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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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BA SCORE
84
good

667 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 61
Gots: 95 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date that I can find. Nose is mellow, but cafe-au-lait like. Palate is slick and sweet with mocha, dark chocolate, vanilla, chocolate brownie, maraschino cherries. Finish is long and rich.

Notes: Tastes straight up like a chocolate and vanilla brownie with cherries inside. Dessert straight up.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:56:37 | More by SFLpunk
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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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beagle75

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color, glossy in appearance, with one finger of diminishing beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mildly roasty and slightly tangy, with faint bitter chocolate hovering nearby. A trace of soured milk is detectable late as other aromas fade.

T: Begins fairly sweet, with tart cherries that become more assertive as the beer warms. Other soft dark flavors carry into the middle where acidity peaks late. Tartness persists through the finish, where roasty flavors are strongest.

M: Medium viscosity, very slick and smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer takes time to grow on the palate, but has the potential to scratch the stout itch while providing some authentic cherry influences. The texture is most remarkable, with its uncanny smoothness being not only appropriate, but titillating. While doubt clouded this beer's perception up to the release (after all, Stone and fruit beer don't seem to go together), it represents a unique contribution to the no-man's-land that exists among Stone's porter-styles, falling fairly mid-way between smoked porter and RIS.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:06:22 | More by beagle75
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Pahn

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to morningthief for picking this up for me in Boston.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2.5 inch fizzy tan head that dissipates steadily and bubbly leaving no lacing. Pours a sort of soda-like black. Red highlights. Fizzy lacing disappears almost before you notice it's there.

Smell: Vanilla and roasted malt. Some booze with warmth, and mild cherry. Some nice sweet pastry-like malt aromas augmented by the vanilla. Not too powerful, and not exactly a cohesive symphony, but lots of nice notes.

Taste: Very roasty up front with a cherry cordial finish that is itself cut by nutty, woody roasted malt flavors. Could easily see someone thinking this roasted malt is overboard, but, myself, I want / need some heavy roast to cut the sweetness in a milk stout if I'm to have an entire glass to myself.

Second sip has vanilla up front along with some nice dark malt flavors. More roast than cherry in the finish, but some sweet cherry aftertaste.

Most sips are simple but good. Here's some subtle chocolate, here's a mildly tart cherry and roast sip, here's some vanilla paying a visit from the aroma. I don't think it really sings, but every flavor is distinctively good, and every sip is interesting--due to novelty and recombination of 2~3 flavors, never due to complexity.

Each component does a job, and meshes decently with each other component; the cherry, chocolate, and vanilla work, all the counterpoints to sweetness--roast, occasional acidity or tartness, faint (*very* faint) booziness-- skillfully counter the sweetness and richness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Occasional tartness, unobtrusive hop bitterness (how it should be), and a nice roasted malt bitterness. Points off for coming off a bit thin, with boring carbonation, and a mild lack of smoothness.

Overall: Lower mouthfeel usually drags down overall, but I really like the flavors in this beer. They could be put together better, definitely, but I appreciate being provided them as is in this beer. Far from perfect, but very delicious.

Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout delivers the cherry, vanilla, chocolate, and heaps of roasted malt that it promises. I happen to love all four of these things used well in beer. If you feel the same, I definitely recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 04:50:02 | More by Pahn
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a brace of these small bottles at my local bottle shop a day after they landed. Thanks Wes!

A. Good 'n dark, actually quite dark and deep brown, 2 finger deep tan head that settles but does not die for a while. No real lacing.

S. Interesting, bold. Lots of cocoa, cherry Icee, hints of vanilla, brownie. Roast grain, earthy, deep, semi-sweet chocolate. Lots to like here, if you enjoy the darker, sweeter stuff. Very 3 dimensional, not just a sweet roasty mess. As it warms, the vanilla comes through and is welcome. Has a very Black-Forest cake or cherry brownie thing going on. I like this a lot.

T. The biggest mistake you can make is reaing the bottle; you want to drink this at as close to room temp as you can. When you do, the chocolate / cocoa shines in a big way, and the sour, yet complimentary cherry really works. This is a generally well crafted and taking-chances stout. The vanilla is mostly in the nose but is noticeable (!!!) albeit an afterthought, in the flavor. Basically you have a very American thick stout with lots of lactose, cocoa and cherry juice, with some vanilla kicked in to put another adjective on the label. It's actually quite above average and pretty well crafted.

M / O. This has grown on me, again, you need to drink it barely cool for everything to develop. I drank my first bottle too cold and it bitters up and loses nuance if you do. Drink it warmer than you think you should and you will be rewarded. Really. Thicker mouthfeel, lesser carbonation + a chocolate milk consistency beer = dessert like.

Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout is actually very good, if you know what you are getting into. This is really better than it should be, and a testament to Stone's maturity that well-nigh everything they touch now is good, if not very good or better.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 04:43:53 | More by kkipple
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a fairly big head. The head is a light brown color. The smell is swerve chocolate and a hint of slightly tart cherry in the finish. The flavor is good but not outstanding the chocolate come through but the cherries are a little more subtle and again are in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and just about perfect for a milkstout. This beer is delis ious and worth seeing out n

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 21:36:31 | More by rowingbrewer
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: big tan head rushes to fill my tulip. As it recedes, a red hue becomes more obvious. The beer itself is dark, dark, dark purple

S: definitely chocolate on the nose. The cherry is a bit more restrained. Nice roasted malt. No sign of the vanilla.

T: The taste is reversed. The cherry hits you first, then the chocolate comes in on the finish. Not sweet like a cherry cordial, more like dark Scharfenberger chocolate where the cherry note is an aspect of the chocolate. A little bit of acidity in the mid-palate a couple sips in.

M: Not light, but lighter than you'd expect for a somewhat big stout. Nice creamy mouthfeel, with medium-low carbonation.

O: Good, not great. I enjoyed trying it, but wouldn't rush out to buy more.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 05:24:46 | More by kscaldef
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DrewShal9

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: pours pitch black with a slightly reddened hue...like a guinness except it has a thin mocha head
S: chocolate, cherries, coffee, alcohol with a wisp of vanilla at the end
T: chocolate covered cherries, syrupy, coffee, mentioned in other reviews- slightly like cherry cough medicine, and a tinge if vanilla. Tastes like the stone ris with cherries.
M: watery for the style with very light carbonation. Wish it was thicker as the body is slightly thin.
O: maybe had too high of an expectation for this beer but it didn't luce up to what I thought it was going to be :( not bad but not like I'm going to be disappointed that I never got to try it either. All in all a good experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 04:53:41 | More by DrewShal9
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

jet black with a big, dark mocha head that quickly recedes, yet laces the glass very well.

definite cherry aroma. not sour cherry or maraschino cherry, but more like cherry candy. dark roast and bakers chocolate as well.

chocolate covered cherries are hinted at in the flavors, before some roastiness takes over and lingers a while. not as flavorful as I expected. hints of cough medicine.

thin, thin bodied (for the style and strength) with just a hint of carbonation.

alcohol is hidden pretty well, and overall this beer drinks very easily. just wanted less of an artificial cherry flavor, and definitely more body.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:11:25 | More by silentjay
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

meant to grab the green tea ipa and wasn't really paying attention.. hello opposite end of the spectrum. its worth noting that i was not disappointed that i ended up opening this one up just wasn't my intention when i went into the fridge.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

jet black body with a chocolate tinted head that is gone far too quickly with minimal retention. big notes of chocolate and cherry here which is no big surprise. cream and coffee are in there as well. the nose on this is wonderful. taste just doesnt seem to live up to that nose. chocolate cherry are there but not as pronounced and are overshadowed by a surprising boozy bite at the back end. still its a pretty good beer. booziness clings to the mouth hard. carbonation is low to moderate on this. eh this one just does not come off well in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:26:16 | More by celticfutblclub
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charliedvrs

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

Pours an opaque black with two fingers of tan head. Dark chocolate dominates the nose with lots of roasted malts. Slight hint of cherry. Taste is more of the same. The cherry flavor comes across much more tart than I expected and combines with the malts to give some astringency to the flavor. What sweetness I do pick up seems to be more from the chocolate notes. A decent amount of hop flavor blends in with the roasted malts. The beer is full bodied with a creamy texture. Carbonation is light and becomes even less apparent by the end of the glass. A decent beer, though I was expecting a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 19:50:07 | More by charliedvrs
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ChanChan

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone cherry chocolate stout
Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a palm sized snifter

Appearance: Dark, stout like black with a two finger kaki head that sticks around for a good while. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Burnt malts, a faint cherry and vanilla as well as some baker's chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied good carbonation with a bit of a bite.

Taste: Malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Sour cherries are present on the corner of the tongue the finish cherry juice.

Overall: Surprisingly good. The taste of burnt malt, chocolate, cherry and vanilla are all easily apparent in this brew. It reminds me a lot of the stone IRS, probably would have made a better IRS than the belgo anise. The alcohol is only 7.3 ABV but it feels more like 10%. Overall a great beer I hope they make it again next year in 22oz bombers!!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 05:30:30 | More by ChanChan
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draheim

Washington

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Black color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Cherry dominates what there is of the aroma - reminds me vaguely of Robitussin.

First sip has the same slightly medicinal cherry flavor; chocolate is almost indetectable at first. As it warms this profile doesn't change much. It reminds me in some ways of cordial cherries my grandma used to give us when we were kids - but I remember those as pretty syrupy and a little medicinal too.

Overall this beer is kind of a disappointment. It's a pretty basic stout with some cherry and not much chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 07:20:30 | More by draheim
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cjacobsen

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Pours solid black with no light getting through. Decent half inch of brown head on it that dissipates to a thin layer atop the beer. Not as thick as I would usually expect stouts to be.

(S) Chocolate malt, black malt, hint of dark fruits, some chocolate covered cherries in the end of the nose. Some toffee. Slight hops intertwine amongst the other smells.

(T) Coffee and cocoa great up front. The roasted character from the chocolate malt and black malts (some carafa maybe?) come in behind the cocoa and coffee. There is a slight bit of bittering hops toward the end mixed with an ease of cherry and dark fruits sliding in. As it warms, the cherry starts to come through a bit more. Ends sweeter.

(M) Thin and somewhat oily for a stout. Still has the medium to full bodiness you'd expect, but drinks more like a porter in a way.

(O) I really wasn't sure how I was going to receive this beer. I wasn't much of a fan of a raspberry chocolate beer I had once and was somewhat expecting the same experience. I was pleasantly surprised. Things are well balanced and nothing is overpowering. I wouldn't like this warm though. The colder, the better.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:37:14 | More by cjacobsen
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flagmantho

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black body which lets no light through. Head is a thick finger of creamy dark-tan foam. Head has great retention and leaves a nice lace on the glass. A beautiful thing.

Smell: relatively light aroma reminiscent of a chocolate-covered cherry. It's also got a hint of coffee and an almost oaky character to it; I rather like it.

Taste: surprisingly tart and astringent, although a fruit beer with lots of roasted grains might be expected to be a little acidic. The roastiness of the grains here is huge and the cherry flavor is decent, but I have to admit this flavor combination works way better as an aroma than it does as a flavor. Not bad, but in this case, the flavors just aren't playing well together.

Mouthfeel: thick body with super silky, creamy, delightful texture. The astringency pares it back a bit, but this is just a step away from being excellent.

Overall: I like this beer. I think its flavor components are crazy and don't work well together, but the aroma is fantastic and the mouthfeel is getting close to glorious. I would absolutely love to see a more refined version of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 22:32:46 | More by flagmantho
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KevinBrewer

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Inky black with a moderate chocolate head that dissipates to a film, leaving minimal lacing.

N- Deep doughy, chocolate malt that screams classic Stone RIS. Plenty of dark cherry notes with a touch of tart cherries. The cherries smell fresh and delicious. Hint of vanilla as well.

T- Fresh dough, dark chocolate, and cherries galore. There is a slight wisp of vanilla that I perceive to be part of the chocolate flavor. If the bottle didn't say "brewed with vanilla beans," I might not have identified it. Like the nose, there's a great blend of dark cherries with a light tartness. Bitterness is pretty mild, just enough to balance the sweetness. A fair amount of roast shows up in the middle and lasts to the end. The finish is moderate to long with lingering roast, tartness, and bitter chocolate.

M- Medium- to full-bodied, silky and slightly chewy, moderate to light carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, a nice dessert beer that would be well paired with ice cream. A bona fide stout with an excellent use of cherries.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 06:45:14 | More by KevinBrewer
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brew3crew

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at acre from their total tap takeover. still here on friday.

A-black with a little bit of brown head

S-Slight cherries and LOTS of booze. Not impressed

T-A little bit of cherry and almost no chocolate. Lots of booze. I was drinking an 08 BA RIS right next to it and THIS was more boozy

M-Medium body with alcohol burn

O-A total fail with the high expectations I have from stone.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

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

12oz bottle. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours pitch black with a frothy but loose two finger mocha head. Quickly settles to a ring. Holding it up to light shows the slightest reddish-brown tinge.

Aroma is mostly chocolate. I get a tinge of what most be the cherries but it is kind of astringent and medicinal.

Taste brings on way more tart cherry juice than I was getting in the smell. Cherry component tastes better than the aroma. Chocolate is there and has a sweetness, but it gets masked out by the tart notes and dries up quite quickly. The finish is made up of bitter roasty coffee. Flavor moves across the palate quickly and leaves a bit of lingering tartness.

Body is pretty thin and carbonation is low. My least favorite part of the beer.

Overall I'm glad I tried this interesting collaboration, but I won't be seeking out another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:10:45 | More by brotherloco
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jeff1973

California

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Maudite tulip.

A - Good lookin beer. Opague dark brown w/ a tinge of ruby red around the edges. Nice cocoa looking head with a little lacing.

S - Cherry liqueur (a little boozey), dark bitter chocolate.

T - Same as the smell, you get a medicinal cherry (Nyquil?)upfront and a dark bitter chocolate finish. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Medium/high carbonation. A little too much for this style for me. It makes a little rough instead smooth.

D- Low. The rich chocolate taste and booziness makes you want to sip this one.

The booziness turned me off a little and flavors weren't well balanced. Maybe let it sit for a year and come together?

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:13:15 | More by jeff1973
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

2.48/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Thanks to brewpaab for this, I was really looking forward to it.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a one finger dark brown head, after an aggressive pour.

Aroma: Some light cocoa notes, definitely not as much cherry as I was expecting. Some smokey notes as well.

Taste: Some cocoa notes upfront. The problem here is when the cherry note hits. It is not pleasant and fruity at all. The fruit aspect is barely detectable, it lends more of an awful acrid rotten note before ending with a touch of bad vodka. I may be a bit rough here, but the taste is not what I would call pleasant at all. One of the most outwardly offensive beers I've had in a while. It does improve slightly as it warms, but just enough to finish the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy.

Overall, this was not my cup of tea. The flavors sounded great in theory but just didn't come together at all. The fruit flavor was acrid and boozy. I would not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 13:11:29 | More by Gosox8787
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grittybrews

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with a finger of extremely dark mocha head. Roasty aroma of coffee and dark cocoa. Not picking up much cherry yet, just a little caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel. Sweet cherry up front followed by milk chocolate and a slightly bitter, somewhat smoky coffee finish.

This one showed some promise, but came across a little light and the cherry character was a touch sweet for me. Still, worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:11:28 | More by grittybrews
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Gobzilla

California

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

A: poured a very dark brown in color with maroon highlights when held to the light and a thin brown head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Had a nice roasty chocolatey aroma upfront on the nose accompanied by some nice cherry notes some coffee and creamy sweetness.

T: some hop character actually made it's way through the roasty chocolatey cherry flavors but with good sweet creamy notes and a touch of coffee that was not overbearing.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet chocolate, roasty, slight fruity, mild hoppy but creamy finish.

D: really tasty stout that went down really smooth and would definitely pick up more of this collabo.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 02:52:27 | More by Gobzilla
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

A massive 3 fingers of dark mocha foam filled up the void above the deep black body. The head lasted a while before slowly dissipating down to a thin layer...moderate lace left behind.

The nose has tons of chocolate characters up front. The background is smokey peat and campfire.

The taste starts off with a mellow chocolate flavor that quickly takes a super tart turn...I guess that is the cherry flavoring. Not a big fan...
Once the odd sourness fades, you are left with a great smokey cocoa flavor that makes me wish the cherries were not added to this...

Medium bodied with a bunch of carbonation.

Overall this is a good beer with an odd flavor. I really wish this was brewed as a smoked chocolate stout. That would probably have bumped my 3.5 taste to a 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 01:20:36 | More by mgbickel
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bashiba

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice thick dark black with a thin layer of dark tan.

The smell is very chocolatey and sweet, with a hint of black smoke.

The flavor has a bitter dark chocolate flavor with a very light bit of dark burnt smoke. The cherry is very light in the background and almost unoticeable, a bit of sweetness comes throught with a strong bit of astringency lingering in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily.

Not really digging this one. Nothing really wrong with it, but just hard to finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:55:24 | More by bashiba
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SirRuss

California

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick viscous black with an unctuously deep red hue that demands a double take on the first pour. The head is thin, but rich with cherry tones that seem to tap into the palate with greater ease than Murdoch on a murder victim.

S - Overtones of sharp cherry flounce ahead of the archetypal roasted chocolatey stout profile that remains prominent yet detached. Buttery ketones also lend a background fullness that shows promise in battling the looming ascorbic cherry threat.

T - Sweet, syrupy, sugariness upfront quickly descends into the dark roasted cocoa and coffee notes confessed on the nose. On the other hand, there's a distinct, disparate cherry tangent whose tart, sour cherry backbone transcends palate borders to own the entire experience. Unfortunately the backbone is more like Godzilla's Dorsal spines that protrude with jagged aggression and fail to pay any respect to the proportional balance of the anatomy as a whole.

M - Like the appearance, the first impression of mouthfeel is thick and unctuous, although the marauding cherry tartness slices through this perception like Genghis Kahn on PCP.

O - I'm a big fan of the thought that has gone into this Brew. The flavor combinations hold massive potential, and the midnight black/shadow-rouge aesthetic speaks for itself. But as much as I want to love this brew, the distinct segregation between the foundational stout and the cherry feature prevents me from doing so. With a little integration - and some serious taming of the cherry acidity - this beer could rise from "worth a try" to "gotta buy". But until then, consider this brew like Beauty and the Beast without the romance.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 06:45:26 | More by SirRuss
Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.