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RATINGS: 1451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThreeCats (727) - ISRAEL - MAY 2, 2015
Black with a mocha head. Aroma roast and sweet, dark fruit, sweet caramel, chocolate. Taste big and sweet, roasty, lots of chocolate, lots of coffee coming through later in palate and more chocolate (and some chalk) in finish. Very sweet. Good desert sipper, just sore of being cloying, but I probably wouldn’t drink more than one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xenon (116) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2015
Shame I had a bit of a stuffy nose tonight. This one was nice and hoppy, which was a surprise. The cascade hops are probably to blame. Really sweet also though. Gonna keep this one short. I liked it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (16268) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2015
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell during the Peter’s leaving do. Picked up somewhere about five years ago. Pours deep black with a large, frothy khaki head. The nose holds a bit of milk chocolate, burnt toffee, soft roast. Medium sweet flavor with lots of dry chocolate, toasted caramel, some tobacco, scorched earth, coffee beans. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes with ample ashy roast, mild notes of oxidation, bittersweet cocoa, raisins. Drinking pretty well for the age but you can certainly detect the age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EatMore73 (30) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
Pours ruby-black with an average size light brown head. Aroma is very hoppy with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and sweet. Taste is quite good-- hops, sweet malts, chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses and much more. Impressive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (9562) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 22, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Alexey & Rafaela’s place. Thanks Tom L. Black with a small tan head. Lovely big chocolate aroma. Sweet flavor with chocolate and roast. Medium to full-bodied, quite rounded. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2610) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2015
double deuce - nose is licorice, dark chocolate, and candy sugar. Sip adds a sincere yum. Aftertaste is what the coffee must have tasted like in Twin Peaks when "a fish took a liking to my percolator". Lots of flavor and decent taste, but the body is thin. Nice bitter finish that is complex. Odd aftertaste, if you didn’t get that from the fish comment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigericsports (45) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bomber. Pours dark brown almost black with a decent mocha head. Nice lacing which lasts. Sweet chocolate, caramel, light coffee. Nice creamy mouth feel. Great finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (1493) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a dark brown bordering on light black with a very light tan head and some decent lace. The aroma is pretty good. There is a good roast and a nice dark chocolate to accompany a good fig presence and a nice dark fruit addition. The flavor has a little dark fruit, some roast and then it turns to water. There is a hint of licorice and then it falls apart. The mouth feel is thin and watery. Carbonation wouldn't, and doesn't, help this one out. The aftertaste is lightly chocolatey and nothing else. For the aroma this packed, it's amazingly disappointing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ebone1988 (773) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt, heavy. Appearance is black, light brown head. Taste is...a mess. Starts as you’d expect, finishes like...no flavor. I’m blown away. Mouthfeel is the same, I feel like the aftertaste is from my last beer. Finishes so quickly. Overall...not good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VinegarStroke (354) - Napa, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle: Clear, very dark brown to black. with good head & lace. This beer has a great aroma. Chocolate, anise, spice & roast. Off dry to dry, not sour but very better. This beer has massive flavor & a great creamy texture. The rich mouthfeel really balanced the bitterness. Love the length & the depth of flavor. Chocolate, coffee & roasted spice.

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