Big Bear Black Stout | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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: 2,432 |  Reviews: 1,152
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into short-stemmed tulip.

A: pitch black with a healthy brownish head that has decent retention. however, leaves some nice lacing behind.

S: warm, soft chocolate. roasted coffee. caramel. marshmallows. a little bit of char as well as a touch of vanilla.

T: the body is creamy and slightly milkshake-like. almost some sort of mint? the sweetness in this thing isnt playing around. not cloying, but definitely boatloads of residual sugar left post-ferm. finish is a bit oaty mixed with tons of astringent dark, bitter grain.

M: smooth and subtle. very smooth. medium/full body.

D: this really does not drink like a double to me. a hearty stout, sure, but a lot of doubles are really over the top lately. not that that is a bad thing. it both drinks and works very well. good flavors, well made, no complaints here, just not blown away.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours not fully black but just about. Minimal light penetration. Light tan head dies off quickly leaving a disjointed sheet of froth and bubbles. Manages to lace quite well.

S-My initial comment would be 'chocolate covered caramel'. Has a toffee aroma too. Smells very sweet. Sweet chocolate rather than cocoa/bitter dark chocolate. Not very high in the coffee/roast department. Also a pretty noticeable hop kick to the aroma too.

T-Quite sweet. Mirrors the nose. Perhaps the most caramel-expressive stout I have ever tried. Toffee flavor dominates too. Chocolatey, but still only minimally roasty (in terms of the style). A sweet stout (understatement). There is a subtle hop presence that lends a mild bitterness that attempts to balance the sweetness.

M-Pretty thick and full. Very mild carbonation. It somehow strangely feels thin during some sips however. Moderately creamy.

O/D-Overall, I enjoyed this for the most part. I did not love it. I like my stouts more bitter and rough. This to me is a smooth, sweet stout. ABV hidden well, and $5.00 a bomber is a good value. Happy to try it but I think I will stick to Bear Republic's hoppy beers from here on out.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 6.99. Served in a snifter. 

Pours black with about 1 finger quickly dissipating tan head. Faint lacing. 

Smells of chocolate, plums, roasted malt and faintly metallic. 

Pretty bold and complex right from the start. Bursts of dark fruit, burnt dark malts and chocolate. Long pleasant bitter finish. 

Medium thick body with low carbonation. Not too much carbonation but you can tell it's there. 

Well done and not over priced. I'd happily have this again. 

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, chocolate, coffee, barley, malts,

taste: roast, chocolate, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: nicely done stout. not quite as good as some of the others. Bear Republic makes some solid brews.


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Photo of jayhawk73
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Rustico:

Pours black with a one finger cocoa head. Amazing lacing on my snifter, and a true black hole in appearance. The nose is mainly chocolate, coffee, malt, and hops. Very smooth and balanced, although on the weak side. Taste is the same as the nose but slightly better. Feel is super smooth, velvety, amazing. This is a really good beer, and great on cask. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Bear Republics IPA (racer 5) is my favorite beer to date, so I tried this w/ high expectations.

very dark, coffee appearance. lite brown head

initially, reminded me of one of my home brews. sweet carmel smell. Then replaced w/ more of a burnt coffee smell.

complex ... somewhat bitter for a stout, but still quite sweet. consistent w/ the smell ... burnt coffee, carmel tastes. as a stout, couldn't help but compare to guiness. believe i prefer guiness more.

mf: ok. very little carbonation. consistent w/ expectation for a stout

overall: disappointed. wanted to like this beer. it was ok. wouldv'e preferred a guiness.

Re-reviewed on Apr 29, 2012:
Actually downgraded my original eval.
Found the beer to be somewhat 1 dimensional. Lacking complexity (counter to what I said originally). Very drinkable beer ... I just expected more.

Minimal head. Dark color. Aroma: burnt coffee/carmel. Taste: 1 dimensional. MF: ok. Surprised by the brothers 100 score. Wow.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 2,432 ratings