Black Bear
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #256
Ranked #7,603
4.27 | pDev: 7.26%
Mikkeller ApS
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite stouts i have had from mikkeller in some time, this is really fabulous, big thanks to my buddy for picking me up a bottle for watching his cats while he was in new orleans, this one really is a treat! its brewed with spelt, which gives it a lot of body, i think the texture is my favorite part of this one. spelt is such an underrated grain, especially in darker beers like this, its a neat and recognizable feature of this one. the beer is jet black, dense looking in the glass, and holding a remarkably creamy light brown head on it, rich and lathery like shaving cream or something. there is so much to like here in the flavor, deep roasty black malts with dark chocolate undertones and a sweet coffee character. a dense fudge layer, hints of molasses and booze soaked raisins, wet pipe tobacco and brown sugar abound as well. complex is an understatement and while its a bit sweet, its not too desserty. the rich creamy body is epic, and it extends the beer longer than i thought beer could go, meanwhile the booziness keeps it from getting too sugary, providing some resolution at the end. the complexity and richness of this are unrivaled, and the mash is brilliant. classic danish sort of mikkeller yeast on this one too, more flavorful than many stouts. this is among mikkellers best work, especially in the dark styles, a brilliant little bottle of beer, going to have to source more of this one. surprisingly good even, the lady and i both loved this one!

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, best by date of 1/8/20. Pours black with a larger sized dark khaki head. Great lacing and retention. Smells of roasted malt, cherry wood, caramel, bittersweet cocoa, earthy hops, and dark fruit. The taste follows closely with roasted malt, cherry wood, caramel, cocoa, earthy hops, and char. Great smell and taste intensity. Higher sweetness up front but quickly rounded out with a lingering dryness/bitterness on the back. Above average carbonation and body for the style. Overall, this a great example of a RIS. It has a nice roasted malt backbone with complex accenting flavors.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thought this was a classic and excellent take on the russian imperial stout. One can chew on this beer as they slowly sip and enjoy. Robust in nature, with tastes of malt, barley, dark chocolate, licorice, and a musky and delicious tobacco and cherrywood combo. Very nice

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Photo of bshefftz
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cream colored head with almost a reddish tint against the pitch-black bear, lacing left on side of glass -I'm usually not much for appearances but this left a visual impression. Not getting much of a nose, could be because I'm getting over a cold. Taste is very smooth, hints of licorice, not overly sweet, nice alcohol warming finish. Overall I'd say this is a solid RIS that's worth a try, though on the pricey side ($7.99 for 330 mL) . Enjoyable enough but I won't seek out again.

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Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, piney hops, hint of wood, slight cherry, and a hint of amaretto. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is an elevated dryness. Tastes of strong sweet malt, strong alcohol, wood, hint of liquor, hint of piney hops, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and feel, little lacking in depth of body and blend.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is dry dark malts, fruit/dark fruit and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is fruit/dark fruit, dark malts and a mix of mild sweetness and acidity/creeping warming alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a truly amazing looking beer. Two fingers worth of dense and creamy head that is a mocha/caramel color. This crown sits on top of a beer that is pitch black in color even when held right to the light. Literally a perfect representation of how I like my stouts to look.
The first initial smell was roastiness, then came smells of bitter chocolate and even some smoke. Quite a presence of hops as well.
The taste is that bitter chocolate and roastiness the most. Maybe even some almond or pecan notes in there as well. Hops come through mid way.
Getting through the creamy crown is one of the best parts of the feel. The beer is on the dry side of things and finishes with an almost smokey feel.
Overall, very enjoyable brew that is unique and still true to style as Mikkeller pulls off well. I'd buy again!

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Photo of Dzu
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint.
L: dark dark brown with a weak tan foam head.
S: cocoa beans and coffee, cream.
T: great pleasant taste, milk chocolate.
F: tight body and low carbonation.
O: awesome! No words!

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Black Bear from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 21 ratings