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RATINGS: 1439   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

   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 (334) - 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 (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
definately ursa major stout dark black bear with tan head, terrific body, molasses, terrific balance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Pours a dark black color that is crowned by a prodigious thick, creamy, deep brown head. Strong aromas of coffee, treacle, chocolate, a floral hoppiness, and perhaps some citrus. This has a great thick, creamy mouthfeel, yet it still is light and smooth at the same time. The beer finishes sweet with roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavors. This beer is so silky smooth as it goes down. The roast character, that is here, is missing all of the harsh astringent flavors that are often found in a stout, and this is a good thing. This is a very well integrated, very well balanced beer. I must say that Bear Republic continues to impress me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2804) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2004
This is an OK Imperal Stout but I expect more. Very coffee-like taste to itbbut its very light. Its has no bitterness but I like my Imperial stouts to have substance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Blind tasting, thanks Hopsrus Very dark body wearing a film beige head. Aroma is of restrained intensity, lightly hoppy, resinous and piney with mild coffee notes. Mouth entrance hits you with a little raw sugar moment which is swiftly followed by brown sugar and caramel maltiness. Again, rapidly, cascade hops take control leading to a dry hoppy finish (resin, pine, coniferous) paired with a classic slightly citric acidity. Body is medium with considerable carbonation for the style. Straight to the point west coast stuff.
Resampling many months later: Not quite opaque, smooth mouthfeel though highly carbonated. Perfect level of roastiness, almost smoky, but fatiguing sweetness, overwhelming almost. Lowering this from 0.2

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