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Black Bear Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Black Bear AleBlack Bear Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002)
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +24.2%

02-20-2014 23:08:18 | More by CurtFromHershey
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +32%

06-16-2014 03:49:33 | More by tbryan5
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nem2006

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +29.8%

Had this on tap at the Gatlinburg location. Is a clear, amber-brown with not much carbonation or head.

The smell was sweet and I caught a molasses hint to it. This is different from most English Brown Ales and I was pleasantly pleased by the difference.

The taste fell in line with the smell. It was sweet and had molasses to it. Extremely smooth and a beer I could drink almost all year round.

08-21-2008 18:02:39 | More by nem2006
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thaghost

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

05-17-2013 19:28:03 | More by thaghost
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Hugh37

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

08-12-2013 22:57:59 | More by Hugh37
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haddon

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev +11.2%

light brown body capped with an off-white head.

malty nose smelling of bread and nuts... perhaps a bit acidic like pecans

caramel, molasses, and a bit of pecan showing up again. Minimal roastiness. Medium-light sweetness. light dose of hops and bitterness just like you would expect form an EBA.

Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

a solid brown ale that's nothing extravagant but worth the try.

06-02-2011 03:18:20 | More by haddon
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beveritt

Ohio

1.4/5  rDev -56.5%

Presentation: Thanks go out to my sister and brother in law for bringing this back from a recent trip down to TN. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is simple; predominantly black with a red banner and some gold lettering. It depicts a bear with a fish in its mouth standing in front of a mountain range. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pours with a light tan head that just barely provides completely coverage. Settles so quickly, I hardly eve have a chance to look at it. Leaves no lacing or trace of foam. The beer itself is amber with a slight chill haze. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong vegetal aroma with hints of band aid phenols.

Taste: Wow, this is bad. A horrific mix of off flavors with slightly sour sweet undertones make this incredibly difficult to even choke down a sip. Grass and asparagus with lemon zest. Lingering mild bitterness, but not that typically associated with hops.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very high; spritzy and big bubbled, indicative of force carbonating. Body is thin.

Drinkability: Nothing good hear, except maybe the label. It is kind of cool in a classic way. This beer is just bad all around.

03-24-2011 01:07:54 | More by beveritt
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Sunstealer

Virginia

2/5  rDev -37.9%

06-22-2014 22:36:52 | More by Sunstealer
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GeoCait

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-14-2012 17:22:28 | More by GeoCait
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

02-11-2014 00:55:28 | More by Segelstrom
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

07-02-2012 16:22:52 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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utvol

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-10-2014 01:36:15 | More by utvol
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -27%

Bottle courtesy of Brentfeesh: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of roasted caramel malt with a hint of sourness, which was not too pleasant. Taste of sweet caramel malt with some subtle hops. I think this beer had a small infection since I could pick-up some sourness, which shouldn’t be in this beer.

10-10-2006 20:07:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured a very dark brown, in fact I had to get up and find light to make sure it wasn't black. Faint aroma of roasted toffee and chocolate malt and some aroma hops but nothing stands out. taste is incredibly mild. In fact, I would almost classify this as a dark mild if it had some more malty character. Very light in the mouth and soemwhat vacant on the finish. Doesn't have the some the more interesting nutty characteristics that many brown ales take on. Again, very basic beer and alomst as they tried to malt up a very basic beer to appeal to the tourist trade.

12-27-2003 04:19:02 | More by CRJMellor
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Reviewed on-tap at the brewery(It was fair), and now am reviewing the bottle that I brought home.
Pours the color of a Pepsi. With the thin fizzy head that I've become accustomed to from the Smokey Mountain Brewery bottles.
Smell is of caramel, and light coffee. Hint of the alcohol, which was really unexpected for this review. More going on oder wise than when I had this beer on-tap.
There is more roasted malt flavors, chocolate, coffee ect....than the on-tap version. Still is dominated my the caramel.
Mouthfeel is still light.
Drinkability is good. Flavor of a darker beer with the feel of a lighter one. This is more what I expected from this beer.

07-19-2006 02:45:43 | More by wcudwight
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +5%

This one wasn't bad, but wasn't great. It pours a Sam Adams-looking brownish amber colour and leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The smell is sweer and a bit hoppy, but there's not much else going on with this one.

The flavour is a nice mix of malt and hops, though the malty earth flavour, while mild is dominant here. Caramel is clearly present throughout as well to account for the sweetness as well.

Overall, everything is pretty basic with this one. It's drinkable, but nothing special.

06-02-2005 02:26:38 | More by SixpointJMH
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Brent

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Without a doubt, the mildest brown ale I've come across. Low carbonation, no head and the barest ring of lace around the edge of the glass. Aroma was distinct chocolate malt, and this was the primary flavor as well, with little hops in mix. No question that this was intended to be malt-based in flavor. As a stand-alone beverage, this really doesn't have enough depth to carry it. However, it went very well with BBQ ribs and the chocolate malt and tangy BBQ sauce were a nice combination. This is one of those beers that seems crafted to accompany a meal, rather than serve as a session brew.

10-14-2002 08:48:52 | More by Brent
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-12-2013 08:33:47 | More by elkinbrown
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%

Amber/brown in appearance. Smell is some what wheaty and malty in aroma. Mouthfeel is very delightful and inviting. This brew leaves the tongue nicely. The taste is lackin from those quality brown style beers. However it is a good tasting beer. Over all this beer is acceptable but does lack in the wow factor.

02-02-2012 00:00:21 | More by barleyroad
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -6.8%

04-23-2013 00:19:43 | More by BlueMoon10
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mullenite

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

12-29-2012 14:41:57 | More by mullenite
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Misfit138

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +21.1%

Brought home a bottle from the Gatlinburg location

A- Pours a nice medium brown with a fizzy inch head.

S- Smell is faint, mostly malt

T- iniatial almost nut like flavor followed by some hoppiness.

M- Medium body and mild carbonation

D- I like it, its a solid brown ale and is better than most brown ales. Worth a try.

08-27-2008 01:12:21 | More by Misfit138
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johnrobe

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -6.8%

This brew pours a light brown with a don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it white head. Aroma is very scant. In the taste I thought I could pick out the nice toasted malt flavors of Munich malt more than anything else. It's not as sweet as other brown ales I've tried and the hops, while appropriate for a brown ale, seem light for an "American" brown ale. There's a touch of sourness in the finish that's off-putting, but it dissipated as the brew warmed up. It's a bit light in the mouthfeel department as well. With all that said, it is, imo, pretty easy to drink.

02-04-2003 22:24:12 | More by johnrobe
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mntlover

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a clear brwon with redish highlights small tan head falls to tiny ring of foam.
Aroma is light malt slightly chocolately in nature some euro hop skunkiness that adds nothing to be desired.
Taste is slightly chocolate some light maltiness and hints of hops in finish maybe a little grain and touch of very light spiciness. Overall a very average brown ale taste like something the king of beers would make.
Mouthfeel is to thin for a brown carbonation is a little too much and drinkability is very average not a much better choice then an amber bock.

02-16-2005 22:26:07 | More by mntlover
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sansho

California

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

09-06-2012 05:22:46 | More by sansho
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Black Bear Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
75 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.