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Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,964 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,964
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 116
Gots: 131 | 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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Reviews by perrymarcus:
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep, dark mahogany / borderline black while yielding a 3/4" tan head. moderate retention and lacing. good linking brew, albeit pretty much par for the style.

nose opens with a generous wallop of roastiness followed in short order by notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and hops.

flavor delivers more of the same. much bigger presence of hops than i anticipated (not that this is a bad thing), which is clearly its distinguishing characteristic. big roasted malt backbone, very little of its 8.1% ABV perceivable... creamy, medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a nicely done stout, big and bold. i would caution that it is very hoppy for an imperial stout, as that combination doesn't jive with all beer aficionados.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 05:48:56 | More by perrymarcus
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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,964 ratings.