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RATINGS: 1408   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


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SorenE (168) - , - JAN 1, 2010
good stout. not quite imperial for me though, sort of in between. very drinkable


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (147) - - OCT 18, 2014
On tap. Pitch black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, the typical flavors you’d 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 (344) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says kind of hoppy and acidy. Julie gives. 3 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (391) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Nearly black with a khaki head. Chocolate, coffee and roast in the aroma. Taste is sweet, but balanced with a bit of hops. Smooth creamy body. Very drinkable stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
khays (57) - - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3391) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (191) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (297) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (893) - , CYPRUS - AUG 24, 2014
On Tap. Black colour. Chocolate and roasted malts, taste is sweet milk chocolate.


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