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RATINGS: 1535   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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4.3
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2005 Pure black with a brown head, which diminished quickly for an imperial stout. Aroma of coffee, molasses, and brown sugar. Thick, chewy mouth feel. Flavor is malty, with brown sugar and molasses sweetness blended with bittersweet chocolate. Moderately hopped for the style. I could drink this all night.

3
aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Good but unimpressive Imperial. Soft malts not big by any means. Somewhat sweet with th brownsugar leaving faint traces. oily and viscous mouthfeel slight oxidation. Northwest floral hop hints. Not good in my opinion in a stout. Palate drops off in the middle with a dissapoing hint of malt astringency.

3.7
temporrari (398) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Bottled supplied by Larry Pitonka. Pours a transparent dark brown. Medium off white head. Aroma is hoppy with roasty notes. Flavor is solid, the abv isn’t noticed. Aftertaste is quite pleasant and lasting. A solid, lighter imperial stout. It’s not black.

4
Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 10, 2005
Pours dark bear-brown , solid head. Aromatic and hoppy ; nicely mixed with sweet malts. Very refreshing, hoppy stout. With such high amount of hops even powerful alcohol plays here secondary role. This beer also got roasty, chocolate finish. Very solid big brown bear, I meant beer.

4.4
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Poured into Piraat snifter, black as it gets, tan head that lasts. Aroma is chocolate, raisins, caramel. Taste is bitter cocolate, malt, coffee...just a perfect amount of sweetness, great mouthfeel..perfect carbonation and big body...you won’t want to share this bomber.

4
StewardofGondor (2088) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Medium viscosity, midnight brown color. Thick, rising, tan head. Nice bitter hops/malts combo. Burnt chocolate and nodes reminiscent of a medium roasted coffee. You can’t taste the alcohol at all. Incredible lacing, like the rungs of Saturn, but on my .5 L boot glass instead. A staple example of a well done stout

4.3
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Pours black with smooth tan head. Nose is chocolatey, coffee-like and sweet. Flavor is much of the same with roasted maly and caramel sweetness. Velvety smooth. notes of bitter dark chocolate. This beer begs for you to drink it. VERY NICE!

3.9
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
frylock (1144) - 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
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.


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