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RATINGS: 1404   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2003
A hearty imperial stout! More sweetness present in the flavor than in most imperial stouts, but it is a nice touch to the robust roastiness. A hint of smokiness too. Chocolate finish. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2003
A very impressive imperial, very similar to Storm King in many respects - it has the same slight hop presence that is different for the style, yet still good as it seems to go well wih the espresso and chocolate notes - there is a slight caramel presence which is really the only thing about this beer that I think makes it any different than SK - a tasty and balanced imperial that any stout lover should try hard to get his hands on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
A dark amber, not opaque, with a medium creamy tan lasting head. Aroma of cascade hops and roasted malts, reminds me of Bell's Expedition. Flavors are a nice blend of hops, coffee and chocolate. Body is thin and lacking an oily quality. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5149) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2003
Black, tan head. Burnt toast aroma. The flavor reminds me of blackberry jam on burnt toast. fruity, coffee and chocolate are in there, as well. surprisingly crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 12, 2003
nice big stout, coffee and toast flavors are thestrongest but there are elements of chocolate, biscuis and brown sugar. does not have the sherry-like vinous quality I associate with many imperials.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 3, 2003
Bomber. Black, but not as black as some stouts (if it can be "not as black") a little thinnish-looking, very little head. Good strong nose though, licorice, bitter coffee, piney hops. At first taste, it feels very full and thick, and the hops are quite evident. As you roll it around on the tongue, the fairly significant (for an Imp stout) carbonation becomes more evident; seems just a might too fizzy. But the good robust character, the dark molasses and anise flavors, make this a fine example of the style if not one of the very greatest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2003
A good Imperial, but not in the league of some with higher abv, and not quite as well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003
Pours black as night with a velvety head. Aroma of burnt toast. Good mouthfeel but not as chewy as some. A very good beer but could benefit from even more abv and roastiness>>>>> So I went and got an Old Rasputin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2003
Black with a small tan head. Roasted coffee aroma. Flavor of roast and coffee. Bitter finish. Thick and chewey

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2003
This beer poured jet black and formed a huge medium tan foamy Guiness like head that behaved like a float as it subsided, leaving lattice lace coating the glass as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate. A little lighter than I thought it would be, but a fine stout nontheless. It's a shame I have to go to Kentucky to get this or Liquid Solutions. Come on Bear Republic, visit Ohio sometime.

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