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

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BA SCORE
84
good

672 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 60
Gots: 94 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Perdue125
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
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
4.45/5  rDev +19%
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
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
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
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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...

Cheers...

Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of chakadrum
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oddly, the first thing that comes to mind might be the yeast. Not much head nor lacing. The body feels, appropriate. Bottom line not for everyone. However, for me, cordial (sp?) cherries and i like it. Would drink this again in a heary beat. If you know what you are getring into before trying this beer you'll enjoy it more.

Photo of largadeer
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of Soonami. Served in a tulip. Pours an inky black with a dense, half-inch, mocha-colored head. Head eventually disperses into a skim and a tight, bubbly band around the shoulders. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses dark chocolate, roast, a suggestion of cherry juice and a faint metallic character. Taste expresses chalky chocolate, cherry juice (somewhat thin and acidic) and a suggestion of artificial vanilla - I don't really get the sweet stout here as there's really no lactose present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light and comes off a bit watery. Carbonation is bright without being lively and there's a bit of acidity that expresses itself towards the back. Overall, nothing to write home about here. I see this beer more as an American Stout than a Milk Stout as it's missing the lactose and creaminess I've come to associate with the style. Not really something I would seek out again.

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

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black, with half a finger of espresso coloured head that quickly disappeared and left some good lacing on the glass.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts and a noticeable tartness up front. The cherry flavour is not specifically noticeable but the tartness makes its presence evident.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts, a noticeable tartness and a touch of cherry. I expected more cherry flavour but the overall flavour is still excellent and the tartness definitely adds a layer of complexity to this beer that is unique.

M - Medium body with a really nice chew. Light carbonation.

Photo of ahq514
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours a jet black color with a nice mocha colored head. Healthy finger or so for the head. Doesn't go down too fast. Light lacing.

No ingredient really seems to dominate the aroma. There are elements of roasted grains, coffee, chocolate, a little bit of cherry juice.

Right up front I get a moderate dose of earthy hops, followed by a short burst of cherry juice, giving it a slight tartness. Then the grains come in. Slightly roasted grains with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Then it dries out and you get an average stout finish. Slightly sweet. A touch of warming alcohol. Cherry flavor comes through better as it warms.

Low carbonation and a nice fuller body.

Really glad that I tried this beer. It's a little different. Would have liked the cherries and chocolate to take a more front seat given its name. Also didn't really get much vanilla as advertised on the bottle. Would really like to see them tweak this recipe a bit and bottle again.

Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.