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RATINGS: 1434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Big Bear is a big, black, stout you can really sink your teeth into. The bold, roasty, caramel malt flavor is balanced by Centennial and Cascade hops. 2009 California State Fair Ė 2nd GOLD 2009 LA International Beer Competition Ė GOLD 2007 Great American Beer Festivalģ American-Style Stout Ė SILVER 2002 World Beer Cup - GOLD


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2004
awesome stout me and spkldhenlvr24 got a sample at half time. sweeter than expected with the alc% couldnít really taste the alc. great flavors and nice full body, many flavors hit you. great stout

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Friday Night is Stout Night!!! Starting off with the Bear Republic Black Bear Stout. This is a very roasty, chocolately, hoppy stout. Looks of quality, smells of quality and definitely tastes of quality. Very nice Imperial Stout. It deserves every bit of the group rating it receives and a wee bit more. As I frequently say, if you havenít tried this one, youíre really missing out.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2004
10oz. sample at Half-Time. Beautiful black appearance with a very tan decent size head. Great roasted coffee, slight alcohol. Pretty complex flavor. Not as bitter as expected, like many other imperial stouts. Good chocolate, coffee. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Black with a thinnish brown head and a good amount of floaties (should have let this rest.. oh well) Great roasty chocolate coffee aroma, a tinge of alcohol and hops. Deep roast milk coffee followed quickly by hops. Great bitter chocolate finish. This beer kicks ass.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1981) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Itís BIG, Iíts BLACK... itís good. The pour is black with a thin head. Good lacing of a tan color. The aroma is of roasted grains and barley. I can almost picture the bag of black barley getting poured into the batch. The flovor follows the aroma. The rich roasted barley come through initially and in the aftertaste. This is a big, hearty stout and it deserves the name Big Bear. Highly Recommended to any stout lover.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Smells like...pretzels? Licorice, dusty chocolate, roasty, mild, grapefruity whiff from hops. Good black body, lacing, small tan head. Taste: heavy licorice and roast, medium slick body, little stickiness, acidity up front, balanced but simply full of anise. Thanks, wunder!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 30, 2004
trappist glass, room temp.: black pour with nothing special. small, tan, and tight cremey head that leaves a little lace; the head leaves itself as a soapy ring almost quickly. iím left with a black stout and thatís for damn sure. this is a strong dry stout; roasty, bitter coffee, sweet caramel ... iím having a hard time with the hops. it seems like the sweet and roasted malts have overwhelmed this brew, but i like it like that. itís big, but it didnít "wow" me. surpisingly, it seems a little light by todayís standards... of course i was spoiled and overwhelmed by excellent brews like dark lord. for an imperial, i expected more. perhaps if it were a regular stout i would have rated higher? it's better than guinness, that's what i think... it's comparable to guinness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2004
black, lacey beige head. perfumy hop, super roasty, and coffee aroma. flavour is super roasty too with lots of bitter hops and dark chocolate undertones. a big beer for sure but I think it needs some aging to develope some richness and smoothness on the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2004
A strong stout, not quite as strong as I would expect out of an imperial. Good rasted caramel flavors with overtones of chocolate and coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Pours a nice dark, opaque black color, tan head. Aroma wasnít all that BIG, roasty, hoppy, some dark chocolate. Flavor lacked a punch, but was pretty nice, chocolaty, roasty, and pretty bitter from the hops. Too light for the style. A little underwhelming overall.


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