Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Damian:
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
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
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.