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RATINGS: 1539   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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5
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Another rare perfect beer. I cannot come up with any way this beer could be made better. I have had better beers, but for the style, it is perfect. Hoppy nose. Milk chocolate. Fully opaque, black. Tan head. Mostly diminishing. Fine head and lace. Clean, crisp appearance. Nice hoppy mouthfeel,. Smooth, creamy. Some alcohol presence. Is somewhat subdued for 8.1%. It is hard to imagine a better tasting stout. Bear Republic has to, at this point, be recognized for what they are; one of the top 5 brewers in the United States.

5
WeissGary (286) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2013
I was absolutely shocked to find this bottle at the Beerhive in Edinburgh, Scotland, it is one of those beers which I have been dying to get into for a long time so I am very happy to be doing so tonight! This is a lovely beer; complex syrupy and coffee aroma, milky chocolate on the front of the tongue, light malt middle, with a lovely deep coffee finish - a myriad of coffee flavours which deepen and lead to a dark, crisp & dry coffee finish. I really think this is an awesome beer, it hits the taste buds & plays over your tongue with a blast of flavour. This really has to be one of the best stouts and indeed beers I have ever had to pleasure to sip. Full marks.

5
jybi (296) - FRANCE - JAN 26, 2017
C’est une très belle American Stout qui nous est offert ici par Bear Republc avec des arômes intenses, complexes et une très belle progression de l’amertume. L’utilisation d’houblons Centennial et Cascade permet en outre de conférer une belle fraîcheur sur des notes fruitées et herbacées. En verre celle-ci est d’un brun intense (EBC aux alentours de 80) à l’effervescence peu marquée permettant de la napper tout juste d’une mousse beige. Le nez est des plus prometteurs, intense et complexe il permet aux arômes de pruneaux, de chocolat, de réglisse, de kirsch et de candi de s’exprimer dans une très belle alliance L’attaque est de façon surprenant souple sur le café mais présentant également des notes herbacées et de réglisse. Le nez est ainsi un préambule parfait vers une splendide amertume, progressive, longue et nette (IBU de 55). La deuxième bouche est ainsi fraîche voire florale. Elle laisse place ensuite rapidement vers une troisième bouche plus dense sur des arômes de fruits jaunes et de caramel. La corpulence est moyenne mais justement dosée pour ne pas écraser l’amertume et avec une arrière bouche sur le candi et les fruits rouges mûrs. Le final verra peu à peu l’amertume s’estomper pour laisser en bouche des arômes de café et de mélasse et une excellente présence en bouche. L’ensemble repose sur un très bel équilibre. Le sucre n’étant pas très marqué, les 8,1 % Abv permettant un bel épanouissement des arômes et une bonne longueur et l’amertume à un niveau parfait. Rien à dire, il ne s’agit pas d’un ours mal léché, cette Big Bear Black Stout est bien pensée, bien construite et très agréable. Le 5 est mérité.

4.9
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - FEB 23, 2012
my new favorite stout. Its really delicious. Strong, beautiful, hop balance and just the right character. Perfect, or close to it.

4.8
babelfish (1) - - FEB 7, 2011 does not count
best american stout i have tried so far, great if you want more than and this coming from an european

4.8
davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle 750ml from Purvis. Big beer, with a great balance of aromas and flavours. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is velvety, and full bodied. Black, with a frothy off-white head.

4.8
ads135 (4590) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2012
For a long time, this was one of my favorite Russian Imp. stouts. Thick and oily, dark as night, sweet and chocolately with a significant bitter balance at the end. Also, add some of this to jambalaya for a rich and sweet compliment to andouille sausage.

4.7
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 Rerate 5/2/03. Had this rated a 4.4, not quite high enough. Really great stuff. Impressive hoppy finish, very crisp and dry. Loads of subtle roasts, very much enjoy the fact that for an imperial it's got more of a milk chocolate character than coffee or bitter chocolate. Palate is blissfully quaffable, remains very full and rich yet is just gloriously drinkable. Yum. Original rating: Deep black color with a coffee-colored head that dissipates rapidly. Nose is full of caramel, toffee, and coffee. Initially very mild and sweet, follows up with nice roasts and chocolate malts. Rich and creamy. Lovely.

4.7
MERUBADOO (6) - Flossmoor, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003 does not count
TASTING THIS IMPERIAL STOUT AT THE REAL ALE FEST, BOTTLE CONDIITONED, I WAS VERY IMPRESSED. SMOOTH, TREMENDOUSLY RICH AND THICK!

4.7
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Pours a pitch black, with a large dark tan head that is a bit rocky, mostly lasting, and laces in sheets. Aroma is enormous, with a lot of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a generous dose of hops. Flavor is equally large - tons of chocolate, middle becomes more coffee like, and ends with a very big and tasty hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, amazingly flavorful and complex - definitely one that needs to be consumed above fridge temp. I'm going to have to do a side-by-side with some Storm King since they are both amazing brews.


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