Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series)Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series)
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #867
Ranked #3,483
4.19 | pDev: 8.11%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series)Cherry Cordial (Blackwater Series)
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Reviews by DangerDawg:
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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is absolutely black...thick and dense. The aroma is incredibly fruity...cherry. Intense Cherry. The taste is boozy, with lots of fresh cherry fruit and warmth. Full in body and satisfying.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier Brewing Company "Cherry Cordial"
$4.99 / 12 fl. oz. bottle @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ
$8 / pint on tap @ Gingerbread Man, Carlisle, PA on 8 September 2018

My original review of this beer somehow slipped away, lost into the ether, but that at least gave me the chance to try it on tap as well as from the bottle, and I certainly didn't mind buying it twice. Of all of the Southern Tier dessert beers I feel that this one comes closest to what it's intended to replicate. It's loaded with rich chocolate flavor, and the cherry comes through clearly as well. It's not overly sweet, and the cherry and chocolate balance perfectly. More importantly, it doesn't seem artificial in any way. I was incredibly impressed. Additionally, as I'd noted in my original, now lost review, it can go beyond being just a dessert beer, and the pint that I had one night at the Gingerbread Man is proof of that. This one is definitely worth seeking out

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4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught: 2017, 2018

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Photo of RickS95
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark chocolate colored pour with a reddish tan colored lacing ring. Little to no carbonation.

S - Chocolate cherry creme aroma slams you in the nose relentlessly. Smells exactly like chocolate covered cherries - I'm not much into sweets or candy but chocolate covered cherries are one of my all time favorites and this beer totally nails the nose.

T - Totally expected: dark chocolate, cherries, creme, and a little boozy.

M - Big medium body to light full bodied, light sugary on the lips. Light warmth in the back of the throat on the way down and finishes with a lingering chocolate cherry creme finish.

O - This is a great dessert beer. IMO, Southern Tier nails most of their Blackwater Series beers. I want more.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Really good beer with big chocolate and cherry notes. The cherry is just a tad sour, which is not my thing, so I've dinged it a percentage point or two just on a personal level. But this is a worthy member of the Blackwater Series and I bet it's the bomb on draft. Seriously, this beer is an accomplishment.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of shivtim
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
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.

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3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
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.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is big sweet milk chocolate with a dose of dark cherries. Sweet, heavy bodied, medium-low carbonation. You can tell Choklat is the base beer. Sweet, delicious, solid. Really good beer. Did not blow me away like Samoa This did, but does as it says it will

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3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours opaque black, tan film for a head dissipates slowly.

Smells of chocolate syrup, maraschino cherry, and sugar cookie.

Tastes of rich cherry cordial over sugar cookie, bourbon, and chocolate syrup.

Full body, light tingly carbonation. Warms going down.

Incredibly rich and sweet, drinks very slowly, but very decadent. Absolutely worth trying at least once if desert stouts are your thing.

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Photo of Donbeerlvr
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!!!

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Photo of brauseboof
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrDemento456
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer the base smells like Choklat but more tootsie roll base and the cherries smell candy like but in the glass more bitter skin and slightly sour. Tons of chocolate and creme but balanced enough not to hate it like Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout. Overall a great beer and an even better anniversary 2,900th beer!

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Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/7/18. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a creamy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and okay lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some cherry, vanilla and almond. The flavors basically follow the nose, but are bolder. More cherry and vanilla leading the way. Some cocoa and chocolate. More almonds along with some hazelnuts in the mix. There's a sweetness to it, but it's definitely not cloying or over the top. Nice malt backbone. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's creamy, velvety, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice cherry stout. It has a nice dessert vibe going on, just like what you would expect from Southern Tier. But once again, it's not overly sweet. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

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