Big Bear Black Stout | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Big Bear Black StoutBig Bear Black Stout
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
Ratings:
2,402
Reviews:
1,145
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
Wants:
183
Gots:
255
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,402 |  Reviews: 1,145
Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ManBearPat
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbauer
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paoloboston
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head.

Smell: The aromas are a combination of roast, caramel, and floral and citrus hops.

Taste: There is a complex balance between the malts and the hops. the flavors of citrus, floral, and and hints of apricot line up the hops. The malts are a combination of roast with caramel in the background. The finish is a combination of bitterness from the malt and to a great degree the hops.

Feel: It has a moderate body with somewhat high carbonation.

Overall this is a stout that provides a balance between the malts and the hops with it being a little hop forward in the finish.

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Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Unknown vintage; drank 11/5/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black hue.

Dark tan head; a curtain of lace.

Black licorice & fresh earth nose.

Medium thick, flat mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & mild black licorice flavors up front; a mild pickle juice hop presence emerges as this warms. This is something no imperial stout should be; boring & forgettable.

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Photo of Lance_Hathorn
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TooGood
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a dark black with a thin foamy brown head. The beer has a nice chocolate smell and roasted nuts with coffee. I get a hint of piney hops under all the deep dark aromas. The beer has a rich chocolate flavor and roasted malts. The coffee flavor is also very strong. The malts bring a slight sweetness under the roasted bitterness. The mouth-feel is very thick and smooth.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the brewer, the county, the attitude.

A: Pours a dark brown-black color with a 1 inch tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Smells IPA-like, with citrus / pine hops mixing with sweet malt, earthy, roasted coffee, and fresh sawn wood notes

Taste: Starts out with a sweet chocolate flavor that blends with dark cherry and plum ripe fruits, then in the long finish it's hops, pine, cedar, fresh cut, woody dry kindling flavors into the finish. Sweet and pungent balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with good weight, sticky, and low carbonation.

O: An American Double Stout / RIS that's sticky, sweet, with balance, hefty and smooth. Try 24.

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Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with four fingers of frothy mocha head.

Smell - roasted malts, cocoa, coffee bean, hint of black licorice, and earthy and leafy hops.

Taste - Roasted malts followed by the bitterness from the cocoa and coffee bean. There is a caramel sweetness that is present as well. The earthy and leafy hops make their presence known followed by the hint of licorice.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with a lingering bitterness from the malts, cocoa, and coffee bean.

Overall - A big roasty stout from Bear Republic that is dangerously smooth. All flavours work in unison with one another. A nice find here in Cowtown.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Here comes the thick black stout with 1/2" brown head. Aroma hits the chocolate and roasted coffee from the malt feels, but also drops a substantial Cascade hop contingent.

This is quite a hoppy stout. No aspect is underdone, its big on the roast, malt and hops. Thankfully the mouthfeel doesn't reveal a lot of alcohol. Yeast is neutral. Chewy.

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Photo of JKasten988
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gajo74
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black color with a mocha head. This eventually dissipates into a thin ring of lace.
I'm drawn in by the sweet and cocoa crispier like aroma. Very pleasant, warm and inviting.
In the flavor, there is sweetness; dark fruit, alcohol, nutty and, most prominently, cocoa. There is also a nice hops presence in the finish that is bittersweet. Moderately full and velvety in the mouthfeel. Nice alcohol warming without being boozy.
This is a real quality stout by a great brewery.

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Photo of miwestcoaster
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a pretty ominous dark black, with a small head, and just a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, piney hops, licorice, and black coffee.

This is a really solid stout here- it doesn't have a whole lot of sweetness. It's definitely West Coast in style, as there's some definite hop bitterness, with roasted malt, and burnt coffee, with a hint of licorice. I don't really get the caramel flavor the description promises.

This is medium bodied. I wish it was a little creamier, it almost feels a bit ashy on the palate.

This is a solid, old-school stout. Not my favorite in this range, but still very good.

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Photo of mthomp081
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,402 ratings.
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