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Lair Of The Bear - Mammoth Brewing Company

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews by evanforbeer:
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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Beerhunter808
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of deford
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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%

Photo of hbchrisg
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Modernrickk
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of More_betterness
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Matonika
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of crazyj
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Lair Of The Bear from Mammoth Brewing Company
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