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86
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RATINGS: 1538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - APR 14, 2005
Bottle from wohlfs, nice tan head, nice lacing, color is black, nice aroma of coffee, hint of earthy tones, taste of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2005
Pour was not like that of a stout by any means. It was a dark brown, but more barleywine style brown than stout. Then came the surprise of caramel and chocolate mixed into a beer, and it was superb. The caramel, even though noted on the bottle threw me off guard. Malts were present big time and the bottle finished off quite smooth. A most excellent different style "stout".

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2005
4/8/05: Bottle
Slightly toasted nose. Opaque black body with a medium tan head. Lacing. Malty and roasted taste. Other flavors include brown sugar and coffee. Dry, medium bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2005
Black with a brown head, notes of roasted malt and chocolate, both in the aroma and the flavor, pleasant bitterness, quite delicious

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2005
Black Coloring with Good Head. Chocolate and Coffee Roast on the Nose and on the Tongue. Hoppy Ending. One of the More Enjoyable California Brew Ive Had in a While. I Love Impy Nights!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (5064) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Black color with a medium head. Good aroma of roasts and chocolate. More malt and roasted goodness in the flavor, but on the medium part of the spectrum. Slight hops in the background.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Poured black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and mild hops underneath. Flavors of sweet roasted malt and caramel with a some bitterness under the sweetness on the finish. Silky and medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2005
This sucker knocked me on me arse. Poured a deep oily brown with a thin tan head. Deep rosted aroma, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Slick and full mouthfeel. Coffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, a hint of citrus, and hops. This beer wrapped up my late winter bonfire perfectly. A really good Imperial stout. Maybe not the best but its still a quality beverage.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2005
pours a deep brown, not totally opaque, but very very dark. head is lighter in color than most Impys, but has the same creamy characteristics. aroma has a stong hop profile, which is rather surprising, not very typical for the style. flavor is intersting, as very little of the hops from the nose make it through to the taste. the actual tastes are very strong in the roast department, with some chocolates early and a sweet molasses flavor late. a little bit of the hops creep back in late, but the sweetness is what holds on your tounge after the mouthful is swallowed. the body is pretty full bodied and none of the alcohol comes through, which is always a plus in my book for beers of this nature. a very good "big"beer...there are better, but this is an excellent choice if you cant get some of the more rare stouts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Indiana_Red as an extra: Dark brown with a small, quickly dissapating tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, roasted barley, dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, and light citrus in the background. Full bodied, though a bit less thick than some other big stouts out there. Slick and oily mouthfeel. Taste is a spicy rye & mild citrus up front, which is quickly followed by bitter roasted barley, chocolate, caramel, fennel, tree bark, burnt brown sugar, molasses, and barely discernable alcohol notes. Finishes somewhat dry with roasted malt and hints of the chinook and cascade hops.


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