruits, cherry, licorice and cocoa, def cocoa.

T- Def get a bitter alcohol right away. Cocoa, coffee, strong dark fruits...very strong. Maybe some vanilla.

F- Fairly thick, creamy...swishing it gives lots of head which adds a lot to the mouthfeel.

O- Pretty enjoyable BBA Imp. Stout. A good representation of the style, big and bold, yet still presenting many subtleties...not one dimensional at all.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of hbchrisg
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Modernrickk
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of SourinQns
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of shagens
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Stum-pub
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of More_betterness
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Birmz
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of masterofsparks
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matonika
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Very black with a light brown head. Smell: chocolate ,vanilla, mineral, dark berry. Taste: spicy, short lived bitter coco, some alcohol burn, smooth coffee taste lots of mineral flavor almost metallic. Overall good beer not worth the 17bucks but really good quite warming.

Photo of bucky505
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of t420o
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of crazyj
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving: poured into a glass from a 22oz bottle

Photo of sataylor888
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pretty dang good Bourbon barrel stout

S: all the notes you are supposed to get, vanilla, toffee, caramel, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, oak (just barely)

l: dark dark brown with probably the darkest head I have seen

T: very good and very well balanced. It is reminiscent of the top tier bourbon barrel stouts but maybe taken back a notch. It builds and then stops right before you get to the real burn of the bourbon. After that, it fades to vanilla, chocolate, and a nice light bourbon exhale.

m:not quite as thick as i would like, but I imagine if they made a thicker beer, it would have to be bolder as well. But it it close to some of the best.

Photo of jeff1973
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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Lair Of The Bear from Mammoth Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.