Stone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs Cherry Chocolate Stout
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
3.77 | pDev: 14.59%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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 by biggsbowler:
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biggsbowler from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle - I like cherries and I like chocolate, but I love them together and I’m loving this beer. First, it is nice and dark in color with a reddish/brown head. There is a nice amount of cherries in the aroma with a little bit of chocolate. The body is a little thin. There is a lot of dark chocolate, vanilla, and cherries in the taste with a dry finish. Solid beer!!!

Oct 14, 2011
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WeisGuy from New York

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Jan 29, 2012
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elNopalero from California

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

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this.

This pours a ruddy dark amber, almost the color of wine. (Quote of the night: “It looks like wine. I thought you guys were drinking beer.”) Very little foam, too.

Chocolate and dark cherry aromas, and some booziness that’s more pronounced than it has any reason to be, with the same on the palate mingling with some dark roast coffee and the cherry pits too. Light effervescence keeps it easy going. Tastes exactly as promised. Not terribly complex, not terribly exciting, but not terrible in the least.

Nov 08, 2011
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Jul 11, 2014
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kzoobrew from Michigan

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

Pours a deep brown with a reddish tinge. The beer settles into the glass black in color. The beer is opaque, no light breaking through even the slightest edge. Two finger cocoa colored head is set atop. Retention is respectable, works back slowly leaving a nice sheet of lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

Pleasant roasted malt aroma is noted off the bat. As the beer warms a moderately sweet chocolate aroma develops. The cherry aroma gains intensity with warms. The cherry aroma comes off fairly natural and sweet along side a soft tartness.

The flavor starts out rather similar to the nose. Assertive roasted flavor up front which transitions into a dark chocolate flavor on the midpalate. The cherry flavors lies beneath from beginning to end. Warmth really helps this beer, the chocolate becomes a bit creamier and sweet as the cherry becomes more prominent.

Medium bodied stout, carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Very smooth texture, the beer falls just short of being creamy. The finish is rather long, certainly fitting for the style.

I like this beer, probably not one I would reach for often but I am glad I have been able to enjoy this on a couple occasions. Rather drinkable, I think a bottle is all I would care for in a night. Big thanks to Carleton and James for bottles.

Oct 30, 2011
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spdyfire83 from Ireland

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

29th Review
Bottle to Dark Lord (mini) snifter.

L: Deep black - opaque. Looks awesome. A few residual bubbles with heavy lace. Again, looks quite tasty.

S: Burnt espresso. Hint of dark chocolate. Very roasty.

T: (First few sips) A mess of flavors - chocolate, coffee, toffee - that are independently blend quite well together. Can't say I get too much cherry, but that is probably because it is too cold. (As it warmed) Black licorice with a hint of chocolate and slight tartness of cherry - though this is very, very hidden.

M: Medium-heavy. Somewhat carbonated and very smooth/creamy.

O: Overall a very alright beer - nothing too crazy, but it got better as the beer warmed (like I would expect). Wish it were more cherry, but that's how it goes.

Oct 03, 2011
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DrinkThemAll from California

2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass...

A-Pours an opaque black with a beautiful 1 finger caramel head that dissipates to just a ring with spotty lacing if any...

S-Chocolate and very faint cherries...very sweet malts and maybe some bourbon, smells of artificial cherries overall...

T-Bitter chocolate and faint cherries...very dry and bitter, very sweet malts and some plum maybe...taste better than it smells...

M-Medium body with medium carbonation, the cherry flavors are more present here... very dry and bitter mouth...

O-Always like to pick up a new stone collaborations...this was a decent one i would say but had too much of an artificial thing going on and lacking the whole cherry parts...not horrible but definitely nothing special...

Aug 11, 2011
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bonbini26 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Jan 06, 2012
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beagle75 from Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color, glossy in appearance, with one finger of diminishing beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mildly roasty and slightly tangy, with faint bitter chocolate hovering nearby. A trace of soured milk is detectable late as other aromas fade.

T: Begins fairly sweet, with tart cherries that become more assertive as the beer warms. Other soft dark flavors carry into the middle where acidity peaks late. Tartness persists through the finish, where roasty flavors are strongest.

M: Medium viscosity, very slick and smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer takes time to grow on the palate, but has the potential to scratch the stout itch while providing some authentic cherry influences. The texture is most remarkable, with its uncanny smoothness being not only appropriate, but titillating. While doubt clouded this beer's perception up to the release (after all, Stone and fruit beer don't seem to go together), it represents a unique contribution to the no-man's-land that exists among Stone's porter-styles, falling fairly mid-way between smoked porter and RIS.

Aug 25, 2011
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Klym from California

4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try this beer. Lover of milk stouts and stone collabs. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours black with a light tan had that leaves strips of lacing.

S: A nice chocolate smell comes through with a tart, lightly alcohol soaked cherry smell. None of the smells are too aromatic, and all blend together tamely.

T: Somewhat tart and tangy cherries come through with the smallest tad of gin heat. The chocolate adds a nice savory bitterness and a small push of additional sweetness. There's even a small lactose sweetness to this. I really like what this beer, the concept of it and the execution-- mild but very well balanced flavors. I still think it could use some tweaking, though.

M: Medium bodied with some creaminess and some prickly carbonation. A lathering feeling on the tongue and sides of mouth that lingers with a chocolatey residue. Good mouthfeel.

O: I really applaud this beer. It's not big or bold in flavor but it's got good flavor characters that play together nicely. I would love to see this tweaked a little bit to bring out more chocolate and a small hint more milky character. Glad they did this beer, absolutely worth trying and savoring.

Aug 14, 2011
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rrryanc from California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Nov 21, 2011
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weller1js from West Virginia

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.

Apr 27, 2012
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forcedlaughter from Pennsylvania

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

Grabbed a single 12oz bottle. I usually enjoy Cherry in beer, so this was a no-brainer.

Looks like a stout. Black with a deep dark red in the right light.

Smells like chocolate and cherries in a stout. Honestly, just what I was hoping for.

Taste is the same. Nothing I'd want all the time, but a solid beer.

Mouthfeel is really good. Not too carbonated, not too heavy.

Drinkability is not super high simply because I wouldn't want more than one of these.

All in all, I"m glad I tried it and if there are more on the shelf I'll try a few more.

Sep 15, 2011
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PhiloPsych from California

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a pretty, viscous, dark chocolate brown pouring from the bottle and the short-lived head is milk chocolate brown. Very nice looking beer. The aroma is good--sweet chocolate--but disappointingly faint. The taste is quite complicated with bright, citrus fruity notes up front, chocolate and a touch of vanilla in the middle, and distinct cherry in the finish. All of this is very good, though occasionally, I seem to catch a slightly metallic off note. As it warms, more dark-roasted barley comes out in the smell. Holding the beer in mouth for several seconds improves both the mouthfeel and taste. It is hard to give the taste a numeric rating since it is exceptional, though not necessarily exceptionally delicious (which certainly isn't to say that it's bad). I suspect that this one will age nicely, so I'll give it a go again after some time has passed.

Sep 12, 2011
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hoppymcgee from Maine

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Mar 03, 2012
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genitempo from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pours like motor oil (the way every heavy should pour). Black bodied, full head, dark tan in color. Heavy lace that sinks as you sip on the beer. Impressive.

S: Smells of roasted cherries. Maybe some hints of burned vanilla, but came off more like a roasted toffee, a little boozy too.

T: My palate caught some originality with this collaboration. I didn't catch the vanilla as much as I caught a roasted dark chocolate with cherry.

MF: Heavy, creamy. Minimal carbonation.

O: I think it's hard for Stone to put there name on something that is not secure and solid. Although this collaboration impressed me, I still prefer the Highway 58. Strong work from the Stone crew and company.

Oct 02, 2011
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle $3.99 Dark black like a stout should be, decent head. Smells like chocolate liquer to me with only the mildest hint of a dark cherry, meh. The flavor was a little better, malts, dark chocolate but I couldn't taste the cherries at all. I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

Aug 09, 2011
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bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Apr 23, 2012
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Nashvillain from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out as an island of bubbles on a pitch black sea ringed by a light tan head. No light comes through the body, outer edges are deep brown

Smells like exactly what it is, chocolate cherry flavored alcohol. I guess this is what Smirnoff Black Cherry would smell like with dark chocolate in it.

Taste starts with carbonation and dark chocolate up front, bing cherries on mid palate (more syrup/flavoring than real cherries) and finishes with alcohol and a weird flavor that I can't even begin to describe but know instantly that I hate it. As it warms the flavor falls to the background and everything melds together into a warm Robotussin. I wish this was better, we'll see what time does for it.

Sep 03, 2011
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Pencible from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque black with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with a little alcohol.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate, with some roasted coffee and a bit of dark cherry . The cherry came out a bit more as it warmed. It had a sweet and dry aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Very nice fully body.
D: This was a nice stout but not as unique as expected. It had an enjoyable scent and taste, with great body and decently hidden alcohol. So it was easy to drink, but I wish there was more cherry. Probably best fresh. I liked it, but don't worry if you missed this one on the shelves.

Sep 08, 2011
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ianjsullivan from Maryland

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle lists ABV but no DBD or BOD.

A: Jet black with a huge thick half-a-finger fluffy brown head. The head has wonderful retention and sicks on top like a dollop of sour cream. It leave nice thick lacing.

S: Cherries, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee.

T: Vanilla, roasted malt, and sweet cherry. Bitter chocolate and bitter cherry show up on the smooth finish.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: A very interesting beer. The cherry is very noticeable, but the beer is not too sweet; there are bitter flavors that balance the beer out. The head on this beer is fantastic, and it is a very smooth beer. It does feel like it should be a bit heavier.

Dec 13, 2011
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tatums1984 from North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Jan 13, 2012
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jnn4v from Virginia

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

A: Very dark, almost black. An espresso brown at the fringes when held to light, but otherwise opaque. Small amount of medium-brown head.

S: Mostly coffee and cocoa powder. Some molasses and brown sugar and maybe a hint of cherry in the background (but it could easily just be power of suggestion on the cherry).

T: Bitter dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and dark roast coffee (eg. Italian roast) are the dominant flavors. My first couple sips had a hint of something slightly sulfurous (almost like a hard boiled egg) which wasn't so pleasant. On a positive note, the cherry is definitely coming out more as it warms.

M: Nice and dense and above average viscosity for a non-imperial stout. Very nicely done. Reasonable carbonation, but leaning to the side of slight under-carbonated (which actually may be a good thing for this beer).

O: Not bad at all. In fact, the more we tried it and as it warmed to cellar temperature, it improved to be quite good. Glad I got to try this one - nice job Troegs and Stone.

Sep 05, 2011
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Rollzroyce21 from California

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Dec 22, 2011
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Domeshot14 from California

5/5  rDev +32.6%

Dec 10, 2011
Stone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 687 ratings