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RATINGS: 1410   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
good black color, nice dark tan head. Good coffee, chocolate aroma. Flavor sits in your mouth. An Ideal imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Nice stout. Pours up big and black. Nice brown head. Good flavor of roasted malt and a bit of hops in the finish. Is strong as I can sense the alcohol after a few drinks. Quite good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2003
black color and creamy brown head. Chocolate malty and nutty aroma. Tastes just like it smells. A very creamy palate that is not extremely syrupy. Great beer very smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2003
Sweet milk chocolate aroma, hint of liquorice. Incredibly deep brown, small cappuccino head. Black currants, roasted malt flavour, fine bitterness follows. Well balanced, full bodied, a great example!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2003 This has to be the best stout I've had in recent memory. Pours dark black and I could see no light coming through. Creamy dense head that is light brown in color and lasts the duration. My first impression when I opened the bottle was that this is a hoppy stout. After I poured it the aroma was sweet with chocolate, roasted malt and caramel standing out. Also a definate hop presence. Extremely smoothy and drinkable despite its 8.1% abv. Flavor is an excellent marriage of malt hops. Sweet, robust and displaying a complexity not often found in this style. It's no wonder it's a glod medaal winner.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3509) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Black out of the bottle with a head like espresso. Creamy soft mouthfeel with sublte sweet coffee aroma. Great coffee bitterness with lots of caramel sweetness. Surprisingly light, almost chuggable. Very tastey.

4.3
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4921) - 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.

4.2
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5195) - 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.


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