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RATINGS: 1416   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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3.6
   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (948) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
22oz bottle. pours dark black with thick dark brown head. aroma is malts, hazelnuts and hops. taste is smooth but quite a thin mouth feel. hops at first finishing with chocolate, cocoa and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (834) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2014
(22oz bottle). Deep brown complexion with well roasted malt. Roasted malt aroma and flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReV2 (150) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2014
From Magnum Wines, Swindon, a pint bottle, pours with a diminishing tan head, faint aroma of milk chocolate. Taste is sweetish with little roasted caramel with a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Good but not complex enough for a beer of this strength.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (299) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Smells chocolatey and toasty. Pours dark brown with a minimal head. Nice flavor, really smooth and toasty with a an alcohol finish.

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 (2544) - 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 (213) - 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 (6088) - 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. Donít know if theyíre not capped tight enough or not refridgerated properly at the stores, but Iíve 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 itís 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 (189) - - OCT 18, 2014
On tap. Pitch black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, the typical flavors youíd 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 (367) - 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.


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