OldGrowth (2930) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Nice nose, Chocolate/coffee/ABV all in it. Great reddish black color. Good head, left good lacing. Nice coffee,molasses, kinda burnt,some grapefruit bitterness. Creamy smooth with lingering bitterness. Delicious, I am now a big fan of Bear Republic
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black Stout indeed! Musty malt and yeast aroma that poured out black as night with a large coco head with large bubbles. Flavor was burnt chocolate and coffee with a very bitter after taste. Palate was very thick and pleasing.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
150% opaque, if that were possible. This is the darkest beer I've ever seen. Head is thick and toasted brown. Smells great: dark roasted malt and good amount of roaster, bitter hops for a stout. Taste is big, wet, roasted and hoppy. A little bit of molasses and brown sugar on the palate, but I would not call this beer sweet. Aftertaste is burnt, roasted coffee and malt. No alcohol in taste. Great stout, but not an IS.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bottle. This beer was a very good example of an Imperial Stout. It masked the alcohol well, as stated in the description. The flavor and nose were mainly chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. It had a nicely bitter aftertaste which lingered quite a while. I will try this again.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
soy, butterscotch, chocolate, light roast on the nose, quite nice. Jet black with a big thick head. Soy sauce, molasses, some roast, loads of chocolate. Huge and chewey, takes some working to be able to swallow, massive compared to flavor profile. Piney resinous hops, very bitter but not to present in this big soy chocolate brew.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big and black, brown edge, nice tan head. Hop presence in the nose and taste which I love. Chocolate, hoppy, smooth, roasty, very drinkable. Full and creamy on the palate with a lingering bitter finish. Thanks to Redlem for these beauties.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appears like used motor oil. Sweet, roasty nose. Big tan head. Very dry, licorice, coffee, nutty, brown bread. Lacking the big dark fruit that arises from other Imperials, Big Bear is dry and damn good at what it does. Moderately high alcohol is masked very well here. Medium to full body, finishing dry and bitter with Cascades shining through. A very drinkable, excellent and somewhat out of the ordinary Dry Imperial. Very nicely done.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GORGEOUS!! Dark black color with an amazing thick frothy, Guinness like head. Lots of lace. Rich roasted malt aroma. Starts sweet and malty with tones of chocolate. Middle is more roasted and coffee with tones of sweet toffee, finish lighlty bitter and hoppy with hints of cherry. Smooth silky mouthfeel, slightly creamy, with a mild alcohol presence.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque black color with a small whitish/caramel head. Deep, rich, roasted malt flavor. Some sweetness for sure and creamy on the tongue. Nice hop presence at the finish. A top-notch beer from one of my favorite brewers.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.