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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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668 Ratings

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 59
Gots: 95 | FT: 4
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 brandoman63
3/5  rDev -19.8%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
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.

mdaschaf, Oct 27, 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 smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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!

smakawhat, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +7%

DrBier, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Viscose dark chocolate exit from the bottle is pitch black in the glass with a canyon clay colored head with some russert/peach tint to it, a very odd color to describe indeed. The head is slight in size, a bit whispy and weak on the hold and quick to fall with a spotty weak lace. Perhaps the most intriquing aspect of the visual sense is the head color, which is still not enough to garnish good regards due to its weak holding head and lace.

S: Fusels are evident and strong, perhaps a bit to much so and overshadow most of the other aromas it may have had to offer. A bit of a let down, some dry bakers chocolate with dry vanilla bean, and powdered coffee mate, but really wasn’t prominent enough to give you a hearty sense, rather lingered in the corner, weak and beaten by the fusels which overtook the nose. Sorry to say I was lost in picking up any indications of the cherries on the nose.

T: Heavy on the alcohol fusels again, bitter, watery burnt chocolate and coffee flavor. Not sure if I got a bad batch. Some dry vanilla powdery coffee mate, not really fresh vanilla bean, but is mostly vinous with a pharmaceutical alcohol. Turns to dark fruit (plums) that was tart with a bit sour of some cherries. A chalky powdery creamer, dry, is left behind after the swallow.

M: The mouthful is light, feels a bit watery. Some dark fruit, vanilla, but cant make up for the thin substance that is neither milky nor creamy in the mouth. Again cant verify that maybe something went wrong.

O: Overall a big disappointment considering both breweries involved. This is neither milky, nor creamy and is actually quite a mess body and flavor wise, with a watery burnt chocolate /coffee flavor that just doesn’t work. If I didn’t know any better it seems like they were trying to combine their (troegs) mad elf cherry holiday beer with belgain strain with a stone chocolate porter base. Calling this out as a dog of a beer. No repeat or purchase factor, drinkability was tough with an uncaring attitude towards a finish.

beerthulhu, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

billab914, Sep 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For whatever reason, cherry stouts tend to lack the jet black coolness of other imperial stouts. They get that ruddy brown thing going. Smell was thick, and well, not that the name of the beer didn't give it away, but, you get notes of cherry and chocolate.

Taste comes off very milk stouty, lactose, cherry, chocolate, I'm a happy camper. Notes of vanilla and the slightest fruit tart from the cherries. Heavy mouthfeel, trademark Stone bitterness, almost sludgy texture.

Cherry will turn the uninitiated off frequently, but for those in the know, this is a good one. Would rate higher if it wasn't $24 a 6pack.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

JohnGalt1, Sep 19, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -15%
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.

HopHead84, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass after I let it warm up a bit.

A: Deep, very dark brown borderline black body. Some dark maroon/red hues are around the top. A thick, rocky mocha brown head sticks around for a bit, but eventually settles into thin cap with some thicker bubbles around the edges. There's some nice lace left along the glass, too.

S: Milky chocolate notes, lightly roasted chocolate malt and touches of sweet coffee are immediate. A certain sour cherry flavor comes through in the back end, along with a hint of dark rum.

T: An easy, light chocolate malt base lays a nice foundation for some quite fruity and slightly roasted flavors. Cherry comes in with, unfortunately, almost an artificial flavor but it has a bit of tartness to it, giving it a more believable "real" fruit flavor. Finishing is some smoked dark chocolate and a bit of alcohol as this warmed.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly carbonated which isn't necessarily bad for the style; however, I would have liked to see it toned back just a bit. A thicker, chewier mouth feel is certainly something to be desired on stouts but the cherry flavor makes this seem okay.

I actually did enjoy this one although there are certainly a few caveats. The cherry flavor was wonderful on the nose smelled real but on the palate tasted rather fake. I would have liked more chocolate to balance out the sweetness/tartness that came from the cherries, although faint. Overall, quite a nice beer and solid collaborative effort.

ShanePB, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

GarthDanielson, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a big brown head into my glass. Very nice presentation.

Creamy hints of chocolate and roasted coffee followed by a mild cherry essence.

Much like a cordial cherry, followed by lightly roasted coffee and cream. Wow.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Lingering cordial cherry followed by cream and coffee as mentioned. Nothing's changed. The beer is slightly more tart and acidic though.

It seems to live up to the name. The body could be better but otherwise, I enjoyed it after a decent meal.

Brad007, Sep 02, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kadonny!

A very dark, nearly black colored beer with a cherry red tint. Smallish, dark brown quickly sinking head, good creamy lace remains.

Kind of a modest nose with touches of bittersweet chocolate, roasted notes, and faint cherry aromas. However, the flavor is much stronger, delivering the goods with lots of chocolate and cherry, plus undertones of vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt. Bitterness is low, slight burn from the booze in the finish. Ample chocolatey sweetness and a bit of sour, puckering cherry in there too. I didn’t get the robatussin vibe some others complained of; although I will say it’s not the most natural tasting beer you’ll find. Tastes a bit like cheap chocolate cordials actually.

Medium carbonation, fairly light body, medium long, pleasantly sweet and sour finish. Interesting and tasty dessert beer.

tobelerone, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Alieniloquium, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, sweet, barley, malts,

taste: chocolate, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: I really wish this beer had some cherry flavor in it. They must of just forgot about the cherries in my bottle. Basically your average milk stout beer.


THECPJ, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz imperial stout

appearance: served in an imperial pint, big chocolate body, dark and robust, creamy brown cap and healthy retention

smell: dry and roasty, cherry cola, cocoa, underlying tartness

taste: interesting - the dry roastiness is a bit overpowering, then comes the blast of cola-esque tart cherry. I'm a little unsure of what to make of all of this but I feel this beer comes on a little too strong from all angles. for 7.3%, the booze comes through more than it probably should.

mouthfeel: smooth medium body, moderate bitterness

overall: one is plenty - next please

dirtylou, Sep 15, 2011
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 09, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter

Pours a blacked out color with a light crop of tanned head on top. Fades out fairly quickly with cloudy retention spread across the top with a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts with milk chocolate in the nose. Some hints of black cherry with some dark fruit sweetness. Seems fairly simple, to be honest.

Roasted malts with a dash of bitter hops up front and light pine. Touches of chocolate with some milky tones. Black cherry and ripe skin add an interesting flash of flavor with a very faint tartness from the fruit. A bit sweet towards the finish with some lingering hop touches.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, felt slightly thin on the tongue, a bit chewy. Drinks pretty well, but kind of lacked the explosive chocolate or cherry flavors I was really hoping for.

xnicknj, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

flagmantho, Aug 20, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

chippo33, Mar 03, 2013
Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.