Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by trep:
3.13/5 rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
22ozer thanks to IntriqKen.
Pours a dark black, but not completely opaque. Bubbly brown head fades to leave a thin layer of head and a bit of lacing. Aroma has notes of coffee and chocolate, and bit of alcohol, not much though. None of the aromas are very pronounced. Bland and dull, very average.
Incredibly hoppy for an imperial stout. Notes of coffee and chocolate. Probably the most bitter imperial stout i've had. Dark fruity flavors under the hops, but never have a chance to escape the blanket of hops. As it warms it gets less bitter and more vinous, cool. Not bad, but certainly a west coast rendition of the style. Although it works with IPA's and IIPA's, I'm not feelin' this too much.
Good carbonation and medium-full body. Nice balance mouthfeelwise, but the over-the-top hops don't really do much for me. I'd like to see what this tasted like if it were more malty.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2006 05:45:57 | More by trep
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 1,953 ratings.