Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SurlyDuff:
3.83/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This sucker is bottled, but never seen it near me. Enjoyed this one a trip down to Healdsburg last week.
Dark? Dark indeed. Granted i've seen blacker elixirs, pitch black (ie-abyss), but this poured deep enough to satisfy my careful eye.
Aroma has a bit more coffee than i'd enjoy, but as far as the style goes, it's well enough in line. Some hop kick surprisingly, and some cocoa.
Taste is big, obviously, but sweetness hits immediatly, along with a slight lactic creaminess.
Mouthfeel is a bit sweet and syrupy.
I'm afraid to say that this beer could just lose itself into the burgeoning Impy Stout market. It needs perhaps a recipe tweak to make it a really stand-out A+ stout.
Serving type: on-tap
08-06-2009 03:14:47 | More by SurlyDuff
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 1,955 ratings.