Big Bear Black Stout | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Big Bear Black StoutBig Bear Black Stout
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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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Ratings: 2,414 |  Reviews: 1,147
Photo of HopNelius
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-jet black, small head less than 1finger, head is color of expresso froth.
Smell- a lot less aromatic than I would have thought.motley smell coming through.
Taste- dark bitter roasted malt coming through. Taste of good dark chocolate and roasted nuts.
Mouthfeel- nice.
Overall- I am usually picky on my stouts as I gravitate towards the classics. This is something different though, sharp malty tones, every sip it feels more dynamic. Great beer. Bear Republic does not disappoint .

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of capra12
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed out of a bubble snifter glass.

Appearance: Jet black, with spotty lacing. 1 1/2 finger of head.

Smell: Roasted malts, clean ice cold brewed coffee.

Taste: Opens with dark and roasted coffee malts. There is a mild dark chocolate that emerges mid palate. A coffee bitterness finishes this brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a drying aftertaste.

Overall: I would have this again and recommend this for those seeking a solid stout with very prominent roasted malt and coffee flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of warnerry
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slight hiss as the cap is removed. Pours black with three fingers of brown head. Head is pillowy and has good retention.

S - A mix of sweet and earthy roasted malts. Subdued but good.

T - Roasted malts up front with a nice earthiness. No real sweetness in the taste. Some dark bittersweet chocolate and ome slightly sour notes as well. Hints of dark fruit and a slight alcohol presence.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, but not watery. The earthiness lingers on the tongue for quite awhile and is a bit drying.

O - Nice to see a stout like this that isn't sweet, but the intense earthiness reduces the enjoyment just a bit.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zoso1967
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It would appear that Big Bear Black Stout is aptly named as it pours a deep dark brown that is almost black. The head is voluminous and deep tan in color. It slowly fades and leaves sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very malty with a dark bready type sweetness that mingles with some cocoa powder and a little bit of molasses. The aroma has a slight sour and chalky sort if tinge to it that reminds me of some of the esters left by British yeast.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma with a great balance between the dark malts and the roasty/bitter cocoa flavors. In fact, I find that this beer has a bit of a milk stout like flavor to it with a creamy sweetness that plays off of bitter chocolate and some roasted malts. I still get a bit of sour just like in the aroma, but I do not find it to be unpleasant. I am not picking up much hop character at all, but this beer has been in my cellar for quite awhile so that is not terribly surprising.

The mouthfeel is very nice on this beer. It is on the fuller side of medium with a very nice smooth character that has just enough carbonation. The sweetness and roasted character are well balanced and the finish is subtle, but roasty.

Overall I thought this was a pretty tasty stout that drinks very well for its ABV. I am tempted to say that I wish it had a bit more roasted character to it, but I think that its balanced nature helps set it apart some from other big stouts.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Mr. Goodbar (Buffalo, NY).

A: Pours a completely opaque black/brown with a great big fluffy mocha colored head. There is a ton of lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up notes of caramel, vanilla, and coffee. Additionally, there is a really great hoppy bite in the background.

T: Starts off with a big creamy blast of caramel and chocolate. Those flavors linger all the way through the finish. Coming on late, I'm hit with a perfectly balance hop kick. Wonderful.

M: Full bodied beer. It's smooth and creamy all the way through. I've never had this beer in bottles, but I feel like the cask conditioning is perfect for this beer.

O: I really enjoyed this. It's a solid offering on cask.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of perrymarcus
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep, dark mahogany / borderline black while yielding a 3/4" tan head. moderate retention and lacing. good linking brew, albeit pretty much par for the style.

nose opens with a generous wallop of roastiness followed in short order by notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and hops.

flavor delivers more of the same. much bigger presence of hops than i anticipated (not that this is a bad thing), which is clearly its distinguishing characteristic. big roasted malt backbone, very little of its 8.1% ABV perceivable... creamy, medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a nicely done stout, big and bold. i would caution that it is very hoppy for an imperial stout, as that combination doesn't jive with all beer aficionados.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89.1% out of 100 with 2,414 ratings
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