GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Nejhleader (1222) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.