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RATINGS: 1521   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Poured pretty darn hard and got minimal head...bottle from out of state, so it might be old. Roasted, raisin-like aroma. Nuts and fruits flavor-wise and a chewy mouthfeel. It has a long, fairly hoppy finish. Overall I really like this beer, but I would almost beg to put it in a different category than Imperial Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Black color with a medium sized kahki head. Aroma is full of roasted barley, with some notes of molasses and coffee. Light sweetness with some cocoa notes. Roasty and bitter follow up. Not overly fruity, which is something I appreciate in Imperial Stouts. Some Chinooks coming through lightly in the finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2005
i was looking for a beer to drink the other night from my cooler, and i found this one lodged in the back seemingly forgotten about. needless to say, i quickly grabbed it up and commenced to pouring it. pours dark black with a tan head,. smell is malty, hoppy caramel, chocolate, sweet, etc. this one is so thick its almost like eating instead of drinking. taste is dominated by flavors of coffee and chocolate. sweet maltiness as well. a really damn good stout, one of the better imperials ive had.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2005
bomber from Saarlander via trade. Mmmm..... this is really good! dark and rich as a Russian Imp. should be, with a well balanced flavor. malt, chocolate, coffee & dark fruits, the flavors are there but no one flavor overpowers the next. a delicious brew, Thanks Aaron.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Solid black body with tan head. Toast roasted chocolate aromas with malt. Good mouthfeel with plenty of dark roast malts and crystal to balance. Smooth finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Nice onyx look with a perfect dark taupe head. Odor is sweet, roasty, and hints of chocolate and coffee but not overpowering. Has plenty a flavor with licorice, malts, coffee, caramel, but is off set with a little salt. Ends up with a nice alcohol finsh. Glad I picked this up on clearance at the local grocery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Pours a very dark brown, just almost pitch black color, small very light brown head. Aroma is creamy with a little alcohol mixed in. Flavor is roasty, a little thin for me, with alcohol very present. Sweet as well, the alcohol mingles decently with the rest of it. Smooth and sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Had this beer head to head with Rogue Shakespeare. Pours black with thick, creamy, tan colored, everlasting head. This beer is quite thick and dark. Just a little bit of light makes it through the sides of the glass revealing a reddish glow. Aroma is light with a strong scent of roasted malt and biscuit. First thing I notice about the flavor is that it is quite sweet. I taste roasted grain, molasses, and I swear very slightly peanut butter. Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy. Could use a bit more bitterness for a stout of this magnitude but still very good nonetheless. Tons of nice lacework.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Bottle. Very dark black with foamy brown head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt. Flavor of rich coffee and chocolate. Very smooth, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2005
48F. smells like chocolate milk. black with ruby edges. Thick beer meringue collapses onto itself and then slowly dissipates; a picture of decomposition. Dang! Burnt raspberry jams, rosemary, molasses. A bubbly numbness settles in. Burnt vanilla bean bread, or is that a dark chocolate milkshake? Man, its good. Finishes with jams.


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