Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tewaris:
3/5 rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bomber poured into a snifter.
Black Stout? More like brown stout. Looks dark brown and rather watery with a small head in spite of a vigorous pour. Head retention is alright for whatever it's worth, and there's some sticky lacing too.
Aroma is fairly standard with dark maltiness, roast, and possibly spice. Tastes sweet, sharp, and strongly roasty. Bitterness is thankfully only medium. Roast pretty much rules this beer but doesn't get tiring.
Mouthfeel is extremely disappointing with not much to show for an 8.1% "stout" beer... tastes just too watery for its size, perhaps because of the high carbonation. Overall unimpressive.
3, 3, 3, 3, 3
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2012 04:27:48 | More by tewaris
More User Reviews:
4.79/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The look really does it for me. It's pitch black. No sign of light, even around the edges. The head is a faint brown color of both tiny and larger bubbles. It's not overly thick and doesn't retain well, but it leaves a ring around the top of the liquid and a patchy lace.
I dig the smell too. Full of chocolate and caramel malty goodness. It smells more chocolately than a lot of chocolate beers I've had. Smells like dessert.
The sip is of complete and total quality. It's very malty and the nose of chocolate and caramel carry over to the taste. I can't pick up any of the Cascade hops, and that's ok because in a stout I don't want a piney, citrusy taste. The taste is perfect just the way it is.
There's really nothing to improve on here. The malts provide plenty of sweetness and there's enough malt to give it some body. Very full and dessert-like. Not too sweet. While the hop presence is minimal at best, there's a lingering bitterness to let you know when it's time for a new sip.
Extremely easy to drink, and a joy to do so. Overall, it's one of the best beers I've had. I wish I didn't have to travel to get this.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 03:46:05 | More by RickS95
Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.