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RATINGS: 1487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2004
This isn’t on of those imperials that whacks you over the head and that’s a good thing especially given that the internal temperature of my house is over eighty degrees Fahrenheit even though this winter seasonal has already found its way to my local beer store. Black with a brown head that leaves a tenacious little bit of lace. Nice aroma--mostly chocolate with a bit toasty coffee deliciousness. Incredibly smooth and drinkable if not the most assertive stout out there. Interestingly, a citric hoppy note plays along with the dark, roasted backbone. Very dry. Mouthfeel is more along the lines of a strong IPA than an imperial stout. Some fruity notes come out as it warms.It’s about as close to refreshing as I could imagine given the style. It all works out quite nicely. Thanks for asking.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 25, 2004
classy stuff. pitch black with brown head. powder chocolate and asphalt aroma. very full in the mouth, quite coffeeish, hint of cream, quite bitter and dry, great stuff

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Nice dark brown color,small dark tan head that faded quickly leaving a small lace behind.Nice roasty malty aroma with a definate hop presence and a slight grapefruit smell.Maybe a some chocolate and a bit of coffee as well.Nice flavor of malt some what creamy feel with a good flavor of chocolate and mild coffee.The hops come through very well with a nice additon in the middle and a mild bitterness towards the end.The alcohol really goes unnoticed for the most part with just a mild warming feeling as it goes down.very nice brew and well worth having a few more around for later.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11069) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
Quite drinkable roasted licorice,m cocoa and chocolate malt and very bitter. By itself, not the best stout I have had. Quenched the thirst and then some. Astringent, great with meat and salad. This brewery is awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2004
Bottled. NYC. Super black body with a beige fine head. Super rich chocolate flavour. Bitter chocolate and mocca flavour. Lovely beer that you could (attempt) to drink all day. Really well balance and generous flavour. MUST drink MORE Bear Republic Beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 14, 2004
Very drinkable imperial stout. Caramel/chocolate nose and flavor at first with a nice roasty nut flavor at the end. Good hopping on this baby as well. Well made stout and almost refreshingly low on alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (2973) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Pours very dark with virtually no head. Smells of sweet roasted coffee, with chocolate. Very smooth, mildly carbonated. Tastes has some hops, roasted malts, slight choco flavor. Good quality impy.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3742) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Bottle Pours black except for the dark brown edges, with a very little head and slight lacing. Aroma is very nice chocolate, prunes, caramel, purple grapes, licorice. Flavor is dominated by charcoal smokey burnt wood. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Feel is mildly thick not as silky smooth as some can be. Slight bitterness at the end, but as expected. As it warms, the smooth mouth feel is better, and the bitter trailer is not as noticable.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Opaque black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Roasty aroma of chocolate, big time nuts, and light dried fruits. Very chocolately and roasty with some nice hops for balance. Very drinkable here as no alcohol is noticed. A very nice stout, thanks Eyedrinkale!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Deep black with tan head. Aroma is coffee and molasses. Flavor is coffee with a noticable hop finish. Excellent


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