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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

1,852 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1852
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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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of the darkest brown-black. It puts up a one and a half finger head of latte colored bubbles. This shows good retention, and never really goes away. The lacing is very sticky, creeping and oozing around the glass. Carbonation appears medium, but it is hard to see, and the same goes for haze and sediment. The aroma is of deep chocolate, as in a tootsie roll. This is sweet, with bitter chalkiness. There is the added sweetness of fruit, but this seems soaked with booze. The coolness of heavy creamer and the steely bite of raw coffee come in for the balance. The malts are heavily roasted, to the point of being charred and smoky, with an almost woodiness about them. With warmth there is a strong licorice note. As we sip, the flavor begins with lactic sourness, grassy hops, and darker malts. There are also citric hops and metals, which cut the darker flavors quite a bit. At the peak of the flavor, and through the middle, we see char and unsweetened cocoa. This quickly calms down with cutting white sugars, and cleaner, less smoky malts. The finish revives that curious souring flavor, with thin hop oils, and a burnt malt to pucker the last drops of each sip. The aftertaste breathes of strong coffee bean, hollow steel, sticky sweetness, and white sugars. This is all wrapped up in a smoky cloak. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is medium. There is definite drying astringency from the bittering chocolate and coffee flavors. With each sip comes nice cream and smack, but less slurp. The abv is appropriate, and this is wildly drinkable.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look, and then the smell. The color was beautifully rich in color, and the head retained forever. The aroma then set things up with full inclusions of everything you would expect. What was really nice was when the beer warmed, and everything calmed down a bit. On the down side, the beer was thinner than one might like, and it really doesn’t give enough substance behind the nice base of flavors and aromas built.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 03:56:50 | More by TheBrewo
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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,852 ratings.