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RATINGS: 1487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Dark in color with a nice fluffy head. Roasty aroma. Roasty and coffee like. Very malty. Very thick and chewy. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Black with a tan head. Roasty coffee aroma. Flavor is malty with lots of malt bitterness and a touch of hop bitterness. Roasty and coffee like. Thick and chewy. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Nice red brown. Deeply malty aroma with some graham and lots of plums thrown in. A little EtOH exudes, but it’s actually pleasant in this quantity. Some apricots too. Pleasantly bitter flavor with continued light fruitiness and considerable bitter aftertaste. Body is a bit thin, but fairly pleasing nonetheless.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2004
A deep dark stout with a mix of molasses, chocolate, and chicory. Smooth and very easy to drink.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2004
This is a classic, beautiful dark pour, with a light brown foam, not head, that lingered. This was a hardcore stout, heavy but strangly smooth and drinkable, there are very few stouts that you can drink a 22 like water, the was one....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
uuuuuh - what a treat - Chocolate - smoked nose. Huge head on that hazelnut brown-black colored brew, leaving brussels laces on the glass. Smokey taste, with 100%-like chocolate taste-bitter with tabacco finish. Lingers down smoothly - Thanks JoeVee for sharing with me!!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Pours moderately thick with a large brown head that lasts, some lacing. Nose of mocha, berries, and cinnamon. Front is creamy chocolate malts and coffee accompanied by caramel and toffee. Finish is bitter "burnt" roasted malts and a taste of hops with alcohol warmness present. Palate is creamy yet the mouth feel is light. Not the most imperial of this particular style of stout, but an exceptionally wonderful example, certainly fairly complex.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2004
This beer promised much - a black colour with a full, roasted and butterscotch nose. However, on tasting I found that it was a bit thin and one-dimensional, with little roastiness and too much sweet caramel toffeeness that overwhelmed the flavour. By the end I was a bit bored of it. (Bottle from Alex Hall, NYC)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
Thick velvety tan head and ruddy black body. Nice aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, hops, citrus, and some rum raisin. Lots of creamy malt, woody/piney hops, nice bitterness and some sourness as well. I love a hoppy stout and this is one. Thanks loweredsixth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Opaque black with a nice tan head. Aroma of good coffee and dark chocolate. Full body. Creamy. Flavor caputures the essence of a good stout. Coffee and chocolate and molasses and just plain great for the taste buds. Great stout.


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