Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Bfarr:
3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Deep brown with sizeable tight brown head with nice lacing. Caramel and chocolate aromas. Chocolate and caramel espresso balanced with a very roasty linger helped by a bit of pine. Good bite for a stout with a moderately full body.
Fairly easy drinking hearty stout. Cheap for an imperial stout, I think there are plenty of better ones out there but if you’re in the mood and don’t want to dip into the cellar or drop $10-12 this is a good choice. Flavors are clear with nothing really taking over and a nice hop profile with the alcohol well blended.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2011 17:12:13 | More by Bfarr
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into goblet
A: Standard stout appearance, frothy kaki colored head of about two fingers. No light is able to travel through this brew, a glinting ruby hue can be observed at certain angles. Carbonation looks low. Lacing and retention are moderate; body looks medium
S: Dark chocolate up front, bitter and bold. Smoke, ash, and roast are present but not overwhelming, some sweet malt aroma, some light caramel, anise, and subtle booze of chocolate liqueur. Burnt coffee and strong espresso upon agitation
T: Strong burnt/roasted malt immediately seizes the palate. After the initial burst of flavor rich chocolate blends of bakers and milk let on trailed by a faint nuttiness. Bitter before sweet in this case, prevalent hop presence picks up in conjunction with burnt wood and refined espresso/coffee grounds. The sweetness is attributable to caramel, hazelnut, notes of anise, and roasted/chocolate malt structure. The middle mouth is dominated by a hoppier play, even letting on some muted orange citrus. The finish is slightly astringent, but pans out with a nutty sweetness backed by molasses and dark chocolate
M: Creamy at times, but never chewy. Carbonation is light and fine, fills the mouth appropriately. After taste is somewhat sweet and somewhat dry, nice drinkability
O: Delicious and drinkable. One of the hoppier stouts I’ve ever drank, quite burnt and bitter at times. Although it’s not one of the most balanced stouts I’ve enjoyed, it is rather delectable. I wish the viscosity were increased slightly, but other than that this is a high quality beer
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 23:41:34 | More by ZagZagg
Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,952 ratings.