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RATINGS: 1400   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Very dark and yummy looking. Small tan head that diminshes quickly. Lacing is nice. Aroma is very much that of coffee and caramel sweetness. Very nice aroma. The flavor is coffee and a syrupy sweetness. The boduy is big and smooth. This one is less bitter then other Imperial Stouts but is very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Sweet roast coffee aroma. I really liked the balance of flavors in this - roast coffee, dark fruits, sweet cream - a nice amount of hops brings it all together nicely.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Malt aroma. Finish is hoppy and very nice. Packs a wallop at 8.1%. Nicely carbonated.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 4, 2003
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a dark, roasty brown, with red highlights. Fast fading tan head slid back to a thin layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Aromas are of molasses & hops, right away. They must use a lot of blackstrap molasses in this brew, because the aroma is mostly of that. Slight maltiness in the background. Tastes of molasses (surprize!) and slight roasted malts. Hops don't hit you until you swallow. Sweet taste of caramel also present. Finishes somewhat sweet, but not cloying. Would go great with Godiva chocolate truffles.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Hoppy fruity strawberry,Mild coffee aroma.Dark black brown appearance.Hoppy coffee flavor with some fruity peach flavor.As it warms caramel,chocolate,cherry, and strawbery flavors emerge.This stout has a very wide spectrum of flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 Black with burgundy highlights and a tan, frothy head with nice and thick lace left behind. Nose was wafting aromatics: chocolate, coffee, alcohol and vanilla. Mouthfeel was nice, but lightish at times. Wonderful malt flavors: roasty, toasty, smoky, rich, burnt, coffee-ish and chocolaty. Healthy hop bitterness rounded things out. Lactic sweetness. Vanilla aromas exuded. Overall, a really good stout ... which improved quite a bit as it warmed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Very dark black, delicious roasty flavors that you would expect: chocolate, coffee, etc. The flavors run through your mouth like a big smoky black bear running through the deep forest in search of its next meal.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Pours a pitch black, with a large dark tan head that is a bit rocky, mostly lasting, and laces in sheets. Aroma is enormous, with a lot of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a generous dose of hops. Flavor is equally large - tons of chocolate, middle becomes more coffee like, and ends with a very big and tasty hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, amazingly flavorful and complex - definitely one that needs to be consumed above fridge temp. I'm going to have to do a side-by-side with some Storm King since they are both amazing brews.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Bottle. Pours dark, dark brown - almost black - with a small medium brown head. This is a nice stout, not quite as rich as some other Imperials, but nicely balanced and well done. Aroma is full and rich with lots of dark roasted malts - mocha, cherries and grassy hops. Flavor is nice, sweet with molasses, prunes and figs, coffee and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is round and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2003
A chestnut-brown, smooth Imperial that may be more reminiscent of a Sweet Stout. Thick, creamy tan head. Roasted malts and toast in the nose, followed by strong caramel, toast, sweet fruitiness and a slightly tangy aftertaste. Body is smooth and relatively thin for the style, although this complemented the flavors present here. A unique example. Reminds me a bit of Stoudt's Fat Dog, except Bear Republic is better developed.


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