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RATINGS: 238   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 1, 2013
THOUGHTS: Not all that great. The cherry just seemed artificial and sweet. Wasnt really getting the sour at first. Hid the alcohol fairly well. It became more and more sour as it warmed. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that looked nearly opaque black in the glass with barely any, light brown head that fully lasted and left fair lacing. The aroma had moderate roasted malt; hints of chocolate ad coffee; slightly soured cherry; regular cherries; and a hint of vinegar. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and sour, and slightly acidic and bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and lightly acidic, biter and sour with a fairly long duration. There was chocolate syrup, coffee, cherry slightly sour cherry, roasted malt and cough syrup. The medium to full body was sort of creamy and dry with fairly soft carbonation and a moderately astringent finish.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroSpud (2114) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Somewhat thin palate for an impy stout. Slight alcohol taste though not an overly high abv. Cherry notes were very subtle. OK

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1823) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with an ample taupe-tan head. Head retention is average to good. Dark roast malt, dark chocolate, charred wood on the nose. Good balance of sweet, sour, and bitter. Charred wood, dark chocolate, cherry flavors. Soft carbonation overlies the a moderately thick brew.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChadPolenz (1747) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: General dark malt presence, but no roasted malt per se. Low amount of cherry aroma. Some alcohol is present. No distinctive hops. Mild nose overall. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Deep brown to black with ruby red highlights. Large tan froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Mildly sweet with dark malt throughout. No roasted character and bitterness is quite low. Slight mint taste on the backend. Some black licorice in the aftertaste. Cherry is present, but is subtle and not sour at all. Palette is entirely too weak and pedestrian. 10/20

MOUTHFEEL: Only medium bodied for 9.2%. Carbonation is low. Texture is smooth but watery. Finishes very clean. Some alcohol warmth. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A wimpy impy stout base and a poor fruity addition. Tastes old but bottle was fresh. 4/10

TOTAL SCORE: 26/50


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2616) - Tuusula, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Tap at cock and bull, sarasota. Black color, tanned head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, some berries. Full roasty body, chocolate, berries, hint of alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (1352) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Smooth malty stout. Roasted malt with slight sweet smoothness. Mild cherry comes through in the finish but sometimes adds a bit of a medicine feel to the finish. I like it overall but some down points. But still solid for an imperial. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (4209) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 13, 2016
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin messy lacing running all around the glass. Moderate light filmy lacing glosses all about. The smell starts off with a sly roasty chocolate and then leads to a slight sticky sweet to sour cherry. Subtle sticky tart. Some roastiness. The flavor leans towards a nice balance between the sour, the sweet and the roastiness. Pulls the chocolate sweetness more than adequately. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Sour-ness is super tame. So....some stickiness ends up coming across in the feel, but acceptable at least to me. Overall, as an Imperial stout this one works. The so-called "sour cherry" may just end up leaning towards the "sweeter side." Did I have this too late? Hmmmm...wishing they would have put on dates on the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gattullo (12) - - APR 3, 2016
Not a lot of sour cherry taste but you really pick up the chocolate in this one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Botte at home with Jason. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a small tan head and decent lacing. Super oxidated, cardboard, light cocoa, some roast, tangy, cherries, raisins, and marshmallows in the aroma. Taste is tangy, red wine vinegar, chocolate, some pepper, roasty, graham crackers, and brown sugar with a medium tart finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Meh.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adasko (2038) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 14, 2015
Aromat wiśnia w czekoladzie. Świetna piana, czarny. W smaku wiśniowa słodycz. Posmak czarna kawa, z dodatkiem wiśni.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Hate to give in bev such a good rating but this one is great, nice coffe stout thing going on and excellent cherry flavor and nose. I would recommend despite haters, try this coffe cherry stout!


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