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Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,967 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,967
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 116
Gots: 130 | 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 travolta:
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travolta

California

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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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,967 ratings.