Black Bear Porter | Stone Coast Brewing Co.

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Black Bear PorterBlack Bear Porter

Brewed by:
Stone Coast Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by oberon:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poures a deep deep dark brown with some ruby hue thruout when help up to the light a large fluffy light brown head sits atop leaving a nice ring of lace as it setteled slowly.Fruity as all get out in the nose wow juicy fruit dominates with some caramel thrown in everything takes a backseat to the fruitiness here and I love it.Man I really wanted that same fruitiness if not at least some of it to carry over into the flavor but sadly it really didnt its dryer porter with some notes of molasses and unsweetened chocolate but the main show is dry earthy finish like a unroasted nut almost.What a start to this porter but an unremarkable finish but it is still got nice flavors dont get me wrong I really enjoyed but man those aromas were killer.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one on the shelves recently...didn't think this one was bottled just yet. Always enjoyed it on tap at the source after a hard day or trail runs, so takes me back a bit.
Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black with just a hint of light shining thru...huge two fingers of tan head that sticks around for about 10 minutes and leaves some tight lacing.
Nice enough in the nose, with carmelized malt, chocolate, and a small dose of coffee.
The taste is nice except the slightest burnt metallic flavor in the finish...hopefully will disappear in future bottling. It is not real distracting, but leaves an off flavor in the finish and for something coming the short distance to MA, it had better be fresh.
Well balanced with no hint of any alcohol...dark chocolate and a roasted malt mostly tasted.
Mouthfeel is nice...smooth texture without being overly oily or creamy...just a touch high on the carbonation.
Fairly easy to consume despite the off finish...definitely not as good as on tap, but something to pull out when I want the style.

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Photo of sloejams
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of Microbeer of Month Club

The only thing I really didn't like about this is the silly label. It pours a dark and silky. Aroma-wise, it was very different than I expected. It had the full maltiness but it also had a slight sour smell - almost like an Oud Bruin or so. It was quite interesting and after the initial shock - I found quite welcome. The taste also had this sour quality. I really liked it. It was sweet with chocolate flavors with the malt but a slight sour cherry taste. It was far more in the nose than in the palate.

An interesting and tasty porter.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rather enjoyed this beer on a cool march evening. Overall, Black Bear is a very drinkable and tasty porter. The lack of head was unfortunate, but that could have been because of a poorly hand-washed cleaned glass, or because i purchased the beer on a whim at a store that may have had it on the shelf for a while.

Toasted yet sweet smell yields to a solid malt character, and a hint of caramel. Nice mouth feel that leaves your mouth asking for more. I drank the first bottle before i even realized, which certainly speaks well for the drinkability.

My only real objections to this beer were purely cosmetic; disappointing head, and a color a little on the light side for my liking.

On the other hand i found the taste and mouthfeel very enjoyable. Certainly a solid American Porter.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Porter really impressed me, however I'm not sure which Brewing Co. to give the credit too...At the top of the lable it says: " Sunday River Brewing co." on the side of the lable it clearly states: "stone coast brewing co."...??? are they one in the same?

AP: Etremely dark brown, totally opaque. 1" frothy and thick mocha-brown head that leaves thick and intricate lacing all around th glass. Looks great.

Nose: Very sweet malted barley, chocolate, roasted coffee, very aromatic and inticing.

Taste: This is one heady Porter! with very RIS-like qualities. Dark and very bold roasted barley malt flavor that's sweet and roasty, it has major amounts of oakie and black-coffee flavors with a very nice and subtle leafy hop at the end. Balanced out very well!

MF: This is a full-bodied brew that also has a nice clean "snap" to it. Although rather lively feeling, it also has a very substantial effect on the palate.

DA: Very bad-ass Porter that almost crosses over into Stout-ville.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at David Coperfield's. Opaque black with a white head. This is a sweet stout,with caramel and some chocolate malt. it's OK as a stout, I don't know if the Cascade hops add a lot. There is roastiness in the taste and in the aroma. Noticeable lace. Above average carbonation.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cambridge Common:

Quite a good offering. Poured (as Common generally does) with only a small tan head. Big aroma of chocolate, other dried sweets. Very full bodied - thick but not syrupy, almost like a fluffy milkshake. tasted sort of like one as well - big milk chocolate sweetness up front, switching to a darker variety as it swells the palate. maybe a little gingerbread in there. little to no carbonation, but since it wasnt syrupy, that didnt seem to matter.

not the most complex porter i've had, but a good example of the style and one that i think i could drink fairly regularly.

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Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant surprise. Found as a loose bottle, Smell was a pleasant light malt with fresh hop undertones. Appearance was very dark, with a great pillow head an very nice lacng down the glass. On the front it presented a nice malt blast that switched at mid-palate to a hop presence. Finish was nicely a combination of burnt malt and hops. It was very smooth and refreshing throughout, Mouthfeel had a very nice, slightly dry quality.

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Photo of Jredner
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly roasted coffee and cream aroma with even more mild milk chocolate notes and an assertive hop aroma. Dark brown to black with a diminishing thumb thick mocha head. Fore is quite hoppy and bitter with hearty, mildly sweet and nutty, malts in the middle. This gives it a bit of a brown ale flavor, but without the fruity sweetness. Nice level of roastiness to this and a perfect mouthfeel for a robust porter. The finish is a very cream, coffee and toffee cake affair and a nice contrast to the earlier flavor progressions. This is a pretty damn good porter.

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Photo of Lupin
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monday is the pbr special at Delaney's in new haven, where the cask beer du jour is the black bear porter. might as well go for this.

This will be my third beer after a westvleteren 12 and a draft hacker-pschorr oktoberfest. I'm having some mashed taters with it.

Pours like a guinness with cascading bubbles and a dominant, milk chocolatey aroma. 1" head.

Taste is smooth and airy, with a really creamy mouthfeel. A little bit too smooth on the front end but still pretty drinkable. Mild roasted malt character shines on this one. Many might mistake this for an abnormally good glass of guinness, but it's far more nuanced. A must try on cask or draft.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted coffee and cocoa aromas.

That taste was a nice balance of coffee bitterness and cocoa sweetness. Finished dry and clean.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp.

Overall a nice drinkable porter. A good session beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown with a black body and red edges. A one finger, tan head slowly fades out into a cap that refuses to yield.
The smell is of roasty malt, cream, chocolate, nuts, and vanilla.
Taste is of the same aromas. Perhaps a hint of coffee as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with roasted malts, and bitter cocoa clinging to the palate. It's slightly thin but hardly noticeable.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with only minimal ruby highlights when held to direct light. Semi-sticky lacing on the sides of the glass, collar around the beer. Looks more like a stout than your typical porter. A bit of a fruitier nose than normal -- roast malts, coffee, and a bit of raspberry smell. On the tongue, hop bitterness at the front of the tongue, then roasted malts and a touch of fruit at the mid-palate. The finish is rather sweet for the style, with that fruit note hanging around. Mouthfeel is typical for the style -- medium bodied with adequate carbonation, but nothing over the top. Overall, this is an excellent session beer, and a strong example of an American porter.

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Photo of xzqrut
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured out a nice dark standard porter color, with a good 1" head, with very good retention and lacing. The aroma of the beer was mild at best, with some burnt aromas, coffee. Taste also average to me, a decent sweet/bitter balance, but neither the sweet nor the bitter flavors was anything to write home about. Mouthfeel was fairly light, carbonation mild. All in all, I would call this a Paris Hilton beer, looks good, but pretty disappointing once you get beyond the surface.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/17/08 at Pitcher's Pub, in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, black coffee, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty as you would expect with strong flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate. There's a mild but hops presence but enough to bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, if you're in the mood for the style this is a good beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color, not opaque. Thin tan head and only spotty lacing. Nose is a tad weak, but consists mostly of chocolate, carameled malts, and coffee. Slight hop aroma as well. Palate follows suit - chocolate and bitter coffee. Tastes awefully acidic for a porter. Hop bitterness, especially in the finish. Mouthfeel is woefully thin IMHO. Slightly over carbonated, creating a "biting" character that is unpleasant in a porter. Overall I was disappointed in this offering. Probably the biggest disappointment is the extremely thin mouthfeel. Just a mediocre porter, at best. Some decent flavors going on in here, but they're overshadowed by the negatives in this one ...

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Photo of RBorsato
2.15/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Labelled with "Sunday River Brewing Co." and "Stone Coast Brewing Co."

Black with a nice pillowy tan/light brown head, floating sediment, and nice sheets of lace. Oxidized dark malt aromas and flavors. Seems light bodied but could be due to the overall issues.

BOM club beer that aged very poorly... actually strange it was a July shipment when it's only avail in the winter per the SRBC website.

Per BOM notes:
IBU est. 25-35
5% ABV
Malts: 2-row, Caramel, Wheat, Black, Chocolate, and Roasted
Hops: Chinook, Willamette, and Cascade

Per SCBC website:
Finished with Cascade
Available 11/1 to 2/28

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five-finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color. Roasted coffee nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is chocolate and roasted coffee that finishes as bitter coffee. $1.40 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, almost black in color. Thick 2" tan colored head that stuck around a while. Nice thick lacing develops. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The flavor follows the nose as the roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee are nicely balanced and wrapped in a mild hoppy blanket. Very enjoyable for the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel was crisp at the start. Finishes smooth and long, with bitter chocolate and coffee hanging around quite a while. Extremely drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of hanco005
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of my beer of the month offerings, no freshness date indicated, 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—solid onyx with a cocoa colored fluffy ¾ inch head, fades down after ten minutes or so, Swiss cheese lacing develops along the inside as I drink

S—mild chocolate dominates this one, sweet and malty, not getting very much else, but it’s very inviting

T—sweet chocolate , but some alkaline/tin flavors are present, bitterness comes out in the middle and it finishes on the dry side

M—chalky and dry, medium/full bodied, moderate carbonation

D—not bad, but not great either, just an average porter, in my opinion.

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Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark brown color with ample carbonation. Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of coffee. Taste is much of the same, except that the coffee flavor is more pronounced at the back of the tongue. There's some alcohol taste as well but nothing too bad. I would say it's average for the style but a good stab still.

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Photo of lpayette
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- pours a muck brownish black with 1 1/2 finger head. Some lacing.

Smell- Sweet milk chocolate, a subtle hop edge, and maybe some molasses, but that's about it. Smells pleasant.

Taste- Mostly chocolate malt with some darker black malt as well. A little bit of coffee flavor, and a bit of molasses. Not bad. A touch of roasted bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- Just a little bit too much carbonation for me. It distracts from the malty goodness. Thickness is about right I think.

Drinkability- A sweet and tastey brew, but not sure I'd like to drink more than one in a single sitting... maybe two.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says Stone Coast Brewing and Sunday River Brewing. Who the hell makes this beer? Whoever it is, they deserve some credit, because it's a pretty good one. The color is a beautiful dark brown/red, and the head is decent. It's nice to see a porter that's not just black. The smell is the only low point, as it's a little bland except for a metallic hint. The flavor, however, makes up for any minor shortcomings. It is rich but never goes overboard with notes of caramel, chocolate, and coffee followed by a slight bittersweet twang in the finish. A very solid porter indeed.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown/black beer with mahogony highlights. Has a very small light brown head and some good lace. There is a very good roasted malt character full of coffee notes and a hint of chocolate in the background. The chocolate notes hit your tongue first. With the sharp bitter roasted malt flowing in next.The dry finish has a nice snap of coffee for a good 1-2 punch.

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