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RATINGS: 1418   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2009
i don’t know. after tasting stone russian imperial and north coast old rasputin, this big bear black stout is rather thin. first of all, a phenomenal illumination of overhead kitchen light soared through the body of this beer. too much light. enough light for reconsideration, for idealism on the back walls of burning caves. (do i detect shadows?) i had this beer by itself for a bit. i like the largeness, the bodacious, the burnt rim of the long sitting truck station coffeeness, but where’s the chocolate and anise? finally, i served up some ice cream next to it. blue bell southem blackberry cobbler. then the beer became extraodinary. but, did you see that? it required a balancing agent. a condiment. a parental permission slip. alone, this beer does not hold up. it is too harsh and grating, although thin through the visual middle. however, given alongside cobbler ice cream and sweets, this beer could be dessert time favorite. i choose to remember it as such. when the wife buys blue bell, i’ll buy big bear black stout. praise God for middle ground.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
badpuppy69 (278) - orange, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours a black amber around the edges in light. Huge tan head that sticks around. Aroma is fudge chocolate cake dark fruit. Taste follows the aroma medium mouth feel. Good stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (776) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
This rich black beer has a creamy oatmeal colored head. Good balanced boldness and nice clean not overpowering finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (1077) - Dorking, 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 (847) - 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 (159) - 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 (302) - 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 (2564) - 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 (217) - 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 (6160) - 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. Don’t know if they’re not capped tight enough or not refridgerated properly at the stores, but I’ve 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 it’s early high perch. downgrade 0.1 to a 4.2."


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