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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
687
Reviews:
396
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
15.14%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
91
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 687 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin film. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cocoa powder, vanilla beans, and some cherry notes if I smell hard enough. Taste is of sour cherries, vanilla beans, and bittersweet chocolate. There is an astringent sour/bitter flavor that lingers of the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not as good as I was expecting it to be based on what I read about it.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only slight traces of amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger high mocha-colored head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate malt and lactose in the nose along with some hints of cherries.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of chocolate and lactose with notes of roasted malts and cherries. The cherries are more prominent compared to the smell and particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering the beer’s strength, it’s astonishing that virtually no alcohol is detectable in both the smell and taste. It goes down quite easy for this reason and also because it’s not heavy on the palate.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fortified brew pours with a viscous and creamy decant of motor oil-like color and density and building a medium head of brown foam with struggling staying power. Pockets of foam here and there denote the path of lacing in a very random pattern. But knowing both fruit and vanilla, these can impeed foam character.

Deep aromas of cocoa and roasty coffee shape the early nose while complexities of sour cherries, vanilla cream continue waves of decadent scents with each visit to the nose. Supplementary notes of wood, almond, and alcohol complemet the nose without interfering with primary aromas. While not overly variant in aroma, rather straight forward, but the juxtaposed aromas go a lot of different directions, thus creating a unique kind of complexity.

The compellingly odd combination of sour cherries, Frech roast coffee, cocoa, and heavy cream continue to work on the palate in much the same was as in the nose. But the sweet cream and mild caramel flavors are somewhat compromised by the acidic tone of cherries and the astringent and smoky coffee bitterness. Though these flavors deliver a lot of flavor, then also create a lot of confussion on for the taste buds; unsettled to taste the least!

The thin and acidic tartness of cherries give a very terse early mouthfeel. But then the creamy carbonation and the cocoa, milk, and vanilla plays off of the creamy carbonation for a very lush and full bodied texture. Succulent and velvety at mid palate, but then the abrupt cherry sourness combines with coffee and hop bitterness for again, a very confused tingemental sensation.

It's hard to degrade this beer because of the quality of each individual flavor that's portrayed in very controlled, quality, and well-balance technique. But in combination, the flavos seem to combat with each other rather than balance eachother. There's three or four different flavors that are pulling the beer in completely separate directions. It's similar to Bell's Cherry Stout, but with better balance of malt and creamy sweetness.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle is labeled 2011 if that means anything.

A: Pours a four finger brilliant head featuring a lovely tan colour and beautiful cream lacing. Stunning. Retention is incredible, and treats the 7.30% likes it's no biggy. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: I'm surprised me broken nose actually detects the cherry. Other than the ester, I get surprising hops (maybe cascade - what is that doing in a stout?), and vanilla. Certainly cream is present. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Cherry ester hops join uneasily with hefty dark chocolate notes. Cream and caramel tones lie underneath, but it's in desperate need of roast. No lactic notes emerge, making me question the style classification. It's balanced alright, but suffers from an awkwardness of build it can't recover from. I like it, but the clash of cherry and would-be stout chocolate never adequately resolves.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a bit of thickness that doesn't belong. It's too thick, but not in the traditional (consistent) sense. Doesn't really suit the flavours.

Dr: It's very drinkable for the ABV, but the flavours are so uneven it isn't a pleasant brew. I'd try it on draught, but it'll never be a great beer. The price isn't bad for the quality, however.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an incredibly murky fudge brown color with a massive mocha head that leaves a lot of lace behind

Smell: Primarily dark chocolate, the aroma brings out just a hint of cherry.

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the cherry flavors are prominent on the front of the tongue, bringing sweet and tart elements, the dark chocolate arrives at mid-palate and, while there is a nice blend in the finish, the sweet cherry flavors are in the forefront

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; creamy on the tongue

Overall: Would that the cherry flavors just be a bit less dominant, this would be fantastic; as it is, the sweet cherry elements bring this one down a notch to me

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Photo of oline73
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with a finger of tan head that fades away to hardly anything.

Smell: Some roasty malt and a slight sweetness. The problem with cherry beers is that they can remind you of cough syrup, and the smell of this beer has that problem.

Taste: At least the cherry is more natural here than it was in the smell. There are some dark chocolate notes with a strong roast presence that grows towards the finish of the sip and ends up being quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is aggressive with rather large bubbles. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This is a tough concept to perfect and I don't think that happened here. Not a big fan of the smell and the bitterness took over the flavor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from above the glass leaves a big brown head that floats above a clear black beer with a pretty decent lacing if you can manage to keep some in the glass long enough.

The aroma is a rich roasted dark chocolate malt laden with cherries, reminds me of a 30's molasses medicine with some cherry flavoring to hide the taste of the molasses, this, in a good way.

This full bodied stout has a definite cherry on roasted milk chocolate malt taste that brings some tastes of molasses to the party.

A full rich beer with full rich tastes, a pretty darn good drink yet it misses in some way, maybe if the cherry had been more chocolate or even vanilla it would have been worth another bottle or two.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled sometime in July most likely. Pours black as night with a fairly dense 1 finger tan head with very nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Decent amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big sour cherries, dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, and cherry juice. Decent aromas here, but not as good as I was hoping. Taste of big dark chocolate, tart cherries, bitter coffee, caramel, and molasses. Slight bit of bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of big dark chocolate, caramel, tart cherry, and molasses. Decent balance of tartness and sweetness is present, with the sweet chocolate taking over the most. Insanely thick and creamy mouthfeel with light-medium carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall a really nice stout collaboration. I was hoping for more tart cherry flavor, similar to Bells Cherry Stout.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass jet black with no light getting thru this,a thinner mocha colored head atop.Cherries and alcohol in the nose,not overly sweet with a little mineral in there.Mellow and a little thin in the mouth,sweetish cherries and a very light bakers chocolate note,it seems to peter out a little in the finish.This beer starts out very well but seems to lack some backbone and complexity,still its decent.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark luscious creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly over pitch black beer.

Nose has a stone stout aroma, some light luscious chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate, oatmeal, bit of roasted malts, light vanilla, dark roasty malt aromas, no very bitter or burnt aromas. As it warms hints of tart cherry start to come out.

Taste starts creamy and luscious, milky and almost lactose like, some milk chocolate and chocolate milk even, hint of dark chocolate, plenty of vanilla and some caramel, and hint of roasted malt flavors, and some oats. The cherry comes out a bit more with some tart and sweet cherry flavors, and it even starts to bring some spicy cherry flavors. it starts slightly on the sweet side and finishes around the same but slightly drier, and a bit sticky, lingering dark chocolate flavors, a nice ripe cherry comes through with a hint of creamy chocolate covered cherry filling.

Mouth is a bit bigger bodied, luscious and a bit creamy, quite a bit of carbonation too maybe too much.

Overall not bad, some nice flavors, not too heavy or overpowering with any flavors, no big bitterness or burnt flavors, cherry is nice and not too strong, drinkable for a stout as well.

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