Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Damian:
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Drank from a 1pt. 6fl oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA
Served in a snifter
Poured a thin, translucent, chestnut brown. The liquid was topped by a near one-finger tall crown of tight, mocha colored foam that slowly faded to a thick, clingy, bubbly ring of froth. Sheets of lacing cascaded down the glass with each sip. Spotty drops stuck along the glass.
The aroma was pleasant but subtle for the style. Roasted malts were prominent. Dark chocolate and black coffee notes as well. Hint of caramel. Good amount of brown sugar-like sweetness. Touch of vanilla. Slightly smoky.
The flavor profile was similar to the nose but a bit more punchy. Good amount of roasted malts on the front end. Sweet brown sugar notes and toffee balanced out the roastiness. Black, cold coffee came through in the center. The finish contained notes of charred malts and earthy, piney, semi-bitter hops. Some ashiness lingered on my palate.
The mouthfeel was decent albeit exceptionally thin for the style. Smooth and frothy with a soft, medium effervescence.
Overall, this is a very "light" imperial stout. Though immensely drinkable and enjoyable for what it is, I think it should be labeled as simply an American stout.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2013 03:29:52 | More by Damian
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3.14/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75
Best by 7/14/14. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a little light getting through; huge fluffy khaki head that fades very slowly and leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are loaded with cocoa malts. Some hints of chocolate with a kiss of vanilla. The aromas are ultimately subtle. The flavors are pretty mellow and bittersweet. More milk chocolate along with some dark chocolate to give it a little bitterness. This one has some roasted coffee notes. More vanilla. Hints of caramel along with some dark fruits. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side full-bodied and it's creamy and fluffy. Very smooth.
This is solid, but it's somewhat boring and not as bold as I was hoping for. It's crazy that it's 2014 and this is my first time trying this beer, so I had some high hopes. It's not bad, but it's nothing too special.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 19:54:18 | More by BB1313
Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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