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RATINGS: 1466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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 – 2nd GOLD
2009 LA International Beer Competition – GOLD
2007 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Stout – SILVER
2002 World Beer Cup - GOLD

jd10's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Pours deep brown/black with tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malt and some sweet chocolate. Flavor is mostly the same, with the dark roasted malt being the dominant taste. Also some coffee and definite hoppiness (especially in the finish), which adds some nice balance. Fairly thin - not as heavy or oily as some of the other Russian imperial stouts I’ve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (5413) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle at Örebro Ölcafé. Dark malty smell with chocolate and a toasted and roasted aroma. Similar taste with some caramel. Nice. Well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (1945) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2016
12oz bottle from Kroger (Barracks Rd., Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of baked fudge brownie, licorice, char, roasty. Almost black with a fairly lasting tan head. Dry, roasty, bitter dark chocolate. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rentonj7 (168) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Nice deep chocolate color with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, dried fruit, roasted malt, a little booze. Flavor is chocolate, licorice, dark caramel, subltle hop citrus. Light to medium mouth feel, a little less than expected, nice carbonation level. Slight metallic flavor when the beer was out of fridge - definitely gone once warmed up. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6310) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2016
How: Bottle.
Where: The Bishops Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, some coffee, alcohol, roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (593) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2016
Bottle @ humle & malt. Pours black with a tan head. Sweet, semi dry and roasted with fruits, toffee, coffee, licorice . lingering dark fruits, vanilla and roast. Nice overall balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroadestTom (349) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
Aroma chocolate, roasty, Appearance black, tan foam, brown foam, Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate medium body, full body, Overall a nice medium to full body stout that has a bit of a light bitter finish. I would suggest this beer to a friend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (640) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Pours pitch black. Quite outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of semi-sweet dark chocolate, roast, caramel, vanilla hints and a light berry like note. Light full body that is extremely smooth with a solid creaminess. World class carbonation with just the right carbonation / body balance. The middle provides a nice effervescent burst that trails into a finely bubbled prickly finish. The flavor profile is world class. Balance is near perfect for this stout that brings a nice pine middle bitterness that compliments the roast. It begins with a mild roast character that has just enough bite. Caramel provides a higher level of sweetness than most stouts and shines after the middle as the chocolate influence maximizes. You don’t taste the alcohol, but it makes its presence in the very dry lingering finish and with a bit of heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (3073) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle @ Haket Pub. Very dark brown with a tiny tan head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, coffee, licorice, fruit and hops. Medium to full body with a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (2167) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 4, 2016
Botella 33 cl tomada en el momento en Cimmeria (r1458) 04..05..2016. Lote BRBBS1 hasta 08..2016. Color negro con espuma beige. Aromas y sabores suaves maltoso s tostados con ligero amargo final algo seco. Cuerpo medio con 8.1 vol que se bebé bastante bien, algo cremoso y espumoso. Bastante buena. Para repetir sin duda.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eljebi (56) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 3, 2016
Plena, tostada, caramelizada, con un sabor bien equilibrado a base de Centennial y cascade, que te lleva del café y el chocolate a un toque herbal. Quizá demasiado ligero el cuerpo. Alcohol muy escondido, incluso en exceso, echando en falta un punto licoroso

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