Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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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3.14/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75
Best by 7/14/14. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a little light getting through; huge fluffy khaki head that fades very slowly and leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are loaded with cocoa malts. Some hints of chocolate with a kiss of vanilla. The aromas are ultimately subtle. The flavors are pretty mellow and bittersweet. More milk chocolate along with some dark chocolate to give it a little bitterness. This one has some roasted coffee notes. More vanilla. Hints of caramel along with some dark fruits. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side full-bodied and it's creamy and fluffy. Very smooth.
This is solid, but it's somewhat boring and not as bold as I was hoping for. It's crazy that it's 2014 and this is my first time trying this beer, so I had some high hopes. It's not bad, but it's nothing too special.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 19:54:18 | More by BB1313
Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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