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RATINGS: 1442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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 (826) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
astanford (34) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
bread, hay, toast, roasty, earthy, leaves, leather, smoke, woody, black, minimal head, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, thick feel,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (3344) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2015
undated 22 oz. bottle served in pint glass (from May 2011 notes). A - Black with reddish brown edges. Frothy, mixed-density tan head with very good retention and exceptional lacing. S - Dark roasted malts dominate, as they should, but thereís also a spicy hop note and hints of coffee and caramel. Slight evidence of higher ABV. T - A model stout, with all the elements that should be found present in excellent proportion. Rich dark malts without undue smokiness or burnt qualities accompanied by a near perfect hop flavor and bitterness. Higher ABV is almost completely hidden. Excellent finish and aftertaste! M - Superb full body with above average carbonation for style that seems perfect. O - I believe this is the best ínormalí stout Iíve ever had (i.e., excluding exotics like Founders CBS). Rather hoppy for style, but not radically so, and with great effect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (773) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle from Antenna America. Pours almost black with a thick tan head. Big roasty coffee aroma. Very full-bodied, solid stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1182) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Black pour with an espresso head. Lots of lace. Aroma of chocolate. Full mouth. Very estery. Taste has some chocolate and coffee notes. Dry finish. The coffee notes were what I liked about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Tap. Dark pour with a big mocha head. Coffee, mocha, cream, bitter dark chocolate. Smoother and silkier than expected. Medium easy to drink vody with a long finish. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidtjm (976) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle. Pour is black with a caramel head, aroma is toffee, malty, caramel. Taste is malty, sweet, pleasant balance. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle from Latitude, Leeds. Apparently this was one of a last batch brewed before a ban on the commercial use of water in the breweryís area at the time. It was the last one in the shop I bought it from where I got this back story. A fairly crisp stout, and retains plenty of roasted malt aroma and taste with a small soapy character to it. Black, no head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (597) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle pour from Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA. Pours black and burly. Taste is a rich, luscious mix of chocolate, coffee, caramel and the like. BIG BEAR! BIG BEAR!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
culchiem (3148) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle from San Jose. Deep black with a tan head. Aroma is creamy vanilla. Flavor is toasted spice, malt and chocolate, dry roast vanilla, burnt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (926) - Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Pours an opaque black with a nice 1 finger khaki colored head and good lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee beans and herbal hops. Taste has nice dark chocolate and espresso with a bit of herbal hops on the finish. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

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