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RATINGS: 1442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 14, 2004
Very drinkable imperial stout. Caramel/chocolate nose and flavor at first with a nice roasty nut flavor at the end. Good hopping on this baby as well. Well made stout and almost refreshingly low on alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (2891) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Pours very dark with virtually no head. Smells of sweet roasted coffee, with chocolate. Very smooth, mildly carbonated. Tastes has some hops, roasted malts, slight choco flavor. Good quality impy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3042) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Bottle Pours black except for the dark brown edges, with a very little head and slight lacing. Aroma is very nice chocolate, prunes, caramel, purple grapes, licorice. Flavor is dominated by charcoal smokey burnt wood. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Feel is mildly thick not as silky smooth as some can be. Slight bitterness at the end, but as expected. As it warms, the smooth mouth feel is better, and the bitter trailer is not as noticable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5652) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Opaque black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Roasty aroma of chocolate, big time nuts, and light dried fruits. Very chocolately and roasty with some nice hops for balance. Very drinkable here as no alcohol is noticed. A very nice stout, thanks Eyedrinkale!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Deep black with tan head. Aroma is coffee and molasses. Flavor is coffee with a noticable hop finish. Excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1021) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 An exceptional brew full of power and flavor. Really dark and complex, and not as chewy as some I’ve had lately. Doesn’t have an incredibly vinous quality either, which is a nice change of pace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8674) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Another thank you to DrunkAsASkunk for this one. Poured deep brown with a big tan head and lacing. Aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, cabernet, smoked salmon, cooze juice, and licorice. Tasted malty, with huge chocolate, cabernet, prune, coffee, melon, smoked salmon, poontang, and caramel. There was a fruity, smoky, roasty, creamy finish. Awesome complexity. The mouthfeel was medium...not as heavy as other Imperial Stouts I’ve had. This one had some hints of Alaskan smoked porter and Weyerbacher Old Heathen. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1575) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Nearly black appearance with a band of red on the edge. Good sized tan head. Roasted malt aroma with a good whiff of coffee and molassas. Medium-to-full bodied with mild carbonation. Sweet, decently hopped, dark fruit taste with a modest amount of bitterness. Warming, alcohol finish.

   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% couldn’t really taste the alc. great flavors and nice full body, many flavors hit you. great stout

   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 haven’t tried this one, you’re really missing out.

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