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RATINGS: 1539   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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3.6
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2005
Black coloured. Loads of chocolate in the aroma. Sweet, malty and roasty flavour with a hoppy finish.

3.7
Kevin (2199) - Montana, 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
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 doesn’t 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 don’t don’t smack you full on in the face. An excellent beer.

3.9
lamas (1636) - 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 it’s very solid and not over the top like some are. Very nice.

4.2
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
ElGaucho (2401) - 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
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
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.

4.2
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
Yummy. This was definitely a big bear of a stout, and I loved every last drop. It pours thick and black, with a beautiful toasted aroma that is also conveyed in the taste, which reveals a multitude of flavours that establish a tapestry that maintains an excellent balance between the hint of sweetness and the malt and bitterness.

4
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Poured deep and dark. Tan head, rich and creamy. Roasted malt aroma, along with caramel. And a fine chocolate under tone. I noticed good lacing as I take the first sip. Oh, nice. Roasted malts with caramel and chocolate. The mouth feel was like eating dark chocolate. Bitter but sweet and pleasant. As I progressed through the bottle, the hops come forward to balance this brew. The lingering taste is chocolate. Fine brew. Damn fine!


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