Beer Review – Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout

DSCN1413like many great ideas, They happen over a few drinks.  The drinks happened to be imported german beer and the idea?  Open a brewery of course. Mark Burford and Peter Cotter were already home brewers so opening a brewery seemed like an obvious choice.

Time would pass after their inspirational moment and fate would bring them together working for the same brewery. They finally decided it was time to open Long Island’s first micro brewery.

Mark and Peter formed a partnership that would challenge the impossible. Open a craft brewery in the most expensive city and find the ideal location. They quit their day jobs in order to dedicate their time and energy to make their dream come true.

Financial challenges forced them to find other ways to put food on the table. Mark worked at a fish market while Pete worked construction. But this didn’t damper their spirits. The two beer buddies were determined to introduce Long Island to quality craft beer.

Would their first choice for a brewery location actually become a reality?  It was close to home and on the waterfront.  This ideal location was beyond their financial capabilities but the beer Gods must have heard them, and to their surprise, the landlord offered them the first year’s rent for free.  Good thing he made the gamble because Blue Point brewery is still going strong after thirteen years.

Blue Point Brewery, named after the blue point oysters that were harvested nearby and shipped to Europe by the request of the Queen of England.

Blue Point has a diverse line of brews and kicks out some award-winning suds such as Toasted Lager and Hoptical Illusion.

When I browsed the beer section of Peco Liquors in Wilmington, Delaware, I pretty much had no idea what I would buy. I shop this way often. The bomber of Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout jumped out at me, mainly because It was new hitting the shelves but also Sour Cherry Imperial Stout? Need I say more.

For obvious reasons this will sell well in February.

Now for the tasting

The Imperial stout Pours opaque black with a tan head that disipates quite quickly.

My Fist whiff provided me with roasted malt and a subtle cherry background.  I got a slight burnt roast aroma as well. .

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma.. Sweet and syrupy, and dominant coffee notes, kind of like drinking coffee with cherry syrup pancakes. Body was light to medium. The carbonation was soft and the finish was dry, .A little boozy as it warmed up. ABV is 9% but I have had other imperial stouts that hide the heat better.

This bottle lacks the complexity you would normally find in an imperial stout and I wish there was more tartness but over all it was fine. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Have you had any Blue Point beers?  What are your thoughts?

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