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Big Bear Black Stout | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.13/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,674
Reviews:
1,149
Ratings:
2,418
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
4.65
 
 
Wants:
185
Gots:
259
Trade:
4
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Photo of -steve-
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, pillowy brown head. Bursting with chocolate and malt aroma. Chewy, roasted malt taste with plenty of chocolate. Boozy aftertaste that is quite nice. Love how the flavours coat the tongue and the dry, roasted notes linger. Exquisite!

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of coryhk
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 32 Great Power. In Teku glass. Playing Green Cat. 5 months after bbf (my fault) Herbal hoppy notes like in a Black IPA, some vanilla and chocolate. Abv well hidden

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Photo of DiggerDahl
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of fjdelvalle
4.91/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of matcris
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

About a finger of tan head that sticks around on a black brew. Leaves some nice thick lacing behind, too. Looks Good. The aroma is a bit astringent, like there's some Simcoe trapped in the dungeon, and wanting to get out. I'm getting a lot of a molasses/brown sugar note, some toffee, mild dark chocolate, and some citrus qualities. In the flavor, nice! No astringency, just lots of caramel, milk and dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, tobacco, and the citrus is there on the finish, mildly. The feel is thick and luxurious with average carbonation, and overall, sticky up front, and dry on the finish. I'd buy this again, no problem, especially when it's $3.99 per bomber.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatthehull
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bear black stout

Poured into a wine glass from a 22oz bottle

A - a really pretty deep dark brown with a hint of black, one finger medium tan head and some lacing

S - lots of vanilla, Tabacco, molasses, caramel, very sweet, nice booze, great hops (light but bright), bright coffee, great roasted/toasted malts, dark earth, banana bread

T - rich dark malts, very sweet, nice alcohol notes, creamy, vanilla pipe tobacco, banana (yeast), ripe berries and bananas, bright but slight hops, terrior,

M - medium body, nice balance, great complexity, great balance, medium carbonation, medium acidity and a near perfect stout

D/O - really nice stout. Color, body, taste, smell and refreshment levels are near perfection. Some homemade salsa and BBQ tri-tip went really well together and just as good on its own. Works well on a cold, warm or hot day and I bet even better in the morning by a fire on a cold snowy day. Bear republic did it again with this guy.

Final thoughts - open or age and you'll be happy. The 8.1 % ABV is perfect and at less than $5 a bomber, why the heck not. Nitro would be amazing as well, I think.

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

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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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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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,418 ratings
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