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RATINGS: 1442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8701) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Bottle - Black like a stout should be. Wonderfully sweet nose of caramel and chocolate malts, sweet cascade hops and scotch. Smoky and roasted throughout as the chocolate malts take over, with a milky smooth palate that leads to a bitter and dry smoked finish. Really excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a black color with a small tan creamy head. Has a bountiful aroma and delicious taste of roasted malts, coffee, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Nice black pour with tan head. Nice roasty taste along with chocolate and coffee. I'd love to try the draft version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2982) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2003
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 12, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
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.

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