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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 81   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5374) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2016
Aroma is cherries, dark malts and earthy. The flavor is cherries/dark fruit, dark/roasted malts, dark chocolate and big acidity/slightly dry in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3204) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 17, 2016
500mL capped think bottle. I only purchased this because I found it on deep discount, $4.99. Apparently, this half liter bottle was originally $17.99. I am not kidding, 18 fucking dollars for a beer that isn’t sour, some expensive bourbon barrel, or made with some novelty ingredient like whale seamen or extraterrestrial yeast. Wait, let me make sure I get it, this originally cost EIGHTEEN FUCKING DOLLARS!!!! Who would want to spend that much for this beer? At 5 bucks, seems like a very decent price but at 18 I want to go to Illinois and piss on the Destihl brewery and charge them for it. But probably the worst aspect of this beer, apart from the original ridiculous price tag, is the use of cherries. Why do people like cherry stouts? And who likes them enough to pay $18 long greens for tart cherries mixed with roast malts? Eighteen clams!!!!! I do like the Belgian yeast character that smooths the edges and makes the combo of cherries and stout bearable. I guess one gets high quality when you pay out 18 bones. Would never be able to tell this is 11%, big advantage or the least one could do for 18 smackers. Slightly sweet, tart cherry, smooth and velvety mouthfeel = 18 dead presidents. It has one big hole, the cost... well except if one waits long enough for this to go on clearance.
Stamped B150-15512-1119 BOYCOTT BLAND. Cute, its attention to details like that that make the price all worth it :/

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1687) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Destihl Cerise Stout Imperiale has an extremely thick, beige head, a dark brown, almost black, appearance, and very heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sharp, tart, fruity cherry juice, dark-roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. Taste is of those elements, along with coffee, chocolate fudge, dark, slightly-charred brown bread toast, high, pleasant bitterness, Bourbon, wood, and peat. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and Destihl Cerise Stout Imperiale finishes dry and not boozy (but, you’ll feel it!). RJT

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9162) - 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 (2574) - 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 (4958) - 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 (1168) - - 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 (746) - 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 (3088) - 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 (4224) - 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.


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