Sour Cherry Imperial Stout | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 360
Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black body with a small tan head. Left behind good rings of lacing.

S: Not terribly strong -- mostly roasted malt with a hint of coffee.

T: Smoky charcoal is the dominant flavor. Fruit is there, but it's behind the charcoal and pretty subdued. Finishes with a bit of a burnt coffee aftertaste that lingers. Reminds me of a porter in a lot of ways with the charcoal and smoke flavors.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Pretty good, especially for a beer of this strength.

Notes: Had it on-tap at the Lionheart in Albany, where it was listed as Bluepoint Cherry Imperial Stout. I see here that the Cherry IS is retired. I e-mailed the brewery and in the response I got from the brewer, it was described as a "Sour Cherry Imperial Stout" that uses a sour cherry puree in the aging brew -- and I was told the ABV is 9% (as compared to the 9.2% for the older, retired listing). So it appears this may be a different beer than the one that was previously listed here on BA, and the more-recent reviews of the Cherry IS may actually have been based on a sampling of the Sour Cherry IS.

Edit, 12-3-08: They've had it on tap at the Lionheart again recently and I've had it a couple times, including last night. I find the sour cherry to be more noticeable and the smoke & burnt charcoal to be more subdued. Accordingly, I bumped up the taste to 4 (from 3.5 on my original review), as I like it better now. Not sure if the recipe changed since last year or my taste buds are different or what, but the score needed an adjustment based on recent experience. . . .

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Hop Devil Grill in New York City last week. I hadn't been there in ages, and this was one of the few offerings that they had on tap, that was unfamiliar to me. It wasn't like other stouts that I've had before, but I thought it was quite decent and very drinkable!

This poured a lot thinner than I thought it would be, and it was "motor oil", in terms of consistency and color. It was relatively thin, and a few shades lighter than black; perhaps that of a very dark cherry. The taste was of that fruit as well, with some currant as well. Head and carbonation was nowhere to be found, and the sourness was a bit overpowering. Not enough to drown the flavors out, but combined with the strong taste of alcohol, ensured that this was not a beer to be taken lightly!

This looked like flat soda when it poured, and was given to me at a temperature a bit below what I'd expect a beer like this to be served at. No matter, I enjoyed it and thought it was a good change from the stronger, darker, and more potent beers that this style is known for. This was a great nightcap beer, and fitting for this time of the year. I couldn't think of a better beer to end 2007 on!

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Photo of auxiliary
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark black color with a nice decent head and left some nice lace on the glass.

smell - Nice cherry smell and chocolate here.

taste - Cherries, and chocolate here. Some bitterness not overwhelming at the end.

mouthfeel - Thick beer, with lots of flavor here.

drinkability - I believe this is only on tap. Still on tap at track 84.Very good for a stout. A real good beer to enjoy.

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Photo of Gavage
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Not sure if this was an aged keg, so I do not know accuracy of retirement label.

Appearance:black in color with a two finger fluffy head that lasts quite a while for a higher alcohol beer.Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: mild cherry tones but much bigger chocolate tones rise from the glass and are easily detectable.

Taste: large amounts of chocolate, hints of coffee, warming alcohol, mild bitterness, and a pleasant mild cherry flavor gives this a dessert-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Super long aftertaste as the flavors stick to your tongue, almost needing a water rinse to clear them. Heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: at a strong 10% ABV, this is a meal (more like a dessert) in a glass, so one is very enjoyable while more would be tough to handle.

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Photo of claytri
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich black with a dark tan head. The aroma was light, but was of dark fruit and malt. The taste started out with malt with underlying dark fruits, then closed with a pleasant alcohol burn. The feel was heavy and medium (neither wet nor dry). This was a pleasant Imperial Stout, but not one that made me wish I could find it year round.

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Photo of ski271
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Zeno’s in State College, PA. Long gone though, this is from notes.
A- Almost pitch black with a small, dark tan, creamy head. Excellent lacing.
S- Rich roasted malts with, yes, cherry, along with wood and chocolate.
T- More of the same. Big, warm and rich.
M- Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation
D- Yeah, I know, it was a quick review and I don’t think I did it much justice. Fantastically drinkable. Sucks that I got the last glass of it, but at least I got to try it.

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Photo of cichief
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD. This beer pours a deep brown, neary black with a thin brown head. The smell is of coffee and sour fruit (obviously) and little else. The taste is overwhelmingly sour, I cannot pick out the cherries, but a sour fruit taste is prevalent. A slight coffee/chocolate taste is underlying. It is thick and smooth on the tongue, very little carbonation, with a sour finish. This was not my cup of tea, but most of the Blue Point beers are spot on.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler, purchased at Shoreline Bev in Huntington, NY. Pours dark mahogony brown with light shining thru the edges. Dark tan, long lasting head, that leaves plenty of ringed, nicely knit and scatered lacing. Nose of smoke, dark toast and caramel. I picked up notes of more smoke, dark roasty/toasty grains and just perhaps the slightest hint of ripe cherries. Delicious, smooth on the tongue, complex and highly worthy full throtle stout. Go get some to support this solid brewery that continues to put out a fine line of brews.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a nice dark brown/black color, with decent foam retention and nice lacing. The aroma is not huge, but one gets a bit of chocolate, coffee and sour cherry. Happily, the cherry flavor doesn't look as if it's going to be over the top with this one.

On the palate, there are some nice flavors of coffee, chocolate and licorice, with a hint of cherry flavor. This stout has a soft, sweet flavor, and a very nice, plush, mouthfeel. The beer is not what I would call hugely complex, but it's a decent enough beer. The beer is also pretty drinkable for it's abv., though I couldn't drink a lot of it. All and all, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Stimack
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to try this one last night, and was off the wall that it was on cask. The brew was pulled to an opaque black color with a real nice sized dark tan/brown head that had fantastic retention and left chucks of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was of coffee, dark chocolate, charcoal and dark fruit. What surprised me the most was that I did not pick up much in the way of cherry scent, in fact I don’t think I really noticed any. The taste consisted of highlights very similar to what was identified in the nose with a few exceptions, an warming alcohol flavor was present as well as a more pronounced charcoal feel and flavor. All in all I liked this brew very much, even with the alcohol flavors that came out it does not drink like a 9+ abv. Has quite a smooth taste even with the raspy ness of the charcoal flavor (which I like) but was very surprised that I was not picking up the cherry flavor. All in all a very nice brew, I would get this again just as it is if I can find it.

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Photo of lehows
4.76/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at the brewery tasting room. Poured an intensely deep black color with an incredible tan head. Phenomenal retention and lacing! Aromas of alcoholic cherries, some roasted malt. Huge flavors of chocolate covered cherries, coffee, charcoal, and roasted malt. Cherry flavor is much more pronounced in the cask than on regular tap. Super smooth, ceamy and full mouthfeel. Amazing drinkability considering the whopping ABV. An outstanding brew from Blue Point, cheers!

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Photo of BBM
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on cask at BoBBiQue. It pours a thick, jet black with a thin tan head. Nice head retention and sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma was of sour cherry and alcohol, and not much else.

The taste was dark, strong, and pleasing. There were hints of cherry, but that really wasn't an overwhelming flavor. Notes of black chocolate, raw coffee beans and some toffee come through up front, with a nice warming alcohol toward the finish. Certainly a Russian Imperial Stout through and through. It's also sipping beer. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The owner said the beer was 11%, and that seems more likely than 9. Either way, take your time with this one. Another very solid brew from Blue Point.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to dickinsonbeer for this. I mistakingly opened this, thinking it may have been one of his homebrews that he left at my house by accident. Luckily, I jotted down some notes to report back to him on...
Appears a dark brown, borderline black with a light tan head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasty, oaty, cocoa infused grain, caramel, and only a mild amount of cherry that's buried in the background with a slight cloying, sugary aroma that seems to compliment the roasted malts well.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice complex flavor that teeters in between sweetness and roastiness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, complex, mildly cloying, with a short blast of CO2 along the tongue.

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Photo of AzAleC
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep brown with a full, creamy, light caramel / almond head, approx. 3/4", good retention with light lacing.

S: Ripe cherry/dark fruit, with a pleasant roasty smell.

T: Rich cherry, roasty, coffee and mild chocolaty flavors.

M: Thick and creamy, yet crisp with the high ABV. Tight carbonation and very smooth.

D: I found this beer to be delicious and easy to drink for the gravity and ABV. More so on tap at the brewery based on how friendly the staff and environment were. Great and warming on a cold winter day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent enough beer, but I'm not sure it really lives up to its name... I was kind of expecting more. It looks great in the glass with an almost imperviable black/brown body and a nice creamy, tan head. The retention is good considering the strength; and it leaves some minor lacing behind. The nose delivers a very nice "stout" character with a healthy dose of roastiness; and a gentle whiff of cherry does give it some extra character. In the mouth it's medium, perhaps medium-full; and it's nicely smooth across the palate. The flavor delivers the suggested roastiness over a lightly chocolate/caramel accented base, and there is a bit of cherry there (although if I didn't know it was there I might not have recognized it at all). The one thing that brings it down, however, is the high-temp fermentation character. The alcohol is noticeable, and there are some esters there that are fairly unpleasant. Beyond that it's a pretty decent brew. Perhaps I just got a bad batch, I'll keep my eye out to try another sample.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a goblet an opaque black with a thin almond colored head,like the aromas, the sour cherries really show thru up front with the bitter unsweetened chocolate "coating" the sour cherry notes with a deep roasted character as well.The flavors are not as bold and the cherries dont come thru as much on the palate its decent though with dark roast coffee and bitter chocolate dominant flavors, the sour cherry flavors take a back seat at times barely noticable underneath the impy stout flavor profile.A decent stab at this beer I just wish the sour cherries were more prevelant on the palate.

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Photo of plaid75
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep black hue, with a one finger caramel creamy head.

The smell was dominated by a heavy coffee and alcohol aroma. A faint hint of cherry was apparent.

The taste was dominated by a coffee flavor as well. There was a definite alcohol burn. Again, a faint hint of cherry tartness was detected.

The mouthfeel was full. A mild alcohol presence.

Overall a nice Imperial Stout. In my opinion, it could have used a bit more of a cherry taste. Otherwise, a good example of the style.

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Sour Cherry Imperial Stout from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 360 ratings