Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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1.15/5 rDev -69.3%
Black pour with a two tone mocha head that is several fingers thick. Red tinge to the outside of the liquid. No lacing to speak of. Smell is nail polish remover. The smell actually travels into my throat and lingers. This is fun. Taste is cherry and chocolate like the label says, followed by paint thinner, which the label does not say. I can actually feel my eyebrows stand straight up upon sip. Wow. Awful doesn't even scratch the surface here. One would hope that time in the bottle would help, but there is no hope for this. Once again my least favorite most over hyped brewery has shown their true colors. Lets put something real shitty in a bottle to make a buck.
11-27-2011 17:24:26 | More by TheDudeRules
1.83/5 rDev -51.1%
A: Dark brown body with ruby tint and mocha head. Mild clarity when held to the light.
S: Cherries, citrus hops, vanilla, roast, chocolate... I find myself hoping this could be one of the good collaborations.
T: Tastes a bit like cherry-flavored cough syrup. Cherry is hard to pull off; Dan Carey (New Glarus) is one of the few that I've seen who can do it with ease. Stone and Co. don't measure up: this approach is akin to cherry cough syrup mixed with a bitter, cocoa-like chocolate. Cherries and chocolate don't mix well unless the latter is sweet (in my opinion, of course). This one isn't there. I couldn't even finish a small pour of this (the 12oz bottle was split 4-5 ways).
M: Decent body with clashing flavors.
O: Stone is beginning to scare me. I fear they've lost their muse.
09-20-2011 06:28:49 | More by Arbitrator
1.88/5 rDev -49.7%
On-tap at Sierra Grille, so glad I got the 8oz instead of the full pint...
Pours black with a small tan head that is gone quickly, a ring is left throughout the beer.
Cocoa, cherry, alcohol in the nose.
Taste...blehh...cherry cough syrup, cherry flavored vodka, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel. Unbearably sweet and boozy, amazingly artificial cherry. Bad. Eases up a bit as it warms, but didn't even come close to being enjoyable for me.
Decent texture on the mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, booze and sweetness overload.
Jeez, I hate to be harsh, especially when 2 great breweries are involved, but I thought this was comically bad.
09-22-2011 10:52:28 | More by Chico1985
2.1/5 rDev -43.9%
Picked up this pricey 12 oz. bottle when it came to Minnesota along with its Green Tea cousin. Split with my wife as a nightcap.
Pour is stout-black. Smell is powerfully sweet, roasted malt mixed with cherries, & a medicinal undertone. Good though.
This Cherry Chocolate Stout doesn't hit a genuine note anyplace. Cherry Nyquil. /end review. There's a roasted edge that clashes brutally with the artificial cherry, chocolate with a bitter slash. Vanilla comes in to fill the back-end, but ewwww. Six ounces might be too much.
Just a front-loaded full of strong tastes, none of which taste like they originated in nature. Huge doses of artifical everything. Either the ingredients here weren't top-notch, or they just disagree with one another at the bazooka level. Not even mediocre, brushes up to actively repulsive. Disappointing.
EDIT: as this beer warmed, it got worse. Fast. Not sure how two good breweries could have whipped this up, but between the wife & I, more than half the bottle ended up in the drain. This was a disaster in a glass for me.
11-27-2011 04:33:43 | More by maximum12
2.25/5 rDev -39.8%
A: Pours very dark, permitting only a small amount of light to shine through at the edges. Big, thick tan head. Good lacing.
S: Like a chocolate-covered cherry, supplemented with a prominent mocha aroma.
T: Strong oxidized flavor predominates. Tart cherry on the sides of the tongue with an underlying coffee taste.
M: Moderate body with high carbonation.
D: The oxidation of this beer pretty much kills it. A swing... and a miss. Sad....
09-30-2011 21:33:50 | More by klewis
2.3/5 rDev -38.5%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance- Black with not much head at all. Big soapy bubbles. It shows as a nice tan after a vigorous swirling. 4/5
Smell- Chocolate cherries with a hint of sourness. I do not believe this is bad at all, it just has a sourness to it. The cherries are a little more subtle than I anticipated. Little bit of vanilla in there as well 3/5
Taste- Chocolate with a funky, chemical, imitation cherry taste. Some bitterness in the end. The cherry is not so subtle here. The chocolate and malt flavors start to come out a little more as this warms, but not enough to mask the cherries. 2/5
Mouthfeel- A little thinner than I would have liked. 2/5
Overall- Not great and I will not be buying another. I expected a chemical cherry (or a too sweet) taste and that is what I got. The cherry taste over powers everything else and not in a good way. I bought this at the same time I picked up the Japanese Green Tea IIPA and thought it would like this better. Not the case. 2/5
09-02-2011 02:42:39 | More by MADhombrewer
2.38/5 rDev -36.4%
12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Pours very dark brown near black, with a milk chocolate colored head.
The nose is of roasted malts and cocoa. I can't really pick up any cherry.
The taste is of cocoa, with very faint cherry in the finish. Almost hits an artificial cherry, cough syrup note.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with light carbonation.
While there was nothing particularly unpleasant with this beer, besides the occasional cough syrup hints, I felt that it was very lacking in much complexity and just didn't live up to my expectations.
09-21-2011 02:33:55 | More by vkv822
2.48/5 rDev -33.7%
Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Thanks to brewpaab for this, I was really looking forward to it.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a one finger dark brown head, after an aggressive pour.
Aroma: Some light cocoa notes, definitely not as much cherry as I was expecting. Some smokey notes as well.
Taste: Some cocoa notes upfront. The problem here is when the cherry note hits. It is not pleasant and fruity at all. The fruit aspect is barely detectable, it lends more of an awful acrid rotten note before ending with a touch of bad vodka. I may be a bit rough here, but the taste is not what I would call pleasant at all. One of the most outwardly offensive beers I've had in a while. It does improve slightly as it warms, but just enough to finish the glass.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy.
Overall, this was not my cup of tea. The flavors sounded great in theory but just didn't come together at all. The fruit flavor was acrid and boozy. I would not buy this again.
08-18-2011 13:11:29 | More by Gosox8787
2.53/5 rDev -32.4%
On tap at acre from their total tap takeover. still here on friday.
A-black with a little bit of brown head
S-Slight cherries and LOTS of booze. Not impressed
T-A little bit of cherry and almost no chocolate. Lots of booze. I was drinking an 08 BA RIS right next to it and THIS was more boozy
M-Medium body with alcohol burn
O-A total fail with the high expectations I have from stone.
08-19-2011 23:29:40 | More by brew3crew
2.55/5 rDev -31.8%
Appearance: Black and viscous with a brown head. Retention is poor.
Smell: Roasted malt, anise, molasses, tar, malt balls. Pretty faint cherry note, more an indistinct tartness. Not sure I'd even pick it out as cherry were it not on the label.
Palate: Anise and burnt malt open things up, followed by syrupy molasses and bitter dark chocolate. Cherry is barely noticeable, though it is more present on the tongue than in the nose. Mouthfeel is thick, feels underattenuated and yet not overly sweet due to the ashy, burnt malt character. A very weak offering overall; the fruit is indistinct, and it comes across as overly roasted and sweet for a 7.5% stout.
10-23-2011 06:01:08 | More by largadeer
Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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