Big Bear Black Stout | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Big Bear Black StoutBig Bear Black Stout

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

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

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

Pours a dark blackish brown with some reddish hues on the top and sides.
Thick brownish beige head. lots of sticky lace.
Aroma is chocolaty, malty, coffee and alcohol. little vanilla whipped cream on top.
Flavor is straight up espresso, with light sweetness and a creamy mouthfeel.
long burnt coffe finish.

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Beer 30, Big Bear Stout Ale by Bear Republic Brewing Co

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Beer Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Serving Size: 22 oz Bottle, ABV 8.1%
Purchased on 4/30/09 and Drank on 4/30/09

4 out of 5 on over all drink-ability

Aroma: Mild and complex aroma with notes of dried fruits, dark chocolate and roasted grain.

Appearance: Black with tan head.

Flavor: Smooth flavors of roasted grains and dried fruits.

Mouth Feel: Full body with effervescence on the sides of the tongue

Overall Impression: Mellow. The beer is well balanced and the flavors are lighter that I would expect for a Russian Imperial stout. The 22 ounces went down a quickly and easily.

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

Very,very dark brown in color with a creamy light brown finger thickness of lasting head. Nice lacing on initial pour.

Sweet chocolate first off on the nose...roasty malt hint of coffee on the finish. Good smelling aroma.

Dark, rich mocha flavor with roasted malts and caramel following. I think this would make a nice breakfast beer if there was such a thing !?!?

Smooth, kind of creamy medium body brew feels good in the mouth.

Not as chewy as one would expect from a beer this dark and rich looking, but a nice one to savor, not guzzel.

Definitely a tasty stout, worthy of a try.

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

Appearance: Black and impenetrable, small frothy head.

Smell: Sweet malts, dark chocolate, a trace of alcohol.

Taste: A very chocolatey stout. Fairly pronounced hops presence, but it doesn't detract from the overall sweet, mellow taste.

Mouth: Full-bodied and rich, dry in the finish, goes down smooth with no noticable burn. Definitely a high point of the beer.

Overall: Great stuff. Hoppier than I was expecting, but not overly so; it still has a good balance, and a distinct malty sweetness. Reminds me a bit of Rogue's Imperial Stout, but mellower than that, and not quite so rich or complex.

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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,410 ratings.
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