Monday, October 3, 2011
Bear Republic – Big Bear Black Stout
Bear Republic is a brewer based in Cloverdale, CA and Big Bear Black Stout (8.1% ABV and 55 IBU) is an American Stout. Bear Republic’s web site describes Big Bear Black Stout as, “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.” Big Bear pours black with a large head and has a prominent hop aroma. Big Bear has a great flavor with notes as the web site describes - roasty & caramel, and I picked up some coffee note; and then the hops hit you, but not too hard. It is a little hoppier than many stouts and this would be a good one for the IPA fan to try. I ejnoyed Bear Republic's Big Bear Black Stout and I would have it again.