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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 spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Bristol Farms Rancho Mirage CA for 2.99$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a huge size frothy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, coffee, chocolate, and some burnt/roasted nuts. I can also taste the cherries and some raisins and I can pick up on the booze. It ends with a chocolatey dark fruit boozy aftertaste.

Overall - The cherries don't stand out as much as I hoped. I can taste raisins more than anything.. The taste is pretty average. I guess I just expected more from these brewers.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep black with a thick brown head. Great retention. A thick layer of lacing coats the glass evenly.

S: Fudge brownie and a mild roasted malt acidity. Toasted grain. Floral cherry blossom scent. Hint of cherry juice. Not a very strong nose; muted.

T: Cherry juice and creamy chocolate run alongside roasted malt tastes on the attack, then begin to fall away as the malts take hold. Roasted malt tastes go from burnt coffee, to woody, to charcoal, to smoke. Bitter dark chocolate edges in briefly. Nice, long finish of dark chocolate and brownie-like tastes with just the slightest undercurrent of cherry juice.

M: Moderately thick, but very full and creamy with a silky smoothness. Low carbonation is barely noticeable, but does just enough.

O: Not a bad beer. It lacks power on the nose, which is a shame. This would be a great stout on its own, I just don't feel that the cherry adds all that much to it. It doesn't quite seem to integrate well, it's a little distracting. Not off-putting, but not contributing to the overall taste profile in the right way.

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

Presentation: Poured from a silk screened 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. My wife picked this up for me while passing through Granville recently.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a thin ring around the glass and a ever replenished island of foam above the nucleation site. The beer itself is very dark brown; essentially black.

Smell: Strong aroma of of roasted barley with undertones of bitter chocolate and (maybe) the slightest hint of cherry.

Taste: Roasted barley upfront, smoothed out by a slightly sweet and very creamy lactose flavor. Slightly sour undertones leave a dryness and astringency in the finish. Chocolate if you look for it, but to claim cherries would just be going off the label.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Not as strong of a cherry flavor as I expected, which was a good thing. I have had some cherry chocolate beers that are overwhelming. Not a favorite, but not bad.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black and pretty thick. Rich, solid brown bubbles coalesce into a dense foam but dissipates quickly.

S: Aroma is dark and rich with chocolate, nut, and hints of licorice like a heavy stout normally will be.

T/M: Sharp acidity lingers with hints of tangy cherry warmth which is full on the tongue and hits the taste buds even before the carbonation does. Acidic and tart, but not quite sour, it fades slowly into malty smoothness, nut, and chocolate notes. Aftertaste is balanced with the lingering tart as well as mellow sweetness. Carbonation is low which smooths the entire experience.

The best cherry beer I’ve had, but I haven’t exactly been excited about the previous ones.


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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 LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown, appearing black. Half finger medium brown head that dissipates leaving slight lacing. Aroma of dark and roasted malt, light cherry and chocolate. Flavor follows aroma, dark malt, cocoa, vanilla with a somewhat sour cherry finish. Medium bodied. Not very intense or complex, but well balanced and enjoyable. The cherry is at the right level, not overpowering the taste.

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Photo of afksports
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sorry, haters! This is a great beer.

Troegs nailed the chocolate scratch series beers, and I was happy to see this collab come out with Stone. I saved a bottle for the ladyfriend, but she just let me know how she's "over" stouts. Her loss!

Appearance is pretty - deep black with a rich tannish red head that sticks around. Thinner body than other stouts, and that comes through with a proper swirl. The smell isn't overwhelming, but has a subdued mix of chocolate, cherry, milk and sugar.

The taste is bangin' like a stereo system. It leads with cherry tartness, meanders to chocolate, and finishes with a mix of the two that warms the palate and cleans it at the same time. My tongue tingles and the thin to medium body doesn't work against it. None of the medicinal character that you usually see with cherry beers comes through.

Ultimately, this brew nails the chocolate component, and hopefully they will re-release this beer, because it would be perfect for future Valentine's Days.

Assuming the ladyfriend isn't still "over" stouts. Cheers!

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

Heard mixed things about this one; thanks to kenatbeerswap for the bottle!

Beautiful black pour with red hues. Tons of thick, creamy, tan head up top; decent retention, but not great. Aroma is chocolate covered cherries with mild phenolic fruitiness and lactose. Interesting; doesn't work perfectly and isn't a strong enough aroma.

Taste sings of dark cherries & chocolate with malty sweetness on rhythm guitar. This is not a bad beer as many have alluded; it's popular in an obscure part of the country you've probably never heard of.

Hipster similes aside, Cherry Chocolate has a nice flavor and feel to it. Love the creamy body. I'd happily drink this one again soon.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. Pours a thick deep black with a somewhat thin caramel brown head. Pretty good retention here though.

Aroma is dominated by sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Some cherry like fruity aromas and vanilla.

Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted malts and vanilla are all distinct flavors. Just a hint of tart/dark fruit "cherry" flavor.

Thick, full bodied, creamy and even a bit oily. Long sweet roasty finish. Pretty solid flavors although I don't get much cherry still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Glossy black in color with a dark brown rim around the very top of the edges. Forms a dark brown head that eventually reduces to absolutely nothing, not even the faintest hint of a surface coating. No lacing.

S: Smell is of roasted malts, milk chocolate, chocolate nibs, and a faint hint of sweet cherry that becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but it lacks the finesse of the aroma and, for lack of better terms, tastes a bit more artificial. Dark malts, dark fruit, some cherry, but lots more chocolate. Finishes like I've been drinking a Cherry Coke. Dry cocoa powder on the far back side.

M: Full bodied and heavy with lighter carbonation. Dry chalkiness on the finish.

O: A good beer that is surprisingly drinkable. Absolutely full of flavor with a very nice nose on it as well.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a jet black with dark tanish/brown head with rather loose bubbles. The nose is overly roasty, a touch of tobacco, light campfire notes, burnt coffee and dark bitter chocolate. The taste is again overly roasty and offers burnt coffee, light tobacco, sweet syrup, vanilla cream, dark berry notes very light and some light hints of dark chocolate. The finish is thin, very slick, light carb. The burnt bitterness lingers on a bit.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into my SA Perfect Pint, served at cellar temperature

A - Pitch black pour with a good two inches of darker mocha colored head. Retention is nice with a sticky lace.

S - Big malt hit in the nose with notes of chocolate and a light fruity smell; not sure that I would identify it as cherry, but fruity nonetheless

T&M - A very interesting flavor profile. It has the dark roasted and chocolate malts that one would expect, as well as a heavier, creamy body and feel. There is a defined sweetness that again I would not identify as cherry, but it certainly imparts a fruity note. The further into the glass I get the more a pronounced, almost candy-like cherry flavor comes out.

O - A very interesting stout. I'm not sure this is something that I would want all the time, but I respect the effort and the ability to combine these flavors. I do wish there was more of a natural cherry flavor though.

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance- What a beautiful looking beer! Pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Great lacing.

Smell- Chocolate and vanilla come right out. Not getting the cherries, but there's a hint of some type of fruit.

Taste- Not as nice as the nose. Way more cherry than I had expected. That's not a bad thing though. Just a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel- A bit too much tartness from the cherries. The beer redeems itself because its coats your mouth with amazing flavors.

Overall- A strong showing, especially from a collaboration. It's good now, but I have two more in the cellar. One next Valentine's Day and the other the next year. I can't wait!

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Vintage Estates. Yeah, I had to go all the way to Boardman to get a bottle of a Troegs collaboration. In a tulip.

A: The stout is oily, a rather viscous pour. Pitch black, no surprise there. The head, slow to develop, needs a few seconds to get its sealegs. As it comes together, it approaches a quarter finger of tan bubbles.

S: Semi-sour cherries and light chocolate. Neither is as strong as I was expecting. Subtlety is a gift and this stout brings it. The roasted body, much like the other aspects, is complimentary. Sweet milk chocolate becomes stronger as the ale warms.

T: Cherry, sweet with the faintest thread of sourness, primes the ale nicely. It's sweetness isn't sugary or underdone; just right. The sweetness comes from milk chocolate, a fine pairing that isn't cloying. The cherry, in fact, lingers on my palate. As the cherry tries to pick up, a flavor that I can best described as piscine pops up. It doesn't linger long but its brief presence is not so hot. The stout body is roasted but not too strong; a body well-suited for the added flavors. The ale doesn't come across as strong, another upside.

M: A good stout that makes nice use of the cherries - not as sour as Bell's or as lackluster as Tyranena's cherry porter. A good place to be.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled August 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, dense, darkly brown colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is an opaque, black color that passes no light through it. The beer smells of burnt molasses, roasted coffee notes and a backing that supplies a hint of vanilla in the finish. There is perhaps a hint of tartness to the beer, but I really don’t get any sense of the cherries in the aroma. Toasted whole grain notes peak through the dominant roast character. There is a nice, rich, dark maltiness to this beer that almost contributes a savory quality to the nose; the malt is beyond sweetness in the nose. Actually after a bit of time a suggestion of cherries might be here; I am sure though if I wasn’t trying to look for it, I would have never noticed anything in the nose. Touches of burnt vegetal character also start to come out as the beer warms.

Rich, dark and roasted up front, it picks up some sweetness towards the finish where it is joined by a touch of tartness and a suggestion of cherry nail polish in the finish. The roast character in the finish is not only aggressively bitter, but also has some astringency to it that lingers on the palate in not the most pleasant fashion. Burnt grain husk notes up front are tempered somewhat by a more wholesome toasted, approaching burnt whole grain character. Subsequent sips have the hint of cherry nailpolish being more like a faint, thin cherry note in the finish. Much of the sweetness in this beer comes from a solid vanilla character towards the finish; this really lingers on in the palate long after the beer has been swallowed. As the beer gets really warm the harsh roast character in the finish is tempered a bit. Given the alcohol, this beer actually drinks fairly rich, though the acidity in the finish does make it seem a little thin, in comparison, in the finish.

The cherry character really is a bit disappointing here; I certainly am not looking for a huge cherry character, but the huge roasted character really could have used something else to balance it out and a nice, proper, actual sour / pie cherry used a bit more aggressively would have certainly fit the bill. As it is though, the roast character is a bit too harsh and unpleasant for this beer to be truly good. Still this isn’t horrible and I will likely finish the beer. This smells and tastes of higher alcohols and nail polish, usually this is a sign of poor fermentation in a beer of this strength, but I am not sure of that here as this might be tied up with the cherries somehow.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz poured into a pint

A- Pours Pitch black with a nice big muddy brown head, A beautiful stout.
S- A LOT of chocolate malts in this. Dark chocolate, tootsie rolls and espresso beans. Some coffee and sweet cherries if you look for it.
T- This is an interesting flavored beer. Very sweet and milky smooth in both taste and texture. There is not a strong cherry taste but its there and its extremely bitter sweet. Lots of dark chocolate.
M- This beer is not as heavy as it looks, if you can get past the bold flavor it goes down easy. Leaves your tongue with a unique sensation thats not really bitter but sugary instead. Kinda sticky.
O- This is a very unique beer, its my first run in with this style however. Its good, just not as good as I had hoped it to be.

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Photo of ratedz
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Black with a thin milk chocolate colored head. Hints of red appear when I hold my glass up to a light.

S - A lot of chocolate up front, some roasted malts, and a faint hint of cherry. I don't know if the cherry has faded over time since I didn't get to try this one fresh, but I was expecting a little more on the cherry front since it is called a cherry chocolate stout.

T- Just like the nose, it starts off with big chocolate notes. The cherry is a little more noticeable in the taste than it was in the nose, but it's still faint. I'm not getting much vanilla even though the bottle says it was brewed with vanilla beans. A strange metallic flavor appears on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, maybe a touch below as it seems a little thin. Carbonation seems a bit much for a stout.

O - Enjoyable, but probably not something I would stock up on. I think with a few tweaks to improve the flavor and make it more of a chocolate cherry stout, this beer could have some real potential, but since it was a collaboration, the opportunity to tweak it may never happen.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from blind bif #6, thanks to hophead101 for the bottle.

A: black, thick, with one finger of mocha head that is slow to subside, but not as foamy as expected. A tilt of the glass reveals very little light through the edges, dark brown wouldn't do justice to even the sides. 4.5

S: chocolate, lots of chocolate and cocoa. some coffee, malty sweetness, alcohol and hints of anise. 4

T: much like the smell, chocolaty. also metallic and slightly tart, before a little bit of burnt/dark grain bitterness. 3

M: tart to astringent, medium to full bodied. 3

O: this feels like it should be a regular dry stout, but boozed and thickened up with chocolate, rather muddled, though age may help nicely. 3.5

I've no guess, it's harsh and muddled, tart and boozy reminds me of Lion Stout, but where does the choc come from? Reveal:

Stone collaboration - Cherry Chocolate Stout. Bah. got one ingredient correct. neither of my tasting buddies could find cherry either. Odd, we drank this about a month ago and enjoyed it much more as a non-blind. The things you learn...

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3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to snifter. Sampled 9/4/11. $5.00 for the single.

A: A foamy medium dark brown head of 1 finger sits atop a dark brown/black body. Medium retention and spare lacing.

S: Big roasted chocolate malt notes pull through with *some* cherry - but much less than expected. Beer description notwithstanding, the overall aroma is pretty nice.

T: "Brewed with chocolate, cherries and vanilla bean." Sounds better than the execution. The vanilla bean is hardly noticeable and the cherries work their way into the background as the temps warm and the roasted chocolate malt remains prominent.

M: Full body - creamy and thick. Perfectly carbonated. Definitely the most impressive quality of the brew.

O: Good beer for sure, just nothing special. These brewers are better than this.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark brown coloring, with light brown highlights around the edges. No head on this pour, but the beer looks good. Aromas are a cornucopia of sweet and dark characteristics, with dark chocolate, licorice, oak and earthy notes, boozey scents (despite the average ABV), and some dark fruit. Interesting blend that fills the nasal cavity. Flavors are smooth and creamy, with a good chocolate backbone and some dark cherry highlights. Creamy, with some oaky and earthy flavors, also. There is a slightly astringent feel at the end of the palate, but the beer is mostly a round, smooth bodied blending. The aftertaste is rich, slightly bitter, and slightly roasted. The finish has a somewhat coffee bitter linger to it. Good beer.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice solid black color. Mocha head falls to a thin cap fairly quickly.
Starts with a strong cherry which dissipates leaving a strong roasted dark chocolat.e
Full sweetness at first, then alcohol presents. Sharp cherry notes blend into a chocolatey softly bitter finish. A little alcohol would make this perfect.
Overall, initial feel is full and smooth. Thick but the finish is cut nicely by the bitterness. The carbonation is a little distracting at the start of a sip, I would prefer a little less.

Enjoyable sipping desert beer.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: This one pours a thick, viscous, syrupy black. Can see oily legs clinging to the sides of the glass. About a half finger of brown head that retains nicely. Decent lacing. A good looking brew here!

S: Coffee, chocolate, some coconut, ripe dark fruit, hints of cherry, vanilla. Nutty characteristics stand out a bit. Pretty assertive booze here on the bouquet, which is a little off-putting. But the complexity is more than expected and the overall product here is quite nice.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, and a lot of sweet, ripe cherry. Fruity flavors definitely stand out here. A lot of lactic acid rolling around on the finish, clashes quite a bit with the roasted coffee and baking chocolate notes. I'll give it this, though. The flavor on this is a master class in evolution. The first detectable flavors are chocolate, vanilla, and faint cherry, which then give way to tart fruit and a decidedly lactic and tangy finish. Really a beautiful evolution of flavor, though that doesn't mean the flavors themselves are beautiful. This one misses the mark ever so slightly.

M: Truly great. As mentioned before, the evolution of flavors is really nice. Stout characteristics rapidly give way to tart cherry flavors and lactic acid from the milk stout style. Full bodied, thick and cloying. Perhaps just a bit too much carbonation on this.

O: Flavor-wise it's not the most pleasing. The tart fruitness at the end just doesn't work well with the milk stout style. Too much acid. So I banged taste a little. That said, I think this beer is incredibly interesting and the mouthfeel is a master class. I love a beer that opens up as it washes over the palate, and this one takes you on quite the journey with each sip. That takes talent, and this brew is awash with it. The flavors miss the mark a little bit, but I can forgive it considering how interesting the beer is. I recommend this one, though only for the open-minded.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance black with brownish/tan tint. Nice 1 inch creamy head, decent lacing.

Smell - Malts, lactose, molasses, cherry, rasin and dates. Choclate and a little coffee.

Taste - Bitter cherry mixed with some chocolate and dark fruits start this brew off. Not overly sweet, but there is presence of added sugars and chocolate. Malts are bold and tasty, and add some nut flavor. Alcohol is masked under everything. Chocolate really stands out at the end.

Mouthfeel - First swig is a little bit harsh with the sour bitter cherry. After mouth adjusts tounge gets the fruits, malts and sweet chocolate. Palette gets same along with smooth molasses and remaining chocolate. Aftertaste is sweet and mild.

Overall - Nice drink, really reminds me of the cherry chocolate ice cream we've all ate over the years. Not too sweet, not to strong, smooth and tastes just like its called, cherry chocolate stout. Great collaboration between two classic breweries and a new one for me.

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Photo of 00trayn
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours incredibly dark, almost black with a hint of red if you hold it up to the light. Light head. Looks almost like a syrup.

S - A combination of sweet and malty, with the cherry and chocolate (as the name might suggest) coming out as well.

T - Slightly bitter and sour with the cherries and chocolate mingling together to form a pleasant flavor. It has a bitter, chocolatey finish.

M - Smooth and moderately carbonated, but it's a bit thin.

O - An interesting collaboration beer that I was very much looking forward to trying (I had to go to two different Total Wine stores to find it). It didn't quite live up to the pedestal I put it on, but it was tasty and I'm happy I invested in more than one bottle.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this now out of my special Stone snifter-esque glass.

This beer is dark! Can't really see light through it. You can definitely smell some cherries as well as coffe and some dark chocolate. It is interesting, if I didn't know any better I would believe someone if they said it was bourbon barrel aged based only on smell.

I am so happy that this beer is smooth and not overly earthy. You definitely get cherry sweetness and tartness, as well as some mild roasty flavors like coffee which is matched by dark chocolate. It is a good stout and a beer that I would recommend.

It is also surprisingly soft in the mouth. Usually stone beers are really intense (not necessarily always a good thing), but this one is far more comforting than their standard line up.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing
3.7 out of 5 based on 686 ratings.
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