Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Big Bear Black StoutBig Bear Black Stout

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2,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 132
Gots: 150 | FT: 4
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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Pretty good. Starts strong but gets smooth.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - very dark brown color with a small tan head that faded to a ring leaving bits of lace behind.

S - sweet roasted malt, pleasant aroma.

T - sweet roasted flavor of malt with a bitter, espresso coffee like finish.

M - medium/full bodied, mild carbonation.

D - a bit heavy, but drinkable none the less.

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01/10/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Word has it that this needs to warm to room temp for flavor to develop. While still chilled the flavor is pretty intense. Nice balance, but not Black Ops or Bourbon County level. After letting this temper I was not that impressed. Good, but not great. Not sure the "Great Bear" applies, and of course "Good Bear" is way less impressive. I'd do it again, but....

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big-ass bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.49 a few months ago. Today I decided to bust this out as a little Thanksgiving treat for myself.

Poured what looks like a midnight-with-no-moon shade of black, until held to the light, when it takes on a deep brown color at the edges. A big, thick tan head sits atop the beer and takes it's time to dissipate, leaving sheets of lace on the sides of my pint glass.

The smell of this beer is typical for an imperial stout. Lots of dark fruit, along with a more subdued, brown sugary sweetness. Not as robust smelling as an Old Rasputin, which leads me to suspect it will be a little bit milder in the taste.

Not a bad guess. This is among the more easy going impy stouts I have had. It's not bad tasting at all, but not quite the massive blast of flavor that many of the style are. Most of it's impact comes upfront, with a big blast of bitter dark fruit flavors combined with a dry hoppiness that smacks the palate like a brick. But then the brown sugary sweetness kicks in, and closed out the proceedings combined with a sharp dry note at the swallow.

This beer has a rather sticky mouthfeel. It's a little too thin for the style, in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, its not a thin beer by any means, just a little thinner than I was expecting.

Not a bad beer at all, though it could use a little help in the mouthfeel department. If I didn't already have Old Raspy, Thor's Thunder, and Poseidon within attainable distances, I'd probably be more impressed by this beer. If I didn't have to go to work soon, I'd have a Poseidon next to compare the two. Alas, there's no time for such a comparison.

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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,123 ratings.