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RATINGS: 1472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Its really brown i guess but gives off a oil black apperance with rapid diminishing tan head. Precious aroma of smoked malts. Flavour is sweetend with the right amount of sugars and dark chocolates. Smooth creaminess making this one of the best stouts ive had so far.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (790) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Pours a dark blackish brown with some reddish hues on the top and sides. Thick brownish beige head. lots of sticky lace. Aroma is chocolaty, malty, coffee and alcohol. little vanilla whipped cream on top. Flavor is straight up espresso, with light sweetness and a creamy mouthfeel. long burnt coffe finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 27, 2004
A very nice pour. Aroma is strong chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, espresso, cream, and vanilla. Very nice mouthfeel, very smooth. Very chewy. Alcohol isn’t too high in content, but is masked well. A good imperial stout, but I expecte it to be more complex.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 2003 bottle. Pours a deep brown with a touch of auburn around the sides. Big creamy beige head. Aroma is fairly simple. NW hops, lots of chocolate, roast and alcohol. Flavor seems a bit off. Lots of roast, but it’s very dry and the alcohol kinda sneaks in. All the while the body seems a bit lacking. The carbonation, furthermore, was very undesirable, creating a bubbly sort of broken up mouthfeel. Hops on the finish, chocolate throughout, some sweetness at the end.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 Bottle. Coffee and chocolate roastiness. Like I’ve never written that before. Is that 75?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Very dark very rich stout, strong coffee taste and Dark Roasted chocolate taste. Well hopped, nice bitter finish.

4
   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.

4.4
   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%.

4.5
   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!

4.1
   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)


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