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RATINGS: 1434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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


4.1
   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 I’ve had so far infact...just a little short on the depth.

4.6
   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," I’m thinking, "that goes down easy." But, oh, no, don’t 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 man’s getting me down, anytime’s the right time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2454) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2624) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1507) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2004
Bottle. Very classy stuff. Full mouthfeel. nicely chocolatey, with and off-dry finish. Decent amount of hops in there, but pretty well balanced. One of my favourite beers on my US trip.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Dark reddish brown, small tan head, mild roasty nose. Dry and roasty, coffee flavors, some chocolate, PNW hops, not particularly strong. Bitter finish. A fairly thin offering for the style, but a tasty beer nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Dark in color with a nice fluffy head. Roasty aroma. Roasty and coffee like. Very malty. Very thick and chewy. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Black with a tan head. Roasty coffee aroma. Flavor is malty with lots of malt bitterness and a touch of hop bitterness. Roasty and coffee like. Thick and chewy. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Nice red brown. Deeply malty aroma with some graham and lots of plums thrown in. A little EtOH exudes, but it’s actually pleasant in this quantity. Some apricots too. Pleasantly bitter flavor with continued light fruitiness and considerable bitter aftertaste. Body is a bit thin, but fairly pleasing nonetheless.


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