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RATINGS: 1422   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 – 2nd GOLD 2009 LA International Beer Competition – GOLD 2007 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Stout – SILVER 2002 World Beer Cup - GOLD


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2443) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Pours with a two-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Black as midnight. Good carbonation. Nose is coffee/caramel. Strong hickory flavor, nice beefy stout but not as dry as a Guinness. The high ABV is not noticeable. $4.60 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2612) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2004
Roasted coffee with toffee in the nose and taste. Dark brown/black color. Foamy head. Some tabacco tones in the flavor witha fairly hoppy finish. Lingering bitter like unsweetened baking chocolate. Creamy texture. Pretty heavy and aggressive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2004
deep brown color with garnet tints when held up to the light..head is minimal, aroma is medium roastiness, slight alcohol, and maybe a lactose quality. flavor is moderately roasty, creamy mouthfeel, hops definitely come through here..pretty damn good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2004
Bottle. Very classy stuff. Full mouthfeel. nicely chocolatey, with and off-dry finish. Decent amount of hops in there, but pretty well balanced. One of my favourite beers on my US trip.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Dark reddish brown, small tan head, mild roasty nose. Dry and roasty, coffee flavors, some chocolate, PNW hops, not particularly strong. Bitter finish. A fairly thin offering for the style, but a tasty beer nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Dark in color with a nice fluffy head. Roasty aroma. Roasty and coffee like. Very malty. Very thick and chewy. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Black with a tan head. Roasty coffee aroma. Flavor is malty with lots of malt bitterness and a touch of hop bitterness. Roasty and coffee like. Thick and chewy. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Nice red brown. Deeply malty aroma with some graham and lots of plums thrown in. A little EtOH exudes, but it’s actually pleasant in this quantity. Some apricots too. Pleasantly bitter flavor with continued light fruitiness and considerable bitter aftertaste. Body is a bit thin, but fairly pleasing nonetheless.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2004
A deep dark stout with a mix of molasses, chocolate, and chicory. Smooth and very easy to drink.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2004
This is a classic, beautiful dark pour, with a light brown foam, not head, that lingered. This was a hardcore stout, heavy but strangly smooth and drinkable, there are very few stouts that you can drink a 22 like water, the was one....


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