Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ItsTheLimit:
4.36/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Beer pours a deep black that little to no light shows through. Produces a thin head that is off-white to almost a light tan. Though the head quickly dissipates, it does leave nice, soapy lacing.
Smells of dark fruit, plum, chocolate and roasted malt. Really absorbing.
Taste is relatively straight forward and follows the smell. Finishes with a slight alcohol heat and some hop bitterness, which balances the sweetness of the caramel malt.
The mouthfeel is deceptively light, considering the appearance. Nice carbonation and not overly heavy, despite the style. Definitely wouldn't recommend drinking this all night, but it's not as monstrous as some imperial stouts can be.
As usual, another fine beer from Bear Republic. Also, considering the fact that the price is relatively low, this is definitely something I can see myself purchasing more of. Bear Republic continues to release excellent beer that doesn't hurt my wallet.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2013 01:08:37 | More by ItsTheLimit
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4.79/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The look really does it for me. It's pitch black. No sign of light, even around the edges. The head is a faint brown color of both tiny and larger bubbles. It's not overly thick and doesn't retain well, but it leaves a ring around the top of the liquid and a patchy lace.
I dig the smell too. Full of chocolate and caramel malty goodness. It smells more chocolately than a lot of chocolate beers I've had. Smells like dessert.
The sip is of complete and total quality. It's very malty and the nose of chocolate and caramel carry over to the taste. I can't pick up any of the Cascade hops, and that's ok because in a stout I don't want a piney, citrusy taste. The taste is perfect just the way it is.
There's really nothing to improve on here. The malts provide plenty of sweetness and there's enough malt to give it some body. Very full and dessert-like. Not too sweet. While the hop presence is minimal at best, there's a lingering bitterness to let you know when it's time for a new sip.
Extremely easy to drink, and a joy to do so. Overall, it's one of the best beers I've had. I wish I didn't have to travel to get this.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 03:46:05 | More by RickS95
Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,797 ratings.