RATINGS: 1539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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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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. It’s 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.

Bov (12636) - 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

heemer77 (5355) - 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 doesn’t 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.

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

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 didn’t change all that much as it warmed. This is a solid beer overall, no flaws, but there are more complex versions of the style.

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.

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 don’t 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.

SDalkoholic (2377) - 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.

Padron4KM (810) - 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.

Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, 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 isn’t too high in content, but is masked well. A good imperial stout, but I expecte it to be more complex.

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