Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ego:
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
found @ Decicco market, pelham, ny
music : voivod - nothingface
half a finger of tan/brown head, dark and opaque but not as dark an opaque as some other RISs. not to detriment, just a note. it doesn't pour thick like some, overall a good looking RIS if nothing to special, the lacing is very good and a thin film is left all the way down the glass as you swallow this libation de noir...
someone melted a frappucino and burned it, added chocolate, and threw in a few raisins for good measure.. and made it a beer. toasty dark caramel in a wash of dark chocolate and dark fruit notes, delicious. like most good RISs you could stick your nose in this all damn day and enjoy it, perfect snifter fodder for the inner beer snob in you...
the nose knows. everything I described in the nose is present here in the same manner. The carbonation is quite lively which saves this from being watery. The hops are present in the back of the aftertaste after the burnt coffee notes fade. Bitter burnt chocolate is present but not uber sweet (which is perfect for me). For some reason I want this to be just a touch thicker.. but not much, it is damn close. This leaves a nice burnt offering in the mouth after the sipping... not as burnt as Dragonslayer... maybe the bitter of the hops seem to balance it more (I actually like more of the burnt tones myself). Burnt bitter chocolate, that might just sum it up period.
tasty as hell. if this was local I would definitely buy it more often. I get Old Rasputin and Perkuno's Hammer readily and enjoy them a hair more, but I would not be averse to picking this one up sometims as a change up in my standard RIS. A little thicker or creamier and this would slay. All in all a great example of the style, this one drinks too well also for the ABV, and isnt a total killer ABV compared to some. what can I say? I enjoyed this one a good deal.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2006 04:17:17 | More by Ego
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 1,959 ratings.