Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by modernartblues:
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet Tulip
A: an inviting black body, I pick up tinges of ruby, a friendly rather than intimidating shade of black, off white-ish head recede with just a wisp remaining, already see signs of lacing
N: a love the big hoppy stouts, this has plenty of citrus-pine in the nose, also roast, chocolate, and coffee in that order, surprisingly I get a touch of heat in the nose
T: not as good as the nose, dark chocolate covered hops maybe?, could use a bit more roast as personal preference, needs a bit more sweetness to balance out the heavy hops and closing bitterness, might should have aged this one to get perfection, but still a pleasant sipper
M: thick, not the most vicious for the style, but still in the right neighborhood
O: though not the best in the category, this is an interesting beer that bends the style a bit to show off for those California hop-heads, I enjoy my stouts hoppy, so I do like this beer, but would probably reach for Storm King over it, still a solid beer from Bear Republic
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2012 01:53:25 | More by modernartblues
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 1,952 ratings.