Big Bear Black Stout | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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:
#1,745
Reviews:
1,152
Ratings:
2,427
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
4.65
 
 
Wants:
186
Gots:
263
Trade:
4
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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heyo! We got a pretty decent one here, my peeps. Not flat like a runway model, not Coca Cola esque like a runway model holding a Coke... just pretty solid down the line. A lil chocolate here, a lil robustness there... not the best by any means, but aite.

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Photo of ak010101
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle Best By 7/27/2018, consumed 2/3/2018.

Poured deep dark brown, tiny head, minimal lacing.

Aroma seems a bit light, roasted malt, molasses, a bit boozy.

Taste fills out much more robustly with caramel, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is full, rich, great balance and very pleasant.

Starts slow but finishes strong. A terrific quality stout that's really affordably priced. The best combo.

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

Small pour at Rohnert Park location. Dark, muddy brown, small ring of beige head. Seems kind of subdued, but picks up the pace fast. Rich roast grains aroma, some chocolate. Taste brings the bitterness, gently, but enough to wake up the palate. Nice mouth feel, smooth. Bitter bite lingers.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gsquared12
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of juablu
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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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Photo of ntanner83
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,427 ratings