hohops (463) - Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, into a snifter. Appearance is jet black. A one finger light brown head initially, which dissipates into a foamy covering. Aroma- chocolate, milky, lots of caramel here, roasted malt, cocoa powder, vague hint of liquorice. Taste- lots of coffee bitterness, large amount of roasted malt, a bit biscuity, bitter chcolate, coffee which then turns to espresso, mouthfeel is a bit oily but less thick than expected. Very tasty stout, nice.
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
600 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, coffee, metallic. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, cocoa, ash. Finish is fruity, grapes, coffee, chocolate, some bitterness. Lingering roasty bitterness. Medium body, soft, velvety mouthfeel, weak carbonation.
yiannnos (1016) - , CYPRUS - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap. Black colour. Chocolate and roasted malts, taste is sweet milk chocolate.
solidfunk (4913) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light roast and some milk chocolate sweetness. Pours black maroon with decent head and lacing. Some musk and a light bitterness in finish. Thick consistency. Tap at Black Squirrel.
danderson813 (3) - ELLENTON, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a nice caramel colored head. Aroma is of molasses and caramel. Nice thick body with a lot of cocoa notes.
944play (366) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Toad in the Hole. Deepest brown with khaki receding head and distinct lace. Fresh green herbiage and cola are the primary aroma notes. Big stonefruit and sharp rooty spices coast over a substrate of sweet and bitter. Body is medium and alcohol never hot despite big ABV and low carbonation. I wouldn’t mind a bit more chub.
Stuu666 (5667) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, fruit, taste is rich chocolate, bitter.
Homer321 (2509) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft with the bear. Taste is a rich deep chocolate lux with some bitterness. Otherwise a but tame with a bit of boost
tmoreau (2804) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellared bomber, shared and poured to snifters, displaying a black/brown hue, with a little ruby highlighting at the stem, frothy, brownish tan head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. The nose was quite roasted, with notes of wood & molasses. Ditto on the flavor, adding mocha notes, and resinous, piney hop bitterness, with roasted dryness, but a stubborn hint of sweetness that lingered on the tongue. Aged well, finishing dry & pleasantly astringent, and still a very impressive Imperial Stout that I hear might not be distributed this way in the future?
gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 A hefty Black stout with caramel sweetness lightening a deeply robust roasted heartiness. At 8.1% amazingly hidden .
Appearance: Black as the name implies
Taste: complex again as heavily roasted meets sweet caramel,chocolate,toast bitter and sweet notes on the finish
Taste: Merchants often store cold however best served 50-55degrees
to allow the complex flavors to flourish.
Palate: dangerously drinkable at 8.1% Bear Republic even warns on the label " Don’t get mauled by the bear". Would suggest serving evening near Christmas or a chilly winter night with the fire place lit, the Christmas tree decorated with holiday cheer,serve chocolate dessert offering or simple chocolate particularly hazelnut candies, also the car keys firmly secured for the night. Big and bold the bear will maul you if you drink this offering to fast.
Only side note have seen a little more smokiness in different batches
and again often stored cold for some reason in areas that stay reasonably cold. A hot climate like Arizona or so one would consider storing cold. Dark room or out of sunlight just fine provided you live in an area that allows.
Overall: Bear Republic Big Bear Black typically sells for under $5.00 . An absolute bargain for .20 Cents or so an ounce Stout of this caliber and complexity. Extremely drinkable with perhaps the only flaw a hint of extra smoke flavor however Bear Republic lists this upfront as well as all the complexities and delivers nicely as promised.
Gives the common man reason to enjoy such a fine offering without draining their wallet dry.
A gem find if you have never tried sure to please the stout lover. Cheers!