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RATINGS: 1412   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


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1804) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark black with a tan head. Smell has a nice sweetness about it with rich caramel, dark roasted malts, some booze, a bit of coffee and maybe some dark ripened fruit. Taste is dark roasted malts, coffee and a bit bitter. This is not a "huge" beer in smell, thickness or taste, but really nice and the taste hides the alcohol quite well. I certainly wished there was more.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JucaVieira (8) - - NOV 9, 2014 does not count
Muito arrumada essa Stout. Álcool não pega, seca e refrescante. Ainda rolou aproveitar uma 50ml para fazer um brownie.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2534) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Day after Halloween and its a cold day for Florida, and a nice stout is finally a decent seasonal choice. Dark brown, near black. Small head. Aroma is dense with caramel and chocolate, flavor is similar leading to bitter coffee undertones at the finish. Herbal or grassy hop at the finish. Rich and smooth palate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Weezel (212) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Pours a nice black with a thin tan head. Small bubbles lacing the glass. The aroma is thin but I pick up some smoke and a hint of fruitiness. The taste is good with a berry like flavor up front followed by bitter chocolate. Not much depth and a bit thin but good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"this can be a great beer...as high as 4.5 or better, and as low as a 3 due to inconsistencies with BR. Don’t know if they’re not capped tight enough or not refridgerated properly at the stores, but I’ve had too many spoiled Red Rockets and Big Bears, which is too bad, because this one is BIG indeed! 6/10-on tap. still very good, but still slipping just a bit from it’s early high perch. downgrade 0.1 to a 4.2."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (156) - - OCT 18, 2014
On tap. Pitch black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, the typical flavors you’d expect but also some nutmeg and spice character. Flavor is lots of chocolate and cinnamon. Shocking amount of cinnamon character. Roasted coffee bitterness in the finish. Seriously good this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (356) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Pours black with a generous finely bubbled tan head with wet lacing. Aroma is slightly roasted malts ; cocoa and bakers chocolate. Taste is similar to the nose with a bit more roast, cocoa sweetness and some mild finishing bitterness. Super smooth and drinkable. The 8.1% is well -hidden. Not as deep and rich as some imperial, but I could drink a few of these. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
outlawskies (428) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says kind of hoppy and acidy. Julie gives. 3 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (397) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Nearly black with a khaki head. Chocolate, coffee and roast in the aroma. Taste is sweet, but balanced with a bit of hops. Smooth creamy body. Very drinkable stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
khays (57) - - SEP 20, 2014
Smells of roasted Carmel, dark and rich aroma, with cola and malt notes. Dark brown, small light brown head. Complex flavours. Starts bright, slightly sour, coffee like flavour. The middle starts with a bitter burnt malt flavour. The body is medium, with moderate carbonation. This is a nice beer, complex and well executed. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3523) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle at home. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma is licorice, cough syrup, caramel and coffe. Flavor is quite bitter, dry and quite harsh. Loads of licorice. Solid body.


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