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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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Ratings: 677
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.

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Ratings: 677 | Reviews: 395
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured to a pint glass.

pours dark and thick, mocha brown head-1/4", fades quick.

Aromas are chocolatey malts, light spice, dark fruit. nose is very sweet.

Very sweet up front. Tastes more like caramel than chocolate. Cherry is light, tastes a bit figgy. Vanilla. malts and hops dominate. Very warm booziness.

Feels metallic, sticky, and sweet. Bitter finish. Chewy.

Overall...looking forward to trying later in time. A young and still unbalanced ale with much potential for maturity.

Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Midnight black, fully opaque and resistant to any hint of light. Capping the bleak stuff is one finger of foamy wheat-colored bubbles that deposit long, winding trails of lace.

Nose like a cherry pie. Sugary dark cherries mix with bittersweet cocoa nibs and a hint of coffee. Vanilla and subtle hints of smoke and licorice dance in the background.

The first identifiable flavor is chocolate, of the milk variety, though more bitter. Vanilla comes through next, filling the mouth with sweet fumes. The swallow brings a smack of sugary/tart cherries that cause just a bit of pucker and linger on the tongue long into the finish, at which point the vanilla comes back to meet it.

The body is rather thin for the style, but it’s silky. Gentle carbonation nonetheless causes the beer to break into a good amount of fizz.

If you drink it too cold, Stone Cherry Chocolate is pretty awful. Too tart, too astringent. Near room temperature, however, it’s sugary, tart and rich. A mighty fine, desserty brew.

Photo of biglobo8971
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into snifter. Amazing looking beer, poured nice and black like I like my stouts with a good 1 inch head with thick lacing running down the whole drink. Slight cherry hint in the aroma, with a slight smell of roast. The taste is disapointing compared to the appearance. High alcohol burn feel from a not so high abv beer. Slight bitter chocolate, slight cherry, slight roast, slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is off due to the alcohol burn feel to it. Overall, not a fan, its ok, but I expected more from such a great brewery.
edit - had to go back once the brew warmed up. The chocolate and cherry become more prominent with the rise in temp. Nice and balance, Had to raise the taste grade due to this.

Photo of riored4v
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 9/14/11

Poured in to a tulip. 3/4 finger, brown head that faded to a ring. Pitch black body.

Aroma was dark chocolate with a strong cherry presence. Moderate sweetness with some ntoes of toffee and maltiness. Some hints of licorice as well.

Taste had some great cherry flavor with a dark, bitter chocolate. Some light vanilla and licorice. Mild bitterness in the finish. Slight earthniess with signs of coffee and toffee. Some light oakey notes as well.

Mouthfeel was super silky and smooth. Medium/heavy body, medium carb and a touch of stickiness following with a crispness.

Overall a good beer but the thick mouthfeel limits drinkability. Great flavors.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/6/11

Appearance: Jet black, pours with a really nice, dark tan head - retains a ring, nice lacing

Smell: More chocolate malts than actual chocolate - burnt, roasted, charred malts - a touch of the characteristic sour lactose aroma - really have to stick my nose in this to get some dark chocolate, and maybe a hint of cherry skin

Taste: Just short of good - the cherries become quite obvious on the tongue - tart, slightly sweet, acidic, tannins - adds a nice touch, doesn't make this taste like cough syrup - chocolate malts add some nice balance - not particularly complex, but a nice hint of baker's chocolate on the back of the tongue - plenty of burnt bitterness - some lactose sweetness/weirdness - overall, my only real complaint is a legitimately bad aftertaste due to the acidity, tartness, and lactose

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, sticky, kind of creamy

Overall: Pretty good, could be much better

This is unfortunately one of those beers that becomes less endearing the longer you drink it. The cherries and burnt malts seem to work together at first, but the aftertaste sticks around way too long. And I really don't know why this is a milk/sweet stout. But despite its flaws, it's still good. I'm going to age a couple for a while.

Update: 9/6/12

This is drinking slightly better than it did when I first reviewed it. It's a little less harsh, and a little more chocolatey. But it's still not great. Scores are unchanged.

Photo of Perdue125
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black, with a thickish consistency.

Smell - cherries with a hint of cocoa.

Taste - Very cherry at the front with a mild bitterness, more chocolate as it warms up. You can tell this is a milk stout from the finish. There is a faint hint of alcohol as well.

Overall this is a fine milk stout and the cherry flavor is a nice change of pace. Not sure I would want to buy another on considereing the price but if you like milk stouts it definately worth a try.

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cherry Chocolate Stout is a very dark, chocolate fudge color. Looks onyx. I’m not seeing any light cut through at all. It’s topped with a really attractive dark mocha colored head. It stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was definitely light and spotty.

The nose is alright. It’s a tad weak and isn’t all that diverse. It does feature a relatively prominent dark chocolate scent. A bit of cocoa is also noted. There are some nice coffee notes throughout. Blends well with the chocolate. There might be a faint hint of cherry, but it’s tough to tell. If so, it’s not all that strong. Alcohol is masked well. Not bad.

The flavor is consistent with the nose. The malt base is big on chocolate. Bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa are the two most notable flavors. It’s not really sweet at all. Roasted coffee is definitely secondary and works well. There’s an interesting wood-like flavor that’s subtle, but effective. I’m getting a little bit of sour cherry. It’s still kind of lost in the mix. Seems like it needs to be more prominent. It doesn’t have a bad flavor, just needs to be stronger. Alcohol is definitely light. Finishes with a mix of chocolate and coffee.

Cherry Chocolate Stout has a medium body. Carbonation is right on target. It definitely has a nice feel. Soft and smooth. Honestly, this may be its best attribute. It goes down alright. A 12 oz. bottle was definitely the right call.

I was pretty excited to Stone and Troegs collaborating on this release. The results are a pretty good chocolate stout that features just the slightest hint of cherry. The cherry flavor should probably be a little stronger given that it’s supposed to be a focal point. Not bad otherwise. Worth checking out.

Photo of bs870621345
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a mocha head a decent lacing. Just what you'd expect a stout to be.

Smells like chocolate, roast, hint of sweetness.

Taste is chocolate moving into roast. It finishes with a tinge of cherry and an almost metallic aftertaste. I was worried the cherry would be way too much, but this is just not even close. Its the metallic twang I really don't care for.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, yet oily. Almost sticky, but still thin feeling.

Overall this is a miss for me. Glad I tried it, as I am a troegs freak, but its nothing too wonderful.

Photo of d4114
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown head with pitch black body; Head not sticking around long.

S- Chocolate come through a lot, cherries are behind that but blend very well together to make up most of what you get from this. Slight roasted characters.

T- Follows smell close but is more complex. chocolate is up front and is very creamy. Then the cherries come out with a mix of sweetness and sourness. Under that is the roasty notes and bitterness that ties it all together.

M- A lighter medium body; Not creamy like I would expect but it has a smooth feel. Felt the cherries made it more crisp feel and easier to drink.

O- Pretty solid beer cherries really aren't my thing so its not my favorite but if you like chocolate and cherries i'm sure you would love this.

Photo of garuda
2.72/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Black, with a thick tan head with a slight pinkish hue and good lacing. Awesome appearance, just as I expect from Troegs and Stone.

S/T - Similar, with a heavy metallic presence on the front end, being bloody, penny-like taste and smell. Rolls over into a nice creamy chocolate and smooth roasted malt. Then the cherries come in through the finish, but tastes like cough syrup more than actual cherries.

M - Full body, nice and creamy smooth across the palate, but gets a strong cough syrup like finish.

O - Not a good representation of either brewery. I like where they were trying to go, but something was off with this one.

Photo of beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a smooth dark brown, almost black, forming a creamy mocha head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Roasted malt, cocoa, and a hint of cherry.

T - Creamy roasted malts, dark chocolate, with the cherry flavor becoming very pronounced in the finish along with a hint of vanilla.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy, with low carbonation.

O - Great flavor, body, and aroma! Something a bit more complex than a typical milk stout. A very easy drinker.

Photo of turnstile
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, allowing only the slightest sliver of light through at the edge of the snifter. The head is cocoa brown which recedes to a ring of bubbles around the glass alongside a spiderweb of carbonation on the surface. Some lacing.

Roasted notes strike first and overwhelm the aroma; chocolate and sweet cherry arrive last and are faint. Vanilla bean is vague, even as the brew warms.

Chocolate, roasted malt and coffee are the dominant flavors here. Like the nose, the roasted notes take hold first, quickly yielding to a great milk chocolate character. Cherry appears in the finish and delivers a tart, sweet finish with mild bitterness. Sweet overall.

Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation, this brew is somewhat chewy with a biting finish. Roasted notes linger.

Overall, the collaborating breweries did a great job merging the chocolate and cherry flavors with the roastiness of the stout. I didn't get the vanilla bean addition, however. Overcarbonated for the style.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Viscose dark chocolate exit from the bottle is pitch black in the glass with a canyon clay colored head with some russert/peach tint to it, a very odd color to describe indeed. The head is slight in size, a bit whispy and weak on the hold and quick to fall with a spotty weak lace. Perhaps the most intriquing aspect of the visual sense is the head color, which is still not enough to garnish good regards due to its weak holding head and lace.

S: Fusels are evident and strong, perhaps a bit to much so and overshadow most of the other aromas it may have had to offer. A bit of a let down, some dry bakers chocolate with dry vanilla bean, and powdered coffee mate, but really wasn’t prominent enough to give you a hearty sense, rather lingered in the corner, weak and beaten by the fusels which overtook the nose. Sorry to say I was lost in picking up any indications of the cherries on the nose.

T: Heavy on the alcohol fusels again, bitter, watery burnt chocolate and coffee flavor. Not sure if I got a bad batch. Some dry vanilla powdery coffee mate, not really fresh vanilla bean, but is mostly vinous with a pharmaceutical alcohol. Turns to dark fruit (plums) that was tart with a bit sour of some cherries. A chalky powdery creamer, dry, is left behind after the swallow.

M: The mouthful is light, feels a bit watery. Some dark fruit, vanilla, but cant make up for the thin substance that is neither milky nor creamy in the mouth. Again cant verify that maybe something went wrong.

O: Overall a big disappointment considering both breweries involved. This is neither milky, nor creamy and is actually quite a mess body and flavor wise, with a watery burnt chocolate /coffee flavor that just doesn’t work. If I didn’t know any better it seems like they were trying to combine their (troegs) mad elf cherry holiday beer with belgain strain with a stone chocolate porter base. Calling this out as a dog of a beer. No repeat or purchase factor, drinkability was tough with an uncaring attitude towards a finish.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger brown head on a fairly aggressive pour. Head dissipates fairly quickly, and lacing is minimal...

S - Lots of chocolate notes with some roasted malts and a slight cherry aroma...

T - Lots of chocolate up front followed by a mild cherry tartness. Dark roasted malts come through in the end with some lingering chocolate, and a slight metallic taste. Metallic taste subdues as beer warms. Don't pick up any vanilla, but the cherry comes through perfect. Enough to let you that it is present, but not enough to overpower...

M - Rich and creamy. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one. Tastes alot better warm as the chocolate comes through more and the metallic taste fades. Could see myself drinking this again if the price were a little more reasonable...


Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally found this at the reasonable price of $4.25 after seeing it priced around 6-7 dollars everywhere else...

A - Typical stout color, deep and black with slight carbonation bubbles throughout. Head is a creamy dark mocha. Very pretty.

S - Right off the bat I am picking up some cherry notes integrated rather well with the roast and the chocolate. Seems to heighten the lactic sourness a bit making it smell tart.

T - Damn that's a smooth milk stout! Not as much roasted as I expected so it drinks more like a chocolate drink (Yoo-hoo) but with a very mild touch of cherry. Soft yet present it flows like a wave across the palate, it's even in the finish. Tasty.

M - Has a nice medium body which comes off creamy rather than thick. Tastes great

Overall I find this to be one tasty cherry milk stout and probably the best one I ever had (sorry bells!) Can't say I can find another bottle since most places jack these collab's up in price but well worth the $4.25 price tag to try once.

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

Pours a deep brown with a reddish tinge. The beer settles into the glass black in color. The beer is opaque, no light breaking through even the slightest edge. Two finger cocoa colored head is set atop. Retention is respectable, works back slowly leaving a nice sheet of lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

Pleasant roasted malt aroma is noted off the bat. As the beer warms a moderately sweet chocolate aroma develops. The cherry aroma gains intensity with warms. The cherry aroma comes off fairly natural and sweet along side a soft tartness.

The flavor starts out rather similar to the nose. Assertive roasted flavor up front which transitions into a dark chocolate flavor on the midpalate. The cherry flavors lies beneath from beginning to end. Warmth really helps this beer, the chocolate becomes a bit creamier and sweet as the cherry becomes more prominent.

Medium bodied stout, carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Very smooth texture, the beer falls just short of being creamy. The finish is rather long, certainly fitting for the style.

I like this beer, probably not one I would reach for often but I am glad I have been able to enjoy this on a couple occasions. Rather drinkable, I think a bottle is all I would care for in a night. Big thanks to Carleton and James for bottles.

Photo of iflah45
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my Portsmouth tulip

Pours jet black thick chunky and amazing looking with a 1 finger mocha cream head that seems a little lighter towards the top.

The nose is somewhat disappointing. Didn't get any cherry initially because the burnt malts kind of took over. As it settles a bit, the cherry starts to come out but still subtle. Also some chocolate aromas in the background.

The taste is some syrupy cherry sweetness melded with some nice chocolate roasty character. The vanilla blends a little with the cherry but is very subtle. I wold give this a 5 for taste except that the cherry aspect seems too candy-like. I also detect a slight coffee flavor but that is likely the roasted malt.

The mouthfeel is a little thin and syrupy. The carbonation could be increased a bit. Needs more of a body, wish it was as thick and full as it pours.

Overall, I am glad I got to try this as it was my first stout with cherries. I have never disliked a Stone beer and I definitely don't dislike this one. Could be a bit more complex and balanced but I did enjoy it.

Photo of Valmor88
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with red hues. Thick brown head with good retention. Left good lacing down the glass.

S: Cherry and roasted grains. Hint of chocolate.

T: Full of malty sweetness paired with chocolate/toffee/coffee flavor. Didn't get tons of cherry in the taste, but just enough for my liking. Roasted malty finish.

M: Full bodied and smooth. Creamy texture. Medium-light carbonation.

O: Very drinkable beer. I think there was just the right amount of cherry flavor. I have recommended this beer to a few stout-loving friends.

Photo of russwbeck
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black pour with a brown head. The head sticks around a bit more than the Bells Cherry Stout.

S: The smell is not what I was expecting at all. Deep, sweet, chocolate, cherries, and some weird other smell. Could it be plastic? Could it be booze? I don't know, either way it's strange.

T: Wow the taste really makes me forget about the weird smell. Delicious chocolate, an underlying sweetness from the cherries, and a dry finish with some roast. Pretty balanced actually, which I wasn't expecting.

MF: The body seems heavier than Bells Cherry Stout, but more than likely is very similar. Carbonated well, no hint of booze on the taste.

O: I liked this a lot more than the Bells. Blended and balanced a lot better. Tasty, not too sweet. If only the smell wasn't so strange.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears jet black with 1/4" dark tan head, that fades. smells sorta like a black forest cake or cordial cherries.

the chocolate and cherry are subtle in the taste. a little bitterness of cocoa, and tartness of the fruit. finishes sweeter. kind of muddled though. fairly thick, moderate carbonation.

alright in concept, but I think it needs some refining.

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 phichifiji00
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black. Pours 1 inch of dark tan head that fades slowly.

Smell: chocolate, cherries, chocolate milk.

Taste: chocolate covered cherries, milk chocolate, cherry, chocolate milk.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, minimal carbonation, smooth, creamy.

Overall: very tasty, very drinkable. I'm glad I finally found a bottle.

Photo of larryi86
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a dark tan two finger head

S- Semi-sweet chocolate, hint of roasted malts, some cherry. Smell is little underwhelming.

T- Roasted malts, chocolate, slightly metallic cherries, some light tartness, not too sweet.

M- Thick, smooth, creamy.

O- I am happy that I was able to try it, but would not seek it out. I was hoping for more cherry flavor. Not a bad beer but I was excepting more from Stone and Troegs.

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

Pop the cap sounds like a lot of carbonation. Bottle to Deschutes tulip at about 50 degrees.

A: Easy pour down the center of the glass produces a beautiful creamy mocha colored looking two finger head. Beer is black, no light penetrates it. Head stays around a while, no lacing at all 4.0

S: Smell is very sweet like a chocolate covered cherry but it seems to be a bit muted. Picking up malts, mocha, a little coffee. All in all this has a very decent nose on it. 4.0

T: Tastes of bitter coffee and chocolate with only a slight hint of the cherry added. Would really like to see more of the cherry coming through. All in all not a bad stout but there is nothing really jumping out at me. A notch above average. 3.5

M: Mouthfeel is pretty good, nice consistency and good carbonation. 4.0

O: A good easy drinking stout. The beer is well integrated but I really wish the cherries were more pronounced. 3.5

Photo of alohaspicoli
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

A: Black with a light brown head that didn't hang around. Decent lacing.

S: I mostly picked up a roasty/coffee aroma. Also a slight sweetness that I had to look for, although I definitely wouldn't have been able to place it as cherry.

T: Up front it's roasty, earthy and a little tart. I get the chocolate and some coffee in the finish but the only real trace of cherry for me came via the tartness. Not picking up on any vanilla, which is mentioned on the bottle. Some noticable alchol burn at the end but it's not over the top.

M: On the thicker, chewier side with mild carbonation.

O: I thought this was an interesting beer. I'd personally have liked more cherry flavor and I think that if the vanilla they mention was present, that it would've taken this to the next level. But I was happy to find and try it. I have another bottle that I'll let age for a bit and will re-review when I crack it open.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.