455. Big Bear Black Stout

455. Big Bear Black Stout

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits recently. I let it warm to around 50ยบ F and served it in a New Belgium glass.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Alcohol: 8.10%
Serving: Bottle, 22 oz.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): Pours an opaque black, with a fluffy, light-brown head that thins to a patchy film leaving light lace on the glass.

Smell (4.0): Rich aromas of dried fruit and chocolate, with light aromas of roasted coffee.

Taste (4.0): Notes of sweet chocolate and fruit are followed by a cherry tartness in the center, and a strong roasted coffee bitterness in the finish, with a light alcoholic bite.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Drinkability (4.0): The alcohol is well hidden, it's a very pleasant beer to drink.

Overall (4.0): A nice RIS, this one was a bit on the sweet side, though it was still very good.

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