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
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 1,958 ratings.