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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate StoutJason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
84
good

678 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 58
Gots: 95 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 678 | Reviews: 395
Reviews by yemenmocha:
Photo of yemenmocha
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, good black body with tan head. Sexy. Nose has an overall mocha-chocolate-coffee character, with some artificial cherry notes. On the palate it has an viscous quality, roasted malt, vanilla cherry, and finishes with oily-vanilla flavors. Hides alcohol rather well, though slow drinking with the flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of t8000shx
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NWer
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of frenchblood21
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cask

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

(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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of OStrungT
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The jet black body shows a hint of cocoa-red glow at the base and during the pour. There is a sea of microbubbles that form a light brown head that pops but last for a good bit.
S- The soft tartness of cooked cherries blends with mellow roasted black malt notes in the finish.
T- The flavor of chocolate tootsie rolls is full with a touch of tartness that could be from cherries. There is a nice earthy black roasted malt flavor in the finish. Some cherry pits and charcoal notes come through in the finish aswell. As the beer opens up the taste of baked cherries grows also. M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and is almost chewy at times with no alcohol heat noticed.
O- The chocolate flavor is lots of tootsie rolls form the nibs but not much chocolate malt character makes it taste a bit artificial, even though it is not. The cherries are very subtle with mostly just a tartness and some cooked flavors coming through. However underneath it taste of a great stout that just gets buried.

Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from above the glass leaves a big brown head that floats above a clear black beer with a pretty decent lacing if you can manage to keep some in the glass long enough.

The aroma is a rich roasted dark chocolate malt laden with cherries, reminds me of a 30's molasses medicine with some cherry flavoring to hide the taste of the molasses, this, in a good way.

This full bodied stout has a definite cherry on roasted milk chocolate malt taste that brings some tastes of molasses to the party.

A full rich beer with full rich tastes, a pretty darn good drink yet it misses in some way, maybe if the cherry had been more chocolate or even vanilla it would have been worth another bottle or two.

Photo of lnashsig
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Brooklyn Tulip. Pours a thick black color, a small amount of tan head emerges and then recedes quickly. Resembles an imperial stout in appearance. Smell- I get a faint reminder of the chocolate maraschino cherry candy. Definitely a candy cherry flavor. Taste- roasty malt with an almost ashy ending, followed by a cherry flavor that reminds me of robitusin. Medicinal in quality, candy quality cherry at best. Really the faux cherry flavor is the only aspect of this beer that's way off. The roasty bitterness is actually quite nice and would have gone well with a dark cherry flavor that didn't so much remind me of robitusin. For 7$ per 12oz bottle this hyped up collaboration is a major disappointment.

Photo of mentaltraveller
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer, especially after it sat out for a while. This beer pours nicely. Thick and dark with a thick tan head. It smells like chocolate and booze. I like the chewy mouthfeel and low carbonation. The taste did throw me off at first-- a sour astringent cherry taste dominates at first, but dark chocolate eventually takes over. The cherry flavor calms and becomes less sour with time, so that the chocolate and cherry meld together nicely. I like this stout, although it is not something I would drink all the time, I would probably pick it up again if I saw it. Recommended for those wishing a unique stout.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black color with a small tan colored head that forms upon pouring, but its gone rather quickly. Left behind is a ring of foam around the edge and very sparse lacing.

S: A little bit of cherry, some roasted malt, and a little bit of plastic. A little bit of booze too.

T: There is again a little bit of cherry upfront with undertones of creamy chocolate underneath. Has a little bit of cream too. Gets better as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, drinks rather smooth and creamier than expected.

O: A decent beer, but I guess I was just hoping for a little more out of it. The cherry flavor was ok, and there was a little bit of chocolate, but I wanted something a bit bolder.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When tasting, remember this is a sweet milk stout. Not a typical dry stout.

Pitch black color with no penetrable light. Nice solid 1 finger bubbly brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Pretty viscous.

Slight syrupy sweet lactose smell as the bottle opens. Faint sourness from the cherry and dark chocolate on the nose.

There is a good play between sour, bitter and sweet flavors. Pretty good balance. Fair sourness with a dark cherry touch. Nice variation of chocolate flavors ranging from cocoa powder to milk and dark chocolate. Faint bourbon notes as well.

Smooth creamy fairly viscous mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good CoLab IMO. It's makes a good playful dessert beer. I have a feeling this beer wont get much love due to misunderstanding what it is.

Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 bottling. Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass.

Cherry Chocolate Stout is very dark brown on the pour and nearly black in the glass. It has thin tan head that settles quickly to a skim layer.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with hints of cherry and chocolate.

Flavor is more bold in the cherry character but still has a rich robust stout base beer. There is more bitterness than sweetness which is unexpected given the name. Chocolate is there as is the vanilla but it never drinks like a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a little more carbonation than a beer of this style really needs.

Overall a decent flavored stout but not outstanding.

Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Capone's Restaurant, Mike's cellar. Pours black as coffee with about an eighth of an inch of light brown retained head, and lace gracing the glass all the way down. Roasty chocolate aroma. Above average mouthfeel, a rich aged taste and feel, however a little chalky. The cherry hits mid sip and builds over several sips. Very well integrated. Good drinkability for a higher abv drink. Dry and sweet finish.

Photo of DrewShal9
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: pours pitch black with a slightly reddened hue...like a guinness except it has a thin mocha head
S: chocolate, cherries, coffee, alcohol with a wisp of vanilla at the end
T: chocolate covered cherries, syrupy, coffee, mentioned in other reviews- slightly like cherry cough medicine, and a tinge if vanilla. Tastes like the stone ris with cherries.
M: watery for the style with very light carbonation. Wish it was thicker as the body is slightly thin.
O: maybe had too high of an expectation for this beer but it didn't luce up to what I thought it was going to be :( not bad but not like I'm going to be disappointed that I never got to try it either. All in all a good experience.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.