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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
83
good

669 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 61
Gots: 94 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011)
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Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of oline73
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with a finger of tan head that fades away to hardly anything.

Smell: Some roasty malt and a slight sweetness. The problem with cherry beers is that they can remind you of cough syrup, and the smell of this beer has that problem.

Taste: At least the cherry is more natural here than it was in the smell. There are some dark chocolate notes with a strong roast presence that grows towards the finish of the sip and ends up being quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is aggressive with rather large bubbles. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This is a tough concept to perfect and I don't think that happened here. Not a big fan of the smell and the bitterness took over the flavor.

oline73, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

mdfb79, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Mora2000, Sep 25, 2011
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.

Gueuzedude, Feb 12, 2012
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.

kojevergas, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Halcyondays, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Gavage, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

GClarkage, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +7%

imperialking, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

yourefragile, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of corby112
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

corby112, Nov 08, 2011
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.

orangesol, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

stakem, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Billolick, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

akorsak, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

superspak, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

LXIXME, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

DoubleJ, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Zorro, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Stinkypuss, Oct 08, 2011
Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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