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RATINGS: 1397   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


3.6
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1512) - 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

4
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2003
I feel like I have to actually chew this beer to get it down safely...very thick molasses and chocolate flavors give way to a burning alchohol sensation that sits on your chest like a deranged demon...or a black bear, you decide. This is definitely dry but the achohol could stand to be a bit better masked in my opinion - almost comes off a bit astringent at times. Fairly impressive molasses malt, but...arggh...my chest is caving in.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Racegoer (352) - 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 (1652) - 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 (1904) - 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?


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