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Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,941 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,941
Reviews: 1,088
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 111
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)
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle (1 pint 6 oz) with no apparent freshness information provided. Picked this up from the local beer store for $4.99 just moments ago. My second beer from Bear Republic, with fairly high expectations, since I'm in the mood for a good stout, and I quite enjoyed the first beer I had from them, the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours an opaque oily black body with a quarter inch of creamy chocolate head that dissolves quickly. Very thin wispy lacing. Second (far more aggressive) pour yields about three fingers of the same beautiful chocolate milk mocha colored head. Lots of lacing the second time around. Looks amazing.

S - Warm dark chocolate aroma. Dark candied fruits. Toasted malts. Little bit of pleasing alcohol smell. Bit of vanilla / oak wood, perhaps.

T - Light, sweet, and even hoppy in the beginning, and then gives way to a most robust dark chocolate / roasted coffee bean presence. Fresh hops and coffee bean bitterness. Warming alcohol. Sweetened tea leaf like taste in the finish. Fruity fermented grape / fig / date flavor. Very smooth, subtle, and complex. There is a lot going on here.

M - Resinous hoppy bitterness, yet smooth and creamy, paired with some dark candied fruit sweetness. A lovely feel and aftertaste.

Overall, extremely impressive. Very well bodied, and well balanced, and so highly drinkable, masking it's 8.10% abv deceptively well. A remarkably awesome beer, one I would happily revisit. Of the two Bear Republic brews I've tried, they were both very good, but this Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout takes the cake so far. Definitely one of the best stouts I've had yet.

Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 19:56:50 | More by mfnmbvp
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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,941 ratings.