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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout is a full flavored stout beer that uses a generous amount of roasted malts and an addition of cocoa. This brew is then refermented with 15 pounds of dark sweet cherries per barrel bringing a slightly sweet chocolate notes together to create a surprisingly smooth finish.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1328) - Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2013
From bottle. Deep dark black color. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is the faintest of cherry sweetness covered by a lot of toasty, roasty notes and some dark chocolate. Was expecting a lot more.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2612) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, poorly retained, beige head, with minimal lacing, over a clear, dark .back brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is roasted malts with coffee, chocolate, cocoa, light fruit hints, herbal hops, balance to the malts......taste is strong roasted malts with heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, hints of cocoa, light fruit (cherry) notes, finishing with a strong hop bitterness, lightly throughout, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, medium body, moderate astringency, alcohol hidden, carbonation low, with light acid. The roasted malts, with attendant bitterness are dominant in this beer, which is really more of a Foreign Extra Stout than a Sweet Stout. The cherries are rather hidden in this bottle. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6297) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
On tap at Bridgeport, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out chocolate upfront, with barely any cherry. Flavour is characterized by chocolate and cherries upfront, with a light roastiness in back. Not the most complex beer, but still decently drinkable and enjoyable. Okay.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (383) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Draft at special brews. Pours black with a sour black cherry aroma. Cherry and other fruit flavors with a lasting chocolate background. Sweet at first. Good beer here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5797) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Tap@ Special Brewski. Black body with lingering tan foam. Nice milk chocolate , dark fruit, dark roast aromas. Smooth medium body. Fruity, sugared up coffee flavors with semi sweet chocolate, dark roast malt---- most tasty.  

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1153) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Surprised by the low ratings on this one. It’s a drier stout, and perhaps a bit thinner than expected. But still quite nice. The chocolate and cherry notes are well done -- chocolate in perfect balance, and maybe just a hint too much cherry, but not overly so. The cherry does contribute a nice cloy sweetness that balances the dryness. Base stout is slightly roasty, but not overly meaty. This is relatively complex, and pretty good indeed.

2.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
sjohnny (367) - - JUN 11, 2014
Toast, cherries, roastiness. Pours ruby black with a thick dark tan head that fades fairly quickly leaving minimal residue. Dark toast. Watery mouthfeel. Faint hint of cherry sweetness. I got very little chocolate. A little harsh on the finish. It smelled and looked so good and then it was just kind of disappointing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockey9930 (84) - - JUN 8, 2014
Pours like syrup and comes out opaque black with a tan head. Weak chocolaty aroma. Chocolate with a bit of tart cherry and a bitter coffee finish, but overall weak flavors. Thick and heavy bodied.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RABinCO (1212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bomber poured into a goblet. Dark brown pour with a slight tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, a bit of sweet cherry. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, maraschino cherries, sugar, vanilla. Dry, but artificially sweet. Kind of stale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (509) - - MAY 12, 2014
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate and some coffee as well as a bit of cherry, but very weak. Pours black with a decent light brown head with good retention and some lacing. Starts out with strong roasted malt flavors but not overpowering with a hint of coffee and a slick mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with the sweetness of the chocolate really coming through followed closely by some cherry flavors that lingered on the palate. Pretty good stout, but needed more cherry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7302) - Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Draft. Up front it is chocolatey wiht a hint of cherry and on the back end a very metallic finish. The metallic finish ruins it.


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