RATINGS: 1528   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark black with a tan head. Smell has a nice sweetness about it with rich caramel, dark roasted malts, some booze, a bit of coffee and maybe some dark ripened fruit. Taste is dark roasted malts, coffee and a bit bitter. This is not a "huge" beer in smell, thickness or taste, but really nice and the taste hides the alcohol quite well. I certainly wished there was more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theprof (833) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2017
Tap at the Lord Hobo. Mainly because I couldnt see the menu in the murk.But the mocha scent reassured me. As did the dark chocolate body. Taste is toffees and coffee with medium sweetness that lingers through to a salty finish. Now I wait to see how much my lucky dip cost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeniorZozo (1680) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 13, 2017
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PugUglyBrewer (520) - - APR 10, 2017
A delicious stout designed to get through the winter months. Black in color with a light brown head of foam. Rich caramel and nutty cocoa with some subtle roast at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rask0lnikov (1085) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 7, 2017
330ml bottle. Thanks, Sten. Pours black colour. Thin beige head. Bit nutty, chocolaty, slightly bready and caramelly aroma. Slightly chocolaty, caramelly taste. Bit malty, nice chocolaty aftertaste. Has been bit overcarbonated. Rather medium bodied, descent stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ronritter (482) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2017
12 oz bottle pours black with tan head taste is coffee and sweet malts with a touch of booze on the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shawnmurphy (186) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2017
12-ounce bottle pours black with dark tan head that settles quickly, leaving behind a small amount of soapy lacing. Subdued aroma with faint caramel and coffee. Flavor is toffee, caramel, espresso, figs, dates, a smokiness from roasted malts, with a lingering bittersweetness; the flavors seriously ramp up as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is moderate, slick -- someplace between a stout and an imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FinnIckler (364) - GERMANY - FEB 28, 2017
Bottle from saveur-biere.com. Pours pitch black. Very viscous. Nose is basement aroma, toffee, touch boozy, dark fruits. Oily mouthfeel. Nice traditional imperial stout. But I like the coffee/vanilla/etc. Stouts more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
90 (364) - BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2017
Vanille en mokka in Aroma. In de smaak zet de vanille met caramel zich door; licht geroosterde tonen, aciditeit, plakkerig en romig mondgevoel. Zeer dik en vol voor 8,1% alcohol. Afdronk met bitter geroosterde toetsen. Top!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricksta_p (4227) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle from Hopt. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, fudge brownie, caramel, with a slight touch of liquorice. Flavour is medium sweet and mildly bitter. Body is medium to full with a fairly creamy feel and texture .Not the worlds biggest Imperial Stout, but just so damn smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddesprez (75) - Saint-Marcel, FRANCE - FEB 8, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2017 Big Bear Black Stout est une bire issue de la brasserie Bear Republic Brewing Company. Verse dans un verre, elle possde une robe noire avec une fine tte couleur moka. Son nez est lger avec des notes de grill, de houblon, de pin, de caf de fruits et de malt torrfi. En bouche, les saveurs sont semblables ce que le nez nous dicte avec des notes prononces de caf et une douce amertume sur la finition. Cette American Imperial Stout est trs facile boire parce que lalcool est parfaitement dissimul.

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