Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.19/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Studio 35 on 9/22/12
A) Well, it ain't black. Dark brown; looks close to black but the stem and top of the glass reveal deep ruby. Wispy head with a thin line around the collar. Papery thin lace.
S) The aroma has a fair amount of roast. Lots of [sugary] molasses and some burnt chocolate. Pretty big aroma.
T) Though it does have some molasses sweetness in the mid section there is a lot more roast, proportionally. Some chocolate and caramel. The finish is dry and very slightly ashy.
M) The feel is great for the style - medium-full with some sticky hops and a touch of alcohol awareness. Rolling carbonation.
D) Really good, well-balanced imperial stout. This is a case of less is more. Recommended.
Serving type: on-tap
10-29-2013 22:39:31 | More by Ryan011235
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.
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