Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial StoutChocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #203
Ranked #3,529
4.14 | pDev: 9.66%
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial StoutChocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout
Notes: Robust & malty Imperial stout, brewed with English hops, chocolate malt, Oregon sweet cherries, and Love! Pours a deep brown with a creamy light beige head. Heavy notes of chocolate, tart cherries, and coffee roast.
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 159
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a quickly dissipating small off-tan foamy head. Not of lace.
The aroma had some sweet sticky red cherries, coming across somewhat like syrup strolling through some milk chocolate and a touch of dark chocolate.
The flavor leaned extremely into the sweetness of all of the prior mentioned aromas. Long aftertaste of sticky sweet milk chocolate coated cherries.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a decent sipping quality about it. Enough stickiness clings to the roof of my mouth, I'd definitely say cloying. Carbonation felt fine. Sticky chocolate to cherry syrupy finish.
Overall, the aroma is the best thing about this beer. Not so sure about this one for me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Color is as expected a very deep dark brown black with a quarter inch of mocha tinted film. Smell is almost like a Tootsie roll pop a cherry one to be specific. Very candy like Cherry notes and sort of a artificial Tootsie roll chocolate smell. Smells rather sweet and not offensive. Taste is sweet somewhat bitter chalky chocolate flavor. Very little or any actual cherry flavor. Is this the same beer everybody else is drinking? To me it seems very lackluster. Body is somewhat thin easy drinking a bit light. Overall the concept is intriguing but to me this doesn't seem like a very chocolatey or cherry we're barely even a stout like beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, think this was bottled in 2018. Thanks to my buddy Denis for this one! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. I like the aroma, the brew smells like milk chocolate, cherries, roasted malt and a bit of cream. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some burnt/charred malt, coffee and dark bready flavors noticeable too. It's a mostly sweet tasting brew but not overpoweringly sweet. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's smooth and a bit slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a good dessert stout, I know I'd like to try this one again!

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Photo of izraelc
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't have much hope for this one but I am pleasently surprised. A nice dark pour. Thin head. You get a chocolate and cherry start with a roasted coffee finish. A lot going on but we'll balanced. Excellent.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This mighty nice little dessert brew pours
a murky deep brownish black with cola highlights a light head of off white foam
that subsides to a thin ring with spotty lacing. Nose of dark chocolate and
rich cherry notes with subtle coffee. Flavors exceed by presentation with
a dark roasted coffee and rich dark lightly tart cherry note over a decadent
layer of dark semi sweet chocolate that gives some nice balance with a hint
of herbal hops. Nice mouth feel; medium full to full body, low carbonation,
smooth, coating, and a sweet bitter malt and cherry finish.

Overall, a solid brew from a nice little brewery!


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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a snifter. Bottled on 2017-11-27.

Pours black with a small head and not much carbonation. Smell is chocolate and coffee.

Taste is chocolate with a bit of coffee bitterness and some definite cherry juiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, maybe a bit too still. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to cop to a measure of excitement on my part when I saw this recent arrival on the shelves at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, despite its being in a bottle. It seems like it would be more appropriate in mid-February for Valentine's Day, but I am still willing to give it a try tonight.

From the bottle: "Robust & Malty"; "Brewed with English hops, chocolate malt, Oregon sweet cherries and love."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting goblet. Once this was accomplished, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised a finger of dense, foamy, deep-brown head with excellent retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was rich with sweet chocolate and sweet cherries, reminding me of a Black Forest Cake! Mmm. Mouthfeel was big, not quite as creamy as some in the style, but still pretty full. The taste was VERY evocative of a Black Forest Cake - loads of sweet chocolate, lots of sweet cherry, just a very decadent tasting beer. Needless to say, finish was also sweet and I would probably only want it as a dessert beer and one would be plenty for me. YMMV.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from my brother. INky black pour small cap of beige head. Aroma is mildly sweet, lacto, cherries. Taste brings some sweetened chocolate, light cherry notes, a little bit of roasty bitterness at the back. Cherry flavors seem more candy than natural.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: totally black with a finger of frothy tan foam atop. As stout as stout should be!

Smell: sweet and chocolatey with a noticeable cherry aroma. It's definitely got a chocolate-covered cherry cordial candy sensibility around it; I'm OK with that.

Taste: sweet with a bit of chocolate flavor and a little bit of cherry. To me, the chocolate seems a bit artificial. Cherry plus chocolate is an admirable goal, but this execution falls short for me.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is OK. Something about the flavorants just doesn't really jibe with me. Your mileage may vary, though -- a lot of other people really seem to like this beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black viscous looking pour with very thin tan/pink colored lacing. Very dense syrupy legs that cling to the glass.

S - The nose is all cherries, chocolate, and cream. The aroma very closely resembles that of chocolate covered cherries.

T - Dark chocolate malt base from start to finish with a nice dry, lingering bitter chocolate / char finish to scrub the cherry off the tongue.Some tangy cherry surfaces not instantly, but a moment after the sip and settles down immediately before the bitter malt finishes the job. The ABV is extremely well hidden.

M - Full bodied, silky, and extremely dry on the finish. There is a tad bit of thinness on the very back end.

O - I think some earlier reviews mentioned this as well, but if you like chocolate covered cherries, this one is in your wheelhouse. Not overbearing in any way, very nicely done Ellicottville.

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Photo of pubscout
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a lad, I had a paper route, and the halfway mark was Julie’s Store. I made sure I had a dime every day so I could drop off Julie’s paper and pick up a packet of Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherries. They were three little bits of cherry chocolate heaven that
helped to wend me on my way so I could finish the route.
Ellicottville’s Chocolate Cherry Bomb, a delicious 8.2% Russian Imperial Stout is the liquid version of Cella’s Cherries, sans the sugary goop that held the cherries in suspension or the rich, sweet milk chocolate that surrounded them. That is not to say those flavors aren’t present in this warming, satisfying beer. They are, but in much more subtle layers. Milk chocolate, chocolate malt and cherries are all easily detectable, and the cherries are far from tart. It’s a wonderfully balanced brew from the NY brewery, and if you’re wondering what you and your valentine should be drinking next Wednesday, wonder no more. Try it with a piece of Black Forest Cake for a real treat.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a quarter finger dark khaki head that dissipates to patches leaving light lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, milk and dark chocolate and light sweet cherry; remarkably similar to an actual chocolate cherry. Flavor is mellow dark toasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, cherry and almond, finishing with mildly sweet chocolaty dark malt. Fine, moderately creamy body with a silky mouth feel. This definitely delivers on its promise. The chocolate flavors are authentic and interesting, the cherry is distinct but mild and nicely balanced. The whole flavor and feel is creamy and chocolately, but not overly sweet. I'm discovering that I don't like tart fruit flavors in stouts, but this manages to provide realistic cherry without an overt tartness. Well done and enjoyable dessert stout. It's nice to find something enjoyable from a smaller East Coast brewery that doesn't make it to the West Coast.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid black color, medium light body and just below average carbonation. Aroma is malt,chocolate,cherry,and cake batter. Taste is the same,malt and chocolate in front then followed by what I can only describe as chocolate cake batter. The cherry comes out on finish and it comes off a little like cherry cough syrup which is the only slight negative. It's an okay stout that I would have again but it's more of a dessert beer only

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 10.00 (Including tax)/four pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.208/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Bottled on 12/12/17 – marked on neck in black ink. Stored in a 42 degree reefer and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive pour), brow, average density with rocks, average retention time, diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – None.
Pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Chocolate with a hint of coffee. Fades to nothing.
Flavor – 3.75 - Chocolate with just a touch of coffee and cherry – sort of a weak cherry coke taste and feel. No distinct hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 - Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.5 – Definitely thin for an “Imperial stout”. At only 8.2% ABV and without any barrel-aging, the lack of lacing is disturbing. The alcohol is not noticeable on either the nose or palate, so this is very poundable for those cola drinkers among us.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9/4/17...Pours dark brown to black with ring of tan foam. Heavy chocolate nose. Slight grit. Slight cherry nose too. Chocolate bomb, smooth mouthfeel, light bitter. Cherry cola. Dry finish and fruity. Stellar,.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Cherry Bomb pours black with a quickly dissipating head. Dry black chocolate aromas. Taste is sweetvlots of chocolate with a even sweeter finish. Good body and feel. Overall, very sweet, with more sweetness.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just a beautiful pour, dark, frothy, sending out scents of coffee, chocolate and dark cherry. Too sweet for my tastes, I still very much enjoyed this beer. My wife loves it. Without the cherry flavoring this might be world class, unfortunately the fruit addition kills another brew.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, and slight tart dark cherries as the beer warms. Wish there was more of a cherry presence, but this one still makes for a nice dessert beer. Unsure if I would get it again though.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, toast, chocolate covered cherries and marshmallows. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of nutty, roasted malt, chocolate, cherries, cacao and some herbal hops. Finish is long and semi-sweet. Dangerously easy drinking, good, dessert beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to green plastic cup fir st pats parade. Dark black pour. Small tan. Head. Aroma is chocolate, cherry, malt. Taste is mostly dark cacao,some cherry. Feel is silky, low carb, smooth.

Good dessert beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back in Totowa, having never had this before. It looked interesting and a good alternative to the heavier Stouts and Porters that fill up the shelves this time of the year and I was really surprised with how rich this was without being too strong or overtly heavy. This was so tasty that it put Ellicottville on the map for me and would easily be worth getting again should it still be in stock next time I make a run!

This had a dark brown pour to it with a full, tan head that had a lot more carbonation then the beer itself did. This looked rich and tasted even richer as the aroma was that of dark chocolate, some powder, and sour cherries lacking in any sweetness or artificiality. Certainly a chocolate bomb from start to finish with a nice warming feel to it and a bit of chocolate and mild, earthy hop bitterness in the back. There was a hint of syrup in the aftertaste too as this left a coating on my mouth, although that wasn't a detraction at all. Nice and full, this never turned into the Russian Imperial Stout that I was expecting.

That's because the alcohol was just at the right amount and this never looked, poured, or felt like "motor oil". A great Stout that calls for a new style to be created, as this is the epitome of what a "Chocolate Stout" should be. Sensual and ever-so-slightly warming, this was a beer that calls for a Nitro pour because due to the silky consistency of it. Fun stuff that could be enjoyed year-round!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured lovely and with a good head of tan foam that lasted. The nose is lush with fudgey chocolate and some roast. the scent of cherries is an earthy sweet scent that is not terribly loud but it is there. Drinks smooth and rich with lots of chocolate and not so much cherry on the palate. Again that cherry is the deep earthy sweetness int he beer. tastes a lot like a liquid tootsie roll. Finishes full and smooth like a milkshake. The body in this beer alone plus the chocolate is the reason why people drink a stout.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap at Peachtree Family Restaurant

The appearance is okay -black opaque but no head retention with faint brown hue at the base of the glass. The smell is fruity with slight dark cherry and slight roasted aroma. The feel is tangy with lots of cherry acidity up front with mild roast and semi-sweet body with light feel for the style.

The taste is more cherry than chocolate with slight cocoa flavor after the dark cherry quality recedes a little bit sweet in the taste with mild roasted character and semi-dry as it finishes with subtle alcohol. Overall I thought this was okay and nothing to detract from this except perhaps it could use more roast character and lacks head retention -worth a try.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a 12 oz bottle at cellar temp and poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a dark cola brown with fizzy tan head of only 1 cm that fades very quickly to nothing but a little wispy island that is gone almost as fast.
Aroma is some sweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt, dont really get any cherries here.
Booze is covered on the nose too.
First sip is a velvety smooth body with very fine and tingly carbonation. Body is actually a little thinner than I anticipated from the label and description.
Flavor is sweet chocolate, like chocolate milk taste and hints of roasted malt. I do get some sweet cherry notes that remind me of a cherry cordial candy.
The booze is not present here either and makes for a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.
The body could be a little thicker but otherwise this is a winner.

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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown in color. The nose has notes of both chocolate and cherries. The flavor follows the nose but the roast profile and body just are not up to par for the style. The finish is also astringent.

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Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 159 ratings