Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.99/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
01-30-2013 03:29:08 | More by Sammy
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-04-2011 14:27:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
08-12-2011 13:43:08 | More by metter98
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
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
09-25-2011 20:28:33 | More by brentk56
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
04-11-2014 16:49:58 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
09-07-2011 05:22:19 | More by BEERchitect
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
08-12-2011 03:39:22 | More by womencantsail
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
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
09-17-2011 04:32:32 | More by TMoney2591
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
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
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!
12-20-2011 02:21:51 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +7%
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours black in the glass, with a finger of dark looking burnt mocha head. This retains with a rich ½ finger that skims the surface, throwing up a creamy cascade that descends down the sides of the glass and leaving back a good bit of robust spotty lace. The aroma is tart smelling with cherry juice that jumps right out, mingling with notes of cocoa bean husks and crunchy roasted coffee. This is pretty even between cherry and malt here overall in the nose.
The taste is similar, with a dark and juicy cherry tartness that is set against a backbone of sticky sweet chocolate character and more burnt and bitter notes from dark roast and a touch of citric flavors. The finish is dry roasted and a bit charred with a smidge of lingering cherry that hangs on the lips a bit. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and a bit prickly initially on the tongue with then more of a soft chewiness to the carbonation that hangs on the edges of the feel. A gentle alcohol presence mostly just adds some fullness to this and thankfully keeps any distracting warmth out of the equation. Although it does enhance the burnt qualities of this a good bit.
I guess your enjoyment of this is going to depend on if you’re into Cherry Stouts or not, as this basically came off to me as a slightly fuller version of the Bell’s version (which seems to be another quite polarizing beer). This is heavy on the cherry flavor but it doesn’t dominate, as there as still plenty of chocolate and roast present here to help keep this interesting. This isn’t some mind-blowing collaboration between Tröegs and Stone but is pretty darn solid for what it is.
12-05-2011 17:56:15 | More by Kegatron
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
05-22-2012 03:57:33 | More by feloniousmonk
4.23/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
04-23-2012 15:36:35 | More by drabmuh
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
I was pleased to be able to try this again -this time in the bottle.
A black opaque shade with a thin quick dissipating head of medium golden brown w/ tiny bead. The smell has a good amount of fruit with roasted and a strong dark grain aroma which has a slight acrid almost smoky quality with bit of woody/earthy smell. The feel is good with thick body and mix of sweet, roasty and tart fruit with a mild sweet taste from fruit mixed with bitter and the moderate carbonation keeps it lively with semi-dry finish with a mild alcohol warmth.
This has a taste of very good roast -could be the bittersweet cocoa flavor which mixes well with the tart cherry tang and there is a lot of toasted malt which has a coffee-like lingering acidic flavor which could be astringency from the extra high kilned malt with fruit and light earthy accents interwoven with the slight caramel/dark brown sugar taste from the malt. Overall I liked this and I was happy with the amount of flavor, yet a little sweetnes could have helped with all the cocoa and cherry it has a tannin that verges on puckering with pretty high roast quotient. I recommend trying this, but I would not recommend multiples back to back.
11-07-2011 19:39:31 | More by Slatetank
Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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