Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout | Stone Brewing

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate StoutJason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some light amounts of dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolate malts, cocoa, and lactose along with a very light hint of cherry (which intensifies as the beer warms up).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with milk chocolate, lactose sweetness, cocoa, and just a hint of vanilla. Cherry flavors intensify as the beer warms up and become more pronounced in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is pretty well hidden by the sweetness from the lactose. Several people mentioned a taste of robitussin but I do not get any of that medicinal cherry, maybe it has faded with the age - cherry flavors in general are pretty reserved.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black in the glass, with a finger of dark looking burnt mocha head. This retains with a rich ½ finger that skims the surface, throwing up a creamy cascade that descends down the sides of the glass and leaving back a good bit of robust spotty lace. The aroma is tart smelling with cherry juice that jumps right out, mingling with notes of cocoa bean husks and crunchy roasted coffee. This is pretty even between cherry and malt here overall in the nose.

The taste is similar, with a dark and juicy cherry tartness that is set against a backbone of sticky sweet chocolate character and more burnt and bitter notes from dark roast and a touch of citric flavors. The finish is dry roasted and a bit charred with a smidge of lingering cherry that hangs on the lips a bit. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and a bit prickly initially on the tongue with then more of a soft chewiness to the carbonation that hangs on the edges of the feel. A gentle alcohol presence mostly just adds some fullness to this and thankfully keeps any distracting warmth out of the equation. Although it does enhance the burnt qualities of this a good bit.

I guess your enjoyment of this is going to depend on if you’re into Cherry Stouts or not, as this basically came off to me as a slightly fuller version of the Bell’s version (which seems to be another quite polarizing beer). This is heavy on the cherry flavor but it doesn’t dominate, as there as still plenty of chocolate and roast present here to help keep this interesting. This isn’t some mind-blowing collaboration between Tröegs and Stone but is pretty darn solid for what it is.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of billab914
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass. It poured pretty close to black in color with an active tan head nearly overflowing from the glass.

I get a lot of roasty flavors to the aroma. I get some coffee notes mixing with some bitter, slightly burnt flavors. The cherry flavors play a pretty big part as well, cutting through the roastiness to add some fruity sweetness. Pretty nice aroma to it overall, the stout flavors were nicely done.

The taste shows more of the cherry character to it. I get the sweeter, fruity, cherry juice right off the bat and lasting through the finish. I get some of the roastiness, but it's a lot more reserved than the nose suggested. Some of the slightly burnt, bitter, coffee like flavors come out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty tasty beer, but not an outstanding one. I love cherries, but they dominated the stout flavors a little too much for me. A little more of the roasty, creamy, stout flavors in the taste would have gone a long way.

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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 millerbuffoon
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Pours a deep black color with a small tan colored head that forms upon pouring, but its gone rather quickly. Left behind is a ring of foam around the edge and very sparse lacing.

S: A little bit of cherry, some roasted malt, and a little bit of plastic. A little bit of booze too.

T: There is again a little bit of cherry upfront with undertones of creamy chocolate underneath. Has a little bit of cream too. Gets better as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, drinks rather smooth and creamier than expected.

O: A decent beer, but I guess I was just hoping for a little more out of it. The cherry flavor was ok, and there was a little bit of chocolate, but I wanted something a bit bolder.

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Photo of drewone
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to be able to try this again -this time in the bottle.

A black opaque shade with a thin quick dissipating head of medium golden brown w/ tiny bead. The smell has a good amount of fruit with roasted and a strong dark grain aroma which has a slight acrid almost smoky quality with bit of woody/earthy smell. The feel is good with thick body and mix of sweet, roasty and tart fruit with a mild sweet taste from fruit mixed with bitter and the moderate carbonation keeps it lively with semi-dry finish with a mild alcohol warmth.

This has a taste of very good roast -could be the bittersweet cocoa flavor which mixes well with the tart cherry tang and there is a lot of toasted malt which has a coffee-like lingering acidic flavor which could be astringency from the extra high kilned malt with fruit and light earthy accents interwoven with the slight caramel/dark brown sugar taste from the malt. Overall I liked this and I was happy with the amount of flavor, yet a little sweetnes could have helped with all the cocoa and cherry it has a tannin that verges on puckering with pretty high roast quotient. I recommend trying this, but I would not recommend multiples back to back.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/06/11 notes. Picked up a bottle of this yesterday from Whole Foods, been wanting to try it and glad to see it make its way out here. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a dark black color with one to two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing left on the glass but looks like a good stout.

s - Smells of chocolate, heavy roasted malts, cocoa, light lactose and vanilla, and light black cherries. Lots of roasted notes and not as much cherry as I would have liked, but still enjoyable.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, light dark fruits and cherries, and light alcohol. Not as much cherry as the nose and more booze; pretty average.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy.

o - Overall not a bad stout at all, but a bit disappointing. Roasted notes dominate and the cherries are light, especially in the taste. The vanilla is also almost non-existent in the taste. Nice mouthfeel and a pretty good beer, but was hoping for more.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very inky black with a nice mocha head. Almost overflows the glass until it settles into some foam and eventually dissipates.

Smell - Strong roasty malt aroma. Some cherry, but it isn't overt. Mostly a deep dark chocolate and burnt toast smell.

Taste - Bright cherry up front. Mixes into a sweetness that doesn't last long. Quickly becomes chocolate, but in a bitter chocolate way. Ashy and dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Fairly low in carbonation with a dry ashy finish. Burnt malt flavor in the end.

Overall - Unexciting with some unpleasant notes in the finish. Still nothing that makes me gag or want to drainpour it. Just an average stout with its pluses and minuses.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
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 orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap last week at the Troegs tasting room and again last night at the Troegs / Stone total tap takeover at the Brewhouse Grille.

A - Pours deep dark brown, bordering on black, with a small half finger tall khaki colored head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich chocolate sweetness, dark roasted chocolate malt, molasses, and some light vanilla sweetness. I really don't detect a whole bunch of cherries in this one. Bit of a letdown honestly.

T - Starts off with lots of rich chocolatey sweetness up front slowly giving way to a mix of dark roast, vanilla, molasses, coffee creamer, and a touch of warming booze. The cherries are quite dulled here as well, only offering the faintest twang that is quickly enveloped by all the other dark flavors. The finish is a mix of sweetness and roast, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, roasty, feel with plenty of it lingering long after the finish.

O - Not a bad beer but I think they missed the mark on this one. I am a bit disappointed honestly. If I can actually find a bottle, don't even get me started on that, I will give it another try.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Another day, another tasty-sounding Stone collaboration brew. Can't complain, really. This one pours a straight onyx topped by a half-finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, light roasted malts, very light coffee, and a faint hint of black cherry hidden deep in the background. A slight nuttiness pervades, though I suspect this is just an offshoot of the combination of the aforementioned elements. The taste immediately begins with a charred dark chocolate flavor, followed quickly by a blast of cherry dipped in chocolate syrup (no char here). Everything then kinda fades into a dusty cocoa/cherry mix that evokes mild cough syrup taken after eating a Hershey Kiss. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, a pretty solid stout, one that definitely achieves the desired flavors. The only thing holding it back is the overt strength of these flavors: with that kind of intensity, especially when it's this focused, things are gonna end up poorly for the tongue. I would definitely not call this a bad beer by any stretch, but I also don't think I'll have another...this one was worth the experience.

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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 dfhhead25
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the Troegs tasting room on 8/31/11. This sample was offered in a 6oz mini snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head. Fairly nice retention with patches of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives the dark cap.

The smell of this brew comes out of the draft line completely muted and lifeless without much of a scent. As it gradually comes up to temperature, a pleasantly roasty grain character evolves. A sweetness emerges almost like vanilla and chocolate with a very mild cherry fruited quality. Once warm, chocolate dominates the aroma.

The taste is roasted with a note of charred bitterness somewhat like stale coffee and unsweetened chocolate that persists into the aftertaste. There is quite an earthy quality theoughout the profile with a faint indication of slightly tart fruity cherry quality. This brew is first and foremost a pleasantly roasty chocolate stout with a slight cherry inclusion.

This is a medium bodied offering that is lightly carbonated. The alcohol warms the back of the throat with a level expected of 7%. Pleasant and enjoyable with a very subtle tart cherry inclusion that plays a very minor role compared to the roasty elements of this brew. Well done. Approaching this like a typical "sweet stout" might be a let down for some. As-is this was a pleasant offering.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of imbibehour
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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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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