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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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Reviews: 394
Hads: 678
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 59
Gots: 93 | 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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Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass. It poured pretty close to black in color with an active tan head nearly overflowing from the glass.

I get a lot of roasty flavors to the aroma. I get some coffee notes mixing with some bitter, slightly burnt flavors. The cherry flavors play a pretty big part as well, cutting through the roastiness to add some fruity sweetness. Pretty nice aroma to it overall, the stout flavors were nicely done.

The taste shows more of the cherry character to it. I get the sweeter, fruity, cherry juice right off the bat and lasting through the finish. I get some of the roastiness, but it's a lot more reserved than the nose suggested. Some of the slightly burnt, bitter, coffee like flavors come out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty tasty beer, but not an outstanding one. I love cherries, but they dominated the stout flavors a little too much for me. A little more of the roasty, creamy, stout flavors in the taste would have gone a long way.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real nice cocoa brown but very dark colored head and very uniform in appearance. Not much staying power, but sits on a simple dark walnut brown body.

Nose is a small tart cherry and some milk chocolate. Uh oh is this gonna be another sour stout for me again? We shall see. A little earthy and soil dirt on the nose too.

Taste is mildly tart, but not predictibably sour. A somewhat vinous texture but also creamy and thick with classic milk stout like lactose sweetness. For high abv it does not feel particularly boozy either which is real nice.

Overall this is pretty good for me! A good mix of milk chocolate and tart cherry going with some milk stout body and sweetness. This I can enjoy and I am it goes down like nothing and I am not even a fan of milk stouts usually!

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very inky black with a nice mocha head. Almost overflows the glass until it settles into some foam and eventually dissipates.

Smell - Strong roasty malt aroma. Some cherry, but it isn't overt. Mostly a deep dark chocolate and burnt toast smell.

Taste - Bright cherry up front. Mixes into a sweetness that doesn't last long. Quickly becomes chocolate, but in a bitter chocolate way. Ashy and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Fairly low in carbonation with a dry ashy finish. Burnt malt flavor in the end.

Overall - Unexciting with some unpleasant notes in the finish. Still nothing that makes me gag or want to drainpour it. Just an average stout with its pluses and minuses.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm finished with lunch, so let's move on to dessert. Chocolate, cherries, and vanilla beans; doesn't that combo sound awe-inspiring? On to the beer:

Ink jet black in color, topped off by a small, tanned lace of a head. The aroma is fitting so far, dessert-like. There seems to be a lot of roasted coffee bean with subtle vanilla and cherry found.

The base stout itself is fine, though not as mind blowing as I was hoping. The malts have a burnt touch and there's some charcoal flavor. Of the three additions, the cherry is the most noticable of the bunch. Burnt, chocolate-like, and cherry-like in the aftertaste. As for texture,it's medium bodied though a little flabby.

Though not as impressive as I hoped, this collaborative stout does do a good job for my sweet tooth after a meal.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Collaboration Cherry Chocolate Stout

Pours a dark brownish black, dark mocha cream head with hints of red. An intricate web of lace is left behind.Aroma of ripe cherries, pumpernickel bread, some stoutish qualities of roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.
Tart cherry upfront, some chocolate malt emerges, dry cocoa in the aftertaste playing well of the roasted, coffee like malt. A little metallic tasting. Cherry flavor chimes in at opportune times. Roasted malt, tart fruitiness, and alcohol all continue to dazzle. Creamy, smooth, silky feel, feels like an oatmeal or milk stout.
Overall, interesting brew, strong flavors going in different directions. Well concocted by some talented brewers, and a challenge for the palate.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark brown coloring, with light brown highlights around the edges. No head on this pour, but the beer looks good. Aromas are a cornucopia of sweet and dark characteristics, with dark chocolate, licorice, oak and earthy notes, boozey scents (despite the average ABV), and some dark fruit. Interesting blend that fills the nasal cavity. Flavors are smooth and creamy, with a good chocolate backbone and some dark cherry highlights. Creamy, with some oaky and earthy flavors, also. There is a slightly astringent feel at the end of the palate, but the beer is mostly a round, smooth bodied blending. The aftertaste is rich, slightly bitter, and slightly roasted. The finish has a somewhat coffee bitter linger to it. Good beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightproof beer with a perfectly sized brown colored head.

Nice cherry aroma, sweet with a nice chocolate to complement it. Cherry brandy scent, other than that this is all cherry and chocolate.

Starts out semisweet with a little cherry and a lot of patent malt. Sweetness doesn't got that far very quickly a sour cherry flavor comes out and lots more vanilla. Becomes semisweet and sour with a slight strange taste I can't ID something like burned berries.

Thick mouthfeel.

Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with an inch of foam that is a really nice shade of dark brown. Retention is good. Looks great.

S: Coffee is earthy and pronounced in the aroma, and I get a touch of smoke that I can't really pinpoint. Yep, it definitely smells smoky. Cherry is subtle, and vanilla is even more subtle. They smell quite nice. I get a little cream-like sweetness and evident dark chocolate and molasses. Malt is moderately roasted with an ephemeral char. The aroma is complex and nice.

T: The flavor doesn't live up to the quality of the aroma. It's boozy and the cherry is sort of acrid and weird with the roasted malt and chocolate. I think I get some vanilla, but I might be imagining that. The finish is roast and chocolate and ends abruptly.

M: The mouthfeel is on the thin side, even a bit watery. The beer needs body and creaminess. Carbonation is at a moderate level.

Overall: Looked great and smelled good, but somewhat lacking in the flavor department and the mouthfeel was not at all impressive.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first pour at the Boise "Stone Tap Take over".... Greg hadn't even stagedived yet!! :-) 5 oz pour is pretty much black with a decent tannish head.. that doesn't last too long.

The nose shows good chocolate, but only a bit of fruit if you concentrate... more sweet roasty notes than anything else.

Flavor is not much better, but a dark cherry element is there, but gets lost pretty quickly.. with warmth, there is more cherry...

Interesting.... Unfortunately I SIPPED this one forever while trying to get ANY other pour.. Still This is a decent brew... I suspect is pretty old for the element that should be enjoyed fresh.

3.5's across the board.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Deep bowling ball black and plum body with black-cherry highlights. Late colored head has great retention and lace.

S – Chocolate cherry cordials over an almost savory, au jus roastiness.

T – Opens with a kiss of booze and smooth milk chocolate, then dives into a dry, bitter, 80% cocoa center. Nice roast coffee character. The cherries show themselves on the backend, and lend a tart fruity warmth to the profile. Finishes with tart chocolate covered cherries. Surprisingly dry.

M – Medium light body.

O - Nice balance of fruit, tartness, and roast coffee.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body with a chocolate brown head, fading quickly.

S - Lots of sweet sugars, chocolate syrup, rum raisins, rubbing alcohol. Minerals.

T - Sweet warming alcohol with a viscous malt bite. Roasty grains and sweet dark fruit syrup. Tangy, mineral flavors and dry/bitter notes. Tin twang in the background and a spiced alcohol finish.

M - Warming and soft. Viscous and mouth numbing.

O - A nice sweet stout. Not much in the way of chocolate or cherries but a good stout no less.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The jet black body shows a hint of cocoa-red glow at the base and during the pour. There is a sea of microbubbles that form a light brown head that pops but last for a good bit.
S- The soft tartness of cooked cherries blends with mellow roasted black malt notes in the finish.
T- The flavor of chocolate tootsie rolls is full with a touch of tartness that could be from cherries. There is a nice earthy black roasted malt flavor in the finish. Some cherry pits and charcoal notes come through in the finish aswell. As the beer opens up the taste of baked cherries grows also. M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and is almost chewy at times with no alcohol heat noticed.
O- The chocolate flavor is lots of tootsie rolls form the nibs but not much chocolate malt character makes it taste a bit artificial, even though it is not. The cherries are very subtle with mostly just a tartness and some cooked flavors coming through. However underneath it taste of a great stout that just gets buried.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown, appearing black. Half finger medium brown head that dissipates leaving slight lacing. Aroma of dark and roasted malt, light cherry and chocolate. Flavor follows aroma, dark malt, cocoa, vanilla with a somewhat sour cherry finish. Medium bodied. Not very intense or complex, but well balanced and enjoyable. The cherry is at the right level, not overpowering the taste.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Vintage Estates. Yeah, I had to go all the way to Boardman to get a bottle of a Troegs collaboration. In a tulip.

A: The stout is oily, a rather viscous pour. Pitch black, no surprise there. The head, slow to develop, needs a few seconds to get its sealegs. As it comes together, it approaches a quarter finger of tan bubbles.

S: Semi-sour cherries and light chocolate. Neither is as strong as I was expecting. Subtlety is a gift and this stout brings it. The roasted body, much like the other aspects, is complimentary. Sweet milk chocolate becomes stronger as the ale warms.

T: Cherry, sweet with the faintest thread of sourness, primes the ale nicely. It's sweetness isn't sugary or underdone; just right. The sweetness comes from milk chocolate, a fine pairing that isn't cloying. The cherry, in fact, lingers on my palate. As the cherry tries to pick up, a flavor that I can best described as piscine pops up. It doesn't linger long but its brief presence is not so hot. The stout body is roasted but not too strong; a body well-suited for the added flavors. The ale doesn't come across as strong, another upside.

M: A good stout that makes nice use of the cherries - not as sour as Bell's or as lackluster as Tyranena's cherry porter. A good place to be.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.