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RATINGS: 1383   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


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
batneil (243) - - NOV 9, 2013
Powerful stuff. Pours black, with a bit of head. Nice tasting, no real fizz as you’d expect. Good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (811) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Near black pour with light tan thin head. Aroma of sweet and sour raisin and dark fruit. Taste leads with chocolate and dark fruit. Finishes with smoke or roast notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ozarkspops (311) - - NOV 9, 2013
Pitch black pour. Light brown pour. Chocolate, coffee, roast in aroma. Medium thick body. Flavor is roasty, chocolate, and mild citrus hops. Mostly sweet finish. ---Rated via iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm_Shadow (106) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
Bomber. Pours very dark brown almost black with a small disappearing tan head. Sweet chocolate, caramel, light coffee. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Great finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - NOV 7, 2013
pours black with a minimal dark tan head. This stout is mildly bitter with a lot of sour dark fruit flavors in it. This stout is lightly toasted and has the flavors of dark malts and bitter sweet chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4035) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle: Thanks Gothgargoyle: Served in a Chouffe glass. Brown pour. Medium sized, fluffy an quickly changing beige foamy head on top of a black colored beer. Aroma has loads of liquorice, some roast, bay leaf, hints of chocolate, carbo gass, liquorice wood, sticky malt roast, some brown sugars and sticky liquorice infused toffee. Flavours of roast, leave toast, malt roast, liquorice wood, nuts, malts, dry, growing and strong bitterness, some chocolate, lot of liquorice, bay leaf, malt bitters, some tar and wood roast. Deep dark an liquorice. Aftertaste is a mix of liquorice, bay leaf, strong bitters, strong roast and a dryness. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (546) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
22oz bottle dated May 2013.Aroma is moderately fruity with fig, prune and plum. Medium light alcohol note with a moderate roast note and light chocolate. Moderate caramel and light toffee. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a moderately thick dark tan head. Average head retention with a light lacing. Small legs.Flavor is moderately roast forward with a hint of chocolate. Medium caramel and a light toffee note with a hint of ash. Moderate fruit notes of figs, plum, fig and cherry. Light alcohol spice in the finish with moderate bitterness. More chocolate and fruit as it warms which lingers in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch watery in the finish with moderate carbonation. Low astringency and low to medium low alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer, but it doesn?t taste perfectly clean and seems to have a touch of diacetyl. Too fruity as well with a watery mouthfeel. Somewhat on the ashy side of roast as well.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deathserv (23) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2013
22oz. bottle from the local grocery store that carries a decent selection of beer. Pours not jet black but rather a very dark brown with about a 1cm caramel head that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is of caramel, bit heavy on the alcohol as well. Taste is medium-bittersweet and finishes a little heavier on the bitter than I am used to and lingers with the alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (1602) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2013
From a bottle. Pours opaque very dark brown with a thin, fizzy, tan head and minimal lacing. Tastes very dry, like tobacco and booze, and grapefruit. Low/medium body and carbonation. Smells like chocolate, booze, syrup, and tobacco.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, milk chocolate, prunes, fig, light earthy notes, and light spice. Flavor is rich, roast malts throughout with supporting dark fruit esters, light earthy hops, some ash, and some dark chocolate; dry, roasted finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.


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