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

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

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%


Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sour Cherry Imperial Stout = Cherry Imperial Stout
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(Beer added by: plaid75 on 05-27-2006)
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vfgccp

New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - great deep brown/black with brown highlights. Briliant foamy head from the pump action of cask, head has great retention but low lace. Head is a nice brown.

S- notes if bitter chocolate and roastyness. Sweet malty smell with notes of nuttyness. Also hints of coffee beans.

T- a nice char and smokey taste, slight cherry tartness but nice coffee bitterness.

M- really nice and smooth. Great coating feeling and lingering taste. Lack of carvonarion due to cask actualy helps to apreciate some of the more subtle flavors.

O- great beer, even better on cask. The warmth and lack of carb changes the drinking experience for the better. The slight cherry bitteness is more noticable and has great drinkability.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

Serving type: cask

11-03-2011 20:35:03 | More by vfgccp
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pumped from a cask at the Tap & Table before it closed up. The beer was brought over to me and I was surprised that I was almost able to see through it. So the color is a deep brown with a thin creamy tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a faint amount of cherry on the nose. Very subtle but nice. The taste is really nice too some roasted malts with a super light cherry flavor in there. The mouthfeel was thin but still had a little creaminess to it. Overall I don't feel that this is a RIS. However, whatever it may be I found it to be quite good. I actually ordered a second one right after the first, which for me is a very rare thing.

Serving type: cask

07-22-2011 01:59:01 | More by Knapp85
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socon67

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-11-2011 17:52:03 | More by socon67
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Gmann

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2010 01:03:42 | More by Gmann
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Stimack

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to try this one last night, and was off the wall that it was on cask. The brew was pulled to an opaque black color with a real nice sized dark tan/brown head that had fantastic retention and left chucks of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was of coffee, dark chocolate, charcoal and dark fruit. What surprised me the most was that I did not pick up much in the way of cherry scent, in fact I don’t think I really noticed any. The taste consisted of highlights very similar to what was identified in the nose with a few exceptions, an warming alcohol flavor was present as well as a more pronounced charcoal feel and flavor. All in all I liked this brew very much, even with the alcohol flavors that came out it does not drink like a 9+ abv. Has quite a smooth taste even with the raspy ness of the charcoal flavor (which I like) but was very surprised that I was not picking up the cherry flavor. All in all a very nice brew, I would get this again just as it is if I can find it.

Serving type: cask

03-04-2007 12:43:21 | More by Stimack
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lehows

New York

4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at the brewery tasting room. Poured an intensely deep black color with an incredible tan head. Phenomenal retention and lacing! Aromas of alcoholic cherries, some roasted malt. Huge flavors of chocolate covered cherries, coffee, charcoal, and roasted malt. Cherry flavor is much more pronounced in the cask than on regular tap. Super smooth, ceamy and full mouthfeel. Amazing drinkability considering the whopping ABV. An outstanding brew from Blue Point, cheers!

Serving type: cask

02-12-2007 02:05:12 | More by lehows
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BBM

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on cask at BoBBiQue. It pours a thick, jet black with a thin tan head. Nice head retention and sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma was of sour cherry and alcohol, and not much else.

The taste was dark, strong, and pleasing. There were hints of cherry, but that really wasn't an overwhelming flavor. Notes of black chocolate, raw coffee beans and some toffee come through up front, with a nice warming alcohol toward the finish. Certainly a Russian Imperial Stout through and through. It's also sipping beer. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The owner said the beer was 11%, and that seems more likely than 9. Either way, take your time with this one. Another very solid brew from Blue Point.

Serving type: cask

02-03-2007 18:19:10 | More by BBM
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Zraly

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice n' dark it pours with a two finger tan head. Splitting this with my gal in 15 cl St. Bernardus snifters. The nose has hints of chocolates and a woody-fruity nose.

My girlfriend picked this out and I was pleased to try it as she usually passes up on anything that is a stout and above 6% ABV. It intrigued her so I obliged. Tastes as if it is a RIS made with some strain of Belgian ale yeast. If that were its billing, that would make total sense and I think I would be a bit more receptive to it. Not sure I get the sour cherry per se, although I definitely perceive sourness. If I was asked, though, which fruit was in this, I might guess cherry; I might guess something entirely different. Chocolatey and fair malt profile but a bit on the thin side. I'm curious if there was a sugar addition because it is quite light but still has a sufficient alcohol %. On the other hand, it is drinkable and that is nice.

This is not bad but it isn't great either. I can think of too many stouts in this category that are well worth the bother and calorie expenditure. So for me, something this nondescript claiming to have some signature quality (i.e., sour cherry) is a bit of a let down.

I'd say if you are offered a glass, it is worth trying and, if you like stouts, you should find it drinkable. But if you are looking for an interesting riff on the style, this is probably not it for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:13:28 | More by Zraly
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precariouslydaniel

Virginia

3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown into a teku with lots of carbonation. Way too carved for the style.

The smell is the best part of the beer. Standard imperial stout nose of dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of roast and cherry in the end.

The taste falls flat. It is like coder flavored cherry cola and makes no sense.

The mouthfeel is so heavily carbonated, moreso than even a Belgian style stout. It's frothy and creates a thin palate.

This was certainly not the worst beer I've ever had but I would look elsewhere. And ten bucks for a number? Very disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:50:38 | More by precariouslydaniel
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blue Point Brewing Company - Sour Cherry Imperial Stout, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours thin viscosity brown and settles black with slightly translucent brown around the outsides when held up to the light. Bubbly mocha head that dissipates quickly. OK lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt, touch of chocolate and cherry. Subtle but tasty aroma.

Taste - Cola carbonated but full flavored malt and chocolate with a dash of cherry at the end.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied with high carbonation. Not at all boozy with good drinkability.

Overall - This is just OK, not a breathtaking experience at all. Not really a great example of a RIS, or an imperial stout, but oh well!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 22:16:06 | More by JMScowcroft
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 18:34:54 | More by Roguer
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Gryphon69

Michigan

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1pt bottle
no date

A- Opaque black that you cant see thru, has many small champagne like bubbles under a strong light. 1 finger high head that stuck around for about 5 minutes.

S- from the bottle, quite a bit of chocolate. From the glass it has a very sweet smell, chocolate, vanilla some roastyness. Did I mention quite sweet...

T- Chocolate, bread, a sweet tartness, not much fruit..

M- Full body, very silky and smooth, kind of fizzy

O- Decent flavor, easy to drink, had a slight tartness but nothing I would consider sour. Still think it is kinda sweet, but not a sugary or candy sweet, must be from the cherrys ? I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 23:26:00 | More by Gryphon69
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was interesting. Sampled on draft ar Gainesville House of Beer. Pours black with nice head. Smells like chocolate milk. No cherry on the nose or flavor, but an interesting sour smoke flavor going on with the heavy chocolate notes. Medium mouthfeel and alcohol very well hidden. Honestly, this was pretty good but I think many raters are disappointed by the lack of cherry flavor they were expecting. I am generally not a huge fan of cherry in the stout so this worked for me. Nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2013 01:10:50 | More by BMMillsy
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 23:59:38 | More by beerthulhu
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 02:48:38 | More by chinchill
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty bottle art. Dark brown pour sits opaque black in my glass. Hot chocolate colored head that thins but retains well.

Smells like cocoa powder and dark malt. The cherries show up more as it warms.

Chocolate biscotti in front and mildly roasted dark malt in back. Black cherry is there but sometimes catches the alcohol and comes across like cherry cough syrup. Hearty mouthfeel. Like chocolate cherry Dr. Pepper.

The least sour sour ale I've ever had. I then read the bottle and it mentions that Sour Cherry Stout isn't supposed to be sour, BP was going for more of a Valentine's day cherry cordial theme. Ok. Good beer, poorly named.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 15:07:11 | More by donkeyrunner
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint at sharkeys in Radford VA. Deep brown pour with no head. Roasted malt and chocolate sweetness aroma..something fruity as well.
Taste is almost tropical. .like a frozen drink on the beach in the carribean...coconut and fruit mixed with chocolate and roasted malt. I dont know weather to put it in the cellar or put an umbrella in it. I mean its tasty but a bit too strange or sweet. Really smooth though.
Decent brew...just want it actually sour not just with cherries added...

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 22:59:14 | More by DrinkSlurm
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, late 2012 bottling. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lightly tart cherry, cherry skin, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, toast, and roasted earthiness. Nice and interesting aromas with good balance of roasted malt notes with a moderate amount of cherry presence. Taste of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, lightly tart cherry, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, coffee, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, cherry, toast, light coffee, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors; with a fair amount of cherry flavor and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruit imperial stout. Good balance and complexity of roasted flavors with a fair amount of cherry notes; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:24:47 | More by superspak
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a pitch black, reminiscent of ink. Opaque in appearance as I contrast the beer to background light and nothing penetrates. A thin ring of a head forms on top with a sudsy light brown form.

Dark roasted coffee notes with a smokey background and a faint whiff of candy sweetness.

Each sip provides flavors of dark chocolate and espresso. This is a super malty brew, an interesting imperial stout that intertwines a reasonable amount of cherry sweetness. Perhaps a tad sour as advertised, but nothing overwhelming. One thing I particularly like is that the cherry profile is subtle and not artificial tasting like some other beers.

Think Cellas Chocolate Covered Cherries in pure liquid form with a deceiving and surprising 9% ABV. This is a nice lil sipper on this Friday evening as I watch the Red Sox game.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:26:05 | More by Hibernator
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 11:51:36 | More by KTCamm
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 19:58:07 | More by dbrauneis
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bomber into a tulip, the brew pours black in color with a khaki finger of head. The cap displays decent retention but as it fades leaves a webby pattern of lacing effect on the glass.

The smell includes noted of cocoa and some earthy roasted grain aspect. A little bit of dirty to vegetative character emerges in the nose across the back and increases in character as it warms up. Overall the smell of this is quite yeasty.

The flavor includes cocoa and chocolate grain, mild roast. Quite an abundant amount of yeast fills the profile with some mineral elements that are not that enjoyable. This is a marginal stout with some off character. Where are these mentioned cherries? Sour what?

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This has a well masked alcohol inclusion but is certainly not tart nor sour at all. The overall yeastiness and mineral aspect found in this brew make consumption a bit of a chore. With or without the advertised cherry character I would avoid this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 18:37:20 | More by stakem
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nickfl

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of a black body with just a hint of ruby showing through. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Chocolate, light cherry, and a bit of caramel.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with notes of chocolate and nutty caramel. Some fruity character comes out in the middle with a bit of espresso and a finish of cherry, coffee, and molasses.

M - A fairly thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad It delivers on the cherry in the flavor more than the aroma. There is some coffee and other roasty character, but it mostly focuses on dark sugar. It borders on cloying, but doesn't quite get there. It is drinkable enough, but it would need some barrel aging or something else to make it anything special.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 08:03:16 | More by nickfl
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown color with little to no head at all. Some tiny bubbles at the edges.

S: Aroma of sour cherry, deep roasted malt and some mild base malt aromas.

T: A nicely rounded sweet malt and sour cherry flavored imperial stout. There is nothing overpowering on either end, instead the flavors just seem to meld well together. Prickly carbonation that adds to the sour flavors and there is a chalky finish on the end, reminding me of a lactose like chalkiness that I think is from the strain of yeast used here.

M: Prickly stinging carbonation and a medium body. The carbonation is way to high in my opinion and takes this down a notch in my opinion. The mouthfeel/body otherwise is pretty good.

O: Overall its a decent stout, but nothing is really begging me to revisit this. I guess this has beaten my expectations in terms of flavor. Bluepoint can make good beer, I just have not had anything in a long while that really knocked my senses out. This at least seems to be a notch up from some of their seasonal releases that are less than exceptional yet tolerable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 22:24:02 | More by alpinebryant
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours very dark. Light doesn't penetrate much. Thin tan head is barely consistent. Very light lacing.

A-Well, the label correctly states "sherry notes" all over the place. A pleasant mix between fruit and roast. Chocolate-dipped maraschino cherries. Not an excessive amount of tartness. The nose is very unique. It has its goods and bads. The charred notes remind me of an extinguished matchstick. Digging the sherry aroma.

T-The flavor is on par with the nose. Again, there are positives and negatives. The sherry flavor is present but its not really close to being sour at all. Chocolate and coffee with some maraschino cherry added in. Flat Dr. Pepper. Still sticks close to its RIS roots.

M-Body isn't too viscous or heavy. Light carbonation. Alcohol hidden well. Slightly sticky.

O/D-I was expecting it to be a lot crazier. I think the use of the word 'sour' on the label is bold. When you judge it just on its flavor and disregard the information behind it and its name its a pretty neat brew. I am happy to try it.

P.S.- I am awkwardly ecstatic that I didn't get any gross cough-syrupy/medicinal cherry extract flavor. I often find such a flavor in (non-lambic) beers that somehow institute cherries in the brewing process. Kudos to Blue Point for that.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 03:28:19 | More by VelvetExtract
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Blue Point (Sour) Cherry Imperial Stout from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.