Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by markaberrant:
4.1/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - opaque, creamy dark tan head, good retention that eventually receds, and excellent lacing
S - hoppy nose, sweet citrus, blends in with darker malts, not a huge roast aroma, but a smooth creaminess, clean
T - well built flavours, more creamy roast, well integrated citrus hops, not assertive, but smooth, lots of maltiness, some carmel, light fruitiness, lots of lingering citrus hop bitterness, but again very smooth.
M - not a huge mouthfeel on this one, which makes it quite drinkable, mild carbonation, no astringency, dry finish, alcohol is nowhere to be found
D - very pleasant and well made, very much an "american" stout, yet not harsh or over-the-top
Quite a tasty american impy stout, reminds me very much of Old Rasputin with the citrus hops, smooth roast, and reasonable body/alcohol. I don't have anything bad to say, and the hopping is really well done, but it just doesn't have a whole lot of depth, so I can't justify a really high rating. Probably not an entry level beer, but quite approachable for someone ready to take the next step.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2009 01:44:51 | More by markaberrant
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.
92 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.