Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout

Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout

Rated 4.066 by BeerPals

Brewed by Bear Republic Brewing Company

Healdsburg, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

8.1% Alcohol by Volume

68 International Bittering Units

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Big Bear Stout Ale - Big Bear, as the name implies, is a hefty, black, Russian Imperial-style stout. This strong stout boasts a rich, caramel sweetness lavished by a robust, deep-roasted heartiness you can sink your teeth into. ...Big Bear's bold flavors are produced using a blend of Belgian and English roasted barley and crystal malts. Some unique flavors come forth in the malt character. ...Louisiana sweet molasses and dark brown sugar. This dark brew is well hopped with Chinook and Cascade hops, which are somewhat, masked by the malt. This is a balanced strong brew boasting an A.V.B. of 8.1% that can creep up on you, "so don't get mauled". It has a dry roasted quality that masks its' high alchohol content, so drink responsibly. 2004 California State Fair, Silver Medal Winner; 2002 World Beer Cup, Gold Medal Winner; 2002 Annual Bistro Beer Festival, Hayward, Gold Medal Winner; 2001 North American Brewers' Award, Honorable Mention - og 1.076, ABV 8.1%, IBU 68.

ID: 239 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank72
Overall Percentile99.9
Style Rank19 of 2388
Style Percentile99.2
Lowest Score1.6
Highest Score5.0
Average Score4.120
Weighted Score4.066
Standard Deviation0.463

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  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.8 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Very enjoyable flavour but I don't get why it is so highly rated in style and overall rank. Flavour has all the qualities of a good impy stout. Must try this again, maybe I missed something.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Deep black colored beer with a big frothy textured, cocoa brown head rising above. There's excellent hang time on the head. It settles into a seep full film ringlet and persistent cap. A mocha nose of chocolate and coffee. The blending of the coffee and dark chocolate is beautiful. Full bodied, creamy richness.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Beer Ten of my Twelve Beers of Christmas, long time Wish List item. Near-black brown pour, big frothy beige head, tons of lacing. Deeply roasted malts, Blackstrap molasses, near-burnt toast, hint of licorice, huge dose of earthy hops in the aroma and taste, big and bold, then smoothing out a bit as it warms. Nice heavy stout linger with more than ample hops presence. Fantastic stout and a real bargain @ $5.99/bomber.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Another great gift from slowrunner77. Wow - big and bold in every respect. Deep, dark pour with a nice tan head. Chocolate, licorice and dried fruit aroma with a bit of roasted malt and vanilla added to flavor. Velvet of the pallette. Light, but not unpleasant, sweetness. Very nice.

  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 3.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Wow! Really disappointed with this beer. I got a lot of bitterness and not much flavor on the palate. Nothing smooth, sweet, coffee, chocolate, etc. I was hoping for more. The longer I let it sit the more flavor started coming to it, but it was still disappointing. I will try this again down the road to see if I just had a bad bottle.

  • ICHORM 144 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Amazing beer, amazing value beer. Nothing new to report here, except maybe that there is little fault to find in this ridiculously delicious beverage. Chocolate and coffee aromas, coffee and burnt chocolate flavours, and then it gets really interesting. A mild hoppiness, some fruit notes, no alcohol whatsoever, all the while keeping a Smooth, creamy, and mildly refreshing flavour.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Here is a deep brown stout that doesn't pour like motor oil but sure looks like it should. Smells of chocolate, coffee and molasses, pretty typical from that standpoint. Mouthfeel is thick but not cloying, refreshing and smooth like a lager, very interesting. Taste is burnt chocolate and strong coffee along with lots of roasted malts. This is a great example of the style and far better than your average mass marketed stout. Great finish, really dry and crisp, very nice beer.

  • DOGFOODMAN 373 reviews
    rated 5.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    A special review, this happens to be my 100th review posted for BeerPal.com. It appears that I am the 170th member to have posted 100 or more reviews on the site. There are currently as of this moment 22700 different brews posted on the site of which Bear Republic Big Bear Black stout is rated at position 53 with a score of 4.083 based on 51 reviews. Big Bear Black Stout really is close to the perfect beer. I purposely avoided resampling this brew for the last 100 reviews simply to have a broader base of flavor samples that would allow me to more fully appreciate all that BBBS really is. It looks impressive in the glass, pours a sturdy dark chocolate color, slightly tan persistent head, and good foamy lacing that stays on the glass. Flavor is not too bitter, not too sweet with a nice amount of toasted malt. A good quaffable mouth feel that allows the brew to be savored or guzzled. A balanced amount of alcohol that does it job in a satisfying 22 ounce bomber size bottle. BBBS is a fun brew that withstands most meal items, as well a quality beverage that can be enjoyed by its self. Price is a factor in beer enjoyment, and BBBS if a medium priced brew that delivers. If you find this brew, get some and enjoy!

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a luscious opaque sable with a thick, frothy beige head - most inviting! Rich, oily aroma has tones of molasses, coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Flavor is malty with tones of coffee, molasses and licorice and just a hint of cinnamon. Texture is tingly and fairly smooth, quite pleasing. Worth a try.

  • CHEFCHAD 542 reviews
    rated 4.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9


    consider that a better review than the last entry.

    Smells of sugar, roast, malt, chocolate and some vanilla. Pours a nice black that is dense with a good tan head that is long lasting. Full body with ample carbonation and a classic stouty finish. Flavor was incredible. So many impy stouts these days are a bitter and sugary mess. This was classic. Roasted malt, Chocolate, burnt sugar, a bit o vanilla, some earth.. Just a very well impy stout. I wish to drink this again!!!

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