Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by chinchill:
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
undated 22 oz. bottle served in pint glass.
A - Black with reddish brown edges. Frothy, mixed-density tan head with very good retention and exceptional lacing.
S - Dark roasted malts dominate, as they should, but there's also a spicy hop note and hints of coffee and caramel. Slight evidence of higher ABV.
T - A model stout, with all the elements that should be found present in excellent proportion. Rich dark malts without undue smokiness or burnt qualities accompanied by a near perfect hop flavor and bitterness. Higher ABV is almost completely hidden. Excellent finish and aftertaste!
M - Superb full body with above average carbonation for style that seems perfect.
O - I believe this is the best 'normal' stout I've ever had (i.e., excluding exotics like Founders CBS). Rather hoppy for style, but not radically so, and with great effect.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2011 03:03:57 | More by chinchill
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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 1,852 ratings.