Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by dwilson01:
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22oz bomber into an indian wells brewing co pint glass. This brew is dark, they're not joking when they call it "black." The head is thick, brown, and frothy. It reminds me of coffee. Clings well to the glass and receds evenly leaving a nice layer on the top.
The smell gives that it gives off is malty sweet, a little caramel as it says on the bottle but I definitely pick up mostly coffee, just not the roasted kind, it's smooth and dessert-like.
Oh man! I am excited, maybe it's just because I've had a few blander stouts lately that haven't delivered as much on flavor, but this one is noticably great tasting. It delivers everything in the nose, the caramel really comes through kind of reverseing positions with the coffee I got more of in the scent. Not a trace of alcohol at 8%, it's very sweet, and I honestly think this beer would go great paired with some chocolate because I don't get that flavor too much in the taste.
Very good mouthfeel, it's definitely full-bodied in a 100% meaning of the term. But at the same time it's not overly thick and is very enjoyable.
The drinkability is there for sure, it leaves my mouth feeling satisfied and slides down gulp after gulp like it's water.
Overall, great beer, I definitely recommend it to any fan of the dark brew family. Another awesome offering from the bear republic brewing company which has yet to let me down in terms of quality beer. I mean, it's big on flavor, bear of a smell, black on sight, with the mouthfeel of a stout...Big Bear Black Stout, yes I do believe it fits!
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2010 06:54:52 | More by dwilson01
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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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