Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Kraken:
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
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.