Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by PatYoda:
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Pours dark brown with a nice light brown head that leaves behind great lacing and ring around the snifter. Smell is very chocolatey and roasted. The chocolate is an equal combination sugary milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. A little alcohol in the background, but not much. Taste is almost as much chocolate as the Rogue Chocolate Stout! This actually reminds me quite a bit of that beer. The roastiness is there as well, though in much smaller quantities as in most Double Stouts. Actually this is by far the smoothest and most easy drinking double stout I've had, and I'm loving it.
Too bad I split the bomber with my girlfriend. Maybe I can snatch the rest from her. Anyway, the mouthfeel is a bit thin, which works well with the easy going flavor here, but I feel that it's just a tad too watery for my tastes. Very clean finish with only a little lingering hop bitterness to go along with the dark chocolate bitterness. It's nice to see that some brewers still emphasize a little restraint within this style, and that this beer is great despite not being way over the top.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2005 02:29:46 | More by PatYoda
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 1,959 ratings.