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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 96   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Cherries and chocolate are made for each other, and in this case, it’s sour cherries and chocolate & roasted malts combining in this imperial stout made with Belgian yeast and aged in oak barrels. Black in color and full bodied with subtle aroma, flavor and tartness perceived from the addition of sour cherries and Belgian yeast.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at Sugar Maple in Bayview, Wisconsin. Pours a deep brown/black with a medium, lacy tan head. The smell was of unsweetened pie cherries and hot cocoa. The taste started off tasting like the pie cherries and then a touch of coffee with a cocoa nib finish. It was very smooth and balanced and not an overly heavy stout. There was some slight coffee bitterness and dryness on the end, but overall, very pleasing.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (8912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Tap at Happy Gnome. Jet black dense pour with a big foamy beige head. Char / roast, hints of dark tart cherry, slick smooth palate - this is excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfinney23 (2529) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Terrific combination, the chocolate malt and sour cherries -- better than actual chocolate-covered cherries, IMO. Perfect balance of sweet and tart

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4727) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2015
500 ml. bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fruit, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, cherries, coffee, and barrel. Nice one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1088) - - NOV 22, 2015
500ml bottle. Rich chocolate malt aroma with tart cherry and oak notes. Pours black with a thin light brown head with excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with rich, slightly bitter dark chocolate malt flavors. Finishes quite smooth with tart cherry, oak and a little bit of vanilla in there as well. Nice tart stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreamflower (727) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Aroma is super boozy. I get cherries and coffee and booze, it’s good. Appearance - milk chocolate coloured head. Super dark body. Tastes like booze-soaked cherries and coffee. I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2973) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
Dark brown body, brown foamy bubbly head. Slightly tart, cocoa powder, yeasty aroma, dried fruit. Taste is roasty, bitter, but with a pleasant sour cherry note, as well. Creamy foamy palate. Overall, unique, and pleasant.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3972) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2015
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/21/2015. Listed as 11% on the label. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, cherry, raisin, prune, fig, molasses, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, cherries, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, cherry, raisin, prune, fig, molasses, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roast/char bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, dark fruit, licorice, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and moderately sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged Belgian imperial stout style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Craftbrewhaha (80) - - OCT 1, 2015
This knocked my socks off (and my high heels)! Delicious Imperial Stout base, awesome cherry compliments, along with chocolate. Shared this with a friend and he immediately went out and bought 3 bottles!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4376) - Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2015
On tap at Black Bottle Brewery, listed at 11.0% ABV. Black appearance with a lingering brown head and light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, oak, chocolate, light cherry, earthy hops, molasses, licorice, light coffee, woody notes, light vanilla and a hint of Belgian yeast. Similar flavor, rich and complex with a lot of stuff going on. Full bodied with mild carbonation and a lingering finish. Good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mages64 (71) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Huge aroma of wood, chocolate, and candied cherries. Mellow finish and smooth mouth feel. Sweet but not overbearing. Delicious and one I’d love to lay down.


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