Stone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs Cherry Chocolate Stout
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Stone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs   Cherry Chocolate StoutStone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs   Cherry Chocolate Stout
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
3.77 | pDev: 14.59%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Stone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs   Cherry Chocolate StoutStone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs   Cherry Chocolate Stout
Notes: Ale brewed with Chocolate, Cherries and Vanilla Beans. Collaboration between Stone Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Company and homebrewers Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard.
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Reviews: 396 | Ratings: 687
Photo of gatornation
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mohagany color with a tan head and lacing, smell is chocolate and cherry. Taste is tart cherry but not in a sour way, it fresh it mixes well with the chocolate, some hops and vanilla with a roasted malt finish. Well carbonated with with fruit and chocolate a dry finish. This stout was very good its been in the fridge for at least 3 years and stood up very well.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gives that ruddy brown and black appearance that makes cherry an adjunct that generally doesn't play out so well appearance wise. This one is fine, but you know, still has that look.

Aroma was definitely still cherry, chocolate malt, the roast covered, more lactose and cherry to this one.

Taste hits with the same notes as the nose. A little bit of hopping, some vanilla. Nothing thin bodied about this. Kinda expensive at $4/12oz, but a fun dessert beer every now and then. Age has done it well.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer blows me away, not a perfect stout by any means but im drinking it at over 4 years old. A coworker found this at the bottom of her fridge behind the fruit drawer...

There is still quite a bit of carbonation in this, which is too bad considering its a stout, but that is by far the worst part of this beer. The cherries are definately apparent its pleasantly tart and leaves a dry after taste on the palate but the chocolate is in the forefront in aroma and flavors. Im not sure if this really is a milk stout because the lactose strains are certainly not apparent which is another plus for me, overall great beer, wonder what it was like closer to the beginning of it life?! Hard to believe it held up this well for so long, just another testimate that Stone REALLY no what they are doing!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours deep black with a 1” tan foam collar that recedes moderately slow and leaves intricate lacing. S: Cherry and chocolate aromas. T: Stone achieves an intricate balance between the cherry, chocolate and malt with a bitter hop accent. F: Medium full body, slightly below medium carbonation, creamy. O: Cherries and chocolate go together in a fine stout.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled 2011, poured into Stone snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a dark brown fizzy head that reduces to just a ring around the edge, looks like a glass of coffee

S- the aroma smells exactly like a home-made cranberry cordial; fresh simmered cranberries with sugar and a hint of vanilla. Chocolate malt lies underneath the fruity aroma, with light roast and a hint of coffee, sweet lactose aroma closes it out

T- the cherries are pronounced up front and add an immediate tartness, followed by flavors of cherry cordial. The chocolate malt kicks in mid-palate that gives a flavor reminiscent of a chocolate covered cherry, lactose sugary sweetness on the finish, with lingers of cherry and a hint of metallic flavor, perhaps a bit of oxidization

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly tart, dry finish

O- after three years, this is still a tasty brew. The cherries are more pronounced than expected, which was a good thing. It even added a nice mix of sweet/tart to the base stout

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Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Definitely past its prime. I had one when it was fresh and I wish I had kept notes, but my memory tells me it was full of flavors, maybe a bit too many/much. The flavors have now mellowed and integrated in every respect, and probably a little too much.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light cherry with limited residual sugars notes and some black chocolate is really interesting. Taste is also a very nice mix of light cherry notes with some good black chocolate notes with a lightly sweet finish. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Quite enjoyable overall but I was expecting a bit more cherry notes to this beer.

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Photo of oldsailor
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this last night during our "Night of a Thousand Stouts" beer party my wife and I hosted. It smelled good, could detect the chocolate and cherry notes, the look was a little watery and thin, same with the overall mouthfeel. While it did deliver the chocolate covered cherry flavor I was expecting, it wasn't as good as the Ten Fidy we had just sampled right before it.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 bottling. Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass.

Cherry Chocolate Stout is very dark brown on the pour and nearly black in the glass. It has thin tan head that settles quickly to a skim layer.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with hints of cherry and chocolate.

Flavor is more bold in the cherry character but still has a rich robust stout base beer. There is more bitterness than sweetness which is unexpected given the name. Chocolate is there as is the vanilla but it never drinks like a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a little more carbonation than a beer of this style really needs.

Overall a decent flavored stout but not outstanding.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. Thanks surge1311.

A - Big and black with no light coming through. A small tan head. The beer sticks to the glass nicely.

S - As billed, cherries and chocolate. But the chocolate fades and the cherries take over. Vanilla and brown sugar poke through at times.

T - Again, cherry and chocolate. Also a mild sweetness. The flavors are bold and linger a long time. The cherry is a bit too dominant and eventually wears you down.

M - A moderate consistency with a low carbonation.

O - A good beer and well worth a try but one was probably enough.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some light amounts of dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolate malts, cocoa, and lactose along with a very light hint of cherry (which intensifies as the beer warms up).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with milk chocolate, lactose sweetness, cocoa, and just a hint of vanilla. Cherry flavors intensify as the beer warms up and become more pronounced in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is pretty well hidden by the sweetness from the lactose. Several people mentioned a taste of robitussin but I do not get any of that medicinal cherry, maybe it has faded with the age - cherry flavors in general are pretty reserved.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer after a decent amount of cellar time to it. Overall the beer was an enjoyable experience. The appearance was on par for the style as being dark black with thin tin lacing that remained after the pour. Smell was heavy roasted malts hint of cherry and vanilla . Taste was that of a very smooth stout with roasted tones and slight cherry tang to it but overall nice long finish and taste. Mouthfeel is medium with nice slick feel. Overall not sure how this beer compares to when was fresh as this was only bottle I had but I did enjoy the experience now as good solid stout collaboration not over some with cherry either.

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Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Capone's Restaurant, Mike's cellar. Pours black as coffee with about an eighth of an inch of light brown retained head, and lace gracing the glass all the way down. Roasty chocolate aroma. Above average mouthfeel, a rich aged taste and feel, however a little chalky. The cherry hits mid sip and builds over several sips. Very well integrated. Good drinkability for a higher abv drink. Dry and sweet finish.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of lazjuarez
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this...I don't know why, but tonight seems like a great time to open this collaboration brew. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter

A: Poured Hurriedly, creating almost 3 fingers worth of foamy mocha colored head, but recedes rather quickly with minimal lacing. Body is black, absolutely no light coming through, but carbonation is noticeable right under the head.

S: Nose is amazing! Big chocolate notes upfront, molasses, some light vanilla notes, and cocoa as well. Nose is complex, I'm picking up some espresso notes as it warms, cherry notes are extremely light maybe due to cellaring.

T: Cherries are definitely more apparent in the taste upfront, then sweet chocolate notes along with cocoa and vanilla make their appearance, finally at the end of the tongue, cherries show up again with a hint of bitter chocolate lingering.

M: Medium bodied; great coating of the tongue, nice velvety silkyness, but doesn't overwhelm the palate. Light carbonation, ABV is barely noticeable, but great balance between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of beer2day
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour with 1 finger dark cream head. Head disappears very quickly and lace, while there, is quite thin and recedes faster than my hairline.

Nose is quite nice. Definite milky, sweet stout underneath. The chocolate and the cherries walk all over that. More cherry covered chocolate than chocolate covered cherry. Nice malt notes from the milk stout backing that up, too.

Sweet cherry hits the tongue first, then the acid from the cherries kick in and things get tart fast. Picking up the roast notes from the malt, but the sweetness from the milk stout is lost a bit. Definite chocolate/mocha notes in the finish. Plenty of lingering tart flavor from the cherries. A lot going on here and easy to get lost in the flavors.

Feel is actually quite nice. This could easily be a very heavy drinker, but it is only appropriately heavy. Nice hop resin with the lightness of a sweet stout.

Overall, a very nice sipper and one I'm glad I tried. Nice special occasion beer.

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Photo of Dankuel
4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance appreciable to a stout, ok head on first pour (may have been poured a little too cold), and moderate lacing which dissipates quickly on the side of glass.

Smells incredible. An even mix of cherry and chocolate hit the nose. Very sweet and well balanced with the stouts malty aroma.

The taste is analogous. A sweet milk chocolate, blended with cherry, hits the palate in an even, well distributed manner. In the background lay the metalic, maltiness of the stout.

Great mouthfeel. Goes down smooth with a little after swallow burn. A hint of acidity lingers afterwards.

Overall this a great beer, I have the rye whiskey barrel version sitting next to me for my next venture.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate head with a touch of ruby mixed in. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts and cocoa with cherries, some coffee and a touch of other dark fruits.

T - Starts off with some roasted cocoa with some cherry sweetness and a bit of lactose. Through the middle, some coffee flavor comes through with some more cherry flavor and a bit of other dark fruit sweetness. The finish is a mix of cherry, cocoa, coffee, and a bit of bitter dark chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch thick with a roasted and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced stout with the cherry flavor at a really nice level. I could drink a whole lot of this one.

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Photo of Sixt9coug
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another collab from Stone.

Pours out an intense black with a mocha/tan colored head.

Smells intensely of fresh cherries and chocolate.

You get the same taste as the aroma. It tastes as if fresh cherries are in your mouth followed by a sweet/ slightly bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Very tasty and a great dessert beer too.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Collaboration by Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard, Troegs, & Stone: Cherry Chocolate Stout. 12 fluid ounce bottle. 7.3% Alc/vol. Brewed and bottled by the Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, San Diego county, CA.
I will not repeat here the story told by Mitch Steele, Head Brewer, Stone Brewing Company, April, 2011. But it tells the tale of the brewing of this beer with gusto and enthusiasm, with none of the nonsense and hyperbole normally found on this bottles.

Intense black, thorough opacity, slim cocoa-tinged head, starts proud and dies down.

Roasted malt and espresso in the nose. Not much more, but we'll give it time. Let it open up. Hints of fruit, chocolate's starting to show. It's there, but not terribly loud, erring on the side of subtle.

So, drink up, already. Ah, here we have it happening in harmony, the rich, roasty malt, the mellow cherries, the sweet but serene chocolate. All in there at once, with no one side dominating another. Sweet chocolate and cherries never quite cloy, but close to it.

Full-bodied, rich and thick, beautifully layered, and delicately flavored. Medium length finish, and all in all, not too anything. Balance with complexity. Excellent combination.

The dry sour/sweet cherry flavors rolls back in, taking turns with chocolate. This one keeps growing and changing, and I find myself liking it more and more.

Thanks to Dennis Skrade for this gift.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Kadonny. It was allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

The Stone collaboration Cherry Chocolate Stout pours a solid black, with two fingers of surprisingly dark mocha foam. Head retention and lacing are both solidly above average. The nose reeks of sweet milk chocolate and cherry skins, and has me really looking forward to diving into this one. The taste opens with that same creamy milk chocolate, before a solid sweet cherry middle comes into focus. There's a nice light and sweet coffee flavor that slides in for the finish. The body is very creamy, while not becoming too heavy. The carbonation's just a little bit too dull though. Chocolate and cherries is a great combination, and this collaboration stout brings the two flavors together nicely. I'd love to be able to have regular access to this beer.

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Photo of weller1js
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a viscuous and heavy dark brown, with only slight beady foam that all but dissolves save for a darker tan ring of lacing; slight film lingers when swilled.

smell: exquisite aromas of sweet dark cherry and dark chocolate, complemented by the roasted barley.

taste: begins milky sweet with the notes of cherry becoming forwardly apparent, with spicy essences bridging the character of the malts and the rich cocoa attributes; finishes as milky and velvety as it begins, with a malty lingering that rounds out the cherry-chocolate taste.

overall: consistent yet complex, the effort, quality ingredients, and care are self evident, very delicious.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stone glass because I know what I'm doing, try and learn. Beer was surprisingly good. I'd definitely have it again.

Beer is mildly overcarbonated, black with a big brown head, moderate to low retention, thankfully. Lots of lacing, looks good.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, a hint of cherries but subtle, you can tell it is there but you have to go looking a little.

Beer is medium in body, very chocolaty, like liquid chocolate, hints of cherries and fruit on the backend, very strong, very nice. Mild roast on the backend, I'd have it again but I doubt it will get better with age.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 687 ratings