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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,944
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
97
pDev:
15.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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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 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 dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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 LJWalker
3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rdooley
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of puftdank
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Squire123
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 RochefortChris
2.59/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldTime
3.52/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBrose
3.07/5  rDev -5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a miniature tasting snifter.

Look: Light copper/amber by no means brown. minimal head and lacing.

Smell: Malty and oh no! Tart! I bet this bottle is infected? But at least I am stating that in the review.

Taste: Light tart sourness, malty, biscuit, very little toffee/caramel flavor. Too light for a brown but my god is the slight tart very pleasing. Again, maybe its a bad bottle but the taste is nice :)

Feel: Finishes nicely and the medium carbonation helps its presence on my tongue.

Overall: I bet this beer is super crushable when not infected but even with the slight tart flavor I would love to throw it back. Though, its hardly a brown ale.

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Photo of jimmyd8386
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Punisher
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrismattlin
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Jenebauer
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of LukeGude
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hyphnx
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Sunstealer
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

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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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