Blue Point (Sour) Cherry Imperial Stout - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point (Sour) Cherry Imperial StoutBlue Point (Sour) Cherry Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: plaid75 on 05-27-2006

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Reviews by RedChrome:
Photo of RedChrome
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pure blackness in the glass. A half an inch of head was tan colored and faded fast. To dark to see any carbonation rising at all.

A strong alcohol presence layered over scents of dark fruits. The cherry was actually quite hidden behind the other aromas. Good, but not what was expected.

Again the alcohol presence dominated. A bit more balanced then in the aroma, but still clearly strongest on the tongue. A sweet cherry backing faded fast.

Only a light carbonation on the surfaces. The brew is a bit watery for a beer in the style.

A decent brew. Stands alone as an after dinner drink. An interesting twist on the style. Was worth trying. I hope they make this a regular in the lineup.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some light amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces rather quickly to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts along with sour cherries.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of dark malts and roasted malts. Moderate flavors of sour cherries which get a little stronger as the beer warms up. Light hints of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I really enjoyed the flavors of sour cherries in the imperial stout style - I found it to be interesting and a touch unique but enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden and this one is easy to enjoy sipping on for a while.

Photo of Gavage
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Not sure if this was an aged keg, so I do not know accuracy of retirement label.

Appearance:black in color with a two finger fluffy head that lasts quite a while for a higher alcohol beer.Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: mild cherry tones but much bigger chocolate tones rise from the glass and are easily detectable.

Taste: large amounts of chocolate, hints of coffee, warming alcohol, mild bitterness, and a pleasant mild cherry flavor gives this a dessert-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Super long aftertaste as the flavors stick to your tongue, almost needing a water rinse to clear them. Heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: at a strong 10% ABV, this is a meal (more like a dessert) in a glass, so one is very enjoyable while more would be tough to handle.

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a dry, earthy black malt scent along with a noticeable smokiness to it. I'm not detecting the cherries in the aroma at all. The taste is great as well. It has a smooth, black, chocolate, and peated malt flavor that goes down so easy and finishes slightly warm with a light cherry taste. The cherries are just another addition in the makeup of this beer. This is one malty brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a wonderful beer. It's a RIS with sour cherries added. It's well brewed and not overly fruity; Good Work!

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a goblet an opaque black with a thin almond colored head,like the aromas, the sour cherries really show thru up front with the bitter unsweetened chocolate "coating" the sour cherry notes with a deep roasted character as well.The flavors are not as bold and the cherries dont come thru as much on the palate its decent though with dark roast coffee and bitter chocolate dominant flavors, the sour cherry flavors take a back seat at times barely noticable underneath the impy stout flavor profile.A decent stab at this beer I just wish the sour cherries were more prevelant on the palate.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler, purchased at Shoreline Bev in Huntington, NY. Pours dark mahogony brown with light shining thru the edges. Dark tan, long lasting head, that leaves plenty of ringed, nicely knit and scatered lacing. Nose of smoke, dark toast and caramel. I picked up notes of more smoke, dark roasty/toasty grains and just perhaps the slightest hint of ripe cherries. Delicious, smooth on the tongue, complex and highly worthy full throtle stout. Go get some to support this solid brewery that continues to put out a fine line of brews.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Dark roasted malt, sweet and dark chocolate dominate. Very smooth. The cherries are present in the aftertaste, but are not as strong a flavor as I would have liked. An above average beer.

Photo of alexkeil
2.64/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very nice looking beer. Overall it didn't work for me. I was hoping the sour cherry would help balance the sweetness of the malts used for the stout; however, the cherry added more sweetness and reminded me of sweet stout with cough medicene. I think it needed more bittering hops and maybe a different type of cherry if fresh cherries were used.

Photo of AzAleC
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep brown with a full, creamy, light caramel / almond head, approx. 3/4", good retention with light lacing.

S: Ripe cherry/dark fruit, with a pleasant roasty smell.

T: Rich cherry, roasty, coffee and mild chocolaty flavors.

M: Thick and creamy, yet crisp with the high ABV. Tight carbonation and very smooth.

D: I found this beer to be delicious and easy to drink for the gravity and ABV. More so on tap at the brewery based on how friendly the staff and environment were. Great and warming on a cold winter day.

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville.

Very dark; decent but small head. Decent lacing.

The sour cherries come through in the aroma but this beer is not especially sour. Rather, it has a nice sweet/tart balance. The "sour" refers to the cherries, not the beer, as some other reviewers failed to recognize. The cherry component is a bit more subtle than I'd prefer, being barely detectable in the mouth, and even then emerging as a somewhat generic fruitiness. Hints of chocolate in both the aroma and flavor.

Medium plus body; very smooth.

Photo of Brenden
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Notes are from 5/30

Though black as night and opaque, the look doesn't imply heaviness in the body, per se. The off-white head is barely less than one finger tall with good retention and strong patchy lacing that sticks well.
Overall, this beer shares the same character in aroma and flavor. It's heavily roasted with the cherry notes focusing as sour rather than sweet, though it brings a little of that. Lots of char lingers in the heavy dark malts. I would call the cherry underused rather than subtle, which is an important distinction, though it is there. There's a bit of cocoa powder and caramel in the malts presence, and a dry sort of bitterness throughout. Alcohol isn't too hot but definitely shows itself. I get fruity esters and the like in a lot of beers, but in this one they get a little too strong, distracting and offensive in an otherwise good stout.
Carbonation is light, at a good low level for the style, and with an adequate light crispness. This stout is light in body, though, on the bigger side of medium without the depth to hold it up. It's also shy of clean, scraping the tongue just a little as it goes. It's relatively smooth, though, and it moves fairly well.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent enough beer, but I'm not sure it really lives up to its name... I was kind of expecting more. It looks great in the glass with an almost imperviable black/brown body and a nice creamy, tan head. The retention is good considering the strength; and it leaves some minor lacing behind. The nose delivers a very nice "stout" character with a healthy dose of roastiness; and a gentle whiff of cherry does give it some extra character. In the mouth it's medium, perhaps medium-full; and it's nicely smooth across the palate. The flavor delivers the suggested roastiness over a lightly chocolate/caramel accented base, and there is a bit of cherry there (although if I didn't know it was there I might not have recognized it at all). The one thing that brings it down, however, is the high-temp fermentation character. The alcohol is noticeable, and there are some esters there that are fairly unpleasant. Beyond that it's a pretty decent brew. Perhaps I just got a bad batch, I'll keep my eye out to try another sample.

Photo of Roguer
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three finger tan head from a solid pour. Jet black brew. Decent retention and fluffy lacing that slides down the glass.

Roasted chocolate malt aroma, just a hint of cherry or grape tartness. Wheat, and milk or cream.

There's a definite tartness and it is far more sour than I expected. Coffee does not hit until the midtongue, and the cocoa is on the back end only. Not the flavor profile that I expected, and not one that is great.

Slightly chewy, but a little bit light for the style. Overall medium mouthfeel. No hint of alcohol. No sting, and no bite.

I'm very disappointed. This is simply a mediocre beer. It's not bad, but I feel the tartness does not work. Further, it's not a good stout by itself. Not terrible, but I recommend you skip this one.

Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with some red hue to the top. Some lacing int he galss.

S - Smells of roasted malt and notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and of course, cherries.

T - The taste is like biting into a black forest cake. The sour cherries add some tartness to the finish. This hearty stout is complex and very enjoyable.

M - A bit harsh. Not the smoothest stout and over time the cherries become a bit much. I'd leave this at one glass.

O - A great RIS to try once. I've had this twice at the brewery and it has been consistently good both times.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.92/5  rDev -48%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Shared by capra12 at a recent tasting. Poured from a 32oz. growler into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Moderate pour yields a 2.5 finger light, fine, milk chocolate head with good retention. Beer is near opaque but as I hold it up to the light, I get a nice amber quality. Lacing is spotty and string but with nice stick.

S: Burnt rubber, toasted malts, coconut, and very medicinal. Smells like the syrup I used to have to eat as a kid when I got sick so all of a sudden, I'm not exactly dying to put this to my lips.

T: The first thing I get here is a thick, artificially sweetened medicinal candied cherry quality that completely ruins it for me. I thought this was a SOUR cherry imperial stout... so where is the sour? Where is the stout? Slight bit of cocoa but that's about it. Instead, this one's dominated by a rancid cherry flavor as well as a melted plastic taste that lingers much to long into the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, but the carbonation fades very quickly in the mouth, leaving this one lifeless. Finish is incredibly messy as it assaults the senses and refuses to go away.

D: You couldn't pay me to drink more of this. The medicinal quality is overwhelming here and it makes me cringe every time I put it to my nose and lips. This beer sounds incredibly intriguing but the execution is way off base. Skip it.

Photo of AnPiobaire
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this Blue Point Imperial Stout in a 32 oz growler. It poured a dark brown with a very thin head that did not stick around for too long.

The nose is of malt and chocolate, with a very faint note of cherry.

The taste is not as robust as I like in my imperial stouts but it is smooth and hints of chocolate and cherry with a sour/bitter finish on the back of the palate. As the brew warmed up I kept getting a cherry cola flavor in the middle just before the sour finish.

The mouthfeel was thinner then I like in an imperial stout but not unpleasant. Having come from a growler there was very minimal carbonation. Just enough not to be flat.

Overall, this is not a bad beer but not one of my sought after favorites. I liked trying it but I won't be looking for it again.

Photo of beerluvr
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Alrighty, poured into the Duvel tulip and it produces a decent dark khacki head that doesn't stick around too long. Pretty much your standard opaque black heavy stout as far as color goes. The nose, hmmmm I get a whiff of sourness I'm assuming is from the cherry addition but barely any true fruit aromas. Beyond that is a medium roasty note...that's all I get. I like the mouthfeel, smooth and not super carbonated. The taste is comprised of roasted malt with verrry slight cherry sourness...I get a hint of phenols too...I will say the 9% ABV really isn't a throat burner. It's finishing more like a robust Porter than an Imp Stout. I expected a bit more "bigness" in all areas with this one. This is a one timer for me.

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours maogany with a thin layer of mocha head. Nice viscosity, some head retention & lacing

S: Choke cherry, raisin & carob

T: Baker's chocolate, sour cherry, faint coffee notes, figgyness & dark chocolate up front. This takes on sweeter chocolate flavors as this warms, along with more figgyness & some cocoa powder & some cherry tartness. Finishes slightly dry, with dark fruittyness & chocolate sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, actually thins out a bit as this warms

Drinks easy enough, but was hoping for way more from this one. Lack of body doesn't really help the cause, but the ABV is well hidden, worth a try

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask at Rattle 'N Hum. Pours a deep dark brown color with a minimal tan head, no lacing. The aroma was of a light roasted malt, very light hint of cherry. The taste was of a light roasted malt with a light cherry flavor, not sweet but not very sour either. There were some light chocolate and woody notes as well. Besides the ABV, which was well hidden, nothing screamed RIS to me on this one. Seemed more like a traditional stout with some light sour cherry flavor. That being said, I thought it tasted good, just not imperial. The feel was a bit weak, body fairly light with almost no carbonation, even for a cask ale. Nice stout, did not seem imperial, which is OK in my book, again abv well hidden.

Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 ounce bomber into a perfect pint glass.

Pours very dark brown, bordering on black, touches of foam. Faint cherry smell, light malt. Taste is a fruity malt, with a robitussen like cherry taste. Bit of a bite at the end. Not very sour. Sherry hints, backed with chocolate. Takes some getting used to - essentially a fruity stout.

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super super dark brown with a thin brown head that fades extremely quickly. Smells faintly of a chocolate shop or one of those dark chocolate covered cherry candies. Nice sweet smell but has roasty burnt malts as the dominate smell with some coffee as well.

Pretty good and pretty standard as far as imperial stouts go, definitely sweeter though and without enough bitterness. I would sooner call this an american double stout rather than a russian imperial one, hops are low on this. Nice roasted coffee flavor through out, sweet chocolate and dark chocolate flavors. Cherry flavor is extremely subtle but it's there. Sourness is there in a weird acidic flash on the back of the tongue with the swallow. There is a nice cherry flavor that lingers on the tip of the tongue. It's a pretty good beer but dont expect a lot of sour or cherry flavor if thats what your looking for but it is there. Actually with each sip, the lingering flavor tastes more and more like a dark chocolate covered candied cherry. Body is a little thin though and the beer gets a little acidic.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark khaki 3 finger head towers over a shiny coal black colored body. The head is plush, breaching the vessel's rim with a mushrooming cap remaining forever strong. Spongy textured lace on the glass.

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate cherries. Limited spectrum.

T: Flavor of vanilla coffee, roasty milky chocolate, marshmellow, with a dark earthy bitterness. The cherries come through with a light sourness on the finish, more background ambience then focus. Some sherrry alcohol from the 9.0% with a really deep coffee roastines, though was very silky smooth.

M: Full bodied, silky smooth textured, soft carbonation with some sherry alcohol.

O: Overall very smooth and polished flavor and drinkability. The alcohol is tolerable, though you will feel it later. Not as sour as i expected, the dark milky chocolate malts and earthy bitterness is the highlights here while the sour cherries are soft background ambience. solid good.

4.25 3.5 3.75 4 3.75

Photo of MDHopster
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit disappointed by the name sour but not really the flavor. While the cherry blends well with the regular coffee/cocoa/vanilla flavor mapping of an Imperial Stout, it imparts a fruitiness that is not sweet, but not sour either.

Photo of RiverheadBev
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We were fortunate enough to get our hands on a half-barrel of this stout at my job. I was decently impressed and it seems to be a hit with our growler customers.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown (almost, but not quite black) with a light tan head that sticks around for a bit.

Smell: I get a very faint impression from the cherry, but mainly chocolates and a bit of toffee. Not overly aromatic which disappointed me a bit.

Taste: At first sip I was surprised by an almost NyQuil-like cherry flavor that was almost suddenly masked by rich chocolate and roasted barley. It is enjoyable, don't get me wrong, but I would have suggested that the brewers focused more on the cherry flavors... where's the 'sour'? Overall a nice stout- not too sweet, which is a problem that I have with a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I normally like a Russian Imperial Stout, but by no means watered down. Not syrupy like some beers of the same style, which I like.

Drinkability: Pretty good! I could see myself bringing this to a friend's house to enjoy after dinner. Decent taste (as long as you weren't hoping for a huge cherry sensation). It wouldn't be a regular choice of RIS for me, but I'd definitely give it another go.

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose along with some hints of cherries.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts with a slight amount of roasted malts. There are notes of sour cherries in the finish along with some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and somewhat thick on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink considering its strength and the subtle flavors of sour cherries make the taste rather interesting.

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Blue Point (Sour) Cherry Imperial Stout from Blue Point Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.