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

Blackbeard's Bear HugBlackbeard's Bear Hug
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #838
ABV:
14.4%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,723
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 11.19%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
80
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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Blackbeard's Bear HugBlackbeard's Bear Hug
Notes: Aged in rum barrels with vanilla, cinnamon and coconut. A rich and intense beer with layers of complexity that offers waves of dark rum, burnt sugar, rich vanilla, toasty coconut, cinnamon, light roast malts, dark chocolate and more. A perfect cool weather sipper or accompaniment to dessert. This version of Bear Hug is aged in rum barrels with seven different types of vanilla beans, toasted coconut and Saigon cinnamon.
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 80 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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2beerdogs from California

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to FBarber for this one.
Pours a deep mahogany. A few floatie kayakers are riding the cascade into the glass, but interestingly enough there's no rapids, eh uh foam. Yep, no head to speak of. Thus, zero retention. But then I saw the underside of the cap. Whoa, is that a chunk of oat? Well, I'm not going to cut into it and give it the smell/taste test.
Smells good. A melange or rum and cinnamon pounces first. Slower, deeper huffs bring nuances of char, bourbon, and warm vanilla.
Taste follows the nose and definitely is full with warm rum, bourbon, and cinnamon. There is a whisper of chocolate, raisin, brandy, and red wine barrel. There's a lot of subtleties at play.
Mouthfeel is medium to almost full. Zero carbonation. Warm, a bit boozy.
Overall, this is a sipper. Warm and cozy. Maybe my 2019 bottle has lost a little carbonation and maybe it has a little protein globule stowaway. But a pretty good ride.

Nov 24, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells and tastes like a mounds bar with a kiss of cinnamon on the back end. Hides the alcohol well and drinks pretty easy for such a big beer. Really enjoyed this one. Pricey but a nice sipper for sure. Will definitely buy more if I come across it again. Recommended.

Sep 27, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

29 August 2020 - Beer #172

Price: $7.99 at Food Emporium 8th Avenue in Manhattan

Appearance: 2 - this is the floatiest beer I've ever seen. Just little bits of, I presume, coconut, EVERYWHERE. Very black, however, thankfully.

Nose: 4 - yep, tons of coconut, and a little cinnamon. No vanilla on the nose.

Taste: 4 - definitely sweet from the barrel. More cinnamon than coconut in the flavor. Lots of flavor, but not super yummy.

Mouth: 3 - I just can't get around the bits. I should not be about to detect solids when I'm drinking beer.

Overall: 3 - I think Bell's tried to do too much with this. It's not bad, but it seems overdone, contrived.

Cheers!

Sep 21, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a fizzy tan head. The head fades extremely fast leaving a bunch of tan floaties. The floaties create a dirty sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is cinnamon, dark chocolate and bourbon.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, light vanilla and heavy rum.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Fizzy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a big bad boozy beer. The flavors are nice, but the rum tends to dominate the overall flavor.

Aug 06, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This mighty but rather odd brew
pours a deep obsidian with a quickly fizzling head that dissipates
to leave notes of floating dusty pieces....not super appealing but I will
bite anyways. Nose of rum, coconut, cinnamon, and earthy vanilla.
Flavors explode with notes of coconut, balanced cinnamon, earthy
vanilla, oak, rum, brown sugar, and dark sweet chocolate. Nice mouth
feel; full body, smooth, rich, warming, light to faint carbonation, and a
lightly dry cinnamon and rum finish.

Overall, a wonderful brew, but the look leaves something to be desired.

Overall-excellent with yer' eyes closed.

Cheers

Jul 11, 2020
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Onerandombeer from Illinois

2.69/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’ve had two of these. One back in November, while the beer was fresh. It was 100% delicious. Great taste, all the adjuncts came through phenomenally.

Fast forward to today, and my second bottle has gone sour. It was cellared properly at about 55 or so, but it apparently just didn’t keep. Immediately down the drain. I split my review between the two accordingly.

May 26, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/9/19, had 2/25/20.

Pours a dark brown, mostly opaque, with no head, lots of floating coconut, and a fair amount of coconut flecked cling. Aromas of rum, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, malt, coconut. The flavor follows the nose- rum, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut, chocolate, malt. Smooth, a decent fuller body but thin feeling, appropriately carbonated.

Great aroma, good flavor, good barrels, all the add- ins show well. But, the body is too thin to support the big ABV and to a degree, the cinnamon. Overall, it lacks complexity and depth. Still, it’s enjoyable and I’m glad I tried it.

Apr 08, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2019. Pours dense opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly foamy and fluffy tan head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. Minimal spotty lacing, some floaties and steaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, coconut, rum, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, fudge, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut, rum barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, coconut, rum, toasted oak, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, fudge, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; and rum/oak/cinnamon spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, coconut, rum, toasted oak, roasted nuts, dark/brown bread, fudge, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut, rum barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet and spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 14.4%, and lingering rum barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic flavored barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut, rum barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish; fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Amazing balance of rich malts, vanilla, cinnamon, and rum barrel presence/integration; light earthy hops and fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected of the brewery. Not overwhelming on any aspect. The rum is shockingly boozy at first, but it smooths out as it warms up.

Mar 27, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with cinnamon dust floating all around the top. Intense rum on the nose, attractive with the addition of the coconut. The cinnamon doesn't stand out nearly as much as I expected given the appearance. Unbalanced but in a good way.

Feb 08, 2020
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socon67 from New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional smell of light rum and cinnamon. One of the rare rum stouts that truly brings the rum notes but not at the expense of other flavors. Cinnamon and coconut came through as well. Easily reminded me of those overpriced cruise ship drinks, with the exception that this actually was enjoyable. I saw there are variants, and I'd look for them as well.

Jan 27, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stouts are usually thought of a cooler climate, winter weather types of beer. But Bell's Brewery takes the style to the tropics with the brighter side of coconut, rum, cinnamon and vanilla. Their imperial rum barrel aged stout will have you chiming "ahoy matey" before you know it.

Very dark brown and with dark crimson ribbons highlighting the way, Blackbear's Bear Hug has certainly been bleached from its black appearance by the oak. Shining with spiced rum, the barrel's influence over the nose is just as apparent, adding nuances of coconut, port, brandy and chocolate as it goes. Sweeter on the tongue, a malty sweetness of caramel and molasses adds a chocolate and honey character as well.

Moderately roasty, the stout nearly acquiesce to the rum barrel immediately. Sweeter and spicier rum flavors captivate the middle palate with a bevy of slightly scorched brown sugars, butterscotch, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and the brandy soaked cashew nature of rum barrels. Spicy and lightly bitter, the beer's late palate goes nearly sherry-like with vinous fruits of date, fig, grape and plum before a woodsy and lightly charred finish.

Full bodied, sweeter and relying on a lesser roast balance, the beer finishes spicy, sweet and oh so savory. A long aftertaste of sherry and port come with the heavy tint of rum and christmas spice with a lightly charred sweetness in tow.

Jan 17, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch black color. Slick and viscous in appearance along with what appears to be coconut floaties on top of the beer. No head whatsoever although an audible fizzing can be heard when the beer is poured. The floaters are admittedly not really appetizing looking and the beers appearance isn't all that great. But the good news is its all uphill from here.

Aroma is fantastic as rich notes of cinnamon, fudge, spiced rum, oak and vanilla waft across the nose. Its like a rum soaked brownie. Hints of coconut and all spice peep through but not as strongly.

The taste follows the nose as expected with notes of chocolate fudge quickly overtaken by rich notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. The rum barrel comes storming into the palate moments later - rich notes of spiced rum and oak come across with a definite warming presence on the back end and through to the finish. Some light bittering hops are noted on the back end. Did not find the taste to be orly sweet - the predominate flavor in this is cinnamon and rum, neither of which provide much in the way of sweetness.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth, a sipper. Moderate carbonation - just a slight prickle on the palate provides a nice balance to the viscosity here. Semi-dry finish.

Overall I felt that this beer was amazing. I admittedly like a well done rum barrel aged stout and I feel like Bells nailed this. Its an admittedly ugly beer - there is no getting past that - but I didn't have the issues with carbonation that others seem to have had. Drink it at room temp - the flavors and aroma really blossom when warm.

Jan 14, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Black with floaty bits of coconut. Smells of intense rum, coconut, and cinnamon. Tastes of rum, oak, cinnamon, coconut, and booze. Some roasted malt, but it's the rum dominates. Heavy and slow to drink, but never sweet. Long oaky and boozy finish. It's too big, but it's never offensive and I'd take it over most adjunct stouts. In the end the rum is too much.

Jan 11, 2020
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brief Review:

O: Lots of hype behind this beer, tough to get. Then the "meh" reviews started to trickle in. Surprised to see this score in the 90s, now 3 months later or so. My own opinion? It's not too bad. Definitely a miss in the big picture, as I expect more from Bell's, but this isn't trash. Have a hard time getting past the rum barrels. I'm sure there's a good way to do it, but there's a reason they're not commonly used for aging beer. The nose is... interesting. Very cloying. Flavor starts messy, but the finish is actually nice. Not as boozy as the aroma, and a nice melange of vanilla, cinnamon, and yes, rum, melt nicely. A decent experiment from Bell's that maybe could've used a little tuning before hitting the market.

Recommendation: Don't let the mixed reviews scare you. If you have any interest in Bell's or Rum-BA beers, give it a try if you can find it. Just don't work too hard to get it.

Jan 03, 2020
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bobv from Vermont

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle packaged 10/09/2019.
Moderate pour yields an experience, to say the least. It has a loud tan head; as in noisy while it dissipates down to an oil slick on top. Unique is a word that charitably comes to mind. Near black body with no lacing, but a cinnamon goo on the side of the glass. Wonderful nose of coconut, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, and rum, rum, rum! Wow! As it warms a bit, all kinds of dark fruit comes forward. Taste follows nose closely with bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and rum leading the way to a finish of cinnamon, coconut, and dark, bitter chocolate. Wow! Aromas and flavors more than make up for this ugly, flat, and boozy beer. Damn, I need more of this in my life! Cheers to the madmen of Comstock, MI for this enigmatic offering!!!

Dec 29, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black. It fizzes like a pop. There is a skin on top of it that looks like cinnamon that is not is solution. It is very weird. I have never seen such a thin in 28 years of drinking.

The rum smell is strong. After it warms I get chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon.

The taste matches the smell. There is plenty of rum, but it diminishes as it warms. I get vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon flavor.

Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

This is a boozy beer. It warmed my cockles. I am not a big cinnamon fan, so a single would have been more appropriate for me versus having a four pack to contend with. I'm a thrifty guy and will consume them all in due time.

Dec 28, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/9/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a small dark khaki head that quickly fades and fizzles out leaving okay retention and nice lacing. There's also some sediment that floats to the top which was unexpected, which hurts the appearance I suppose. The aromas have lots of rum along with some chocolate. Hints of vanilla and coconut. Malts are there. The aromas really open up (besides the rum) as it warms up a bit. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. The rum barrel shines. More chocolate. More vanilla and coconut. There's some really nice cinnamon notes going on, especially in the finish. The cinnamon is balanced though. There's a nice subtle spiciness going on. Some black pepper in the mix. Malts do their thing. There's a sweetness to this one, but it's balanced and definitely not cloying or anything over the top. For as big as this beer is, the alcohol is ultimately well hidden despite there being an obvious warmth going on. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's thin and a little spritzy. It's not one of those thick "milkshake" type stout, but that's okay. This beer definitely falls in the "dangerously drinkable" category despite obvious being a big brew.

This is a great stout. The rum barrels shine. The addition of cinnamon really takes the flavors to the next level. The flavors are extremely bold, but balanced. I bet this one would age very well, but it's still drinking just fine right now. Well done.

Nov 11, 2019
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks - like shit. Beautiful pitch black but ZERO head, WATER THIN, and has floating chucks of God knows what floating across my snifter. Lowest rating I've ever given a beer - primarily because it looks like black water... with puke on top.

Smell - cheap rum, alcohol, dark roasted malt. I generally dislike rum BA beers so this is somewhat of an unfair review. BUT, all things considered my senses are strangely intrigued and excited by the smell of this beer. I actually don't hate it at this point.

Further waffing invites vanilla, oak, and AMBURANA wood. It strangely smells 100% like every amburana aged beer I've ever had (all of which ive loved). This beer redeems majors points on the aroma.

Taste - is pretty damn solid. I'm actually almost entirely certain this beer is amburana aged. It tastes like black note was aged on amburana.

*update* as it warms it tastes like everclear was also added. Its boozy as fuck.

Feel - is shit. Its borderline flat and 1 dimensional.

Overall - this would make a great liquor. Reminds me of something strong, boozy, and with unique flavors like jagermeister. As a beer though? Pass if you see it.

Nov 06, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle into a PAA whiskey glass, this beer pours out dark brown with highlights. Caramel colored bubbles ride to the top but never stick around long enough to form a crown. Huge amount of coconut sediment floating on top.

The nose brings a huge, hot, botanical rum. In the back we have underlying notes of graham cracker, pie crust, vanilla marshmallow creme. Slight cinnamon.

The taste brings in a chocolate that is reminiscent of being by a campfire, graham cracker, marshmallow cream, slight coconut and a lingering cinnamon that accents everything.

Little thin, not a lot of carbonation. Not too much sticky sweetness. Boozy, somewhat smokey, but not really.

Overall, I like this and how all the layers mix. It’s just a bit hot right now.

Nov 03, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut. The coconut And the alcohol stand out when drinking. An excellent beer with a good balance of flavor.

Nov 03, 2019
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MaximalC from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opening the bottle reveals thick gobs of dried yeast at the top of the neck, along with a raft of floaties—never seen anything like it before. I can only assume that the case was shipped upside down, but I can't deny it's a pretty offputting sight...

Pours seal brown with mahogany highlights. What little khaki foam was precipitated is ephemeral at best, which is unsurprising considering the ABV. Rich, bold aroma smells of rum, cinnamon, toffee, prunes, dates, brown sugar, vanilla, graham crackers, and booze. Among the most decadent aromas I've come across in a stout, it's almost more evocative of a fine barleywine.

The taste features rum-raisin, coconut, cake batter, cinnamon, brown sugar, prunes, and a healthy alcohol kick to boot. All of the adjunct flavors come across quite prominently, so much so that it can be difficult to tease out the character of the base stout. Medium body and meager carbonation make for a slick, still mouthfeel that is decidedly thinner than I would have expected.

Yeast anomaly notwithstanding, this is a bold, flavorful stout that delivers on all of the promises of the label. Between the rum, cinnamon, and other adjuncts I could easily see this finding a home during the holidays. While I would have appreciated a fuller body and more nuanced integration, I can't deny that this brew brings the flavor.

Nov 03, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 10/9/19; drank 10/30/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance with lots of off-white flotsam.

An even pour yielded a minimal, noisy dark khaki head; almost no lace.

Rum, cinnamon & mild oak notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel. Rum, cinnamon & oak flavors.

Thin, boozy & abrasive on the cinnamon.

This isn't very good.

Oct 31, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Packaging date of '10/09/19.'
Opted for a tulip here.
The appearance, well, let's start with the color which was black in my glass. Uhmmmm, this head or what was supposed to be there seemed quite repulsive - constant popping bubbles with a certain faint 'fizz' in my ear. Do I continue? Me, of course I do, if I want full credit for reviewing this beer fully (we're not starting off so hot).
The aroma had a light dose of coconut and rum barrel up front with some remnants of a black licorice spicy character. Dry wood and cinnamon bark definitely pinches in with a sly dark chocolatey to milky chocolatey mixture. Some vanilla makes for a good balance.
The flavor seemed to do fairly decent with some dry spicy to sweet and subtle roasty agreement seemingly mixing it on up with those dark chocolate tones, somewhat powdery and existent in the aftertaste, some black licorice showing a light presence.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps closer to full bodied. This is a sipper all of the way through, enough rum barrel spiciness and black licorice sharpness pummels my tongue into submission. Decent enough carbonation. Finish is dry and lingering with some earthiness and spicy barrel to subtle roast.
Overall, well, I blame myself for trying this so "fresh" so with that in mind, I won't rate this too low and absolutely go back and but another bottle to age.

If anyone is reading this, don't drink this until the dead of winter. Only bad thing I will say is that Bell's probably shouldn't have released this now. In my opinion, they should have waited until closer to Winter, that way the casual unsuspecting beer person won't be taken aback of appearance, and "lonesome"/ "green fresh" qualities that keep this beer at where it currently is.

AGE BY ALL MEANS!

Oct 26, 2019
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 2020. 12oz bottle dated 10/12/19.
Basically no change from the Oct 2019 review. Rum still dominates, maybe a bit too much. Cinnamon, vanilla, coconut coffee, molasses, nutmeg round it out.

Oct 25 2019. 12oz bottle dated 10/12/19. Bought at ML in Birmingham, MI.

Pour: deep brown with dark amber edges. Small tan head. Lots of bubbles and fizz but surprisingly small head considering. Plenty of coconut or cinnamon residue floating on top and stuck on the sides of the glass. Interesting but not super attractive. 3.5

Nose: Rum, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla. Pretty much as advertised. 3.75

Taste: follows the nose. Rum is pretty huge but works for me. Plenty of coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, subtle chocolate, and some more rum booziness on the backend. 4.0

Mouthfeel: some complained about the carbonation but it seemed ok; high but not too much. Pretty thick and slightly viscous. 3.75

Overall: this is different, bold and something you probably like or dislike. I’m in the like camp. The rum is big but there’s plenty going on to just barely balance it. Worth trying at least and I look forward to another fresh then two after aging. 4.0

Oct 26, 2019
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Having a 12 oz bottle of this. Poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark, almost black color with a nice tan head that’s about half an inch thick when first poured. Settles eventually to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass along with good lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, rum oak, caramel sweetness, hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut. The taste is of course very similar and even better, roasted malts with caramel and slight chocolate notes that are accentuated nicely with vanilla, coconut, cinnamon and maple notes. This all gives way to the oaked rum, and being that this beer is 14.4% ABV, there is also of course a boozy note as well. Just a slight trace of some earthy hops. A good balance of flavors here for sure. An excellent beer all around flavor wise. Just fantastic. Has a somewhat crisp, slightly oily and gritty, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of my entire mouth nicely and doesn’t let go. All the flavors really stick around after each sip for the aftertaste. A damn good beer here!

Eric

Oct 19, 2019
Blackbeard's Bear Hug from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 80 ratings