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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
bridgeportbrew.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
14.85%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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 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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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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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

3.25/2.75/2.75/3.25/3

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3.33/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of anteater
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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