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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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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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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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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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3.7/5  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%

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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%

Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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