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RATINGS: 1493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - DEC 24, 2004
black body, creamy dark tan head with medium last and light lacing on the snifter glass. hoppy chocolate roasted malt nose. tobacco too. flavor is burnt & roasted malt, dry and salty. medium to full mouthfeel with good carbonation for a stout. a little blackstrap molasses flavor, and a malty bitter finish but can’t taste the alcohol. makes me miss California!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Mmmm....tasty. Pours a dark black with a thin beige head. Aroma screams out with American hops and dark roasted grains. Complex flavors with roasted grain, leather, tobacco, and molasses. Back end bitterness followed by sticky sweetness on your lips. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2004
22 oz. bottled on 11-9-04.Nice roasty,choco-coffee aroma,nice amount of hops in there as well.This is one fine imperial but doesen’t quite stand up to the Black Jack stout(though this one is a good bit hoppier)It’s black with a tease of ruby red.I like the amount of hops in this one(and the well use of the chinook)which can get out of hand sometimes.Nice palate,not thin but could be creamier.Man this is a really nice stout.What a great score for Ronnie’s(MD).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2004
bottle. deep alcohol, chocolate, malty aroma... sip.... and roastiness, molasses, bittersweet dark chocolate flavor... a big yum that gets better as it warms up... pairs well with fine literature... i love this style, and this brew reminds me why... warms me up on a winter night

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Black pour, small head. Hops on the nose, backed by roasted malts. Flavor is absolutely nuts...an amazing mix of rich sweet dry chocolate, some strong coffee notes, a tingy sweetnes, with alcohol, hops, bitter chocolate finish. Nice med/thick feel, not oily, but kinda sticky, no cloying. Wow. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2004
12.03.04 bomber courtesy of loweredsixth. Rather light ’black’ for an impy stout leads me to think that this might be a more quaffable, less pretentious, more hop-forward brew. My first sniff begins to confirm the same. Nicely rummy with brine and nut aromas on the nose; coffee is not dominant but forward. Lots of hops on nose, too, as I expected (hoped) from this West Coast impy. Smooth is the word on first sip. Many characteristics of a dry stout make this the nice, dry quaffer I’d been pining for. Licorice all over the place plus a certain coffee with Frangelico undertone that is a real treat. Outstanding stuff, thanks Joe!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
Another Bear Republic breaker! This is great and by all means a fantastic brew in its own right... but what about up against other Imperials? Well, I’m not fit to make that comparison to full effect yet since the best I’ve had is Victory, so in relation to that I find the republic coffee flavour to be less involved but smoother, the chocolate notes are strong but could be darker, the malts are soft and delicious, and the drink brings a balance of fruits and nutty tastes making it a warmer, albeit simpler, brew overall. In effect, this is a fabulous hefty abv brew well worth your time. A good Imp Stout to add to your repetoire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - DEC 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 This is a really really good stout by Bear. Very dark with lots of good flavor. Not too sweet as some imperials can get. If you can find this one, a definite must try

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Thin light brown head, dark brown body. Sweet biscuit, caramel, hops, fruity complex aroma (signature that makes me think of a barleywine). Light sweetness to begin with that gets more moderated and then short bitterness toward the end. Medium full body, sweet, soft to lively carbonation, big bubbles. Rich beer! Sampled at MartinT’s place with other RateBeerians for the "Montreal’s Voyager Par Les Papilles’ first tasting session".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2004
This is a dark dark brew with a creamy tan head.nose sweet roasted malts.molasses and a deep richness that is fantastic.Flavor isn’t as good as the aroma but you can taste the bitter hops and boy do you get a mouth full of rich roasted malts and sweetness.this is a good brew.

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