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RATINGS: 1426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Hoppy fruity strawberry,Mild coffee aroma.Dark black brown appearance.Hoppy coffee flavor with some fruity peach flavor.As it warms caramel,chocolate,cherry, and strawbery flavors emerge.This stout has a very wide spectrum of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 Black with burgundy highlights and a tan, frothy head with nice and thick lace left behind. Nose was wafting aromatics: chocolate, coffee, alcohol and vanilla. Mouthfeel was nice, but lightish at times. Wonderful malt flavors: roasty, toasty, smoky, rich, burnt, coffee-ish and chocolaty. Healthy hop bitterness rounded things out. Lactic sweetness. Vanilla aromas exuded. Overall, a really good stout ... which improved quite a bit as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Very dark black, delicious roasty flavors that you would expect: chocolate, coffee, etc. The flavors run through your mouth like a big smoky black bear running through the deep forest in search of its next meal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Pours a pitch black, with a large dark tan head that is a bit rocky, mostly lasting, and laces in sheets. Aroma is enormous, with a lot of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a generous dose of hops. Flavor is equally large - tons of chocolate, middle becomes more coffee like, and ends with a very big and tasty hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, amazingly flavorful and complex - definitely one that needs to be consumed above fridge temp. I'm going to have to do a side-by-side with some Storm King since they are both amazing brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Bottle. Pours dark, dark brown - almost black - with a small medium brown head. This is a nice stout, not quite as rich as some other Imperials, but nicely balanced and well done. Aroma is full and rich with lots of dark roasted malts - mocha, cherries and grassy hops. Flavor is nice, sweet with molasses, prunes and figs, coffee and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is round and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2003
A chestnut-brown, smooth Imperial that may be more reminiscent of a Sweet Stout. Thick, creamy tan head. Roasted malts and toast in the nose, followed by strong caramel, toast, sweet fruitiness and a slightly tangy aftertaste. Body is smooth and relatively thin for the style, although this complemented the flavors present here. A unique example. Reminds me a bit of Stoudt's Fat Dog, except Bear Republic is better developed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Thin rim of head, clear medium blackish-brown. Fruity malty molassas aroma. Saliva-inducing, slightly smoky malt flavor. Alcohol well hidden, as the commercial description implies. Perfectly sweet, rather than dry. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Pours with a black body topped by a medium thick to thick tan head with good lacing on the glass. Slightly bitter malt aroma with a nice roasty character, a touch of anise and a faint sweetness. Bitter, roasty malt flavor with notes of anise and a slight sweetness. The finish is bitter and roasty. full bodied, creamy and smooth with a slight tingle on the tongue.

   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 (6364) - 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!

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