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Black Bear Stout - Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 15.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2002)
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Photo of largadeer


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Thanks Dyan!

The pour is dark but translucent, and in the glass it's an opaque black with two fingers of frothy head that slowly settles to a crown, leaving webs of lace on the glass. A beautiful stout.

Roasted malt, coffee and toast are first to greet the nose. Something about this reminds me of breakfast. The roasty, grainy quality is thoroughly enjoyable.

Roasted malt and coffee are prominent again on the tongue. Licorice and almost-burnt whole grain toast appear mid-palate. There's an acidic twang near the finish from the roasted malt, leading into a bittersweet coffee-like aftertaste. Dry on the whole with a slightly thin body for the style. This is a great stout on the whole, one I'd gladly revisit were it available locally.

02-02-2010 02:48:34 | More by largadeer
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

This brew pours to a dark black with a fairly good-sized dark tan head, which broke down pretty quickly but what is left has left a ton of lacing. The nose is so inviting with its roasted and burnt grains giving off aromas coffee, chocolate and slightly astringent charcoal. I could just leave my nose in it, as this is fantastic. The flavor is also very nice, as they are similar to what I noticed in the nose. Dark chocolate comes to mind with a bit of astringency that seems to add a notion of bitterness. I am not sure but would figure that the bitterness is a mix from the hop additions and the burn malts that where used. The bitterness in the brew is at the perfect level IMO. The tail end seems to have ever the slightest sour feel maybe a little lactose working? All of the flavors combine to make this brew excellent tasting. The drinkability on this one is through the roof; the only thing that I will note is that it does have a slightly watery feel. This was my first experience with Berkshire Mountain Brewery but I will have to give some of their other brews a try! Also the price point of $3.35 a bomber is a major plus!

01-22-2010 14:17:59 | More by Stimack
Photo of DefenCorps


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

On tap at the brewery the other day. What an excellent beer.

The pour is quite gorgeous, black with a dense dark brown head with great retention and some lacing. The nose is great. I get a blend of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, some cream, and as it warms up, some licorice and a mild nutty aroma. The palate is robust, with a hearty bitter chocolate and chicory character, with a great roasty flavor mid-palate. Licorice then appears, before a long, roasty finish with a mellow bitterness. Hop character is low. Carbonation is medium, and the medium-bodied beer is quite good, though it seems just a little watery towards the end. Nevertheless, this was a great beer, and at $3.70 for a 22oz bottle, I made sure I grabbed a couple.

12-27-2009 04:10:55 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of ppoitras


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Domaney's in Great Barrington, MA. Dark blue-foiled cap, notched to purchase before December.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with good lacing. Aroma is dark malts with a sweet uncurrent, lactic notes. Taste starts with rich dark sweetness, a peek of smoke in the middle, and a touch of lactic tartness at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Good stuff.

11-27-2009 00:58:28 | More by ppoitras
Photo of indiapaleale


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Black Bear stout pours a rather viscous and motor oil-like and forms only a miniscule coffee-colored head.

The aroma that comes from this stout is pretty robust. It really reminds me of a super dark roast coffee. Such a great smell. There is also some bitter chocolate but that is about it as the roasty flavors of the dark malt just totally dominate.

The taste is an immediate reminder of a well brewed black iced coffee. So much of that bitter, roasty flavor is present with just some hints of chocolate fudge sweetness. This is very smooth and quite tasty stuff. It would go great with some barbecue!

Great stout, very roasty and toasty and delicious!

07-03-2009 23:59:25 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of sirsteve42

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Great stout we got here. Had it on tap at the Barrington Brewpub and bought 5 22oz bottles to bring home after. Dark black in appearance with an inch high tan creamy head. Taste of espresso bitterness at the end with a great mouthfeel to it. The flavors linger for quite some time after drinking. The drinkability on this badboy is exceptional, i could easily drink this brew all night long. I recommend stopping off at Barrington if you are ever in the area. I stopped off on my way from New York up to Vermont. Cheers!

06-24-2009 00:39:24 | More by sirsteve42
Photo of fitzy84


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Had on the sampler at the brewpub. Great dark, oily appearance with a thin, brown-colored head. Pretty good aromas of bready, clovy, heavy smoked smells. Taste had a bitter finish with some chocolate but I would say esperro/coffee flavoring. Great mouthfeel: really creamy, medium-heavy texture. Great dessert-like drink. Overall, a good stout.

08-31-2008 22:17:47 | More by fitzy84
Photo of tprokop7


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

A friend brought a growler of this back to Worcester after a weekend in Western Mass.

A - Dark black, with a slight head that dissipates quickly.

S - Notes of sweet chocolate and slight coffee.

T - Thick with dark malts, with much less coffee/chocolate than is in the aroma. Slight smokey flavor, with a nice balance from the coffee/chocolate that is in the taste.

M - Nice and smooth, pleasant carbonation.

D - I could drink this all night.

04-01-2008 04:19:59 | More by tprokop7
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a robust burnt grain, some chocolate malt and a touch of smoke.

The taste was likewise forward and brawny, with a sharp coffee, a smooth chocolate and a light floral hop.

The mouthfeel was average for the style with a dry finish.

Overall a very good stout. Very robust.

01-21-2008 16:29:41 | More by plaid75
Photo of redelephantdane

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

bought a growler fresh from the brewery drove it home and drank most of it.

a - solid black, 2finger dark brown head, sticky lace. really nice looking

s - dark coffee, roasted almonds, slightly chocolate. dark malts.

t - more of the same with a noticeable hops in the middle and a balanced finish.

m - smooth, creamy with little carbonation. suprisingly light for the style

d - the only stout i have had i would consider a session beer, this is not a filling beer for its depth of taste. a great beer and will gladly get again next time i'm up to the berkshires.

01-08-2008 05:19:35 | More by redelephantdane
Photo of BeerSox


4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

On-tap into 16oz pint glass.

Ptich black with a light tan head, sticky and stringy lacing.

Creamy aroma (sweet) sits over a smokey roasted base.

Dark and heavy bitter malts with a sweetness kicking in at the end. Very little hop bitterness. Full bodied with a dark grainy finish.

Pretty good, definitely a great session beer (< 5.5%ABV). Although I don't know the actual ABV, it has to be below 5.5%. I grabbed this one in a growler and took it home. It's such a great beer, probably one of my favorite stouts.

07-09-2007 02:59:39 | More by BeerSox
Photo of mkobes

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

On tap at the brewpub. Deep dark brown in color with a nice fluffy off- white head. Roasty with some chocolate notes. Roasted coffee aroma and flavor. Caramel notes in the flavor. Malty beer. Full bodied. Smooth tasting. Enjoyable stout. Very rich and smooth. Dry finish.

02-20-2005 20:23:22 | More by mkobes
Photo of kelticblood


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Aroma of roasted malt.Black opaque in color.Beige head and lace.Lingering bitterness with a long dry finish.Malty and very sweet like a milk stout.Had a watery mouthfeel which turned me off.
It was good and worth a second try.Maybe it just didnt go good in the middle of summer.Tastes of sweet chocolate,coffee,and roasted malts and grains.

08-15-2003 18:15:54 | More by kelticblood
Photo of porter17

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +24.5%

A rock solid stout that does the style proud (I believe that it weighs in around 5.3% ABV; it is a regular brew always on tap). Smooth and rich, this stout is well balanced with strong hints of coffee and a pleasing aftertaste. I have taken many a growler home from the Barrington Brewery and this brings out the one major flaw with their stout: it doesn't last long in the growler, going flat after very little time. So, drink this one first and save the others for later--you don't want to miss this quality beverage at its best.
Oh yeah, try it in a steak marinade. You won't be disappointed.

02-18-2003 18:57:40 | More by porter17
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Black Bear Stout from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
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