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Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BuffaloBill91 on 04-12-2008)
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

ceraphin, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Sammy, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
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?

bobsy, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

WesWes, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of MillRat
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

MillRat, Jun 11, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Morey, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

deonreds, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of alexkeil
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

alexkeil, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

dogfishandi, Feb 13, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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

sliverX, Mar 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

metalgdog, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

pottergator, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

JohnnyMc, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

BuffaloTapHugger, May 05, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ryhn0, Aug 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

djgustafson, Feb 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ItsBeer4Me, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Twig2848, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

digitalflood, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

billab914, Jun 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jdibbs, Apr 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

athomasPSU, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

schoolboy, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Fnerk
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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 cherries...like 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!

Fnerk, Mar 08, 2010
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Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.