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RATINGS: 215   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Draft. Dark black with maroon hue in color. Limited head. Weak, mashed berry, cherry hints in aroma then run rough-shod over by the warm alcohol numbness that assaults the roof of the mouth. A milky, malty flavoring does everntually break through but too late to impress. Tasting leaves me with the impression of three very good things cobbled together in a clunky way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Deep black coloured body, fully opaque colour with a thinnish light brown head. Aroma of nice fresh cherries, roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong malt flavours throughout, tucked into a sweet and sour cherry flavour showing more nuts and raisins. Aftertaste has some subtle toffee and vanilla flavours, along with a very light oakyness. Overall, a good beer - I thought it was the best Blue Point beer to date! I sampled this beer on draught at Blind Tiger in New York, New York on 09-December-2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger. Lightly roasty, lightly lactic. No cherry at all in the flavor. Thin and lame, with weak maltiness. Seriously, where are the cherries? Where is the huge body, and rich, refined dark malts? This has nothing going for it at all. Time for a reworking of the recipe I’d say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Tap at VSK event. Dark pour with a tan head. Oily looking on top. This drinks more like an imperial porter. I don’t really taste any of the cherries, at least no more so than you get dark fruit in some stouts/porters. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 On tap at Halftime. Pours opaque black with thin brown head that dissipated into brown bubbles along the outsides. SImple yet pleasing nose; coffee, sweet chocolates, maraschino cherries. Flavor is of roasted coffees and malts. Some chocolate carries through with a nice tart balance to the bitterness of an Imp. Stout. Unfortunately, the cherries are lost somewhere within this brew but they definitely altered its characteristics. Nice and thick mouth feel with a somewhat drying finish and warm alcohol presence. (Tried again following day, minor alterations to the rating)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Black with good, foamy tan head / Sweet coffee and malt nose / Full, malty body with good finish / Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and roast coffee with faint undertones of cherries / Try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Draft. This stout has a great balance of coffee, cocoa, and cherry flavor. The fruitiness of the cherry is an awesome accent to a full Imp. stout. It has a full, oily mouthfeel that finishes smooth and creamy with a warm alcohol presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Draught at Waterfront, Bkyln. Dark brown/black pour with a moderate head leaving spots of lacing. Sweet, almost kahlua-like coffee aroma. Flavor of dark roast coffee malts with a bit of charred leaf roastiness/smokiness, but generally more sweetness in the balance than I like from an Imp. Stout. Needs either more charred flavor (patent?) or hops. There was really no discernable cherry flavor whatsoever. I might have detected a faint note, but never would have picked it up if I weren’t looking for it. Full bodied; a bit syrupy. Some actual sour cherry flavors or off-setting bitterness would have been more than welcome here. Otherwise, it just comes across as a one-dimensional sweet stout. Not terrible, but personally disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Draft at Barcade. Some coffee, chocolate, and cherries in the aroma. The flavor is the same, dominated by the roasted coffee malt flavors. The cherry is somewhat subtle, which is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1222) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
tap at mcgraths. a dark ruby black, not much of an aroma, smooth body, but not really much of a powerful taste. a hint of cherries some sweet chocolate, not badd i guess.

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