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

Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to be able to try this again -this time in the bottle.

A black opaque shade with a thin quick dissipating head of medium golden brown w/ tiny bead. The smell has a good amount of fruit with roasted and a strong dark grain aroma which has a slight acrid almost smoky quality with bit of woody/earthy smell. The feel is good with thick body and mix of sweet, roasty and tart fruit with a mild sweet taste from fruit mixed with bitter and the moderate carbonation keeps it lively with semi-dry finish with a mild alcohol warmth.

This has a taste of very good roast -could be the bittersweet cocoa flavor which mixes well with the tart cherry tang and there is a lot of toasted malt which has a coffee-like lingering acidic flavor which could be astringency from the extra high kilned malt with fruit and light earthy accents interwoven with the slight caramel/dark brown sugar taste from the malt. Overall I liked this and I was happy with the amount of flavor, yet a little sweetnes could have helped with all the cocoa and cherry it has a tannin that verges on puckering with pretty high roast quotient. I recommend trying this, but I would not recommend multiples back to back.

Photo of drewone
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

A Collaboration by Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard, Troegs, & Stone: Cherry Chocolate Stout. 12 fluid ounce bottle. 7.3% Alc/vol. Brewed and bottled by the Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, San Diego county, CA.
I will not repeat here the story told by Mitch Steele, Head Brewer, Stone Brewing Company, April, 2011. But it tells the tale of the brewing of this beer with gusto and enthusiasm, with none of the nonsense and hyperbole normally found on this bottles.

Intense black, thorough opacity, slim cocoa-tinged head, starts proud and dies down.

Roasted malt and espresso in the nose. Not much more, but we'll give it time. Let it open up. Hints of fruit, chocolate's starting to show. It's there, but not terribly loud, erring on the side of subtle.

So, drink up, already. Ah, here we have it happening in harmony, the rich, roasty malt, the mellow cherries, the sweet but serene chocolate. All in there at once, with no one side dominating another. Sweet chocolate and cherries never quite cloy, but close to it.

Full-bodied, rich and thick, beautifully layered, and delicately flavored. Medium length finish, and all in all, not too anything. Balance with complexity. Excellent combination.

The dry sour/sweet cherry flavors rolls back in, taking turns with chocolate. This one keeps growing and changing, and I find myself liking it more and more.

Thanks to Dennis Skrade for this gift.

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

Bottle poured into a Stone glass because I know what I'm doing, try and learn. Beer was surprisingly good. I'd definitely have it again.

Beer is mildly overcarbonated, black with a big brown head, moderate to low retention, thankfully. Lots of lacing, looks good.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, a hint of cherries but subtle, you can tell it is there but you have to go looking a little.

Beer is medium in body, very chocolaty, like liquid chocolate, hints of cherries and fruit on the backend, very strong, very nice. Mild roast on the backend, I'd have it again but I doubt it will get better with age.

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/06/11 notes. Picked up a bottle of this yesterday from Whole Foods, been wanting to try it and glad to see it make its way out here. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a dark black color with one to two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing left on the glass but looks like a good stout.

s - Smells of chocolate, heavy roasted malts, cocoa, light lactose and vanilla, and light black cherries. Lots of roasted notes and not as much cherry as I would have liked, but still enjoyable.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, light dark fruits and cherries, and light alcohol. Not as much cherry as the nose and more booze; pretty average.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy.

o - Overall not a bad stout at all, but a bit disappointing. Roasted notes dominate and the cherries are light, especially in the taste. The vanilla is also almost non-existent in the taste. Nice mouthfeel and a pretty good beer, but was hoping for more.

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle is labeled 2011 if that means anything.

A: Pours a four finger brilliant head featuring a lovely tan colour and beautiful cream lacing. Stunning. Retention is incredible, and treats the 7.30% likes it's no biggy. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: I'm surprised me broken nose actually detects the cherry. Other than the ester, I get surprising hops (maybe cascade - what is that doing in a stout?), and vanilla. Certainly cream is present. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Cherry ester hops join uneasily with hefty dark chocolate notes. Cream and caramel tones lie underneath, but it's in desperate need of roast. No lactic notes emerge, making me question the style classification. It's balanced alright, but suffers from an awkwardness of build it can't recover from. I like it, but the clash of cherry and would-be stout chocolate never adequately resolves.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a bit of thickness that doesn't belong. It's too thick, but not in the traditional (consistent) sense. Doesn't really suit the flavours.

Dr: It's very drinkable for the ABV, but the flavours are so uneven it isn't a pleasant brew. I'd try it on draught, but it'll never be a great beer. The price isn't bad for the quality, however.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate with a little bit of cherry mixed in. A very nice smelling stout.

The cherries are much more prominent in the flavor than they were in the aroma. In addition to the cherries, I get some chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of smoke mixed in. The beer is fairly sweet. The cherries are very strong in the aftertaste.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

I had this on-tap last week at the Troegs tasting room and again last night at the Troegs / Stone total tap takeover at the Brewhouse Grille.

A - Pours deep dark brown, bordering on black, with a small half finger tall khaki colored head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich chocolate sweetness, dark roasted chocolate malt, molasses, and some light vanilla sweetness. I really don't detect a whole bunch of cherries in this one. Bit of a letdown honestly.

T - Starts off with lots of rich chocolatey sweetness up front slowly giving way to a mix of dark roast, vanilla, molasses, coffee creamer, and a touch of warming booze. The cherries are quite dulled here as well, only offering the faintest twang that is quickly enveloped by all the other dark flavors. The finish is a mix of sweetness and roast, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, roasty, feel with plenty of it lingering long after the finish.

O - Not a bad beer but I think they missed the mark on this one. I am a bit disappointed honestly. If I can actually find a bottle, don't even get me started on that, I will give it another try.

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Sampled August 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, dense, darkly brown colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is an opaque, black color that passes no light through it. The beer smells of burnt molasses, roasted coffee notes and a backing that supplies a hint of vanilla in the finish. There is perhaps a hint of tartness to the beer, but I really don’t get any sense of the cherries in the aroma. Toasted whole grain notes peak through the dominant roast character. There is a nice, rich, dark maltiness to this beer that almost contributes a savory quality to the nose; the malt is beyond sweetness in the nose. Actually after a bit of time a suggestion of cherries might be here; I am sure though if I wasn’t trying to look for it, I would have never noticed anything in the nose. Touches of burnt vegetal character also start to come out as the beer warms.

Rich, dark and roasted up front, it picks up some sweetness towards the finish where it is joined by a touch of tartness and a suggestion of cherry nail polish in the finish. The roast character in the finish is not only aggressively bitter, but also has some astringency to it that lingers on the palate in not the most pleasant fashion. Burnt grain husk notes up front are tempered somewhat by a more wholesome toasted, approaching burnt whole grain character. Subsequent sips have the hint of cherry nailpolish being more like a faint, thin cherry note in the finish. Much of the sweetness in this beer comes from a solid vanilla character towards the finish; this really lingers on in the palate long after the beer has been swallowed. As the beer gets really warm the harsh roast character in the finish is tempered a bit. Given the alcohol, this beer actually drinks fairly rich, though the acidity in the finish does make it seem a little thin, in comparison, in the finish.

The cherry character really is a bit disappointing here; I certainly am not looking for a huge cherry character, but the huge roasted character really could have used something else to balance it out and a nice, proper, actual sour / pie cherry used a bit more aggressively would have certainly fit the bill. As it is though, the roast character is a bit too harsh and unpleasant for this beer to be truly good. Still this isn’t horrible and I will likely finish the beer. This smells and tastes of higher alcohols and nail polish, usually this is a sign of poor fermentation in a beer of this strength, but I am not sure of that here as this might be tied up with the cherries somehow.

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled sometime in July most likely. Pours black as night with a fairly dense 1 finger tan head with very nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Decent amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big sour cherries, dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, and cherry juice. Decent aromas here, but not as good as I was hoping. Taste of big dark chocolate, tart cherries, bitter coffee, caramel, and molasses. Slight bit of bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of big dark chocolate, caramel, tart cherry, and molasses. Decent balance of tartness and sweetness is present, with the sweet chocolate taking over the most. Insanely thick and creamy mouthfeel with light-medium carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall a really nice stout collaboration. I was hoping for more tart cherry flavor, similar to Bells Cherry Stout.

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

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color. A 1/4 " head is all you get.

Smell: cherries and roasted malts are most notable.

Taste: roasted malt with loads of cherries. There is some milky qualities in the background here. Bitterness is nicely balancing. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a hint of dryness late. Aftertaste is long.

Overall: a decent dessert beer or a one off slow sipping beer. Worth a try if you like fruit flavored stouts.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some light amounts of dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolate malts, cocoa, and lactose along with a very light hint of cherry (which intensifies as the beer warms up).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with milk chocolate, lactose sweetness, cocoa, and just a hint of vanilla. Cherry flavors intensify as the beer warms up and become more pronounced in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is pretty well hidden by the sweetness from the lactose. Several people mentioned a taste of robitussin but I do not get any of that medicinal cherry, maybe it has faded with the age - cherry flavors in general are pretty reserved.

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 stakem
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the Troegs tasting room on 8/31/11. This sample was offered in a 6oz mini snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head. Fairly nice retention with patches of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives the dark cap.

The smell of this brew comes out of the draft line completely muted and lifeless without much of a scent. As it gradually comes up to temperature, a pleasantly roasty grain character evolves. A sweetness emerges almost like vanilla and chocolate with a very mild cherry fruited quality. Once warm, chocolate dominates the aroma.

The taste is roasted with a note of charred bitterness somewhat like stale coffee and unsweetened chocolate that persists into the aftertaste. There is quite an earthy quality theoughout the profile with a faint indication of slightly tart fruity cherry quality. This brew is first and foremost a pleasantly roasty chocolate stout with a slight cherry inclusion.

This is a medium bodied offering that is lightly carbonated. The alcohol warms the back of the throat with a level expected of 7%. Pleasant and enjoyable with a very subtle tart cherry inclusion that plays a very minor role compared to the roasty elements of this brew. Well done. Approaching this like a typical "sweet stout" might be a let down for some. As-is this was a pleasant offering.

Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from above the glass leaves a big brown head that floats above a clear black beer with a pretty decent lacing if you can manage to keep some in the glass long enough.

The aroma is a rich roasted dark chocolate malt laden with cherries, reminds me of a 30's molasses medicine with some cherry flavoring to hide the taste of the molasses, this, in a good way.

This full bodied stout has a definite cherry on roasted milk chocolate malt taste that brings some tastes of molasses to the party.

A full rich beer with full rich tastes, a pretty darn good drink yet it misses in some way, maybe if the cherry had been more chocolate or even vanilla it would have been worth another bottle or two.

Photo of yourefragile
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a chocolate syrup like dark brown with a mocha head with a light cherry tinge. Slight cherry aroma with stronger char and roast, powdery sweet chocolate and dark malt. Much more cherry in the flavor, initially sweet on the front of the palate and more tart on the finish. Roast malt and chocolate in the body, with much less char than the aroma. Slightly watery body throughout which kills the depth of the flavor. Interesting, but average.

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

12 ounce bottle, $3.99 @ DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY.

Pours the expected black, real dark head, that stays a bit, goes to a thicker film and leaves some slight and low strands of lacing.

Mostly chalky, dark chocolate on the nose with some mild dried cherries in the background and a hint of brandy.

I get mostly more dark, dusty chocolate, with the cherries present but again somewhat in the background. Moderate sweatness, smooth and quite pleasant, especially as it warms, begins to open up and develop.

Nothing amazing, but a fairly tasty, Subtle, complex and tasty take on the genre. Bring on the chocolate cake and chocolate dipped fruits.

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 corby112
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Syrupy sweet aroma with a prominent cherry juice character along with some slightly roasted chocolate malt. The cherry presence is very strong, reminding me of opening a jar of maraschinos. It kind of overpowers the other notes but the chocolate is there as well.

Medium bodied with a very sweet cherry presence followed by a roasted chocolate malt character. The cherry flavor is really strong and overpowering, so much so that it tastes artificial/syrupy. It's pretty much all I taste until the beer finishes with sweet and toasted malt. A decent amount of chocolate flavor but I wish there was more to balance out the cherries.

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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.