Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by travolta:
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Apperance: Black as a cold night. Head was frothy and light brown. Retention was pretty nice. Lacing is light but sticky.
Nose: Chocolate, Coffee, maybe some lighter malts, slightly oily. Great balance.
Taste: Not bitter and not too creamy, but a fine balane in between. Carbonation is a little crisp in the begining, but it stays back for you to enjoy the rest at the ned of your taste. Taste of bitter chocolate, espresso, some light hops at the end. You cannot even taste the 8.1%.
Notes: The label has the words "black" in big bold letters across the front, this is no lie. I am glad that on the label the brewery makes no claims of the superiority of this brew. It is only a "black stout" until you pour it out and taste it. this is a fine example of stout beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2005 07:43:09 | More by travolta
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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.