Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout - Black Oak Brewing Co.
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3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
05-25-2007 03:58:35 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
Buffed mahogany with meager orange and amber accents on this overcast day. The beer is topped with a better than decent looking chunk of sandstone colored foam that does a passable job in the lace deposition department. Better than average for sure.
Although the aroma is somewhat reminiscent of chocolate-covered cherries (if sour rather than maraschino cherries were used in the candy), it's doubtful that I could have come to that conclusion if ignorant of the name and the ingredients. With respect to the nose at least, the base stout isn't stouty enough.
Too much tartness is the biggest reason why cherry stouts have never thrilled me. Bell's Cherry Stout is public offender #1. Why can't brewers use sweet cherry juice, or add enough sugar to make the beer taste like chocolate-covered cherries? Sour fruit and chocolate malt just don't go together, it's as simple as that.
That said, DCCS is pretty good beer. Actually, Single Chocolate is more like it, despite the fact that cocoa powder was added at some point. The grain bill includes pale, chocolate, crystal and roasted malts, along with rolled oats and toasted wheat. Tart cherry juice provides mild-moderate flavor and (thankfully) no more than a hint of tartness.
The mouthfeel is a fraction light and thin for a stout, no matter the ABV. I'd bulk this brew up to 8.0% with loads of barley malt and candi sugar. With a blast of melted chocolate creaminess and sweet cherries... my oh my, now *that* would be a beer worthy of this beer's name.
In the final reckoning, this Black Oak Brewing Company offering is much better than Bell's Cherry Stout and isn't as good as their own Nutcracker Porter. It's great to see craft brewers try something a little different, even if they don't knock it out of the park.
04-27-2009 13:00:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-24-2007 15:30:51 | More by Phyl21ca
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
02-08-2010 04:49:17 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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!)
04-02-2010 23:38:17 | More by biegaman
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
02-26-2007 01:08:34 | More by Viggo
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
04-23-2005 21:26:52 | More by DrJay
British Columbia (Canada)
4.3/5 rDev +13.8%
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!
03-24-2007 00:58:35 | More by Derek
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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
11-01-2010 20:51:51 | More by wordemupg
3.63/5 rDev -4%
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.
01-15-2011 02:19:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5 rDev +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.
08-26-2011 18:07:42 | More by spinrsx
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
Came all the way from Canada courtesy of biegaman.
A: Pours a very dark black hue with a nice tall tight foamy cream colored head. The head died down to a solid pad atop the beer and left behind some of the thickest lacing I have ever seen.
S: Very light malty aroma with touches of bitter chocolate. No real cherries noted in aroma.
T: A big smokey up front. Touches of charcoal and burnt coffee. There is a touch of creamy sweetness in the middle with some bitter chocolate along with a bit of metallic twang in the finish. Once again no real cherry noted. That being said I do like it.
M: Fairly light in body with lots of bubbly carbonation.
D: The thin body and good taste makes this one less filling and easy to drink.
Overall: A rather easy drinking good tasting brew. My package from biegaman arrived today and I could not wait to sample a bit of Canadian goodness. I enjoyed this one and can't wait to drink my way thru the mountain of other goodies I received from my new friend north of the border.
04-04-2008 20:55:50 | More by tpd975
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +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
07-18-2007 04:46:00 | More by canucklehead
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
04-05-2009 03:10:20 | More by bobsy
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
05-08-2009 06:05:24 | More by IronDjinn
3.63/5 rDev -4%
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.
03-26-2007 18:01:50 | More by grub
3.23/5 rDev -14.6%
Got this one from kv84 while at home this summer. Thanks for the brews man, and thanks for coming out and sharing a few drinks with everyone!
From a bottle into a snifter.
APPEARANCE: Pours brown and yields a one finger, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades relatively quickly to a decent wisp and ring. Black body with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the sides of the glass.
SMELL: Roasted and smoky malts with a nice chocolate covered cherry aroma as well. Cocoa powder comes through a little more as it sits. Medium strength and nice. As advertised as well.
TASTE: Roasted malts and some decent cherry notes. A touch of tartness as well, but well integrated. Cocoa powder and some bitter-sweet chocolate covered cherries again. Mild but lingering aftertaste of cherries, chocolate and cocoa powder. Enjoyable.
PALATE: Medium, slightly thinner body for the style, and medium, relatively prickly carbonation. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate, This needs to be fuller and creamier, which would also help the prickly carbonation smoothen out a bit.
OVERALL: While the palate can be toughened up a bit, the rest of the experience was quite enjoyable. I’ve had this beer a few times down at Jane Bond Cafe, and always enjoy seeing it again. Give it a chance if you come across it on your travels. Thanks again for the bringing this one along Kv84.
08-15-2011 10:21:03 | More by Jeffo
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
On tap at Volo. Pours a thick black (it somehow looks thick) with small tan head and some lacing. I get some chocolate and cherry in the aroma, but not as much of either as the name would suggest. I get more cherry than chocolate though. Flavour is a little bit tart, probably from the cherry, with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel wasn't quite as thick as the beer looks.
09-24-2010 14:02:16 | More by kwjd
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Pours a dark brownish black colour with a thin tan coloured head. Looks very good, no complaints here. Smells of rich chocolate and coffee, not as much cherry as I would have anticipated though. Tastes like bitter dark chocolate, coffee with a black cherry finish. Decent mouthfeel I would have like to see a more dominant presence in this department but I wasn't disappointed. Drinks well would certainly have this again should the opportunity present itself.
08-06-2010 02:19:40 | More by peensteen
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
08-12-2007 14:18:07 | More by BigBry
3.93/5 rDev +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.
04-20-2010 00:37:27 | More by pootz
3.2/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
03-11-2008 17:50:31 | More by papat444
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
03-27-2007 23:14:48 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
07-12-2007 16:51:51 | More by TerryW
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
Received this brew as an extra from aqsprint awhile back. I've never even heard of Black Oak until I got this brew. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.
Appearance- Pours a fairly dark brown with a very small dark tan head that quickly fizzles to nothing. No cap and very very thin collar leaves zero lacing.
Smell- Definitely chocolaty with an almost dry chalky like cocoa nose. Medium roast with a very soft caramel maltiness that is almost buttery. Hints of vanilla and coffee as well but very feint. Funny thing is I get ZERO cherry in the nose. Not even the slightest of hints.
Taste- Much like the nose I get a big rush of fairly mild chocolate that is raw and cocoa nub like. A bit of cake batter and vanilla help keep the fairly aggressive roastiness in check. The cherry is light but does add a nice fruity aspect and a very nice tartness. Finishes with a light roasted bitterness and the slightest bit of toffee.
Mouthfeel- Very very thin with a watery feel and very light carbonation. Not anything like a stout should feel.
Drinkability- Not a beer I'd seek out or grab a six pack of in a store but it's not too bad. Way to thin for my liking and the cherries could be pumped up a bit. Either way glad to have the opportunity, thanks aqsprint!
03-28-2009 23:32:30 | More by younger35
Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout from Black Oak Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.