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RATINGS: 1393   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ home.

Clear dark red - black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, strong coffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, dark roasted, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110810]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2009
22 fl oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a huge, creamy and chocolate brown head. Aroma is nice hops fruity and roasted chocolate and dark malt. Smooth mouthfeel. Fruity hoppy and nice roasted malt flavoured. Dark chocolate and hoppy grapefruity. Bitter and roasted malt flavoured finish. Nice lingering and smooth.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2004
A pitch black black bear colored beer with a disappearing chocolate colored head. The aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate, while the flavor is dominated by chocolate as well as coffee notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Clear, dark brown with an orange note and a small, beige head. Vinous, roasted aromas. Lots of hard roasted malt. Complex and very pleasant. 120805

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Black coloured with a medium sized beige ehad. Roasted aroma of chocolate, hay and coffee. Roasted flavour of chocolate, coffee and hops. Roasted and hoppy finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2003
Bottled. Thanks jcalabre!! Very black with dark beige head. Roasty, salty licorice aroma. Dry and softly malty with notes of coffee. Very rich and powerful. Salty bitter finish. It seems you can't go very wrong when making a dry imperial stout, and this is just fabulous.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle, thans to Secret Santa for this one. Pours a black color with a tan head. Roasted malty chocolate aroma with some hints of licorice. Roasted malty chocolate flavor with some hoppy hints. Also some hints of caramel and coffee.. Roasted malty finish with hints of chocolate and coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14306) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
26th May 2012
Opaque black beer, big pale tan head. Palate is crispy but has weight. Minerals. Fresh dark malt, quite light. Tangy fruits underneath. Mild coffee and lactose cream. Semi dry finish with sweet tang. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Dark brown color with red reflex. Mild aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, liquorice. Medium body strength, with good malt and dark caramel flavor, a hint of chocolate; strong bitterness. It doesn’t seem very imperial, but it’s a bold Stout, quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (13934) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2011 Bottle at DLD 09 ... Now im sure i drunk in one of these years ago on a visit to the states and remember it being disapointing ... so this was good to see as reasonably decent ... black ... toasted malts ... little roast nose... light roast malts ... little tofeee ... some coffee.


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