Big Bear Black Stout | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Big Bear Black StoutBig Bear Black Stout
BA SCORE
89.1%
Liked This Beer
4.13 w/ 2,414 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,638
Reviews:
1,147
Ratings:
2,414
Liked:
2,150
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
9.69%
Alströms:
4.65
 
 
Wants:
186
Gots:
259
Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,414 |  Reviews: 1,147
Photo of Avatar113
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

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

Love this stuff. A local pizzeria makes a dessert using this stout and espresso gelato to make a float. We make it at home using coffee ice cream. Excellent. Have used other stouts, but this one works the best.

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Photo of Dave2234
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsmith313
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very dark brown with a nice light brown head and lacing. Sweet chocolate smell. Taste is of chocolate and licorice, with a bit of coffee and toffee. Enjoyable!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - I've oft come across this brew in my wanderings, but never pulled the trigger on it, for one reason or another. Now, of course, it plops right down into my lap (courtesy of my fave local bottleshop).

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with subtle basal amber edges, and four fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky brown head, which leaves some thickly splattered op-art lace around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range roast, cafe-au-lait, a hint of Scandahoovian licorice, real vanilla, a mixed tropical fruitiness, and leafy, piney, and slightly perfumed floral hops. The taste is lightly toasted, bready and sugary caramel/toffee malt, lush medium cocoa, well-creamed coffee, vanilla cookies, muddled dark orchard fruit (very berry-forward), black licorice, and some down-low earthy, leafy, and piney green hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite understated in its punch-clock frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, mostly smooth (just a bit of that as yet masked booziness showing up to mildly ill applause), and somewhat creamy. It finishes well off-dry, the lingering caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and milky notes ensuring that outcome.

Overall, I'm certain that this was the shit, bee's knees, boss, whatever, back when it had fewer throne-usurping competitors out there, but now it ranks as merely really good, instead of existing among those elite ranks that big-ass American stouts can attain in these current Halcyon days.

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Photo of TeachChefs
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

On tap at O'Donovan's Pub on 08/12/16.

Opaque black with a thin tan head that fades to a thin ring on top and leaves spots of lace. Roasted malt, cocoa and subtle herbal aromas. Big roasted malt and cocoa and faint coffee flavors with faint earthy hops on the finish. A fairly standard but, solid stout.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrbluster
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shockey
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soco89ziegler
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakley
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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