Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.1 IBU: 55
Bear Republic Brewing Company Big Bear Black Stout
What the brewers say
“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.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Big chocolate, light roast, light astringency, light acidic note, light caramel, very light dark fruits. Coffee ice cream with a touch of chocolate/cocoa with hints of nutmeg and a touch of licorice. Alcohol evident.”
Flavor: “Bittersweet chocolate, like very dark or baker’s chocolate. Good mocha flavor—roast and chocolate malt. Good bitterness with sweet undertones. Aftertaste is fairly mild, like it’s toning itself down. Moderate earthy hops, big mouth filling carbonation. Alcohol is up front and warming, but not harsh.”
Overall: “Classic imperial stout, leaning toward the roast. Crisp with a fair bit of bitterness at the end. There are supporting notes of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits that come through keeping the beer from being too simplistic. A nice hefty body and rich chocolate and coffee flavors make this a nice winter beer.”
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