Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout | Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial StoutChocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States
ellicottvillebrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BuffaloBill91 on 04-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
39
For Trade:
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of ceraphin
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
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 bobsy
3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
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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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.31/5  rDev -17%
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 EOrnstein
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good not great . Nice color and smell but a little watery and not as thick as I like my imperial stouts

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Photo of ShanePB
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beer was served on draft

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
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 tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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 BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
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 MillRat
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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 zrroot
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thisXwar
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Morey
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of CharlesK
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SteveD082791
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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 mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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 rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vivs85
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexkeil
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as a growler from Consumer's in West Amherst. It pours a very dark color with little to no head.
The aroma is dominated by chocolate, cherry, and a little bit of dark malt.
The flavor starts with sweet chocolate with hints of cherry. It starts very sweet but there is an intense bitterness in the background to balance the beer. I think the bitterness must come from hops and possibly black patent malt.
There is an alcohol warmth but it is blended nicely into the overall character of the beer. The mouthfeel is creamy with only a gentle carbonation.
This is a tasty, almost dessert like beer. Its well made and accomplishes what I think was set out to be made. I would love to try this one on nitro tap.

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Chocolate Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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