HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big sweet pine nose that give away to malt. Great head and lace. Jet black. A little too light on the palate. Very fruity (cherry & Raspberry). Long dry coffee finish.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark black in coloration with a cream colored head. a deep coffee smell with some dark chocolates... and a taste to match.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black, smallish dark tan head, minimal lacing. Roasty aroma, hoppy finish with well hidden alcohol. Very nice.
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big Bear is big and black with a rich creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and carmel. The flavor is chocolate, with a coffee-like bitterness and is very smooth. It hides it's alcohol well. A well balanced, finely crafted Stout.
craven5000 (99) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Easy big tan head. Dark black color. The aroma was alcoholic with a deep sweetness. The alcohol taste was definitely present but accompanied by sweetness; molasses or warm brown sugar.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just from the pour I am impressed with this beer. Beautiful color and head, and smells great too. Wow, the only thing better then looking at this beer is drinking it! Has a bit of a chocolate/coffee flavor, with what taste like a belgian aftertaste. The perfect beer for tonight, as I am about to take a break from beer until St Patrick's day (Gawd help me).
3fourths (8099) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Bottle - Black like a stout should be. Wonderfully sweet nose of caramel and chocolate malts, sweet cascade hops and scotch. Smoky and roasted throughout as the chocolate malts take over, with a milky smooth palate that leads to a bitter and dry smoked finish. Really excellent.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a black color with a small tan creamy head. Has a bountiful aroma and delicious taste of roasted malts, coffee, and brown sugar.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice black pour with tan head. Nice roasty taste along with chocolate and coffee. I'd love to try the draft version.
OldGrowth (2699) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Nice nose, Chocolate/coffee/ABV all in it. Great reddish black color. Good head, left good lacing. Nice coffee,molasses, kinda burnt,some grapefruit bitterness. Creamy smooth with lingering bitterness. Delicious, I am now a big fan of Bear Republic