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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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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:
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Added by WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a fairly big head. The head is a light brown color. The smell is swerve chocolate and a hint of slightly tart cherry in the finish. The flavor is good but not outstanding the chocolate come through but the cherries are a little more subtle and again are in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and just about perfect for a milkstout. This beer is delis ious and worth seeing out n

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Photo of kscaldef
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: big tan head rushes to fill my tulip. As it recedes, a red hue becomes more obvious. The beer itself is dark, dark, dark purple

S: definitely chocolate on the nose. The cherry is a bit more restrained. Nice roasted malt. No sign of the vanilla.

T: The taste is reversed. The cherry hits you first, then the chocolate comes in on the finish. Not sweet like a cherry cordial, more like dark Scharfenberger chocolate where the cherry note is an aspect of the chocolate. A little bit of acidity in the mid-palate a couple sips in.

M: Not light, but lighter than you'd expect for a somewhat big stout. Nice creamy mouthfeel, with medium-low carbonation.

O: Good, not great. I enjoyed trying it, but wouldn't rush out to buy more.

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Photo of DrewShal9
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: pours pitch black with a slightly reddened hue...like a guinness except it has a thin mocha head
S: chocolate, cherries, coffee, alcohol with a wisp of vanilla at the end
T: chocolate covered cherries, syrupy, coffee, mentioned in other reviews- slightly like cherry cough medicine, and a tinge if vanilla. Tastes like the stone ris with cherries.
M: watery for the style with very light carbonation. Wish it was thicker as the body is slightly thin.
O: maybe had too high of an expectation for this beer but it didn't luce up to what I thought it was going to be :( not bad but not like I'm going to be disappointed that I never got to try it either. All in all a good experience.

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Photo of silentjay
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

jet black with a big, dark mocha head that quickly recedes, yet laces the glass very well.

definite cherry aroma. not sour cherry or maraschino cherry, but more like cherry candy. dark roast and bakers chocolate as well.

chocolate covered cherries are hinted at in the flavors, before some roastiness takes over and lingers a while. not as flavorful as I expected. hints of cough medicine.

thin, thin bodied (for the style and strength) with just a hint of carbonation.

alcohol is hidden pretty well, and overall this beer drinks very easily. just wanted less of an artificial cherry flavor, and definitely more body.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

meant to grab the green tea ipa and wasn't really paying attention.. hello opposite end of the spectrum. its worth noting that i was not disappointed that i ended up opening this one up just wasn't my intention when i went into the fridge.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

jet black body with a chocolate tinted head that is gone far too quickly with minimal retention. big notes of chocolate and cherry here which is no big surprise. cream and coffee are in there as well. the nose on this is wonderful. taste just doesnt seem to live up to that nose. chocolate cherry are there but not as pronounced and are overshadowed by a surprising boozy bite at the back end. still its a pretty good beer. booziness clings to the mouth hard. carbonation is low to moderate on this. eh this one just does not come off well in my opinion.

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Photo of charliedvrs
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

Pours an opaque black with two fingers of tan head. Dark chocolate dominates the nose with lots of roasted malts. Slight hint of cherry. Taste is more of the same. The cherry flavor comes across much more tart than I expected and combines with the malts to give some astringency to the flavor. What sweetness I do pick up seems to be more from the chocolate notes. A decent amount of hop flavor blends in with the roasted malts. The beer is full bodied with a creamy texture. Carbonation is light and becomes even less apparent by the end of the glass. A decent beer, though I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of ChanChan
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone cherry chocolate stout
Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a palm sized snifter

Appearance: Dark, stout like black with a two finger kaki head that sticks around for a good while. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Burnt malts, a faint cherry and vanilla as well as some baker's chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied good carbonation with a bit of a bite.

Taste: Malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Sour cherries are present on the corner of the tongue the finish cherry juice.

Overall: Surprisingly good. The taste of burnt malt, chocolate, cherry and vanilla are all easily apparent in this brew. It reminds me a lot of the stone IRS, probably would have made a better IRS than the belgo anise. The alcohol is only 7.3 ABV but it feels more like 10%. Overall a great beer I hope they make it again next year in 22oz bombers!!

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Photo of draheim
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Black color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Cherry dominates what there is of the aroma - reminds me vaguely of Robitussin.

First sip has the same slightly medicinal cherry flavor; chocolate is almost indetectable at first. As it warms this profile doesn't change much. It reminds me in some ways of cordial cherries my grandma used to give us when we were kids - but I remember those as pretty syrupy and a little medicinal too.

Overall this beer is kind of a disappointment. It's a pretty basic stout with some cherry and not much chocolate.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Pours solid black with no light getting through. Decent half inch of brown head on it that dissipates to a thin layer atop the beer. Not as thick as I would usually expect stouts to be.

(S) Chocolate malt, black malt, hint of dark fruits, some chocolate covered cherries in the end of the nose. Some toffee. Slight hops intertwine amongst the other smells.

(T) Coffee and cocoa great up front. The roasted character from the chocolate malt and black malts (some carafa maybe?) come in behind the cocoa and coffee. There is a slight bit of bittering hops toward the end mixed with an ease of cherry and dark fruits sliding in. As it warms, the cherry starts to come through a bit more. Ends sweeter.

(M) Thin and somewhat oily for a stout. Still has the medium to full bodiness you'd expect, but drinks more like a porter in a way.

(O) I really wasn't sure how I was going to receive this beer. I wasn't much of a fan of a raspberry chocolate beer I had once and was somewhat expecting the same experience. I was pleasantly surprised. Things are well balanced and nothing is overpowering. I wouldn't like this warm though. The colder, the better.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black body which lets no light through. Head is a thick finger of creamy dark-tan foam. Head has great retention and leaves a nice lace on the glass. A beautiful thing.

Smell: relatively light aroma reminiscent of a chocolate-covered cherry. It's also got a hint of coffee and an almost oaky character to it; I rather like it.

Taste: surprisingly tart and astringent, although a fruit beer with lots of roasted grains might be expected to be a little acidic. The roastiness of the grains here is huge and the cherry flavor is decent, but I have to admit this flavor combination works way better as an aroma than it does as a flavor. Not bad, but in this case, the flavors just aren't playing well together.

Mouthfeel: thick body with super silky, creamy, delightful texture. The astringency pares it back a bit, but this is just a step away from being excellent.

Overall: I like this beer. I think its flavor components are crazy and don't work well together, but the aroma is fantastic and the mouthfeel is getting close to glorious. I would absolutely love to see a more refined version of this brew.

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

A- Inky black with a moderate chocolate head that dissipates to a film, leaving minimal lacing.

N- Deep doughy, chocolate malt that screams classic Stone RIS. Plenty of dark cherry notes with a touch of tart cherries. The cherries smell fresh and delicious. Hint of vanilla as well.

T- Fresh dough, dark chocolate, and cherries galore. There is a slight wisp of vanilla that I perceive to be part of the chocolate flavor. If the bottle didn't say "brewed with vanilla beans," I might not have identified it. Like the nose, there's a great blend of dark cherries with a light tartness. Bitterness is pretty mild, just enough to balance the sweetness. A fair amount of roast shows up in the middle and lasts to the end. The finish is moderate to long with lingering roast, tartness, and bitter chocolate.

M- Medium- to full-bodied, silky and slightly chewy, moderate to light carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, a nice dessert beer that would be well paired with ice cream. A bona fide stout with an excellent use of cherries.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at acre from their total tap takeover. still here on friday.

A-black with a little bit of brown head

S-Slight cherries and LOTS of booze. Not impressed

T-A little bit of cherry and almost no chocolate. Lots of booze. I was drinking an 08 BA RIS right next to it and THIS was more boozy

M-Medium body with alcohol burn

O-A total fail with the high expectations I have from stone.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours pitch black with a frothy but loose two finger mocha head. Quickly settles to a ring. Holding it up to light shows the slightest reddish-brown tinge.

Aroma is mostly chocolate. I get a tinge of what most be the cherries but it is kind of astringent and medicinal.

Taste brings on way more tart cherry juice than I was getting in the smell. Cherry component tastes better than the aroma. Chocolate is there and has a sweetness, but it gets masked out by the tart notes and dries up quite quickly. The finish is made up of bitter roasty coffee. Flavor moves across the palate quickly and leaves a bit of lingering tartness.

Body is pretty thin and carbonation is low. My least favorite part of the beer.

Overall I'm glad I tried this interesting collaboration, but I won't be seeking out another bottle.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Maudite tulip.

A - Good lookin beer. Opague dark brown w/ a tinge of ruby red around the edges. Nice cocoa looking head with a little lacing.

S - Cherry liqueur (a little boozey), dark bitter chocolate.

T - Same as the smell, you get a medicinal cherry (Nyquil?)upfront and a dark bitter chocolate finish. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Medium/high carbonation. A little too much for this style for me. It makes a little rough instead smooth.

D- Low. The rich chocolate taste and booziness makes you want to sip this one.

The booziness turned me off a little and flavors weren't well balanced. Maybe let it sit for a year and come together?

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Photo of Gosox8787
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Thanks to brewpaab for this, I was really looking forward to it.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a one finger dark brown head, after an aggressive pour.

Aroma: Some light cocoa notes, definitely not as much cherry as I was expecting. Some smokey notes as well.

Taste: Some cocoa notes upfront. The problem here is when the cherry note hits. It is not pleasant and fruity at all. The fruit aspect is barely detectable, it lends more of an awful acrid rotten note before ending with a touch of bad vodka. I may be a bit rough here, but the taste is not what I would call pleasant at all. One of the most outwardly offensive beers I've had in a while. It does improve slightly as it warms, but just enough to finish the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy.

Overall, this was not my cup of tea. The flavors sounded great in theory but just didn't come together at all. The fruit flavor was acrid and boozy. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with a finger of extremely dark mocha head. Roasty aroma of coffee and dark cocoa. Not picking up much cherry yet, just a little caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel. Sweet cherry up front followed by milk chocolate and a slightly bitter, somewhat smoky coffee finish.

This one showed some promise, but came across a little light and the cherry character was a touch sweet for me. Still, worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with maroon highlights when held to the light and a thin brown head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Had a nice roasty chocolatey aroma upfront on the nose accompanied by some nice cherry notes some coffee and creamy sweetness.

T: some hop character actually made it's way through the roasty chocolatey cherry flavors but with good sweet creamy notes and a touch of coffee that was not overbearing.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet chocolate, roasty, slight fruity, mild hoppy but creamy finish.

D: really tasty stout that went down really smooth and would definitely pick up more of this collabo.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

A massive 3 fingers of dark mocha foam filled up the void above the deep black body. The head lasted a while before slowly dissipating down to a thin layer...moderate lace left behind.

The nose has tons of chocolate characters up front. The background is smokey peat and campfire.

The taste starts off with a mellow chocolate flavor that quickly takes a super tart turn...I guess that is the cherry flavoring. Not a big fan...
Once the odd sourness fades, you are left with a great smokey cocoa flavor that makes me wish the cherries were not added to this...

Medium bodied with a bunch of carbonation.

Overall this is a good beer with an odd flavor. I really wish this was brewed as a smoked chocolate stout. That would probably have bumped my 3.5 taste to a 4.5.

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Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice thick dark black with a thin layer of dark tan.

The smell is very chocolatey and sweet, with a hint of black smoke.

The flavor has a bitter dark chocolate flavor with a very light bit of dark burnt smoke. The cherry is very light in the background and almost unoticeable, a bit of sweetness comes throught with a strong bit of astringency lingering in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily.

Not really digging this one. Nothing really wrong with it, but just hard to finish.

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Photo of SirRuss
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick viscous black with an unctuously deep red hue that demands a double take on the first pour. The head is thin, but rich with cherry tones that seem to tap into the palate with greater ease than Murdoch on a murder victim.

S - Overtones of sharp cherry flounce ahead of the archetypal roasted chocolatey stout profile that remains prominent yet detached. Buttery ketones also lend a background fullness that shows promise in battling the looming ascorbic cherry threat.

T - Sweet, syrupy, sugariness upfront quickly descends into the dark roasted cocoa and coffee notes confessed on the nose. On the other hand, there's a distinct, disparate cherry tangent whose tart, sour cherry backbone transcends palate borders to own the entire experience. Unfortunately the backbone is more like Godzilla's Dorsal spines that protrude with jagged aggression and fail to pay any respect to the proportional balance of the anatomy as a whole.

M - Like the appearance, the first impression of mouthfeel is thick and unctuous, although the marauding cherry tartness slices through this perception like Genghis Kahn on PCP.

O - I'm a big fan of the thought that has gone into this Brew. The flavor combinations hold massive potential, and the midnight black/shadow-rouge aesthetic speaks for itself. But as much as I want to love this brew, the distinct segregation between the foundational stout and the cherry feature prevents me from doing so. With a little integration - and some serious taming of the cherry acidity - this beer could rise from "worth a try" to "gotta buy". But until then, consider this brew like Beauty and the Beast without the romance.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. Stone Collaboration bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pours a midnight black with a dark chocolate cap of foam. A solid pour with a less than stellar retention and light lacing, crashing to a surface ring after a few minutes.

Chocolate notes are prominent on the aroma initially, softening to some sweet red cherry as the carbonation settles. Not much depth here, and seemingly a bit forced in nature. Enhances a touch with warming into the 50's but by then it's rather flat.

Taste of sweetened chocolate with a touch of cherry, quite vinous in nature given the subdued carbonation and with a lingering jammy zinfandel character. Feel is sweet, jammy and subdued with no notable carbonation after mid glass. Overall a rather weak effort, or perhaps execution....

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a very tiny reddish-tan head. Scent is...OMG...it smells just like that black cherry ice cream from Baskin Robins...I believe it's called Cherries Jubellee...or something like that. I wish I had the ice cream right next to me to do a side by side. Dark chocolate with slightly tart and sweet cherries. Taste is not quite what I was expecting from the aroma. The cherry flavors are much more tart than the nose lead... Still a very tasty flavor though. Lightly tart cherries with dark chocolate are very relevant here...but I think the vanilla beans are what hold this beer together. If the vanilla was not there, this beer could be a fail IMO... but the vanilla is what seems to bring these flavors together. Alcohol shows up a little as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. It pours as if it is going to be extremely thick and full-bodied, but not so much. Drinkability is fairly high, as this is definitely a dessert beer...not something I could drink more than one of. Overall, I found this to be a very tasty beer that took a lot of crafting to make work.

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Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very black with a mocha head. The aroma is dark chocolate, cola, cherries, burnt caramel, vanilla, oranges and a touch of acetone. The taste is a cleaner, punchier mix of sour cherries and dark chocolate. It’s medium sweet, but the cherry tang and a mild roast-hop bitterness calms it down. The finish extends that same chocolate-cherry note. Mouthfeel is thick, though a bit less so than expected. It’s an interesting beer but doesn’t quite jibe with my taste. Even with this relatively pared down beer, I think Stone needs to simplify their collaborations more. That said, it's certainly not bad for a sweet stout.

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Photo of Klym
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try this beer. Lover of milk stouts and stone collabs. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours black with a light tan had that leaves strips of lacing.

S: A nice chocolate smell comes through with a tart, lightly alcohol soaked cherry smell. None of the smells are too aromatic, and all blend together tamely.

T: Somewhat tart and tangy cherries come through with the smallest tad of gin heat. The chocolate adds a nice savory bitterness and a small push of additional sweetness. There's even a small lactose sweetness to this. I really like what this beer, the concept of it and the execution-- mild but very well balanced flavors. I still think it could use some tweaking, though.

M: Medium bodied with some creaminess and some prickly carbonation. A lathering feeling on the tongue and sides of mouth that lingers with a chocolatey residue. Good mouthfeel.

O: I really applaud this beer. It's not big or bold in flavor but it's got good flavor characters that play together nicely. I would love to see this tweaked a little bit to bring out more chocolate and a small hint more milky character. Glad they did this beer, absolutely worth trying and savoring.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown nearly black color with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

S A very strong dark cherry note, with a hint of chocolate. However the cherry takes center stage for the nose.

T A very strong dark chocolate note starts things out. Followed by a hint of coffee It finishes with a almost sour cherry note that lingers on your tongue. Almost like pure cherry juice was poured in here. Quite an interesting taste not sure what to think.

M meduim bodied, decently carbonated. Nothing special

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Its a pretty good take on a sweet stout that lives up to its name. I would drink it again however I wouldn't seek it out.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 687 ratings
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