Virginia Black Bear - Chai Tea
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

Virginia Black Bear - Chai TeaVirginia Black Bear - Chai Tea
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #689
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
89
Ranked #27,098
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 7.87%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
19
From:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  4
Gots
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
Virginia Black Bear - Chai TeaVirginia Black Bear - Chai Tea
Notes: Chai Tea Virginia Black Bear features the dark chocolate and distinctive hop flavor of Virginia Black Bear melded together with the delicious spiciness of Indian Chai Tea. 10 specialty grains comprise the backbone of the beer and the Indian Tea provides the soul. Tasting notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, clove and vanilla create a uniquely innovative Russian Imperial Stout. Abundance is upon us. Pray for more.

Russian Imperial Stout + Chai Tea
9.3% ABV, 78 IBU
Chai Tea provided by Carytown Teas in Richmond, VA

12/26/15 Release: Only 1,500 Bottles Produced
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 19 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of hophugger
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep deep color with average size head of a beautiful tan color. Great aromas of roasted coffee. Tea flavors are present along with a pleasant bitterness and a very nice balance. Alcohol is present but not overpowering

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a dense, creamy, clingy, dark tan head. Solid coating of the glass as you drink. Aromas of spiced chai, cinnamon, and nutmeg forward, with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee in the backbone. Flavors are heavily spiced with the chai tea. If you don't like chai, this may come off overpowering, but if you do like it, then you are in for a treat. The tea blends with cinnamon notes, all on a creamy overlay, and with a bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee backbone. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a bitter and dry edge. The aftertaste is all chai and subtle cream. Smooth, creamy soft finish, with a solid chai and spice linger. Good beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a blackish body with two finger head that quickly died and left some lace. Spicy, floral, "tea-like" aroma that overpowers other aspects of the aroma but is pleasant, I'll admit. While I get some roasted/dry malts and a thicker body associated with stouts, I mostly get a strong, herbal and spicy tea taste that is alright but not particularly appealing to me, especially in a beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle:
This beer looks awesome. Deep brown head explodes up the glass, and there's even a brief nitro-like cascade of bubbles. Head grows to 2.5-3 fingers. One big sheet of lace for the first half of the glass.

The nose is awfully pungent with the chai spice and actually the herbal tea notes are just about as strong. Actually the stout is lost behind this mix of spice and herb.

The opening tastes are as heavy on the spice, though it is there, but rather strong on the tea and actually a little woody. Again, initial impression is that the stout beer itself is lost. With some warmth the roasted note can be detected, a very strong coffee flavor that is present but still overwhelmed.

Feel is definitely bold-flavored, though it somehow feels relatively light through mid-taste. The heft is felt a little in the lingering roast and tea bitterness that holds on a little longer than it needs to.

A little bolder on the adjunct than I'd have liked. Also the spice shares the flavor with the tea a little more than expected. Still drinkable and enjoyable, but I only need one.

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Virginia Black Bear - Chai Tea from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 19 ratings