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Black Bear Ale | Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Tennessee, United States
coppercellar.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,036
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
97
pDev:
15.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by Jalogan2:
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of nem2006
4.14/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thaghost
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hugh37
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of haddon
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.71/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My parents brought a mixed 6pck home from their trip down south. The beer poured a clear rich amber. The scent was nondescript. The taste was sweeter and not overly easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with poor carbonation. Overall it's not a good brown...sorry.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoky Mountain Brewery - Black Bear Ale. 5.4% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a stout glass.

Look: Settles a deep ruby color, with lots of carbonation bubbling. Retains a thin white head surprisingly long, due to the carbonation.

Smell: Mostly tart fruit, almost like raspberry, along with some malts and biscuit hints.

Feel: As expected, lots of lively carbonation, but relatively smooth and refreshing.

Taste: Tart fruit is the first thing noted, but along with caramel, malt, and toasted biscuit. Finishes bready, with slight lingering tart.

Overall: This is a strange Brown Ale, just like this brewery's Pale Ale. Tart fruit is very profound, but seems to add some unique flavors to this, while also retaining some traditional aspects of Brown Ales.

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Photo of beveritt
1.45/5  rDev -55.1%
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.

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Photo of Sunstealer
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of GeoCait
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of 4Socialanxiety
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of utvol
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.33/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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 shouldnÂ’t be in this beer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robebo44
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wcudwight
3.72/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Brent
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of barleyroad
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mullenite
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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Black Bear Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 97 ratings
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