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Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Big Bear Black StoutBig Bear Black Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,958 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,958
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 115
Gots: 128 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Big Bear is a big, black, stout you can really sink your teeth into. The bold, roasty, caramel malt flavor is balanced by Centennial and Cascade hops.

2009 California State Fair – 2nd GOLD
2009 LA International Beer Competition – GOLD
2007 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Stout – SILVER
2002 World Beer Cup - GOLD

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001)
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Reviews by Kraken:
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Kraken

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 3/17/09

Picked this up in honor of St. Pats along with a 6'er of guiness for the GF. Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized wine goblet. Moderate pour evokes the scantest of latte-esque head that readily clings to the side of the glass leaving a full and fine lace. Color is black on black. Expected to see some ruby edging, but none was apparent.

Nose- This was poured a bit cold so the nose is not at its fullest. Initially I get caramel, molasses, and some smokey peat.

Pallate- Massive roasted notes in the form of slightly burnt toast, sweet caramel, and molasses. Some coffee, coco, and hints of vanilla. Thick and chewy but not cloying. Very good. Hints of the 8% abv in the finish. Finish is long and dry with notes of caramel and peat.

Mouthfeel- Bitter, active, and Chewy.

Drinkability- One is enough at 8%, but its very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 22:03:22 | More by Kraken
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92 out of 100 based on 1,958 ratings.