Bear Hug | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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3.96/5
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110 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Zaphog on 01-07-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,755
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
110
pDev:
7.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
7
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0
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Photo of spycow
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

With cooler weather looming, the appetite for richer, roastier, fuller bodied beer does also. But the lingering heat suggests something drier and hoppier- enter an imperial stout that shares commonalities with "black" IPA.

Bell's Bear Hug pours with an opaque depth of bark brown, a hair's shade of black. Sharply roasted, the nose is rife with espresso, cocoa and walnut with hints of burnt citrus and pine. Seared molasses follows in taste along with bitter baker's chocolate, burnt cream and an overall woodsy, nutty earthiness.

The middle palate shows tremendous roast and bitterness without tasting burnt or ashy. The bitterness of hops give greater rise to the impressions of bitterness that coffee and cocoa offers- each pushing the other to greater heights that than either of them could achieve individually. Trailing spiciness of pepper, booze and a long hop linger carries a faint campfire, prairie fire and singed pine needle character.

Full bodied but trending dry for imperial stout, the stout's carbonation, spicy alcohol and acrid roast promotes a drying texture even though its robust roastiness suggests something of heft. Long impressions of bitter espresso and roasted walnut outlasts the beer's more fleeting complexities.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a jet black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It smelled of chocolate and burnt molasses. Rich and roasty flavor with dark chocolate and notes of coffee.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the nose, but the flavors don't really come through enough for me to be completely blown away. Overall, a well done, semi-sweet stout from a brewery that does a lot of them

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Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Local Option. Pitch black color with light lacing. Aroma is subdued chocolate and roasted malts. Opened up as it warmed. Great mouthfeel and overall, a very solid stout from Bell's.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Pencible
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bear Hug from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 110 ratings