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Lair Of The Bear - Mammoth Brewing Company

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
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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Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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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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4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Pours a SEXY sludgey black with a thick light brown head

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
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