Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SmashPants:
2.88/5 rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Bottle: standard brown long-neck ping glass, "big" U.S.-style label. The quality packaging has me looking forward to a great beer.
Appearance: liquid jet back with a 1cm thick tan head with good retention. So far so good!
Aroma: dominated by heavy roasted malts, some caramels and coffee / biscuit. A touch of citrus hops underneath, which is odd for a Stout.
Taste: goes all wrong for me here. Not really too much going on - it actually tastes like a standard Milk Stout with some roasted malt poured in. Very disappointing. Definitely doesn't taste like an Imperial Stout.
Aftertaste: pretty much follows the taste. Lingers reasonably well, but only with a bittering off-malt flavour - which is never pleasant.
Mouthfeel: reasonable mouthfeel for a Stout - low carbonation and heavy body.
Overall: I was expecting big things from this beer, and unfortunately it didn't deliver. I will openly admit that I generally drink English / Irish / Australian Stouts & Porters, so maybe I am not used to the U.S. versions yet. Will have to try a few more then revisit this beer later.
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2012 05:43:43 | More by SmashPants
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.