3fourths (8701) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Bottle - Black like a stout should be. Wonderfully sweet nose of caramel and chocolate malts, sweet cascade hops and scotch. Smoky and roasted throughout as the chocolate malts take over, with a milky smooth palate that leads to a bitter and dry smoked finish. Really excellent.
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a black color with a small tan creamy head. Has a bountiful aroma and delicious taste of roasted malts, coffee, and brown sugar.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice black pour with tan head. Nice roasty taste along with chocolate and coffee. I'd love to try the draft version.
OldGrowth (2982) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Nice nose, Chocolate/coffee/ABV all in it. Great reddish black color. Good head, left good lacing. Nice coffee,molasses, kinda burnt,some grapefruit bitterness. Creamy smooth with lingering bitterness. Delicious, I am now a big fan of Bear Republic
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black Stout indeed! Musty malt and yeast aroma that poured out black as night with a large coco head with large bubbles. Flavor was burnt chocolate and coffee with a very bitter after taste. Palate was very thick and pleasing.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
150% opaque, if that were possible. This is the darkest beer I've ever seen. Head is thick and toasted brown. Smells great: dark roasted malt and good amount of roaster, bitter hops for a stout. Taste is big, wet, roasted and hoppy. A little bit of molasses and brown sugar on the palate, but I would not call this beer sweet. Aftertaste is burnt, roasted coffee and malt. No alcohol in taste. Great stout, but not an IS.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bottle. This beer was a very good example of an Imperial Stout. It masked the alcohol well, as stated in the deScription. The flavor and nose were mainly chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. It had a nicely bitter aftertaste which lingered quite a while. I will try this again.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
soy, butterscotch, chocolate, light roast on the nose, quite nice. Jet black with a big thick head. Soy sauce, molasses, some roast, loads of chocolate. Huge and chewey, takes some working to be able to swallow, massive compared to flavor profile. Piney resinous hops, very bitter but not to present in this big soy chocolate brew.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big and black, brown edge, nice tan head. Hop presence in the nose and taste which I love. Chocolate, hoppy, smooth, roasty, very drinkable. Full and creamy on the palate with a lingering bitter finish. Thanks to Redlem for these beauties.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appears like used motor oil. Sweet, roasty nose. Big tan head. Very dry, licorice, coffee, nutty, brown bread. Lacking the big dark fruit that arises from other Imperials, Big Bear is dry and damn good at what it does. Moderately high alcohol is masked very well here. Medium to full body, finishing dry and bitter with Cascades shining through. A very drinkable, excellent and somewhat out of the ordinary Dry Imperial. Very nicely done.