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Big Bear Black Stout - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,173 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,173
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 139
Gots: 166 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

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

Pours an extremely dark brown, black through it's center, with some amber edges. A large onch inch tan head forms and lingers with excellent retention leaving strands of lacing behind.

The aroma is nice, but not quite what I hoped for. It's fairly hoppy, with a big citrus component. The malt profile is weak in the nose, however it is slightly roasty. Notes of caramel and chocolate can also be found. In a RIS (which I'm not sure this can really be called that) I would hope for some bigger malt in the nose.

The taste is fine. Rather hoppy, giving a big citrus note. The malt profile is not as prominent as it should be. Some notes of bitter roasted chocolate are available, but it lacks complexity beyond that. Decent, but not quite what I wanted.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied with a good carbonation tingle. Carbonation is relatively low, comprised of fine bubbles that make for a good drinking experience.

Drinkability is fairly high. The alcohol is relatively moderate and the flavors are tasty which make for a really easy to consume RIS. My reservation is that it's not as malty as I think RIS's should be. A solid beer, interesting for the style, but not quite there. It's a really good beer, but it's all hops and it's not appropriate for the style.

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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,173 ratings.