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

Brewed by:
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 Beejay
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black in color, with a deep tan head. The head almost has a fungal look to it after sitting for a bit, definitely thick.

S: Some chocolate notes come out right away. The cherry is a little harder to find for me.

T: Nice flavor to it, chocolate comes out right away in a cocoa kinda way, the cherries hit next and meld well with the chocolate flavors. the finish has a tart hit, followed by roasted grains rounded it out.

M: Medium thick in body, there is a lovely creaminess to this, the carbonation seems appropriate for the style.

O: Overall very enjoyable. It is a nice mix of flavors, but I am not sure if it is something I would drink a lot of. I wish I picked up a bit more of the cherry in the nose.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, rich, rocky head. Dark brown, almost black body that no light penetrates.

Smell is complicated. There's the whole 250lbs of cocoa thing going on, with some fresh cherry, toasted marshmallow, coffee. Its quite impressive.

1st sip is all tart cherry and coffee. There's a hint of black cherry on the back of the tongue, with the bitterness of the cocoa. Absolutely amazing. The depth of flavor is unbelievable. A hint of caramel comes in from time to time, along with that burnt marshmallow.

This has the smoothness of a sweet stout, and the body to match. Absolutely delicious beer.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. An aggressive pour yields a modest reddish tan head that soon becomes wispy layer and a collar bubbles. With gentle swirling it's clear the carbonation is active, though; a new layer of foam is always at the ready.

Big roasted and devil's food cake aromas with mild cherry notes. The cherry flavor is much stronger, and at times this reminds me of chocolate-covered cherries. Although it's fairly sweet and smooth, there's a certain dryish roastiness in the finish that coaxes out tarter cherry notes. Medium thick with moderate carbonation. I'm digging the lingering chocolate/cherry combo in the finish, which is also where I note a hint of vanilla. Tasty experiment here; speaking of experiments, I'm somewhat inclined to toss a couple in the cellar and see what happens.

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

This beer and the green tea IPA haven't made it to New England yet.

In a snifter the beer was black with just a tinge of red. Thin to non-existent tan head.

Chocolate, roasted malt aroma. Faint cherry.

Taste was similar to the aroma. Chocolate, cherry, a little coffee. Fairly sweet.

Nice enough, a little on the thin side.

Maybe would try it again.

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Photo of bballmj2k
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into sniffer.

A - pours solid black with finger of mocha head. Pretty beer.

S - coffee, chocolate, maybe some vanilla. Hint of cherry tartness, only because I know what to look for.

T - pretty similar to aroma. Typical stout character. Some cherry tart/sweet notes at the end.

M - thin. I really want more body from this. No alcohol to speak of. Medium carbonation.

O - interesting but only a one-time purchase. Nothing noteworthy. Was hoping for a more chocolate cherry cordial taste. Still a well crafted beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, good black body with tan head. Sexy. Nose has an overall mocha-chocolate-coffee character, with some artificial cherry notes. On the palate it has an viscous quality, roasted malt, vanilla cherry, and finishes with oily-vanilla flavors. Hides alcohol rather well, though slow drinking with the flavors.

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

Pours a nice, thick black color. The head on this is gorgeous, tan with some twilight red hues, sitting at about one finger, slowly falling to less than half a finger. Looks good.

The aroma is thick with a tart cherry, backed up by molasses, dark chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, espresso, candied oranges, and red grapes. There is a nice sweetness in the nose, like a good warm bread topped with some vanilla icing.

The flavor here, at first, is reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. And, while that lingers for a while, there is a lot of other stuff going on as well. The cherry syrup flavor is backed by an almost dark roasted coffee, fresh-baked bread heartiness. There are rich chocolate undertones, along with that tart, fresh cherry flavor. Vanilla is present in there as well, but mostly as a bracer for the much larger cherry and chocolate flavors. There are hints of cinnamon, molasses, plums, and maple, as well.

On the tongue this beer is quite syrupy, paired with a slightly pungent alcohol burn, which helps put the flavors in this beer over the top.

Overall, a good stout. There is a lot going on in this beer, especially as it warms. The beer has nice body and good flavor throughout.

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Photo of Janderson91
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stupac2 for this bottle. Georgia got skipped over for distribution for some reason! Enjoyed on 08/27/11.

A - Pours black with some dark brown around the edges. A 1/2 finger brown head forms and recedes quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S - Tart cherries, cocoa powder, roasted malts, light coffee. Nice aroma.

T - This is good for what it's trying to be. Is it a world class milk stout? No, but the use of cherries here is well done and unique. Pretty sweet up front with some lactose sugar and some sweet chocolate. Through the middle, the cherry tartness shows itself and balances out the sweetness. Finish is quite balanced with a hint of tart cherries and some rich chocolate as well.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a well done beer, as all are by Stone. A better use of cherries compared to Bell's Cherry Stout. Well integrated and present but not overwhelming.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with a half inch tan head. The head retention was good, but there wasn't much lacing at all. The brew smells like bittersweet and milk chocolate, roasted malt, and some cherry and coffee. The aroma was light on the cherries, but luckily the cherries came out more in the taste of this beer. It tastes like milk and dark chocolate, cherries, vanilla and roasted malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with low carbonation. It's a decent enough brew, and definitely worth trying. $3.99 a bottle.

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Photo of davey101
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a dark black with an extremely dark brown head. Almost muddy looking.

S - Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, and some vanilla. Not noticing much cherry aroma.

T - Roasted malts and milk chocolate followed by a really light but pleasant cherry vanilla flavor. Slightly bitter finish but overall a very sweet beer. Smooth but thin body.

O - Not a bad beer. I like the concept, but I think it fell flat a bit. I wish the cherries were more noticeable because the idea of a cherry cordial beer sounds amazing.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry Chocolate Stout
12oz bottle
DFH signature glass

A: Pours a beautiful dark as night color with a 1/4 finger tan head. The head has a hint of red in it. You get some alcohol feet but not tons....as it's only 7.3

S: Very interesting scents. Initially I only got the dark chocolate and the dark roasted malt aromas that are stout standards. But upon swirling and digging a little you get the cherry. It's strange though. Very tart cherries. Almost smells like Listerine!

T: Wow, the first sip was really one that took a while. Long finish on this one. Up front on the tip of tongue I get the cherry hits. Tartness surrounds the tongue. Then you get the chocolate: dark deep chocolate, right in the middle of the mouth. The finish is really deep chocolate notes.

M: It's a strong medium to full bodied brew. It's close to imperial status but not totally there.

O: A very enjoyable beer. I was looming forward to it and it didn't disappoint at all. Good work homebrewers!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small chalice. I'm splitting this beer with my wife, who is a big fan of fruit beers.

Pours a thick black color, like oil or molasses, with a 1 finger tan head that disappates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Has a very stout-like appearance.

Malty toffee, burnt coffee, creamy vanilla, and hints of dark cherry all combine for a sweet, complex aroma. Wafts of alcohol rise with the cherry when the beer is swirled.

The cherry is straight-up in front, with creamy vanilla, dark chocolate and hints of black coffee. Has a lighter taste than you'd expect from the appearance of this beer.

The cherry is tart enough that it seems to have carbonation attached to just that taste, while the vanilla malt flavor is devoid of carbonation. This contributes to a very complex mouthfeel, thinner than expected, but not as thin as, say, an Irish stout.

All in all, a decent fruit stout. The cherry taste is there, but not in your face; just enough to give it a cherry charge, but not enough to overpower the bitter coffee of the stout. Well balanced, I find I'm enjoying this more with every sip. Still, in the arena of fruit stouts, it can't hold a candle to DFH's Black & Red, which I believe DFH should package as their Christmas beer. Grab this one if you find it, because like so many of Stone's collaborations, when this one is gone, it is gone.

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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 SpeedwayJim
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From New Beer. $3.25. 12oz. bottle poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a 2 finger foamy coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate cling. Decent.

Nose is oddly medicinal. Cherry, chocolate hard candy, sweet coffee notes. Aromatic but a bit awkward which drags down the score a bit.

Opens chocolate milk, cherry fruit in the background. Coffee notes towards the middle, liquorice, grainy bitter roasted malt. Finishes bitter chocolate with the same aftertaste. Really good moderately cold but graininess starts ruining the experience as this one warms.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, oily, and silky in the mouth. Some graininess going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Average.

I was really impressed with this one at first but as it warmed up, the flaws really started showing. Some abrasive graininess that really disrupted the continuity of the flavors. Decent still but not nearly as good as I was hoping.

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

This beer poured pitch black and formed a small bubbly dark tan head that disappeared quickly and left no lace. The aroma was of malt, chocolate, cherries and cocoa. The flavor was of malt, cherries and anise. The body was fairly light for a stout and finish was bittersweet.

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

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a hearty dark viscous stout. Can't see through it anywhere in my little Rogue flute. Finger of dark mocha head with a reddish highlight. Settles to a medium sized ring and scattered foam on top.

Smell: (3.5)
- Roasty dark and chocolate malts with a velvety vanilla blanket. Cherry barely comes through with a light sweet fruitiness. Certainly a bitter chocolate quality though.

Taste: (3.5)
- Certainly a good background stout. Roasted bitter malt profile.. lots of chocolate, bitter grain, and bitter hop. Slight background vanilla cherry cream. Not overly much though. It's solid, but really is kind of a mixed bag. Flavors seem to be fighting each other a bit, and are not getting along very well.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium bodied, and drying to the palate. Slightly chalky and chewy. Overall it is well carbonated, and easy to drink.

Overall: (3.5)
- Not a bad brew.. but not worth any hype or out-of-the-way travels to acquire. It's a solid background stout with just the right alcohol content.. though the vanilla and cherry are not really doing it for me.

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Photo of Brez07
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle split into two tasting glasses

A: Pours a dark brown color but sits pitch black in the glass. Initially leaves a 1/2 finger mocha head which only stays for about a minute

S: A very light amount of chocolate hits me first. Definitely some roasted notes mixed in. As the chocolate fades, a sweet cherry-like presence emerges. I hesitate to say that is bordering on medicinal. Prunes possibly in the finish

T: This tastes goo... wait, what just happened? Rather big roasted flavor considering this is a milk stout, blended with a little cocoa. Nice until that point, when the cherry/tart flavor comes in and messes everything up. This aspects starts to become more prevalent as I drink

M: Medium bodied, barely. Overall thin for what I was expecting. Some residual roasted malt

D: Fairly drinkable, but overall not really a fan. The cherry just doesn't blend well with the other elements. Fortunate the store I got it at had a one bottle limit

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Photo of Onibubba
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking pour - Black with a huge thick dark brown head. Smell is super chocolatey, but not getting much else. The cherry does come out as the beer warms. Sadly, not in a good way. Taste is very much a milk chocolate stout, along the lines of Rogue's. Roasted character is fairly subdued. Cherry character comes out only as the beer warms. Sadly, not in a good way. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick - appropriate for a stout and alchol is very much kept in check.

My only issue with this beer is that once the cherry aspects begin to take hold, they are of a medicinal variety - think cherry cough syrup. Not a taste I want at the end of my beer.

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Photo of cooch69
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured abyss black with some darker brown edges and a small really tight head which was deep tan, almost brown.

Semi sweet fruity and roasted nose mainly featuring cherries and dark cocoa. There was a bit of a malted milkiness to the nose as well, but it was not very strong for it's ABV.

Taste comes upfront with a slight tartness that marries nicly with a moderate amount of bitterness some probably coming from the chocolate. Syrupy mouthfeel and slightly agressive on the tongue. Carbonation is medium and prickles the tongue on the way down. Dark chocolate, black cherries, and some malted milk balls cover the palate along with a fair bit of dry, roasty malts.

Nicly made beer which is worth a shot.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stone/Troegs Cherry Choco Stout, 12-oz bottle bought at New Beer Dist. in Manhattan, NYC, for $3.25.

Appearance: Pours dark and fast. Here we have a mighty black beer with barely any head, no retention or lacing and little carbonation (kind of like the Stone Japanese Green Tea I just had and reviewed).

Smell: Milk, chocolate powder, sugar, preservatives. No cherry whatsoever. Reminds me of the milk stout a homebrewer friend of mine gave me. As some reviewers have noted, there is also a cola aroma here. Pretty weird!

Taste: Follows nose, with more "artificial" powdered chocolate, the cheap kind. Maybe a pack of Ghirardelli brownie mix. Not so great. Sweet milk, sugar, a tad of roastiness and a mighty dry and tart finish (again another similarity to Japanese Green Tea). A by-the-book milk stout, with the cherry sadly missing

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body, low-to-medium flavor. Underwhelming. Nothing to see here, move along.

Overall: This is not even an interesting experience like the Japanese Green Tea. I've had way better milk stouts, including my friend's. Not that I hated it, but didn't love it either. It was drinkable and alright, but just not interesting.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date that I can find. Nose is mellow, but cafe-au-lait like. Palate is slick and sweet with mocha, dark chocolate, vanilla, chocolate brownie, maraschino cherries. Finish is long and rich.

Notes: Tastes straight up like a chocolate and vanilla brownie with cherries inside. Dessert straight up.

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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 beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color, glossy in appearance, with one finger of diminishing beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mildly roasty and slightly tangy, with faint bitter chocolate hovering nearby. A trace of soured milk is detectable late as other aromas fade.

T: Begins fairly sweet, with tart cherries that become more assertive as the beer warms. Other soft dark flavors carry into the middle where acidity peaks late. Tartness persists through the finish, where roasty flavors are strongest.

M: Medium viscosity, very slick and smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer takes time to grow on the palate, but has the potential to scratch the stout itch while providing some authentic cherry influences. The texture is most remarkable, with its uncanny smoothness being not only appropriate, but titillating. While doubt clouded this beer's perception up to the release (after all, Stone and fruit beer don't seem to go together), it represents a unique contribution to the no-man's-land that exists among Stone's porter-styles, falling fairly mid-way between smoked porter and RIS.

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Photo of Pahn
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to morningthief for picking this up for me in Boston.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2.5 inch fizzy tan head that dissipates steadily and bubbly leaving no lacing. Pours a sort of soda-like black. Red highlights. Fizzy lacing disappears almost before you notice it's there.

Smell: Vanilla and roasted malt. Some booze with warmth, and mild cherry. Some nice sweet pastry-like malt aromas augmented by the vanilla. Not too powerful, and not exactly a cohesive symphony, but lots of nice notes.

Taste: Very roasty up front with a cherry cordial finish that is itself cut by nutty, woody roasted malt flavors. Could easily see someone thinking this roasted malt is overboard, but, myself, I want / need some heavy roast to cut the sweetness in a milk stout if I'm to have an entire glass to myself.

Second sip has vanilla up front along with some nice dark malt flavors. More roast than cherry in the finish, but some sweet cherry aftertaste.

Most sips are simple but good. Here's some subtle chocolate, here's a mildly tart cherry and roast sip, here's some vanilla paying a visit from the aroma. I don't think it really sings, but every flavor is distinctively good, and every sip is interesting--due to novelty and recombination of 2~3 flavors, never due to complexity.

Each component does a job, and meshes decently with each other component; the cherry, chocolate, and vanilla work, all the counterpoints to sweetness--roast, occasional acidity or tartness, faint (*very* faint) booziness-- skillfully counter the sweetness and richness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Occasional tartness, unobtrusive hop bitterness (how it should be), and a nice roasted malt bitterness. Points off for coming off a bit thin, with boring carbonation, and a mild lack of smoothness.

Overall: Lower mouthfeel usually drags down overall, but I really like the flavors in this beer. They could be put together better, definitely, but I appreciate being provided them as is in this beer. Far from perfect, but very delicious.

Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout delivers the cherry, vanilla, chocolate, and heaps of roasted malt that it promises. I happen to love all four of these things used well in beer. If you feel the same, I definitely recommend this beer.

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

Grabbed a brace of these small bottles at my local bottle shop a day after they landed. Thanks Wes!

A. Good 'n dark, actually quite dark and deep brown, 2 finger deep tan head that settles but does not die for a while. No real lacing.

S. Interesting, bold. Lots of cocoa, cherry Icee, hints of vanilla, brownie. Roast grain, earthy, deep, semi-sweet chocolate. Lots to like here, if you enjoy the darker, sweeter stuff. Very 3 dimensional, not just a sweet roasty mess. As it warms, the vanilla comes through and is welcome. Has a very Black-Forest cake or cherry brownie thing going on. I like this a lot.

T. The biggest mistake you can make is reaing the bottle; you want to drink this at as close to room temp as you can. When you do, the chocolate / cocoa shines in a big way, and the sour, yet complimentary cherry really works. This is a generally well crafted and taking-chances stout. The vanilla is mostly in the nose but is noticeable (!!!) albeit an afterthought, in the flavor. Basically you have a very American thick stout with lots of lactose, cocoa and cherry juice, with some vanilla kicked in to put another adjective on the label. It's actually quite above average and pretty well crafted.

M / O. This has grown on me, again, you need to drink it barely cool for everything to develop. I drank my first bottle too cold and it bitters up and loses nuance if you do. Drink it warmer than you think you should and you will be rewarded. Really. Thicker mouthfeel, lesser carbonation + a chocolate milk consistency beer = dessert like.

Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout is actually very good, if you know what you are getting into. This is really better than it should be, and a testament to Stone's maturity that well-nigh everything they touch now is good, if not very good or better.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing
3.7 out of 5 based on 687 ratings.
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