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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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4.2
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2004
12.03.04 bomber courtesy of loweredsixth. Rather light ’black’ for an impy stout leads me to think that this might be a more quaffable, less pretentious, more hop-forward brew. My first sniff begins to confirm the same. Nicely rummy with brine and nut aromas on the nose; coffee is not dominant but forward. Lots of hops on nose, too, as I expected (hoped) from this West Coast impy. Smooth is the word on first sip. Many characteristics of a dry stout make this the nice, dry quaffer I’d been pining for. Licorice all over the place plus a certain coffee with Frangelico undertone that is a real treat. Outstanding stuff, thanks Joe!

4.1
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
Another Bear Republic breaker! This is great and by all means a fantastic brew in its own right... but what about up against other Imperials? Well, I’m not fit to make that comparison to full effect yet since the best I’ve had is Victory, so in relation to that I find the republic coffee flavour to be less involved but smoother, the chocolate notes are strong but could be darker, the malts are soft and delicious, and the drink brings a balance of fruits and nutty tastes making it a warmer, albeit simpler, brew overall. In effect, this is a fabulous hefty abv brew well worth your time. A good Imp Stout to add to your repetoire.

4.2
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - DEC 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 This is a really really good stout by Bear. Very dark with lots of good flavor. Not too sweet as some imperials can get. If you can find this one, a definite must try

3.9
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Thin light brown head, dark brown body. Sweet biscuit, caramel, hops, fruity complex aroma (signature that makes me think of a barleywine). Light sweetness to begin with that gets more moderated and then short bitterness toward the end. Medium full body, sweet, soft to lively carbonation, big bubbles. Rich beer! Sampled at MartinT’s place with other RateBeerians for the "Montreal’s Voyager Par Les Papilles’ first tasting session".

3.9
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2004
This is a dark dark brew with a creamy tan head.nose sweet roasted malts.molasses and a deep richness that is fantastic.Flavor isn’t as good as the aroma but you can taste the bitter hops and boy do you get a mouth full of rich roasted malts and sweetness.this is a good brew.

3.8
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
Pours a black color with not much of a head. Aroma of C hops, maybe Chinook, biscuity malt and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with C hops and alcohol, sweet finish, not very roasted for an imperial stout. Full body, liquorous texture, lively carbonation.

4.4
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
22oz brown bomber. This pours a nice opaque black color with and excellent tan light brown head. The head slowly fades away leaving a lacing about the glass. The aroma is very rich with a roasted coffee and dark chocolate scent that is mouthwatering. There is also the smell of a slight sweetness. Its starts off tasting of coffee and roasted malt with a touch hop for some balance. Then has a dry dark chocolate finish with a slight bitterness. There are also notes of dark fruits to be had in this brew, no traces of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, you couldn’t really ask for more. This is an excellent imperial stout that is highly drinkable and I would love to try on tap. I could defiantly drink more of these than I should with the high alcohol.

3.4
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Black as pitch with a volumous, subsiding, tan head. Soft carbonation and a medium, lasting mouthfeel. Aroma of malt, roast, and coffee. Smooth, robust flavor. A bit smokey. Alcohol is well hidden.

4
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Tap at Blind Tiger.Black w. small tan head. roasted malts, some coffee, and more chocolate then i expected.,smooth and very good. Update 1/6/04...had this in bottle since rating it from the tap,,palate was very thin..this took alot away from this beer for me..so for the bottle id knock the palate rating to a 2, and overall to a 15.

4.1
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2004
On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Dark brown/black color with a small tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Sweet initial malt flavor with lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Finish is much drier than the first taste. Very enjoyable.


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