Thursday, August 30, 2018

Southern Tier Cherry Cordial

Fill date: 6/7/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 29B Fruit and Spice Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Fairly strong cherry aroma; seems mostly authentic. Also contains a light milk chocolate presence. Alcohol is prominent and imparts a minty aroma. Base brew is rather muted; a general dark malt presence, but nothing bready, roasty, etc. No hops. Overall nose is a bit faux and simple. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Inky black body (44+ SRM). Small, brown foam slowly evaporates and leaves no lacing. Alcoholic legs clearly visible. 3/3

FLAVOR: Cherry is present from beginning to end with a slight minty taste from the alcohol. Fruit seems to be authentic; not syrupy or extract-derived. Chocolate is a bit subtle, but strong enough to give the palette a candy-like taste. Though dessert-like, the brew is not especially sweet nor cloying. Attenuation seems to be rather high. Malt base is rather simple for such a strong imperial stout; there is no overt roasty/bready notes. Hops create for a moderate dry bitterness to balance the palette. Aftertaste is mostly clean with just a slight cherry note. Alcohol is difficult to ignore, but never obtuse. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Seems quite thin and a tad mild; the beer drinks like something half its size. Smooth and easy to drink even at 10% ABV, but a. Alcohol heat is present at all times, but clean. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fine dessert beer, but lacking the uniqueness and delectability of the original Blackwater brews. Did it really need to be 10% ABV? 6/10


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