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

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3.91/5
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48 Ratings
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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:
#12,486
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
48
pDev:
14.07%
Bros Score:
3.85
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Dyan!

The pour is dark but translucent, and in the glass it's an opaque black with two fingers of frothy head that slowly settles to a crown, leaving webs of lace on the glass. A beautiful stout.

Roasted malt, coffee and toast are first to greet the nose. Something about this reminds me of breakfast. The roasty, grainy quality is thoroughly enjoyable.

Roasted malt and coffee are prominent again on the tongue. Licorice and almost-burnt whole grain toast appear mid-palate. There's an acidic twang near the finish from the roasted malt, leading into a bittersweet coffee-like aftertaste. Dry on the whole with a slightly thin body for the style. This is a great stout on the whole, one I'd gladly revisit were it available locally.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light does pass on the edge of the motor-oil brown color. The head settles to a set rim bubbles, but they do leave some streaky lace.

Very nice over-toasted bread aromas, just shy of burnt. Notable hop smell in the background.

The taste is more "burnt" toast. The hop is oddly less evident. The body is rich without being oily. The carbonation is correct for the body.

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

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a robust burnt grain, some chocolate malt and a touch of smoke.

The taste was likewise forward and brawny, with a sharp coffee, a smooth chocolate and a light floral hop.

The mouthfeel was average for the style with a dry finish.

Overall a very good stout. Very robust.

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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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Photo of puboflyons
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery the other day. What an excellent beer.

The pour is quite gorgeous, black with a dense dark brown head with great retention and some lacing. The nose is great. I get a blend of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, some cream, and as it warms up, some licorice and a mild nutty aroma. The palate is robust, with a hearty bitter chocolate and chicory character, with a great roasty flavor mid-palate. Licorice then appears, before a long, roasty finish with a mellow bitterness. Hop character is low. Carbonation is medium, and the medium-bodied beer is quite good, though it seems just a little watery towards the end. Nevertheless, this was a great beer, and at $3.70 for a 22oz bottle, I made sure I grabbed a couple.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Domaney's in Great Barrington, MA. Dark blue-foiled cap, notched to purchase before December.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with good lacing. Aroma is dark malts with a sweet uncurrent, lactic notes. Taste starts with rich dark sweetness, a peek of smoke in the middle, and a touch of lactic tartness at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Good stuff.

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Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 sirsteve42
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Great stout we got here. Had it on tap at the Barrington Brewpub and bought 5 22oz bottles to bring home after. Dark black in appearance with an inch high tan creamy head. Taste of espresso bitterness at the end with a great mouthfeel to it. The flavors linger for quite some time after drinking. The drinkability on this badboy is exceptional, i could easily drink this brew all night long. I recommend stopping off at Barrington if you are ever in the area. I stopped off on my way from New York up to Vermont. Cheers!

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Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jbertsch
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, Mass., in a 3 oz. beer flight glass.

A: Black body with a frothy tan head. Zero visibility and decent head retention.

S: Nice, earthy, roasted malt, some coffee and cocoa as well as some herbal hop bitterness.

T: Big, roasted black malt flavors to go with the sturdy hop bitterness. Lots of charcoal, roasted coffee, bittersweet dark cocoa, wood and pine flavors are balanced with a floral, resinous herbal bitterness from ample hopping. Good stuff!

M: Full bodied, smooth and creamy throughout. Good balance with some lingering hop bitterness.

D: A very good American stout with plenty of bold, roasted flavor. A must-try and a solid option to take in a growler. Well-balanced, easy-drinking, big, rich and satisfying flavors and aromas all around.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap into 16oz pint glass.

Ptich black with a light tan head, sticky and stringy lacing.

Creamy aroma (sweet) sits over a smokey roasted base.

Dark and heavy bitter malts with a sweetness kicking in at the end. Very little hop bitterness. Full bodied with a dark grainy finish.

Pretty good, definitely a great session beer (< 5.5%ABV). Although I don't know the actual ABV, it has to be below 5.5%. I grabbed this one in a growler and took it home. It's such a great beer, probably one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of albern
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this when I visited the brewery. I tried the sampler and this was by far the hands down favorite of the 5 I tried. The beer pours a matte brown color with a nice creamy head. There is good lacing going on and a nice dark malt aroma in the nose. The aroma is not overly assertive but there is a slightly charred whiff or two that you can detect.

This is a low alcohol, very creamy, very smooth, maybe a touch watery stout. There is a slightly charred flavor to the beer, with a touch of bittering leafy hop towards the finish. There is plenty of roasted notes, but the beer isn't particularly chocolately. There may be some coffee flavors, definite dark crystal malt, with a slightly nutty flavor underneath, and a slight bittering and tartness that tightens the beer up on the back end. The beer is fairly light and very sessionable.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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Black Bear Stout from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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