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RATINGS: 1527   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Villyzzz (364) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours black with medium sized beige head. Aroma is fruity with mango and cocoa. Taste is roasted cocoa, coffee and fruit. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hman43 (1429) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2016
It pours black with a dark brown head. The aromas are a combination of roast, caramel, and floral and citrus hops. There is a complex balance between the malts and the hops. the flavors of citrus, floral, and and hints of apricot line up the hops. The malts are a combination of roast with caramel in the background. The finish is a combination of bitterness from the malt and to a great degree the hops It has a moderate body with somewhat high carbonation. Overall this is a stout that provides a balance between the malts and the hops with it being a little hop forward in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sircatis (231) - FRANCE - DEC 16, 2016
Dcouverte dans la Saveur Box. Bire noire avec mousse beige. Au nez on dcouvre le caf et un ct assez "frais". En bouche elle est trs douce avec du caf, de la rglisse et une petite pointe damertume houblonne. Bonne black stout

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2016
Jet black, thin light brown head turn foggy fast leaving just a ring of lacing. Sweet, rich aroma, roasted, dark chocolate and coffee. Slick feel, sweet and roasted, low carbonation, finish has nearly smoked notes. Tasty, balanced, enjoyable.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ardeo (334) - Flmalle, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2016
UPDATED: APR 15, 2017 Bottle 33. Aspect : noire mousse beige laissant des dentelles sur le verre. Nez : caf, rglisse, fruits noirs, candi, grill/rti, chocolat, raisin. Bouche : caf, fruits noirs, pices, chocolat, un peu de sucre ... pour un got superbe et une finale en douce amertume. On en a plein la bouche (et le nez). Re-rating : rien changer sinon que le nez ne me semble pas aussi "caf" qu la premire dgustation ; que la bouche est toujours aussi agrable avec un qualificatif de "crmeux" qui me vient et que dans ce superbe stout, lalcool est prsent mais bien intgr lensemble. Finalement, je change ma cte en + 0,2 !

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonshawn (1174) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2016
12oz bottle from byerlys with commonmac. Black with medium light tan head. Smells great. Interesting aroma of fruit, spice, sweetened raisin potpourri, on top of some chocolate elements. Taste is peaty, bitter spice, big roast flavor . Very drying and cloying for the style. Medium full body . Finish is slightly harsh. Aggressive beer that goes for it in every aspect.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (1177) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2016
12oz bottle shared by commonshawn after he picked it up at a Lunds and Byerlys near the Golden Valley abode. Served up in a traditional Belgian Moeder Lambic glass during Belgium/Germany planning. Dark black color with an assertive nearly tan head. Quarter finger in size. Nose is light chocolate, sweetened raisin, and a slight peat characteristic. Really enjoyable aroma. Taste brings a pleasant dark chocolate bitterness to the table. Elements of scotch-like peat. Roasted malts are obviously present as expected but there is a stronger cloying aspect from a heavy handed hop than you get with some imperial stouts. Very enjoyable beer overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1761) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Bottle to tulip - Pours as black as can be without being jet black, thin beige head, spotty lace. Aroma is rich roasted malts, coffee, marshmallow, traces of booze. Silky smooth on the tongue, very long lingering taste to it...cocoa, deep roasted malts, caramel with a lasting pleasantly bitter finish. Some licorice and molasses towards the end. Well made.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (1297) - Kalisz, POLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Piana beżowa, spora, dość trwała. Barwa czarna z licznymi brązowymi refleksami. W aromacie kakao, karmel, cola, kawa zbożowa, rodzynki i wędzone węgierki. W smaku identycznie, dochodzi fajna daktylowa słodycz i popiołowa paloność przechodząca w niedużą goryczkę. Piwo jest niesamowicie pijalne, dość rzadkie, z niskim do średniego, drobnym wysyceniem. Alkohol niewyczuwalny.
W kategorii american czy milk stout to niezłe piwo, jako RIS zdecydowanie brak ciała. Prawda jednak jest taka, że browar jednoznacznie klasyfikuje to piwo do American Stoutw.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JuanFlk80 (219) - SPAIN - DEC 6, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2016 Botella 33cl Zombier. Aroma y sabores muy maltosos, mejor mucho al calentar pero no es de las que mas me gust


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