Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.15/5 rDev +11%
Grabbed a brace of these small bottles at my local bottle shop a day after they landed. Thanks Wes!
A. Good 'n dark, actually quite dark and deep brown, 2 finger deep tan head that settles but does not die for a while. No real lacing.
S. Interesting, bold. Lots of cocoa, cherry Icee, hints of vanilla, brownie. Roast grain, earthy, deep, semi-sweet chocolate. Lots to like here, if you enjoy the darker, sweeter stuff. Very 3 dimensional, not just a sweet roasty mess. As it warms, the vanilla comes through and is welcome. Has a very Black-Forest cake or cherry brownie thing going on. I like this a lot.
T. The biggest mistake you can make is reaing the bottle; you want to drink this at as close to room temp as you can. When you do, the chocolate / cocoa shines in a big way, and the sour, yet complimentary cherry really works. This is a generally well crafted and taking-chances stout. The vanilla is mostly in the nose but is noticeable (!!!) albeit an afterthought, in the flavor. Basically you have a very American thick stout with lots of lactose, cocoa and cherry juice, with some vanilla kicked in to put another adjective on the label. It's actually quite above average and pretty well crafted.
M / O. This has grown on me, again, you need to drink it barely cool for everything to develop. I drank my first bottle too cold and it bitters up and loses nuance if you do. Drink it warmer than you think you should and you will be rewarded. Really. Thicker mouthfeel, lesser carbonation + a chocolate milk consistency beer = dessert like.
Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout is actually very good, if you know what you are getting into. This is really better than it should be, and a testament to Stone's maturity that well-nigh everything they touch now is good, if not very good or better.
08-24-2011 04:43:53 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured into an oversized wine glass jet black with no light getting thru this,a thinner mocha colored head atop.Cherries and alcohol in the nose,not overly sweet with a little mineral in there.Mellow and a little thin in the mouth,sweetish cherries and a very light bakers chocolate note,it seems to peter out a little in the finish.This beer starts out very well but seems to lack some backbone and complexity,still its decent.
08-25-2011 22:24:54 | More by oberon
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):
Award-winning homebrewers collaborating with two great breweries? Smells like a win. Speaking of smell, cocoa nibs and cocoa liqueur with an edge of tart cherries get smashed against a roasted beeriness. Dark? Yes, Stout dark ... even the lacing is dark. Stodgy body, the chocolate flavor melds well with the roastiness of the malt. All parties tight- ened the reins on that hop wagon that blazes through the brewery. Cherry is not too subtle; tart and fruity without a big sweetness, which lets the chocolate and Stout qualities play as well. These guys threw chocolate and cherries at this beer, and it ends up being pretty kickass.
12-15-2011 13:34:00 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.15/5 rDev +11%
A - deep brown/black, dark tan head that didn't stick around long, good looking stout
B - loved the smell on this one. Very chocolate-y with an indecipherable tartness. Roasted malt, and marshmallow also present.
T - very similar to the nose. Tartness hits up front, not recognizable as cherry but not unpleasant either. Then a big hit of cocoa powder / baking chocolate, which just gets even bigger as the beer warms up. The tartness, while it doesn't disappear, takes a back seat to the chocolate. I suppose more cherry should be present given the name of the beer, but I can't complain too much given how enjoyable this is as a chocolate stout. Good sweetness, but by no means cloying, and it's kept in check by the bitterness from the malts and chocolate.
M - a touch thinner than I'd like, and maybe a smidge too much carbonation as well, though I should admit I'm partial to sweet beers being on the warmer and flatter side. So I'm dinging the score a bit here, but this is very much based on personal taste.
O - great beer. I've never considered myself a chocolate junkie, but this beer has changed my mind. I bought a few more immediately after having one, and will try to hunt down a few other highly rated chocolate stouts to see if this really is a style I enjoy more broadly.
08-29-2011 01:52:44 | More by t8000shx
4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
Deep dark black pour with two fingers of creamy tan head that has dark red highlights. Lots of cocoa straight off the bat with deep sweet roasted malts. Cherries jump out and add some tartness along with a touch of vanilla as well. Black forest cake anyone?
Smooth semi-sweet roasted malts get rolled over by lots of rich cocoa and a bath of cherry flavor. There's a nice balance between sweet and tart with the cherries along with a touch of vanilla as it rolls down. Wonderful blending of flavors here making for a super tasty stout. Yum.
Medium bodied and not too heavy. Good carbonation that flows through. Overall, I really like this collaboration, makes for a great dessert beer and I wouldn't mind having this again. Quite yummy.
09-16-2011 02:08:09 | More by orbitalr0x
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
This beer and the green tea IPA haven't made it to New England yet.
In a snifter the beer was black with just a tinge of red. Thin to non-existent tan head.
Chocolate, roasted malt aroma. Faint cherry.
Taste was similar to the aroma. Chocolate, cherry, a little coffee. Fairly sweet.
Nice enough, a little on the thin side.
Maybe would try it again.
08-28-2011 11:40:52 | More by lordofthewiens
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
Pours dark brown into my brandy snifter with a layer of brown bubbles. Minimal head.
Alcohol, chocolate, cherries on the nose as expected. Taste of cherries and chocolate come through as advertised. A nice sweet blend that improves as the beer warms to room temperature. If kept in the fridge, definitely let it warm up a little before trying.
Note: This beer gets better and better as it warms. My initial review was too impulsive. I've tweaked the score upward twice since my initial evaluation.
Warm is good.
09-30-2011 23:24:09 | More by NWer
3.28/5 rDev -12.3%
12oz bottle. Pours dark opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.
The aroma is roasted lactic chocolate malts, sweet vanilla and a touch of fruit.
The flavor is heavily roasted malts with some sweet chocolate and lots of sweet vanilla and some subtle cherry. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, it has a bit too much sweet vanilla for me. Otherwise it's very nice. I like the roast, chocolate and the subtle cherry.
01-08-2012 04:10:08 | More by Beaver13
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
12 ounce bottle, $3.99 @ DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY.
Pours the expected black, real dark head, that stays a bit, goes to a thicker film and leaves some slight and low strands of lacing.
Mostly chalky, dark chocolate on the nose with some mild dried cherries in the background and a hint of brandy.
I get mostly more dark, dusty chocolate, with the cherries present but again somewhat in the background. Moderate sweatness, smooth and quite pleasant, especially as it warms, begins to open up and develop.
Nothing amazing, but a fairly tasty, Subtle, complex and tasty take on the genre. Bring on the chocolate cake and chocolate dipped fruits.
09-29-2011 01:51:42 | More by Billolick
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate with a little bit of cherry mixed in. A very nice smelling stout.
The cherries are much more prominent in the flavor than they were in the aroma. In addition to the cherries, I get some chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of smoke mixed in. The beer is fairly sweet. The cherries are very strong in the aftertaste.
Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.
09-25-2011 22:14:23 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured from bottle into wine glass.
Appearance- What a beautiful looking beer! Pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Great lacing.
Smell- Chocolate and vanilla come right out. Not getting the cherries, but there's a hint of some type of fruit.
Taste- Not as nice as the nose. Way more cherry than I had expected. That's not a bad thing though. Just a hint of chocolate and vanilla.
Mouthfeel- A bit too much tartness from the cherries. The beer redeems itself because its coats your mouth with amazing flavors.
Overall- A strong showing, especially from a collaboration. It's good now, but I have two more in the cellar. One next Valentine's Day and the other the next year. I can't wait!
02-15-2012 01:38:21 | More by frenchblood21
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Pure black with foamy brown head at first, which mostly dissipates.
Smell: Subdued chocolate, vanilla and cookies & cream. Just a titch of cherry, but becomes a little more pronounced as it warms. A little too subtle overall.
Taste: Cherry and chocolate, both of which are fairly restrained, are clearly the focus. Some nice vanilla is noticeable at the finish. I find Cherry Stouts to be an odd mix overall (if not flat out putrid), but the subtlety of this beer has halfway won me over.
Feel: Creamy and smooth body with low carbonation. The lactose has really improved the mouthfeel. Light tart finish.
Overall: While not really my thing, I am surprised that I ended up enjoying this beer. Well executed.
10-15-2011 03:09:08 | More by bsp77
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
Stone Brew Co.
(Side by side with the bottled version @ the brewery)
Brown cask pour turning to black as the beer settles. Mocha covered head.
Not very aromatic, unfortunately, and significantly less aromatic than the bottled version. Faint smells of chocolate, coffee, and chalk mix together, but there's little evidence of cherry.
And the flavor follows the nose nearly identically. The flavor is mild bitter chocolate and chalk with little to no cherry profile. Relatively simple and one-note, and disappointing because the cherry tartness is so present in the bottled version.
Though this beer is marvelous in the mouth. It's rich and smooth, a touch creamy--flawless mouthfeel.
A good effort and an obviously fine beer, but the cask didn't lend itself, or add anything in particular to this beer's flavor and aroma--it seems to have actually taken some away.
07-29-2011 17:41:34 | More by ehammond1
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
For whatever reason, cherry stouts tend to lack the jet black coolness of other imperial stouts. They get that ruddy brown thing going. Smell was thick, and well, not that the name of the beer didn't give it away, but, you get notes of cherry and chocolate.
Taste comes off very milk stouty, lactose, cherry, chocolate, I'm a happy camper. Notes of vanilla and the slightest fruit tart from the cherries. Heavy mouthfeel, trademark Stone bitterness, almost sludgy texture.
Cherry will turn the uninitiated off frequently, but for those in the know, this is a good one. Would rate higher if it wasn't $24 a 6pack.
09-05-2011 06:22:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
This beer pours an inky black color, with a thich brown head that fades fast, leaving sparce lace.
This beer has a roasty aroma. I smell some cocoa and a mild vanilla aroma as well. Slight coffee notes mix in. I can detect a very slight dark cherry aroma, but it is very subtle.
This beer tastes of chocolate, coffee and mild cherry. A slight vanilla flavor come out in the finish.
This beer is full bodied and velvety smooth. It leaves a chocolate covered cherry aftertaste.
This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, but the smooth mouthfeel and nice flavor would go a long way.
Overall: this is a pretty good beer. I would have prefered a more dominate cherry flavor though.
09-18-2011 21:41:56 | More by OStrungT
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle lists ABV but no DBD or BOD.
A: Jet black with a huge thick half-a-finger fluffy brown head. The head has wonderful retention and sicks on top like a dollop of sour cream. It leave nice thick lacing.
S: Cherries, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee.
T: Vanilla, roasted malt, and sweet cherry. Bitter chocolate and bitter cherry show up on the smooth finish.
M: Medium and smooth.
O: A very interesting beer. The cherry is very noticeable, but the beer is not too sweet; there are bitter flavors that balance the beer out. The head on this beer is fantastic, and it is a very smooth beer. It does feel like it should be a bit heavier.
12-13-2011 21:05:36 | More by ianjsullivan
Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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