drpimento (3815) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2017 rbfishstick (176) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
This actually turned out better than I thought it might. To me a couple of things that I don't appreciate so much are dark chocolate and cherries and dark chocolate and sour. Dark chocolate and bitter yes sour not so much. Hear everything was measured and fairly well balanced and it works out pretty good. It's relatively complex which makes it all the more interesting. Aroma is roast dark malt raisins prunes Coco leather roast. Flavor is similar to nose hints of cherry fruit sour but balanced Coco quite nice. onceblind (10893) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2017
Black pour under a thick foamy light khaki head. Amazing nose of dark chocolate covered tart cherries and raisin and playful Belgian tones and dark candi sugar. Deep inky roast malt flavor that’s a bit too earthy with toasted black malts and gentle cherry undertones. Touches of Belgian candi sugar and Belgian yeasty esters. CObiased (562) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2017
500ml bottle (2yrs old) - it pours a dark espresso brown with a thin frothy brown head. Great roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and tart cherry. A mouthful reveals upfront roasty flavor and subtle complexities of brandy, tart cherry, cocoa and a hint of booze. ads135 (5215) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2017
Dark, black, and very roasty. A very dry stout, lots of roastiness and a ton of chocolate finish. DuffMan (10772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2017
Bottle, at the brewpub. Very dark brown, fairly high carbonation leads to a lively bubbly brown head that leaves a mess of lace. Bitter chocolate and sour cherries, ashy and woody undertones. Moderate acetic sourness plays well against the full bodied rich roast, and the fruit is just right. Very well done.
slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Soft aroma of sour cherry, roast, vanilla and oak. Flavor is similar. Oddly lactic qualities kind of at odds with the stout portion, but it was ok. Ktwse (5677) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Pours black with fairly tall tan head. Aroma of dark berries, cherries, mild chocolate. Taste is mildly cherry tart with a roasty and chocolate-y finish. Body medium to full and fairly smooth with soft to average carbonation. katrinaez (2358) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Very tart for what it should be. However, still good. Some sour cherry scent. The unmistakable imperial is present, but only a touch. Chocolate is dark and bitter and really just a little bit. Tap. drjay44 (3893) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Draft. Pours a slowly collapsing, beige, head, with minimal lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 40) body......nose is heavy roasted malts, with cocoa, chocolate, coffee, mild dried fruits with plum, raisin, dried cherry, minimal oak, hints of herbal hops......taste is moderately sweet, with molasses tones, dried fruits, plum, raisin, cherry, coffee, chocolate, mild vanilla, slight oak with light whiskey tones, finishing with moderate roasted malt and hop bitterness.......mouth feel, sticky heavy of medium body, noticeable alcohol warmth, moderate carbonation. This is a nicely made Imperial Stout. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7 MetalNHopHead (2275) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 1, 2016
"I feel your presence amongst us / You cannot hide in the darkness" - "Cirice" by Ghost. Destihl’s love of generally funky things appears even in this big ass Imperial Stout. Cerise pours black with a rich layer of foam. Just a hint of tart cherry within the roasty and malty charred barley aromas. There’s a bit more sour cherry in the flavor. It gives this beer a slight Belgian note but in most other respects this seems like big, bitter American Imperial Stout. According to my tasting scrawl it’s "full-fucking-bodied." It does feel larger than its stated 11% ABV. Really interesting overall.