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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
22 oz bottle into a tulip. From notes. A: Pours a dark ruby color that actually reveals some suspended sediment when held up to the light. Otherwise, its nicely opaque. The head is a two finger khaki shade. It fades slowly but surely, however it leaves little lacing on the glass. S: I note some licorice, dark fruits, touches of both smoke and citrusy hops, along with a hint of roast. A rather nondescript aroma for an imperial stout; its more befitting of a good single stout. T: This one seems to be dark fruit and licorice forward. I notice some caramel in the midtaste, and pleasantly balanced citrusy hops on the back end. The hops also provide some herbal and peach qualities. It seems to be mellow and balanced to a fault - however, this would make a great everyday stout due to its easygoing nature. M: Its light, clean, and dry. If the bottle didnt say 8.1%, Id wonder if it was really 5% or so; the alcohol is concealed superbly given its lightness. It doesnt offer much in the way of richness, however. O: I was unsure how to grade this one. As an imperial stout, its rather meh - but as a regular stout, its damn good. For better or for worse, this drinks like a 5% single stout...except that its really 8.1%. Since Bear Republic doesnt call it an imperial stout, Im grading it as a single. Ergo, Im willing to overlook some of its flaws and appreciate it as a decently priced (for a bomber) everyday drinker.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeniorZozo (1634) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 13, 2017
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PugUglyBrewer (513) - - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rask0lnikov (1072) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ronritter (476) - 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

4.1
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FinnIckler (359) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
90 (362) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricksta_p (4213) - 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.

3.9
   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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jybi (235) - FRANCE - JAN 26, 2017
Cest une trs belle American Stout qui nous est offert ici par Bear Republc avec des armes intenses, complexes et une trs belle progression de lamertume. Lutilisation dhoublons Centennial et Cascade permet en outre de confrer une belle fracheur sur des notes fruites et herbaces. En verre celle-ci est dun brun intense (EBC aux alentours de 80) leffervescence peu marque permettant de la napper tout juste dune mousse beige. Le nez est des plus prometteurs, intense et complexe il permet aux armes de pruneaux, de chocolat, de rglisse, de kirsch et de candi de sexprimer dans une trs belle alliance Lattaque est de faon surprenant souple sur le caf mais prsentant galement des notes herbaces et de rglisse. Le nez est ainsi un prambule parfait vers une splendide amertume, progressive, longue et nette (IBU de 55). La deuxime bouche est ainsi frache voire florale. Elle laisse place ensuite rapidement vers une troisime bouche plus dense sur des armes de fruits jaunes et de caramel. La corpulence est moyenne mais justement dose pour ne pas craser lamertume et avec une arrire bouche sur le candi et les fruits rouges mrs. Le final verra peu peu lamertume sestomper pour laisser en bouche des armes de caf et de mlasse et une excellente prsence en bouche. Lensemble repose sur un trs bel quilibre. Le sucre ntant pas trs marqu, les 8,1 % Abv permettant un bel panouissement des armes et une bonne longueur et lamertume un niveau parfait. Rien dire, il ne sagit pas dun ours mal lch, cette Big Bear Black Stout est bien pense, bien construite et trs agrable. Le 5 est mrit.


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