RATINGS: 1496   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

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2004
bottle from LES beer store, midnight black with lil head, roasty, bitter coffee flava, not as heavy as other ISs also has some chocolate notes,not as full thick as i like

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Near black color with medium tan head. Aroma of berries (particularly raspberry), cascade hops, deep malts, roasted. Coffee flavor, medium body, not overly complex for the style, and didnt change all that much as it warmed. This is a solid beer overall, no flaws, but there are more complex versions of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 5, 2004
very dark, litle head, alcohol on the nose. sweet roasted caramely malts with well balanced amount of cascade hops in there. what i was expecting from bear republic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
The color is a deep dark brown. Loads of sediment. The head is light in color (for the style) and leaves a nice lace. Rich aroma. Dark bitter chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and coffee. This smells like any ol imperial but with something hidden underneath: fingernail polish. Quite odd. Nothing special in the aroma here. Some interesting flavors come about in this beer. Loads of sweet molasses start everything off, followed by a velvety smooth chocolate soak. Coffee flavors are apparent but stagnent in this imperial. It finishes with roasted cocoa, burnt grapes and an unmistakabe cascade hop finish. The hops are in the backround throughout. I dont like cascade hops with Imperial Stouts. Very drinkable as the 8.1% alcohol hides itself well. Nice mouthfeel as well. This beer is very good when compared to every beer but compared to Imperial Stouts, especially California Imperials, it is mediocre.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2365) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Its really brown i guess but gives off a oil black apperance with rapid diminishing tan head. Precious aroma of smoked malts. Flavour is sweetend with the right amount of sugars and dark chocolates. Smooth creaminess making this one of the best stouts ive had so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (804) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Pours a dark blackish brown with some reddish hues on the top and sides. Thick brownish beige head. lots of sticky lace. Aroma is chocolaty, malty, coffee and alcohol. little vanilla whipped cream on top. Flavor is straight up espresso, with light sweetness and a creamy mouthfeel. long burnt coffe finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 27, 2004
A very nice pour. Aroma is strong chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, espresso, cream, and vanilla. Very nice mouthfeel, very smooth. Very chewy. Alcohol isnt too high in content, but is masked well. A good imperial stout, but I expecte it to be more complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (6066) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 2003 bottle. Pours a deep brown with a touch of auburn around the sides. Big creamy beige head. Aroma is fairly simple. NW hops, lots of chocolate, roast and alcohol. Flavor seems a bit off. Lots of roast, but its very dry and the alcohol kinda sneaks in. All the while the body seems a bit lacking. The carbonation, furthermore, was very undesirable, creating a bubbly sort of broken up mouthfeel. Hops on the finish, chocolate throughout, some sweetness at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 Bottle. Coffee and chocolate roastiness. Like Ive never written that before. Is that 75?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Very dark very rich stout, strong coffee taste and Dark Roasted chocolate taste. Well hopped, nice bitter finish.

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