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RATINGS: 1418   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Dark brown, almost black. Nice chocolate-brown colored head that dissipates slightly but sticks around for the long haul. Burnt coffee flavors with surprising hop finish. Very good Imperial Stout but lacks the wonderful thick body of the top tier Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Nearly opaque hue with a nice frothy head and very good lacing. Aroma hints of bittersweet chocolate, pine and grapefruit hops, burnt malts, espresso, and molasses. The taste started chocolate sweet then was followed by hops bitterness, beautiful balance. The dry, smoky and acidic undertone rounds out the taste. My only knock against the beer is that it has a thinner than expected mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol very well. I just wish they would have called it Big Bad Bear Black Stout...lol!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Seemed kind of ordinary; little head, coffeish taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Could only coax a light hop aroma,first sip sweet, mocahish, the sweetness more distinct, intial aftertaste sweet and thick, but then it almost became medicinal. Good start, disappointing end

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2003
Dark brown, pale head, aroma + flavour of pine and grapefruit rind mixed in with a chocolatey roast. For an imperial stout it's a little bit pale and a bit thin, the flavours are not too well integrated and finishing hop bitterness is a little peppery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Due to popular demand (nods to user_experience and PsychProf) I have finally sampled this much-praised stout, and I must do the ordinary thing and tow the company line: this is indeed a truly delicious beer. Very roasted and coffeeish, which is oddly balanced out by hops towards the finish, similar to the genre-defining great, Shakespeare Stout (now unforgivably only sold in 22 oz bottles for a ridiculous $3.99 here in Sacramento). A great stout, certainly one I'd recommend to anyone looking for life beyond Guinness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2003
This stout pours like most with a leathery brown color and settles nothing but black, solid black, the head grows up from the pour with strength to about 3/4 inch high and is cocoa brown, thick spongy foam and tightly frothed, settles slowly and lace sticks well in thin sheets of the same color all over eventually giving way to lots of strings. Smell is deep, slightly rich and creamy with a good sense of sweet chocolate and darker malts with a hint of coffee. Taste is a complex richness of chewy dark malts, favorable sweetness in the chocolate areas, quite solid and full, with a bit of molasses, nice moderate bitterness blended in from hops, note of dried fruits and one nice thickly sticking finish of chocolatey/coffeeish dryness that lingers long. Mega yummy! Feel is full and creamy smooth and makes for one amazingly easy drinkable Imperial Stout. Warms ya up; very good stuff, Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
beautiful dark black color, nice tan head, i think it was a little too over hopped and i think the other flavors werent as developed as they shouldve been, a good stout but no rasputin

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
good black color, nice dark tan head. Good coffee, chocolate aroma. Flavor sits in your mouth. An Ideal imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Nice stout. Pours up big and black. Nice brown head. Good flavor of roasted malt and a bit of hops in the finish. Is strong as I can sense the alcohol after a few drinks. Quite good.

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