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

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

657 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.28%


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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011)
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first pour at the Boise "Stone Tap Take over".... Greg hadn't even stagedived yet!! :-) 5 oz pour is pretty much black with a decent tannish head.. that doesn't last too long.

The nose shows good chocolate, but only a bit of fruit if you concentrate... more sweet roasty notes than anything else.

Flavor is not much better, but a dark cherry element is there, but gets lost pretty quickly.. with warmth, there is more cherry...

Interesting.... Unfortunately I SIPPED this one forever while trying to get ANY other pour.. Still This is a decent brew... I suspect is pretty old for the element that should be enjoyed fresh.

3.5's across the board.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 05:26:47 | More by JohnGalt1
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The body is just simply, pitch black...there was a thin, brown head that formed but it quickly fell to a full ring and just one spot left in the middle...some decent lacing was left behind

S - A lot of roasted chocolate...brings some bitterness out...the cherries are light and sour...there is a slight alcohol presence

T - The cherries have turned sweet with the first sip...they do have a bit of tartness to them but the sweetness overpowers that...a rush of vanilla also keeps things sweet up front before the full on assault of roasted dark chocolate comes in...the malts are roasted hard and create a bitterness that's also pretty hard...as the beer warms the chocolate comes out more and the cherry fades away...some molasses also comes across the palate

M - Full bodied...the bitter, roasted chocolate just takes over and your left dry

O - I had really high hopes for this beer...I guess I was over-hyping it for myself because I was left wanting more...the cherry flavor was subtle compared to the big time roasted chocolate

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 14:52:36 | More by thain709
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Acre in a tulip.

Appearance: Just from the pour I can tell this is a Stone brew. A thick, ebony black stout with a chunky thick mocha cap. Always good retention and lacing from their stouts.

Smell: Dark Belgian chocolate blends with medium roasted malt to dominate the nose. The cherry aroma takes a bit of a back seat.

Taste: Cherry comes out a lot more on the tongue. A slight tartness is not optimal, but there is a full chocolate and roasted malt flavor as well. Toward the middle, the cherry remains and combines with a mocha flavor that turns soft bitter by the end. Some vanilla comes in toward the end of the sip. The finish has some coffee and roasted malt notes as well as some lingering cherry.

Mouthfeel: The body is full and viscous, with carbonation that is soft and creamy. A soft acidity results from the cherries it seems, and there is smoothness that can only come from the lactose in milk stouts.

Overall: This is another solid offering from Stone. I would like to have this again sometime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 22:03:35 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

1.88/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 10:52:28 | More by Chico1985
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's Stone Night

A - A nice deep rich dark brown basically black pour that had a creamy two finger mocha head that faded to leave nice side lacing and head retention

S - Nice dark chocolate notes and roasted malts along with super light cherry notes. Simply not strong enough.

T - Identical to the nose here. This is a very nice stout with good roast and chocolate qualities but the cherry just isnt strong enough.

M - Nice mouthfeel here. Lower carbonation results in a smooth, creamy stout.

O - Overall this stout still needs work. The cherry still isnt up to par. Still, I felt on tap was better than the bottle offering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 19:13:26 | More by rudzud
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap last week at the Troegs tasting room and again last night at the Troegs / Stone total tap takeover at the Brewhouse Grille.

A - Pours deep dark brown, bordering on black, with a small half finger tall khaki colored head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich chocolate sweetness, dark roasted chocolate malt, molasses, and some light vanilla sweetness. I really don't detect a whole bunch of cherries in this one. Bit of a letdown honestly.

T - Starts off with lots of rich chocolatey sweetness up front slowly giving way to a mix of dark roast, vanilla, molasses, coffee creamer, and a touch of warming booze. The cherries are quite dulled here as well, only offering the faintest twang that is quickly enveloped by all the other dark flavors. The finish is a mix of sweetness and roast, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, roasty, feel with plenty of it lingering long after the finish.

O - Not a bad beer but I think they missed the mark on this one. I am a bit disappointed honestly. If I can actually find a bottle, don't even get me started on that, I will give it another try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 22:22:29 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the Troegs tasting room on 8/31/11. This sample was offered in a 6oz mini snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head. Fairly nice retention with patches of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives the dark cap.

The smell of this brew comes out of the draft line completely muted and lifeless without much of a scent. As it gradually comes up to temperature, a pleasantly roasty grain character evolves. A sweetness emerges almost like vanilla and chocolate with a very mild cherry fruited quality. Once warm, chocolate dominates the aroma.

The taste is roasted with a note of charred bitterness somewhat like stale coffee and unsweetened chocolate that persists into the aftertaste. There is quite an earthy quality theoughout the profile with a faint indication of slightly tart fruity cherry quality. This brew is first and foremost a pleasantly roasty chocolate stout with a slight cherry inclusion.

This is a medium bodied offering that is lightly carbonated. The alcohol warms the back of the throat with a level expected of 7%. Pleasant and enjoyable with a very subtle tart cherry inclusion that plays a very minor role compared to the roasty elements of this brew. Well done. Approaching this like a typical "sweet stout" might be a let down for some. As-is this was a pleasant offering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 13:55:50 | More by stakem
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Troegs on 8/30/11.

A - Deep cocoa brown liquid with dark burgundy wisps throughout and a dense but creamy dollop of light brown foam that diminished to a swirly retention and deposited craggy lacing all along the rim of the snifter.

S - First whiff revealed dark, semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa nibbs, followed by ripe black cherries. The cherry character was quite authentic, not like some cough syrupy aromas I've experienced in the past. Medium roasted malt and a hint of vanilla also resides in the background.

T - Bitter cocoa and dark chocolate fudge smothered with cherries, like a melted down ice cream sundae. The bitterness really builds up in the backend, giving way to earthy as well as intense chocolate notes. The addition of cherries imparts a smidgen of tartness and mild sweetness, adding balance and complexity to the overall flavor. I was not anticipating this stout to be as bitter as it was. Was I pleased by this? You bet!

M - Full-bodied with a creamy texture and mild carbonation, giving the mouthfeel a rich, velvety character with a hint of oily residue. Finishes with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - This one is a slam dunk, as far as I'm concerned. The cherry and chocolate attributes work amazingly well together, and the modest carbonation allows the creaminess of this stout to shine, making this an easy-to-drink, yummy treat!

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 17:40:08 | More by ffejherb
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brew3crew

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 23:29:40 | More by brew3crew
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Stone

Poured a solid black with little brown head that didn't hang around.

The smell was very straight forward with lots of chocolate and a little bit of cheery hidden in there as well.

The taste was on par with the smell. I almost tastes like your drinking chocolate milk or a melted milk shake. The cherry is in there for sure, especially as it warms up. I would have likes to see a little more Stout roastiness though.

I have been looking forward to trying this beer for some time now and am glad I did. It didn't blow me away by any means because it was very one dimensional but I could see it being a gate way beer for some people.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 15:34:14 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light cherry with limited residual sugars notes and some black chocolate is really interesting. Taste is also a very nice mix of light cherry notes with some good black chocolate notes with a lightly sweet finish. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Quite enjoyable overall but I was expecting a bit more cherry notes to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 16:49:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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oldsailor

Nevada

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this last night during our "Night of a Thousand Stouts" beer party my wife and I hosted. It smelled good, could detect the chocolate and cherry notes, the look was a little watery and thin, same with the overall mouthfeel. While it did deliver the chocolate covered cherry flavor I was expecting, it wasn't as good as the Ten Fidy we had just sampled right before it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 16:10:21 | More by oldsailor
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 03:36:59 | More by GilGarp
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GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. Thanks surge1311.

A - Big and black with no light coming through. A small tan head. The beer sticks to the glass nicely.

S - As billed, cherries and chocolate. But the chocolate fades and the cherries take over. Vanilla and brown sugar poke through at times.

T - Again, cherry and chocolate. Also a mild sweetness. The flavors are bold and linger a long time. The cherry is a bit too dominant and eventually wears you down.

M - A moderate consistency with a low carbonation.

O - A good beer and well worth a try but one was probably enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 11:52:17 | More by GJ40
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some light amounts of dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolate malts, cocoa, and lactose along with a very light hint of cherry (which intensifies as the beer warms up).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with milk chocolate, lactose sweetness, cocoa, and just a hint of vanilla. Cherry flavors intensify as the beer warms up and become more pronounced in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is pretty well hidden by the sweetness from the lactose. Several people mentioned a taste of robitussin but I do not get any of that medicinal cherry, maybe it has faded with the age - cherry flavors in general are pretty reserved.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:32:58 | More by dbrauneis
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer after a decent amount of cellar time to it. Overall the beer was an enjoyable experience. The appearance was on par for the style as being dark black with thin tin lacing that remained after the pour. Smell was heavy roasted malts hint of cherry and vanilla . Taste was that of a very smooth stout with roasted tones and slight cherry tang to it but overall nice long finish and taste. Mouthfeel is medium with nice slick feel. Overall not sure how this beer compares to when was fresh as this was only bottle I had but I did enjoy the experience now as good solid stout collaboration not over some with cherry either.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 20:33:51 | More by Stunner97
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:29:08 | More by Sammy
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very inky black with a nice mocha head. Almost overflows the glass until it settles into some foam and eventually dissipates.

Smell - Strong roasty malt aroma. Some cherry, but it isn't overt. Mostly a deep dark chocolate and burnt toast smell.

Taste - Bright cherry up front. Mixes into a sweetness that doesn't last long. Quickly becomes chocolate, but in a bitter chocolate way. Ashy and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Fairly low in carbonation with a dry ashy finish. Burnt malt flavor in the end.

Overall - Unexciting with some unpleasant notes in the finish. Still nothing that makes me gag or want to drainpour it. Just an average stout with its pluses and minuses.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:10:34 | More by Alieniloquium
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lazjuarez

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this...I don't know why, but tonight seems like a great time to open this collaboration brew. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter

A: Poured Hurriedly, creating almost 3 fingers worth of foamy mocha colored head, but recedes rather quickly with minimal lacing. Body is black, absolutely no light coming through, but carbonation is noticeable right under the head.

S: Nose is amazing! Big chocolate notes upfront, molasses, some light vanilla notes, and cocoa as well. Nose is complex, I'm picking up some espresso notes as it warms, cherry notes are extremely light maybe due to cellaring.

T: Cherries are definitely more apparent in the taste upfront, then sweet chocolate notes along with cocoa and vanilla make their appearance, finally at the end of the tongue, cherries show up again with a hint of bitter chocolate lingering.

M: Medium bodied; great coating of the tongue, nice velvety silkyness, but doesn't overwhelm the palate. Light carbonation, ABV is barely noticeable, but great balance between sweet and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 04:56:48 | More by lazjuarez
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour with 1 finger dark cream head. Head disappears very quickly and lace, while there, is quite thin and recedes faster than my hairline.

Nose is quite nice. Definite milky, sweet stout underneath. The chocolate and the cherries walk all over that. More cherry covered chocolate than chocolate covered cherry. Nice malt notes from the milk stout backing that up, too.

Sweet cherry hits the tongue first, then the acid from the cherries kick in and things get tart fast. Picking up the roast notes from the malt, but the sweetness from the milk stout is lost a bit. Definite chocolate/mocha notes in the finish. Plenty of lingering tart flavor from the cherries. A lot going on here and easy to get lost in the flavors.

Feel is actually quite nice. This could easily be a very heavy drinker, but it is only appropriately heavy. Nice hop resin with the lightness of a sweet stout.

Overall, a very nice sipper and one I'm glad I tried. Nice special occasion beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 02:03:44 | More by beer2day
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Dankuel

California

4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance appreciable to a stout, ok head on first pour (may have been poured a little too cold), and moderate lacing which dissipates quickly on the side of glass.

Smells incredible. An even mix of cherry and chocolate hit the nose. Very sweet and well balanced with the stouts malty aroma.

The taste is analogous. A sweet milk chocolate, blended with cherry, hits the palate in an even, well distributed manner. In the background lay the metalic, maltiness of the stout.

Great mouthfeel. Goes down smooth with a little after swallow burn. A hint of acidity lingers afterwards.

Overall this a great beer, I have the rye whiskey barrel version sitting next to me for my next venture.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 07:46:42 | More by Dankuel
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate head with a touch of ruby mixed in. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts and cocoa with cherries, some coffee and a touch of other dark fruits.

T - Starts off with some roasted cocoa with some cherry sweetness and a bit of lactose. Through the middle, some coffee flavor comes through with some more cherry flavor and a bit of other dark fruit sweetness. The finish is a mix of cherry, cocoa, coffee, and a bit of bitter dark chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch thick with a roasted and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced stout with the cherry flavor at a really nice level. I could drink a whole lot of this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 22:52:03 | More by ngeunit1
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Sixt9coug

California

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just finished my last bottle of this tonight. I had a few bottles when it was fresh about a year ago, and now it's all gone. I'll make comparisons to both fresh and aged, so keep up!

A - Dark as can be. Black, black black with a faint red/brown tone as you swirl it in the glass. There is definitely carbonation present similar to Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes. However, this Stone brew is much heaver in viscosity. A coffee brown head forms and then is gone shortly after leaving some brown lacing on the glass.

S - FRESH- Heavy notes of cherry, bitter chocolate and some roasty malts present.
Aged - The cherry scent is all but gone. More sweetness is present in the nose for me, and lots of the chocolate bitterness has mellowed and subsided. Most of this has been replaced by the roasted malts.

T - FRESH - Cherry is the first thing I tasted. This was quickly followed by a heavy dose of bitter chocolate. The sweet cherry was a little unexpected, but it was balanced immediately by the bitter dark chocolate. On the finish there was plenty of roast coming through with a bit of the bitter chocolate lingering. Yes, there was some heat apparent.
AGED - I could not taste the cherry anymore, but there was a residual sweetness left in the taste, followed by a more muted bitterness of the chocolate. The roasted taste is much more noticeable now and the alcohol has not been mellowed juuuust a touch, but it's still noticeable on the finish.

M - Creamy, creamy creamy fresh or aged. Creamier on the aged version with a heavy coating left on about anything it touches. Thick, but not "Ten Fidy" thick. A bit oily, but just very nice.

O - I wish I had the sense to buy more. I enjoyed the cherry notes more when it was fresh, but the creaminess that came out as it aged was awesome. Loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 05:18:27 | More by Sixt9coug
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another collab from Stone.

Pours out an intense black with a mocha/tan colored head.

Smells intensely of fresh cherries and chocolate.

You get the same taste as the aroma. It tastes as if fresh cherries are in your mouth followed by a sweet/ slightly bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Very tasty and a great dessert beer too.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 19:01:54 | More by JohnnyMc
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Collaboration by Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard, Troegs, & Stone: Cherry Chocolate Stout. 12 fluid ounce bottle. 7.3% Alc/vol. Brewed and bottled by the Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, San Diego county, CA.
I will not repeat here the story told by Mitch Steele, Head Brewer, Stone Brewing Company, April, 2011. But it tells the tale of the brewing of this beer with gusto and enthusiasm, with none of the nonsense and hyperbole normally found on this bottles.

Intense black, thorough opacity, slim cocoa-tinged head, starts proud and dies down.

Roasted malt and espresso in the nose. Not much more, but we'll give it time. Let it open up. Hints of fruit, chocolate's starting to show. It's there, but not terribly loud, erring on the side of subtle.

So, drink up, already. Ah, here we have it happening in harmony, the rich, roasty malt, the mellow cherries, the sweet but serene chocolate. All in there at once, with no one side dominating another. Sweet chocolate and cherries never quite cloy, but close to it.

Full-bodied, rich and thick, beautifully layered, and delicately flavored. Medium length finish, and all in all, not too anything. Balance with complexity. Excellent combination.

The dry sour/sweet cherry flavors rolls back in, taking turns with chocolate. This one keeps growing and changing, and I find myself liking it more and more.

Thanks to Dennis Skrade for this gift.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:57:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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