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:
No notes at this time.

Added by WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very very dark brown with a two finger mocca head that lingers for the entire beer.

S: Bitter chocolate mixed with caramel. In the background like any stone beer there is hops.

T: Very good. It has very dark chocolate mixed with subtle like the name suggests. Accompanying these flavors is malt and caramel.

M: Better than average but average for craft brews. Excellent carbonation and ok retention.

O: A very good beer. Get it before the retire it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance - A nice black color forming a thin head which gave way to some nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee stands out to me. There is some chocolate notes as well as a bit of cherry and dried fruits.

Taste - The taste is a bit confusing to me. There is some nice roasted coffee and chocolate flavors, but the cherry and a bit of alcohol and vanilla flavor comes in and don't really meld well with the aforementioned. It is a little messy in taste capabilities.

Mouthfeel - A little over carbonated for the style, but a nice turbid feel to be expected for a stout.

Overall - I was a little disappointed as I am a fan of stouts, Troegs and Stones and so it seemed like it would have to have been good combo. Unfortunately the tastes didn't come together quite right.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a truly opaque black color with one finger of dark tan head. The retention of the tiny collar was ok and the lacing spotty. The aroma was of chocolate, cherries, roasted malt, mesquite smoke, coffee and grilled meats. The flavors were dark and ominous, dominated by the roasted elements but not so much so that the other more subtle notes didn’t come through. I tasted roasted malt, black cherries, a little bacon and red meat, smoke, dark chocolate and elements of wood and resin on the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full; and the carbonation light.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours dark opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is roasted lactic chocolate malts, sweet vanilla and a touch of fruit.

The flavor is heavily roasted malts with some sweet chocolate and lots of sweet vanilla and some subtle cherry. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it has a bit too much sweet vanilla for me. Otherwise it's very nice. I like the roast, chocolate and the subtle cherry.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at cellar temp (55 degrees) into a Duvel tulip. Had tried this before at a tasting. Bottle purchased for ~$4.

A- Pours a blackish semi-transparent hue. A nice 1" mocha head before quickly fading to a foamy cap and ring. Sits dark brown in glass, but not thick and dense.

S- Dark malts, figs, oaky vanilla, and the tang of cherries. A bold aroma. Some spice comes through also. Not what I expect from a Stout.

T- Lots of cherry taste in this brew. The tang of the cherries seems to block out other flavors at first. Some roasted notes in mid, but the flavor profile is rather one dimensional. Chocolate does begin to peak through, but stays in background.

M- Medium bodied for a stout of this size. Stays wet until last second. Lingers lightly on palate.

O- An interesting take on a milk stout. Could use more sweetness and chocolate. The cherry dominated this brew and made it one dimensional.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a big dark-brown head that lingers.

Smells of cherry, roasted malt, caramel, and a hint of coffee.

Taste is roasted cherry up front with some chocolate flavors coming through which morphs into a more solidly cherry flavor throughout and a lingering roasted character. Cherry really dominates this; I don't notice much vanilla.

Medium body with medium carbonation works OK.

A nice enough stout that is all cherry. There are some more subtle and complex roast flavors, but not a whole lot else going on here. Try if you really enjoy cherry flavor in beer.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 12-23-2011

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a taster glass.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Nearly opaque. Head is tan, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Light/medium lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, light alcohol, toffee/caramel, light cherry additions.

T: Dark roast malt, slightly bittered/semi-sweet chocolate, natural cherry flavor that emerges much more as beer warms. Aftertaste is roast malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and cherry.

M: Medium body. Roasted malt and bittered/semi-sweet chocolate create a rich base for the mouthfeel. Cherry additions add a touch of tartness to mf. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess.

O: Very unique beer. I would say this is the beer equivalent of a chocolate covered cherry with the sweetness toned down. Nice use of cherry and chocolate malt. Only have a few of these left, and will savor every last drop.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Deep bowling ball black and plum body with black-cherry highlights. Late colored head has great retention and lace.

S – Chocolate cherry cordials over an almost savory, au jus roastiness.

T – Opens with a kiss of booze and smooth milk chocolate, then dives into a dry, bitter, 80% cocoa center. Nice roast coffee character. The cherries show themselves on the backend, and lend a tart fruity warmth to the profile. Finishes with tart chocolate covered cherries. Surprisingly dry.

M – Medium light body.

O - Nice balance of fruit, tartness, and roast coffee.

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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 xpdrinker
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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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 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 plehnus
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Strong roasted notes, hints of dark fruit. Cherry slowly emerges. Some spiciness.

Appearance: Black body. Thick light brown head that fell into a thin sheet.

Flavor: Burnt flavors. Really roasted malts with hints of chocolate and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with a long ever so slightly dry and spicy finish.

Overall: Restrained, which is not always the case with the specialty brews, especially with an upfront advertised flavor promise. Pretty good balance of the sweetness (fruit and malt). A little to dense and roasted.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a black color with a fairly thin brown head. Head turns into a layer of bubbles and leaves a little bit of sticky lacing here and there.

S- Quite a bit of chocolate here. A bit of cherries comes through too, but nothing over powering. Not really picking up any hops. A bit of char and roasted smell too. Nothing over the top here pretty tame.

T- Follows the nose pretty well with the cherry coming through more than in the nose. Has sort of a sweet and tart taste. Light roasted malts and milk chocolate.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation.

O- Not bad I guess, but cherries aren't really my thing.

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Photo of samie85
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep jet black with a finger and a half of dark brown head.

S-Slightly smoky and roasted with a very slight hint of cherry.

T-Big roasted notes with dark chocolate and a slight hint of vanilla with not much in the way of cherry.

M-Rich, smooth, and approaching full body with low carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking with nice layers of flavors and no hint of the 7.3% ABV.

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Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A half fingers worth of dark brown rich head that was a bit late in forming... Modest retention gives way to an uneven veil of rich lacing with a bit of a thicker collar... The color is a deep dark brown...

S - Sweet milk chocolate... Ultra sweet caramel... Milk duds... Cocoa... A bit of chocolate milk... The cherry notes build as this one warms... Some light vanilla notes... Wonderfully sweet desert aroma all the way around...

T - The sweetness from the aroma is present, but it is joined by a load of roasted malts... Hints of coffee... Some slightly tart black cherries... A bit of booziness throughout... Just the slightest of hop presence lies beneath the surface...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly dense... Lightly carbonated... A light bitterness... Slightly smooth... Slightly creamy... A bit of a chalky finish...

D - A very nice collaborative effort between Stone and Troegs... A desert beer without doubt... Lots of chocolate and cherry in every facet - kind of like a chocolate covered cherry in a bottle... I have no complaints and would both recommend and try to seek out a couple more bottles in the future...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Award-winning homebrewers collaborating with two great breweries? Smells like a win. Speaking of smell, cocoa nibs and cocoa liqueur with an edge of tart cherries get smashed against a roasted beeriness. Dark? Yes, Stout dark ... even the lacing is dark. Stodgy body, the chocolate flavor melds well with the roastiness of the malt. All parties tight- ened the reins on that hop wagon that blazes through the brewery. Cherry is not too subtle; tart and fruity without a big sweetness, which lets the chocolate and Stout qualities play as well. These guys threw chocolate and cherries at this beer, and it ends up being pretty kickass.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a medium brown foamy head. the head has a little bit of a pink hint I'm assuming from cherries.

Dark roasted grain, a little boozy aroma. Similar aroma to most imperial stouts.

Chocolate and coffee flavors with a tart cherry finish. An overall sweet flavor. Not much hop presence.

Heavy bodied, velvety smooth mouthfeel. Dry finish provided by the cherry tartness.

This is an interesting stout with an awesome, complex flavor. It pairs very well with a fudge brownie.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a small tan head.

Aroma is of a normal stout. Lots of roasty malts with just a subtle hint of cherry.

Starts out with some earthy hops and roasted malts. Pretty heavy coffee flavor. Cherry is more subtle in the back end, but more dominant when it warms.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not too bad.

It's ok. I like the coffee flavor, but the rest of it is just kind of meh.

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

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle lists ABV but no DBD or BOD.

A: Jet black with a huge thick half-a-finger fluffy brown head. The head has wonderful retention and sicks on top like a dollop of sour cream. It leave nice thick lacing.

S: Cherries, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee.

T: Vanilla, roasted malt, and sweet cherry. Bitter chocolate and bitter cherry show up on the smooth finish.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: A very interesting beer. The cherry is very noticeable, but the beer is not too sweet; there are bitter flavors that balance the beer out. The head on this beer is fantastic, and it is a very smooth beer. It does feel like it should be a bit heavier.

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

Really dark and dank looking head. Pharmaceutically elegant and creamy. Good head retention, some sticky lacing, inky darkness with a hint of ruby edging.

The aroma is bitter dark chocolate, hints of tartness from cherry but very faint. Its acidic from the burnt grain, acrid even. Needs more strength here for sure.

Flavors are strong at least. Opens milk chocolate, betraying the nose, some cherry nature but very faint. Acidity of cherries, not sweetness. Not much to be honest. Burnt grain hints on the back end, some roasty nature of coffee. Finish lets that roast build and envelop the palate. Thats a nice finish. Very slow, very low, but appreciated.

Medium body, not really creamy. Some nature of fluidity and depth. Great sticky character in terms of flavors. Its an alright stout, nothing I'd rave about but nice. Definitely not worth 5 dollars.

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

A - Pours jet black into the tulip glass with a one pinky creamy caramel colored head.

S - Cocoa, cherries/dark cherries, and mild vanilla. The overall malt bill lends a mild to moderate roasted aroma.

T - The strongest flavors come from the cherry/chocolate/cocoa combination which stays pretty even across the entire sip. The cherry strikes the tongue with a tart zip, the cocoa is warm and roasty, and there's a slight liquor sweetness and alcohol presence added in. The vanilla is just present enough to compliment and not overpower the flavor combination. Bitterness doesn't surface until the very end to keep things from getting too sweet, but does not linger. The palette is left with a mild lingering chocolate liquor sensation.

M - Heavy medium body that's borderline full bodied, carbonation is very low to create an almost velvet-like texture. The sweetness leaves the lips with some sticky sugar on it.

O - Worth checking out if you like chocolate cherries. In a market filled with all sorts of stout styles, this is one you don't see on a regular basis which makes it that much more enjoyable.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 2011

A= Pours a deep black color with a nice dark tan head on it that rises to only one finger and falls fast but leaves some pretty lacing.

S= The smell is big on chocolate and the cherries show up in the background. Smells like those candy cherries you get on a ice cream. Good roast in it as well as some nice sort of spice. It almost has a cinnamon smell to it but I know it doesn't have cinnamon. Maybe thats the vanilla coming through.

T= The taste has a more prominate note of vanilla as well as the chocolate. The cherries play a minor role in the flavor but they do come through a little. The chocolate tangos with the roasty malt in the stout base providing a jumping point for the vanilla to come through. It all melds nicely.

M= The mouth is about right. Great carbonation and the flavors last.

O= This is a beer that could have very easily been too much if the flavors weren't done right. Stone did it right however. They balanced the flavors and provided a unique beer that tastes great. Wish I had a few more of these.

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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 Mdog
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, small brown head.

Smell: Roasty, slight chocolate.

Taste: Starts with dark chocolate, midway through it gets a tart cherry flavor that fights it out with the chocolate for control. Doesn't mesh well.

Drinkability: An odd experiment and pricey.

I picked up a bottle of this since I thought it might be a chocolate covered cherry flavored beer. Unfortunately this seems to not mesh particularly well, tart and bitter instead of a sweet combination. Bummer.

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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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