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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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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 12
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

chubby2u, Mar 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

iwantmorehops, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

gshackles, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of stakem
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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.

stakem, Mar 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

davewlfpckfan29, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

TwoForty, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

nickfl, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

BLACKBEARDNY, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of alpinebryant
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

alpinebryant, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

laxer8811, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

RandyBoBandy, Feb 20, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

VelvetExtract, Feb 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

PeteRiz, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Zkman87, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

wil19b85, Feb 13, 2013
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2.49/5  rDev -32.7%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A dark brown, near black, body with a fizzy brown head that falls quickly. Nothing special to look at.

The nose has an odd metallic note along with a cherry/vanilla aroma. The cherry notes are almost sweet, like maraschino, as opposed to sour. I also get a faint metallic note. Not off to a good start here...

No sour cherry, but plenty of sweet cherry/vanilla. Almost like a cherry--vanilla milk stout. Some extremely mild roast and metallic notes poke through. As it warms, the metallic notes seem to fade a bit, but it doesn't help this guy.

Medium body, smooth and creamy. Easily the best thing this beer has going for it.

I didn't get sour cherries at all and that is a major disappointment. This beer just straight up failed to deliver.

ColForbinBC, Feb 12, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance is pretty typical for a stout, dark brown/black color, average looking brown head, solid appearance but nothing special.

Smell is awesome, this smells like a chocolate cherry milkshake, emphasis on cherry and milkshake. Nothing sour about this.

Taste is a little more tame, still sweet cherry/vanilla ice cream character, mild sweet chocolate, but the fruit aspect is more tame and this is closer to a typical stout. Tasty but much less so than I hoped from the smell.

Good beer and worth drinking it again. If the taste were a little more like the smell this would be something really special.

7.3/10

AlexFields, Feb 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

gwiedman1, Feb 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Snarf103, Feb 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Dogzbone, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

adamant1912, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

dvmin98, Feb 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.9%

MADPolo, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

mportnoy, Feb 04, 2013
Blue Point (Sour) Cherry Imperial Stout from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.