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RATINGS: 1515   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1110) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
Black with red hues at the bottom. Huge firm rocky tan head. Roasted malts, raisin, milk chocolate, and stronger than expected hop. Rich but remarkably dry and spritzy for an imperial stout. Very similar to Wellington. Deep roast, sweet malts. Most of the bitter flavours are hoppy instead of burnt. Ripe cherries, raspberry, nuts, milk chocolate, and late coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - NOV 1, 2004
very tasty stout, i enjoyed this very much. poured very dark and had a nice tan head. aroma was malty, with coffee and chocolate aromas as well, not too sweet and went down smooth. this is a great stout and i will be drinking pleny more of these.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1802) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2006 very nice looking chocolate head with a black body.nice smell of raosted malts.the flavor is wonderful.with tastes of:smoke,molasses,some brown sugar,and coffee.this is a great imerial stout.RE-RATE:s i have ahd this a few more times and i must say the body is a bit thin for an imperial stout.(RE-RATE:ON TAP AT HOLLINGSHEAD)this is much better on tap.the flavors stand out and the mouthfeel is a little thicker.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (7108) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - OCT 29, 2004
Fruity and earthy aroma. Black, creamy brown head. Coffee, a bit fruit. Medium body. sparkly mouthfeel. Nice, but didnt wow me.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Bottle: Aroma of chocolate and vanilla, with slight notes of roast and nuts. Nice dark opaque brown color. Small light brown head that lasted. Medium lacing. Flavors of choclate, malt, roast, coffee, hops, and molasses.. Very well balanced. Very full bodied. Dry finish. Easy drink. Overall, a very good imperial stout, and the best Bear Republic beer I have had.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kane (111) - USA - OCT 22, 2004
My second favorite Imp, behind Bells EX. A rare beer that has a stronger taste than aroma. typical black color. Grassy hop taste matches well with the roasted malts. I have found that this stands out among its peers in taste and balance.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 17, 2004
A deep dark brown with red highlights. Head is light brow and foamy. Light co2 detectable on the fringes. Aroma is initially of hops, very American and a little abrupt, but then a roastiness and presence of chocolate emerges. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and watery with a slight creaminess and a bitter finish. Tastes sweet at the start with a roasted and lingering hop finish. I have had stouts that are able to pull off a rough mixture of flavors, but is not one of them. Its crudely flavored and one-dimensional. Bottom line: I was so unmotivated to finish this concoction that I gave it to my dog (the one that likes beer). She liked it, and does have a discriminating palate for a pooch.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12273) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 12, 2004
very dark black colour, fine brown-tainted head and a nice lacing, complex aroma of prune, alcohol, chocolate and licorice, slightly oily and sweet, the finish is moderately dry, slightly bitter with strong chocolatey notes, some prune and alcohol - nicely balanced and very well-made though it would have been perfect with more bitterness

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2004
My snifter is as happy as it has been in a while. Pours with a huge light brown head. The body is almost perfectly black with hints of ruby when held up to the light. Nice sweet and fruity aroma with sour apples, prunes, anise and some deep, earthy malt. The taste is rich with dark chocolate, coffee and maybe some dirt. This has a fairly thin mouthfeel, but it doesnt bother me as it is full in the flavor department. The finish is light with some fresh mushrooms. I really like this one. Easily the best Bear Republic I have had.

3.4
   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


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