Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 24
Hads: 87
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 22.17%
Wants: 14
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Ellicottville Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BuffaloBill91 on 04-12-2008

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 87
Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap at Peachtree Family Restaurant

The appearance is okay -black opaque but no head retention with faint brown hue at the base of the glass. The smell is fruity with slight dark cherry and slight roasted aroma. The feel is tangy with lots of cherry acidity up front with mild roast and semi-sweet body with light feel for the style.

The taste is more cherry than chocolate with slight cocoa flavor after the dark cherry quality recedes a little bit sweet in the taste with mild roasted character and semi-dry as it finishes with subtle alcohol. Overall I thought this was okay and nothing to detract from this except perhaps it could use more roast character and lacks head retention -worth a try.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a 12 oz bottle at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a dark cola brown with fizzy tan head of only 1 cm that fades very quickly to nothing but a little wispy island that is gone almost as fast.
Aroma is some sweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt, dont really get any cherries here.
Booze is covered on the nose too.
First sip is a velvety smooth body with very fine and tingly carbonation. Body is actually a little thinner than I anticipated from the label and description.
Flavor is sweet chocolate, like chocolate milk taste and hints of roasted malt. I do get some sweet cherry notes that remind me of a cherry cordial candy.
The booze is not present here either and makes for a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.
The body could be a little thicker but otherwise this is a winner.

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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown in color. The nose has notes of both chocolate and cherries. The flavor follows the nose but the roast profile and body just are not up to par for the style. The finish is also astringent.

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Photo of mysecretscdxx
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This stout is my second favorite chocolate stout. I rate it only a mark below perfect because of the fact that it's only available seasonally. This breaks my heart.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: dark no light going through this very little head that disappears quickly 

S: very chocolatey light cherry 

T: super chocolatey and a very nice cherry taste  has a nice light roast taste and not overly sweet

M: mediumish body 

O: this is the best cherry flavored beer I've had its so good with the deep chocolate and then the nice cherry completely compliments the chocolate and then had a nice underlying roast taste 

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma of hot fudge and cherry cordial. Flavors a bit simple, lacking roasted character, but well done. Mouthfeel was a bit light. Over all this is a good starter beer for the style, and easier to consume than ones that better conform to the style guidelines.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, dark black, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells pretty nice, tons and tons of chocolate, really a chocolate bomb here. There's a bit of sweet cherry in the background too.

This luckily refrains from being too sweet, as I feared it might. There's ton of chocolate, both sweet and bitter, I get both sweet Hershey's syrup and rich, dark bitter chocolate, along with some sweet cherry juice. This came pretty cold off the tap- at first, the cherry flavor seemed pretty natural, sweet, and juicy, but as the beer warmed, the cherry flavor started to feel a little artificial, unfortunately. Still good, but not as good as it was earlier.

This is pretty thick bodied, and really full and creamy, mouthfeel-wise. There's a lower level of carbonation.

This was a lot better than I expected. The cherry got slightly fake as I went along, but it was still a well crafted stout in and of itself to begin with.

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on nitro tap at John Harvard's at Holiday Valley.Came in a standard pint glass a deep cola color with a cascading creamy light beige head atop.Aromas of chocolate and tart cherries with a little coffee roast.A great mix of chocolate and sweet and mildly tart cherries on the palate,the nitro creamy feel just bumps it up another notch.Easily the best beer I have had from EVL.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm having one of these at John Harvard's at Holiday Valley and its a great day for a great day for a real great stout. The brew is black and creamy. The aims is just slightly fruity. The taste is similarly well balanced.

there is an amazing after taste of cherries. Everything is well balanced. It stinks very nicely and it would be easy to do a couple. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours black with a loose halo of tan head. The nose presents a slightly metallic cherry and milk chocolate. The taste brings on a milk stout lactose sweetness followed by distinct cherries that linger. The mouthfeel is a bit sweet, velvety smooth on nitro, and the core flavors are present and pungent. This is a pretty decent stout that lives up to its name as being a chocolate cherry stout.

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Photo of DRex
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap in Ellicottville. Stopped in from a long day of skiing and decided to get something to warm me up.

A: Very dark with a tan nitro head. Awesome lacing.

S: The smell reminded me of a chocolate milkshake with some cherries mixed in.

T: Although the smell seemed like chocolate syrup, the taste was more of a milk chocolate flavor. There was a good balance of cherry and malt flavors too.

M: Medium bodied, creamy nitro feel

Unbelievably drinkable. The flavors seemed to be a bit mild for an imperial stout, but I am not at all disappointed with how this beer turned out. It went down almost too easily and was great for the cold winter day.

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Photo of alexkeil
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as a growler from Consumer's in West Amherst. It pours a very dark color with little to no head.
The aroma is dominated by chocolate, cherry, and a little bit of dark malt.
The flavor starts with sweet chocolate with hints of cherry. It starts very sweet but there is an intense bitterness in the background to balance the beer. I think the bitterness must come from hops and possibly black patent malt.
There is an alcohol warmth but it is blended nicely into the overall character of the beer. The mouthfeel is creamy with only a gentle carbonation.
This is a tasty, almost dessert like beer. Its well made and accomplishes what I think was set out to be made. I would love to try this one on nitro tap.

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Photo of NT101
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise at the Pizza Plant. It was like a flavor explosion. Amazing blend of cherry chocolate. It is one to be savored. The nose burst of cherry and the first sip was memorable. Remarkable smooth finish. It's a beer I will add to a list of favorites.

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Photo of MillRat
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an inky black at the EBC in Ellicottville with a nitro fine cocoa-colored head. Aroma of chocolate, with the cherry a close second. Malt and roast barley aromas barely made an appearance. Flavor was consistent with the aroma, kinda like "drinking cake." The chocolate and cherry flavors seemed rather one-dimensional, suggesting they were flavor extracts, not the result of dumping loads of "the real thing" into the fermenter.

Overall not a bad brew, well balanced for what it is, but not one that has me ordering a refill.

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Photo of PabstLou
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frosted pint glass at coles on elmwood in buffalo.

Pours a verrrry dark brown color. Sooo close to black.

Smells just like a fudgescicle. I can't describe how delicous the smell is other tjhan that

Tastes like a fucking fudgescicle! Maybe a little mocha mixed in but definitely a very delicious mixture of cocoa and coffee.

Mouthfeel is absolutle perfect. Not too watery and not too thick. Perfect.

I can't really tell if this beer is as good as I'm making out to be becauase I'm pretty drunk..BUT it taste amazing after throwing back a couple. Will definitely try to pick some up at wegmans or consumers soon.


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Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

purchased a growler of this at abbott road consumers, poured off of a regular tap (brewery suggests nitro). brought to a friends house and split up into standard pint glasses within ten minutes of the fill.

pours out pretty much opaque black with a very creamy light mocha colored head, two fingers that faded to a retentive 1/4 inch creamy layer and then a thick ring towards the end of the glass. light webby lace at the begining of the glass.

the aroma is mainly creamy chocolate and cherrys. disappointing in that there is almost no roasted malt or other RIS qualities.

again with the creamy milk chocolate and cherries. very light roasted malt. chocolate and cherry flavors are pretty spot on, maybe a touch artifical, but seems to lack other RIS qualities once again. slight bitterness in the finish.

medium bodied, a little watery, nothing like RIS. very creamy, but if youve ever had this on nitro, its way better. doesnt seem watery, and the creaminess is so much more enhanced. the mouthfeel is what made this beer for me on nitro, now its whats killing it.

drinks super easy for 8%, one growler would prolly be an easy kill if i was drinking it myself.

overall: this was my second review ever, some 360 reviews ago. i had it at the brewery on nitro, and it really kind of blew my mind. so needless to say i was really excited when i heard this was on tap at consumers, but i was sadly a little disappointed when i had my first few sips. again, nitro makes this beer, highly recommended on nitro, not so much off of a regular tap.

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Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Cole's. Regular tap, although brewer recommends this at nitro. Dark brown body with brown head. Big cherry extaract aromas. The cherr is not rea cherry taste at all, from someone who drinks organic cherry juice daily. The chocolate is syrup pured in. Thinnish, fairly weak for an imperial stout.

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Photo of bobsy
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Coles in Buffalo. A chocolate cherry imperial stout can be a beautiful thing, and part of me hoped that they'd make this a Belgian inspired interpretation.

Beautiful black pour with a good tan head from the nitro tap that has good lace and retention (as you'd expect). Also (as expected) the nitro does a number on the aroma, and reduces this to a more or less one-dimensional milk chocolate. There's some vanilla and roast in there too, but you really have to strain for any cherry notes. Flavour is passable, but not great. Its all milk chocolate, and tastes overly sweet and artificial. The roast is present, but should be far more prominent in an imperial stout. Cherry is ghost-like and there's not much going on. Body is standard nitro, and I can't but help that this would be far better on regular tap. Why nitro is popular I do not know, but I blame Guinness.

I think there's some pretty big homerism going on with this one. Going into reviewing this beer scores a 4.37, but isn't anywhere near touching the hem of the Founders Imperial I had a couple drinks before. Where's the perspective?

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Photo of Fnerk
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a great idea for an Imperial Stout, and done to near-perfection to boot.

Appearance - Opaque black with hints of golden amber when you tilt the glass up to the light. It pours a one finger tan head that disappears almost instantly--but with what's to come, who cares?

Aroma - milk chocolate and on Christmas when you get that box under the tree you've been waiting all year long for.

Taste - the same. Something really, really special. Of course, if you're a pale ale kinda guy, you'll hate it. But since I'm a pale-ale-and-a-whole-lot-of-other-stuff kinda guy, I love the uniqueness of this beer.

Mouthfeel - creamy, and surprisingly medium-bodied for what could have been a syrupy mess. It goes down light and flavorful.

Drinkability - again, this type of offering would typically be a one-or-two only kind of beer, but I could see pounding a whole growler without a hint of cloying hesitance... :) Great job, guys!

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Photo of sliverX
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented a pitch black brew with a good inch and a half light tan nitro head
Smell is cherries and milk chocolate and nothing else
Taste followed the nose heavy on the cherries and milk chocolate this was like drinking a hot fudge sundae cherry on top included
Mouthfeel med to full bodied and the nitro creaminess definitely lent itself well to this
Drinkability this would be the perfect 8oz dessert beer but its overly sweet to have any more than that it just became very cloying

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Clark's Ale House 12/29/09

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a stiff chocolate smell up front with a mild cherry aroma as well. It's a bit sweet with not much black malt earthiness. The taste is decent as well. It has a big chocolate flavor up front. It almost seems too chocolatey. It's overly sweet with not enough patent malt balance. The cherry character is subdued and is mild at best. The whole beer is really way too over the top. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with too little carbonation. This is a potentially really good beer. It needs more CO2 right away. It was borderline flat at the time I sampled it and I just purchased it an hour prior.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spigot @ Coles.

A: Dark black in color, super frothy head and the most superb lacing in the world.

S: Mostly chocolate and malt.

T: Its a chocolate milkshake, little cherry action noticed at all. Easily can be fooled as a Young's double chocolate, which in this circumstance was the name on the tap when poured. The bartender assured me wrong, and the review reflects this tasting. Smooth and everlasting on the palate.

M: Creamy, smooth, moderately carbonated, ABV is nonexistent.

D: If I wasn't so paranoid I was drinking a Young's I've probably would have had another... in now way a session beer by any means, but its a great tasting brew that represents.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hands down one of the best beers at this brewery. Served on a nitro tap, this brew is creamy, chocolatey and delicious. Not really a Russian Imperial Stout IMO.. a lot more like Young's Double chocolate stout. Beautiful nitro appearance- frothy light brown head with lots of accumulating nitro bubbles underneat. Aroma of rich milk chocolate. Cherries come out very subtly in the taste as just a slight cherry fruitiness. Milk chocolate flavor dominates the beer. Served at the absolute perfect temperature. Really like a refreshing chocolate milk.

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Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in Ellicottville on St Patty's Day on tap. I must say that this was definitely the best tasting imperial I have ever tasted, albeit not everyone will love it because it is definitely more of a dessert/sweet beer than anything but it was absolutely decadent. I actually convinced my wife (who never would even taste a stout) to try one and she ended up ordering a 2nd....

A- Black as can be- 1 finger tan head, thick like whip cream that lasted and lasted...looks nice but cant give it a 5 because it looked like flat beer with a whip cream head due to the nitro- but that added to the smoothness and mouthfeel

S-The absolute best smelling brew i have ever smelled. Smells like a chocolate covered dark cherry candy heavy on the chocolate and surprisingly for an imp stout I couldn't smell that normal alcohol bite that is norm for the style.

T- It almost doesn't taste like beer- So only for that reason I at first didn't give it a 5--I have since changed it to 5 because I truly feel that this beers taste couldn't be made any better. It almost tastes like liquid desert...same as the smell like dark chocolate melted over cherries--- not super sweet like syrup, but more of fresh cherries with dark chocolate..excellent blend with the hops to not be overly bitter but they definitely tried to balance out the sweetness...

M- Was nitro'd - Smooth as silk- couldn't be improved.

D- I would drink this brew till I dropped. 1 of the absolute best beers I have ever had.. I honestly usually don't like much of EBCs stuff but on this one they hit a home run. A+++

I only wish they would start making this on a regular basis and maybe even try bottling it- I hope that they continue to make this one it is by far the best brew Ive ever had by EBC...

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Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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