on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
Share this beer with friends!
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (463) - Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (1016) - , CYPRUS - AUG 24, 2014
On Tap. Black colour. Chocolate and roasted malts, taste is sweet milk chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4913) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
danderson813 (3) - ELLENTON, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2014 does not count
Pours black with a nice caramel colored head. Aroma is of molasses and caramel. Nice thick body with a lot of cocoa notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
944play (366) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5667) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, fruit, taste is rich chocolate, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2509) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Draft with the bear. Taste is a rich deep chocolate lux with some bitterness. Otherwise a but tame with a bit of boost

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2804) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2014
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?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 24, 2014
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!

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 » 144

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50