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Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Big Bear Black StoutBig Bear Black Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,853 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1853
Reviews: 1084
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%


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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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +1%
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
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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.