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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Bottle from Secret Santa. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a light and foamy beige head. Bold roasted malt aroma. Very dry roasted malt taste with the bitter hops quite prominent in the finish. Smooth, oily palate. Leaves my lips feeling like had just applied chapstick. A good imperial. Gets much better as it breathes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2005 Pours an opaque black with a tan head. Aroma of roated malts, coffee grounds, and alcohol. Flavor is quite roasty, bitter, and dry, with a big alcohol note and a bitter, coffee aftertaste. Very nice stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2005
Black coloured. Loads of chocolate in the aroma. Sweet, malty and roasty flavour with a hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2005
pours black with a brown cream color head. sweet aroma of chocolate. caramel flavors wit h a roast finish. a good amount of bitter on the ass end of this one. a nice brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Bottle. MMMmmmm cookies. The overall taste reminds me of doughy cookies. Notes of semisweet chocolate, mineralized spring water, roasty goodness and dried fruit come out. This beer has many things going for it. Most of all it is not over the top. It doesnt try to kill you with bitterness or roasted maltiness. It has just the right amount of malt and hops so that they blend in together dont dont smack you full on in the face. An excellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1620) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Bottle. Pours a near opaque black with thick fluffy tan head. Lots of lace. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, caramel and hops. Taste is nicely balanced. Roasty and malty. Finish is a tad dry. Higher ABV is not as noticeable as other imperials. I agree that this is not as rich as other imperials but its very solid and not over the top like some are. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle. Deep brown color, opaque, thick tan head left good lacing on my glass. Aroma is of caramel, some dark malts, nice blend of the two. Flavor is kind of sweet, caramelly, yet still robustly malty, some dark chocolate in there but it is more subtle. Pretty thick, not as rich as some other imperial stouts, but flavors hang around well and the finish is quite balanced. Another good Bear Republic offering.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ElGaucho (2395) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Another rare perfect beer. I cannot come up with any way this beer could be made better. I have had better beers, but for the style, it is perfect. Hoppy nose. Milk chocolate. Fully opaque, black. Tan head. Mostly diminishing. Fine head and lace. Clean, crisp appearance. Nice hoppy mouthfeel,. Smooth, creamy. Some alcohol presence. Is somewhat subdued for 8.1%. It is hard to imagine a better tasting stout. Bear Republic has to, at this point, be recognized for what they are; one of the top 5 brewers in the United States.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Bottled. Pitch black with a surprisingly light colored head that fades ever-so-quickly into an ivory lacing. Molasses is the prominent aroma with notes of chocolate and even a bit of licorice. Big chocolaty flavor with a delightfully bitter hoppiness. This is one fantastic stout!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Tap at Falling Rock. Loads of licorice and chocolate comie pouring out of this one. Intestingly sweet flavors, along with coffee, cocoa, and nuts. Almost creamy on the finish.


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