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RATINGS: 1404   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 Ė 2nd GOLD 2009 LA International Beer Competition Ė GOLD 2007 Great American Beer Festivalģ American-Style Stout Ė SILVER 2002 World Beer Cup - GOLD

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
22 oz bottle into a tulip. From notes. A: Pours a dark ruby color that actually reveals some suspended sediment when held up to the light. Otherwise, itís nicely opaque. The head is a two finger khaki shade. It fades slowly but surely, however it leaves little lacing on the glass. S: I note some licorice, dark fruits, touches of both smoke and citrusy hops, along with a hint of roast. A rather nondescript aroma for an imperial stout; itís more befitting of a good single stout. T: This one seems to be dark fruit and licorice forward. I notice some caramel in the midtaste, and pleasantly balanced citrusy hops on the back end. The hops also provide some herbal and peach qualities. It seems to be mellow and balanced to a fault - however, this would make a great everyday stout due to its easygoing nature. M: Itís light, clean, and dry. If the bottle didnít say 8.1%, Iíd wonder if it was really 5% or so; the alcohol is concealed superbly given its lightness. It doesnít offer much in the way of richness, however. O: I was unsure how to grade this one. As an imperial stout, itís rather meh - but as a regular stout, itís damn good. For better or for worse, this drinks like a 5% single stout...except that itís really 8.1%. Since Bear Republic doesnít call it an imperial stout, Iím grading it as a single. Ergo, Iím willing to overlook some of its flaws and appreciate it as a decently priced (for a bomber) everyday drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
khays (55) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3350) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (115) - GREECE - SEP 14, 2014
650 ml bottle at home. Dark brown almost black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, some chocolate and coffee, caramel, raisins, hoppy. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter. Malty, caramel, coffee, fruity like raisins again, hoppy bitterness. Medium body, oily, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (284) - 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 (1413) - 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 (867) - , 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 (4013) - 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 (350) - 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 wouldnít mind a bit more chub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2299) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, fruit, taste is rich chocolate, bitter.

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