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RATINGS: 1531   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
halfbaked (48) - - NOV 3, 2012
Strong upfront treacle aroma. Pours smooth with a sparse head. Just a slight fizz on the way down with a sweet caramel aftertaste. Good.


3.5
ozzatoadisback (187) - ITALY - SEP 14, 2017
Pours almost black with nice reddish hints if seen through light. About two fingers of mocha coloured head, ok retention and nice lacing. Semi-soft and fairly intense aroma shows caramel, roasted malts, plus notes of coffee and berries. Taste starts quite sweet with a fair caramel malts presence, balanced enough by roasted malts, with notes of chocolate and coffee in the background. Finishes quite dry (especially per style) and slightly bitter, with a bit of lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium to dense in body with light carbonation, overall pretty intense in terms of mouthfeel, but still going down quite easy. All in all i wasn't impressed, but it's a fairly intense and very clean, well made imperial stout.

3.8
luttonm (6550) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2017 Bottle in Seattle. Creamy, rocky tan foam. Dark brown-black, malty. A bit sticky on nose, malty and a grape edge. Fruity bitter malt body. Fairly strong carbonation. Good bitterness. Some bitter cocoa. Very nice dark, dry stout.

3.9
geolgau (359) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - SEP 4, 2017
Rich jammy and roasty aroma, with caramel, dark malts, stale coffee and sweet candy. Taste is also sweet and roasty, following the nose with chocolate liquor, ash, spicy leather, some weird stale bitterness in the aftertaste. Good, but lacks that complexity that I want in an imp.

3.5
chrisv10 (17924) - DENMARK - SEP 1, 2017
Bottle, 8.1%. Clear dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and little coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, sweet, lacto?, little liquorice, hop and medium bitter.

3.8
ogivlado (7942) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 31, 2017
Bottled 355ml. -from Beergium. Pitch black coloured, medium sized brown head, chocolate and whiff of wood in the nose. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, some coffee and light hoppy with notes of wood and alcohol. Dry roasty finish. Really nice one.

3.5
Bricks (1140) - Delaware, USA - AUG 30, 2017
Just a notch about your typical big, big imperial stout. A bit too thin.. the aroma a bit too reserved. Nice though.

3.6
msbernac (2761) - Krakow, POLAND - AUG 25, 2017
Bottle Aroma-caramel, chocolate, coffee, Appearance-black, hazy, tan foam Taste-medium bitterness, medium sourness, light sweetness, Palate-full body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

3.9
Grumbo (3455) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2017
Bottle, from US, source not recorded. Backlog entry. Entering my historic scores for US beers whilst visiting New York. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

3.9
kryon (3761) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2017
Pours black with low latte brown head Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malts Taste has sweet notes of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, hints of dark fruits Mouthfeel is average carbonation, medium bodied with a sweet start and a quite sticky burning medium bitter coffee ending

3.8
loscovar (594) - Trieste, ITALY, Villeneuvette, FRANCE - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle from Saveur bière.com. Roasted malts, caramel... It’s a pretty good stout


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