Big Bear Black Stout | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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2,402 Ratings
Big Bear Black StoutBig Bear Black Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,402
Reviews:
1,145
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
Wants:
183
Gots:
255
For Trade:
4
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Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with an off white head and spotty lace. Smells robust with a little bit of oxidation. The taste has big roasted note, alcohol, soy and little residual sweetness. Full bodied, well carbonated. Overall it just takes old, I'm not sure if it is but it's definitely fallen behind the times. There are better stouts.

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Photo of sgregory
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bum4ever
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap:
Dark bar, so body looks black; even holding to back light I get nothing. The head, in a regular shaker pseudo-pint never leaves. Curtains of lacing; swirls don't remove the curtains, but do produce a classic "lace" pattern.

Nose is roasted malt, pure and simple. It leans a little chocolatey, but only in impression. A light charred wood bitterness accentuates this claim.

Pretty damn smooth beer, this one. If i didn't know better, I'd think it's possible this was on nitro. Not too heavy, though probably just past medium. Muted carbonation that sometimes comes with a thicker feeling beer leads to this silky smooth feel.

Taste is just classic stout. This is a beer I'd expect from breweries like this and AleSmith and Schlafly. Roasted malt producing cocoa maltiness and charred bitterness. I'm sure there are hops, but to me they help that roastiness shine (maybe a light classic citrus-pine as it warms).

Just a thoroughly enjoyable beer if you like the classic version of the style. A must try to see where you stand, IMO.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nicolaiw
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with tan head.
Aroma has roasted malt, licorice, coffee,
Taste is roasted malt, little coffee, licorice root, little vague, little sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Savored with a chocolate muffin.

Black. Thin head, vanishing quick.

Bittersweet Chocolate with malt, roasted bold. Slight coffee, more than a hint of figgie licorice.

Taste tends to follow the nose. Simple and strong. Bitter, bold and boozy ... Grand!

The earthy-smooth aftertaste counters the bitterness nicely!
Better to enjoy this one on the cold side; as it warms up, this bear gets brutal.

Not my last Bear bomber, t' be sure!

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BRiddoch
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark coffee color with a small dark tan head. Slightly sweet odor of dark fruits. Sweet rich smoky caramel taste with a smooth finish. Great stout.

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Photo of jibrahim414
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Inpraiseoffolly
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown almost black with a brown head ,heavy lacing on the glass.Licorice molasses brown sugar aroma. These come through in the taste also with a pleasant sweetness balanced perfectly by moderate hopping .Heavy body like a stout should have.Love it ,if you like heavy balanced flavorful stouts you will probably like this.If you think IPAs are the be all end all stay away

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of princessbay710
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black pour with a light cocoa head. I can't smell anything at the moment, as I am sick, but 4ish seems to be the general consensus. First thing I taste is the caramel malt, slightly alcoholy. It's a bit one dimensional to me, but bold. Nice mouthfeel.
Note to self: Was worth the try, probably won't be having again.

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Photo of McBraniel
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really dark brown color with brown head. Aroma has chocolate malt, fudge, brownies and a hint of dried plums. Taste starts with a light fruit note and milk chocolate. Roasty but really balanced. Medium body with lower carbonation. Overall it's a really good imperial stout but not something impressive.

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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,402 ratings.
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