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RATINGS: 1440   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 – 2nd GOLD 2009 LA International Beer Competition – GOLD 2007 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Stout – SILVER 2002 World Beer Cup - GOLD

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6161) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 A grassy hop field with twinkling alcohol dew gives view to a distant vinous rivulet...C-hops are planted up front, piercing through the rich soil of molasses along with an intense roasty bitterness...A pleasant but thin-bodied image of its region, stunningly endemic...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
Dark brown, almost opaque with thin chocolate brown head. Sweetness dominates mild aroma of dark fruits - raisinous, viney. Roasty up-front with a sweetness in the middle and through the finish as it fades back to a roasty bitterness. Medium-full body with creamy mouthfeel. Bottle. Blind tasting #1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 Pours dark brown/black (clear mahogany when held up to light) with a thick brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and some vanilla. Taste has notes of roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Also has a nice hoppy presence. Moderately sweet, roasty finish. Medium body with a smooth texture and sublte carbonation - kind of light for an imperial stout. Great lacing and head retention. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Dark brown with a thick tan head. Very hoppy aroma with some roasted malt and coffee. Strong roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hops flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11237) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2004
Dark opaque berar with a nice resilient moka head. The nice thing here is the aroma evolved as the beer warmed up...initially smeeld of hops and cinnamon herts, but then the aroma evolved to chocolate and vanilla moka...wow. Bitter chocolate chunks linger in the mouth with a sweet aftertaste, creamy and full bodied. 3 spoges for this baby which goes well with a bleu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4821) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 (22oz bottle) Pours an opaque body and a medium, beige head. Very hoppy nose while still cold - yet became a coffee and cocoa king upon hitting room temperature. Very complex - reminds me of Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque. (4.3/5) Update - (3.9/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2004
This is a good Imperial Stout. Sweet, chocolate, and malt flavors. Finishes rich, creamy, and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (6298) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Pours with a motor oil like blackness. A brown eggshell colored heavily lacing head tops it off nicely. The aroma is many things - all pleasant - citrusy hoppiness but at the same time nutty maltiness - overall fruity smelly. Taste is slightly fruity as well, with dates and a bit of chocolate is noted as it warms. The finish is a bit tart but balances out well with some nuttiness. Overall an excellent Imperial Stout and many thanks to Aurelius for bringing this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (4680) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
A fine pint o' stout. Berry and stout aroma. Mildly tart, but with good acid balance, mostly coffee, west coast hops. As it warms lots more caramel, fruit and creamy sweetness is evident. Mouthfeel is coffee and cream, finish is moderately long roast bitter with some wine-iness. Nicely done.

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