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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 Taubin
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass

Poured very dark, with a inch or so of dark brown head which dissipated slowly with almost no lacing. Smells of tart cherry and unsweetened cocoa, with a touch of vanilla. Taste is bitter cherry, followed by a smooth dark chocolate finish which lingers bringing out the bitter cherry after. There was very little carbonation, and the beer itself has a creamy feel. As the beer warmed, the cherry taste came out more, and tamed the chocolate back end.

Overall, I think this was a good beer, with good sour notes and chocolate notes with touch of vanilla.

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

12oz shared with SundaySour, poured into tulip tasters.

6oz pour per glass, ready for some milk stout.

A: Black with some dark stained sawdust foam with small and medium sized bubbles. Not much in terms of a head formation (did try and coax a head from a further away pour at the end). The bubbles sat like brownie frosting for a minute before disappearing flat. a very modest ring of foam sits around the rim. I'm surprised by how much the bubbles disappeared in this, they are literally nowhere now after a decent showing. Expected Ink black body.

S: Alcohol with some dark cherry woodiness. There's a burned fudge sort of smell that's actually pretty pleasant, it's created at the intersection of all the ingredients. Some interesting notes in the emulsion: Old bananas, ultra fine chocolate powder, and some vanilla with butter. I don't get as much evidence as milk as I would expect though, perhaps it exists through the old banana note.

T: A slightly milky carob chip brownie that gives into dark cherry bakers jams and dark flaky woods. A really woody character dominates the flavor of this beer, which is unexpected considering the style. The woodiness mixes with the dark chocolate and cherries for a slightly leathery taste. There's a hard to pinpoint saltiness that is vaguely reminiscent of summer sausage. A funky sort of spiced pepperoni character that at times trumps the chocolate and cherries.

M: Medium-full which you'd expect with the inclusion of milk, but it really doesn't have a thick milkiness or creaminess like you'd hope for. However, the feel is pretty solid and quite silky. This combines well with an absent alcohol to create a rather drinkable stout. However, for the sake of the flavor I'd like to believe a fuller mouth would help bring out the milk stout characteristics. It doesn't really coat, and it's actually very drying. Not would you'd expect.

O: I'd happily drink this anytime and I wouldn't complain, but I would do a double take if you told me this was a milk stout. Woody cherries and powdery dark coco mix make for a wonderfully refined dessert combination, but the lacto-element is greatly missing. It is at best minutely present in the taste, and almost completely absent in the mouth. A good tasting brew that drinks quit easily, but not identifiably a milk stout. A good concept that seems a bit rushed, and I'd like to see a re-visitation with more careful attention to the milk aspect.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours a deep mahogany color with half an inch of mocha colored head. The foam dissipates leaving a thin tan coaster.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and sweet cherries.

T- Starts out roasty and chocolaty like a stout should. Cocoa and vanilla abound, but things get interesting mid-palate when a huge cherry presence hijacks the flavor profile. Sweet cherries predominate through the end. The beer finishes dry with a lingering aftertaste of roast and cherries.

M- The beer is medium bodied with medium to low level of carbonation which gives it a nice creamy quality. ABV is virtually undetectable.

O- This is a very tasty collaborative offering from Stone. The cocoa and cherries compliment each other nicely and the vanilla beans add complexity. The flavor improves greatly as the beer warms. I enjoyed this one.

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

Appearance: Black color with a decent dark beige head. It looks great.

Smell: Chocolate and some faint cherries aromas make their appearance as the beer warms. The aromas aren't as upfront as some beers but they are there.

Taste: Chocolate foremost, mild cherry and faint roasted malts. There is some bitterness from the roasted malts or hops? in the finish. I also get a slight chalky taste in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a decent level of carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, but I paid 3.99 for a 12 oz bottle of this and 5.99 for 22 oz of the 2011 IRS which I feel is a step above this one. Worth trying.

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

When tasting, remember this is a sweet milk stout. Not a typical dry stout.

Pitch black color with no penetrable light. Nice solid 1 finger bubbly brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Pretty viscous.

Slight syrupy sweet lactose smell as the bottle opens. Faint sourness from the cherry and dark chocolate on the nose.

There is a good play between sour, bitter and sweet flavors. Pretty good balance. Fair sourness with a dark cherry touch. Nice variation of chocolate flavors ranging from cocoa powder to milk and dark chocolate. Faint bourbon notes as well.

Smooth creamy fairly viscous mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good CoLab IMO. It's makes a good playful dessert beer. I have a feeling this beer wont get much love due to misunderstanding what it is.

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

A: Black with a relatively thin dark brown head.

S: Cherry liquor, a little booze and some baking chocolate.

T: Lots of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, black cherries and a bit of leather. Some fudge as well. Smooth but not thick mouthfeel. The taste gets a little more sour as the beer warms. Pretty solid.

Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

698th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

Served about 55 deg

App-  A very dark liquid chocolate small stout. A little red around the edges.  Huge two fingers of crackly head that was darker brown and very bubbly.

Smell-  There are little bits of aromatic scents all over this glass.  A little cherry with a bit of tart, a little chocolate, a little vanilla (small), a little bitter.

Taste-  This was much more thin and bubbly than I thought.  The hops make it a touch bitter with a smooth small cherry flavor.  Little chocolate melts in your mouth.

Mouth- A creamy little bubbly stout with a tame cherry flavor.  Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

Drink-  I've enjoyed most of the Stone collaborations and this was no different.  A bit smaller and more bubbly than expectations.  Above average for sure.

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

A: Very dark. No light penetrates. Little head but good lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Tart smell that must come from cherries. A little vanilla.

T: Roasted flavor upfront. Good tart flavor in the middle and towards the end. Finishes very sweet.

M: Medium bodied. Very nice carbonation. Coates entire palate.

O: Good Stout. I enjoyed this one. I will buy this one again. Flavors were all pronounced.

Photo of Siggy125
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a couple of 4oz taster glasses with a buddy. Dark brown/black with reddish hues. 2 finger tan head, dissipated rather quickly. Average carbonation.

Smells of slightly tart cherries. Mild notes of cocoa and roasted malt. Subtle hints of coffee as it warms.

On the taste, the cherries are predominant. Like the smell, the cherries are slightly tart but appealing. The chocolate comes across like waxy Easter bunny chocolate, not appealing. Dusty cocoa and weak coffee finish.

Smooth mouthfeel but a little bit of pucker from cherry tartness. I was hoping it would smooth even more with temp, but it never really developed. I was looking forward to this brew but came up disappointed.

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

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with about two fingers of dark brown soap-like head. Dissipates into a ring of foam, not much lacing.

S: Roasted malt in the forefront, dried cherry, chocolate.

T: Dark bittersweet cocoa and chocolate covered cherries, the cherry hitting your tongue with its acidity, with the malt kind of lost in the mix. Very slight bittersweet chocolate finish. Off dry.

M: Silky mouthfeel, this goes down easy. Medium bodied and medium-low carbonation.

O: Overall, this wasn't as big a beer as I was expecting, but it was a better effort than all the cherry stouts I've tried thus far. I actually got a lot more cherry than chocolate or malt here, which was a little disappointing. But I still wouldn't say the cherry was overpowering. I can see this pairing well with a number of dessert.

Photo of Abelmacias20
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I’ve been looking forward to tasting this collaboration since the clerk @ Liquor Mark hyped it up to me.

A: Pours black with a reddish hue. Little to no head and no lacing.
S: Chocolate with little coffee…I’m not really getting any cherry…very faint if any.
T: Chocolate stout up front. Cherry notes come through in the tart after taste. Opens up as it warms.
M: Medium smooth mouth feel.
O: I was a bit disappointed since I was expecting a bigger malt backbone with a more evident dessert like character. I thought it was a bit thin and the cherry profile was an after thought. However, for $2.99 I will definitely try it again. I’ll cellar a few bottles and see what time does for it. It’s a worthy try and I’ll continue to seek out Stone’s collaboration brews.

Photo of dpnyby
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from Hoffer's Cigar in La Mesa. Slight beige head w/ dark reddish-brown color. Subtle nose consisting mostly of malt and coffee. A little thinner on the viscosity than I expected. I initially taste just the slightest amount of tart cherries. My palate is then dominated by the big satisfying malty and chocolate-y notes. The taste finishes with the essence of tart cherries and a very dry finish. Overall, a well-crafted beer for the price.

Photo of mikul93
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A poured black with a nice 1 finger head

S Just like the name says, chocolate and cherry. Some vanilla notes.

T Nice chocolate and cherry notes. The cherry leaves you with a sour note at the end. Some vanilla. Not bad.

M Typical stout

O I enjoyed this beer. I was a little hesitant with the cherries and chocolate, but I would look for this again.

Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass. Pours pitch black with no light showing through. The head is a sort of gradient from reddish tan to white. When I swirl the beer in the glass more red head shows up.

Smells very strongly of chocolate. I don't smell any cherry, but there is a tinge of sweetness to the chocolate smell that might be an attribute of the cherry.

Intersting flavor. Upfront you get a lot of standard chocolate stout taste, but almost immediately after a tartness develops. The cherry blasts you upfront with some fruity sweetness and tartness, it fades to a chocolatey finish that lingers for quite a while. Good enough mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Photo of aknight
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium head that quickly dissipates. The nose smells of cherry sweetness, first sip is overly sweet from the cherries, aftertaste is a lingering bitterness which I can only guess is from the chocolate. I don't really taste a lot of chocolate, just enough, but the bitterness of dark chocolate is definitely there. The vanilla is here for roll call but got mugged and pushed down the stairs by all those cherries. I'd like to try this beer with the vanilla amped up and the cherries turned down.

Overall I like this. A bit too sweet for me but I'm enjoying this. I'm usually vehemently against the idea of a beer float but this is one beer that would probably do well with ice cream.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of DaveHS
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep mahogany, no head. Thin ring of mocha bubbles.

S-Unground chocolate malt, cocoa powder, fruit skin dryness, musty earthiness that reminds me of seaweed, or maybe driftwood.

T/M-Full bodied, but not overly thick. A sharp fruit acidity runs parallel to dry hop bitterness mid-palate. Fades into flavors of bitter baker's chocolate and tawny port. Finish has a nice mouth coating tannic dryness. Think chocolate covered cherries, or maraschino German chocolate cake.

O-Solid stuff. Not at all what I was expecting. Wouldn't cellar this more than a year or two. Give it a little while to open up and it improves dramatically.

Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

(Side by side with the bottled version @ the brewery)

Brown cask pour turning to black as the beer settles. Mocha covered head.

Not very aromatic, unfortunately, and significantly less aromatic than the bottled version. Faint smells of chocolate, coffee, and chalk mix together, but there's little evidence of cherry.

And the flavor follows the nose nearly identically. The flavor is mild bitter chocolate and chalk with little to no cherry profile. Relatively simple and one-note, and disappointing because the cherry tartness is so present in the bottled version.

Though this beer is marvelous in the mouth. It's rich and smooth, a touch creamy--flawless mouthfeel.

A good effort and an obviously fine beer, but the cask didn't lend itself, or add anything in particular to this beer's flavor and aroma--it seems to have actually taken some away.

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black viscous liquid into the tulip glass with a nice mocha head

Smell- strong dark chocolate with hints of cherries. Its very intriguing but the chocolate dominates this one.

Taste- it tasted exactly like a chocolate covered cherry but the cherry is very light. It opens up with more cherry as it warms up. The dark chocolate dominates and is almost bitter in this one.

Overall - another good collaboration with stone. I enjoyed the many flavors and would suggest this as a dessert brew.

Photo of Socalbeerlover
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A.Pours a dark reddish black with a good head that quickly fades.At the end of tasting there is zero lacing none.After 5 minutes it looks like I left the beer out overnight.
S.Smells like Cherry , dark chocolate ,tobacco,bourbon, some coffee.
T. Taste some booze but its warm and nice cherry at the front then chocolate and coffee.Finishes as it warms with tobacco.Goes do very easy smooth .A rare 7.3% beer I could take to the head.
M.Not very carbonated ,actually flat , but it doesnt really hurt this beer .
O.Another very good Stone collab beer.I feel warm after one like I had a shot. Let this beer warm for a bit as more characteristics come out. Will save one for a cold evening in Dec.

Photo of angrygrimace
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown to black, as with a typical porter, although not nearly as thick as an Imperial Russian Stout. Little tan head dissapates into nothing quickly after pour.

Smell is lightly of sour cherries and much more heavily of dark chocolate and coffee. The effect faintly reminds me of your typical merlot, although I'm not expert on wine.

Taste is dark chocolates and mocha, and surprisingly little cherries at first. Think raspberries and dark chocolates. As the beer warms, the sour cherries come more to the forefront, although never to the degree you expect when you see the name on the label. The beer definetely gains complexity as it warms. The flavor of cherries has to really come out in a beer that's this thick and hearty.

In the end, I'm not entirely sure I cared for it all that much. Not bad, but not great either. Mildly interesting flavor, but probably not one I'd crave again.

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

Had this on tap at the Stone Brewery and enjoyed it enough to buy a couple bottles of it. Here's the review of the bottle format:

Appearance is nice. Black with a brown head that quickly dissolves into a finger thin layer. Upon opening the bottle you can smell the chocolate and the faint sweetness of the cherries is hiding nicely in the wings. The pour confirms this. The first taste is nice. The chocolate and cherries are there but neither dominate each other. They balance each other; no one flavor overwhelms the palate. Definitely need to let this one warm up a bit to really enjoy it.

Overall, it's a very enjoyable brew. Very delicious, and the guys who brewed the recipe are definitely lucky and talented brewers. Cheers!

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

So often it seems like a beer with two main ingredients on the marquee will have one flavor dominate over the other.

This is the case with Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout. The dark chocolate flavor is strong, whereas the cherry is faint and only comes on as the stout warms up.

Fortunately, the chocolate is warm, rich and dense - one of the better chocolates I've had in a porter. When I see a title like cherry-chocolate, I'm thinking ice cream sundae or syrup. But, it's not the sugar that is working here, but more the intensity (bitterness) of the bean tingling your palette.

Which brings us to the cherry, which is almost non-present at the initial pour (into a delirium noel snifter for those who care), both in taste and scent. In fact, there is very little nose to this beer when cold.

The faint A-roma of cherry grows the warmer the beer gets and the taste increases to the point where you can believe that there is tincture of cherry here. Guess this is my way of saying don't buy Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout if you're mainly a cherry lover.

The pour was typical of a dark chocolate stout, thick and black with a thin, sticky brown head.

So, to sum, I wouldn't run to this beer while in the grips of a sugar jones. But at three bucks for a 12 oz bottle (BevMo), it's a high flavor, low dollar beer that I'll try again.

FYI, the Stone delivery dude was there when I picked a few of these up - he said there will be only 50 cases delivered to Orange County, CA (pop 2 million or so).

Photo of SDDanC
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet on 7/26. Pours a deep and dark mahogany, almost black. Rich and creamy brown head about a pinky finger thick. Leaves a ring. On the nose you will find a great amount of chocolate, with a hint of bourbon burn. In addition, there is a malty profile that holds the cherries. Cherries are not as pronounce in the nose as I hoped. On the tongue there is a awesome amount of dark chocolate, very sweet. Cherries come out a lot more in the taste. A bit of espresso makes it appearance as the beer warms up. I think overall, this proves an excellent stout. Lots of great flavors from the chocolate backbone with the perfect amount of cherry. Reminds me of those little cherry filled chocolates.

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