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

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 14
Gots: 25 | 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 ... /764/40597 

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 05-27-2006)
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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at River Street Alehouse. Served in a shaker "pint" glass at happy hour for $2. Way too cold, allowed to warm for about half an hour. Appears a deep brown color with about an inch of tan foam. Smells and tastes of rich roasted grains, caramel, molasses, bitter cherry skins, sour cherry juice, bittersweet cocoa, mocha and very minimal cherry cough syrup notes. Alcohol is barely noticeable here. Rich and full bodied with medium carbonation. One glass was plenty for me in a single session.

Photo of WesWes
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!

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

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a sweet cherry aroma that I was expecting to be more sour from the name.
T: A nice roasty, chocolaty, coffee base and then a sweet and a little bit sour cherry flavor that lingers and gets more sour as the taste fades.
M: Smooth, rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, I think I would have liked it better if it was sweet, but I can't knock it because I knew what I was getting into. Really interesting and I really enjoyed it.

Photo of RedChrome
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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)

Photo of hopdog
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

Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a tulip glass of this at Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark, brown body with a thick, tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Smells of roasted, robust barley with some sweet, maraschino cherry and slight alcohol notes.

T: An interesting, roasted, robust taste with a slight, sour cherry note. A sour, chocolate covered cherry aftertaste that actually did well to compliment the beer.

M: A pretty smooth mouthfeel, but did seem a bit on the thin side for the style.

D: Definitely a solid, drinkable beer with a nice mouthfeel and taste combination. Definitely worth a go if you come across it. A bit of a kick from the alcohol that did well to warm you later on. I did give a sip to my girlfriend, and she was a little blown away from the sour cherry taste and the alcohol presence.

Photo of Zenon
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, blackish body with slight tan, cream colored head. Lacing was fairly good with defined lacing rings.

S: Strong alcoholic smell with nuances of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Overwhelming taste of alcohol with taste of chocolate with vague hints of cherry, far less that I would have expected.

M: Light to medium bodied, average carbonation for stout.

D: Fairly easy beer to drink, though it takes a few sips of the beer to fully appreciate what you are drinking.

Photo of doho95fu
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I always hate giving bad reviews to breweries that, only in my opinion, are solid. Others may like this brew, but if I am being honest - and that is the point - this beer is way short of their standard.

Upon first taste I thought I had been given the wrong beer - not even close to what I was expecting.

The appearence was dark with a minimal head. The smell was very smoky - so much so that it was all I got. The smokiness continued in the taste department. Maybe the amount of that flavor overwhelmed the cherry flavor, but I picked up zero, zilch in the way of cherry flavor. Mouthfeel was bland, almost oily. Not drinkable at all. Sorry, but I look forward to more solid offerings from Blue Point.

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

Surprised to find this on tap at Bocktown in Pittsburgh.

A: Poured a dark oil black with a nice brown head. You can tell this is not a syrupy beer, as it is a little lighter, but it is definitely dark.

S: The smell is of dark roasted coffee, chocolate malts, black malt, and hops

T: I was surprised that there was not much cherry in this brew. With a name like it has, I was expecting more. Don't get me wrong, there is a slight hint...but there is a ton of chocolate and cocoa, which makes up for it. Very strong taste for how light the beer seems.

Overall, this is a great brew...just not as much cherry as I would have thought.

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

A: Black with some hints of ruby when held up to the light. A tad bit lighter than the cask version I had a little while ago. Nice thick finger of mocha head. Good amount of lacing.

S: The nose was more subdued than the cask version. Roast and chocolate and a hint of cherries when it warmed up a bit.

T: Again followed my cask review which was "Damn this was good. It was a chocolate covered cherry in beer form and I hate those but loved this. The roast character is fairly strong. The cherry it very subtle and you get about a second of it before the bitter roast finish. Complex while being able to pick it apart." Only a little bit less so. Now quite as complex but still really great.

M: Either version the mouthfeel is just about perfect.

D: I think this one is still being made and it should continue to be made. Best beer I have had from Blue Point. Totally underated and a hidden gem.

Photo of drseamus
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with a nice ruby glow when held to the light. Great thick light mocha head that is perfectly uniform and creamy

S: Chocolate and coffee but not much cherry. Still, a great stout aroma.

T: Very tasty indeed but not really any cherry in the main flavor. The cherry enters more as a feeling reminiscent of the skins. Chocolate is big and bold.

M: Damn smooth and creamy. Perfect body for a impy stout.

D: Damn good beer. Perfect mouthfeel, amazing drinkability all around.

Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Photo of NoahSYGG
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a good beer. a strong alcohol along with a good cherry flavor. This is a dark, syrupy beer with a brown head. The aroma is very coffee like along with cherry. this is definately a sweeter stout. at the brewery the apv was 11%. one of those will kick you in your butt. its a shame they dont make it anymore.

Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured opaque black with light tan head. It smelled like coffee and hops with some cherry and alcohol scent. It had a very strong flavor, like bitter coffee with some dark chocolate. It was thick with no carbonation, and it had a moderately bitter but long lasting aftertaste. Overall this was a very enjoyable beer that was strong but not over the top, but I was hoping for a little more cherry flavoring to make it really stand out.

Photo of kasper
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pressurized Growler from Bierkfraft sampled same night and early the next morning. This beer is only available on-tap.

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown (almost black) with red cherry highlights near the edges of the glass when held up to light. A substantial light cream-colored head forms; really fluffy and foamy, though it leaves only slight traces of lacing on the way down.

S: Smell is sweet and tart. Initially I'm hit with a sweet and somewhat unnatural chocolate aroma akin to Hershey's Syrup followed by a mixture of tart sour cherry juice.

T: Sweet and malty up front. The finish is a dry, bitter sour cherry taste with some other earthy and smokey flavors thrown into the mix.

M: This is a pretty light beer for being a double imperial stout, overall medium bodied with good carbonation and a smooth, slightly velvety feel.

D: Although this packs a reported 9.2% ABV, it's medium body makes it quite drinkable. Every time I've had this brew, I've put back at least two in a sitting and never notice the alcohol.

Overall, my most recent growler fill did not live up to past expectations having tried this on tap several times prior (or did I?). There seems to be some confusion over Blue Point's Cherry Imperial Stout offerings. Sometimes it's listed a "Sour Cherry Imperial Stout" and other times as "Cherry Imperial Stout." Every time I've had the "Sour Cherry," I've come away very pleased. Not so much this time as I found the "Cherry Imperial Stout," to be of weaker body and somewhat unnaturally flavored.

If they are actually two distinct offerings, that would make sense. But if they are indeed the same exact beer, then I'm somewhat baffled. Either way, I've sampled from taps beers listed as both BP Cherry Imperial Stout and BP Sour Cherry Imperial Stout in recent weeks, so if they are two separate beers, then neither is retired.

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

A: Black body with a small tan head. Left behind good rings of lacing.

S: Not terribly strong -- mostly roasted malt with a hint of coffee.

T: Smoky charcoal is the dominant flavor. Fruit is there, but it's behind the charcoal and pretty subdued. Finishes with a bit of a burnt coffee aftertaste that lingers. Reminds me of a porter in a lot of ways with the charcoal and smoke flavors.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Pretty good, especially for a beer of this strength.

Notes: Had it on-tap at the Lionheart in Albany, where it was listed as Bluepoint Cherry Imperial Stout. I see here that the Cherry IS is retired. I e-mailed the brewery and in the response I got from the brewer, it was described as a "Sour Cherry Imperial Stout" that uses a sour cherry puree in the aging brew -- and I was told the ABV is 9% (as compared to the 9.2% for the older, retired listing). So it appears this may be a different beer than the one that was previously listed here on BA, and the more-recent reviews of the Cherry IS may actually have been based on a sampling of the Sour Cherry IS.

Edit, 12-3-08: They've had it on tap at the Lionheart again recently and I've had it a couple times, including last night. I find the sour cherry to be more noticeable and the smoke & burnt charcoal to be more subdued. Accordingly, I bumped up the taste to 4 (from 3.5 on my original review), as I like it better now. Not sure if the recipe changed since last year or my taste buds are different or what, but the score needed an adjustment based on recent experience. . . .

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Hop Devil Grill in New York City last week. I hadn't been there in ages, and this was one of the few offerings that they had on tap, that was unfamiliar to me. It wasn't like other stouts that I've had before, but I thought it was quite decent and very drinkable!

This poured a lot thinner than I thought it would be, and it was "motor oil", in terms of consistency and color. It was relatively thin, and a few shades lighter than black; perhaps that of a very dark cherry. The taste was of that fruit as well, with some currant as well. Head and carbonation was nowhere to be found, and the sourness was a bit overpowering. Not enough to drown the flavors out, but combined with the strong taste of alcohol, ensured that this was not a beer to be taken lightly!

This looked like flat soda when it poured, and was given to me at a temperature a bit below what I'd expect a beer like this to be served at. No matter, I enjoyed it and thought it was a good change from the stronger, darker, and more potent beers that this style is known for. This was a great nightcap beer, and fitting for this time of the year. I couldn't think of a better beer to end 2007 on!

Photo of auxiliary
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark black color with a nice decent head and left some nice lace on the glass.

smell - Nice cherry smell and chocolate here.

taste - Cherries, and chocolate here. Some bitterness not overwhelming at the end.

mouthfeel - Thick beer, with lots of flavor here.

drinkability - I believe this is only on tap. Still on tap at track 84.Very good for a stout. A real good beer to enjoy.

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of claytri
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich black with a dark tan head. The aroma was light, but was of dark fruit and malt. The taste started out with malt with underlying dark fruits, then closed with a pleasant alcohol burn. The feel was heavy and medium (neither wet nor dry). This was a pleasant Imperial Stout, but not one that made me wish I could find it year round.

Photo of ski271
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Zeno’s in State College, PA. Long gone though, this is from notes.
A- Almost pitch black with a small, dark tan, creamy head. Excellent lacing.
S- Rich roasted malts with, yes, cherry, along with wood and chocolate.
T- More of the same. Big, warm and rich.
M- Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation
D- Yeah, I know, it was a quick review and I don’t think I did it much justice. Fantastically drinkable. Sucks that I got the last glass of it, but at least I got to try it.

Photo of cichief
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD. This beer pours a deep brown, neary black with a thin brown head. The smell is of coffee and sour fruit (obviously) and little else. The taste is overwhelmingly sour, I cannot pick out the cherries, but a sour fruit taste is prevalent. A slight coffee/chocolate taste is underlying. It is thick and smooth on the tongue, very little carbonation, with a sour finish. This was not my cup of tea, but most of the Blue Point beers are spot on.

Photo of Billolick
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.

Photo of John_M
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.

Blue Point (Sour) Cherry Imperial Stout from Blue Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.