Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JohnWaynes44:
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pitch black pour in a tulip with a light tan fluffy 3 finger head. Some lacing and nice retention. Licorice and alcohol on the nose. Toasty, burnt anise at first and then nutty with some toffee and candle wax with more licorice with a long finish. Alcohol is present throughout. Feel is really good. Medium body and the the very sharp carbonation lingers on the tongue. Drinkability could be better. It is a little harsh. It is good, but it is missing something to make it great for me. Bigger malt and more coffee. A little to anise for me.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2011 03:23:00 | More by JohnWaynes44
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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 1,796 ratings.