Chocolate Cherry Stout
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Chocolate Cherry StoutChocolate Cherry Stout
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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Stout - American
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 8.9%
Ratings:
60
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 17, 2022
Added:
Oct 21, 2020
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  4
SCORE
86
Very Good
Chocolate Cherry StoutChocolate Cherry Stout
Notes: Chocolate Cherry Stout, an all‑new beer brewed with cherries and cocoa nibs for fall season enjoyment.

Chocolate Cherry Stout inaugurates a fresh new twist to our seasonal stout tradition. What sets this beer apart from our past stouts is the inclusion of cherries, which are added during the fermentation process. “It was a no-brainer as a next step for us,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, “because who doesn’t like a dark chocolate and cherry flavor combo?”

HOPS - Kettle: Tettnager
MALTS - Two Row, Roast Barley, Crystal Dark, Crystal 75, Cara Pils, Lactose, Carafa type III
IBU - 27
Color - 75
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3.24 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

Excellent head production, good retention, and nice lacing. Body is impressively dark, drawing a nice contrast between liquid and foam despite the dark brown color of the head.

Nose is fairly roasty, with light char, toast, espresso, and red grape. I think I get notes of cherry an chocolate, but the nose overall is relatively restrained - pleasant, but not strong.

Similar on the palate: roastiness leads the way, like many a robust porter or lighter stout, with a moderate amount of char and burnt toast flavor, along with accents of red grape and cream. A bit of tang up front from the cherry, and it rears its head occasionally throughout. The chocolate is complementary to the stout base, adding thickness and creaminess to the flavor profile despite the modest ABV (5.5%). Not overly chocolatey, a mix between bitter dark and semi-sweet chocolates.

Mouthfeel punches above its weight class: it's creamy, mouth-filling, with a long finish. This is the kind of body you wish every stout could manage, especially one this low in ABV.

Overall, this one grew on me with each sip. It wasn't mind-blowing, and a chocolate cherry stout isn't an innovative idea. The execution, however, is excellent.

Jul 25, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Medium light carbonation with a just above average body.
Aroma is cherry liquor , roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate. Some black coffee , espresso beans and fresh cherries.
Taste is cherry juice,dark and milk chocolate with malt and roasted malt. Espresso and mildly sweet fresh cherries.
Overall I thought it was an above average beer that served well as a dessert beer.

Apr 04, 2021
 
3.75 by LasVinny from Nevada on Mar 19, 2021
 
3.84 by craigbelly from Iowa on Feb 17, 2021
 
3.71 by BarrelAgedG from California on Feb 13, 2021
 
3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Feb 09, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by dcotom from Iowa

Poured from 12-ounce can into a heavy stemmed goblet, because why not? Canning date 10/09/20. An aggressive pour yielded 2-1/2 fingers of tan head atop a coffee-colored body. Good retention, quite a bit of lacing. At fridge temperature, the aromas and flavors were quite muted and lacked the signature notes of cherry and chocolate. As the beer warmed, these characteristics began to come through nicely. Medium-light in body, with notes of tart cherry lingering on the palate. At four months past the canning date, this sample may have faded a bit. Nevertheless, still quite tasty and very drinkable.

Feb 08, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 10-21-20 for $2.29. Canned 10-1-20; consumed 1-25-21. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head with the original pour.

Nose is pretty non-descript, malt forward with little other notes to speak of.

Taste is a small lightly roasted malt base with a nice touch of adjuncts that emit subtle notes of chocolate and cherry. Finishes with a slight pucker from the cherry but balanced and not cloying.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a pretty good session beer that is nice to try and at a nice price.

Jan 25, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by anim8d from Idaho

Appearance: Almost black and beige to tan head.

Aroma: Light cocoa, slight fruit. Mild.

Flavor: Mild cocoa, milky. Light sweet cherry, but a dry finish. More porter than stout, as roasted grain is really light. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body, porter-like. Clean on the palette.

Overall: If you can imagine a sessionable chocolate cherry porter, this is it. Excellent beer.

Jan 11, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

2021-01-09
12oz can served in a tulip. Canned on 10/09/20. I think my wife found it at Costco.

Pours black with a big fluffy light brown head, medium to high carbonation. Smell is rich and roasty with a lot of chocolate and a little yeast.

Taste is dominated by the chocolate and roast grain, has a little anise, and the cherry comes out very noticeably but nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, dry and clean. Overall, this is a very nice beer.

Jan 09, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - Deep, opaque black with a light tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Roasted malts and chocolate notes along with some sweet cherry - faint smell though.
T - Follows the nose with roasted malts and barely up front and throughout along with notes of milk chocolate and some sweet cherry on the backend. Some nuttiness throughout as well.
F - Full bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Smooth, creamy.
O - A solid stout that almost reminds me of their Merlin stout with a little bit of sweet cherry on the backend.

Jan 07, 2021
 
3.81 by Birdlegs from Washington on Jan 04, 2021
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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a near completely black and dark color with a soft, clean tan head. SRM of 22-23. (3.75)

Aroma: Rather strong but dry aromas of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and more cocoa powder. Some chocolate cracker, cookie, or cereal.

Flavor: The flavor follows with strong silky but dry cocoa powder and chocolate. Mostly all chocolate here. Some chocolate cereal, cracker, cookie. Faint coffee/chocolate roast on the backend. Finishes like a chocolate cookie. But dry.

Feel: Medium to lighter bodied. Feels creamy on the palate. Moderate cleanliness with a slight coffee/chocolate roast on the backend.

Compared to Castle Danger's George Hunter Stout 1/3/21: Pours a similar color. More dry cocoa/cookie/cereal. Less rich chocolate, cherry, velvet. Surprisingly less cherry here for being a cherry stout. Finisher lighter and dry as expected with the lower ABV.

Overall: A great stout, but not the one I was expecting. It has great dry milk chocolate, cocoa powder flavors, but not near as much cherry as I expected. The flavor and body are about right for 5.5%. The flavor is there, but lacking the cherry I was expecting. Really minimal cherry here. Still, a delicious chocolate stout and extremely drinkable at 5.5% (Current Rating: 3.64)
*Compare to any other stout or porter near 5%*

Jan 03, 2021
 
3.42 by Kamahl16 from Nevada on Dec 30, 2020
 
3.93 by socon67 from New York on Dec 27, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

Pours a clear cola brown with ruby hues where the light hits it. Light and effervescent tan head settles quickly to a thin cap.

Nose is dark chocolate, coffee and a mild caramel malt note.

Flavors follow the nose closely with dark chocolate and coffee up front. The cherry shows itself in the background throughout and works nicely against the chocolate and malt backbone. Aftertaste is more porter like with the chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness. Light to medium body coupled with the carbonation make for a nice offering that doesn’t have to be a one-and-done.

Dec 27, 2020
 
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Dec 23, 2020
 
4.08 by tjb27 from Minnesota on Dec 22, 2020
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3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by 150lRoast from Missouri

Has a heavy feel. The cherry came through a little in smell and barely in taste. The minimal cherry taste made it somewhat of a let down.

Dec 21, 2020
 
3.77 by heysuz from Indiana on Dec 19, 2020
 
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Dec 19, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by MesaDan from Minnesota

Canned 10/9/20 & consumed 12/18/20. Very slight cherry & muted chocolate nose; chestnut amber hue with minimal lacey tan head; medium / smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation; taste of cherry skin as it is not very sweet & chocolate backnotes; finishes dry with flavor diminutive at end. Nice, but a bit on the bland side.

Dec 18, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Scotchboy from Idaho

12oz can poured into a snifter; clear but dark brown pour with a small khaki-colored head & minimal lace; unique and diverse nose runs the spectrum from cocoa, caramel, roast, and coffee, to smoky char and dark fruit. The palate follows; this has a nice bitterness and a dusty cocoa characteristic that makes me think ‘porter’, not stout. Mocha, dark caramel, and mildly tart cherry round out. Overall a good brew, very drinkable and enjoyable, just not as special and robust as I had hoped.

Dec 15, 2020
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3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by jakecattleco from California

Can dated 09/30/20 into a tulip glass.

L: Barely opaque black with a brown hue, 2 fingers of medium density khaki colored head with good retention and left limited lacing.

S: Roasted malt in the lead, then dark chocolate.

T: More dimension than the nose, perceptible cherry addition. Finishes with mild bitterness that lingers slightly.

F: Low-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, dances on the tongue, tingling from carbonation, slick on the swallow.

O: Happy I tried it, but I wont repeat. Give me Velvet Merlin for a non-BA FW stout anytime before this one.

Dec 13, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

A very nice stout that’s not imperial. Great mouthfeel. The cherry is more evident than the chocolate but both are in the background behind a nice smooth roasty maltiness. Not a light drinking stout, quite filling for it lower ABV.

Dec 13, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jzlyo from Iowa

Aroma is chocolate, dark/roasted malts and a hint of cherries. The flavor is chocolate, dark/roasted malts, mild cherries and an acidic/slightly sour finish.

Dec 12, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent scarlet hued mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Sub par head retention & lacing

S: Roastyness & a little cocoa

T: Follows the nose, leafy hops, dryness, a little cherry, tastes like pipe tobacco smells. Cocoa pushes up as this warms, along with dryness & leafy hops. Finishes with dry cocoa and a little Baker's Chocolate

MF: Medium, moderate carbonation

Not bad, but a little more backbone & cherry would've done more for me

Dec 12, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Limazulu from Idaho

A-Looked like root beer with a normal stout beer head
S-minimal smell. earthy notes from the malts. Maybe a little metallic smell that was off-putting
T-understated chocolate, vanilla cream. As many reviewers have noted, the cherry shoulda been stronger.
M-The best part of the beer. Moderate (+) body with a creamy finish
O-middle of the road mild stout that didn't quite live up to its potential

Dec 11, 2020
 
3.64 by Agriverbear from Texas on Dec 06, 2020
 
3.79 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2020
 
3.8 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Dec 06, 2020
 
3.82 by Sayb from Arizona on Dec 05, 2020
 
3.73 by 22Blue from Kansas on Dec 03, 2020
 
3.25 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Dec 01, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dcscientist from Colorado

This was pretty good, but the cherry flavor was minimal. I don't need it to dominate the beer, but a bit more cherry would have been nice. Chocolate and cherry is my favorite combination so I was very excited to try this beer, and at only 5.5% you can have a few of these if you want. It's not a huge imperial stout or dessert/pastry beer as so many of this ilk are, but it's a nice seasonal beer. Tweak this just a bit and it could really be a star.

Dec 01, 2020
 
3.77 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Dec 01, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Poured hard from a can into a snifter glass, forming a couple fingers of light brown head, eventually fading to a thin ring of lacing. Dark brown body with just a hint of red. Smell is yummy malt, with a tease of chocolate and cherry. Taste is similar to the smell, a very simple malt background with chocolate and cherry well balanced. Chocolate is more forward while cold, switching to cherry forward when it warms. A little bit of sweetness. Excellent taste for the price (~$12/6-pack I believe). Light to medium bodied with light carbonation after the pour. Super good, easy to drink, and awesome bang for your buck.

Nov 29, 2020
 
4.28 by jwmoore from Iowa on Nov 29, 2020
 
4.94 by Anacross from Oregon on Nov 28, 2020
Chocolate Cherry Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 60 ratings