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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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California, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by WestValleyIPA on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Viscose dark chocolate exit from the bottle is pitch black in the glass with a canyon clay colored head with some russert/peach tint to it, a very odd color to describe indeed. The head is slight in size, a bit whispy and weak on the hold and quick to fall with a spotty weak lace. Perhaps the most intriquing aspect of the visual sense is the head color, which is still not enough to garnish good regards due to its weak holding head and lace.

S: Fusels are evident and strong, perhaps a bit to much so and overshadow most of the other aromas it may have had to offer. A bit of a let down, some dry bakers chocolate with dry vanilla bean, and powdered coffee mate, but really wasn’t prominent enough to give you a hearty sense, rather lingered in the corner, weak and beaten by the fusels which overtook the nose. Sorry to say I was lost in picking up any indications of the cherries on the nose.

T: Heavy on the alcohol fusels again, bitter, watery burnt chocolate and coffee flavor. Not sure if I got a bad batch. Some dry vanilla powdery coffee mate, not really fresh vanilla bean, but is mostly vinous with a pharmaceutical alcohol. Turns to dark fruit (plums) that was tart with a bit sour of some cherries. A chalky powdery creamer, dry, is left behind after the swallow.

M: The mouthful is light, feels a bit watery. Some dark fruit, vanilla, but cant make up for the thin substance that is neither milky nor creamy in the mouth. Again cant verify that maybe something went wrong.

O: Overall a big disappointment considering both breweries involved. This is neither milky, nor creamy and is actually quite a mess body and flavor wise, with a watery burnt chocolate /coffee flavor that just doesn’t work. If I didn’t know any better it seems like they were trying to combine their (troegs) mad elf cherry holiday beer with belgain strain with a stone chocolate porter base. Calling this out as a dog of a beer. No repeat or purchase factor, drinkability was tough with an uncaring attitude towards a finish.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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 rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The jet black body shows a hint of cocoa-red glow at the base and during the pour. There is a sea of microbubbles that form a light brown head that pops but last for a good bit.
S- The soft tartness of cooked cherries blends with mellow roasted black malt notes in the finish.
T- The flavor of chocolate tootsie rolls is full with a touch of tartness that could be from cherries. There is a nice earthy black roasted malt flavor in the finish. Some cherry pits and charcoal notes come through in the finish aswell. As the beer opens up the taste of baked cherries grows also. M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and is almost chewy at times with no alcohol heat noticed.
O- The chocolate flavor is lots of tootsie rolls form the nibs but not much chocolate malt character makes it taste a bit artificial, even though it is not. The cherries are very subtle with mostly just a tartness and some cooked flavors coming through. However underneath it taste of a great stout that just gets buried.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Vintage Estates. Yeah, I had to go all the way to Boardman to get a bottle of a Troegs collaboration. In a tulip.

A: The stout is oily, a rather viscous pour. Pitch black, no surprise there. The head, slow to develop, needs a few seconds to get its sealegs. As it comes together, it approaches a quarter finger of tan bubbles.

S: Semi-sour cherries and light chocolate. Neither is as strong as I was expecting. Subtlety is a gift and this stout brings it. The roasted body, much like the other aspects, is complimentary. Sweet milk chocolate becomes stronger as the ale warms.

T: Cherry, sweet with the faintest thread of sourness, primes the ale nicely. It's sweetness isn't sugary or underdone; just right. The sweetness comes from milk chocolate, a fine pairing that isn't cloying. The cherry, in fact, lingers on my palate. As the cherry tries to pick up, a flavor that I can best described as piscine pops up. It doesn't linger long but its brief presence is not so hot. The stout body is roasted but not too strong; a body well-suited for the added flavors. The ale doesn't come across as strong, another upside.

M: A good stout that makes nice use of the cherries - not as sour as Bell's or as lackluster as Tyranena's cherry porter. A good place to be.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Lots of cherry chocolate covered leather. Bits of raisin.

(T)- Plenty of cocoa covered bitter cherry, leather, raisin, and a mild chalky leather/tobacco profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Mildly bitter and chalky with bits of cherry and cocoa behind that.

(D)- Not bad. Good integration and balance without being too sweet or overpowering.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +7%
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 bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with a half inch tan head. The head retention was good, but there wasn't much lacing at all. The brew smells like bittersweet and milk chocolate, roasted malt, and some cherry and coffee. The aroma was light on the cherries, but luckily the cherries came out more in the taste of this beer. It tastes like milk and dark chocolate, cherries, vanilla and roasted malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with low carbonation. It's a decent enough brew, and definitely worth trying. $3.99 a bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours black. With the aggressive pour comes a lively dark brown head. Unfortunately, the head dies down to merely a ring around the beer's edge.

S-Uh oh. I am getting huge whiffs of artificial, cherries. Smells like cherry flavored cough syrup. Medicinal aroma. The cherry lozenge smell dominates the nose. Where is the roast? Where is the chocolate? They are there, but only minutely.

T-The flavor beats the nose easily. More roasty than anything else (including cherry). Cherry makes a decent appearance but the roast and chocolate all work together. Cherries are somewhat sour. The medicinal flavor is here too. Better than the nose. Not saying much though.

M-Light carbonation and a medium to heavy body. The worst part of the flavor sticks to the tongue. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

O/D-Stone is lucky their 15th Anniversary beer burnt my eyebrows off. This, their Green Tea IPA, and the Belgo-Anise RIS were sub-par. Tastes as if someone poured a generous helping of cherry cough syrup into a porter.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good, but not great, lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, cherries, and coffee. Somewhat muted, but okay nonetheless.

T: Tasted of chocolate and cherries up front, with coffee, malt, and a tinge of hops in the finish. Cherries weren't nearly as dominant as I would have thought, but it doesn't matter. A very well-balanced and flavorful stout.

M: A generally well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased somewhere localish.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 3/4" purpley dark brown head over the opaque dark/black brew. Head falls slowly, with leggy, sticky lacing. Aroma is deep dark malts, coffee, with a tart cherry undercurrent. Taste follows the nose, but with the tart cherry flavor more pronounced and lasting. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Could do with a bit less fruit in this one, but it is advertised as a cherry stout, so it's hard to complain.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally found this at the reasonable price of $4.25 after seeing it priced around 6-7 dollars everywhere else...

A - Typical stout color, deep and black with slight carbonation bubbles throughout. Head is a creamy dark mocha. Very pretty.

S - Right off the bat I am picking up some cherry notes integrated rather well with the roast and the chocolate. Seems to heighten the lactic sourness a bit making it smell tart.

T - Damn that's a smooth milk stout! Not as much roasted as I expected so it drinks more like a chocolate drink (Yoo-hoo) but with a very mild touch of cherry. Soft yet present it flows like a wave across the palate, it's even in the finish. Tasty.

M - Has a nice medium body which comes off creamy rather than thick. Tastes great

Overall I find this to be one tasty cherry milk stout and probably the best one I ever had (sorry bells!) Can't say I can find another bottle since most places jack these collab's up in price but well worth the $4.25 price tag to try once.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chouffe tulip

This guy sits a used motor oil color with a pretty two+ finger mocha colored cap. A nice looking beer in this tulip. Head fades to a thin layer and some minor lacing.

The nose is divided between huge roast espresso and bing cherries dipped in a vanilla/chocolate concoction. The two aromas are so diverse, it smells like two beers blended together.

On the palate, huge, acrid roast up front with sweet cherries and vanilla cream in the finish. The latter reminded me of cherry La Yogurt. The finish was a mix of of the same. Again, it's like two different beers blended, the flavors don't meld together well.

I found this to be a little thin. A cherry chocolate stout sounds rich and luxurious, this was neither.

Overall, I didn't find this to be a total miss. It was pleasing in moments and had the feel been more in the creamy zone, this might warrant some better comments.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from The Village Pump.

Pouring an impressive black with a dense, dark brown head with good retention and nice lacing, this is a good looking stout. The nose is pretty decent. Surprisingly muted given the blurb on the back, there's a moderate roasted malt character, some cherry that's more medicinal/cough syrup like than I'd like and some cream. There's also a creamy nut character that is quite appealing. Surprisingly, the chocolate isn't really noticeable. In addition to the medicinal component, there's also a fresh and fruity cherry character, which is quite nice.

The palate however, is a mess. Definitely medicinal with sweet cherry syrup with a moderate cocoa bitterness and an underwhelming cocoa/chocolate character that goes nowhere, this is rather disappointing. The artificial medicinal cherry character intensifies on the finish, leaving a mildly metallic tinge. The roasted malt character that is so appealing on the nose is overwhelmed here. Medium in body with mild carbonation, this actually feels decent on the palate, but for the finish. Disappointing.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears jet black with 1/4" dark tan head, that fades. smells sorta like a black forest cake or cordial cherries.

the chocolate and cherry are subtle in the taste. a little bitterness of cocoa, and tartness of the fruit. finishes sweeter. kind of muddled though. fairly thick, moderate carbonation.

alright in concept, but I think it needs some refining.

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Photo of Brad007
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a big brown head into my glass. Very nice presentation.

Creamy hints of chocolate and roasted coffee followed by a mild cherry essence.

Much like a cordial cherry, followed by lightly roasted coffee and cream. Wow.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Lingering cordial cherry followed by cream and coffee as mentioned. Nothing's changed. The beer is slightly more tart and acidic though.

It seems to live up to the name. The body could be better but otherwise, I enjoyed it after a decent meal.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of Soonami. Served in a tulip. Pours an inky black with a dense, half-inch, mocha-colored head. Head eventually disperses into a skim and a tight, bubbly band around the shoulders. Some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses dark chocolate, roast, a suggestion of cherry juice and a faint metallic character. Taste expresses chalky chocolate, cherry juice (somewhat thin and acidic) and a suggestion of artificial vanilla - I don't really get the sweet stout here as there's really no lactose present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light and comes off a bit watery. Carbonation is bright without being lively and there's a bit of acidity that expresses itself towards the back. Overall, nothing to write home about here. I see this beer more as an American Stout than a Milk Stout as it's missing the lactose and creaminess I've come to associate with the style. Not really something I would seek out again.

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

A- Pitch black with a mocha head. Decent head size and retention. Not much lace at all.

S- Cherry, chocolate and alcohol. Dark roast malt as well.

T- A lot like Cherry Garcia to say the least. A good cherry, chocolate chip and lactose sweetness, Some tartness and roast malt.

MF- Slick and moderately thick body with an oily feel. Finishes warm and a bit bitter,

Tastes like a dessert. Not great but still brings a nice cherry cocoa flavor to the table.

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

For whatever reason, cherry stouts tend to lack the jet black coolness of other imperial stouts. They get that ruddy brown thing going. Smell was thick, and well, not that the name of the beer didn't give it away, but, you get notes of cherry and chocolate.

Taste comes off very milk stouty, lactose, cherry, chocolate, I'm a happy camper. Notes of vanilla and the slightest fruit tart from the cherries. Heavy mouthfeel, trademark Stone bitterness, almost sludgy texture.

Cherry will turn the uninitiated off frequently, but for those in the know, this is a good one. Would rate higher if it wasn't $24 a 6pack.

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

12 oz. Pretty dark black pour, just barely some brown around the edges. Only a ring of dark tan bubbles.

Aroma, Some dark chocolate and cherry. Faint roast. The cherry is borderline old school Nyquill.

Taste, nice roast malt and dark chocolate mixed with chocolate covered cherry. The cherry was not nearly as overbearing as I was anticipating. The cocoa and cherry cause a pretty dry finish.

Solid heavy side of medium body. Carbonation is more than the appearance would let on. More I think could make this a bit acrid. Coats well, not much warming. I drink this one without much problem.

The cherry stout has been tried by many a steller brewer, but still mastered by none. This is about on par with the best I've had, but I just don't think the cherry stout works all that well in general.

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Photo of maximum12
2.22/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Picked up this pricey 12 oz. bottle when it came to Minnesota along with its Green Tea cousin. Split with my wife as a nightcap.

Pour is stout-black. Smell is powerfully sweet, roasted malt mixed with cherries, & a medicinal undertone. Good though.

This Cherry Chocolate Stout doesn't hit a genuine note anyplace. Cherry Nyquil. /end review. There's a roasted edge that clashes brutally with the artificial cherry, chocolate with a bitter slash. Vanilla comes in to fill the back-end, but ewwww. Six ounces might be too much.

Just a front-loaded full of strong tastes, none of which taste like they originated in nature. Huge doses of artifical everything. Either the ingredients here weren't top-notch, or they just disagree with one another at the bazooka level. Not even mediocre, brushes up to actively repulsive. Disappointing.

EDIT: as this beer warmed, it got worse. Fast. Not sure how two good breweries could have whipped this up, but between the wife & I, more than half the bottle ended up in the drain. This was a disaster in a glass for me.

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Photo of champ103
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, viscous, and pretty much opaque black color. A two finger tan head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Some astringent coffee, bitter bakers chocolate, roasted malt. I can't pick out much cherries. Thin and pretty much just a standard stout.
T: A bit better. Not quit as astringent. Some chocolate and light cherries are coming through a bit more. Though I still wish the fruit flavors were more up front. Enjoyable enough however. As this warms, the sweetness takes over a bit to much.
M/D: A medium to full body. I was thinking this was going to be much thicker, but am pleasantly surprised that it is not. Enjoyable, for the most part. I will finish the bottle with ease.

Overall, enjoyable. Which is saying something, for me anyway, about Stone. I have been unimpressed to say the least with a lot of their newer releases. This is still not in the upper tier, and more of a one and done. Though I can at least finish the bottle without a problem.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance - A nice black color forming a thin head which gave way to some nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee stands out to me. There is some chocolate notes as well as a bit of cherry and dried fruits.

Taste - The taste is a bit confusing to me. There is some nice roasted coffee and chocolate flavors, but the cherry and a bit of alcohol and vanilla flavor comes in and don't really meld well with the aforementioned. It is a little messy in taste capabilities.

Mouthfeel - A little over carbonated for the style, but a nice turbid feel to be expected for a stout.

Overall - I was a little disappointed as I am a fan of stouts, Troegs and Stones and so it seemed like it would have to have been good combo. Unfortunately the tastes didn't come together quite right.

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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout from Stone Brewing
3.7 out of 5 based on 686 ratings.
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