Black Bear Ale | Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.24
pDev:
15.74%
 
 
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of meechum
4.27/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of my brother in law Breadslicer.

A - Rich brown coppery color poured into a pils glass. Poured pretty aggressive with little head just about a finger but left a little lace

S - Smells up front with nutty, malty, buttery smells

T - Taste had many of the smells..up front I got a good taste of the rich sweet malts with a hint of a buttery, nutty flavor..cut by mild hops

M - Medium carbonation with a good crisp taste, very enjoyable

D - This is very drinkable in my opinion and I wished he had more but he only had 2 of them and we both had one at the same time

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of nem2006
4.14/5  rDev +27.8%
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 Bonkinishwa
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
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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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Disembarks the bottle a clear, light brown body capped with a modestly-sized, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish, malty nose smelling of deeply toasted bread, really focusing on those crunchy, crusty accents, as well as notes of pecans and dark caramel.

Taste: Deep toastiness along with caramel, molasses, and a nibble of pecan pie. Minimal roastiness. Medium-light sweetness. Very light-handed dose of hops and bitterness. Ever more maltiness on the finish with a light, lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: BBA is simply a good, smooth, serviceable brown ale.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Misfit138
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought home a bottle from the Gatlinburg location

A- Pours a nice medium brown with a fizzy inch head.

S- Smell is faint, mostly malt

T- iniatial almost nut like flavor followed by some hoppiness.

M- Medium body and mild carbonation

D- I like it, its a solid brown ale and is better than most brown ales. Worth a try.

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Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jenebauer
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a huge fan of browns in general, but this one was a little better than what I anticipated. It has some stronger chocolaty notes, which gives it a more definite flavor than the generic browns that you usually find. I'd try other beers from this brewery too if I'm ever back in the area.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
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 TheBierBand
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pigeon Forge location.

Served in a pint glass with a thin cap of head. The beer looked a little light for a nut brown.... I would call it orange or a light amber. Lacing was minimal.

Thr aroma was slight. Malty and a tiny hint of hazelnut.

Taste: Not bad... sweet malt with a slight hazelnut finish and some diacetal buttery flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and a bit too highly carbonated for my taste.

Drinkability: Nothing offensive here. Could have downed a few of these, but I wanted to move on to other selections.

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Photo of tburkhart
3.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the brewpub in Gatlinburg, TN.

Appearance - Nice copper color with very little carbonation

Smell - like a typically American Brown Ale, slightly malty

Taste - Slight malt profile, next to no hops

Mouthfeel - smooth.

All and all not a bad beer from a lesser known brewery. Look forward to going back and trying this on tap sometime.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.59/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear brownish amber with a creamy, thick khaki head.

S: Malty aromas of praline, nougat, chestnut, pecans, leather, caramel, toffee, and heavy cream dominate the nose, though closer inspection reveals subtle traces of earthy hops.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, nougat, praline, leather, chestnut, pecan, heavy cream, grass, herbs, and lemon distinguish themselves in the mouth. The finish is earthy and rather nutty with pronounced notes of praline, toffee, pecan, herbs, and grass.

M: On the lighter side of medium, slick, and oily. Carbonation is very delicate. It goes down smoothly, but it is slight and flabby for the style.

O: Not bad at all. I think some reviewers may have been expecting too much. While this is not exactly like many commercial English brown ales, it still ticks most of the boxes one would expect for a beer of this style.

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Photo of haddon
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of mwa423
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very clear light golden brown with a sticky head.

S - Nice malty smell with slight frutiness

T - Surprisingly fruity with caramel like malt flavor.

M/D - Reasonably drinkable brown. However, I think that the frutiness would get to me. Mouthfeel is very thin, but for some reason it seems appropriate.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Notes from Fratlinburng, TN trip to Smokey Mountain Brewery*

Pours a solid clay brown color with a thin ring of head.
Smell is well malted, some sweet on the aroma, maybe some syrupy fruit.
Taste has a solid blend of sweet malt and what I have to define as a fruited taste in the meat of the flavor.
Finish is wet and messy but this is good, thin on taste but this quality makes this a great choice on a cool day.
Drinks solidly, there a few hang ups in this English Brown.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives at the table a dark copper color with a small head. Head drops fast. No lace.
Smell is roasted malt,hops, a faint dark fruit note (upon warming).
Taste is more involved, malt, hops, a slight metallic/celery note.
Smooth with a light/medium effervescence and a fullish body. Mildly creamy, esppecially through the aftertaste. A very good brew, especially when sipped to allow the taste to linger longer.

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Photo of OldTime
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thaghost
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of GeoCait
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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Black Bear Ale from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
3.24 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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