Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout
Starr Hill Brewery

Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry StoutShakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,157
Ranked #30,977
3.77 | pDev: 11.41%
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry StoutShakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout
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AgentMunky from New York

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Bottled on 6 October 2015.
A: No head. Shimmery, nearly-clear ruddy brown.
S: Smells predominantly of dry roast with a mere hint of fruit.
T/O: More than a smack of cherry here, and although it's more of the faux-maraschino variety than fresh or tart, it pairs remarkably well with the Hershey-esque chocolatiness. A light touch of booze. The overall effect is of a cherry cordial, which it seems is precisely what the brewer was aiming for. So? Props for a successful outcome!? A little on the sweet side for me.
M: Thickish and flattish.

Feb 22, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Sam for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Grrrz teku.

Pours pitch black with a .5 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Thin legs. Pretty good looking beer.

Nose is chocolate, roast and a mellow cherry presence. Chewy with some fudge in the back. Pretty subdued.

Opens chocolate, lightly tart and juicy cherry sweetness and some roast. The flavors are all there but they don't quite work together. Middle is more chocolate, cocoa, smoke and cherry pit. Thin, foamy and bittersweet finish with little lingering aftertaste. Average.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Slick, oily and chewy in the mouth and goes down smooth if a bit thin. Finishes messy with a clean finish. Solid.

Again, the flavors in this beer are just as described but the roast, smoke, chocolate and black cherry just doesn't work well together. I'd pass on this next time.

Dec 22, 2015
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured in a stemmed, tulip style glass.
Dark black color, and brownish head.
Roasted, malty, chocolately flavors. Overall, a good stout, but was not really getting any cherry. Only a hint on the aroma, wanted a touch in the flavors.

Dec 20, 2015
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Johnsfolly from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee with a roasty bitter finish. Some tartness from the cherries, I guess. Lackluster finish. Still, I liked it at 8%.

Nov 14, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with a small fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly, looks like cool

S- chocolate malt mixes with artificial cherry candy and paint

T- strange artificial flavor up front that follows the nose and resembles paint, after that, notes of roasted malt, chocolate and artificial cherry, dry toasty finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- something was off on this one, way too artificial tasting

Jul 13, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/24/2014. Poured into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a low profile, uneven, frothy, off-white head. Aromas of gritty bittersweet chocolate, subtle roasted notes, hints of coffee and cream, and highlights of tart cherry. Flavors are more of a milk chocolate blend forward, with a mixture of coffee and earthy highlights to follow. Subtle fruit notes, both sweet and tart, with some cream accents, too. The body is robust, but light for an imperial stout, with some dryness in there, too. The aftertaste is more of the chocolate, which overpowers any fruit influence. Smooth, light, slightly dry finish. Tasty beer.

Mar 27, 2015
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On cask.

Pitch black with low carbonation due to the serving vessel. Wonderful cocoa aroma with some spices. More chocolate on the taste with cinnamon and roast. Thinner mouthfeel. A good brew.

Feb 13, 2015
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ssslowboat from North Carolina

2.19/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Everything about this beer would be fine, except that it tastes like blood. looked nice out of the tap, almost 2 fingers of foam which settled fairly quick, smelled of strong minerals and toasty coffee. first sip and i almost sent it back, blech. Even after spicy hot wings the taste is lingering,

Jan 03, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brief write-up. This one is okay, but the finish is underwhelmingly imbalanced. The cherry and the chocolate don't come through that well, either. I don't hate it, though it still needs more balance to properly work.

2.91/5: Doesn't work that well as a dessert stout, but it's not terrible

Dec 27, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured a black body with minimal head and no lace.
Aroma gives off a roasted malt vibe with wood and booze (despite not being that strong of a beer) and a little chocolate.
Like the nose, I don't get any cherry notes to be honest so I'm not feeling the cherry vibe for this beer.
Smooth, full bodied, easy to drink, not that flavorful but there seems to be a milk chocolate like sweetness in the background of mostly roasted, dry malts and it finishes easy.
Not a bad stout and worth trying if you're interested but don't expect to blown away.

Nov 28, 2014
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uvachief from Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 22 is bomber. 2 fingers of head. Lingered. Dark black cherry color. No idea what the last reviewer drank but it was not this. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts and fruit, with the name, guessing cherry. Little coffee taste but mostly chocolate, roasted malts and cherries. Extremely smooth with no bitterness. Oddly refreshing and drinkable. Guessing low abc. If not, cherries really mellow the beer. I like this beer and I think it has great mixology potential. Even better on draft but what isn't?

Nov 23, 2014
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black as night, no head. Thin lacing on the edges.

S - Very metallic smelling. Wet metal, mineral water. Licorice candy, cherry syrup.

T - Up front with some medical syrup flavors. Almost herbal, like fennel kind of herbal. Dry spice, metallic twang, semi abrasive alcohol kick. Not really too chocolatey. More like burnt grain, cough syrup, rubbing alcohol.

M - Overly carbonated, light mouth. Warming finish but not smooth.

O - Kind of what I expected from this.

Nov 21, 2014
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redearth329 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Draft in a 12oz goblet. Opaque black color. Thin lace of tan head that quickly dissipates. Not forthcoming on the nose, but some chocolate notes. More chocolate on the palate, with a touch of roasty bitterness and a finish with some light acidity on the sides of the tongue. Low carbonation and a hint of aqueousness with some separation of the flavors. Medium to full bodied. A good effort, but I prefer Brooklyn black chocolate stout for this style.

Nov 17, 2014
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nitr085 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +32.6%

Strong Chocolate aroma, smooth cherry flavor. Beer really opened up as I let it warm. Good stuff from Starr Hill! Gonna have a quite a few of these on hand for the holidays.

Nov 03, 2014
Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 101 ratings