Cerise Stout Impériale | DESTIHL Brewery

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Cerise Stout ImpérialeCerise Stout Impériale

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Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cherries and chocolate are made for each other, and in this case, it's sour cherries and chocolate & roasted malts combining in this imperial stout made with Belgian yeast and aged in oak barrels. Black in color and full bodied with subtle aroma, flavor and tartness perceived from the addition of sour cherries and Belgian yeast.

96 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2011

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 42
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very subtle cherry here, just a little black cherry sweetness in the middle and a slight tart cherry tang in the finish, but this base beer is so big that the cherries are only an accent, they are largely covered up here, or maybe just minimally dosed, but i kind of prefer this being stout before fruit beer. i get the oak in here for sure, very mellowing, and with a ton of dark chocolate bitterness, its pretty cool and rich, smooth and soft, loaded with body and earthy depth, roast, hints of espresso and raisin, pretty awesome. boozy too though, and i dont really get much of a belgian yeast strain out of it, the only fruity bits in here are the cherries, which are super mild, and while this might be drier and better carbonated than most imperial stout types, i was hoping for and expecting a bit more of a yeast profile to this. in the end, its in some ways a huge beer, but also an exercise in subtlety in terms of the cherries and the yeast. warm booze and black barley are left after the swallow, but its not particularly sweet. a well made beer, perhaps would be more interesting with more cherry and with a little more time on oak, but they have done a really nice job with this one, just different enough to stand out. high quality.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Destihl continues to impress me. This one was a big rich imperial stout with a unique addition of sour cherries that really works well. Goes down easy but be sure to get hydrated after because it's still rich and boozy.

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Photo of PhillyJ
2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Extremely excited for this one I mean chocolate cherries bourbon barrel aged that sounds like a winner right? Well two snifters full of disappointment. Maybe I bought an old bottle? The flavor profile wasn't electric didn't pop it was a dry bitter mess with hardly any chocolate or cherries just oak with a slight bitter funk. I've read reviews that say it's sweet and tastes like bourbon infused cordial cherries. Wrong. Kinda expensive for such a lack luster stout. Id say this was a messy Russian imperial aged on oak with a dash of Belgian yeast. If you've got money to blow try it but any hard earned dollars move on bro

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Photo of jzlyo
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is cherries, dark malts and earthy. The flavor is cherries/dark fruit, dark/roasted malts, dark chocolate and big acidity/slightly dry in the finish.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Destihl Cerise Stout Imperiale has an extremely thick, beige head, a dark brown, almost black, appearance, and very heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sharp, tart, fruity cherry juice, dark-roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. Taste is of those elements, along with coffee, chocolate fudge, dark, slightly-charred brown bread toast, high, pleasant bitterness, Bourbon, wood, and peat. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and Destihl Cerise Stout Imperiale finishes dry and not boozy (but, you'll feel it!).


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Photo of timfc
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into snifters, probably around 60 degrees--just a bit too warm.

As a result, we felt like the beer was a bit out of balance. The primary flavors; roast malt, chocolate, cherry, and bourbon barrel each come through, but the cherry might have left this a bit too astringent and that gave the barrel too much bite but the mouthfeel was great and the body stood up, basically, to the flavor profile. As a result, while it's a good beer, and I'd definitely drink it again. I'm hopeful that around 55 it would be an amazing beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/21/2015. Listed as 11% on the label. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, cherry, raisin, prune, fig, molasses, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, cherries, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, cherry, raisin, prune, fig, molasses, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roast/char bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, dark fruit, licorice, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and moderately sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged Belgian imperial stout style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine, half finger brown head with good retention and lacing. Great aroma of sweet, dark toasted malt, cherries, dark chocolate, candied dried fruit, almost dessert-like. Flavor is sweet dark toasted malt, tart dried cherries, milk chocolate, a bit nutty; rich. Excellent creamy medium to full bodied with good carbonation. A rich, full flavored stout with a light sweetness and the perfect touch of tart cherry. I'm not a big fan of sour flavors in stout, but the fruit flavor in this fully supports the light tartness. Complex with good chocolate tones. A very enjoyable cherry tinged imperial stout. Destihl beer are a bit pricey, but live up to or exceed expectations. Nice.

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Photo of crackshot
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Mouthfeel was somewhat lighter than I expected, but not in a bad way. Awesome-tasting chocolate/coffee stout, with a tinge of cherry flavor. Definitely priced higher than I preferred ($16.99?!), but I'm all for supporting a local business. Tasting this beer definitely makes me want to check out more from Destihl.

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Photo of Rosstheboss
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just cracked a 2015 Batch, the ABV on it was 11% rather than the 9.5% stated here. The higher ABV was extremely well hidden by a strong chocolate and coffee backbone that a just a slight tinge of Cherry. Would recommend this even for the higher price.

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Photo of diablo14
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from a criminally underrated brewery.

Pours a thick dark brown with red hues, the nose smells of fresh brewed coffee with slight hints of cherry tartness. Massive roasted coffee flavour, with a backbone of dark chocolate. The cherry elements are more complimentary than anything, but reveal themselves ever so subtly throughout, coming to the fore on the back palate while drawing things to a close with a very pleasing dry finish. all the while there is that presence of oak that ties everything together.

I repeat, this underrated brewery has brewed an absolute pearler of a stout here. Amazing.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-09 in Normal, IL at the brew pub

A - Dark brown with a touch of ruby at the edges. 1/2-finger tan head and mild lacing.

S - Belgian fruity-yeast, medium roasted grain and sour cherry.

T - Nutty, spice, fruit cake, sour cherries, medium-dark roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate. Desert-like but fortunately not overly sweet. Just right with the balance of the sour cherries.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Creamy but dries out pretty well.

O - Really a fine dessert beer. Sour cherries and chocolate dominate the flavor.

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Cerise Stout Impériale from DESTIHL Brewery
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