SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler: This poured black in color with a moderate brown head that fades on the quick side. The nose gave off aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee and a sourness that had more of a lactic edge than cherry. In the mouth it was medium-bodied, with a round and supple midpalate that gave way to some bitter dryness on the finish that showed off bitter chocolate and coffee grounds. While this is not thick and syrupy like many imperial stouts, I don’t find much sourness or really any cherry in it. That said it was a smooth and somewhat typical imperial stout it just didn’t have an interesting edge like I assumed it would based on the title.
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Ginger Man, NYC.
Murky dark brown beer, beige head, fine lacing.
Nice sour cherry palate blends in well with a charcaol stout base.Nice, but not outstanding.
cheap (4749) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Now this stuff left an impression on me. $8 for a glass at Mad mex. I didn’t know what to expect here. I was thinking about something sour, what I got was a big strong glass of imperial stout with some manners. Not much aroma but I do sense a cherry in there or two. Initial taste is mostly roasted bitter chocolate, unique and almost enjoyable. Not bad. More personality than a sweet stout, but not much more. Cannot taste any cherry really but if you like the flavor of imp stout, give this a try. Hides the alky content really well, no wonder why the barmaid started to look tittlating at the end of the session. Never would have known this was +9%! I am a little disappointed that it is not cherry flavored but anywho.....A little more personality than a a lager lover would like. Finish is medium linger bitter.
BuckeyeSammy (572) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very Head looks alive, like a Guinness. Nice balanced carbonation. Flavor has some coffee, roasted malt, mild darker fruits, cocoa. Struggled to find the sour cherries. Good, well balanced stout.
tgncc (3035) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Rearte on 0/17/2012. The aroma is roasted malts at first, chocolate, ligh cherries. The cherries are there, but in the background. After a minute or so, the aroma of sour cherry, roasted coffee, chocloate come out. The appearance is a very attractive dark brown, with a reddish hue. The flavor is like the aroma: chocolatey, roasty, with a noticeable component of sour cherries. The plate leaves a pleasing sour cherry flavor (this is where the cherries are most noticeable). A little thin on the body for a stout, maybe just slightly thicker than medium. Very inventive, especially for Blue point. Very good stout overall.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joe’s in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a black color with a touch of purple/red at the edges and almost no head at all. The aroma was sour cherry, a touch of malt and a hint of molasses. The flavor was an intriguing mix of roasty malts and tangy cherry with a malty and sour middle and a long light cherry finish. Very interesting.
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at Bocktown. Blah. I wasn’t expecting much and this is right where I was expecting. Aroma was almost nil. Could pick up some slight cherry but not much. Pour was a nice enough deep dark brown with a red hue and a nice 1 finger tan head. Taste was like cherry cough syrup. Not very sour as the name suggests, just a little medicinal with just a hint of roasted malt. Not very carbonated and hard to drink.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Aroma first primarily of charred malt, but a more gentle roasted character and sweetness appears eventually. Flavor quite sweet, but only borderline cherry flavor at best, and certainly nothing sour. Not bad, but unimpressive.
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, parmesean cheese, faint sweet medicinal cherries, and nuts. A bit heavy with a roasty finish. Not bad, actually, and much tastier than the regular stout.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
At the brewery on tap I dont know what is going on with this one i do not get any sour cherries just some chocolate and roast this one needs help