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Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry StoutBlack Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 13
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A good solid stout packed with all the flavours you’d expect with an extra twist; great malt base, dark chocolaty backbone from two perfectly balanced sources, soft carbonation and a subtle taste of tart cherry in the finish. The Hop character is just present enough to enhance the chocolate malt & cocoa. Cocoa notes in the nose and a chewy yet velvety mouth-feel. Gorgeous lacing remains on your glass. This addition to our seasonal portfolio showcases our brewing skill, focus on quality, character and consistently great flavourful beer. Slow brewed and hand crafted.

(Beer added by: DrJay on 04-23-2005)
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Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black. Agressive pours yields nothing but a ring. No lacing.

S - Smooth chocolate with a hint of cherry fruit. No roast.

T - Tart cherries at the start, then switches to chocolate. Great roasted finish. Not a lot of hop flavour or bitterness, they are just there for support.

M - solid body, quite smooth. Warmth slowly creeps up.

D - I could drink this with dessert or on it's own.

I like that the cherries and chocolate don't dominate the beer, and neither of them come off as artificial. Very well executed.

Thanks for the bottle Pootz!

markaberrant, Jun 24, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my locals randomly had some of these for sale, so I helped myself to one or two.

Poured into a standard pint glass. Very dark chestnut brown, almost black. Thin, but stable mocha-tan head. A thick ring survived till the end, with some sheets of creamy lacing.

Nose is bitter chocolate, maraschino cherries, dark coffee. The nose certainly leads me to anticipate a sweet, syrupy brew, but I've been very happy with Black Oak thus far, so I'll trust them.

My faith was certainly rewarded - this brew is by no means sweet or syrupy, like the chocolate covered cherry taste I was anticipating. In fact, it's quite bitter and tart to the finish. The chocolate is unquestionably dark (80% and above), while the cherry flavor is that of the ripe, tart variety, rather than marachino. Notes of vanilla, caramel and roasted malt linger in the back, getting a bit stronger as the brew warms.

Mouthfeel is spot on - rich and creamy, with mild, but evident carbonation.

Not at all what I'd expected, but nevertheless a great brew. Although it could have stood to be a little sweeter, I'll take this as it is. The bitterness might turn off folk who were expecting something tasting like Valentine's chocolate, but for the bitter stout lovers out there, it's a great pickup.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at C'est What.

This beer appears a solid black, with some very slight red edges, with one finger of creamy beige head, which leaves a narrow ring of webbed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of dry chocolate and light roasted malt. The taste is dry chalky chocolate (heh), mild cherry fruit, and light earthy hops. The carbonation is soft, the body a bit south of medium weight, and smooth, and it finishes dry, with a mild cherry fruit and hop combo.

A decent stout, the fruit flavour very sedate, never asserting itself.

biboergosum, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This fresh LCBO bottle is courtesy of Pootz. Pours black, with some chocolate and cherry aroma. A chocolately smooth drinking stout, with one flaw of burnt edges. A minority of geeks will really like that, but most people while really liking the chocolate will be repelled by the burned tar characteristic. Twenty-months later had this on tap at Beerbistro and it was smoother, albeit at best a medium mouthfeel. Chcocolate was there(i am so used to it in so many beers now)but the standout was the sourness of the cherry. A different beverage judging by my notes than initially, and my score reflects this.

Sammy, May 25, 2007
Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What? Totally black and opaque. Nice finger of mocha head. Laces like it's on nitro-tap, but it's not. Head retention could be better.

Tons of chocolate scent, mostly of the milk variety. Some cherry does actually show through. I wouldn't have necessarily expected that. Good roasted malt. Very nice big smell.

For a stout called chocolate cherry, this is right on. I wouldn't be sure what to expect for the intensity of the chocolate or the cherries...whether it would be artificial in character or more subtle. But this stout is definitely of the subtle variety, and in a good way. I wouldn't want too pronounced a cherry presence, and there isn't. Just enough cherry in the background to deserve its name. Lots of chocolate malt along with some coffee and a decent hop bittering. The flavour could be a intensified but this is still awesome. Solid 4.0.

The feel is unfortunately not great. Much too thin for my taste. Light-bodied for a stout and lightly carbonated. The feel actually really detracts from this otherwise great beer.

This is a great stout. I only wish the body was fuller, in which case I think this could come close to rivaling even something like St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. The flavour is really happening. Nice to have a second go-to stout in Ontario.

eat, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice foamy head with some average retention and no lacing. Aroma of deep cacao with some very subtle non-sweet cherries. Taste is dominated by deep chocolate notes with some very subtle cherries and some nice bitter roasted malt notes at the end. Body is a bit light for the style with some medium carbonation. Interesting but missing a bit of character to take this to the other level.

Phyl21ca, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 1/8/11
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, tartness, light cherry smell and some sweetness.

T - Cherries are much more apparent in the palate. Tartness comes through as well as does some chocolate but it is definitely the secondary smell.

M - Medium body; moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to liamt07 for sending me this one. I wanted to try a Cherry stout for quite some time.

The color of the beer is dark black with a nice creamy head on top. The head is not big. Its color is beige and sticks well to the glass. Aroma, I get mainly dark chocolate. I can't distinguish the cherry and wasn't expecting any. I think the cherry is there to balance the sugar from the dark malt chocolate. I really like the aroma, its inviting. The taste, I get the dark chocolate with a nice bitter finish you get with dark chocolate. It is well balanced and smooth in the mouth. Easy to drink too. And one of important thing, it lingers in the mouth. Nice.

I nice stout. Wish I could get this one more often. Cheers liamt07!

ZorPrime, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from wfeddern via CanBIF 5, thanks!

From a 341 ml brown bottle. Dry musty malt is apparent the moment the cap is removed, I can already sense the roasted malt and cocoa within. Tall creamy sandy head on the pour that settles at an even rate, leaving a thin frothy cap. The body is a dense opaque black.

Aroma is predominantly dry musty roasted malts, dry bitter chocolate, with faint sweet/sour hints of cherry.

The aroma is an ideal herald to the flavour, they match up impressively well. Even the roasted malt seems invisible in relation to the dry, dry cocoa, like drinking a version of dark chocolate powdered cherry truffles. A slight tangy sweetness presents itself on the finish, although not wholly defined as a cherry flavour, yet the elements of cherry and cocoa start to meld in the aftertaste with the cocoa of course being the stronger of the two.

Mouthfeel is light, both in texture and carbonation, although I wouldn't call it watery either.

Although the cherries are somewhat present, they're far too muted to be a selling point for this stout. However the malts and cocoa succeed in producing a beer for any dark chocolate fan.

IronDjinn, May 08, 2009
Photo of mrnobody
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

I wasn't expecting to be as impressed by this one. I'm kind of new to the stout game but this one certainly made me take notice. Opaque black seems to be the norm for this style and this certainly fits in. Not much of a head but some did stick around the sides of the glass the whole way down. Light carbonation (as an aside, I've found that I like my stouts somewhat flat; also, while I like most beer from the fridge, I actually seem to prefer stouts at room temp...go figure). Didn't notice any cherries in the aroma, all cocoa and coffee. However the cherries present as a tartness on the tongue and really made this quite light and refreshing for a stout. This is quickly followed by a blast of dark, bitter chocolate. Really a very tasty stout that lives up to its name but not in the syrupy sweet way you might expect.

mrnobody, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HogTownHarry for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A nice black body with a slight brown 1-2 finger head.

Smell: Malty, dark chocolate.

Taste: A little too carbonated at first taste. Burnt chocolate with very slight cherry. Taste is alright but feels a little bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: This is better, carbonation more restrained (or maybe i'm used to it). Roasted malt with dark chocolate overtones with a bitter finish. Cherry in background but not very strong.

Drinkability: At first, no, but then as it warmed, was better.

Overall: The flavors didn't seem to mesh too good together & was disappointed cherry was pratically non-existant. Average is the word that comes to my mind for this brew.

papat444, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of OttawaBeerClub
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Chocolate! Sweet, boozy, stouty, bit of smoke, cherry

Appearance: Dark, light brown head, it's a stout

Flavor: Up front cocoa, nut overpowering chocolate, stout first, then cherry, sweet after, good balance of choc/cherry

Mouthfeel: Stoutfeel, smooth

Overall: Near perfect, good flavour, balanced, as advertised

OttawaBeerClub, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to cfrancis for this one

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an average size frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some great lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lots of Chocolate, malts, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of chocolate mixed with malts and a smokiness. There is also a cherry flavour, but it isn't cloying or in your face.. The beer finishes with a chocolatey slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall – I really enjoyed this beer. The taste is well balanced and is way more drinkable than I thought it would be. It really doesn't taste artificial the way that most of the other beers that have fruit in them do. I'd buy/drink this again anytime.

spinrsx, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is taken from notes. Had on-tap at Chancey Smiths.

A - Almost jet black appearance with a creamy tan head. The lacing was good, and the head had good retention.

S - The smell is dominated by cherries and slight chocolate notes.

T - Cherries are dominant in the taste, the name of the beer is certainly accurate. The chocolate flavours are subtle in the background, overshadowed by the cherries. Coffee comes out in the aftertaste, it compliments the cherry and chocolate nicely. Almost tastes like a desert, but isn't too rich. Very nice.

M - Smooth, the cherries are strong to give the edge a bite. It goes down really nicely.

D - Surprisingly drinkability. The flavours are subdued enough to retain very good drinkability, but are still pronounced enough to make drinking it interesting for the entirety of the glass.

Wasn't sure if I would like it, but it was great.

I agree with alpineclimber that this was certainly a stout, not a fruit/vegetable beer. It has all of the proper characteristics of a stout with the addition of cherries. It didn't feel like the stout was sacrificed to allow the cherries to dominate, more like the cherries were added to a solid stout background.

The classification kind of detracts from the beer's representation on here.

StarshipPoopers, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Phoenix as part of my end of the term celebration.
Pours a deep black, almost opaque with a nice red tinge. Thick and creamy tan head that has a little less than decent retention but excellent lacing.
Smell of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate but had a hard time picking out the cherry. Very faint in the overall smell.
Roasted malts and coffee upfront that finishes off with a chocolatey bitter finish with a hint of cherry.
Mouthfeel was smooth and well balanced. Full bodied and not too hard to drink.

Overall, a really nice stout. Nothing too offensive and very smooth. I was suprised by the low alcohol content of this bad boy. The only thing that would have made this beer nicer would have been a bit more cherry, but besides that, a great brew. Would love to try some more of there stuff.

ludachris, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sample thanks to Milos- A deep brown pour with a frothy mocha cap. Nose of fresh cherries and dark chocolate, coffee, some roasted malts. Tastes sweet, of dark chocolate with some anise and pit fruits. FInishes with bitter coffee/chocolate and a pleasing cherry aftertaste. Very good.

mrmanning, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml brown bottle, compliments of Pootz - thanks again.
Pours an opaque black color with a thick, creamy, chocolate milk colored head. Foam lasts along time and sticks to the side of the glass. Lots of chocolate, cocoa, coffee aromas. The dark malts dominate and the cherry is a bit tough to pick out. No sweet artificial cherry smells like I had seen in other fruit beers. Flavor matches the smell, roasted chocolate malt, thick and flavorful. Again, not alot of cherry, but it is there hidden in the background. A touch of bittersweet chocolate aftertaste, from the charred grain rather than from any hops. Low carbonation keep it smooth, full flavored while still being medium bodied, not cloying or sticky.
A well made stout, where the cherries and chocolate are balanced and don't overpower, or taste too artificial.
One bottle (actually half a bottle - I had to share) is just a teaser. I could easily have sipped this one all night while watching the stars.
Very comparable to Wild Rose's Cherry Porter.

BigBry, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of kinguy
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

kinguy, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of grub
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

sampled on cask at volo. cask was tapped friday, and sampled on sunday afternoon.

pours deep brown, nearly opaque, with a thin dark than head. drops fast but leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. lots of roast. dark chocolate. coffee. touch of alcohol. bready malt. no cherries noticed here.

taste is good. roast, but not overpowering. dark chocolate. bready malt. light bitterness. bit of caramel. only the smallest hint of cherry in the taste.

mouthfeel is good. very light carbonation, as expected on cask. nice medium-full body.

drinkability is good, but i think this cask might be just past its prime. still, a balanced and enjoyable beer. definitely need to try this one again.

grub, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Volo had a line-up of the cask, bottle and tap (2005 & 2007) versions... both horizontal & vertical. A diagonal tasting?

The cask had the best mouthfeel, but I actually enjoyed the 2005 the most, so that's what I'll rate.

A: They were all a roasty-black, with an off-white head; very little retention, but they did leave a lace.

S: The bottle seemed to have the most roasted aroma; all had a chocolate-covered cherry aroma (some more subtle than others).

T: Although the 2005 wasn't quite as chocolatey, it seemed to have a more well-rounded roastyness, with a pleasant nutty flavour. Slight acidity, modest bitterness.

M: The cask has a silky smoothness like no other... but the bottle & taps were still good.

D: All very drinkable (although it's surpising how gassy the others seemed compared to the cask).

Thanks again Ralph!

Derek, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking stout. A finger's worth of tan head tried to stick around, its now a thin slick with some sticky lacings already present. Nice lacings.

A nice smelling stout too. Chocolate, cocoa, and cherries make up the bulk of the aroma. A musty earthiness also present. A touch more roasted character might be nice?

Yummy stuff. Nougat from the malt, then chocolate and cocoa. Cherries and a mild lactic tartness give a nice contrast to the rich malts.

Medium bodied and smooth. A nice creamy feel to this stout. Nicely balanced.

This is pretty damn tasty and drinkable. A nice stout that doesnt forget that its a stout. Chocolate and cherry are present to add depth and dimension and do so without detracting. This is something i would recommend trying, and would seek out again if available to me.

demcorhip, May 15, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on cask at Volo, while chatting with Ken from Black Oak. This was the double chocolate cherry stout, as they used both chocolate powder and chocolate malt. This one was dubbed "Cherry Bomb" by the boys at the brewery.

Pours a very opaque black, red edges, thick off white head, nice lacing, great retention. Smell is sweet, cherry sourness, chocolate and toffee, sweet cherry, roast, very nice. Taste is chocolate notes, very smooth, toffee, sours cherries, bit of roast, nice smooth finish, smooth bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, low carbonation, very easy drink. Could have used a bit more chocolate, but Ken and Adrian keep pumping out good stuff.

Viggo, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having enjoyed Black Oak's "Oaktoberfest" seasonal, we headed to the brewery's retail store to pick up a couple of six packs as soon as their Double Chocolate Cherry Stout ("DCCS") was available. DCCS came in a brown 341 ml bottle and was 5.8% alcohol by volume. A production date of February 13, 2012 was stamped on the bottom of the six pack, which sold for $13.50/6, equal to $2.25 per bottle.

The beer poured an opaque black, and a fairly aggressive pour produced 1" of dark tan coloured head that dissipated within 2 minutes. The head resolved itself into a collar of foam and thin film, leaving considerable lacing down the glass. Despite the darkness of the beer, some carbonation was still visible. Its aroma was dominated by woody smoke and chocolate, with hints of cocoa. I didn't really notice any cherry in the aroma. The flavour began with lots of chocolate and smoke, transitioning to a subtle, tart cherry finish. A smoky, slightly bitter aftertaste lingered, but wasn't strong enough or long lasting enough to be offensive. I found that there was just enough tart cherry in the flavour to be interesting, any less and it would pretty well pass unnoticed....and it wasn't the artificial cherry Lifesaver flavour used by some brewers. Although still quite subtle, the cherry flavour did become more noticeable as the beer warmed. Typical of a stout, DCCS had a soft carbonation and I would describe it as medium bodied. I would certainly buy DCCS again, and the beer is reasonably priced.

BuckyBeerBeaver, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov1 2010

A dark brown with a light brown head that has decent retention and leaves a partial ring of lace followed by some patches

S faint coffee with loads of milk chocolate and the cherry's there but quite subtle

T chocolates a little darker in the mouth and the cherry comes out a little more and just the faintest hint of woody smoke , not completely dry but a little more sugar may have worked well for it

M could use some more bubbles and not as thick as the color would imply

D overall this ones pretty decent, I'd drink int again so that says something

just enough cherries to have a positive affect any less and it would go unnoticed and anymore and it would take away form the nice chocolate flavors. I could drink a few of these without getting board but for now I'll need to thank liamt07 for sending this one out west

wordemupg, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:
Pours a dead black in the tulip...decent mocha cap reduces quickly but laces well...low cabonation

Aromas are pungent and complex, cocoa, roasted coffee and roasted grains, berry fruit, hay and a light mustiness.

Medium bodied for a stout, large dose of the cocoa and roast in the front then a rush a tart berry tastes and some spicy hopping...longish wet finish with light sweetness and some tartness and char. Excellent specialty porter that is very drinkable.

pootz, Apr 20, 2010
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Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout from Black Oak Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.