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RATINGS: 1439   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 Ė 2nd GOLD 2009 LA International Beer Competition Ė GOLD 2007 Great American Beer Festivalģ American-Style Stout Ė SILVER 2002 World Beer Cup - GOLD

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Smells like...pretzels? Licorice, dusty chocolate, roasty, mild, grapefruity whiff from hops. Good black body, lacing, small tan head. Taste: heavy licorice and roast, medium slick body, little stickiness, acidity up front, balanced but simply full of anise. Thanks, wunder!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 30, 2004
trappist glass, room temp.: black pour with nothing special. small, tan, and tight cremey head that leaves a little lace; the head leaves itself as a soapy ring almost quickly. iím left with a black stout and thatís for damn sure. this is a strong dry stout; roasty, bitter coffee, sweet caramel ... iím having a hard time with the hops. it seems like the sweet and roasted malts have overwhelmed this brew, but i like it like that. itís big, but it didnít "wow" me. surpisingly, it seems a little light by todayís standards... of course i was spoiled and overwhelmed by excellent brews like dark lord. for an imperial, i expected more. perhaps if it were a regular stout i would have rated higher? it's better than guinness, that's what i think... it's comparable to guinness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2004
black, lacey beige head. perfumy hop, super roasty, and coffee aroma. flavour is super roasty too with lots of bitter hops and dark chocolate undertones. a big beer for sure but I think it needs some aging to develope some richness and smoothness on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2004
A strong stout, not quite as strong as I would expect out of an imperial. Good rasted caramel flavors with overtones of chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Pours a nice dark, opaque black color, tan head. Aroma wasnít all that BIG, roasty, hoppy, some dark chocolate. Flavor lacked a punch, but was pretty nice, chocolaty, roasty, and pretty bitter from the hops. Too light for the style. A little underwhelming overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2004
22 oz bottle, tulip glass. Average sized, creamy, light brown, diminishing head. Clear, dark red-black-ruby body. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt (H); orange/lime hops (M). Heavily sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, heavily bitter finish. Medium-full body, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: very good technically...the best Iíve had so far infact...just a little short on the depth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Appearance: black as the darkest night, with a tall, fantastic, booming, cocoay/brown head, leaving chocolatey lace. Aroma: creamy, dry, with faraway hints of coffee, becoming more prominent by the second. Another case of an unfolding flavors. Smooth first sip, "ah," Iím thinking, "that goes down easy." But, oh, no, donít be fooled, the finish is thick and long, and the effect is powerful! Rich, coffeeish, with a full, warm rum/cognac feel. Excellent texture, lush, long-lasting, dark and rewarding flavors, full and roasty and delicious. More earthy, espresso-like dominate the palate, and more, fruitier flavors show up and intermingle, giving off more and more to appreciate. Alcoholic content is also a kicker, and seems to get stronger, darker, more wicked as we go. I save a small sample as a pick-me-up in the morning, throughout the day, when the manís getting me down, anytimeís the right time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Pours with a two-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Black as midnight. Good carbonation. Nose is coffee/caramel. Strong hickory flavor, nice beefy stout but not as dry as a Guinness. The high ABV is not noticeable. $4.60 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2004
Roasted coffee with toffee in the nose and taste. Dark brown/black color. Foamy head. Some tabacco tones in the flavor witha fairly hoppy finish. Lingering bitter like unsweetened baking chocolate. Creamy texture. Pretty heavy and aggressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1513) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2004
deep brown color with garnet tints when held up to the light..head is minimal, aroma is medium roastiness, slight alcohol, and maybe a lactose quality. flavor is moderately roasty, creamy mouthfeel, hops definitely come through here..pretty damn good.

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