Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout | Stone Brewing

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate StoutJason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RobJTejas
4.92/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't say enough about this collaborative beer from stone (CA) and tröegs (PA). Poured in a 10 oz flute.

Dark roasted espressso chocolate color with a chocolate mousse head. (It looked like a choco-volcano being poured)

smelled like chocolate biscuits and tangy cherry fruit. Hint of Roasty malts too.

Since I had a small glass I waited a few minutes for it to warm up and let the flavors mature. Bittersweet chocolate dominates the palate from the start but the warm vanilla and tart cherrys follow.

Mouthfeel is amazing, so rich and creamy with good carbonation. Hardly a trace of alcohol .

If it seemed like I used the word chocolate a lot in this review its because theres no other way to emphasize the robust cocoa flavor packed into this behemoth. Overall, I have to recommend this beer to anyone who is fortunate enough have access to it. For me its the ultimate in milk stouts.

FYI if you do have access to this, it is on my wants list.

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Photo of theklep
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is much better than the Green Tea IPA. For Stones famous collaborations this is where collaboration meets genius. This happens to be far better than the reviews may make it seem. If you enjoy desert stouts than this is one beer you must put your lips on.

If you are not a fan of stouts or beers with fruit complexities you may find this trite and sweet. But, if you happen to enjoy dark full bodied dark concoctions then this is your beer. Go for it if it is still around. You will be happy you made the effort. This will be one of those under appreciated offerings Stone release but everyone laments never getting the chance to partake in. Please, I beg of you to seek this out and imbibe.

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Photo of bens0n
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an opaque black with an ever so slight tinge of brown along with a perfect amount of creamy tan head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Stays nice and creamy for a while.

On the nose I can pick out cherries and some of the vanilla bean, they are nice and sweet. The chocolate and toastyness is a little subdued, smells awesome though.

Flavor wise the vanilla bean and cherry carry through in the beginning and the finish is a rich but unsweetened chocolate that lingers on your tongue. Great blending of all the flavors, some other vanilla beers I have had have been a little too strong on the vanilla bean.

This beer is a good thickness, almost has a slight chewy quality too it, nice amount of carbonation and head, all around great beer. Definitely the best stone beer I have had.

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Photo of Dankuel
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
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 match1112
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

once again thanks to exiled for sending this.

poures into a pint glass as dark as the night. on top sits a full finger of mocha colored head that is sudsy like dish soap and quickly recedes to just a cap. as the beer disappears it leaves behind big thick patches of lacing. smell and taste are exactly the same, big on chocolate with hints of cherry and vanilla in the back ground to compliment this beer perfectly. mouthfeel is what i like in stouts, big thick sticky syrupy goodness. overall i really like this beer. the alochol content was well hidden by flavors of the brew.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into one of my Bruery tulips. I throughly enjoyed the one bottle of this I had a month or so ago, and was ecstatic to find a few more bottles of it while down in VA visiting my sister.

A: Pours pitch-black, with an enticing thick milk-chocolatey-brown head with lively large pancake batter bubbles.

S: Notes of roasted barley, chocolate, and cherry compete to a near-stalemate on the nose. The chocolate probably wins by a hair. A very pleasant blend of aromas.

T: Rich, thick, smooth blend of velvety chocolate and cherry juices are supported nicely by notes of roasted malts and a hint of milky-creaminess. Vague notes of hop bitterness on the back end probably could be a bit more pronounced, but the other flavors blend superbly.

M: Rich, smooth, creamy, and luxurious in the mouth. Amazing.

D/O: Based on previous ratings, I must be in the minority here... I loved it. I look forward to my next one.

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Photo of biggsbowler
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
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!!!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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 weller1js
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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 beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a smooth dark brown, almost black, forming a creamy mocha head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Roasted malt, cocoa, and a hint of cherry.

T - Creamy roasted malts, dark chocolate, with the cherry flavor becoming very pronounced in the finish along with a hint of vanilla.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy, with low carbonation.

O - Great flavor, body, and aroma! Something a bit more complex than a typical milk stout. A very easy drinker.

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Photo of riored4v
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 9/14/11

Poured in to a tulip. 3/4 finger, brown head that faded to a ring. Pitch black body.

Aroma was dark chocolate with a strong cherry presence. Moderate sweetness with some ntoes of toffee and maltiness. Some hints of licorice as well.

Taste had some great cherry flavor with a dark, bitter chocolate. Some light vanilla and licorice. Mild bitterness in the finish. Slight earthniess with signs of coffee and toffee. Some light oakey notes as well.

Mouthfeel was super silky and smooth. Medium/heavy body, medium carb and a touch of stickiness following with a crispness.

Overall a good beer but the thick mouthfeel limits drinkability. Great flavors.

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Photo of wrb357
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is no way to get around this - it's a cherry chocolate stout. If you want that in a beer, you'll get it here.

Looks dark but with a hint of red, hmm, I wonder why.

Smells more chocolatey than anything else, but there's a tartness to it, much like you find in dark chocolate or, dare I say, cherries?

It tastes like a chocolate stout, actually more like a porter really, more carbonation. Chocolate overpowers, and is good, and a hint of the cherry in the bite and at the end. More of a "tartness" overall for the cherry taste, but if you've ever had chocolate cherries, you know that the cherry taste doesn't always come through strong.

Feels good to drink. Lingers on the teeth, tastes like dark cocoa going down.

If this tasted sickly like cherries, it wouldn't be good. But as it stands, it's a chocolate stout with a tartness that is welcome. Not a "go-to" Stout by any means, but as a nice dessert, it's lovely.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is on the verge being almost black,its so dark brown. There was a minimum amount of foam when poured. The smell of roasted malts and cherries were very evident. The taste was of cherries, roasted malts, even a hint of coffee bean. There might be a hint or dark chocolate. Not really bitter on the finish. A nicely balanced stout, without the bitterness. What a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another exceptional cherry beer that is being docked points for tasting like cherries. Sigh. It's a gorgeous stout, bursting with flavors of tart black cherries, lovely dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla sweetness. Might even be better than Bell's Cherry Stout, which is a personal favorite. Bravo to Stone and Troegs, even though squeamish anti-cherry reviewers might make this one seem like a bust - if you like the taste of fresh cherries, buy this and drink this.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black pour. Nice one finger head. Dark mocha with a red tint. Great retention, decent lacing.

S: Very different. Very dark cherries. Almost a dark cherry pie scent. Undertones of dark chocolate. Light vanilla, which, I think is what makes this such a complex nose. Light coffee. Very awesome smell.

T: Big dark cherries. Dark chocolate.

Little light for the style. Very creamy.

Great complex beer.

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Photo of genitempo
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of deg
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured dark brown into a tulip glass. The head was a chocolate color. I could actually smell something! Given my allergies I was impressed. I got a hint of cherry when I smelled it. The taste was interesting. The bottle claimed the beer was brewed with chocolate, cherry, and vanilla beans. I could barely notice the vanilla. The chocolate and cherry dominated. The aftertaste had a strong cherry note to it. A nice, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Valmor88
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with red hues. Thick brown head with good retention. Left good lacing down the glass.

S: Cherry and roasted grains. Hint of chocolate.

T: Full of malty sweetness paired with chocolate/toffee/coffee flavor. Didn't get tons of cherry in the taste, but just enough for my liking. Roasted malty finish.

M: Full bodied and smooth. Creamy texture. Medium-light carbonation.

O: Very drinkable beer. I think there was just the right amount of cherry flavor. I have recommended this beer to a few stout-loving friends.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Collaborations - Cherry Chocolate Stout
12 oz. bottle; $3.39 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, DE
No apparent freshness date.

Appearance: Opaque 'black' body. Slightly pinkish-tinted brown head. The frothy head holds really well, and it leaves wide smears of lace around the glass.

Smell: Chocolate with some cherry in the background... a little bit like a chocolate covered cherry.

Taste: Lots of chocolate. Also lots of cherry, far more than the nose lets on, but it's not overdone - don't start thinking that it will taste like cherries with chocolate, it really is very much like a chocolate covered cherry where the richness of the chocolate dominates. It's richly malty, and the roasty edge gives the chocolate a dark character. It's firmly bitter, lending just enough to keep it from becoming sweet. No hop flavors are apparent. A tiny bit of alcohol is noticeable though, and it finishes dry with a bit of bittersweet chocolate before the cherry appears as the malt fades. Very nicely balanced; really well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied; smooth and creamy. The moderate carbonation gently caresses the tongue. Very nice.

Overall: I've had cherry and chocolate stouts before, but never have I had one that's both understated and full-flavored at the same time. It's really unique. Quite impressive. Absolutely worth seeking out!

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Photo of DUBinMIA
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pitch black color with tan head that retains well. 1/2in

smell is of sweet malt and light coffee with a hint of dark fruit and some cherry

very bold sweet malt that is countered by an impressive smoky flavor. some light hop notes in the middle that quickly give way to dark cherry flavor that ends with a coffee flavor and a gentle alcohol warming. Very impressive an complex flavor i was quite surprised.

full bodied beer that works well with the style.

overall the aroma was kinda weak but taste more than compensates for the quality of this beer very nice... MUST TRY IT!!!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a light brown head. In the aroma, it smells like a chocolate covered cherry. In the taste, well, it tastes like a chocolate covered cherry. A small lactose bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry acidity of cherry juice. Like a chocolate covered cherry, a nice dryness too.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good, but not great, lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, cherries, and coffee. Somewhat muted, but okay nonetheless.

T: Tasted of chocolate and cherries up front, with coffee, malt, and a tinge of hops in the finish. Cherries weren't nearly as dominant as I would have thought, but it doesn't matter. A very well-balanced and flavorful stout.

M: A generally well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
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 MexicanSkittel
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a Russian River "TION" glass.

Pours a jet black viscous goodness making the black ink on glass dissapear in the depth of liquid. A 3/8 inch tan smoked oak head floats for about 4 min before dissipating to a thin lacing head.

The nose started with a bitter sweet bakers chocolate, some vanilla, and a little butter. I feel a hint of dehydrated black cherries. I'll revisit the nose as the beer warms up...the citrus came out in the nose to me, which underline the baked chocolate brownies. Smells great

Flavors are intriguing! I get all of it, the dried black cherries that have been covered in a dark chocolate, this isn't as sweet as I was expecting, but well rounded with bitter chocolate and the concentrated sweetness from the cherry. Some underlying flavors are of sweet vanilla and a little orange.

There is a smooth, almost frothiness that keeps it light for how thick it poured. The alc isn't over the top but you can feel just a slight amount of heat.

Over all I really like this beer. A great way to end my delicious evenings meal. Thanks guys!

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Photo of Daktyls
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very stout like in appearance, dark black in color with a solid two finger head that dissipates slowly.

S: Tart cherries are present up front with some chocolate and coffee notes following. Some roasted malts are present on the back end.

T: A nice sweet cherry taste is present again up front with chocolate and coffee notes present. The roasted malts are present on the back end along with a lingering chocolate flavor. A little bit of lactose is present as well.

M: Very drinkable, a nice smooth mouthfeel with a medium-low amount of carbonation.

O: Overall quite delicious. Unfortunately this was a limited released, but I'll definitely be looking for similar brews, very good.

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