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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


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1474) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2012
22 oz bomber poured into my SN snifter. Dark deep jet black with small foam tan head. Head has fair retention, very light lacing on the side of my glass. Nose is mostly caramel and light roast. Slight hints of citrus. Taste has slight roast, moderate burnt sugar and brown sugar sweetness. Faint citrus on the finish. Alcohol also shows up on finish. Body is a tad thin for my liking. No real changes as it warms. Oh we’ll, what a steal at $4.99 a bomber at Premier.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (710) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2014
Good and malty. Aroma of roasted malts with some sweetness. Great dark color with a thin dark tan head that left a nice lacing. Smooth and viscous palate with appropriate carbonation. Strong malty backbone with roasted and toasted character followed by hints of molasses and wood. Some light coffee flavors but the hop character was subtle and more of an afterthought. Worth a second trip.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerseyjohn71 (140) - corsicana, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
dark good ness,,, bitter sweet, hay, bread, caramel, coffee, toast, roasty, resin, floral, grass, dough, leather, leaves, basement aromas, alcohol, licorice, vanilla, woody, black, clear, tan foam, black, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation,

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (614) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Aroma - nice roast and chocolate Appearance - black body; opaque liquid; beige head about 1" Taste - pretty much chocolate and roast Palate - body is medium; texture is slick; carbonation average; finish has a little astringent roast --- JPS

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (925) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2014
Superb stout. Could be the standard bearer for the style. Coffee and chocolate notes perfectly in balance. Roastiness and sweetness perfectly in balance. Recommended. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (172) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
On tap..good opaque pour..thin tan head..caramel,coffee aroma..smooth..but not sticky..good solid stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (2139) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle @ The No Creepy Country Ticks Tasting, courtesy of someone who was there. Not really sure what to expect from an imperial stout weighing in only at 8.1%abv. Poured a blackish dark brown beer with a brownish hue around the rim of the glass. Small beige head. Aroma has loads of herbal touches, cinnamon and some roast are also detected. Flavor has again loads of cinnamon in there and very herbal touch, almost like a pumpkin beer or something. Really strange brew this is.. Not really impressed here.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmar33 (70) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2014
Tap. This is a monster beer to have on a full stomach! Excellent roastiness and nice thick and smooth mouthfeel. Will have to have it again

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (3463) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is roasty liquorice molasses coffee malt. Flavour is quite dry roasty liquorice coffee, some malt. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (2553) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit and roast malt, liquorice. Medium to full body, flavour is heavy sweet, medium bitter, much as the aroma.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (975) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
On tap. Roasty aroma. Sweet molasses and dark fruits, roasty notes, bitter finish. Nice imperial stout.


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