Black Bear Stout | Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery

Black Bear StoutBlack Bear Stout
BA SCORE
75%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 48 ratings
Black Bear StoutBlack Bear Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
barringtonbrewery.net

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,065
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
48
Liked:
36
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
14.07%
Alströms:
3.85
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 26
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Kendo
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 2/4/11. Bottle - purchased on Great Barrington at a local package shop for about $4 after snowtubing at Butternut - is notched with a freshness date of April.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a smallish chocolate-brown head. Occasional legs, but no real lace.

S: Roasty malt, roasted coffee beans and burnt coffee.

T: First impression is not of the taste but the mouthfeel: it's thin, watery and yet at the same time somehow manages to be slick. . . . OK, back to the tastebuds. . . . There's some day-old coffee, some roasted barley and fruit-like sweetness. Finishes with an ever-so-slight roasted bitterness.

M: See above. Really surprised at the slickness.

D: OK. Not my cup of tea - err, stout - but not horrible either. At least it was inexpensive.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of smaddock
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of almychristopher
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a dark brown, with a nice tan head that fades quickly to a ring of lacing, the aroma brings a great roasted malt smell with the typical coffee aroma. the taste follows woth the delicious toasted malt flavor dominating right through to the sweet finish. good mouthfeel and co2 make this a nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of Sam21
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best if purchased before January notched on side of label.

Appearance - Black body wuth a milk chocolate colored head that looks creamy and leaves nice lacing. Head recedes somewhat quickly.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, light roasted notes, and caramel. Smells delicious.

Taste - Sweet up front with rich caramel and chocolate. Not picking up much roastiness, which I think would take this stout from good to amazing. Finishes with light roasted and smoky flavors mixing in with thick sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied. Oily smooth texture with a minute tickle on the tongue from the carbonation. Creamier carbonation would make it a bit more pleasant on the palate. A bit too heavy.

Drinkability - Definitely a drinkable beer. While not the overall best stout I've ever had, it is still a great beer. It's full flavored with a pleasantly sweet nose. Happy to have it as a local.

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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Dicers
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

Brewed to style and quite drinkable; a sleeper in the boonies. These guys have been brewing for 18 years—we are talking old-school New England craft brewing. Before there were any trends, just great beer. Black Bear Stout still fits that mindset.

STYLE: Sweet Stout
ABV: 0.0% ??????
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Pitch black, good lacing

SMELL: Buttery, roasty, sweet, charred wood, faint blackberries, yeast

TASTE: Semi-silky smooth, creamy full-ish body; light roastiness, light butteriness, chocolate, charcoal, modest hopping, hint of alcohol, dark fruit, dry-ish finish

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Photo of Tarps68
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daktyls
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steve8robin
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring an opaque black, Black Bear Stout opens with a rich, malty nose, smelling much like the interior of a brewery: heavily yeasty and ripe with grain aromas, somewhat resembling baking wheat or marble rye bread. The grain aromas are lighter than would be expected for a stout, with only subtle hints of darker chocolate and black malt aromas, as well as black coffee and ash. These are tempered by brown sugars and vanilla, and smell delicious.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a big, black mouthful of coffee grinds and tobacco, the bitter, charred flavors apparently trying to make up for their relative lack of presence on the nose. Huge on ash and char, these initial flavors are soon joined by bits of brown sugar, vanilla, pepper, and anise, but the latter flavors have to fight constantly to get themselves noticed, and often lose the battle--especially towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off. The overall effect is somewhat like eating the burnt crusts of a slightly spiced and peppery loaf of artisinal wheat bread. The aftertaste is almost exclusively tobacco ash and black malt char, with just enough sugars remaining to make it palatable, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is a surprisingly watery medium to medium-light (given the potency of the flavors), and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there is certainly no doubt that this beer is a stout, and the word "black" in the title is equally opportune. As a whole, the beer does push slightly too far in favor of the charred flavors, somewhat forsaking them for the sugars, and I would have liked at least some discernible dark fruit esters (such as fig or black cherry) to help balance things out. Still, the beer is by no means unpalatable, and if char and ash are what you want, this will most certainly provide them in abundance.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a good mix of black and chocolate malts; coffee-like with a touch of chocolate. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth black/roasted malt character; dry and earthy with a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. It goes down quick and easy with a thin, dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good stout. The aroma is incredible. My only complaint is the lack of body and the carbonation level. It seems to have a tad too much CO2.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served in a pint glass at the brewpub. The appearance was a black color with a slim bar pour’s kind of white to off white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some light clingy lacing. The smell had a graceful blend of roasted coffee notes with a rich sweet chocolate. The taste came across through the roasty notes. A slight roasty aftertaste leads to the same finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Rich smooth creamy roasty coffee and chocolate graces my tongue very nicely. Overall, this was my favorite beer from this brewery. Definitely have again.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Black Bear Stout from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 75% out of 100 with 48 ratings
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