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RATINGS: 1479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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


Beerenberger's rating

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Aroma of roasted malts and dark fruit. Pours pure black with a mostly diminishing tan head. The taste is primarily bitter. Burnt malts, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Medium-full body with soft carbonation. Given the nice bitter taste, a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice imperial stout. Would drink again.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRenter76 (721) - Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Originally rated on 9/18/08. Big Bears best attribute was its aroma along with the normal stout aromas of roasted malts, and nuts there was also floral notes present. It was a pitch black body with a small head. Mouthfeel was good a little on the thin side but o.k. Flavor was a smooth mixture of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Overall a pretty good stout thats worth a try

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
katrinaez (1187) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Thick malty aroma, pours a thick dark brown with a thin foam head. Nice velvety feel on the tongue and a good initial imperial taste. Sweet up front with sugars. However, a way too bitter aftertaste. It really detracts from the beer. Tap.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (5190) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2016
Amazing looks. Very licorice, bay leaves. Soft, hot taste of roast, rye, even chili. Super body too for the abv, creamy and rich. Lasting bitterness. Lrab. (33cl bottle from Etre Gourmet)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (1407) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2016
DAAIK; Bottle 12FL OZ, drunk at The Bishops Arms. Pours moderate, black with a creamy, lacing and somewhat lasting tan head. Nose is moderate to heavy, roasted malt, chocolate, coffe, moderate dried dark fruit, light ash and liqorice. Taste is heavy sweet and bitter, balanched with a lasting chocolate, warming, light salt liqorice finish. Body is full, texture is thick, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3554) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2016
sample, poured a deep black colour with a slight tanned head. nose of quite intense roasted malts, sweet bakers chocolate, roast, sweet caramel,dark dried fruits, ashy, licorice, pretty light for a good imperial stout. solid.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (1319) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2016
Pours a jet black with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, caramel, and earthy hops. Flavor is rich chocolate, roast, toffee, caramel, and earthy hops. Has plenty of carbonation and medium to full body. A touch of bitterness as well. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (2681) - SPAIN - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle 35,5cl. @ 32GreatPower, Seville, Spain. A: Dark brown. T: Malt, sweet, chocolate, coffee, slightly hoppy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6015) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 12, 2016
330ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Very dark brown almost black color. Small size, tan head, stays. Roast, sweet, woody, raisins, alcohol in aroma. Roast, sweet, fruity, raisins, woody in taste. Sweet roast in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Alcohol is kind of hidden. Very solid brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 11, 2016
355ml bottle - Thanks martjoobolut!
Very rubbery aroma, black grommits. Dark, brief head. Very nice savoury soy taste. Medium palate, carbonation a bit low. Finish roasty, and very soyey and savoury. Odd one, not bad, but not good either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle (from beergium). Pours dark brown. Aroma is sweet, roast, malt, caramel. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, coffee, caramel, licorice, ash. Finish is licorice and roast. Overall: ok.


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