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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Dark pour with off-tan head. Nose features brettanomyces characteristics (dark fruits, slightly sour) some sweetness, and a subdued roasted characteristic. The mouth is barrel forward with vanillins and tannins. As it warms a bit of fruit comes out. Cherries, and cherry flavor from the brett are a nice balance to the barrel flavors.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mages64 (48) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Nearly black velvety pour with a tightly packed latte head. Definitely get the Belgian yeast influence and the tart cherry addition. Cocoa, molasses, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt all present. Invisible alcohol. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (6141) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2014
Sampled in Champaign 11.2012. Smoky cherry nose. Dark red black, nice brown lace. Full on cherry, chocolate roast and smoke. Chewy body, mellow mouthfeel. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (9547) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Awesome brew, chcolate and tart cheries, perfect oak wood character, great.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2012
On tap at Sugar Maple. Poured black with a short-lived, smoked beige head. The aroma picked up burnt, lightly-smoky black malts with lesser chocolate and vanilla.. sweet honey and sour fruit skins came through as it warmed. The flavor found a lot of molasses and burnt black patent at the core.. smoked malts, tart berry skins, and light vinegar laced throughout.. finished tangy and astringent with metallic notes and cherry skins. Medium-bodied and slick on the palate with low carbonation.. too sour, funky, and smoky for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Jet black pour thick brown head nice lacing. Ar of roast malts a light smoke touch of raisen typical generic IS. Full well coated pal. Taste finishes w/ an unpleasant lightly astringent quality of smoke mixed w/ acidic hops but not quite right. Some vanilla notes and a light tart fruit and a tiny hint of a bourbon and metallic quality. Not very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On tap at Sugar Maple. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate and mild cherry. Taste of dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, cherry, alcohol and light tannins. Semi-infused with a mild burn.

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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1504) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Very murky brown, small head, very thick looking. Aroma has a strong tart sourness to the nose, lighter cherry, modest caramel sweetness, toasted malt later and finishes with a strong chocolate presence. Flavor has a modest amount of cherry sourness/tartness to it up front followed by a mild woody, sour is kinda dirty with a slight band aid taste, lots of baker chocolate in the middle with a cherry fruitiness coming in late in the tasting. Body is modest feeling with a light slightly watery tasting modest alcohol warmth at the end. Overall a bit too much as the early sourness/tartness adds a slightly off-flavor to the beer. Balance in flavors is good but a bit weak in strength.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2011
Tasted on draft on 3/12/11 at Goose Island Stoutfest. Pours black with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to fairly thick lace, and leaving some residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is sour and funky cherry with dark roasted malt and coffee. The flavor is dry, sour, and funky with tart cherry, darkly roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long sour cherry and bitter coffee finish. This was probably my favorite beer of the festival.


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