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RATINGS: 1393   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2003
deep dark coal black, aroma of coffee,brown sugar, expresso.Smooth rich flavours of Kenya AA coffee, chocolate malts,moderate Cascade hops, sweet rich and complex, not at all sour like many Imperial Stouts, Recommended !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
(bottle RAF 03) Very dark, like staring into a rural sky on a cloudy night. Huge chocolate aroma. Very full, think, coating palate. Sweet, roasty flavors. This is an excellant sweet stout and perhaps my favorite non-imperial stout.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MERUBADOO (6) - Flossmoor, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003 does not count
TASTING THIS IMPERIAL STOUT AT THE REAL ALE FEST, BOTTLE CONDIITONED, I WAS VERY IMPRESSED. SMOOTH, TREMENDOUSLY RICH AND THICK!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Bottle at the RAF 2003: Dark, thick and opaque. Sweet alcohol and lucious raisins explode in my mouth, good hop presence, surrounded by fruit and chocolate, great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Enjoyable imperial stout. Quite dry but really thick. Thick like old paint in a can thick. Some sweet powdered flavors with just a hint of the roasted tones. Not really heavy on the hops in any position.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Hey, finally an Imperial Stout at the Real Ale Fest 2003 that I can't see through!! This was from the bottle and had a big proud malty nose that had notes dark plum and roasted chocolate covered almonds. Sweet and thick, this was just what I was looking for. Some drying, bitter/ alcoholic waves at the end. Anyone have an extra bottle of this stuff?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Nice deep dark coloration but no head retention. Odors of brown sugar mixed with chocolate make the nose somewhat confusing to follow. Malty, thick and not too hoppy. Could have used a bit of peat malt to perk it up.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Chocolatey aroma. Malt is very flavorful chocolate which develops into above average hop blast for a stout. A little fruit in the finish, very smooth and flavorful.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 An impressive roasted coffee/ coccoa aroma wafted out of my glass. Dark as night. A very sticky dark chocolate taste appears upon first sip. A little bit of burnt oak smell begins to come on board at this time. Some coffee, but not a lot in the flavor. Begins to taste more burnt in time. An almost undetectable amount of hops becomes present, and this finishes smooth, like a criminal.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Roasted malt flavor, complex & sweet. Nice accent of hops throughout. This is different from other stouts with its aggresive hop profile.


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