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Lair Of The Bear - Mammoth Brewing Company

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16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 79
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 26.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 79
Reviews by evanforbeer:
Photo of evanforbeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted much better than other BA beers that cost much more.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Nick29
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gldnns
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jmgrub
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Abuxbaum7
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopbomber
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Catracho5
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerhunter808
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of deford
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Absolut
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter at home. been aging 6 months or so.

pours a dark brown with a solid tab head. very thick pour.

smells of chocolate and booze. some toasty malt.

at first the taste is very hot- booze forward. I let it warm and the chocolate, tobacco, wood and caramel come through.

feel is smooth, almost like a stout on nitro.

I really like this beer and am glad I let it warm.

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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of hbchrisg
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Modernrickk
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SourinQns
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of shagens
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Stum-pub
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of More_betterness
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of masterofsparks
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matonika
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Lair Of The Bear from Mammoth Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.