Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout (650ml Bottle)
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 flavours are produced using a blend of Belgian and English roasted barley and crystal malts. Some unique flavours 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 ABV 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.
Creamy aroma with milk chocolate and sweet caramely notes. Dark brownish with a brown head. Flavor is rich bitter chocolate, brown sugar, lightly burnt malt, with a light hoppiness in the background. Palate is realtively light for an imperial stout with a sweet initial duration switching to a more bitter finish halfway. Good overall.
Imperial stouts are usually extremely dark brown to black in color with flavors that are intensely malty, deeply roasted and sometimes with accents of dark fruit (raisin, fig) or milk sourness. The bitterness is typically medium and often the low sie of that. Imperial stouts are strong and often exceed 8% by volume.