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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
Pours a black color with not much of a head. Aroma of C hops, maybe Chinook, biscuity malt and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with C hops and alcohol, sweet finish, not very roasted for an imperial stout. Full body, liquorous texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
22oz brown bomber. This pours a nice opaque black color with and excellent tan light brown head. The head slowly fades away leaving a lacing about the glass. The aroma is very rich with a roasted coffee and dark chocolate scent that is mouthwatering. There is also the smell of a slight sweetness. Its starts off tasting of coffee and roasted malt with a touch hop for some balance. Then has a dry dark chocolate finish with a slight bitterness. There are also notes of dark fruits to be had in this brew, no traces of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, you couldn’t really ask for more. This is an excellent imperial stout that is highly drinkable and I would love to try on tap. I could defiantly drink more of these than I should with the high alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Black as pitch with a volumous, subsiding, tan head. Soft carbonation and a medium, lasting mouthfeel. Aroma of malt, roast, and coffee. Smooth, robust flavor. A bit smokey. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Tap at Blind Tiger.Black w. small tan head. roasted malts, some coffee, and more chocolate then i expected.,smooth and very good. Update 1/6/04...had this in bottle since rating it from the tap,,palate was very thin..this took alot away from this beer for me..so for the bottle id knock the palate rating to a 2, and overall to a 15.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2004
On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Dark brown/black color with a small tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Sweet initial malt flavor with lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Finish is much drier than the first taste. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2004
poured a dark brown almost black color with a tan head which i found to have great retention. A mild roasted coffee aroma. A sweet taste withheavy bitter roasted notes of choclate and coffee. Could not taste caramel like the bottle suggested. Watery feel to it ruined part of the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8572) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown with a touch of red underneath a big brownish head. Roasty, chocolatey aroma. Medium to medium light bodied. Roasty caramel malt flavor with a bit of chocolate. Easy to drink. Well put together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
MadMakr (1) - S.D. baby!, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004 does not count
Pours black with a tan head, no lace. Aroma is definetly roasted. feel was very smooth, with little to no carbonation. I really liked it. Flavor was dark and also roasted. At $3.99 for a 22oz, this is a great deal! You can bet I will buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1094) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
Black with red hues at the bottom. Huge firm rocky tan head. Roasted malts, raisin, milk chocolate, and stronger than expected hop. Rich but remarkably dry and spritzy for an imperial stout. Very similar to Wellington. Deep roast, sweet malts. Most of the bitter flavours are hoppy instead of burnt. Ripe cherries, raspberry, nuts, milk chocolate, and late coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - NOV 1, 2004
very tasty stout, i enjoyed this very much. poured very dark and had a nice tan head. aroma was malty, with coffee and chocolate aromas as well, not too sweet and went down smooth. this is a great stout and i will be drinking pleny more of these.

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