Kevin, Thanks and I would consider it more of a chocolate color although he was pretty light on his back. The black bear has a fantastic and very thick coat, even the outfitter and his wife commented on how thick the coat was. The color phase has a great 2/3 coat but has some rub marks on his upper back where all the thick top hair is gone so it looks more like wool. Of course we could not see that until after he was down. We also did not know he had a chest mark until he was down either but such is bear hunting in thick cover. I was very happy that I was able to get the bears down with enough light to get good pictures in the field. All pictures are good, but ones in the field right after the kill are the best by far. My wife and I were hoping to video the hunt but that did not work out due to the angle and thick cover on the color phase and the distance on the black one. Oh well guess that means we will have to go back again and try to video another hunt. If you ever plan to try Idaho let me know and I can get you all the info on the outfitter and all the detail.