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

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 48
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 7.11%
Wants: 15
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Black Oak Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrJay on 04-23-2005

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.
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Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.22/5  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!

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Photo of mrnobody
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark, opaque black topped by a frothy tan head.

The aroma is mild roast and dry cocoa powder.

A tart cherry sourness melds with chocolate and dry roasted coffee all working in three part harmony. The cherries and cocoa powder are well integrated and add a complex dimension, but subtly, without any one thing overpowering anything else. I guess it's called double chocolate because of the use of chocolate malt and cocoa powder, but the chocolate flavor is pretty subdued, as it happens, so calling it double chocolate might be a bit of an overstatement.

It's medium bodied and feels a little lighter than would be ideal.

This is a really good beer but if I had to nitpick it would only be inasmuch as I wish it lived up to the stout in it's name a little more. It's more of a double sour cherry porter with some chocolate.

That said, make no mistake. I love this beer. I don't know how Black Oak do it, but I find most of their beers, and especially their seasonals, imminently moreish. It's like they're flavorful and satisfying on their own, but (and I don't mean the following in a bad way, I mean it in a good way) they're just dialed back enough that you can't help but want more. Again, this isn't a complaint. It's a complement and a testament to their skill and hard work.

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Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black colour with deep brown highlights topped by a generous, long-lasting, light brown head of dense, small bubbles. Plenty of lacing ends up on the sides of the glass. Malty aroma with plenty of chocolately roasted up front with a variety of other subdued aromas, including a bit of cherry, cocoa, and grassy hops.

Good malty sweet backbone with hop bitterness on the low side. Roasted malts contribute some chocolate flavour and dryness at the finish. Very slight bitterness that seems to be coming from added cocoa/chocolate. Cherry flavour is on the subtle side, contributes a bit of sourness, and really shows up at the finish. Overall, the flavours are quite balanced and the cherry doesn't overpower. The body is a little on the light side and carbonation is perfect at a moderately low level. This is a very nice seasonal that I'd like to find somewhere on tap.

341 mL brown bottle, no freshness date, purchased at the brewery.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the 2005 edition on tap at volo. It was billed as 'Double Black Chocolate Cherry Stout'. Im pretty sure its the same stuff, as the bartender said its around 5% ABV.

Pours black with a gigantic tan head, it took 5 minutes just to fill the pint. The massive head lasts forever and completely drapes the glass. The aroma is roasty with subtle chocolated and some fresh cherry tartness. The taste is chocolatey and a little bit sweet with equal parts roasted barley and natural cherry flavors. The cherry flavors are very subdued and play only a complimentary role. There is no cloying sweetness here, just a kiss of cherry essence mingling with chocolate and caramel flavors. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. The finish is dryish and somewhat bitter.

This is a fantastic fruit flavored stout. It is very well balanced with all the right stout flavors and a good amount of real cherry flavor. Im surprised it held up so long.

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Photo of eat
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Chocolate Cherry definitely looks twice as much like chocolate than cherries, although there is sliver of rusty red along the baseline (provided you view at the right angle). Otherwise, however, it is hopelessly opaque, seemingly refusing to even acknowledge the existence of light. Its fine head, a chestnut-tinted talcum powder, is unexpectedly adhesive.

Contrary to the appearance, the aroma gives a slight edge to the cherries over the chocolate - not the fruit specifically, but a tart, acerbic gasp of festering berries. The cocoa powder is present too and leaves a dark, roasty aura running like lava beneath the nose. Sour and bitter is not a good combo but somehow this makes for a curiously tempting affair.

A chocolate cherry beer has the potential of being sickly sweet. And if this were made with syrups instead of the real things it might be. Tart cherries and unsweetened cocoa, however, make for a beer that is only minimally sweet (but still enormously flavourful). It's actually a tad astringent: the one flavour is especially tart, the other immoderately bitter.

People expecting plenty of either the chocolate or the cherry might be disappointed; those who appreciate good beer at face value without any gimmicks surely will not be. The body is as thick as oatmeal and as roasty as coffee, with the firm plumpness of a fresh almond. The aftertaste lingers considerately and shares a trace of sweetness after all.

I'll say it again: sour and bitter can be a dangerous combination and the beer's makeup is something of a badly tuned chord. Still, it's curiously appealing, positively tasty and incontrovertibly well made. Warming did only good and the beer has more character than you'd expect for its modest strength. I'll have more (pretty please with a cherry on top!)

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Photo of cyrenaica
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml draught
5.5% abv
I tried this beer on May 16, 2008 at "C'est What Restaurant" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a dark brownish black with a creamy tan coloured head. The aroma was roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and some sugary chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy, medium-bodied with low carbonation. The flavour is sweet, nutty, and chocolatey with some licorice hints.

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Photo of alpineclimber
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this bottle.

A 341ml bottle poured into a chalice. A small head on a pitch black brew, the head quickly recedes.

A nice malty smell with a sour cherry note.

The taste is of chocolate, coffee, the cherry can be tasted in the finish.

A good medium mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty good beer. I am kind of wondering why BA has this labeled as a fruit/vegetable beer, to me this one is purely a stout that is infused with some flavor enhancers. It's a fairly rich beer and is perfect as a desert beer.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice interesting stout that carries the cherry flavour as an undertone. The chocolate notes come off in the finish and the aroma. I liked the drinkability and the balance in this beer. Not huge but full flavoured in both body and finish The cherry part was nicely subdued

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Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask pint at C'est What?

Pours black, with a slight ruby tinge at the edges, and a tan coloured head. Good retention and lacing round off a decent appearance. The aroma is a full of roasted notes, but with a slight sharp edge (cherry) and a hint of chocolate. Likewise, the flavour is a full bodied roast, with hints of bittersweet chocolate towards the back end, and a touch of cherry lending a pleasant touch of sourness. Black Oak have proven they know how to make a good cask and this one is no different. The mouthfeel is medium and well textured with a restrained carbonation.

Another solid Black Oak offering, and it sure beats out the tap version. It almost feels like a Belgian offering with its addition of cherry flavours and slight sour edge, and if I was Ken or Adrian I'd be tempted to run with that idea and chuck some candy sugar and Belgian yeast into a batch to see what happens.

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Photo of cratez
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Chancey Smith's. Poured from one of the four new tap lines, as the draught selection has now reached 18 taps. Congratulations Milos - your hard work is paying off!

Midnight black body has a frothy tan, milkshake head that wraps itself around the glass with sheets of lace. Smell and taste are roasted barley, sulfur, chocolate malt, a touch of vanilla, and sour, juicy cherries that give off a strong fruity tartness. The flavour is there, but the mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout. Still, I get some nice sticky dryness in the finish. Overall, this is a tasty session beer with enough nuances to keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice beer from Black Oak. Pours dark with a substantial head. Aroma is subdued chocolate with a hint of fruit, roasted notes.

Taste is dominated by the flavour of bittersweet chocolate, the cherry lurks in the background and compliments it nicely. Not an overtly fruity beer, and not sweet, artificial or syrupy. Nicely done with some roasted notes, and yes a bit of a burn that some folks won't be fond of. Mouthfeel includes a hint of dry cocoa chalkiness.

Overall a decent beer worth a try. A nice marriage of various flavours in a good quality beer.

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Photo of OttawaBeerClub
3.8/5  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

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout from Black Oak Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.