What they say: BridgePort Black Strap Stout features a malty, caramel flavor up front with a distinctive dry-roasted bitterness in the finish. A generous dose of Northwest hops mingles with the sweetness of black strap molasses to yield a full-bodied ale that pours with beautiful cascade that settles to a rich, creamy head.
What The Thirsty Beagle says: I’m just going to come right out and say it — I’m a big fan of this beer. I had been sinking into a lull of lagers lately, and made a conscious effort to mix things up and go in a different direction. I’m glad I did. To start, this beer has a very appealing pour and appearance. You can almost feel how smooth it is as it flows into the glass. I mean, this beer just looks like a serious beer. It has a deep, dark brown color, almost black. Unfortunately, I messed up the pour a little bit, and didn’t get a true measure of the head, as you can see at right. Appearance aside, you can smell the maltiness of this beer right off the bat, and that’s the first thing that hits you in terms of taste. This one is a little sweeter than some other stouts, but I thought there was a fair measure of hoppy bitterness to balance off nicely against the caramel and molasses. I thought Black Strap left a subtle and pleasant aftertaste. Some random facts: Black Strap Stout Ale is 6.0% ABV; The beer won a gold medal at the World Beer Championships in 1997. Overall, The Thirsty Beagle tends to agree with that rating.
Score: 4 out of 5 beagles.