Black Bear Stout | Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

BA SCORE
87
very good
47 Ratings
Black Bear StoutBlack Bear Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
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
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of puboflyons
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub on July 26, 2013.

The pour is very enticing with its deep brown to near black color. The head is moderate. The look is top of the line.

On the nose I get a pretty obvious coffee grinds note and roasted malts. In some ways it smelled like a Porter.

The body was a little thinner than I might have liked but basically in line with Guinness.

As for the taste - again with the coffee grinds! There are also dark malts and a slightly dry ending. There were other brews in this pub I preferred.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Black Bear Stout from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
4.02 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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