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)

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Added by WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
1.18/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Black pour with a two tone mocha head that is several fingers thick. Red tinge to the outside of the liquid. No lacing to speak of. Smell is nail polish remover. The smell actually travels into my throat and lingers. This is fun. Taste is cherry and chocolate like the label says, followed by paint thinner, which the label does not say. I can actually feel my eyebrows stand straight up upon sip. Wow. Awful doesn't even scratch the surface here. One would hope that time in the bottle would help, but there is no hope for this. Once again my least favorite most over hyped brewery has shown their true colors. Lets put something real shitty in a bottle to make a buck.

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Photo of Chico1985
1.93/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Sierra Grille, so glad I got the 8oz instead of the full pint...

Pours black with a small tan head that is gone quickly, a ring is left throughout the beer.

Cocoa, cherry, alcohol in the nose.

Taste...blehh...cherry cough syrup, cherry flavored vodka, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel. Unbearably sweet and boozy, amazingly artificial cherry. Bad. Eases up a bit as it warms, but didn't even come close to being enjoyable for me.

Decent texture on the mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, booze and sweetness overload.

Jeez, I hate to be harsh, especially when 2 great breweries are involved, but I thought this was comically bad.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.95/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Dark brown body with ruby tint and mocha head. Mild clarity when held to the light.

S: Cherries, citrus hops, vanilla, roast, chocolate... I find myself hoping this could be one of the good collaborations.

T: Tastes a bit like cherry-flavored cough syrup. Cherry is hard to pull off; Dan Carey (New Glarus) is one of the few that I've seen who can do it with ease. Stone and Co. don't measure up: this approach is akin to cherry cough syrup mixed with a bitter, cocoa-like chocolate. Cherries and chocolate don't mix well unless the latter is sweet (in my opinion, of course). This one isn't there. I couldn't even finish a small pour of this (the 12oz bottle was split 4-5 ways).

M: Decent body with clashing flavors.

O: Stone is beginning to scare me. I fear they've lost their muse.

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Photo of maximum12
2.22/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Picked up this pricey 12 oz. bottle when it came to Minnesota along with its Green Tea cousin. Split with my wife as a nightcap.

Pour is stout-black. Smell is powerfully sweet, roasted malt mixed with cherries, & a medicinal undertone. Good though.

This Cherry Chocolate Stout doesn't hit a genuine note anyplace. Cherry Nyquil. /end review. There's a roasted edge that clashes brutally with the artificial cherry, chocolate with a bitter slash. Vanilla comes in to fill the back-end, but ewwww. Six ounces might be too much.

Just a front-loaded full of strong tastes, none of which taste like they originated in nature. Huge doses of artifical everything. Either the ingredients here weren't top-notch, or they just disagree with one another at the bazooka level. Not even mediocre, brushes up to actively repulsive. Disappointing.

EDIT: as this beer warmed, it got worse. Fast. Not sure how two good breweries could have whipped this up, but between the wife & I, more than half the bottle ended up in the drain. This was a disaster in a glass for me.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
2.36/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Black with not much head at all. Big soapy bubbles. It shows as a nice tan after a vigorous swirling. 4/5

Smell- Chocolate cherries with a hint of sourness. I do not believe this is bad at all, it just has a sourness to it. The cherries are a little more subtle than I anticipated. Little bit of vanilla in there as well 3/5

Taste- Chocolate with a funky, chemical, imitation cherry taste. Some bitterness in the end. The cherry is not so subtle here. The chocolate and malt flavors start to come out a little more as this warms, but not enough to mask the cherries. 2/5

Mouthfeel- A little thinner than I would have liked. 2/5

Overall- Not great and I will not be buying another. I expected a chemical cherry (or a too sweet) taste and that is what I got. The cherry taste over powers everything else and not in a good way. I bought this at the same time I picked up the Japanese Green Tea IIPA and thought it would like this better. Not the case. 2/5

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Photo of klewis
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours very dark, permitting only a small amount of light to shine through at the edges. Big, thick tan head. Good lacing.

S: Like a chocolate-covered cherry, supplemented with a prominent mocha aroma.

T: Strong oxidized flavor predominates. Tart cherry on the sides of the tongue with an underlying coffee taste.

M: Moderate body with high carbonation.

D: The oxidation of this beer pretty much kills it. A swing... and a miss. Sad....

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Photo of vkv822
2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours very dark brown near black, with a milk chocolate colored head.

The nose is of roasted malts and cocoa. I can't really pick up any cherry.

The taste is of cocoa, with very faint cherry in the finish. Almost hits an artificial cherry, cough syrup note.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with light carbonation.

While there was nothing particularly unpleasant with this beer, besides the occasional cough syrup hints, I felt that it was very lacking in much complexity and just didn't live up to my expectations.

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Photo of Gosox8787
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Thanks to brewpaab for this, I was really looking forward to it.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a one finger dark brown head, after an aggressive pour.

Aroma: Some light cocoa notes, definitely not as much cherry as I was expecting. Some smokey notes as well.

Taste: Some cocoa notes upfront. The problem here is when the cherry note hits. It is not pleasant and fruity at all. The fruit aspect is barely detectable, it lends more of an awful acrid rotten note before ending with a touch of bad vodka. I may be a bit rough here, but the taste is not what I would call pleasant at all. One of the most outwardly offensive beers I've had in a while. It does improve slightly as it warms, but just enough to finish the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy.

Overall, this was not my cup of tea. The flavors sounded great in theory but just didn't come together at all. The fruit flavor was acrid and boozy. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at acre from their total tap takeover. still here on friday.

A-black with a little bit of brown head

S-Slight cherries and LOTS of booze. Not impressed

T-A little bit of cherry and almost no chocolate. Lots of booze. I was drinking an 08 BA RIS right next to it and THIS was more boozy

M-Medium body with alcohol burn

O-A total fail with the high expectations I have from stone.

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Photo of largadeer
2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Black and viscous with a brown head. Retention is poor.

Smell: Roasted malt, anise, molasses, tar, malt balls. Pretty faint cherry note, more an indistinct tartness. Not sure I'd even pick it out as cherry were it not on the label.

Palate: Anise and burnt malt open things up, followed by syrupy molasses and bitter dark chocolate. Cherry is barely noticeable, though it is more present on the tongue than in the nose. Mouthfeel is thick, feels underattenuated and yet not overly sweet due to the ashy, burnt malt character. A very weak offering overall; the fruit is indistinct, and it comes across as overly roasted and sweet for a 7.5% stout.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle a dark reddish brown/nearly black color with a good brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and rich, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, maybe a hint of cherry and cocoa. Another over priced under good Stone collaboration.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Viscose dark chocolate exit from the bottle is pitch black in the glass with a canyon clay colored head with some russert/peach tint to it, a very odd color to describe indeed. The head is slight in size, a bit whispy and weak on the hold and quick to fall with a spotty weak lace. Perhaps the most intriquing aspect of the visual sense is the head color, which is still not enough to garnish good regards due to its weak holding head and lace.

S: Fusels are evident and strong, perhaps a bit to much so and overshadow most of the other aromas it may have had to offer. A bit of a let down, some dry bakers chocolate with dry vanilla bean, and powdered coffee mate, but really wasn’t prominent enough to give you a hearty sense, rather lingered in the corner, weak and beaten by the fusels which overtook the nose. Sorry to say I was lost in picking up any indications of the cherries on the nose.

T: Heavy on the alcohol fusels again, bitter, watery burnt chocolate and coffee flavor. Not sure if I got a bad batch. Some dry vanilla powdery coffee mate, not really fresh vanilla bean, but is mostly vinous with a pharmaceutical alcohol. Turns to dark fruit (plums) that was tart with a bit sour of some cherries. A chalky powdery creamer, dry, is left behind after the swallow.

M: The mouthful is light, feels a bit watery. Some dark fruit, vanilla, but cant make up for the thin substance that is neither milky nor creamy in the mouth. Again cant verify that maybe something went wrong.

O: Overall a big disappointment considering both breweries involved. This is neither milky, nor creamy and is actually quite a mess body and flavor wise, with a watery burnt chocolate /coffee flavor that just doesn’t work. If I didn’t know any better it seems like they were trying to combine their (troegs) mad elf cherry holiday beer with belgain strain with a stone chocolate porter base. Calling this out as a dog of a beer. No repeat or purchase factor, drinkability was tough with an uncaring attitude towards a finish.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured the bottle into a snifter for proper sipping of a heavier style.

Off the top I smell the cherry. There is a little bit of sour to it. I also get some of the chocolate in it.

The taste is kind of a mess. I don't understand this. There was no real balance at all. It is like the chocolate is fighting with the cherry, and I turn out to be the loser.

This is a disappointment. I may just have to stay with the excellent normal offerings of Stone.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A rougher pour achieved a medium sized head with densely compacted bubbles. Lacing is broken, but copious. The blackness of the stout is interrupted by reds and burnt browns.

It smells like stainless steel with bitter bakers chocolate and dried cherries smeared all over it. The chocolate and cherries aren't really even very strong, the aroma is mostly just nondescript malts of varying levels of roast.

The cherries give this an unwanted tartness. Chocolate steps in before the tartness completely ruins the beer though. Vanilla bean may or may not be noticeable, but something is helping the chocolate smooth things over. Things don't fall together until the aftertaste. Then it starts to become more like what this beer promises.

The body here is pretty nice. Its velvety and full enough. Carbonation and cherry tartness team up to battle the smoothness, unfortunately.

I didn't think I'd really like this one much. I guess its decent but it just doesn't fall together properly.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pitch black with half a finger mocha head. Dies down to a thin patch. hardly any lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cherry, quite sweet smelling.

Cherry, chocolate, and vanilla are almost all I can taste. Slightly roasty and earthy on the finish, but overall it is just way too cloying.

Mouthfeel... umm, yeah cloying. Just kinda gross actually. Slick, well carbonated, medium bodied, but the sugariness of it all is just too hard to handle.

An ok start, but it just got worse and worse as it went along.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this hopeful beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was opaque with a dark tan head. The head did not last long either. The beer smelled like coffee. The taste was coffee with a strong alcohol taste and a slight fruity hit. The beer was bittier tasting and alcohol blew away any chance of a great taste coming through. I will not buy again.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So what we have here is a milk stout with the addition of chocolate, cherry, and vanilla bean. Sounds intriguing, lets give this a go. Poured into Stone tulip.

A: pours a deep thick black, opaque, with very dark head, considerable lacing, good head retention

S: nose features bitter chocolate, some cherry in the form of cough medicine...very artificial, maybe a hint of vanilla, really have to search for it

T: what I get on the palate is a terrible mish mosh of flavors, the chocolate is very bitter and overshadows anything else going on in the beer, there is a metallic like character that also detracts from the flavor. The cherry sneaks through at the end, but not in a good way. Very medicinal and unbalanced. Sometimes collabs between good breweries doesn't always = a great beer... this is a perfect example.

MF: thick and viscous body, dry on the palate, slightly astringent

O: this beer is a big time let down. The nose leads on to something decent, but the taste is a trainwreck. Not sure if the base just doesn't stand up to the additives or if the additives just weren't used properly, but this beer is very undrinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours black. With the aggressive pour comes a lively dark brown head. Unfortunately, the head dies down to merely a ring around the beer's edge.

S-Uh oh. I am getting huge whiffs of artificial, cherries. Smells like cherry flavored cough syrup. Medicinal aroma. The cherry lozenge smell dominates the nose. Where is the roast? Where is the chocolate? They are there, but only minutely.

T-The flavor beats the nose easily. More roasty than anything else (including cherry). Cherry makes a decent appearance but the roast and chocolate all work together. Cherries are somewhat sour. The medicinal flavor is here too. Better than the nose. Not saying much though.

M-Light carbonation and a medium to heavy body. The worst part of the flavor sticks to the tongue. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

O/D-Stone is lucky their 15th Anniversary beer burnt my eyebrows off. This, their Green Tea IPA, and the Belgo-Anise RIS were sub-par. Tastes as if someone poured a generous helping of cherry cough syrup into a porter.

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Photo of garuda
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Black, with a thick tan head with a slight pinkish hue and good lacing. Awesome appearance, just as I expect from Troegs and Stone.

S/T - Similar, with a heavy metallic presence on the front end, being bloody, penny-like taste and smell. Rolls over into a nice creamy chocolate and smooth roasted malt. Then the cherries come in through the finish, but tastes like cough syrup more than actual cherries.

M - Full body, nice and creamy smooth across the palate, but gets a strong cough syrup like finish.

O - Not a good representation of either brewery. I like where they were trying to go, but something was off with this one.

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Photo of seeswo
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a Bruery tulip deal. Pours black with a reddish cocoa tinge on the end and a big cocoa head. Nose is weird and medicinal. Cocoa powder, roasted malt, reserved weird cherry medicine, a really dry smelling flavor like really, really dark chocolate or maybe some hops. Really odd. Taste is bitter chocolate, cocoa powder with light notes of cherry medicine. Not very enjoyable. Lower carbonation with an average body. Oily. Overall, I didn't finish this beer and really didn't like it much. Not sure what they were trying to get out of this, but regardless, I doubt they would say they succeeded.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. Stone Collaboration bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pours a midnight black with a dark chocolate cap of foam. A solid pour with a less than stellar retention and light lacing, crashing to a surface ring after a few minutes.

Chocolate notes are prominent on the aroma initially, softening to some sweet red cherry as the carbonation settles. Not much depth here, and seemingly a bit forced in nature. Enhances a touch with warming into the 50's but by then it's rather flat.

Taste of sweetened chocolate with a touch of cherry, quite vinous in nature given the subdued carbonation and with a lingering jammy zinfandel character. Feel is sweet, jammy and subdued with no notable carbonation after mid glass. Overall a rather weak effort, or perhaps execution....

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Photo of rhong187
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - not quite black with a half finger head

S - Normally, I enjoy the aroma of chocolate stouts, but this one smelled like like a guinness with a shot of cherry cough syrup thrown in...

T - actually, I didn't find anything desirable until I waited for about 20 minutes. It really tasted like an average stout with a little bit of artificial cherry flavoring. Fortunately, it became much more palatable once it got to about 50 degrees... still, less than average

M - A bit thin, medium carbonation, meh

Beginning to think that cherry choclate stouts are just not meant to be... Wasn't too impressed with the two that I tried this evening (this and Bell's). Nice effort, just not for me.

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Photo of output01x
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Vintage 2011) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that fades after a couple minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a bold, opaque ebony. Some decent lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Dark chocolate, mocha, dark fruits (figs and raisins), and brown sugar make for a rich and delicious nose. Oddly though, I am not noticing any cherry aromas.

An almost tart sweetness begins each sip with notes of dark fruits, vanilla, and dark chocolate. As the beer is swallowed, dark chocolate, mocha, roasted coffee beans, and cherry syrup play on the tongue. An off-putting tart cream aftertaste is noticed in the back of the mouth a couple minutes after swallowing.

Medium bodied with adequate carbonation, this beer is quite light and drinkable. The body is coating and a little syrupy. The carbonation is hardly noticeable as it is barely fizzy and does not give a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of actone2001
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - jet black, very little tan head that dissipates very very quickly.

S - cocoa, chocolate, sweet, small hint of molasses, slight roast. Tinge of vanilla even.

T - interesting tartness up front. Not off putting, but not something that I beg for when pouring stouts. Bittersweet chocolate, dry cocoa. No real sweetness. Tartness gets less desirable as it warms.

M - Relatively thin for the style. Plenty carbonation. Nice velvety feel, goes down easily.

O - not a fantastic brew. The chocolate cherry title sounded much flavorful, yet the delivery comes up a bit flat. The metallic tartness that everybody mentions gets old, and the combination of the supposed cholocate just seems off. Nothing screams out 'drink this beer again', but I guess I'd drink it over some stone brews.

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2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up from Total Wine & More, Boca Raton FL.

A- Poured into Libbey stout/porter glass, appears oily black with dark brown head that vanishes quickly.

S- Alcohol first (strange for only 7.3%), dark chocolate, molasses, black olives, soy sauce, vanilla.

T- Salty black olives, red wine, tart cherry, bitter chocolate. Both tastes and smells boozier than its ABV would suggest.

M- Medium body but thinner than what you'd expect from watching the pour. Somewhat dry finish, palate like a dry Pinot. The more I drink of it the more it feels like a lightly carbonated red wine.

O- Looked like a nice viscous stout when I first poured it but it ends up as a complex mess of battling flavors with a thinner than expected mouthfeel and somewhat tart and salty taste. I don't totally dislike it but didn't feel compelled to finish it, either. Drain pour after 6 very weird ounces. I'm not sure why a collaboration requires more than 2 breweries but this one didn't work.

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