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Stone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs   Cherry Chocolate StoutStone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs   Cherry Chocolate Stout
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Stone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs   Cherry Chocolate StoutStone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs   Cherry Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Chocolate, Cherries and Vanilla Beans. Collaboration between Stone Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Company and homebrewers Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard.

Added by WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of mkotsayfan
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark black with a little less than a finger of mocha colored head. The aroma has a definite sweetness to it because of the cherries and chocolate, and has a roasted malt quality to it as well. The taste hits you first with those roasted malts and some coffee, and finishes with the cherry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, but somewhat thin and also hot considering it is a 7.3% ABV.

Overall, a solid beer worth checking out, but the mouthfeel and slight alcohol burn kept it from being exceptional.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Brooklyn Tulip. Pours a thick black color, a small amount of tan head emerges and then recedes quickly. Resembles an imperial stout in appearance. Smell- I get a faint reminder of the chocolate maraschino cherry candy. Definitely a candy cherry flavor. Taste- roasty malt with an almost ashy ending, followed by a cherry flavor that reminds me of robitusin. Medicinal in quality, candy quality cherry at best. Really the faux cherry flavor is the only aspect of this beer that's way off. The roasty bitterness is actually quite nice and would have gone well with a dark cherry flavor that didn't so much remind me of robitusin. For 7$ per 12oz bottle this hyped up collaboration is a major disappointment.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a chocolate syrup like dark brown with a mocha head with a light cherry tinge. Slight cherry aroma with stronger char and roast, powdery sweet chocolate and dark malt. Much more cherry in the flavor, initially sweet on the front of the palate and more tart on the finish. Roast malt and chocolate in the body, with much less char than the aroma. Slightly watery body throughout which kills the depth of the flavor. Interesting, but average.

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Photo of RobJTejas
4.92/5  rDev +31.6%
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 elNopalero
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Syrupy sweet aroma with a prominent cherry juice character along with some slightly roasted chocolate malt. The cherry presence is very strong, reminding me of opening a jar of maraschinos. It kind of overpowers the other notes but the chocolate is there as well.

Medium bodied with a very sweet cherry presence followed by a roasted chocolate malt character. The cherry flavor is really strong and overpowering, so much so that it tastes artificial/syrupy. It's pretty much all I taste until the beer finishes with sweet and toasted malt. A decent amount of chocolate flavor but I wish there was more to balance out the cherries.

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Photo of Shagtastic
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From n00b BIF 6

Poured from a bottle into my Mackenzie River pint glass

A: Pours a syrupy black with a brown head that fades very fast with decent lacing

S: A sweet smell here that isn't too powerful but strong enough to leave its mark

T: I sickly sweet dark chocolate taste with hints of cherry. I'm not too crazy about this finish, seems really woody. After letting it warm up the flavors really came out strong

M: Good carbonation here for such a thick beer

O: While not my favorite beer in the world it was still a decent offering and one I'm really happy to get the chance to try

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3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to be able to try this again -this time in the bottle.

A black opaque shade with a thin quick dissipating head of medium golden brown w/ tiny bead. The smell has a good amount of fruit with roasted and a strong dark grain aroma which has a slight acrid almost smoky quality with bit of woody/earthy smell. The feel is good with thick body and mix of sweet, roasty and tart fruit with a mild sweet taste from fruit mixed with bitter and the moderate carbonation keeps it lively with semi-dry finish with a mild alcohol warmth.

This has a taste of very good roast -could be the bittersweet cocoa flavor which mixes well with the tart cherry tang and there is a lot of toasted malt which has a coffee-like lingering acidic flavor which could be astringency from the extra high kilned malt with fruit and light earthy accents interwoven with the slight caramel/dark brown sugar taste from the malt. Overall I liked this and I was happy with the amount of flavor, yet a little sweetnes could have helped with all the cocoa and cherry it has a tannin that verges on puckering with pretty high roast quotient. I recommend trying this, but I would not recommend multiples back to back.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured to a pint glass.

pours dark and thick, mocha brown head-1/4", fades quick.

Aromas are chocolatey malts, light spice, dark fruit. nose is very sweet.

Very sweet up front. Tastes more like caramel than chocolate. Cherry is light, tastes a bit figgy. Vanilla. malts and hops dominate. Very warm booziness.

Feels metallic, sticky, and sweet. Bitter finish. Chewy.

Overall...looking forward to trying later in time. A young and still unbalanced ale with much potential for maturity.

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Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Midnight black, fully opaque and resistant to any hint of light. Capping the bleak stuff is one finger of foamy wheat-colored bubbles that deposit long, winding trails of lace.

Nose like a cherry pie. Sugary dark cherries mix with bittersweet cocoa nibs and a hint of coffee. Vanilla and subtle hints of smoke and licorice dance in the background.

The first identifiable flavor is chocolate, of the milk variety, though more bitter. Vanilla comes through next, filling the mouth with sweet fumes. The swallow brings a smack of sugary/tart cherries that cause just a bit of pucker and linger on the tongue long into the finish, at which point the vanilla comes back to meet it.

The body is rather thin for the style, but it’s silky. Gentle carbonation nonetheless causes the beer to break into a good amount of fizz.

If you drink it too cold, Stone Cherry Chocolate is pretty awful. Too tart, too astringent. Near room temperature, however, it’s sugary, tart and rich. A mighty fine, desserty brew.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into snifter. Amazing looking beer, poured nice and black like I like my stouts with a good 1 inch head with thick lacing running down the whole drink. Slight cherry hint in the aroma, with a slight smell of roast. The taste is disapointing compared to the appearance. High alcohol burn feel from a not so high abv beer. Slight bitter chocolate, slight cherry, slight roast, slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is off due to the alcohol burn feel to it. Overall, not a fan, its ok, but I expected more from such a great brewery.
edit - had to go back once the brew warmed up. The chocolate and cherry become more prominent with the rise in temp. Nice and balance, Had to raise the taste grade due to this.

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Photo of riored4v
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
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 angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/6/11

Appearance: Jet black, pours with a really nice, dark tan head - retains a ring, nice lacing

Smell: More chocolate malts than actual chocolate - burnt, roasted, charred malts - a touch of the characteristic sour lactose aroma - really have to stick my nose in this to get some dark chocolate, and maybe a hint of cherry skin

Taste: Just short of good - the cherries become quite obvious on the tongue - tart, slightly sweet, acidic, tannins - adds a nice touch, doesn't make this taste like cough syrup - chocolate malts add some nice balance - not particularly complex, but a nice hint of baker's chocolate on the back of the tongue - plenty of burnt bitterness - some lactose sweetness/weirdness - overall, my only real complaint is a legitimately bad aftertaste due to the acidity, tartness, and lactose

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, sticky, kind of creamy

Overall: Pretty good, could be much better

This is unfortunately one of those beers that becomes less endearing the longer you drink it. The cherries and burnt malts seem to work together at first, but the aftertaste sticks around way too long. And I really don't know why this is a milk/sweet stout. But despite its flaws, it's still good. I'm going to age a couple for a while.

Update: 9/6/12

This is drinking slightly better than it did when I first reviewed it. It's a little less harsh, and a little more chocolatey. But it's still not great. Scores are unchanged.

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Photo of Perdue125
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black, with a thickish consistency.

Smell - cherries with a hint of cocoa.

Taste - Very cherry at the front with a mild bitterness, more chocolate as it warms up. You can tell this is a milk stout from the finish. There is a faint hint of alcohol as well.

Overall this is a fine milk stout and the cherry flavor is a nice change of pace. Not sure I would want to buy another on considereing the price but if you like milk stouts it definately worth a try.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cherry Chocolate Stout is a very dark, chocolate fudge color. Looks onyx. I’m not seeing any light cut through at all. It’s topped with a really attractive dark mocha colored head. It stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was definitely light and spotty.

The nose is alright. It’s a tad weak and isn’t all that diverse. It does feature a relatively prominent dark chocolate scent. A bit of cocoa is also noted. There are some nice coffee notes throughout. Blends well with the chocolate. There might be a faint hint of cherry, but it’s tough to tell. If so, it’s not all that strong. Alcohol is masked well. Not bad.

The flavor is consistent with the nose. The malt base is big on chocolate. Bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa are the two most notable flavors. It’s not really sweet at all. Roasted coffee is definitely secondary and works well. There’s an interesting wood-like flavor that’s subtle, but effective. I’m getting a little bit of sour cherry. It’s still kind of lost in the mix. Seems like it needs to be more prominent. It doesn’t have a bad flavor, just needs to be stronger. Alcohol is definitely light. Finishes with a mix of chocolate and coffee.

Cherry Chocolate Stout has a medium body. Carbonation is right on target. It definitely has a nice feel. Soft and smooth. Honestly, this may be its best attribute. It goes down alright. A 12 oz. bottle was definitely the right call.

I was pretty excited to Stone and Troegs collaborating on this release. The results are a pretty good chocolate stout that features just the slightest hint of cherry. The cherry flavor should probably be a little stronger given that it’s supposed to be a focal point. Not bad otherwise. Worth checking out.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a mocha head a decent lacing. Just what you'd expect a stout to be.

Smells like chocolate, roast, hint of sweetness.

Taste is chocolate moving into roast. It finishes with a tinge of cherry and an almost metallic aftertaste. I was worried the cherry would be way too much, but this is just not even close. Its the metallic twang I really don't care for.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, yet oily. Almost sticky, but still thin feeling.

Overall this is a miss for me. Glad I tried it, as I am a troegs freak, but its nothing too wonderful.

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Photo of d4114
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown head with pitch black body; Head not sticking around long.

S- Chocolate come through a lot, cherries are behind that but blend very well together to make up most of what you get from this. Slight roasted characters.

T- Follows smell close but is more complex. chocolate is up front and is very creamy. Then the cherries come out with a mix of sweetness and sourness. Under that is the roasty notes and bitterness that ties it all together.

M- A lighter medium body; Not creamy like I would expect but it has a smooth feel. Felt the cherries made it more crisp feel and easier to drink.

O- Pretty solid beer cherries really aren't my thing so its not my favorite but if you like chocolate and cherries i'm sure you would love this.

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Photo of garuda
2.72/5  rDev -27.3%
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 beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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 turnstile
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, allowing only the slightest sliver of light through at the edge of the snifter. The head is cocoa brown which recedes to a ring of bubbles around the glass alongside a spiderweb of carbonation on the surface. Some lacing.

Roasted notes strike first and overwhelm the aroma; chocolate and sweet cherry arrive last and are faint. Vanilla bean is vague, even as the brew warms.

Chocolate, roasted malt and coffee are the dominant flavors here. Like the nose, the roasted notes take hold first, quickly yielding to a great milk chocolate character. Cherry appears in the finish and delivers a tart, sweet finish with mild bitterness. Sweet overall.

Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation, this brew is somewhat chewy with a biting finish. Roasted notes linger.

Overall, the collaborating breweries did a great job merging the chocolate and cherry flavors with the roastiness of the stout. I didn't get the vanilla bean addition, however. Overcarbonated for the style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
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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Stone / Jason Fields / Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 687 ratings