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RATINGS: 1466   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
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2004
This brew is a great stout, not really strong like many imps but still very well crafted. Pours black with a light tan head. Roasty aroma with a good coffee nose. Taste has a good roasty malt start balanced with a mild hop bittered finish. Very smooth with a good thickness to the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [22 oz. bomber] Black and oily in color with a creamy looking tan head. Rich and aromatic nose of chocolate, malt and coffee. Very sweet smelling. Rich and full flavor of coffee and chocolate malts that blends well with a brown sugar taste and slight hints of molasses. Very smooth and well blended and goes down smooth with a slightly bitter, coffee-like finish. There’s a little sweet taste that stays on your lips. Very smooth and very tasty. I really can’t tell that it’s 8.1%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Pitch black with a beautiful foamy light brown head. Full and delicious aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, hops and coffee. Flavor is very nice too. Roasted malt, citrus, coffee, chocolate and hops. Really smooth and long lasting taste. A very nice stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Tan head, black beer. Roast aroma, Nice roast bite in taste. Somewhat singular in that respect, it does not have a lot of other things going on, which in this case is good. Not overly bittered or laced with hop aroma. Alcohol well hidden. (Probably was on the cool side when sampled)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (33405) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2004
A pitch black black bear colored beer with a disappearing chocolate colored head. The aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate, while the flavor is dominated by chocolate as well as coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Pours a clean brown and settles to a dark brown, nearly black, with a long lasting, but small dark tan head. Aroma is roasted and toasted with coffee and other dark malts, some lesser dark fruit and a slight hint of alcohol. The taste is strongly roasty but not overly bitter like some imperial stouts. Interesting because it doesn’t try to hid the flavor with hops, it allows the malts and hops to play together. It has a somewhat chalky feel and finishes nice and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2004
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Dense brown medium sized head. Lasts long. Hops, malt, fruit, roast and ligth coffee notes in the aroma. Very good. Hops, malt, chocolate, coffee and some fruitnotes in the flavour. This is highly addictive. A smooth and full coffeebitterness ends this mighty brew, and the flavours lingers long on the palate. Damned its good. The beer of the evening IMO. Thanks Jeppe for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
auto (163) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
black dark colour thin/thick head. crisp chocolate coffee scent which is quite potent. taste is sweet but not too sweet, near perfect. normal palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
pours a deep, thick black with a rich tan head, that sustains well and coats the glass in sheets. nose is a combination of deep roasted malts and citrusy American hops. Personally, I don’t like that citrus note in a dark beer. fortunately, the hops disappear in the flavor, which is rich, malty and roasty, with a licorice note in the finish. the hops only appear as bitterness. wonderful mouthfeel, very creamy. good imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2004
This isn’t on of those imperials that whacks you over the head and that’s a good thing especially given that the internal temperature of my house is over eighty degrees Fahrenheit even though this winter seasonal has already found its way to my local beer store. Black with a brown head that leaves a tenacious little bit of lace. Nice aroma--mostly chocolate with a bit toasty coffee deliciousness. Incredibly smooth and drinkable if not the most assertive stout out there. Interestingly, a citric hoppy note plays along with the dark, roasted backbone. Very dry. Mouthfeel is more along the lines of a strong IPA than an imperial stout. Some fruity notes come out as it warms.It’s about as close to refreshing as I could imagine given the style. It all works out quite nicely. Thanks for asking.

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