Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series)Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series)
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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,100
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,882
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 8.11%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
70
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 01, 2020
Added:
Mar 25, 2018
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  17
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series)Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series)
Notes: Big, juicy cherries covered in rich chocolate? Yes! Not overly sweet, with just enough contrast between the fruit and chocolate, Cherry Cordial is every bit as tempting as it sounds.
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Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Dec 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.26 by NodakEric from Minnesota

May 29, 2020
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle with a 7 June 2018 bottling date stamp on the label. It was served in A Belgian snifter where the clear, reddish-brown body was essentially opaque and the short, tan head soon receded to a durable ring.

This Imperial Stout lives up to its name and description. It smells like a fine cherry cordial candy. The flavor is much less sweet and has less chocolate than the candy but it is about spot on for a "Cherry Cordial" dessert beer. While not having candy like sweetness, this is still very sweet. Chocolate and sweet cherry notes dominate the aroma, with a sense of some artificial cherry aromatics.
Smooth, near creamy, full body. Partially hidden ABV.
Mar 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.9 by AndrewBuffalo from Illinois

Feb 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.39 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Jan 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.12 by user785335 from Florida

Jul 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by morebeergood from Massachusetts

May 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

May 18, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I am always really impressed & happy when I see something new from Southern Tier. I first assisted their nascent brewery during one of the first (if not THE first) Harrisburg Street Festival. Back then, Phin & Matt's was their flagship & they were really unprepared for the day's madness. I, on the other hand, lived to embrace the madness & we bonded over the course of the day. When they began releasing their big Blackwater Series beers, I knew that I had backed a winning horse. The late Tony Knipling of Vecenie's Distributing in Millvale (PGH), PA, used to lament that I was more prescient than he as he allowed them to sign with another distributor. 8=( I miss Tony something fierce & I raise this review as a toast to his (fond) memory.

From the Bottle: "A dessert beer with notes of chocolate & cherry"; "A decadent stout with notes of chocolate and cherry."; "Color [-] Black[;] Body [-] Creamy, heavy[;] Bitterness [-] Moderate"; "Our dessert beers are a fusion of exotic flavors, making each of them a perfect pairing when you are craving an exceptional stout full of personality."

Ooh, I am kind of excited to meet up with a beer that is full of personality! I decided to meet it with a Pop! of the cap, followed by a quick, C-Line pour. I was very interested as it rose up to kiss the tip of my nose with just under a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with excellent retention, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was utterly, absolutely, Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose simply made me smile & laugh. I remember the first time that I ate a cherry cordial - I was a wee lad & my wealthy aunt & uncle brought a box to Christmas at my maternal grandparents' house & I was curious. Nose was big on a sweet cherry quality that still evokes Maraschino cherries or their ilk. Far too sweet for my taste, but that is not the purpose of this review. Did it measure up to style? Sort of. The new Beer Style guide allows for a sweetness, but one borne of malt, not adjuncts. I will try to be judicious in my scoring. Finish was sweet, but not cloyingly sweet. I also got hints of its fusel alcohol heat, but that was acceptable, Whew! This was no playin' around. Good, but a real one-and -done.
Mar 08, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Fairly nice dark imperial stout with some solid cherry flavors. Just a little too sweet at times (though not cloying). Pours a deep, dark rich brown color with a little tan head and very scant spotty lingering lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, overripe cherries, vanilla, malt and a little caramel. Tastes similarly, and although the cherry sweetness isn’t overpowering, it’s definitely in the foreground and there’s the vaguest sense that this is like a chocolate-Cherry Coke. Smooth, mild, surprisingly thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation. I tried this beer with both savory dinner and a chocolate cake dessert, and I have to say, it worked fairly well with both. Not a bad effort, I’ve just had better cherry ales and better fruity imperial stouts.
Feb 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.76 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Jan 03, 2019
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12/26/18 bottle
Jan 03, 2019
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
L - Deep, opaque black with a thick tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.
S - Chocolate and cherries right on the nose - almost cherry cola-ish with roasted and toasted malts with vanilla.
T - Tastes exactly as promised and follows the nose - dark chocolate up front followed closely behind by sweet, rich cherries, intermixed well with roasted, toasted oats and malt along with vanilla.
F - medium to full bodied - maybe leaning towards fuller bodied with a light amount of carbonation - smooth, creamy, decadent. Personally, for a such a stout, I'd prefer a fuller, heavier body.
O - Like all the Blackwater Series stouts, this is a rich, decadent dessert beer and like all of the stouts from the series, this one delivers on the name's promise - cherry cordial - it tastes just like one, but what hurts this one in my opinion, is that because it's a stout with low carbonation, this beer ends up tasting like a flat- cherry Dr. Pepper with alcohol - it's great, but just somewhat off.
Dec 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana

Dec 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Boba_Booey from Georgia

Dec 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.19 by Nunya from Ohio

Dec 08, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark pour... nearly black with thin tannish head.

S: Smells like a chocolate covered maraschino cherry. Sweet, roasty, and delicious.

T/F: Follows the nose... sweet roasted sugars. Strong cherry... lots of chocolate with subtler vanilla. Not much in the way of bittering, but then again... this is a dessert bear. Sticky on the tongue... only medium bodied so lighter than expected. Better as it warms.

O: A really great dessert beer if you like chocolate covered maraschino cherries. A bit too sweet for regular consumption... a great one to share, and fortunately not too much of a 'cough syrup' beer.... more like a cherry cordial. One I'd have again.
Dec 08, 2018
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Rated by Donbeerlvr from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Chocolate covered cherry in a glass! Mighty fine!!!
Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by tobelerone from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a pretty tasty dessert beer and this bottle defied my expectations a little bit. Enjoyed 11/16/18, bottled 6/11/18.

Pour is jet black, looks the part, but minimal head develops in spite of an aggressive pour, and there's a certain fizzy, soda like appearance, Just a little ring of lace that quickly collapses. Aroma is quite mild but upon close examination an uncanny cherry cordial aroma emerges. I would love to have this come up and smack me in the face but at least for my nose, I need to hunt around for it a bit. Nonetheless kind of nails that cheap, artificial kind of cordial candy aroma pretty closely.

The flavor follows suit but removes any subtlety whatsover; it's a full on, sugar bomb with cheap milk chocolate and maraschino cherry flavors, thankfully only vaguely medicinal. Almost no bitterness or roasted qualities, instead one gets the sense of an alcoholic cherry coke (with chocolate).

Maybe this is just the current crazy state of affairs in beer but my impression is that this is medium bodied and not really as thick and sticky as expected -- not when it's the age of fudgy sludgy stouts. Yes it's sweet, but it's not nearly as heavy as anticipated, and carbonation is still only a tick under medium so there's a little life on the tongue.

My feelings are all over the map on this - did i enjoy it as a sinful indulgence while recognizing it's not even hitting close to the heights of indulgence one might find in today's stout scene? Yes. But in the end isn't a just a 10% ABV fizzy, slightly flat cherry coke?
Nov 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Nov 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.14 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS)

Nov 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by brauseboof from South Carolina

Nov 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by Isarnan from Michigan

Nov 09, 2018
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Rated by RemDog517 from Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark, sweet, smells just like a cherry cordial chocolate and drinks like velvet.
Nov 08, 2018
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Reviewed by rgk3 from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is a chocolate-covered cherry in a glass!

Pours black with half-inch tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.
It smells amazing--rich chocolate and cherries and it tastes the same with the addition of slight dark-chocolate bitterness. Alcohol is there, but it is hidden pretty well. This is an excellent dessert beer if you like cherry cordials or chocolate cherry cake.
Nov 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by themom from South Carolina

Oct 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, cherry, sweet malt, slight chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Fits the style of an American Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is silky smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, strong medicinal cherry, sweet malt, slight chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Overall, weak appearance, good feel, the cherry is reminiscent of cough syrup, but otherwise good.
Oct 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by deonreds from New York

Oct 22, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Taste is very much focused on the maraschino cherry. Almost like a maraschino cherry shortcake covered in chocolate. Let warm up! Too cold and it tastes like cough syrup according to the wife. Very sweet, cloying and lacks depth. But if looking for a sweet cherry thrill that packs on abv secretively, this one is for you!
Oct 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by shivtim from Georgia

Oct 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.42 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.64 by RickS95 from Indiana

Oct 08, 2018
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle from Bert's
Dark opaque black with a frothy tan head that persists. Rich roasty chocolate with bits of caramel and a solid but not over powering cherry aroma and flavor. Sweet and tasty desert in a glass.
Oct 06, 2018
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Sweet cherry, roasted malt, and milk chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the sweet cherry and milk chocolate and then picks up some light roast. Definitely on the sweet side. Finishes with roasted malt and sweet cherry

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good dessert stout with big notes of cherry and milk chocolate. The name describes it all
Oct 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by rockrob from Massachusetts

Sep 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by Gaddabble from Ohio

Sep 30, 2018
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Full disclosure - I love cherries, the whole kind, the not-maraschino-kind, and this reminds me of delicious cherries...

I will say this, the drink is sweet, but then again it does tout itself as a dessert beer on the bottle. So, for you purists, keep that in mind and consider yourself warned. Given this, the look is unique as it is darkly beautiful as with most stouts, but there's this distinct reddish tinge along the end of the liquid along the top surface of the beer - appealing to my eyes, at least. The smell is deliciously sweet, full of cherry flavor and it does remind you of a cordial though there's a hint of strong malt from the stout. Mouthfeel was smooth, lightly carbonated, and with a medium build. The taste was not as sweet as it smelled, but it was full of cherries, a chocolate background, and very malty in my opinion. An outstanding beer, dessert beer to be exact, probably the best example of one I've had to date.
Sep 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.48 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Sep 30, 2018
Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 97 ratings