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RATINGS: 1394   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (321) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle. Roasty, smoky, meaty aroma. Roasty flavour, subtle chocolate, cream, notes of red meat. A little thin for an imperial stout, but easy drinking and you'd never guess it was 8%. If it was a regular stout, it would be pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2142) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
Thanks to ljthiessen. Smoked meat and Lactose and roasted malts aroma. Taste is roast malts cocoa but not as rich as I was hoping. Still a prett y nice beverage. Thinnish palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1635) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
A decent stout. Pours black with tan head. Aromas are mostly smoky. Flavors are bitter and roasty. Notes of dark chocolate. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3735) - - DEC 30, 2013
bottle. small tight brown head. char, ash, maybe some molasses in the nose. a good cascade presence in the flavor. has that unique bear republic hop character...love how these folks use hops. syrupy, full bodied palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gruberm (326) - - DEC 25, 2013
Smells like bacon. Got caught up in festivities. Tastes good. Merry Christmas. And all that. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2066) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2013
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is dark brown with some ruby red hues and a small off-white head. The aroma is of dark caramel malts but no dark fruits, chocolate, or cocoa that I could pick up. The body is thin to medium. There is a roasted malt character on the taste with a medium hop finish that lingers briefly. The 8.1% ABV is well integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1479) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle date: unk A: pours a black ale with a singer of dark mocha head, this falls to a scattered sheet of the same. Sheeted lace. Clarity irrelevant. S: Nice resiny hops over the top of dry, coffee and nutty malts. Nice dark bitter chocolate smells as well. A hint of ink. T: Dry and malty. Coffee, soil, hint of anise, and a small hint of praline. M: A little thin for the style, but with low carbonation and these complement well. O: I like this beer very much. I think this is more like a standard Stout, not an Impy, but the ABV merits it’s label. I always enjoy when this beer is on the shelves. Serving type: bottle 09-22-2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdoyledesign (172) - Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is slightly smoky with some malt notes and a hint of hops. Taste is malts up front, hops in the middle, and a smoky caramel finish. Palate is fairly mild with a bitter smoky finish. Nice, drinkable stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (759) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2013
650ml bottle, pours black with a small off white head, rich dark chocolate in the nose, cocoa, caramel, balanced with piney hop and light citrus notes. Finish is short and sweet, with mild bitter hop. Very good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
honky_d (2) - north hollywood, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013 does not count
This is a terrific stout. Deep black pour, opaque color with ample light brown head. Coffee, resin, a hint of citrus aroma. A nice hop bite with piney notes complements the toasted malt flavor. Super drinkable.

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