Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.65/5 rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
22oz brown bomber, no freshness date but the 8.1% should keep it fine on the shelf for a while.
Appearance: The light brown foamy tan head looks appetizing, as black as you can get in colour what else would you expect from a big stout.
Smell: Fragrant aroma of unsweetened dark chocolate and mild espresso hint of molasses as well. Dark berries and a hidden alcohol are there to boot.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy and a kick of crispness at that. Layered complex burnt character lingers right under the strong arm of maltiness. The fresh hoppiness drops a thick blanket of bitterness and oily hop flavour. Touch of yeast with black currant in the back with a subdued alcohol.
Notes: Where the hell is the 8.1% abv? So deceiving and very drinkable, very well put together. Id say I would make this a session beer but I would not last too long
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2003 22:20:03 | More by Jason
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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.
93 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.