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Black Bear Ale - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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75
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Virginia

3/5  rDev -6.5%

02-27-2013 02:51:11 | More by fishguyac
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Jalogan2

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -6.5%

02-24-2013 19:58:30 | More by Jalogan2
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ahbaggins

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6.5%

02-01-2013 22:46:24 | More by ahbaggins
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -6.5%

12-05-2012 18:02:13 | More by tnflyguy
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

12-01-2012 22:11:05 | More by mwar
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

11-22-2012 03:35:00 | More by hollywood_15063
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-11-11 in Danville, KY

A - Fairly clear, brown with an orange tinge, 1-finger tan head that fades in half pretty quickly, leaving mild lace.

S - Floral, chocolate. Mild.

T - Vegetal/mossy, mild roast, light sweet chocolate, cherry. Some bitterness in the dry aftertaste.

M - Thin body and light-medium carbonation.

O - Serviceable. Sessionable and thirst quenching, which is appropriate for this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 22:12:44 | More by Tucquan
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bzach

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

10-16-2012 07:26:40 | More by bzach
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GeoCait

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +9%

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


3.5/5  rDev +9%

09-20-2012 00:35:37 | More by SDellinger
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sansho

California

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-06-2012 05:22:46 | More by sansho
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gutbuster

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -6.5%

07-27-2012 01:53:40 | More by gutbuster
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Yjt2


3/5  rDev -6.5%

07-15-2012 14:07:17 | More by Yjt2
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-02-2012 16:22:52 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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jeff96gt

Indiana

3/5  rDev -6.5%

06-29-2012 01:34:23 | More by jeff96gt
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tfsimpkins

Florida

3/5  rDev -6.5%

02-10-2012 15:04:31 | More by tfsimpkins
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:00:21 | More by barleyroad
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Copper Cellar, Knoxville. Pours dark red hue with a white, medium lasting head and a lot of carbonation. Aroma is of cherry fruit and caramel malt. Medium, smooth body. Taste is caramel malt, cherry fruit and hints of hops. Nice session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 22:20:29 | More by mikeg67
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haddon

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ohio

1.4/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:07:54 | More by beveritt
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Swill5786

Kentucky

2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark orange-brown with scant head. Sweet caramel malt in the nose with elusive aroma of piney hops. The taste is rather sweet, almost fruity. The pine shows up in a grapefruit-like mid-palate experience. Crisp mouthfeel thanks to mild carbonation. Drinkability is low due to the unimpressive nature of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 02:40:05 | More by Swill5786
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zeff80

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with very light brown highlights. It had a tiny white head of bubbles that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled fairly nutty and of sweet caramel. Good but nothing amazing.

T - Sweet caramel maltiness with a nutty flavor. There is a mild bitterness/hop presence.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale that is quite sessionable.

D - This is another passable beer from Smoky Mountain Brewery. Not adventurous nor that flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 14:28:06 | More by zeff80
Black Bear Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
75 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.