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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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Ratings: 687 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of doughanson78
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black pour. Nice one finger head. Dark mocha with a red tint. Great retention, decent lacing.

S: Very different. Very dark cherries. Almost a dark cherry pie scent. Undertones of dark chocolate. Light vanilla, which, I think is what makes this such a complex nose. Light coffee. Very awesome smell.

T: Big dark cherries. Dark chocolate.

Little light for the style. Very creamy.

Great complex beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightproof beer with a perfectly sized brown colored head.

Nice cherry aroma, sweet with a nice chocolate to complement it. Cherry brandy scent, other than that this is all cherry and chocolate.

Starts out semisweet with a little cherry and a lot of patent malt. Sweetness doesn't got that far very quickly a sour cherry flavor comes out and lots more vanilla. Becomes semisweet and sour with a slight strange taste I can't ID something like burned berries.

Thick mouthfeel.

Overall a good beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only slight traces of amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger high mocha-colored head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate malt and lactose in the nose along with some hints of cherries.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of chocolate and lactose with notes of roasted malts and cherries. The cherries are more prominent compared to the smell and particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering the beer’s strength, it’s astonishing that virtually no alcohol is detectable in both the smell and taste. It goes down quite easy for this reason and also because it’s not heavy on the palate.

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Photo of lisomiso
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very pretty with a nice head. Smells like black forest cake, very rich. The vanilla comes out even stronger as it warms. Sadly I don't really like black forest cake. The cherry falls flat, particularly compared to Bell's Cherry Stout... but the two make a nice cuvee?

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

A: The pour is deep, dark, and black. There is a finger of tan head to go with it.

S: Smells a little bit like cherries, but there is also pretty heavy char and roast to it. Slightly tart with a hint of metal to it. The vanilla doesn't really come through, unfortunately. A touch of booze.

T: Cherries, roast, and a bit of booze. Again, not much in the way of vanilla. Pretty sweet, however, with lots of chocolate flavor to it. Little bit of molasses and toffee sweetness as well.

M: Medium in body with a smooth carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: Really disappointing. This beer sounded excellent in concept, but it didn't live up to expectations.

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Photo of Overlord
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone's misses with their special releases continues.

Pours a thin looking black with a small off-white foam head.

Smells like ... sour (???) cherries, a bit of chocolate, and ... some acrid malt. And ... that's about it.

Taste is strangely, surprisingly, acridly sour with even a tad bit of bitterness. Huh? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. The chocolate is quite subdued, almost brings to mind a cracker covered in dried cocoa. I can't get over the weird sour cherry tang that lies over everything.

Too thin.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A-Pours an opaque black with a beautiful 1 finger caramel head that dissipates to just a ring with spotty lacing if any...

S-Chocolate and very faint cherries...very sweet malts and maybe some bourbon, smells of artificial cherries overall...

T-Bitter chocolate and faint cherries...very dry and bitter, very sweet malts and some plum maybe...taste better than it smells...

M-Medium body with medium carbonation, the cherry flavors are more present here... very dry and bitter mouth...

O-Always like to pick up a new stone collaborations...this was a decent one i would say but had too much of an artificial thing going on and lacking the whole cherry parts...not horrible but definitely nothing special...

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Photo of Bajasith
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured very dark with a small tan head lingering at the edges.
Smells like a fresh opened box of chocolate covered cherries. Earthy hops give it the beer aroma.
Sweet at the beginning as the chocolate and earthy hops give it the bitterness it deserves.
Creamy feel, sweet as the alcohol warms giving way to the chocolate bitterness.
A very well rounded brew but a little to sweet to my liking. Could enjoy over and over after a huge steak dinner.

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

12oz bottle $3.99 Dark black like a stout should be, decent head. Smells like chocolate liquer to me with only the mildest hint of a dark cherry, meh. The flavor was a little better, malts, dark chocolate but I couldn't taste the cherries at all. I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark chocolate brown/black with only about a quarter inch of head. No lace, head is gone pretty quick.

Smells like chocolate and cherries to me.

The taste is cherries, bittersweet chocolate and earthy hops. The taste gets a little medicinal near the finish. I personally think they should have just gone with the tart cherries for a more sweet and sour vibe. The mouth is just fine.

I didn't know what to expect, but I expected a bit more after all the hype surrounding the contest winning beer that started this collaboration. Glad I tried it, won't grab another.

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Photo of Taubin
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass

Poured very dark, with a inch or so of dark brown head which dissipated slowly with almost no lacing. Smells of tart cherry and unsweetened cocoa, with a touch of vanilla. Taste is bitter cherry, followed by a smooth dark chocolate finish which lingers bringing out the bitter cherry after. There was very little carbonation, and the beer itself has a creamy feel. As the beer warmed, the cherry taste came out more, and tamed the chocolate back end.

Overall, I think this was a good beer, with good sour notes and chocolate notes with touch of vanilla.

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

12oz shared with SundaySour, poured into tulip tasters.

6oz pour per glass, ready for some milk stout.

A: Black with some dark stained sawdust foam with small and medium sized bubbles. Not much in terms of a head formation (did try and coax a head from a further away pour at the end). The bubbles sat like brownie frosting for a minute before disappearing flat. a very modest ring of foam sits around the rim. I'm surprised by how much the bubbles disappeared in this, they are literally nowhere now after a decent showing. Expected Ink black body.

S: Alcohol with some dark cherry woodiness. There's a burned fudge sort of smell that's actually pretty pleasant, it's created at the intersection of all the ingredients. Some interesting notes in the emulsion: Old bananas, ultra fine chocolate powder, and some vanilla with butter. I don't get as much evidence as milk as I would expect though, perhaps it exists through the old banana note.

T: A slightly milky carob chip brownie that gives into dark cherry bakers jams and dark flaky woods. A really woody character dominates the flavor of this beer, which is unexpected considering the style. The woodiness mixes with the dark chocolate and cherries for a slightly leathery taste. There's a hard to pinpoint saltiness that is vaguely reminiscent of summer sausage. A funky sort of spiced pepperoni character that at times trumps the chocolate and cherries.

M: Medium-full which you'd expect with the inclusion of milk, but it really doesn't have a thick milkiness or creaminess like you'd hope for. However, the feel is pretty solid and quite silky. This combines well with an absent alcohol to create a rather drinkable stout. However, for the sake of the flavor I'd like to believe a fuller mouth would help bring out the milk stout characteristics. It doesn't really coat, and it's actually very drying. Not would you'd expect.

O: I'd happily drink this anytime and I wouldn't complain, but I would do a double take if you told me this was a milk stout. Woody cherries and powdery dark coco mix make for a wonderfully refined dessert combination, but the lacto-element is greatly missing. It is at best minutely present in the taste, and almost completely absent in the mouth. A good tasting brew that drinks quit easily, but not identifiably a milk stout. A good concept that seems a bit rushed, and I'd like to see a re-visitation with more careful attention to the milk aspect.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin film. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cocoa powder, vanilla beans, and some cherry notes if I smell hard enough. Taste is of sour cherries, vanilla beans, and bittersweet chocolate. There is an astringent sour/bitter flavor that lingers of the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not as good as I was expecting it to be based on what I read about it.

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

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours a deep mahogany color with half an inch of mocha colored head. The foam dissipates leaving a thin tan coaster.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and sweet cherries.

T- Starts out roasty and chocolaty like a stout should. Cocoa and vanilla abound, but things get interesting mid-palate when a huge cherry presence hijacks the flavor profile. Sweet cherries predominate through the end. The beer finishes dry with a lingering aftertaste of roast and cherries.

M- The beer is medium bodied with medium to low level of carbonation which gives it a nice creamy quality. ABV is virtually undetectable.

O- This is a very tasty collaborative offering from Stone. The cocoa and cherries compliment each other nicely and the vanilla beans add complexity. The flavor improves greatly as the beer warms. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of IKR
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black color with a decent dark beige head. It looks great.

Smell: Chocolate and some faint cherries aromas make their appearance as the beer warms. The aromas aren't as upfront as some beers but they are there.

Taste: Chocolate foremost, mild cherry and faint roasted malts. There is some bitterness from the roasted malts or hops? in the finish. I also get a slight chalky taste in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a decent level of carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, but I paid 3.99 for a 12 oz bottle of this and 5.99 for 22 oz of the 2011 IRS which I feel is a step above this one. Worth trying.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When tasting, remember this is a sweet milk stout. Not a typical dry stout.

Pitch black color with no penetrable light. Nice solid 1 finger bubbly brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Pretty viscous.

Slight syrupy sweet lactose smell as the bottle opens. Faint sourness from the cherry and dark chocolate on the nose.

There is a good play between sour, bitter and sweet flavors. Pretty good balance. Fair sourness with a dark cherry touch. Nice variation of chocolate flavors ranging from cocoa powder to milk and dark chocolate. Faint bourbon notes as well.

Smooth creamy fairly viscous mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good CoLab IMO. It's makes a good playful dessert beer. I have a feeling this beer wont get much love due to misunderstanding what it is.

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

A: Black with a relatively thin dark brown head.

S: Cherry liquor, a little booze and some baking chocolate.

T: Lots of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, black cherries and a bit of leather. Some fudge as well. Smooth but not thick mouthfeel. The taste gets a little more sour as the beer warms. Pretty solid.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

698th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

Served about 55 deg

App-  A very dark liquid chocolate small stout. A little red around the edges.  Huge two fingers of crackly head that was darker brown and very bubbly.

Smell-  There are little bits of aromatic scents all over this glass.  A little cherry with a bit of tart, a little chocolate, a little vanilla (small), a little bitter.

Taste-  This was much more thin and bubbly than I thought.  The hops make it a touch bitter with a smooth small cherry flavor.  Little chocolate melts in your mouth.

Mouth- A creamy little bubbly stout with a tame cherry flavor.  Medium bodied and medium carbonated.

Drink-  I've enjoyed most of the Stone collaborations and this was no different.  A bit smaller and more bubbly than expectations.  Above average for sure.

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

A: Very dark. No light penetrates. Little head but good lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Tart smell that must come from cherries. A little vanilla.

T: Roasted flavor upfront. Good tart flavor in the middle and towards the end. Finishes very sweet.

M: Medium bodied. Very nice carbonation. Coates entire palate.

O: Good Stout. I enjoyed this one. I will buy this one again. Flavors were all pronounced.

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Photo of Siggy125
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a couple of 4oz taster glasses with a buddy. Dark brown/black with reddish hues. 2 finger tan head, dissipated rather quickly. Average carbonation.

Smells of slightly tart cherries. Mild notes of cocoa and roasted malt. Subtle hints of coffee as it warms.

On the taste, the cherries are predominant. Like the smell, the cherries are slightly tart but appealing. The chocolate comes across like waxy Easter bunny chocolate, not appealing. Dusty cocoa and weak coffee finish.

Smooth mouthfeel but a little bit of pucker from cherry tartness. I was hoping it would smooth even more with temp, but it never really developed. I was looking forward to this brew but came up disappointed.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with about two fingers of dark brown soap-like head. Dissipates into a ring of foam, not much lacing.

S: Roasted malt in the forefront, dried cherry, chocolate.

T: Dark bittersweet cocoa and chocolate covered cherries, the cherry hitting your tongue with its acidity, with the malt kind of lost in the mix. Very slight bittersweet chocolate finish. Off dry.

M: Silky mouthfeel, this goes down easy. Medium bodied and medium-low carbonation.

O: Overall, this wasn't as big a beer as I was expecting, but it was a better effort than all the cherry stouts I've tried thus far. I actually got a lot more cherry than chocolate or malt here, which was a little disappointing. But I still wouldn't say the cherry was overpowering. I can see this pairing well with a number of dessert.

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Photo of Abelmacias20
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I’ve been looking forward to tasting this collaboration since the clerk @ Liquor Mark hyped it up to me.

A: Pours black with a reddish hue. Little to no head and no lacing.
S: Chocolate with little coffee…I’m not really getting any cherry…very faint if any.
T: Chocolate stout up front. Cherry notes come through in the tart after taste. Opens up as it warms.
M: Medium smooth mouth feel.
O: I was a bit disappointed since I was expecting a bigger malt backbone with a more evident dessert like character. I thought it was a bit thin and the cherry profile was an after thought. However, for $2.99 I will definitely try it again. I’ll cellar a few bottles and see what time does for it. It’s a worthy try and I’ll continue to seek out Stone’s collaboration brews.

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Photo of dpnyby
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from Hoffer's Cigar in La Mesa. Slight beige head w/ dark reddish-brown color. Subtle nose consisting mostly of malt and coffee. A little thinner on the viscosity than I expected. I initially taste just the slightest amount of tart cherries. My palate is then dominated by the big satisfying malty and chocolate-y notes. The taste finishes with the essence of tart cherries and a very dry finish. Overall, a well-crafted beer for the price.

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Photo of mikul93
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A poured black with a nice 1 finger head

S Just like the name says, chocolate and cherry. Some vanilla notes.

T Nice chocolate and cherry notes. The cherry leaves you with a sour note at the end. Some vanilla. Not bad.

M Typical stout

O I enjoyed this beer. I was a little hesitant with the cherries and chocolate, but I would look for this again.

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Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass. Pours pitch black with no light showing through. The head is a sort of gradient from reddish tan to white. When I swirl the beer in the glass more red head shows up.

Smells very strongly of chocolate. I don't smell any cherry, but there is a tinge of sweetness to the chocolate smell that might be an attribute of the cherry.

Intersting flavor. Upfront you get a lot of standard chocolate stout taste, but almost immediately after a tartness develops. The cherry blasts you upfront with some fruity sweetness and tartness, it fades to a chocolatey finish that lingers for quite a while. Good enough mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

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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