Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate StoutBear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by vkv822 on 03-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 81
Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a lively effervescent head that suggests rather high carbonation. Tasting verifies the fear of over-carbonation. No other obvious flaws. Decent bitter/sweet balance; all main ingrediants evident in both the aroma and the flavor. Lingering cherry-cocoa dark bread aftertaste.

O: Perhaps not as great as one might hope for given {cherries + cocoa + stout), but still recommended. ABV not hidden and detracts from the aroma, but the esters mix nicely with the other flavor components.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in an imperial pint glass at the Bridgeport pub in Portland. Boy, it sure looks like people didn't love this one in the bottle -- but I must say I quite liked the draft version.

Appearance: totally black with a nice thin layer of tan foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. A beautiful dark beer.

Smell: a sweetish aroma; lightly chocolatey and lightly fruity. The fruit is a bit nondescript, it doesn't scream "cherry"; though it is nice enough.

Taste: I like the flavor quite a lot. There's a good, rich, pie-cherry flavor with a sweet chocolate aftertaste. It tastes a bit like a cherry cordial, which really quite works for me. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied with a light carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: though it's a sweetish dessert-type beer, it tickles my fancy. I could see myself having a few of these.

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Photo of mactrail
2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This has one of the strangest scents I've ever encountered in a beer. Some kind of candy with plastic notes and Band-Aids, perfume and sewing machine oil. I'd call it engine room meets the lady's boudoir.

Taste is rather sweet with a woody, bitter tang. I admit there is some fruity flavor, though it seems scorched. Some herbal and dank notes, like a leaf mold cola. Plenty of roasted malt flavors, but they are overwhelmed by the charred bark taste. The woodiness sets the teeth on edge a little, and dries this out some toward the finish. Aftertaste is charcoal and really bitter chocolate.

Color is an attractive dark brown with a dark beige head that doesn't last long. While there is some spritz on the tongue the whole flavor and mouthfeel seems to flatten out.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pair of chalices. 015 d-1 1251 is the bottle code.

Pours black, with a small head that dissipates to no head very quickly. Not a lot of active carbonation. Smell is muted, cherries and chocolate.

Taste has a bit of a cherry cola theme to it. It's flatter than that, though, and cherry cola doesn't have so much cocoa flavor. Pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is smoothish. Overall, it's not bad. It's not great, either.

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Photo of Admbmb92
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

App. 3.25-pours very little head, about one finger that disappears quickly. Dark as night, some light shines through the edges
Smell-2.75. Cherry cola with some chocolate, skunky lager smell overwhelms.
Taste- 3. A very big disappointment being I'm a huge fan of stouts and especially chocolate stouts. Carbonation hits the front of the tongue, cherry cola and espresso flavor in the middle with an overwhelming amount of carbonation in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel-2 the amount of carbonation is what really kills this one for me. Most chocolate stouts I've had have a fairly smooth mouthfeel and feel like silk going down. The amount of carbonation ruins any of the good stout flavors this beer should have.
Overall- this brewery has really yet to impress me. It lacks flavor and taste way too much like cherry coke. This tasted like a lager with some cherry notes.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up less than a finger of head which has very little retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an almost opaque, dark chocolate black. There's a small hint of brown at the bottom of the glass in the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Much more than I expected from a beer with such average ratings. Good amount of chocolate that is followed by cocoa and roasted malts. The nose smooths out in the glass and shows milk chocolate, cream, and toffee. Maybe even honey. Slight cherry notes as well. Swirling reveals burnt roasted notes, hints of oak and smoke, some vanilla. This may be one of those beers that smells better than it tastes.

Taste- Starts off with a mix of cherry and chocolate that seems to turn quickly to generic cherry and cocoa tinged with burnt coffee notes and slight oak. Tiny bits of smoke but all this dissipates fairly rapidly. While the aroma is promising and the front of the flavor profile has a decent start, this beer pretty much collapses. It's very thin and has very little substance to it, reminding one of a chocolate, cherry soda. I'm not detecting any real flaws- this beer is simply left flat by its lack of body, fullness, and any hint of richness. Maybe some toffee notes but this has nowhere near the complexity of the nose and that is a shame. Pretty much just an average beer which I don't mind simply because it's a preferred style. I wasn't expecting much anyway.

Mouthfeel- This pretty much kills this beer. Slightly above light bodied with very little carbonation that still manages to have a zing. With a light syrup and stickiness to it.

Drinkability- Goes down pretty easy for a stout because it's so thin. No hint of alcohol but it's not worth the 5-6 bucks you'll pay for a bomber. There are plenty of better and cheaper stouts.

Overall- Average. No real flaws but this beer is a tease. If only the taste was comparable to the aroma. You can pass this one by- you aren't missing anything.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet grainy baking chocolate with some cherry.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt with lots of tart cherries and light roast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, decent sweet cherry chocolate beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging with a tan finger width head that fizzes away like soda. Leaves little evidence of there ever being a head.

Smell - Cocoa notes and faint cherry sweetness. Scant trace of coffee.

Taste - Cocoa and milk chocolate notes hit first, then a light cherry undertone kicks in. Faint coffee bitterness starts to emerge as the beer warms, but does little to balance the overwhelming sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with light, fizzy carbonation. Not very suited for the style.

Overall - Looks and tastes like what a chocolate cherry soda might be like. Needs a deeper coffee or baker's chocolate bitterness to add balance to the brew, and a thicker, silkier body. Even as a dessert beer it seems to lack any redeeming quality. Needless to say, will not seek this out again.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Large, dense, persistent tan head rides atop an obsidian body. Thick, glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet, vinous alcohol dominates the aroma. Strong cherry notes and bitter cocoa are also present. Pleasant dark raisin aromas and roasted malt are also present.

Taste: The taste opens with strong roasted malt and prominent herbal hops. As the taste progresses, mild sour cherry notes vie with bitter cocoa, cold coffee and vinous alcohol. Towards the close, the roasted malt notes intensify, and the herbal hops ascend to a long, lingering, moderate bitterness, accompanied by a dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Complex and appealing, well-suited to a cold winter's evening.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of hreb
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber served cold in pint glass. Beer pours dark brown in color with a pleasant, brown head. Aroma is subtle and hard to describe: a little bit hoppy, a little bit roasty. I don't really get chocolate or cherry in there, but I could believe there's some cocao in there.

Flavor is thankfully subtler than my expectations "oh no, chocolate covered cherry candy beer". The cherries mainly come through as a tart, fruity flavor. This balances the natural sweetness of the chocolate. This beer is tasty, but in no way is it candy. It's actually more like a Belgian style lambic blended with an American or British style stout.

Interesting to try, but I probably wouldn't seek it out a second time.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really big light brown head ever so slowly falls into a really dark brown to black colored beer.

Rich dark roasted malt with an added cherry wine coming through. I could not distinguish any chocolate in the aroma as the label says, if there is the cherry must be to overwhelming for me to find it.

The cherry in the taste is less than in the aroma which I was happy about, this allowed the dryish dark chocolate a chance to make itself known. Having said that, the chocolate coming through in the taste isn't that impressive, it is quite downplayed with this beer.

A dryish aftertaste with just a bit of the cherry taste and also a bit of the grain malts lingering on with this medium to maybe full bodied stout.

Enjoyable in the fact that the cherry and/or chocolate tastes are not overbearing like what Shock Top does with their flavored offerings, but rather this lets you also appreciate the rich creamy grain malts which are the backbone for decent stouts.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Dark chocolate black. Cream colored head that leaves a film. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, faint chocolate, cherry cordial.

Taste: Sweet chocolate-cherry syrup. Faint roasted coffee, roasted malts. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry.

Overall: Not too fond of the cherry component, but it's not cloying at least.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the COOP tonight for about $6... poured into my HotD goblet... the brew is surprisingly black... fleeting dark tan head leaves few splotches of lacing and no cap.

Nose is dry dark malts and a fudgy essence... cherry shows but seems a bit artificial. Smells more like fermented out candy than I appreciate.

Dry stout qualities are there, but chocolate comes off as chocolate extract and the cherries mirror the nose. Odd.. Not sure if more malty sweetness would improve things, but I suspect more sweetness would have helped carry the cocoa and fruit much more.. Right now, this is a letdown.

Body is light/medium punctuated by a bigger burpy carbonation... I won't buy it again.


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Photo of ZRBE
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip.

Very little head, very thin lacing. Smells of chocolate, cherries, cola, maybe a little vanilla. Just a tad. Taste is... pretty thin, quite light. Not a lot of backbone to this bear. There's the bitterness of the chocolate at the end, but otherwise it's rather faint. Imagine drinking a cherry coke with a boozy, bitter finish, but with less cherry and you're there. Good carbonation, but the body is just too thin. I want to like Bridgeport, I really do, but their new releases lately have really fallen flat for me. Keep trying guys.

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Photo of Braz
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought at Safeway. Had never heard of this before. Poured a slightly red but very dark brown color. Head is tan but very minimal and goes away almost instantly. May have been a little too cold still when I poured it. Aromas are faint chocolate and booze. Flavor is an odd combo of tartness and an almost cola like feeling. A bitter aftertaste. Chocolate is not very pronounced. The body is a bit too thin. Not undrinkable but just doesn't quite match the bottle description. I've had amazing cherry stouts before but this isn't it. Should be a hardy heavy bodied brew in my opinion, with the flavors really popping. This has more of a basic stout with a few dashes of old cherry coke thrown in.

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Photo of vkv822
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout is a full flavored stout that uses a generous amount of roasted malts and an addition of cocoa nibs from Africa. This brew is then refermented with 15 pounds of dark sweet cherry puree per barrel bringing a slightly sweet chocolate notes together to create a surprisingly smooth finish.

22oz : tulip

Black body, with a very thick, foamy, craggy light brown head, dissipates in a minute or two and leaves some lacing.

Roasted malts upfront with cocoa. Very faint dark cherry notes.

Still predominately roasted malt and cocoa upfront, though the cherry is a bit more pronounced than in the taste.

Medium body with mild, foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable stout, though I didn't rate it higher as I would have liked to have seen a bit more cherry come through, and while the addition of cocoa was discernible/enjoyable I don't feel that the base beer was quite worthy of all this special treatment.

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Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.3 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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