Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by skynxnex:
4.63/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The pour from the 1 pt 6 oz bottle is a dark cola color--nearly black. A good sized brown head forms and there remains lacing throughout the bottle.
Smell is roasted choclate, sweet carmel, toffee, licorice, dried fruit, and of course coffee. Alcohol peaks through as well, but no real hop smell to note. Very nice
The taste pretty much reflects the smell. Chocolate and toffee are the main flavors. It's surpisingly sweet right before the bitter roasted barley comes through. Well balanced and put together. The hops, although present, don't run the show. It's the malt through and through. Bitter they may be. Slight alcohol warmth, but otherwise it's well hidden.
The finish is very clean for how full and chewy the beer is. Creamy, sweet, roasty goodness. A great beer and a great stout.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2006 03:14:32 | More by skynxnex
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 1,959 ratings.