1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Big Bear Black StoutBig Bear Black Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,953 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,953
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 113
Gots: 127 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Big Bear is a big, black, stout you can really sink your teeth into. The bold, roasty, caramel malt flavor is balanced by Centennial and Cascade hops.

2009 California State Fair – 2nd GOLD
2009 LA International Beer Competition – GOLD
2007 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Stout – SILVER
2002 World Beer Cup - GOLD

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,953 | Reviews: 1,089 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ksimons:
Photo of ksimons
ksimons

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-just about black with a light tan head that leaves a nice covering throughout

S-roasted malt and a load of hop bitterness, dark chocolate, molasses, and roasted coffee.

T-taste is very similar to the smell, equal parts hops and malt that helps make it not overly hoppy. The hops do hide a lot of the other flavors that typically come with stouts, but there are hints of dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, dry and bitter finish

Overall I do not usually like very hopped beers but this one is pretty good. A good amount of roasted malt helps balance the hops out

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:38:14 | More by ksimons
More User Reviews:
Photo of thufflife
thufflife

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-23-2014 16:11:41 | More by thufflife
Photo of RickyBauer
RickyBauer


2/5  rDev -51.7%

07-22-2014 01:50:39 | More by RickyBauer
Photo of kevindp9
kevindp9

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-22-2014 01:20:44 | More by kevindp9
Photo of Mike-Harms
Mike-Harms

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-21-2014 19:56:34 | More by Mike-Harms
Photo of mbeerdino21
mbeerdino21

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-19-2014 23:50:21 | More by mbeerdino21
Photo of CptnCraptastic
CptnCraptastic


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-19-2014 20:23:01 | More by CptnCraptastic
Photo of Btip1969
Btip1969

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-19-2014 07:17:24 | More by Btip1969
Photo of countrybat
countrybat

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-19-2014 04:20:07 | More by countrybat
Photo of ZagZagg
ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

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
Photo of gr8zehaman
gr8zehaman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

07-15-2014 19:35:01 | More by gr8zehaman
Photo of aquazr1
aquazr1

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-14-2014 19:50:17 | More by aquazr1
Photo of Gasc0igne
Gasc0igne

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

07-14-2014 03:08:30 | More by Gasc0igne
Photo of Ndflyfan8
Ndflyfan8

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-12-2014 22:07:01 | More by Ndflyfan8
Photo of LessMyth
LessMyth

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-12-2014 20:52:37 | More by LessMyth
Photo of mrjmann
mrjmann

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

07-11-2014 03:20:37 | More by mrjmann
Photo of Element1290
Element1290

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-09-2014 18:43:50 | More by Element1290
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-07-2014 23:41:50 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
Photo of boesesfleisch
boesesfleisch

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-07-2014 21:56:43 | More by boesesfleisch
Photo of skyman1972
skyman1972

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-07-2014 01:19:19 | More by skyman1972
Photo of reefa
reefa

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-05-2014 04:19:54 | More by reefa
Photo of jkhobbs99
jkhobbs99

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.5%

07-05-2014 04:18:30 | More by jkhobbs99
Photo of nleaders
nleaders

Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-03-2014 14:23:40 | More by nleaders
Photo of bret717
bret717

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-03-2014 03:13:58 | More by bret717
Photo of SwooshDaddy
SwooshDaddy

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

07-03-2014 00:51:28 | More by SwooshDaddy
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,953 ratings.