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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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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.11%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vkv822 on 03-11-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-11-2014 23:04:31 | More by kjkinsey
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-22-2014 04:01:21 | More by Texasfan549
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

10-31-2013 04:19:00 | More by jaydoc
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

05-01-2014 00:37:45 | More by GRG1313
Photo of mactrail


2.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This has one of the strangest scents I've ever encountered in a beer. Some kind of candy with plastic notes and Band-Aids, perfume and sewing machine oil. I'd call it engine room meets the lady's boudoir.

Taste is rather sweet with a woody, bitter tang. I admit there is some fruity flavor, though it seems scorched. Some herbal and dank notes, like a leaf mold cola. Plenty of roasted malt flavors, but they are overwhelmed by the charred bark taste. The woodiness sets the teeth on edge a little, and dries this out some toward the finish. Aftertaste is charcoal and really bitter chocolate.

Color is an attractive dark brown with a dark beige head that doesn't last long. While there is some spritz on the tongue the whole flavor and mouthfeel seems to flatten out.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 06:40:56 | More by mactrail
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

04-04-2014 22:58:00 | More by mdaschaf
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New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 22:04:41 | More by LXIXME
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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.


Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 06:33:33 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in an imperial pint glass at the Bridgeport pub in Portland. Boy, it sure looks like people didn't love this one in the bottle -- but I must say I quite liked the draft version.

Appearance: totally black with a nice thin layer of tan foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. A beautiful dark beer.

Smell: a sweetish aroma; lightly chocolatey and lightly fruity. The fruit is a bit nondescript, it doesn't scream "cherry"; though it is nice enough.

Taste: I like the flavor quite a lot. There's a good, rich, pie-cherry flavor with a sweet chocolate aftertaste. It tastes a bit like a cherry cordial, which really quite works for me. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied with a light carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: though it's a sweetish dessert-type beer, it tickles my fancy. I could see myself having a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2014 18:20:47 | More by flagmantho
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-23-2013 22:57:24 | More by cdwil
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-09-2014 02:03:33 | More by Gagnonsux
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

08-08-2013 15:02:23 | More by Whiskeydeez
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:43:34 | More by Pegasus
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 05:35:08 | More by Beaver13
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

09-09-2013 14:17:18 | More by Zach136
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-15-2014 22:53:45 | More by anteater
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-26-2014 00:43:33 | More by 22Blue
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 08:17:44 | More by vkv822
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3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up less than a finger of head which has very little retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an almost opaque, dark chocolate black. There's a small hint of brown at the bottom of the glass in the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Much more than I expected from a beer with such average ratings. Good amount of chocolate that is followed by cocoa and roasted malts. The nose smooths out in the glass and shows milk chocolate, cream, and toffee. Maybe even honey. Slight cherry notes as well. Swirling reveals burnt roasted notes, hints of oak and smoke, some vanilla. This may be one of those beers that smells better than it tastes.

Taste- Starts off with a mix of cherry and chocolate that seems to turn quickly to generic cherry and cocoa tinged with burnt coffee notes and slight oak. Tiny bits of smoke but all this dissipates fairly rapidly. While the aroma is promising and the front of the flavor profile has a decent start, this beer pretty much collapses. It's very thin and has very little substance to it, reminding one of a chocolate, cherry soda. I'm not detecting any real flaws- this beer is simply left flat by its lack of body, fullness, and any hint of richness. Maybe some toffee notes but this has nowhere near the complexity of the nose and that is a shame. Pretty much just an average beer which I don't mind simply because it's a preferred style. I wasn't expecting much anyway.

Mouthfeel- This pretty much kills this beer. Slightly above light bodied with very little carbonation that still manages to have a zing. With a light syrup and stickiness to it.

Drinkability- Goes down pretty easy for a stout because it's so thin. No hint of alcohol but it's not worth the 5-6 bucks you'll pay for a bomber. There are plenty of better and cheaper stouts.

Overall- Average. No real flaws but this beer is a tease. If only the taste was comparable to the aroma. You can pass this one by- you aren't missing anything.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 02:12:37 | More by artoolemomo
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

06-23-2013 20:42:00 | More by kew
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 05:26:22 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pair of chalices. 015 d-1 1251 is the bottle code.

Pours black, with a small head that dissipates to no head very quickly. Not a lot of active carbonation. Smell is muted, cherries and chocolate.

Taste has a bit of a cherry cola theme to it. It's flatter than that, though, and cherry cola doesn't have so much cocoa flavor. Pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is smoothish. Overall, it's not bad. It's not great, either.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 04:52:51 | More by snaotheus
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

07-21-2014 17:47:32 | More by valkyre65
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

10-26-2013 02:45:32 | More by TheBishopco
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 16:30:55 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
77 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.