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

Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate StoutJason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
84
good

657 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 657
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.28%


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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RobJTejas

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't say enough about this collaborative beer from stone (CA) and tröegs (PA). Poured in a 10 oz flute.

Dark roasted espressso chocolate color with a chocolate mousse head. (It looked like a choco-volcano being poured)

smelled like chocolate biscuits and tangy cherry fruit. Hint of Roasty malts too.

Since I had a small glass I waited a few minutes for it to warm up and let the flavors mature. Bittersweet chocolate dominates the palate from the start but the warm vanilla and tart cherrys follow.

Mouthfeel is amazing, so rich and creamy with good carbonation. Hardly a trace of alcohol .

If it seemed like I used the word chocolate a lot in this review its because theres no other way to emphasize the robust cocoa flavor packed into this behemoth. Overall, I have to recommend this beer to anyone who is fortunate enough have access to it. For me its the ultimate in milk stouts.

FYI if you do have access to this, it is on my wants list.

Serving type: cask

11-10-2011 02:02:17 | More by RobJTejas
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angrygrimace

California

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:35:41 | More by angrygrimace
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shwillivanilli

California

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- poured free into large snifter. poured black with thick tan head about 2 fingers. settled to thin tan head, little lacing. looks very dark and rich

s- cherries, chocolate, and lactose. very sweet.

t- strong chocolate bite with a heavy cherry finish. alot of flavor. small lactose, no alcohol.

m- very smooth and soft. nice carbonation.

o- this beer was interesting to try, but almost too much cherry for me personally, but that is what the beer is. i did really enjoy it overall, the chocolate was a good balance to the cherry. wish i had another to hold on too just for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:49:08 | More by shwillivanilli
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t8000shx

New York

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep brown/black, dark tan head that didn't stick around long, good looking stout

B - loved the smell on this one. Very chocolate-y with an indecipherable tartness. Roasted malt, and marshmallow also present.

T - very similar to the nose. Tartness hits up front, not recognizable as cherry but not unpleasant either. Then a big hit of cocoa powder / baking chocolate, which just gets even bigger as the beer warms up. The tartness, while it doesn't disappear, takes a back seat to the chocolate. I suppose more cherry should be present given the name of the beer, but I can't complain too much given how enjoyable this is as a chocolate stout. Good sweetness, but by no means cloying, and it's kept in check by the bitterness from the malts and chocolate.

M - a touch thinner than I'd like, and maybe a smidge too much carbonation as well, though I should admit I'm partial to sweet beers being on the warmer and flatter side. So I'm dinging the score a bit here, but this is very much based on personal taste.

O - great beer. I've never considered myself a chocolate junkie, but this beer has changed my mind. I bought a few more immediately after having one, and will try to hunt down a few other highly rated chocolate stouts to see if this really is a style I enjoy more broadly.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:52:44 | More by t8000shx
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Sixt9coug

California

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just finished my last bottle of this tonight. I had a few bottles when it was fresh about a year ago, and now it's all gone. I'll make comparisons to both fresh and aged, so keep up!

A - Dark as can be. Black, black black with a faint red/brown tone as you swirl it in the glass. There is definitely carbonation present similar to Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes. However, this Stone brew is much heaver in viscosity. A coffee brown head forms and then is gone shortly after leaving some brown lacing on the glass.

S - FRESH- Heavy notes of cherry, bitter chocolate and some roasty malts present.
Aged - The cherry scent is all but gone. More sweetness is present in the nose for me, and lots of the chocolate bitterness has mellowed and subsided. Most of this has been replaced by the roasted malts.

T - FRESH - Cherry is the first thing I tasted. This was quickly followed by a heavy dose of bitter chocolate. The sweet cherry was a little unexpected, but it was balanced immediately by the bitter dark chocolate. On the finish there was plenty of roast coming through with a bit of the bitter chocolate lingering. Yes, there was some heat apparent.
AGED - I could not taste the cherry anymore, but there was a residual sweetness left in the taste, followed by a more muted bitterness of the chocolate. The roasted taste is much more noticeable now and the alcohol has not been mellowed juuuust a touch, but it's still noticeable on the finish.

M - Creamy, creamy creamy fresh or aged. Creamier on the aged version with a heavy coating left on about anything it touches. Thick, but not "Ten Fidy" thick. A bit oily, but just very nice.

O - I wish I had the sense to buy more. I enjoyed the cherry notes more when it was fresh, but the creaminess that came out as it aged was awesome. Loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 05:18:27 | More by Sixt9coug
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FLOglida

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was on the hunt for this and the Green Tea IPA.

i found this in a 12 oz bottle and got very excited.

When i poured it i was very happy when i saw the dark color of the head which dissipated rather quickly and left gorgeous lace. Very dark stout.

The smell was of cherries and dark chocolate.

When i tasted i got dark chocolate and coffee with a sour cherry finish. I didnt get the artificial cherry flavoring that some people were talking about.

Nice mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Very good stout in my opinion.

I wish i could find more.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 15:23:31 | More by FLOglida
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theklep

California

4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is much better than the Green Tea IPA. For Stones famous collaborations this is where collaboration meets genius. This happens to be far better than the reviews may make it seem. If you enjoy desert stouts than this is one beer you must put your lips on.

If you are not a fan of stouts or beers with fruit complexities you may find this trite and sweet. But, if you happen to enjoy dark full bodied dark concoctions then this is your beer. Go for it if it is still around. You will be happy you made the effort. This will be one of those under appreciated offerings Stone release but everyone laments never getting the chance to partake in. Please, I beg of you to seek this out and imbibe.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:51:11 | More by theklep
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benz08

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a Bottle purchased at Wine and Beverage Depot in NJ

A: A really nice deep dark black with a nice thick caramel colored head that didn't stick around long enough. This was a beautiful beer when first poured but the head retention was poor. Laced on the glass very nicely though.

S: Smelled just like a very basic chocolate stout. There was no cherry or vanilla in the nose at all.

T: Again the taste was pretty one dimensional just as the smell. Nice toasted malt flavor with a little chocolate but no real appearance from the vanilla until the aftertaste. The only indication of cherries was the sweet boozieness that could stand to mellow out a little bit with age. I've never been a fan of cherries in beer(Naked Elf is far superior to Mad Elf and I'd love to try Three Philosophers as just a plain quad) but I don't get that strong fruitiness like in those beers. Just that booze that needs to mellow.

M: Pretty clean mouthfeel. A little towards chewy but a nice balance with good carbonation. Definitely a nice sudsy American beer.

O: I was a little disappointed in the beer as a whole but considering it was based off a homebrew recipe I'm ok with that. The beer is getting graded as a commercial beer but I took the homebrew origins into account. I would have really liked a little more chocolate and a little less roasted malt and maybe a touch more vanilla. Or just take the mention of vanilla out of the main description on the bottle.

Another slightly above average collab from stone. Throught Troegs would be able to help this one out but hey it was brewed at Stone so not much John Trogner could really do. At $3.09 at my local store I was perfectly happy.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 06:58:55 | More by benz08
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Perdue125

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black, with a thickish consistency.

Smell - cherries with a hint of cocoa.

Taste - Very cherry at the front with a mild bitterness, more chocolate as it warms up. You can tell this is a milk stout from the finish. There is a faint hint of alcohol as well.

Overall this is a fine milk stout and the cherry flavor is a nice change of pace. Not sure I would want to buy another on considereing the price but if you like milk stouts it definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 01:45:14 | More by Perdue125
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Abelmacias20

California

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:38:11 | More by Abelmacias20
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Msquared2

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, almost pitch black. Held up to light, you can see just a hint of deep red.
S: Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Just a hint of cherry comes through.
T: Small tasted of dark chocolate, dark malts, and a hint of cherry on the backside.
M: Thin to medium thickness
O: Lackluster stout. Not too bad but could definitely be better.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 16:10:51 | More by Msquared2
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dchew85

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark viscous brown with a beautiful brown head that fades rather quickly.

S- Smells of chocolate and sour cherries with a little alcohol.

T- Very metallic. Other than that there is quiet a bit of sour cherry with a hint of chocolate, mostly bitter.

M- Not a lot of carbonation. Viscosity lighter than expected.

D- Not impressed with this one at all. Very disappointed actually. The metallic flavor really turned me off. Yet another sub-par collaboration from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:52:01 | More by dchew85
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Socalbeerlover

California

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 21:34:26 | More by Socalbeerlover
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dpnyby

California

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:18:21 | More by dpnyby
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frenchtoast1982

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reading other reviews, it seems this beer is all over the place on the rating spectrum. This made me a bit sceptical when I popped open the bottle, but I was presently surprised.

Another reviewer hit the nail right on the head, this is a chocolate cherry stout, if that doesn't sound appealing, then this beer probably is not for you.

It pours jet black with a thick brown head. The head sticks around for a while, and when it settles in there is some nice lacing on the glass. There isn't much nose on this beer, just smells like a lighter stout. For a beer that has little on the nose, the taste is pretty powerful. Very strong cherry flavors on top of a bitter dark chocolate, with a little coffee and booze flavors on the back. The bitterness of the chocolate and cherries stick around for a while. Some people say the cherries taste medicinal, I would have to disagree, the taste is dead on wild cherries, perhaps they were looking for maraschino cherry flavors instead? The mouthfeel is real intense, it coats your tongue and sticks around for a while, the flavors playing off eachother nicely. Overall I would say this is a pretty good beer, but not a session beer. I cant even imagine what you would pair it with for food, I think it just needs to stand on its own as an after dinner type drink and you should be pleased.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 01:57:02 | More by frenchtoast1982
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Taubin

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 15:59:01 | More by Taubin
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danyalc

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review on BA, a collaboration between Troegs, Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard, and Stone. Bottle complete with a definition of collaboration printed on the side, it must be their selling point for this beer, poured in Duvel Tulip.

A-dark, opaque, poured aggresively leaving an inch head with good retention.

S- Very sweet/malty, with a twinge of fruit

T- Can definitely taste the cherries at the start, but the fruit taste doesn't seem to be as full as it should be and seems to add a bit of a tart flavor to the beer.

M- The cherry and chocolate are both present in the beer, but the a bit more sweet/thickening chocolaty flavor would have helped

O-For the style I would have liked it to finish with more sweet chocolate flavor, the cherry flavor makes it a bit light, but overall it was a pretty drinkable beer, and hopefully with a bit of cellaring the flavors will become more united, making it a really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 02:29:43 | More by danyalc
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