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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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3.74/5
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687 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
396
Ratings:
687
pDev:
14.71%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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 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 drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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 -0.8%
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 tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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 jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black into the tulip glass with a one pinky creamy caramel colored head.

S - Cocoa, cherries/dark cherries, and mild vanilla. The overall malt bill lends a mild to moderate roasted aroma.

T - The strongest flavors come from the cherry/chocolate/cocoa combination which stays pretty even across the entire sip. The cherry strikes the tongue with a tart zip, the cocoa is warm and roasty, and there's a slight liquor sweetness and alcohol presence added in. The vanilla is just present enough to compliment and not overpower the flavor combination. Bitterness doesn't surface until the very end to keep things from getting too sweet, but does not linger. The palette is left with a mild lingering chocolate liquor sensation.

M - Heavy medium body that's borderline full bodied, carbonation is very low to create an almost velvet-like texture. The sweetness leaves the lips with some sticky sugar on it.

O - Worth checking out if you like chocolate cherries. In a market filled with all sorts of stout styles, this is one you don't see on a regular basis which makes it that much more enjoyable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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 spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Bristol Farms Rancho Mirage CA for 2.99$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a huge size frothy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, coffee, chocolate, and some burnt/roasted nuts. I can also taste the cherries and some raisins and I can pick up on the booze. It ends with a chocolatey dark fruit boozy aftertaste.

Overall - The cherries don't stand out as much as I hoped. I can taste raisins more than anything.. The taste is pretty average. I guess I just expected more from these brewers.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +7%
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 rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gives that ruddy brown and black appearance that makes cherry an adjunct that generally doesn't play out so well appearance wise. This one is fine, but you know, still has that look.

Aroma was definitely still cherry, chocolate malt, the roast covered, more lactose and cherry to this one.

Taste hits with the same notes as the nose. A little bit of hopping, some vanilla. Nothing thin bodied about this. Kinda expensive at $4/12oz, but a fun dessert beer every now and then. Age has done it well.

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours deep black with a 1” tan foam collar that recedes moderately slow and leaves intricate lacing. S: Cherry and chocolate aromas. T: Stone achieves an intricate balance between the cherry, chocolate and malt with a bitter hop accent. F: Medium full body, slightly below medium carbonation, creamy. O: Cherries and chocolate go together in a fine stout.

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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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