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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Truly worthy its majestic name in fluid ounces, our Sour Cherry Imperial Stout is anything but sour. In fact, we have to make sure there’s plenty of it available for Valentine’s Day – after all, nothing says love like chocolates and a Sour Cherry Imperial Stout. This is an extremely complex version of the classic Russian beer style with plenty of roasted, black, and chocolate malts that delivers multi-layered coffee and sherry notes in a surprisingly smooth package. The beer is then matured with just a kiss of real sour red cherries. If you see Sour Cherry Imperial Stout on tap, give it a try – like true love, it’s sometimes hard to find.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjuf1853 (1246) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Draft at Brass Tap. Pours a dark mohagany brown with sudsy tan head. Dark chocolate, cherry and pipe tobacco aroma. Flavor is disappointingly light with just a bit of sour cherry in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 30, 2011
A - Pours a rich dark black color with a bit of red mixed in and a finger of frothy tan head atop. The head lingers around for a while before fading down to a frothy ring leaving behind a bit of lacing. S - Aroma is full of deep roasted malts and chocolate aromas. There is also some nice sour cherry aroma as well that gets stronger as the beer warms. T - Starts off with some sour cherry flavor and some roasted chocolate and malt flavor. Through the middle, some stronger sour flavor and some sweet caramel flavor comes through. The finish is a nice mix of sour cherry and chocolate flavor that lingers nicely. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. The sour flavor works rather nicely with the rest of the flavors in the beer, especially as the beer finishes. D - Very drinkable. Would have liked the cherry flavor to hit just a bit heavier, but as it is it is nicely balanced with the chocolate and roasted flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2011
On draft at Coffee District. Dark jet oil black color with very little head. Aroma was strictly chocolate malts with a subtle hint of cherry. Flavor is malty and semi sweet with hints of dark chocolate. Wish there was a bit more cherry flavor but still a good drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2011
Aroma of dark chocolate and cranberry. Appears dark with a small reddish-brown head. Tastes of black cherry, licorice, and roast malts. a real sweet aftertaste that lingers. this is yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
This is a pretty interesting beer. There are plenty of fruit beers out there, but it’s tough to do them well, and you don’t usually see fruit imperial stouts. This beer poured almost pitch black with a bit of tan head. The aroma started pretty normal for an imperial stout, with roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, but also had a distinct fruit/berry note with (unsurprisingly) a bit of sour cherry. The taste was fairly complex, starting off with light malt/caramel sweetness, then became fruity with a light tartness in the middle, and finished off with chocolate and a light bitterness. This is definitely not your typical imperial stout, and while it isn’t really sour and isn’t dominated by fruit, I actually liked it quite a bit. The sour cherry added some nice complexity to it, and I really enjoyed trying to pick out the different flavors as it evolved. I would definitely like to try this beer again (and preferably not as my 15th different beer of the night this time).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10547) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin moka head. In aroma, fryuity, light cherries over chocolate, lightly doughy. In mouth, a nice chocolate malt wth cherries, cork, warming alcohol, fruity licorice. Cask at Get Real NY, March 19th 2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5735) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 Cask at Get Real NYC event. Pours a deep brown body. Aroma is tart fruit and light chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is smooth with notes of cherry, toffee, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Pours a nice dark brown wild a sudsy head. It is a bit doughy, the sour cherry flavor is very mild a little bit disappointing over all. Purchased in a growler from Holiday beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6418) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. The aroma is roasty and fruity, with a hint of coffee. The flavor has roasted malts, coffee, and lighter cherry fruity notes, with a nice roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (12175) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours black with a substantial, beige head. Roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate and faint berry. Flavor is sweet with rich with more roast and mocha, as well as some understated cherry. Medium to full bodied with very smooth carbonation. Finishes roasty and sweet with some dry bitterness. Quite good.

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