Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by davidchollar:
4.63/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Another great purchase from Tanakaya in Tokyo. Big Bear pours into the pint glass black indeed. Very similar in appearance to the few others I've had of this style, (almost impossible to find in Japan). However, the big tan head seems to have even better retention than others. An easy perfect 5.
The caramel sweetness is definitely the prominent smell, with a subtle but delicious roasted maltiness ever present. After warming up, the almost Belgian-like dark fruitiness comes out, and I detect a hint of something I don't think I've ever noticed in a beer before ... watermelon?! The coffee roastiness is there, but less so than in most stouts. A very interesting, complex nose that opens up well given some time.
Just like the smell, the taste is definitely that of a world class stout, but a unique one that is fruitier than it is coffee-like. I taste several different styles at once - impressions of stout, porter, barleywine and BSDA. Like the abv, the taste is good and strong but not knock-you-silly super strength. Very well balanced, just strong/sweet/bitter enough to leave an impression but not overpower.
Same goes for the mf, very good. All this combines to bring the drinkability up to a perfect 5. This is perhaps a more approachable RIS than some, I'll definitely enjoy this again!
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2008 11:16:37 | More by davidchollar
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.
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