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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

656 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 656
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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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin film. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cocoa powder, vanilla beans, and some cherry notes if I smell hard enough. Taste is of sour cherries, vanilla beans, and bittersweet chocolate. There is an astringent sour/bitter flavor that lingers of the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not as good as I was expecting it to be based on what I read about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:27:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

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

A: The pour is deep, dark, and black. There is a finger of tan head to go with it.

S: Smells a little bit like cherries, but there is also pretty heavy char and roast to it. Slightly tart with a hint of metal to it. The vanilla doesn't really come through, unfortunately. A touch of booze.

T: Cherries, roast, and a bit of booze. Again, not much in the way of vanilla. Pretty sweet, however, with lots of chocolate flavor to it. Little bit of molasses and toffee sweetness as well.

M: Medium in body with a smooth carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: Really disappointing. This beer sounded excellent in concept, but it didn't live up to expectations.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:39:22 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an incredibly murky fudge brown color with a massive mocha head that leaves a lot of lace behind

Smell: Primarily dark chocolate, the aroma brings out just a hint of cherry.

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the cherry flavors are prominent on the front of the tongue, bringing sweet and tart elements, the dark chocolate arrives at mid-palate and, while there is a nice blend in the finish, the sweet cherry flavors are in the forefront

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; creamy on the tongue

Overall: Would that the cherry flavors just be a bit less dominant, this would be fantastic; as it is, the sweet cherry elements bring this one down a notch to me

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 20:28:33 | More by brentk56
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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

This fortified brew pours with a viscous and creamy decant of motor oil-like color and density and building a medium head of brown foam with struggling staying power. Pockets of foam here and there denote the path of lacing in a very random pattern. But knowing both fruit and vanilla, these can impeed foam character.

Deep aromas of cocoa and roasty coffee shape the early nose while complexities of sour cherries, vanilla cream continue waves of decadent scents with each visit to the nose. Supplementary notes of wood, almond, and alcohol complemet the nose without interfering with primary aromas. While not overly variant in aroma, rather straight forward, but the juxtaposed aromas go a lot of different directions, thus creating a unique kind of complexity.

The compellingly odd combination of sour cherries, Frech roast coffee, cocoa, and heavy cream continue to work on the palate in much the same was as in the nose. But the sweet cream and mild caramel flavors are somewhat compromised by the acidic tone of cherries and the astringent and smoky coffee bitterness. Though these flavors deliver a lot of flavor, then also create a lot of confussion on for the taste buds; unsettled to taste the least!

The thin and acidic tartness of cherries give a very terse early mouthfeel. But then the creamy carbonation and the cocoa, milk, and vanilla plays off of the creamy carbonation for a very lush and full bodied texture. Succulent and velvety at mid palate, but then the abrupt cherry sourness combines with coffee and hop bitterness for again, a very confused tingemental sensation.

It's hard to degrade this beer because of the quality of each individual flavor that's portrayed in very controlled, quality, and well-balance technique. But in combination, the flavos seem to combat with each other rather than balance eachother. There's three or four different flavors that are pulling the beer in completely separate directions. It's similar to Bell's Cherry Stout, but with better balance of malt and creamy sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 05:22:19 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only slight traces of amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger high mocha-colored head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate malt and lactose in the nose along with some hints of cherries.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of chocolate and lactose with notes of roasted malts and cherries. The cherries are more prominent compared to the smell and particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering the beer’s strength, it’s astonishing that virtually no alcohol is detectable in both the smell and taste. It goes down quite easy for this reason and also because it’s not heavy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 13:43:08 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 22:24:54 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Another day, another tasty-sounding Stone collaboration brew. Can't complain, really. This one pours a straight onyx topped by a half-finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, light roasted malts, very light coffee, and a faint hint of black cherry hidden deep in the background. A slight nuttiness pervades, though I suspect this is just an offshoot of the combination of the aforementioned elements. The taste immediately begins with a charred dark chocolate flavor, followed quickly by a blast of cherry dipped in chocolate syrup (no char here). Everything then kinda fades into a dusty cocoa/cherry mix that evokes mild cough syrup taken after eating a Hershey Kiss. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, a pretty solid stout, one that definitely achieves the desired flavors. The only thing holding it back is the overt strength of these flavors: with that kind of intensity, especially when it's this focused, things are gonna end up poorly for the tongue. I would definitely not call this a bad beer by any stretch, but I also don't think I'll have another...this one was worth the experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 04:32:32 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Collaborations - Cherry Chocolate Stout
12 oz. bottle; $3.39 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, DE
No apparent freshness date.

Appearance: Opaque 'black' body. Slightly pinkish-tinted brown head. The frothy head holds really well, and it leaves wide smears of lace around the glass.

Smell: Chocolate with some cherry in the background... a little bit like a chocolate covered cherry.

Taste: Lots of chocolate. Also lots of cherry, far more than the nose lets on, but it's not overdone - don't start thinking that it will taste like cherries with chocolate, it really is very much like a chocolate covered cherry where the richness of the chocolate dominates. It's richly malty, and the roasty edge gives the chocolate a dark character. It's firmly bitter, lending just enough to keep it from becoming sweet. No hop flavors are apparent. A tiny bit of alcohol is noticeable though, and it finishes dry with a bit of bittersweet chocolate before the cherry appears as the malt fades. Very nicely balanced; really well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied; smooth and creamy. The moderate carbonation gently caresses the tongue. Very nice.

Overall: I've had cherry and chocolate stouts before, but never have I had one that's both understated and full-flavored at the same time. It's really unique. Quite impressive. Absolutely worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:21:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stone glass because I know what I'm doing, try and learn. Beer was surprisingly good. I'd definitely have it again.

Beer is mildly overcarbonated, black with a big brown head, moderate to low retention, thankfully. Lots of lacing, looks good.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, a hint of cherries but subtle, you can tell it is there but you have to go looking a little.

Beer is medium in body, very chocolaty, like liquid chocolate, hints of cherries and fruit on the backend, very strong, very nice. Mild roast on the backend, I'd have it again but I doubt it will get better with age.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 15:36:35 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 22:14:23 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Pours a dark luscious creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly over pitch black beer.

Nose has a stone stout aroma, some light luscious chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate, oatmeal, bit of roasted malts, light vanilla, dark roasty malt aromas, no very bitter or burnt aromas. As it warms hints of tart cherry start to come out.

Taste starts creamy and luscious, milky and almost lactose like, some milk chocolate and chocolate milk even, hint of dark chocolate, plenty of vanilla and some caramel, and hint of roasted malt flavors, and some oats. The cherry comes out a bit more with some tart and sweet cherry flavors, and it even starts to bring some spicy cherry flavors. it starts slightly on the sweet side and finishes around the same but slightly drier, and a bit sticky, lingering dark chocolate flavors, a nice ripe cherry comes through with a hint of creamy chocolate covered cherry filling.

Mouth is a bit bigger bodied, luscious and a bit creamy, quite a bit of carbonation too maybe too much.

Overall not bad, some nice flavors, not too heavy or overpowering with any flavors, no big bitterness or burnt flavors, cherry is nice and not too strong, drinkable for a stout as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:28:57 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled August 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, dense, darkly brown colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is an opaque, black color that passes no light through it. The beer smells of burnt molasses, roasted coffee notes and a backing that supplies a hint of vanilla in the finish. There is perhaps a hint of tartness to the beer, but I really don’t get any sense of the cherries in the aroma. Toasted whole grain notes peak through the dominant roast character. There is a nice, rich, dark maltiness to this beer that almost contributes a savory quality to the nose; the malt is beyond sweetness in the nose. Actually after a bit of time a suggestion of cherries might be here; I am sure though if I wasn’t trying to look for it, I would have never noticed anything in the nose. Touches of burnt vegetal character also start to come out as the beer warms.

Rich, dark and roasted up front, it picks up some sweetness towards the finish where it is joined by a touch of tartness and a suggestion of cherry nail polish in the finish. The roast character in the finish is not only aggressively bitter, but also has some astringency to it that lingers on the palate in not the most pleasant fashion. Burnt grain husk notes up front are tempered somewhat by a more wholesome toasted, approaching burnt whole grain character. Subsequent sips have the hint of cherry nailpolish being more like a faint, thin cherry note in the finish. Much of the sweetness in this beer comes from a solid vanilla character towards the finish; this really lingers on in the palate long after the beer has been swallowed. As the beer gets really warm the harsh roast character in the finish is tempered a bit. Given the alcohol, this beer actually drinks fairly rich, though the acidity in the finish does make it seem a little thin, in comparison, in the finish.

The cherry character really is a bit disappointing here; I certainly am not looking for a huge cherry character, but the huge roasted character really could have used something else to balance it out and a nice, proper, actual sour / pie cherry used a bit more aggressively would have certainly fit the bill. As it is though, the roast character is a bit too harsh and unpleasant for this beer to be truly good. Still this isn’t horrible and I will likely finish the beer. This smells and tastes of higher alcohols and nail polish, usually this is a sign of poor fermentation in a beer of this strength, but I am not sure of that here as this might be tied up with the cherries somehow.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 18:41:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color. A 1/4 " head is all you get.

Smell: cherries and roasted malts are most notable.

Taste: roasted malt with loads of cherries. There is some milky qualities in the background here. Bitterness is nicely balancing. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a hint of dryness late. Aftertaste is long.

Overall: a decent dessert beer or a one off slow sipping beer. Worth a try if you like fruit flavored stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 19:18:10 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, another Stone collaboration to try, seems that they're coming out every month now,

A: Pours an opaque black with a fizzy short lived tan head. No lace.

S: Heavy dark chocolate with a hint of cherry, like cherry chocolate cake. Slight amount of roast. Bit of a cherry cola feel.

T: Bitter dark chocolate with some sweet fruit in the mid palate to round out the flavour. Slightly sweet and dessert like finish.

M: Almost full-bodied, creamy feel with a hint of acidity on the back end. Can be chalky at times.

O: An interesting beer. I'm not one to go super extreme with brews, but I feel this would have worked a little better if it was an imperial stout. The structure would be there and I think the flavours would work a little better with some more malt. The beer just seems thinner than it should be. Worth a try, I did enjoy the cherry aspect. Upping the overall score because I really like the idea of this brew, just needs some tweaking.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:29:04 | More by Halcyondays
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mdfb79

New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/06/11 notes. Picked up a bottle of this yesterday from Whole Foods, been wanting to try it and glad to see it make its way out here. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a dark black color with one to two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing left on the glass but looks like a good stout.

s - Smells of chocolate, heavy roasted malts, cocoa, light lactose and vanilla, and light black cherries. Lots of roasted notes and not as much cherry as I would have liked, but still enjoyable.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, light dark fruits and cherries, and light alcohol. Not as much cherry as the nose and more booze; pretty average.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy.

o - Overall not a bad stout at all, but a bit disappointing. Roasted notes dominate and the cherries are light, especially in the taste. The vanilla is also almost non-existent in the taste. Nice mouthfeel and a pretty good beer, but was hoping for more.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 15:19:21 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle is labeled 2011 if that means anything.

A: Pours a four finger brilliant head featuring a lovely tan colour and beautiful cream lacing. Stunning. Retention is incredible, and treats the 7.30% likes it's no biggy. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: I'm surprised me broken nose actually detects the cherry. Other than the ester, I get surprising hops (maybe cascade - what is that doing in a stout?), and vanilla. Certainly cream is present. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Cherry ester hops join uneasily with hefty dark chocolate notes. Cream and caramel tones lie underneath, but it's in desperate need of roast. No lactic notes emerge, making me question the style classification. It's balanced alright, but suffers from an awkwardness of build it can't recover from. I like it, but the clash of cherry and would-be stout chocolate never adequately resolves.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a bit of thickness that doesn't belong. It's too thick, but not in the traditional (consistent) sense. Doesn't really suit the flavours.

Dr: It's very drinkable for the ABV, but the flavours are so uneven it isn't a pleasant brew. I'd try it on draught, but it'll never be a great beer. The price isn't bad for the quality, however.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 07:28:52 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 12 oz bottle from Vintage Estates. Yeah, I had to go all the way to Boardman to get a bottle of a Troegs collaboration. In a tulip.

A: The stout is oily, a rather viscous pour. Pitch black, no surprise there. The head, slow to develop, needs a few seconds to get its sealegs. As it comes together, it approaches a quarter finger of tan bubbles.

S: Semi-sour cherries and light chocolate. Neither is as strong as I was expecting. Subtlety is a gift and this stout brings it. The roasted body, much like the other aspects, is complimentary. Sweet milk chocolate becomes stronger as the ale warms.

T: Cherry, sweet with the faintest thread of sourness, primes the ale nicely. It's sweetness isn't sugary or underdone; just right. The sweetness comes from milk chocolate, a fine pairing that isn't cloying. The cherry, in fact, lingers on my palate. As the cherry tries to pick up, a flavor that I can best described as piscine pops up. It doesn't linger long but its brief presence is not so hot. The stout body is roasted but not too strong; a body well-suited for the added flavors. The ale doesn't come across as strong, another upside.

M: A good stout that makes nice use of the cherries - not as sour as Bell's or as lackluster as Tyranena's cherry porter. A good place to be.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 12:59:22 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:51:42 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 21:01:13 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightproof beer with a perfectly sized brown colored head.

Nice cherry aroma, sweet with a nice chocolate to complement it. Cherry brandy scent, other than that this is all cherry and chocolate.

Starts out semisweet with a little cherry and a lot of patent malt. Sweetness doesn't got that far very quickly a sour cherry flavor comes out and lots more vanilla. Becomes semisweet and sour with a slight strange taste I can't ID something like burned berries.

Thick mouthfeel.

Overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:16:58 | More by Zorro
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Syrupy sweet aroma with a prominent cherry juice character along with some slightly roasted chocolate malt. The cherry presence is very strong, reminding me of opening a jar of maraschinos. It kind of overpowers the other notes but the chocolate is there as well.

Medium bodied with a very sweet cherry presence followed by a roasted chocolate malt character. The cherry flavor is really strong and overpowering, so much so that it tastes artificial/syrupy. It's pretty much all I taste until the beer finishes with sweet and toasted malt. A decent amount of chocolate flavor but I wish there was more to balance out the cherries.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 08:18:21 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle purchased somewhere localish.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 3/4" purpley dark brown head over the opaque dark/black brew. Head falls slowly, with leggy, sticky lacing. Aroma is deep dark malts, coffee, with a tart cherry undercurrent. Taste follows the nose, but with the tart cherry flavor more pronounced and lasting. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Could do with a bit less fruit in this one, but it is advertised as a cherry stout, so it's hard to complain.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 02:02:25 | More by ppoitras
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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.