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Cerise Stout Impériale - DESTIHL Brewery

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 27
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2011

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.

96 IBU
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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 27
Photo of timfc
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into snifters, probably around 60 degrees--just a bit too warm.

As a result, we felt like the beer was a bit out of balance. The primary flavors; roast malt, chocolate, cherry, and bourbon barrel each come through, but the cherry might have left this a bit too astringent and that gave the barrel too much bite but the mouthfeel was great and the body stood up, basically, to the flavor profile. As a result, while it's a good beer, and I'd definitely drink it again. I'm hopeful that around 55 it would be an amazing beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine, half finger brown head with good retention and lacing. Great aroma of sweet, dark toasted malt, cherries, dark chocolate, candied dried fruit, almost dessert-like. Flavor is sweet dark toasted malt, tart dried cherries, milk chocolate, a bit nutty; rich. Excellent creamy medium to full bodied with good carbonation. A rich, full flavored stout with a light sweetness and the perfect touch of tart cherry. I'm not a big fan of sour flavors in stout, but the fruit flavor in this fully supports the light tartness. Complex with good chocolate tones. A very enjoyable cherry tinged imperial stout. Destihl beer are a bit pricey, but live up to or exceed expectations. Nice.

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Photo of crackshot
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Mouthfeel was somewhat lighter than I expected, but not in a bad way. Awesome-tasting chocolate/coffee stout, with a tinge of cherry flavor. Definitely priced higher than I preferred ($16.99?!), but I'm all for supporting a local business. Tasting this beer definitely makes me want to check out more from Destihl.

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Photo of Rosstheboss
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just cracked a 2015 Batch, the ABV on it was 11% rather than the 9.5% stated here. The higher ABV was extremely well hidden by a strong chocolate and coffee backbone that a just a slight tinge of Cherry. Would recommend this even for the higher price.

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Photo of diablo14
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from a criminally underrated brewery.

Pours a thick dark brown with red hues, the nose smells of fresh brewed coffee with slight hints of cherry tartness. Massive roasted coffee flavour, with a backbone of dark chocolate. The cherry elements are more complimentary than anything, but reveal themselves ever so subtly throughout, coming to the fore on the back palate while drawing things to a close with a very pleasing dry finish. all the while there is that presence of oak that ties everything together.

I repeat, this underrated brewery has brewed an absolute pearler of a stout here. Amazing.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-09 in Normal, IL at the brew pub

A - Dark brown with a touch of ruby at the edges. 1/2-finger tan head and mild lacing.

S - Belgian fruity-yeast, medium roasted grain and sour cherry.

T - Nutty, spice, fruit cake, sour cherries, medium-dark roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate. Desert-like but fortunately not overly sweet. Just right with the balance of the sour cherries.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Creamy but dries out pretty well.

O - Really a fine dessert beer. Sour cherries and chocolate dominate the flavor.

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Cerise Stout Impériale from DESTIHL Brewery
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