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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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277 Ratings
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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
 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... /764/40597 

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 05-27-2006)
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 04:02:25 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2006 01:35:21 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2006 15:14:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 22:27:42 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

Serving type: growler

04-21-2009 16:20:50 | More by WesWes
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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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.18/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 18:47:30 | More by Gavage
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mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap today at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Blue Point Steal the Pint night. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, metal, light sour cherries and dark fruits, and bitter dark chocolate. At first there was a weird metallic smell, but as it warmed up it got much better, and more dark fruits came out. Bumped it back up from a 2.5 to a 3.0.

t - Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, lightly bitter hops, and dark fruits, though not very sour. No metal at all, much better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth body and no alcohol evident.

o - Overall a decent beer. The nose was weird and metallic at first, but got a ton better. Not overly sour but a good beer, worth checking out once.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 23:02:36 | More by mdfb79
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Poured into a stem glass, dark black with a small brownish head. Aroma of dark, roasted malts, and some chocolate. Not too much cherry in the nose. Roasty caramel malts in the taste, some dark chocolate, and disappointingly very little cherry flavor to the point where it was almost unnoticeable. A little sourness I guess, but nothing distinct. Almost makes me think I was poured the wrong beer, but it's what the tap handle said. Still a fine stout, heavy-medium mouthfeel and average drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 03:18:21 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2007 10:01:28 | More by Billolick
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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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to dickinsonbeer for this. I mistakingly opened this, thinking it may have been one of his homebrews that he left at my house by accident. Luckily, I jotted down some notes to report back to him on...
Appears a dark brown, borderline black with a light tan head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasty, oaty, cocoa infused grain, caramel, and only a mild amount of cherry that's buried in the background with a slight cloying, sugary aroma that seems to compliment the roasted malts well.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice complex flavor that teeters in between sweetness and roastiness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, complex, mildly cloying, with a short blast of CO2 along the tongue.

Serving type: growler

11-08-2006 00:08:43 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a nice dark brown/black color, with decent foam retention and nice lacing. The aroma is not huge, but one gets a bit of chocolate, coffee and sour cherry. Happily, the cherry flavor doesn't look as if it's going to be over the top with this one.

On the palate, there are some nice flavors of coffee, chocolate and licorice, with a hint of cherry flavor. This stout has a soft, sweet flavor, and a very nice, plush, mouthfeel. The beer is not what I would call hugely complex, but it's a decent enough beer. The beer is also pretty drinkable for it's abv., though I couldn't drink a lot of it. All and all, a pretty good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2007 13:40:24 | More by johnmichaelsen
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plaid75

New York

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep black hue, with a one finger caramel creamy head.

The smell was dominated by a heavy coffee and alcohol aroma. A faint hint of cherry was apparent.

The taste was dominated by a coffee flavor as well. There was a definite alcohol burn. Again, a faint hint of cherry tartness was detected.

The mouthfeel was full. A mild alcohol presence.

Overall a nice Imperial Stout. In my opinion, it could have used a bit more of a cherry taste. Otherwise, a good example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2006 01:23:30 | More by plaid75
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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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap into a glass. Dark brown with a light light brown head. Some lace.

S. Weak roasted malts, some alcohal. Fruity estesrs.

T. Like a low grade stout. The cherry flavor is missing, which I saw as a plus actually. It would be more memorable if there was a stronger cherry taste. A slight alcohal presence is noted. Roasted coffee.

M. Full bodied and thick.

D. Pretty good, but there are much better examples of the style. At such a high ABV, its kind of a waste of face.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 18:52:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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Brad007

Vermont

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

Pours a pitch black with a one-finger head into my glass. It's pretty much the bog standard as far as appearance goes.

Roasted coffee, cocoa and a hint of cherry in the nose. Warm and inviting to the nose. It had better be good.

Flavors are coffee, cocoa and some tart cherry. It's not as prevalent as I had hoped but it's there.

Body feels a bit thin towards the back of the throat. Carbonation is excellent regardless because you don't get the "burn" from the alcohol.

Not bad but I've had much better. Give a try though!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:43:30 | More by Brad007
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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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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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand filled bottle(on Jan 13, 2010) from the amazing trader known as NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

An Imperial Stout with sour cherries. That has already grabbed my attention.

A small hiss when I popped the cap, holding my glass to the light, I see it is pitch black. A nice 1" head of tannish foam is what I'm looking at. Lacing? You betchya. Sheets of it every time I tilt my glass.

Sticking my nose nearly in the glass, I'm getting notes of bready malt, chocolate, and toffee, and a very light presence of some sourness from the cherries. I expected more cherries in the nose but no big deal. Maybe the taste will have them play a bigger role.

First sip in and..there they are. They bring a nice light tartness to the flavour which is currently dominated by good notes of chocolate and toffee and coffee(I *thought* I noticed it in the smell but I wasn't sure enough to say so), maybe a light touch of licorice, and now, when I swish the beer in my mouth, I get a good sense of the cherry tartness that I was looking for. Yum. The chocolate sweetness turns a bit to the bitter side the more I sip on this brew. That combined with the tart cherries makes for a very nice tasting brew.

On the high side of medium bodied, the carbonation is fairly lightly done but worls very well.

Drinkability? The combination of bitter and sour that this brings to the table is most impressive. So much so that I completely forgot about the abv, which is substantial. I love it when *that* happens. Certainly a brew worth seeking out.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2010 01:02:13 | More by Bitterbill
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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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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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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/9/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, parmesean cheese, faint sweet medicinal cherries, and nuts. A bit heavy with a roasty finish. Not bad, actually, and much tastier than the regular stout.
6/4/7/3/13 (3.3/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 16:40:23 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

On tap and labeled 'Sour Cherry Stout'.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, caramel, smoke, and some dark cherries. Tastes of dark fruits (cherries), roast, and chocolate. Medium alcohol finish. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 4/9/07

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2008 14:26:38 | More by hopdog
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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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Blue Point (Sour) Cherry Imperial Stout from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.