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Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate StoutBear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vkv822 on 03-11-2013)
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by zeff80:
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

zeff80, Aug 02, 2014
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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet grainy baking chocolate with some cherry.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt with lots of tart cherries and light roast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, decent sweet cherry chocolate beer.

Beaver13, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

HoppySeb, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a lively effervescent head that suggests rather high carbonation. Tasting verifies the fear of over-carbonation. No other obvious flaws. Decent bitter/sweet balance; all main ingrediants evident in both the aroma and the flavor. Lingering cherry-cocoa dark bread aftertaste.

O: Perhaps not as great as one might hope for given {cherries + cocoa + stout), but still recommended. ABV not hidden and detracts from the aroma, but the esters mix nicely with the other flavor components.

chinchill, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -9.4%

valkyre65, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really big light brown head ever so slowly falls into a really dark brown to black colored beer.

Rich dark roasted malt with an added cherry wine coming through. I could not distinguish any chocolate in the aroma as the label says, if there is the cherry must be to overwhelming for me to find it.

The cherry in the taste is less than in the aroma which I was happy about, this allowed the dryish dark chocolate a chance to make itself known. Having said that, the chocolate coming through in the taste isn't that impressive, it is quite downplayed with this beer.

A dryish aftertaste with just a bit of the cherry taste and also a bit of the grain malts lingering on with this medium to maybe full bodied stout.

Enjoyable in the fact that the cherry and/or chocolate tastes are not overbearing like what Shock Top does with their flavored offerings, but rather this lets you also appreciate the rich creamy grain malts which are the backbone for decent stouts.

LXIXME, May 20, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -9.4%

mdaschaf, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging with a tan finger width head that fizzes away like soda. Leaves little evidence of there ever being a head.

Smell - Cocoa notes and faint cherry sweetness. Scant trace of coffee.

Taste - Cocoa and milk chocolate notes hit first, then a light cherry undertone kicks in. Faint coffee bitterness starts to emerge as the beer warms, but does little to balance the overwhelming sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with light, fizzy carbonation. Not very suited for the style.

Overall - Looks and tastes like what a chocolate cherry soda might be like. Needs a deeper coffee or baker's chocolate bitterness to add balance to the brew, and a thicker, silkier body. Even as a dessert beer it seems to lack any redeeming quality. Needless to say, will not seek this out again.

TheSixthRing, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of hreb
3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber served cold in pint glass. Beer pours dark brown in color with a pleasant, brown head. Aroma is subtle and hard to describe: a little bit hoppy, a little bit roasty. I don't really get chocolate or cherry in there, but I could believe there's some cocao in there.

Flavor is thankfully subtler than my expectations "oh no, chocolate covered cherry candy beer". The cherries mainly come through as a tart, fruity flavor. This balances the natural sweetness of the chocolate. This beer is tasty, but in no way is it candy. It's actually more like a Belgian style lambic blended with an American or British style stout.

Interesting to try, but I probably wouldn't seek it out a second time.

hreb, May 25, 2013
Photo of StephRai
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

StephRai, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

GRG1313, May 01, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.4%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the COOP tonight for about $6... poured into my HotD goblet... the brew is surprisingly black... fleeting dark tan head leaves few splotches of lacing and no cap.

Nose is dry dark malts and a fudgy essence... cherry shows but seems a bit artificial. Smells more like fermented out candy than I appreciate.

Dry stout qualities are there, but chocolate comes off as chocolate extract and the cherries mirror the nose. Odd.. Not sure if more malty sweetness would improve things, but I suspect more sweetness would have helped carry the cocoa and fruit much more.. Right now, this is a letdown.

Body is light/medium punctuated by a bigger burpy carbonation... I won't buy it again.


JohnGalt1, Mar 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

tjcamm, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Laklimell
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Laklimell, May 07, 2013
Photo of TheBishopco
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

TheBishopco, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Large, dense, persistent tan head rides atop an obsidian body. Thick, glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet, vinous alcohol dominates the aroma. Strong cherry notes and bitter cocoa are also present. Pleasant dark raisin aromas and roasted malt are also present.

Taste: The taste opens with strong roasted malt and prominent herbal hops. As the taste progresses, mild sour cherry notes vie with bitter cocoa, cold coffee and vinous alcohol. Towards the close, the roasted malt notes intensify, and the herbal hops ascend to a long, lingering, moderate bitterness, accompanied by a dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Complex and appealing, well-suited to a cold winter's evening.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Aug 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +20.8%

bundy462, May 27, 2014
Photo of Braz
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought at Safeway. Had never heard of this before. Poured a slightly red but very dark brown color. Head is tan but very minimal and goes away almost instantly. May have been a little too cold still when I poured it. Aromas are faint chocolate and booze. Flavor is an odd combo of tartness and an almost cola like feeling. A bitter aftertaste. Chocolate is not very pronounced. The body is a bit too thin. Not undrinkable but just doesn't quite match the bottle description. I've had amazing cherry stouts before but this isn't it. Should be a hardy heavy bodied brew in my opinion, with the flavors really popping. This has more of a basic stout with a few dashes of old cherry coke thrown in.

Braz, Mar 11, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Dark chocolate black. Cream colored head that leaves a film. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, faint chocolate, cherry cordial.

Taste: Sweet chocolate-cherry syrup. Faint roasted coffee, roasted malts. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry.

Overall: Not too fond of the cherry component, but it's not cloying at least.

JuicesFlowing, Mar 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

wchasse222, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout is a full flavored stout that uses a generous amount of roasted malts and an addition of cocoa nibs from Africa. This brew is then refermented with 15 pounds of dark sweet cherry puree per barrel bringing a slightly sweet chocolate notes together to create a surprisingly smooth finish.

22oz : tulip

Black body, with a very thick, foamy, craggy light brown head, dissipates in a minute or two and leaves some lacing.

Roasted malts upfront with cocoa. Very faint dark cherry notes.

Still predominately roasted malt and cocoa upfront, though the cherry is a bit more pronounced than in the taste.

Medium body with mild, foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable stout, though I didn't rate it higher as I would have liked to have seen a bit more cherry come through, and while the addition of cocoa was discernible/enjoyable I don't feel that the base beer was quite worthy of all this special treatment.

vkv822, Mar 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Docrock, Apr 05, 2014
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Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
77 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.