Shakedown

Virginia
United States
Shakedown Starr Hill Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout is a full-bodied imperial stout with cherries and dark chocolate blended into the beer during fermentation. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate and subtle fruit delight the senses. Tartness from the cherries balances the smooth cocoa sweetness. Malty, chocolate and dark fruit flavors create a rich and complex beer that is meant to be savored slowly.

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ABV: 
9.0%
IBUs: 
45
Judges Review 
Dan Preston's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

For a chocolate cherry imperial stout, this beer lacks the complexity and pizzazz one would expect it to have. Both cherry and chocolate are there, but only enough to slightly enhance the normal character of an imperial stout. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’m not sure it would be evident if not suggested prior to sampling. It pours jet black and nearly opaque with a thin tan head. The aroma is fruity with hints of black cherries and dates, but mostly consists of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some deep, toasty caramel as well. The flavor is more of the same (coffee, cocoa, toasted grain, light caramel) but with even less cherry. The body is a bit thin for the style and keeps the flavor from lingering and advancing as much as you’d like.