Black Bear XX Stout
Alameda Brewhouse

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Alameda Brewhouse
Oregon, United States
Foreign / Export Stout
3.94 | pDev: 11.17%
Apr 04, 2019
Feb 20, 2004
Very Good
Black Bear XX StoutBlack Bear XX Stout
Notes: "Smooth, rich and creamy. Rye malt blends with roast and chocolate malts to create a new and delicious stout profile, balanced with soft and velvety hops. This northwest original is poured using the traditional nitrogen dispensing method, so it may take an extra minute to arrive, but the wait is worth it. The Black Bear won the Gold Medal at the 2003 GABF in the foreign-style stout category."

6.8% ABV 50 IBU
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Rated by Kris-Tada from Washington

4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
My favorite Stout by far!!! Even better than the Irish death in my opinion.
Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by Giangio from Italy

Jul 28, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by chebode2 from Germany

Apr 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pitch black. Clean. Almost perfect even. An enormous creamy and foamy tanned head layers itself on top, and takes its time to come down, leaving ring after ring just in case you forgot what was there.

Extremely roasty and extremely metallic aromas clash appropriately. Dark chocolate, charred bread, toasted nuts. Iron, mineral water, damp soil.

Each sip plays back and forth with an initial roasted grain intensity followed by a smooth semi sweet milk chocolate. All together, each sip is reminiscent of chocolate covered toasted nuts, followed by a sharp metallic and floral finish.

It starts creamy and sweet, then roasty and bitter. Full bodied but ends dry except for the sticky film that coats the lips.

This is a damn good classic export stout. In the same ballpark as the more well known like Pelican Tsunami and Guinness Foreign Extra. When I'm in the mood for such, no question I'll reach for some more Black Bear XX. Cheers.
Apr 04, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Aug 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Impetuous from Montana

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Perfectly opaque deep brown, nearly black. Head is a lovely autumn brown that is small but vibrant.

Flavors are light cola, chocolate, with some pine in the back. Carbonation is silky smooth

Pretty good !
Jul 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
She pours a motor oil quality and leaves the same colored body, both have an enormous three finger head that seems like it just doesn’t want to die. Wow, what a nice show as the lacing is strewn in foamy bubbles. The aroma has a super huge amount of roasted coffee notes coming through in a slightly bitter way, backed up by a decent amount of roasted malts. The taste is mainly bitter and roasty, there’s an aspect about this beer that tells me it wants to own you as something dark and harsh pervades and pounds my mouth. There is a super dry roasty somewhat coffee-like aftertaste with a just a plain dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium on my mouth and tongue and wants to try to be gentle yet that same dark harshness comes back, carbonation is fairly smooth. Overall, I think is just an ok foreign/extra stout, it has a fair amount of good qualities of the style trying to come out but there's a fair amount of other ones of this style that I would rather have.
Jun 16, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by Mack from Canada (QC)

Jun 01, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by InfernoBoss from California

Feb 25, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by YvesB from Belgium

Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by RBuckley73 from Nevada

Dec 27, 2016
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The beer pours rather thick looking - like a lightweight oil. a nice medium to dark tan head builds up and forms a lightly foamy cap. Lacing comes in lines of residual bubble stretching most the way around the glass.

Nose is roasty with maybe just a slight bit of char. Seems to be a little amount of unsweetened chocolate or cocoa, perhaps, but isn't clear to my nose. A little smoky astringent note comes out on a warm beer.

Taste doesn't give you much sweetness up front. It almost teases you ever so briefly before bitterness takes over. This bitterness controls the taste to me. Roasted malt bitterness mainly, with a bit of woody bitterness that may be from the hops. No chocolate carried over from the nose to the taste, the flavor is more of a coffee-like roasted malt flavor with a little nuttiness perhaps, but no fruit. (Note: I enjoyed the last of this with a roast beef sandwich, and afterwards, a near room temperature beer did show a little bit of a chocolate brownie note)

Beer is a more bitter than I'd hoped. It's quite bold in its roastiness, and seems to have a decent dose of hops. I long for a little of the sweetness to balance this.
Dec 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Radcpa from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Wry dark appearance with a mild coffee taste and aroma. The beer is a little thin on appearance aroma and taste. A bit to mild for be. I like something that does not hint at th she qualities but actually delivers.
Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Dsimenson from California

Oct 09, 2016
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Picked up a bomber from the Belmont Station in Portland yesterday for $4.98.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts with hints of cocoa and some dark fruit like sweetness. Hopping is ample enough to keep it from being cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy smooth.

Overall a nice stout that is fairly priced. I would recommend it if you enjoy the export stout style.
Aug 22, 2016
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22 oz bottle purchased and consumed in Oregon. 7% ABV.

Pours dark brown, ending up essentially black.
Fruit and dark roasted grains in the aroma.

Dark roasted grains with some char longer in the mildly bitter aftertaste. Unfortunate sourness.
Sweet up front with hints of dark chocolate followed by espresso.
Jul 29, 2016
Rated: 4.07 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon

Jun 04, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours with nice thick, velvety beige head, lasts a pretty long time too. Normal dark / roast malt aroma, taste is rather full and strong though. A touch of molasses sweetness mellows out the bitterness. Easy drinker.
May 02, 2016
Rated: 4.37 by devilmakesthree from Oregon

May 01, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by GrantBrennan from Pennsylvania

Apr 27, 2016
Rated: 3.49 by Shockey from Ohio

Mar 09, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by ghostxyz3 from Oregon

Feb 15, 2016
Rated: 3.51 by Donkster46 from Washington

Dec 31, 2015
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Reviewed by KSOZE from Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75
Tasted like dip spit aged on green peppers with some raisins and olive juice thrown in for good measure. Beautiful beer, but the taste profile hit all the wrong notes for me.
Dec 17, 2015
Rated: 4.77 by pmfox155 from Montana

Dec 17, 2015
Rated: 4.2 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands

Dec 06, 2015
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Reviewed by SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Treated as a Foreign/Export stout, this was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one and a half finger white to off white foamy head. Lacing was somewhat foamy and slid into the beer.
The smell starts off with a ton of roasty coffee beans. Delicate dark chocolate enters in slyly to try and balance but falls a bit short. The bitter side of the coffee beans also shows up in a nice way.
The taste was a nice balance between the roast, the sweetness, and the bitterness. All of the previously mentioned aromas show up in the flavor. Roasty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel yields to the roasty side effects sitting on a medium body. Carbonation feels nice for the style and for me.
Overall, I like this beer. It has all of the workings a fine Foreign/Export stout.
Nov 03, 2015
Rated: 4 by Anacross from Oregon

Oct 03, 2015
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Reviewed by isturbo1984 from Washington

3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
APPEARANCE: One of the darker stouts I've poured, but not the darkest. Pitch black, but held up to the light some color shows through. Poors smoothly, with a decent caramel-colored head that dissipates within a minute to leave a thin ring.

SMELL: Smells like your average stout/porter. Matly, chocolaty, "meaty," ect. A bit sharper than I would expect.

TASTE: Pretty different than what I would expect. Not your average stout. I tasted almost no roasted malts, chocolaty flavors, caramelesque or vanilla. But a lot of dark fruit flavors. Black cherry and plums come to mind. Very pronounced over everything else. Sweet and sour. Other flavors of nuts are present... almonds, cashews, pecans. "Nuts'n'berries" is something I would expect from any "Black bear" strout. Subtle coffee notes, but again, almost no malty flavors. Bitter, but hardly hoppy either. And dispite its "fruit and nuts" flavores, it wasn't very earthy. Very different, but enjoyable.

MOUTHFEEL: The smell was sharp, the taste was sharp and sweet, and the mouthfeel was sharp as well. Felt very clear and light. didn't sit too heavily. Left a waxy sensation.

OVERALL: A different stout. But very enjoyable. I've read some other reviews and most seem to disagree with me on my categorization. Everyone claims heavy earthy, malty and toasty flavors. But I experienced something quite different. Maybe you will too. A welcomed change in my tulip glass.
Aug 23, 2015
Rated: 3.8 by samEBC from Belgium

Aug 22, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by juicebox from Kentucky

Aug 14, 2015
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Rated by jakecattleco from California

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Really enjoyed this stout, thanks to the staff at Beer Mongers for the recommendation!
Aug 04, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by GarrettFM from Illinois

Jul 21, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

Jul 19, 2015
Rated: 4.28 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Jul 04, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by dcmchew from Romania

Jun 30, 2015
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