Black Strap Stout | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Black Strap StoutBlack Strap Stout

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 166
Reviews by fingolfin72:
Photo of fingolfin72
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, like espresso. The head is not big, and it diminishes soon.

Nose- marshmallow, banana, brown sugar

Palate- the same tones as the nose, but with a pleasing white wine acidity and a keen but restrained bitterness on the finish. There is a satisfying underpinning of roasty chicory and bitter dark chocolate. This beer is difficult to describe. There is a hint of something that reminds me of those orange circus peanuts in the cellophane bag. I know that sounds weird, but it's there.

This is a delicious beer. It eschews the chalky bitterness that plagues some American stouts, and it's elusive and intriguing. I will definitely buy it again. As a matter of fact, I don't recall ever having an Oregon beer that let me down.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep deep brown not quite black when held up to the light with a thin mocha colore head,picked up a touch of anise underneath a big heavily roaseted malt aroma.Wow this bear roasted,heavy french roast coffee flavor with a light caramel sweetness underneath to not keep the roastiness from overpowering to much nice balance of roasted malt and sweetness finish a little dry and earthy bring everything into balance quite nicely.This is quite robust and flavorful in your face the way I like it,well done.Obviously the "Black Strap" on the label means mollasses and it shows more in the aroma as it warms a bit but not flavor wise at least to me.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – The beer is black as night. The brown head rose nicely but faded in 10 seconds leaving the inside of the glass clean.

Smell – I feed my horse grain with chunks of molasses, and the mix smells almost exactly like this beer. The Black Strap adds a little cocoa – I love the aroma of this brew.

Taste – The first taste of cocoa gives way to a strong, burnt malty flavor. The roasted nature of this beer carries over well into the finish. It’s not a heavy brew, but the taste is big and strong. The presence of cocoa and molasses on the tongue keep things from going over the edge.

Mouthfeel – This is right on for the style. It’s not carbonated, but it does tickle the tongue. There’s also a smoothness as it touches the cheeks, making it very comfortable to hold momentarily.

Drinkability – This might be a little much for the novice, but stout fans will suck these down. The beer is very complex. It keeps your interest while still being smooth.

Comments – This is a unique NW brew, and one of my personal favorites.

Update – I enjoy this beer from time to time so decided to officially re-rate it with a 2004 sample. The consistancy is amazing. This beer looks, smells, tastes, and feels exactly as I described it in my initial review. It is a very unique Stout and an excellent wintertime drinker.

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Photo of Todd
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An impressive pour! Pitch black liquid with a massive 2 finger thick, foamy, pillowy, sticky, milky coffee coloured laced head.

Plenty of raw earth in the nose, with a strong dose of black strap molasses, and soft background caramel aroma. Touch of metallic.

A semi-sharp astringency initially strikes the palate, which is mixed well with a leafy hop bite. Body is full, mouthfeel is silky smooth underneath the sharpness. More earth and metallic notes lead the malt flavour, followed by a light fruity character, soft banana sweetness, a rich molasses flavour and notes of caramel, burnt sugar and day old coffee. Finish is a bit on the dry side, with lots of rich and complex residual malts.

A very enjoyable stout, wonderfully complex and smooth. Liquid medicine my friends ... drink up!

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown bottle, “Bridgeport … Oregon’s Oldest Craft Brewery” in raised glass around the neck. Undecipherable freshness code on the back label.

Appearance: Creamy tan lace that drops sporadic trails down the glass, nearly pitch black.

Smell: Sweet black ice coffee aroma with traces of a fruitiness that resembles prunes and faint burnt sugar also.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy mouth feel with a moderate carbonation. Body is a bit on the thick side. Rich in-your-face roasted barley flavour jumps on the taste buds, hints of molasses ride along with this and add more depth. Hops are more in the middle than anywhere else, they provide bitterness the same time the bitterness of the roasted grain kicks in. Slight dark fruitiness gives off a black currant flavour, esters are mild but present. Roasted flavours are thick and stick around far into the finish.

Notes: Very robust but not too much to take away from the drinkability, lots of flavour without going out of balance. A pulled pork or bbq beef brisket sandwich would go great with this but this is also a great brew to pair up with a rich chocolaty dessert.

Here are some notes of when we had this beer on tap at the brewery back in 08-14-1998:

Stout Black in colour with a tan frothy head that does not dissipate. Dry roasted barley and dark coffee aromas. A beautiful blend of a dry roasted barley and hop bitterness, semi chewy mouth feel from some residual dextrins. Oddly enough this dry stout has some body, very flavourful. The 6.0% abv is quite deceiving.

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Photo of sammy44
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really liked this beer. Most of the more popular stouts (Guinness, Murphy's, etc) seem very watery and thin in the mouth to me. This was great, like heavy velvet in the mouth. I really want to try this in a black velveteen (half a pint of good hard cider, top with half a pint of stout).

Pours a typical stout black with some ruby edging and a tall coffee and cream colored head. The head had some retention and laced the glass on the way down even lacing the bottom of the glass when I finished the beer.

Smell was a little weaker than some but had hints of roast coffee and I thought some dark cherry or raisin aroma when I let it warm some.

Tasted of some roast coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. Very nice.

Very drinkable and hides the 6.0% alc very well.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a beer hunter compulsively seeking the esoteric, I often overlook what's right in front of me. I've walked by this beer dozens of times at the store but it wasn't until today that it grabbed my attention. Sometimes great pleasures are among the easiest to find. A plain rendering of Portland's magnificent St. John's Bridge adorns the label. The beer pours a charred black-brown with a high, billowed head that resembles a dark tan version of cotton candy, sugar sparkles and all. The aroma is quite cutting, and grassy; it piques the senses satisfactorily. A sharp, bitter bite begins the flavor profile, which quickly rolls into a roasty, chocolate-caramel flavor. Dark fruit and jam hints crop up, to be folded neatly into the burnt toast flavor; brown sugar is sprinkled all over this breakfast assortment, to be washed down with ample lashings of coffee. An herbal bitterness lingers, as does a trace fruitiness, but the beer is remarkably contained for such vibrant flavors. From the bottle, the beer can seem a fraction thinner than one might expect, but it is quite sticky, and I don't think I would have liked it any thicker. As it warms, some red wine characteristics come out. The drinkability is so-so, but I find this accurate for a large stout. Black Strap is another welcome beer from BridgePort which I have to stop taking for granted.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with some red visible when held in light. Tan head with some lacing recedes to a film. Aroma is coffee and alcohol, I'm surprised I can smell it at this ABV. Taste is sweetness and roasted malts. Nothing really stands out about this one, but it is a solid beer. This one is worth trying and wouldn't be a bad choice for a session beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice black pour, ample head, tan, thick and hangs out for a long time, like a desperate fat girl. Smells like coffee, lemon and licorice, a unique combo.

Good taste, smoky, coffee esque, but mild. Licorice less prevalent on the tongue as opposed to in the nose. Keeps the bitterness in check, all of which seems to come from the roasting, not the hopping, not super hoppy, but not without hops either. Silky.

Deft and complex, yet dry and sessionable. This one is just one notch below the super world class elite stouts that are =/< 6%

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Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost opaque dark black, good puffy head of 1/2 an inch. Thick and dripping laces. Aroma of sweetened coffee and currents. Bitter hard-roasted beginning to the brew, just a touch of fruitiness and berry skin astringency. Pretty consistant from front to back, not a lot of complexity going on, not a lot of oiliness. Fresh close, bright in the java tones without a retreat to a cardbaord sense or off tones. A little more potent than some at 6%, a respectable Stout that's not a killer but without any detectable flaws.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep murky amber brown almost black nice creamy tan head leaves speckled lacing down my chalice. Aroma: Bready characteristic yeast that's used in all of the bottle conditioned brews of Bridgeport Brewing with mellow coffee and nice milk chocolate pronounced tones. Taste: Chocolate mixed with coffee and mild fruit undertones polished by the yeast notes especially in the last few ounces. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied not bad at all very smooth incredibly drinkable even carbonation. Drinkability: Really nice stout not bad not over the top and hella drinkable.

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Photo of turamarth
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint.

Appearance: A big 2 finger tan rocky head, that leaves amazing lacing. Body is a nearly opaque dark dark brown, with hints of amber on the edges when held to a light.

Smell: First sniff conveys a deep malty smell. Hints of chocolate and espresso. Very sweet. The molasses really comes through.

Taste: The molasses comes through even more on the tongue. Followed by a biscuity flavor. There is a dark roasted coffee flavor, not quite espresso like in the nose.

Mouth: Fairly thick bodied stout. Leaves the mouth thick. But the after tastes make it ok. A little light on the carbonation I think.

Drink: The heavy malty-ness makes this beer a fairly slow one to take down. The richness of the molasses helps with that too. But, it is a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pretty puddle of dark brown, almost black liquid. Not a big head, only a 1/4 inch of creamy froth.

The smell is not heavy, I get some molasses, dark malts and some light caramels and chocolates. A faint hop profile is in the nose but they aren't discernible.

Starts of sweet like a minute amount of molasses and caramels. It moves into some heavier malt flavors. The aftertaste is a nice robust malt flavor that has a nice dryness to it and even a little chocolate. There is a nice carbonation that adds to the mouth appeal.

This is a solid above the average stout. Well worth checking out a 6 pack. Its nothing perfect but you can definitely drink on it all night.

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Photo of skillerified
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Almost black, just a little light sneaks through on the edges. The head is big and frothy. It's also a darker than normal, brownish in color. A very interesting looking beer.

The scent is surprisingly thin. Some sweet subtle hints of molasses, coffee, and a little cocoa. Probably a little too subtle though.

Taste is decent. Starts sharply sweet at the tip of the tongue, but quickly changes to a mild bitterness that lasts long into the aftertaste. Some hints of coffee and, of course, the black strap molasses.

Feels a little too light for a stout. Doesn't have that sort of creamy characterstic that most stouts have. It's actully kind of watery feeling.

It's not bad, but I've had better stouts. Compares favorably to a Sam Adam's Dark Lager, I think.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky deep brown, fairly translucent in the light. Modest head that subsides before long into a lasting cap.

Nice aroma, hops and roasty stuff with an overall coffee perfume to it. Sweet roasty malts hit up front, with light floral hops in the background along with coffee stuff. There's a kind of sorghum-like sweetness to the whole thing, and maybe bit of fruit tartness in the finish. A little thin in the mouth, very smooth, very easy to put away.

I don't know--it's not really "stout" enough for me. If I want this kind of flavor, I'll probably go with a nice schwarzbier or something. Still, I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark redish brown color under a light brown soapy fluff head. Great retention yet lace is hesitant to stick. Nose is sweet, nutty, with milk chocolate, coffee, and burnt caramel. There's also a touch of fruitiness mingled inside. Overall it is nice to my nose. Taste is bittersweet and roasted, with mild hops and some kind of dark fruits. Full in flavor and good mouthfeel too. It has the texture of chocolatey coffee with milk, excited by tingly carbonation. Great bittersweet finish too. Drinkability is very good considering the flavorful and thick burnt, bitter, and roasty qualities.

Good to go for another.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an oily, ruby-tinged black color, with a tan/brown head that retains well. Totally opaque. Looks great.

Aroma brings to mind espresso, chocolate-covered cherries and caramel. Good presence to the smells, which held throughout the drinking.

Flavors are strong on the espresso/coffee-bean thing, with an almost lactic sweetness that reminds of milk stouts. Must be the molasses talking. Finish brings back the bitter coffee taste. Strong and robust flavors, very good, but slightly let down by a too-thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect for the style, it's quite low and feels milky in the mouth, but ultimately the weight is very light, too thin for the style and flavors.

Very enjoyable stout. This is the final bottle of the 6-pack I bought a month ago, and I'll certainly purchase again.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: deep brown body, not black by any means but darkness. Boasts a dusty brown colored head. A few rings of filmy lace and globs grouping together for fun

S: dark roasted malts and grains, earthy and woody notes. After another whiff, malts are heavy and bold

T: husky cooked malts, caramelized flavors, maybe a delicate nuttiness and stale coffee flavors. The malts and grains steal the show. As far as the hop range is concerned, rather mild. Dryness does come through in the finish with natural earthy/woody flavors that I noted earlier. This maybe helps define a stale coffee presence.
On another note, one could say this stout lacks any real coffee and chocolate flavors that are associated with American Stouts. But I would defend that this is a great example of a hearty, bursting with roasted characteristics, balanced American Stout

M: had trouble with this category. On one hand it is rather smooth, but not as smooth as I would associate with most stouts. Somewhat bubbly and the body is well over mild but not real heavy. It is dry and rewarding in the finish

D: a good solid stout. Nothing eccentric about this guy, straight forward and rewarding. It may be lacking in some categories but a great drinker

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this extra!

Pours deep dark with ruby highlights and a nice off white head with good lacing. Nose is thick roasted malt, smoke, and molasses. Taste follows with good roasted malt profile with some subtle smoke flavors, molasses, and slight licorice. Some hop bite at the end that is stronger than your average american stout, but not particularly strong like a shakespeare or anything. A slight bit of coppery metallic flavor on the finish. Mouthfeel is the weakspot here as it is very very thin. Drinkability is ok, but nothing to write home about. Overall a tasty brew, but nothing that sticks out as particularly impressive. Another ok one from Bridgeport. (makers of the most underrated IPA around)

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest ruby stacked with brown suds.
Fragrant of cigar smoke, caramel, mocha, and liquorice.
While still chilled, this is an ashy, cigarette trainwreck, all harsh and burnt and smoky. With time and warmth, it grows into its shoes, and wanders towards malted milk, toffee, and cafe au lait. In concludes with a slightly astringent rasp of burnt liquorice.
Moderately thin bodied and modest of carbonation.
After a rugged beginning, this grows amiable. It's never great, but, given time, it is decent.

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Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly thick, coal black color topped by a good inch of creamy brown head that subsides to a small halo after a couple of minutes. Aroma of rich roasted dark malt, with notes of mocha, dark chocolate, and prunes. Rich palate is full of robust dark and chocolate malts, a touch of mocha, and a hint of dark fruit. A light bitterness from some noble hops comes through just before the swallow. Body is rich and creamy, maybe not quite as full as some imperial stouts, but very nice. A very good American stout, and perhaps one of the first dark beers that I actually enjoyed some years ago.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, obtained as an extra in a nice trade with BigErn who comes recommended

appearance: poured into imperial pint glass...dark mahogany with crimson highlights, creamy tan head with light lacing

smell: char, coffee grounds, faint dark chocolate, strong roasty tones...good but not great nose

taste: strong roasted malt, strong bitterness left behind...charred flavor, burnt coffee grounds, light bitter dark chocolate, light molasses, pretty tasty american stout

mouthfeel: medium body, lightly acidic, high bitterness

drinkability: nice

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Photo of Mavajo
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, aged two years. Recently found it hidden away and forgotten in my dad's beer fridge. Maybe not the best beer for aging, but it tasted good to me, so what the hell.

Pours a soul-sapping black that swallows any light. Head was surprising thin and faded quickly. Light lacing while the head lasted.

Nose is moderate - molasses, chocolate, roastiness. Taste follows suit - molasses, chocolate, roastiness, a bit of licorice/raisin. It's an approachable taste and goes down easily. It doesn't challenge you (which is expected from the age), but there's enough there in the taste to keep it interesting. That's a good mark in my book. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Like silk on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is excellent for a stout. Went down very easily.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep tan head, sitting over nearly opaque deep ruby-red beer. Nose is roasted barley, fruitiness then hops. Tasting reveals great sweetish chocolate notes along with a generous hopping rate...makes this a very appetizing, drinkable ale. Finishes roasty and long. The fact that it's not very heavy bodied makes it easy to put away in quantity!

Thanks again to jaybeerman for the bottles!

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Photo of Elemental
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep black color with a thick head of foam from the nirto tap. The aroma is a little lacking, its good but doesn't have much in the way of hoppiness or maltiness in the stout. But that pretty much translates to the taste. The taste is good but lacking something. Its not to bitter but is very dry. Its thick but not very malty. It obviously has a dark malt taste to start but doesn't finish all that wall. Overall its a pretty good beer but could be changed a little bit to bring out more taste. Worth trying.

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Black Strap Stout from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 180 ratings