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RATINGS: 1531   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
hopdog (12807) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Poured a dark black with a large brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and licorice. Tastes of the same with some hops lurking in the background and some dark fruits. Alcohol content hidden. Light bitter coffee finish.

3.6
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2005
Bottle from LoweredSixth. Nice pure black color with brown head. Rich malty aroma with bits of coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied. Nicely malty in flavor with tons of hops in the middle and finish. Easy drinking, solid Imperial Stout.

4
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2005
Drink responsibly is right. The malty aromas of this one hid the alcohol content. Black body with a big tan head that looked like those on top of a starbucks specality coffee. Roasted chocolate flavor and rich flow down the palate. Good Stout.

4.3
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2005
Bottle poured black with a huge foamy off white head. Aroma was roasted malts,chocolate. Great flavor of roasty malts ,coffee, chocolate with a nice smooth roasty finish. Great stout!

4
jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2005
22 oz bottle thanks to clark. ruby-black non-opaque, lots of chocolate and other dark sweetness, combined with plenty of roasty barley smells. dry-smelling, and it’s indeed very dry and roasty. malt in the middle, but it’s the roast barley that dominates the initial hit and then the finish. excellent beer, but i want my stouts bigger and darker!

3.8
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2005
Bottle: Fruity, chocolate, caramel, and light coffee aroma. Pours a dark brown, virtually black with a small tan head. Rather sweet and malty up front. Chocolate, caramel, molasses with a roasted coffee finish. Thanks to Styles.

4
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
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
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
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


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