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RATINGS: 1442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
uuuuuh - what a treat - Chocolate - smoked nose. Huge head on that hazelnut brown-black colored brew, leaving brussels laces on the glass. Smokey taste, with 100%-like chocolate taste-bitter with tabacco finish. Lingers down smoothly - Thanks JoeVee for sharing with me!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Pours moderately thick with a large brown head that lasts, some lacing. Nose of mocha, berries, and cinnamon. Front is creamy chocolate malts and coffee accompanied by caramel and toffee. Finish is bitter "burnt" roasted malts and a taste of hops with alcohol warmness present. Palate is creamy yet the mouth feel is light. Not the most imperial of this particular style of stout, but an exceptionally wonderful example, certainly fairly complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2004
This beer promised much - a black colour with a full, roasted and butterscotch nose. However, on tasting I found that it was a bit thin and one-dimensional, with little roastiness and too much sweet caramel toffeeness that overwhelmed the flavour. By the end I was a bit bored of it. (Bottle from Alex Hall, NYC)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
Thick velvety tan head and ruddy black body. Nice aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, hops, citrus, and some rum raisin. Lots of creamy malt, woody/piney hops, nice bitterness and some sourness as well. I love a hoppy stout and this is one. Thanks loweredsixth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Opaque black with a nice tan head. Aroma of good coffee and dark chocolate. Full body. Creamy. Flavor caputures the essence of a good stout. Coffee and chocolate and molasses and just plain great for the taste buds. Great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Black as night with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and anise. Flavour is a coffee and dark chocolate, slightly salty. Great blend of malt flavours with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
Black with a frothy long lasting tan head, good lacing and wow lots of hops in the nose with some underlying nose. The taste is very hoppy but not overdone by any means. The alcohol is present in the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (336) - Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2004
Dark black body with a dense light brown head. Aroma is strong and alluring - a sweet chocolate, robust roast maltiness, and a bit of coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, lightly sweet, lightly chocolate, creamy. Nice dry, roasty aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
dark brown/black, thick tan head, rich roasted malt aroma, nuts, coffee, and some chocolate, light fruitiness, nice leafy hoppiness as well, bitter and burnt; rich and creamy, bitter and very strong, rich roasted malt, coffee, fruit, chocolate, and nuts permeate the background, winey - maybe some alcohol as well, bitter leafy hops round out the taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
definately ursa major stout dark black bear with tan head, terrific body, molasses, terrific balance

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