Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Alameda Brewing Co. - Black Bear XX Stout (Nitro) Review

Brewery: Alameda Brewing Co.
Location: Portland, OR
Beer: Black Bear XX Stout (On nitro tap)
Style: Foreign / Export Stout
Serving: Pint glass (16 oz.) 
ABV: 6.8%
IBUs: 55

A (3/3): A grey colored and magnificent creamy head lay atop this ultra black beer.  This is what a stout is supposed to look like.  The nitrogen displays its characteristic "cascading bubbles" and contributes to the creaminess of the blanketed head.  Zero light passes through this beer, incredibly dark and ominous.  Foam paints the walls of the glass as it's drank, the lacing this beer does is impressive.

S (7/12): Light coffee sits alongside a mild mustiness but the aroma is primary that of burnt charcoal.

T (11/20): There is almost no residual sweetness to this beer, the burnt malt flavor would overpower any that did exist.  A light smokey flavor can be found while drinking as well.

M (1/5): Probably my least favorite part about this beer.  The body is very light, with a soft carbonation level and a slightly chalky finish.  The nitrogen may have contributed to this but it just feels like a thin beer.

O (5/10):  Black Bear XX Stout has won two medals at the GABF so I guess we can just chock this up to it not being my kind of beer.  Not what I expect in a stout, it has the mouthfeel of a Bud Light and a very present burnt bitterness from the malts.  The beer is reminiscent of a Guinness which my be the reason I didn't like it.

Total: (27/50)

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