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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Truly worthy its majestic name in fluid ounces, our Sour Cherry Imperial Stout is anything but sour. In fact, we have to make sure theres plenty of it available for Valentines 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, its sometimes hard to find.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (24524) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2009
Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm. Almost black, rich creamy head. Tarry nose with fruity black currant. Sweet and very full bodied, soft with amounts of roasty malt coming across as tar and licorice. The sour cherries are subtle in comparison, making this a harmonious despite the somewhat crazy concept. Perhaps the overt sweetness disturbs a little bit in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Dark pour, thin head. Aroma has roasted malts and sour cherry essence, not too sour. Flavor is sweet with with roasted malts, molasses and sour cherries, finishes a bit sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Gravity pour at Gingerman. Pours dark brown with a thin ring of bubbles. Smells of roasted malt and cherries. Tastes roasty and sour with cherries dominating a velvety malt character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2009
On tap at the Golden Rail. Pours a deep dark black with a thick tan head. Nice roast, with just a hint of cherry. Light body and a bit sweet. Light hint of grain and metal. Finishes with a nice long bitterness. Not much cherry going on, and its barely noticeable on the nose, and not present anywhere else. Otherwise an ok stout though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2779) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Tap. Heavy malt aromas of toasted and coffee, moderate hop note of resin, light earth and cheese for the yeast, with hints of dried cherry and charcoal. Head is average sized, creamy, light brown, with excellent lacing and is fully lasting. Color is clear dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic, moderately bitter and a bit sour. Palate is medium to full, creamy, has a soft carbonation and finishes lightly astringent and sticky. An excellent and complex Imperial Stout, tasty from start to finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2009
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 05/05/2009. Dark black body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy light brown head. Sour cherry, molassas, roast, and rum soaked fruit aroma. Roast, chocolate, sour cherry and faint caramel flavor. Medium body with moderately low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2008
On Tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House NYC: almost black color with a tiny cream head on top. Nice sour - short kicking - cherry taste with a bit sour edge. Medium lasting. Nice one!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3045) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2008
On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours black with a hint of red and a thin white head. Tart cherry aroma with hints of chocolate. tatse deviates from the aroma and is a huge thick bodied roasted grain, chocolate malt stout. slightly bitter and smooth with hints of the tart cherry, but really overpowering roasty stout. Awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6573) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Poured an almost black color with a tan head. Aroma was nice sweet chocolate, some burntness to it, and sour cherries. Flavor had some nice sour cherry notes to it, but not overwhelming or extract like. deep roastedness and some sweet chocolate notes make up the rest of the surprisingly good stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Growler: This poured black in color with a moderate brown head that fades on the quick side. The nose gave off aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee and a sourness that had more of a lactic edge than cherry. In the mouth it was medium-bodied, with a round and supple midpalate that gave way to some bitter dryness on the finish that showed off bitter chocolate and coffee grounds. While this is not thick and syrupy like many imperial stouts, I don’t find much sourness or really any cherry in it. That said it was a smooth and somewhat typical imperial stout it just didn’t have an interesting edge like I assumed it would based on the title.


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