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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
396
Ratings:
685
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
15.14%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
91
For Trade:
3
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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real nice cocoa brown but very dark colored head and very uniform in appearance. Not much staying power, but sits on a simple dark walnut brown body.

Nose is a small tart cherry and some milk chocolate. Uh oh is this gonna be another sour stout for me again? We shall see. A little earthy and soil dirt on the nose too.

Taste is mildly tart, but not predictibably sour. A somewhat vinous texture but also creamy and thick with classic milk stout like lactose sweetness. For high abv it does not feel particularly boozy either which is real nice.

Overall this is pretty good for me! A good mix of milk chocolate and tart cherry going with some milk stout body and sweetness. This I can enjoy and I am it goes down like nothing and I am not even a fan of milk stouts usually!

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

A Collaboration by Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard, Troegs, & Stone: Cherry Chocolate Stout. 12 fluid ounce bottle. 7.3% Alc/vol. Brewed and bottled by the Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, San Diego county, CA.
I will not repeat here the story told by Mitch Steele, Head Brewer, Stone Brewing Company, April, 2011. But it tells the tale of the brewing of this beer with gusto and enthusiasm, with none of the nonsense and hyperbole normally found on this bottles.

Intense black, thorough opacity, slim cocoa-tinged head, starts proud and dies down.

Roasted malt and espresso in the nose. Not much more, but we'll give it time. Let it open up. Hints of fruit, chocolate's starting to show. It's there, but not terribly loud, erring on the side of subtle.

So, drink up, already. Ah, here we have it happening in harmony, the rich, roasty malt, the mellow cherries, the sweet but serene chocolate. All in there at once, with no one side dominating another. Sweet chocolate and cherries never quite cloy, but close to it.

Full-bodied, rich and thick, beautifully layered, and delicately flavored. Medium length finish, and all in all, not too anything. Balance with complexity. Excellent combination.

The dry sour/sweet cherry flavors rolls back in, taking turns with chocolate. This one keeps growing and changing, and I find myself liking it more and more.

Thanks to Dennis Skrade for this gift.

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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 BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body with a chocolate brown head, fading quickly.

S - Lots of sweet sugars, chocolate syrup, rum raisins, rubbing alcohol. Minerals.

T - Sweet warming alcohol with a viscous malt bite. Roasty grains and sweet dark fruit syrup. Tangy, mineral flavors and dry/bitter notes. Tin twang in the background and a spiced alcohol finish.

M - Warming and soft. Viscous and mouth numbing.

O - A nice sweet stout. Not much in the way of chocolate or cherries but a good stout no less.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark brown coloring, with light brown highlights around the edges. No head on this pour, but the beer looks good. Aromas are a cornucopia of sweet and dark characteristics, with dark chocolate, licorice, oak and earthy notes, boozey scents (despite the average ABV), and some dark fruit. Interesting blend that fills the nasal cavity. Flavors are smooth and creamy, with a good chocolate backbone and some dark cherry highlights. Creamy, with some oaky and earthy flavors, also. There is a slightly astringent feel at the end of the palate, but the beer is mostly a round, smooth bodied blending. The aftertaste is rich, slightly bitter, and slightly roasted. The finish has a somewhat coffee bitter linger to it. Good beer.

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

12 ounce bottle, $3.99 @ DeCicco's, Ardsley, NY.

Pours the expected black, real dark head, that stays a bit, goes to a thicker film and leaves some slight and low strands of lacing.

Mostly chalky, dark chocolate on the nose with some mild dried cherries in the background and a hint of brandy.

I get mostly more dark, dusty chocolate, with the cherries present but again somewhat in the background. Moderate sweatness, smooth and quite pleasant, especially as it warms, begins to open up and develop.

Nothing amazing, but a fairly tasty, Subtle, complex and tasty take on the genre. Bring on the chocolate cake and chocolate dipped fruits.

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

Bottle poured into a Stone glass because I know what I'm doing, try and learn. Beer was surprisingly good. I'd definitely have it again.

Beer is mildly overcarbonated, black with a big brown head, moderate to low retention, thankfully. Lots of lacing, looks good.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, a hint of cherries but subtle, you can tell it is there but you have to go looking a little.

Beer is medium in body, very chocolaty, like liquid chocolate, hints of cherries and fruit on the backend, very strong, very nice. Mild roast on the backend, I'd have it again but I doubt it will get better with age.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass after I let it warm up a bit.

A: Deep, very dark brown borderline black body. Some dark maroon/red hues are around the top. A thick, rocky mocha brown head sticks around for a bit, but eventually settles into thin cap with some thicker bubbles around the edges. There's some nice lace left along the glass, too.

S: Milky chocolate notes, lightly roasted chocolate malt and touches of sweet coffee are immediate. A certain sour cherry flavor comes through in the back end, along with a hint of dark rum.

T: An easy, light chocolate malt base lays a nice foundation for some quite fruity and slightly roasted flavors. Cherry comes in with, unfortunately, almost an artificial flavor but it has a bit of tartness to it, giving it a more believable "real" fruit flavor. Finishing is some smoked dark chocolate and a bit of alcohol as this warmed.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly carbonated which isn't necessarily bad for the style; however, I would have liked to see it toned back just a bit. A thicker, chewier mouth feel is certainly something to be desired on stouts but the cherry flavor makes this seem okay.

I actually did enjoy this one although there are certainly a few caveats. The cherry flavor was wonderful on the nose smelled real but on the palate tasted rather fake. I would have liked more chocolate to balance out the sweetness/tartness that came from the cherries, although faint. Overall, quite a nice beer and solid collaborative effort.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black, with half a finger of espresso coloured head that quickly disappeared and left some good lacing on the glass.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts and a noticeable tartness up front. The cherry flavour is not specifically noticeable but the tartness makes its presence evident.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts, a noticeable tartness and a touch of cherry. I expected more cherry flavour but the overall flavour is still excellent and the tartness definitely adds a layer of complexity to this beer that is unique.

M - Medium body with a really nice chew. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color. A 1/4 " head is all you get.

Smell: cherries and roasted malts are most notable.

Taste: roasted malt with loads of cherries. There is some milky qualities in the background here. Bitterness is nicely balancing. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a hint of dryness late. Aftertaste is long.

Overall: a decent dessert beer or a one off slow sipping beer. Worth a try if you like fruit flavored stouts.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm finished with lunch, so let's move on to dessert. Chocolate, cherries, and vanilla beans; doesn't that combo sound awe-inspiring? On to the beer:

Ink jet black in color, topped off by a small, tanned lace of a head. The aroma is fitting so far, dessert-like. There seems to be a lot of roasted coffee bean with subtle vanilla and cherry found.

The base stout itself is fine, though not as mind blowing as I was hoping. The malts have a burnt touch and there's some charcoal flavor. Of the three additions, the cherry is the most noticable of the bunch. Burnt, chocolate-like, and cherry-like in the aftertaste. As for texture,it's medium bodied though a little flabby.

Though not as impressive as I hoped, this collaborative stout does do a good job for my sweet tooth after a meal.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown, appearing black. Half finger medium brown head that dissipates leaving slight lacing. Aroma of dark and roasted malt, light cherry and chocolate. Flavor follows aroma, dark malt, cocoa, vanilla with a somewhat sour cherry finish. Medium bodied. Not very intense or complex, but well balanced and enjoyable. The cherry is at the right level, not overpowering the taste.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate with a little bit of cherry mixed in. A very nice smelling stout.

The cherries are much more prominent in the flavor than they were in the aroma. In addition to the cherries, I get some chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of smoke mixed in. The beer is fairly sweet. The cherries are very strong in the aftertaste.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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

Stone Collaboration Cherry Chocolate Stout

Pours a dark brownish black, dark mocha cream head with hints of red. An intricate web of lace is left behind.Aroma of ripe cherries, pumpernickel bread, some stoutish qualities of roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.
Tart cherry upfront, some chocolate malt emerges, dry cocoa in the aftertaste playing well of the roasted, coffee like malt. A little metallic tasting. Cherry flavor chimes in at opportune times. Roasted malt, tart fruitiness, and alcohol all continue to dazzle. Creamy, smooth, silky feel, feels like an oatmeal or milk stout.
Overall, interesting brew, strong flavors going in different directions. Well concocted by some talented brewers, and a challenge for the palate.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled August 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, dense, darkly brown colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is an opaque, black color that passes no light through it. The beer smells of burnt molasses, roasted coffee notes and a backing that supplies a hint of vanilla in the finish. There is perhaps a hint of tartness to the beer, but I really don’t get any sense of the cherries in the aroma. Toasted whole grain notes peak through the dominant roast character. There is a nice, rich, dark maltiness to this beer that almost contributes a savory quality to the nose; the malt is beyond sweetness in the nose. Actually after a bit of time a suggestion of cherries might be here; I am sure though if I wasn’t trying to look for it, I would have never noticed anything in the nose. Touches of burnt vegetal character also start to come out as the beer warms.

Rich, dark and roasted up front, it picks up some sweetness towards the finish where it is joined by a touch of tartness and a suggestion of cherry nail polish in the finish. The roast character in the finish is not only aggressively bitter, but also has some astringency to it that lingers on the palate in not the most pleasant fashion. Burnt grain husk notes up front are tempered somewhat by a more wholesome toasted, approaching burnt whole grain character. Subsequent sips have the hint of cherry nailpolish being more like a faint, thin cherry note in the finish. Much of the sweetness in this beer comes from a solid vanilla character towards the finish; this really lingers on in the palate long after the beer has been swallowed. As the beer gets really warm the harsh roast character in the finish is tempered a bit. Given the alcohol, this beer actually drinks fairly rich, though the acidity in the finish does make it seem a little thin, in comparison, in the finish.

The cherry character really is a bit disappointing here; I certainly am not looking for a huge cherry character, but the huge roasted character really could have used something else to balance it out and a nice, proper, actual sour / pie cherry used a bit more aggressively would have certainly fit the bill. As it is though, the roast character is a bit too harsh and unpleasant for this beer to be truly good. Still this isn’t horrible and I will likely finish the beer. This smells and tastes of higher alcohols and nail polish, usually this is a sign of poor fermentation in a beer of this strength, but I am not sure of that here as this might be tied up with the cherries somehow.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first pour at the Boise "Stone Tap Take over".... Greg hadn't even stagedived yet!! :-) 5 oz pour is pretty much black with a decent tannish head.. that doesn't last too long.

The nose shows good chocolate, but only a bit of fruit if you concentrate... more sweet roasty notes than anything else.

Flavor is not much better, but a dark cherry element is there, but gets lost pretty quickly.. with warmth, there is more cherry...

Interesting.... Unfortunately I SIPPED this one forever while trying to get ANY other pour.. Still This is a decent brew... I suspect is pretty old for the element that should be enjoyed fresh.

3.5's across the board.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

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

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, another Stone collaboration to try, seems that they're coming out every month now,

A: Pours an opaque black with a fizzy short lived tan head. No lace.

S: Heavy dark chocolate with a hint of cherry, like cherry chocolate cake. Slight amount of roast. Bit of a cherry cola feel.

T: Bitter dark chocolate with some sweet fruit in the mid palate to round out the flavour. Slightly sweet and dessert like finish.

M: Almost full-bodied, creamy feel with a hint of acidity on the back end. Can be chalky at times.

O: An interesting beer. I'm not one to go super extreme with brews, but I feel this would have worked a little better if it was an imperial stout. The structure would be there and I think the flavours would work a little better with some more malt. The beer just seems thinner than it should be. Worth a try, I did enjoy the cherry aspect. Upping the overall score because I really like the idea of this brew, just needs some tweaking.

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Photo of Zorro
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
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 flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kadonny!

A very dark, nearly black colored beer with a cherry red tint. Smallish, dark brown quickly sinking head, good creamy lace remains.

Kind of a modest nose with touches of bittersweet chocolate, roasted notes, and faint cherry aromas. However, the flavor is much stronger, delivering the goods with lots of chocolate and cherry, plus undertones of vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt. Bitterness is low, slight burn from the booze in the finish. Ample chocolatey sweetness and a bit of sour, puckering cherry in there too. I didn’t get the robatussin vibe some others complained of; although I will say it’s not the most natural tasting beer you’ll find. Tastes a bit like cheap chocolate cordials actually.

Medium carbonation, fairly light body, medium long, pleasantly sweet and sour finish. Interesting and tasty dessert beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

9/15/11

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with an inch of foam that is a really nice shade of dark brown. Retention is good. Looks great.

S: Coffee is earthy and pronounced in the aroma, and I get a touch of smoke that I can't really pinpoint. Yep, it definitely smells smoky. Cherry is subtle, and vanilla is even more subtle. They smell quite nice. I get a little cream-like sweetness and evident dark chocolate and molasses. Malt is moderately roasted with an ephemeral char. The aroma is complex and nice.

T: The flavor doesn't live up to the quality of the aroma. It's boozy and the cherry is sort of acrid and weird with the roasted malt and chocolate. I think I get some vanilla, but I might be imagining that. The finish is roast and chocolate and ends abruptly.

M: The mouthfeel is on the thin side, even a bit watery. The beer needs body and creaminess. Carbonation is at a moderate level.

Overall: Looked great and smelled good, but somewhat lacking in the flavor department and the mouthfeel was not at all impressive.

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Photo of rudzud
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's Stone Night

A - A nice deep rich dark brown basically black pour that had a creamy two finger mocha head that faded to leave nice side lacing and head retention

S - Nice dark chocolate notes and roasted malts along with super light cherry notes. Simply not strong enough.

T - Identical to the nose here. This is a very nice stout with good roast and chocolate qualities but the cherry just isnt strong enough.

M - Nice mouthfeel here. Lower carbonation results in a smooth, creamy stout.

O - Overall this stout still needs work. The cherry still isnt up to par. Still, I felt on tap was better than the bottle offering.

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Photo of corby112
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing
3.7 out of 5 based on 685 ratings.
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