Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial StoutChocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #202
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,523
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 9.66%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
161
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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 by Slatetank:
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 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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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 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!

Cheers

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on nitro tap at John Harvard's at Holiday Valley.Came in a standard pint glass a deep cola color with a cascading creamy light beige head atop.Aromas of chocolate and tart cherries with a little coffee roast.A great mix of chocolate and sweet and mildly tart cherries on the palate,the nitro creamy feel just bumps it up another notch.Easily the best beer I have had from EVL.

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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 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 WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Clark's Ale House 12/29/09

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a stiff chocolate smell up front with a mild cherry aroma as well. It's a bit sweet with not much black malt earthiness. The taste is decent as well. It has a big chocolate flavor up front. It almost seems too chocolatey. It's overly sweet with not enough patent malt balance. The cherry character is subdued and is mild at best. The whole beer is really way too over the top. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with too little carbonation. This is a potentially really good beer. It needs more CO2 right away. It was borderline flat at the time I sampled it and I just purchased it an hour prior.

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Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Cole's. Regular tap, although brewer recommends this at nitro. Dark brown body with brown head. Big cherry extaract aromas. The cherr is not rea cherry taste at all, from someone who drinks organic cherry juice daily. The chocolate is syrup pured in. Thinnish, fairly weak for an imperial stout.

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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 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 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 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 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 schoolboy
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm having one of these at John Harvard's at Holiday Valley and its a great day for a great day for a real great stout. The brew is black and creamy. The aims is just slightly fruity. The taste is similarly well balanced.

there is an amazing after taste of cherries. Everything is well balanced. It stinks very nicely and it would be easy to do a couple. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MillRat
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an inky black at the EBC in Ellicottville with a nitro fine cocoa-colored head. Aroma of chocolate, with the cherry a close second. Malt and roast barley aromas barely made an appearance. Flavor was consistent with the aroma, kinda like "drinking cake." The chocolate and cherry flavors seemed rather one-dimensional, suggesting they were flavor extracts, not the result of dumping loads of "the real thing" into the fermenter.

Overall not a bad brew, well balanced for what it is, but not one that has me ordering a refill.

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Photo of cozmo
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in Ellicottville on St Patty's Day on tap. I must say that this was definitely the best tasting imperial I have ever tasted, albeit not everyone will love it because it is definitely more of a dessert/sweet beer than anything but it was absolutely decadent. I actually convinced my wife (who never would even taste a stout) to try one and she ended up ordering a 2nd....

A- Black as can be- 1 finger tan head, thick like whip cream that lasted and lasted...looks nice but cant give it a 5 because it looked like flat beer with a whip cream head due to the nitro- but that added to the smoothness and mouthfeel

S-The absolute best smelling brew i have ever smelled. Smells like a chocolate covered dark cherry candy heavy on the chocolate and surprisingly for an imp stout I couldn't smell that normal alcohol bite that is norm for the style.

T- It almost doesn't taste like beer- So only for that reason I at first didn't give it a 5--I have since changed it to 5 because I truly feel that this beers taste couldn't be made any better. It almost tastes like liquid desert...same as the smell like dark chocolate melted over cherries--- not super sweet like syrup, but more of fresh cherries with dark chocolate..excellent blend with the hops to not be overly bitter but they definitely tried to balance out the sweetness...

M- Was nitro'd - Smooth as silk- couldn't be improved.

D- I would drink this brew till I dropped. 1 of the absolute best beers I have ever had.. I honestly usually don't like much of EBCs stuff but on this one they hit a home run. A+++

I only wish they would start making this on a regular basis and maybe even try bottling it- I hope that they continue to make this one it is by far the best brew Ive ever had by EBC...

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Photo of sliverX
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented a pitch black brew with a good inch and a half light tan nitro head
Smell is cherries and milk chocolate and nothing else
Taste followed the nose heavy on the cherries and milk chocolate this was like drinking a hot fudge sundae cherry on top included
Mouthfeel med to full bodied and the nitro creaminess definitely lent itself well to this
Drinkability this would be the perfect 8oz dessert beer but its overly sweet to have any more than that it just became very cloying

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hands down one of the best beers at this brewery. Served on a nitro tap, this brew is creamy, chocolatey and delicious. Not really a Russian Imperial Stout IMO.. a lot more like Young's Double chocolate stout. Beautiful nitro appearance- frothy light brown head with lots of accumulating nitro bubbles underneat. Aroma of rich milk chocolate. Cherries come out very subtly in the taste as just a slight cherry fruitiness. Milk chocolate flavor dominates the beer. Served at the absolute perfect temperature. Really like a refreshing chocolate milk.

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Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spigot @ Coles.

A: Dark black in color, super frothy head and the most superb lacing in the world.

S: Mostly chocolate and malt.

T: Its a chocolate milkshake, little cherry action noticed at all. Easily can be fooled as a Young's double chocolate, which in this circumstance was the name on the tap when poured. The bartender assured me wrong, and the review reflects this tasting. Smooth and everlasting on the palate.

M: Creamy, smooth, moderately carbonated, ABV is nonexistent.

D: If I wasn't so paranoid I was drinking a Young's I've probably would have had another... in now way a session beer by any means, but its a great tasting brew that represents.

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Photo of bobsy
3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Coles in Buffalo. A chocolate cherry imperial stout can be a beautiful thing, and part of me hoped that they'd make this a Belgian inspired interpretation.

Beautiful black pour with a good tan head from the nitro tap that has good lace and retention (as you'd expect). Also (as expected) the nitro does a number on the aroma, and reduces this to a more or less one-dimensional milk chocolate. There's some vanilla and roast in there too, but you really have to strain for any cherry notes. Flavour is passable, but not great. Its all milk chocolate, and tastes overly sweet and artificial. The roast is present, but should be far more prominent in an imperial stout. Cherry is ghost-like and there's not much going on. Body is standard nitro, and I can't but help that this would be far better on regular tap. Why nitro is popular I do not know, but I blame Guinness.

I think there's some pretty big homerism going on with this one. Going into reviewing this beer scores a 4.37, but isn't anywhere near touching the hem of the Founders Imperial I had a couple drinks before. Where's the perspective?

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Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 161 ratings