RATINGS: 1497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Pours deep brown/black with tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malt and some sweet chocolate. Flavor is mostly the same, with the dark roasted malt being the dominant taste. Also some coffee and definite hoppiness (especially in the finish), which adds some nice balance. Fairly thin - not as heavy or oily as some of the other Russian imperial stouts Ive tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
javiercrasher (326) - Granada, SPAIN - DEC 5, 2016
De color negro y buena espuma beige. Aromas a chocolate y caramelo, tras los que aparecen toques herbales del lpulo. Buen cuerpo, cremosa. En boca torrefacta, con fondo amargo y final duradero. Alcohol bien integrado. Muy buena. BB 2017/04

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GemmeDeReve (2) - FRANCE - DEC 4, 2016 does not count
roasty, coffee, smoke, black, sparkling, brown foam light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (2003) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Appearance: Darker blackish brown. Opaque. Finger of tan foam. Nose: Coffee, bittersweet molassess and dark fruit. Touch of dark chocolate. Taste: Deeply bittersweet roasted malt. Sweeter fruit tones, raisin, plum and dark chocolate. Body: Medium to full. Silky. Soft Carbonation. Parting thoughts: Great dark stout. Big, roasty, bittersweet and warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (1338) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Pours black with tan head. A faint chocolate and roasted malt aroma. A chocolate, roasted malt, dry grain, coffee, and light dark fruit taste. A dry malt and grain and coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (2286) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 23, 2016
Almost black colour, large dense beige head; aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, dried sour cherry, raisins, plum jam and soy sauce; taste of cocoa powder, coffee, burnt plum jam, soy sauce and some herbal notes; great imperial stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Poured from bottle...black pour with tan creamy head...nose is all berries caramel and chocolate...light malt is added in flavor...sweet finish...very nice brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusil (1239) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 15, 2016
0.355l bottle. Pitch black body, beige head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and raisins. Taste of chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, raisins, apricot and floral hops. Awesome RIS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2280) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - OCT 11, 2016
Bottle. Roasted malts up front with a faint sweetness in the back. Solid stout all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2176) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Pours opaque black into the glass with a large choco-tan head that retains well, leaving chunky soap lacing. The nose is of chocolate and toffee with lightly roasted grains. All flavors follow suit, focusing on roasted grains, semi-sweet chocolates and lightly burnt toffee, all finishing with a toasted grain that lingers appropriately. The palate is creamy and has a smooth mouthfeel with a medium-full body, providing a satiating and complex quaff. A truly gorgeous sweet Impy stout, full of character, texture for days and makes for a wonderful aperitif or nightcap. Just gorgeous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2016
Purchased at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI, enjoyed at home after a long run. Very very good stout. Appearance is pitch black, moderate consistency, light tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, light lactose, smells more dry than rich. Taste is awesome, not very sweet, large chocolate and light hazelnut notes, decadent without being rich. Very very good.

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