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RATINGS: 1424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 17/20
radiomgb (2450) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
Deep brown in colour with a thin beige coloured head. Aroma was deeply roasty, with dark chocolate and lots of malt. The flavour was hugely roasty, with lots of dark chocolate and some sweetness. Finished dry but you could still taste the beer for a bit. This was decadent. No alcohol to be found. Thanks for sharing beerhugger.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
A big black bear of a stout with some creamy milk chocolate fur for a head. Beautifully roasty and mixed choco-coffee aromas draw you into a fantastically smooth and creamy beer. Where's the alcohol? Full-bodied and nicely balanced between the malts and the subtly hopped very dry aftertaste - beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3311) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 ReRate-im not going to lower the score here, but i just have to ad that i just sampled a bottle of this and it tasted way off. I think it was pretty old (had some sediment at the bottom). The hops were somewhat there, but created a really metalic flavor with the chocolate and roasted malts. Well i guess this bottle is old-says its a winter seasonal! 22oz bomber. pours 99% black with very little tan head. huge dry hopped aroma for an imperial stout, something i have never smelled in an imperial. lots of coffee in the aroma alongside the hops. the body felt thin, but that maybe because i just sampled a WWS before this! Huge roasted flavors with citrus hops alongside. Definately a quality IMP Stout!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5002) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 1, 2004
This bottles brew from Flemdawg, thanks Jim, poured a medium sized head of foamy light brown colored long lasting bubbles. The body was semi-opaque and dark ruby brown red colored with no visible carbonation. It had a malty aroma and a crisp malt hop start to the mouth feel with a lingering malt hop bite. The flavor was mild coffee hops dark malt and a had few roasted malt notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (539) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Opaque and a dark brown color with a hint of red near the edges. Small head that was colored a tan. A nice beer to smell, a mixture of milk chocolate and cookies. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and malts. Nice and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Bottled. This beer formed a small sized tan and frothy head with fine-medium sized bubbles. The body was opaque and black with no visible carbonation. The nose was coffee, chocolate and caramel. The flavor was very tasty with malt, coffee and some hop notes. The mouthfeel was smooth but a tad thin. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2004
dark black in coloration with a cream colored head. a deep coffee smell with some dark chocolates... and a taste to match.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Pours black, smallish dark tan head, minimal lacing. Roasty aroma, hoppy finish with well hidden alcohol. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3213) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2004
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.

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