Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by PatYoda:
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
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
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3.14/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75
Best by 7/14/14. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a little light getting through; huge fluffy khaki head that fades very slowly and leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are loaded with cocoa malts. Some hints of chocolate with a kiss of vanilla. The aromas are ultimately subtle. The flavors are pretty mellow and bittersweet. More milk chocolate along with some dark chocolate to give it a little bitterness. This one has some roasted coffee notes. More vanilla. Hints of caramel along with some dark fruits. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side full-bodied and it's creamy and fluffy. Very smooth.
This is solid, but it's somewhat boring and not as bold as I was hoping for. It's crazy that it's 2014 and this is my first time trying this beer, so I had some high hopes. It's not bad, but it's nothing too special.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 19:54:18 | More by BB1313
Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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