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RATINGS: 1520   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (11634) - Sborg, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2004
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Dense brown medium sized head. Lasts long. Hops, malt, fruit, roast and ligth coffee notes in the aroma. Very good. Hops, malt, chocolate, coffee and some fruitnotes in the flavour. This is highly addictive. A smooth and full coffeebitterness ends this mighty brew, and the flavours lingers long on the palate. Damned its good. The beer of the evening IMO. Thanks Jeppe for sharing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
auto (163) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
black dark colour thin/thick head. crisp chocolate coffee scent which is quite potent. taste is sweet but not too sweet, near perfect. normal palate.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
pours a deep, thick black with a rich tan head, that sustains well and coats the glass in sheets. nose is a combination of deep roasted malts and citrusy American hops. Personally, I dont like that citrus note in a dark beer. fortunately, the hops disappear in the flavor, which is rich, malty and roasty, with a licorice note in the finish. the hops only appear as bitterness. wonderful mouthfeel, very creamy. good imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (4074) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2004
This isnt on of those imperials that whacks you over the head and thats a good thing especially given that the internal temperature of my house is over eighty degrees Fahrenheit even though this winter seasonal has already found its way to my local beer store. Black with a brown head that leaves a tenacious little bit of lace. Nice aroma--mostly chocolate with a bit toasty coffee deliciousness. Incredibly smooth and drinkable if not the most assertive stout out there. Interestingly, a citric hoppy note plays along with the dark, roasted backbone. Very dry. Mouthfeel is more along the lines of a strong IPA than an imperial stout. Some fruity notes come out as it warms.Its about as close to refreshing as I could imagine given the style. It all works out quite nicely. Thanks for asking.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 25, 2004
classy stuff. pitch black with brown head. powder chocolate and asphalt aroma. very full in the mouth, quite coffeeish, hint of cream, quite bitter and dry, great stuff

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Nice dark brown color,small dark tan head that faded quickly leaving a small lace behind.Nice roasty malty aroma with a definate hop presence and a slight grapefruit smell.Maybe a some chocolate and a bit of coffee as well.Nice flavor of malt some what creamy feel with a good flavor of chocolate and mild coffee.The hops come through very well with a nice additon in the middle and a mild bitterness towards the end.The alcohol really goes unnoticed for the most part with just a mild warming feeling as it goes down.very nice brew and well worth having a few more around for later.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11642) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
Quite drinkable roasted licorice,m cocoa and chocolate malt and very bitter. By itself, not the best stout I have had. Quenched the thirst and then some. Astringent, great with meat and salad. This brewery is awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2004
Bottled. NYC. Super black body with a beige fine head. Super rich chocolate flavour. Bitter chocolate and mocca flavour. Lovely beer that you could (attempt) to drink all day. Really well balance and generous flavour. MUST drink MORE Bear Republic Beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1195) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 14, 2004
Very drinkable imperial stout. Caramel/chocolate nose and flavor at first with a nice roasty nut flavor at the end. Good hopping on this baby as well. Well made stout and almost refreshingly low on alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Pours very dark with virtually no head. Smells of sweet roasted coffee, with chocolate. Very smooth, mildly carbonated. Tastes has some hops, roasted malts, slight choco flavor. Good quality impy.


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