Big Bear Black Stout | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

2,410 Ratings
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with 2 fingers of foamy tan head. No lacing.

S - Rich chocolate with roasted coffee, roasted malts, sorghum molasses, prunes. Wow, caramel and dark bread really comes out as it warms.

T - Dark roasted and sweet malts, rich chocolate, sorghum molasses, prunes, and unknown dark fruits. Sweet caramel is layered underneath the chocolate while pine hops come out on the finish. Coffee and cocoa on the aftertaste.

M - Medium to full velvety body, not chewy but free flowing.

This stout hits all the marks of a great stout. Truly one of the better American Stouts out there. Very drinkable and the alcohol never showed up anywhere.

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My buddies 22oz bottle poured into Anderson Valley snifter.

A: Pours black with a finger of creamy dark khaki head that faded into a bubbly film leaving pretty good amount of sticky lacing for the style.
S: Rich notes of chocolate fudge brownies with a hint of anise and vanilla.
T: Deep flavors of chocolate dominates, but there is a fair amount of hops in this stout. The finish is full of marshmallow and vanilla, and the aftertaste is roasted and creamy.
M: Thick body, soft and creamy carbonation, with a thick and chewy mouth that goes down smooth.
O: Such a solid imperial stout; I’m glad this is available year round. It’s rich, creamy, and goes down smooth. Highly recommended.

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22oz bomber. Probably one of the best beers I have ever had.

Pours a dark rich color with a nutty brown foam. Smell is sweet and malty with hints of molasses, almost chocolate. This is one of the best tasting stouts I have had. A nice hoppy finish to balance the initial sweetness of the sip. Bear Republic really is top notch. If you can find this, try it!

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Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,410 ratings.
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