Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry StoutBlack Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout

Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A good solid stout packed with all the flavours you’d expect with an extra twist; great malt base, dark chocolaty backbone from two perfectly balanced sources, soft carbonation and a subtle taste of tart cherry in the finish. The Hop character is just present enough to enhance the chocolate malt & cocoa. Cocoa notes in the nose and a chewy yet velvety mouth-feel. Gorgeous lacing remains on your glass. This addition to our seasonal portfolio showcases our brewing skill, focus on quality, character and consistently great flavourful beer. Slow brewed and hand crafted.

Added by DrJay on 04-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in Duvel tulip. Poured a black/brown with a hint of red. Thin head. Chocolate with some sour cherry in the aroma. Roasted malt and sweetness to start. Long dry finish with some chocolate malt. More cherry in the nose than the flavor. Slight twang. Not that exciting.

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Photo of papat444
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HogTownHarry for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A nice black body with a slight brown 1-2 finger head.

Smell: Malty, dark chocolate.

Taste: A little too carbonated at first taste. Burnt chocolate with very slight cherry. Taste is alright but feels a little bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: This is better, carbonation more restrained (or maybe i'm used to it). Roasted malt with dark chocolate overtones with a bitter finish. Cherry in background but not very strong.

Drinkability: At first, no, but then as it warmed, was better.

Overall: The flavors didn't seem to mesh too good together & was disappointed cherry was pratically non-existant. Average is the word that comes to my mind for this brew.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one from kv84 while at home this summer. Thanks for the brews man, and thanks for coming out and sharing a few drinks with everyone!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours brown and yields a one finger, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades relatively quickly to a decent wisp and ring. Black body with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Roasted and smoky malts with a nice chocolate covered cherry aroma as well. Cocoa powder comes through a little more as it sits. Medium strength and nice. As advertised as well.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some decent cherry notes. A touch of tartness as well, but well integrated. Cocoa powder and some bitter-sweet chocolate covered cherries again. Mild but lingering aftertaste of cherries, chocolate and cocoa powder. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium, slightly thinner body for the style, and medium, relatively prickly carbonation. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate, This needs to be fuller and creamier, which would also help the prickly carbonation smoothen out a bit.

OVERALL: While the palate can be toughened up a bit, the rest of the experience was quite enjoyable. I’ve had this beer a few times down at Jane Bond Cafe, and always enjoy seeing it again. Give it a chance if you come across it on your travels. Thanks again for the bringing this one along Kv84.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with about 1/4 inch of tan head. Lots of wet lacing that sticks around until the bottom of the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, cherries, plums and some damp earth. My only complaint is that the aroma all seems a bit messy, and it ends up being a bit generic intead of distiguishing itself.

The taste is about the same, a little messy and indistinct. There's a bit of a sharp metallic note that's offputting, right off the bat, but it leads into a cherry tartness, dark chocolate roasted bitterness, and lots of earthy, cellarlike flavour. You actually get more of the cherry flavour in the finish than in the mouth. Mouthfeel is nice and tart and dry, body is light and maybe a little watery and British, but it befits the style. Drinkability is high, but it lacks something in the way of uniqueness and flavour. I'll admit, this may not be the freshest sample, and would welcome the chance to try it again on tap or from a fresh bottle, because it's a half-decent effort.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours quite dark with some garnet in colour. Vanilla looking head with reasonable lacing. Nose- powdered choclate with strong cherry. taste- burnt roast with solid cherry coming through. Dry roast/chocolate finish. The finish is more dry than expected. Carbonation is on the heavy side- would be more drinkable with less fizziness.

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Photo of kjyost
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Viggo, no BB date.

Pours a nice dark stout, with a light head that is a reddish tan. Disappears immediately, leaving a ring that laces very lightly. Aromas are initially the molassesy roasted grain of a stout with a touch of that cherry underneath. As it warmed, it developed notes of coffee.

First sips are primarily full of roasted malts, with minimal other flavours. Thus far not impressed, but I put the beer aside to give it time to warm a bit more and develop character... Definitely still a stout, but the cherry came out as it warmed as a trat fruity flavour, not strongly just underneath everything else. If I had not known what it was it would have been a stout with an interesting underlying flavour. The cocoa is there, and the flavours balance well. It is good, just not really good.

Smooth in the mouth, but does not coat the mouth and linger as long as I would like a stout to...

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from wfeddern via CanBIF 5, thanks!

From a 341 ml brown bottle. Dry musty malt is apparent the moment the cap is removed, I can already sense the roasted malt and cocoa within. Tall creamy sandy head on the pour that settles at an even rate, leaving a thin frothy cap. The body is a dense opaque black.

Aroma is predominantly dry musty roasted malts, dry bitter chocolate, with faint sweet/sour hints of cherry.

The aroma is an ideal herald to the flavour, they match up impressively well. Even the roasted malt seems invisible in relation to the dry, dry cocoa, like drinking a version of dark chocolate powdered cherry truffles. A slight tangy sweetness presents itself on the finish, although not wholly defined as a cherry flavour, yet the elements of cherry and cocoa start to meld in the aftertaste with the cocoa of course being the stronger of the two.

Mouthfeel is light, both in texture and carbonation, although I wouldn't call it watery either.

Although the cherries are somewhat present, they're far too muted to be a selling point for this stout. However the malts and cocoa succeed in producing a beer for any dark chocolate fan.

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Photo of peensteen
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black colour with a thin tan coloured head. Looks very good, no complaints here. Smells of rich chocolate and coffee, not as much cherry as I would have anticipated though. Tastes like bitter dark chocolate, coffee with a black cherry finish. Decent mouthfeel I would have like to see a more dominant presence in this department but I wasn't disappointed. Drinks well would certainly have this again should the opportunity present itself.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buffed mahogany with meager orange and amber accents on this overcast day. The beer is topped with a better than decent looking chunk of sandstone colored foam that does a passable job in the lace deposition department. Better than average for sure.

Although the aroma is somewhat reminiscent of chocolate-covered cherries (if sour rather than maraschino cherries were used in the candy), it's doubtful that I could have come to that conclusion if ignorant of the name and the ingredients. With respect to the nose at least, the base stout isn't stouty enough.

Too much tartness is the biggest reason why cherry stouts have never thrilled me. Bell's Cherry Stout is public offender #1. Why can't brewers use sweet cherry juice, or add enough sugar to make the beer taste like chocolate-covered cherries? Sour fruit and chocolate malt just don't go together, it's as simple as that.

That said, DCCS is pretty good beer. Actually, Single Chocolate is more like it, despite the fact that cocoa powder was added at some point. The grain bill includes pale, chocolate, crystal and roasted malts, along with rolled oats and toasted wheat. Tart cherry juice provides mild-moderate flavor and (thankfully) no more than a hint of tartness.

The mouthfeel is a fraction light and thin for a stout, no matter the ABV. I'd bulk this brew up to 8.0% with loads of barley malt and candi sugar. With a blast of melted chocolate creaminess and sweet cherries... my oh my, now *that* would be a beer worthy of this beer's name.

In the final reckoning, this Black Oak Brewing Company offering is much better than Bell's Cherry Stout and isn't as good as their own Nutcracker Porter. It's great to see craft brewers try something a little different, even if they don't knock it out of the park.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at C'est What.

This beer appears a solid black, with some very slight red edges, with one finger of creamy beige head, which leaves a narrow ring of webbed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of dry chocolate and light roasted malt. The taste is dry chalky chocolate (heh), mild cherry fruit, and light earthy hops. The carbonation is soft, the body a bit south of medium weight, and smooth, and it finishes dry, with a mild cherry fruit and hop combo.

A decent stout, the fruit flavour very sedate, never asserting itself.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This fresh LCBO bottle is courtesy of Pootz. Pours black, with some chocolate and cherry aroma. A chocolately smooth drinking stout, with one flaw of burnt edges. A minority of geeks will really like that, but most people while really liking the chocolate will be repelled by the burned tar characteristic. Twenty-months later had this on tap at Beerbistro and it was smoother, albeit at best a medium mouthfeel. Chcocolate was there(i am so used to it in so many beers now)but the standout was the sourness of the cherry. A different beverage judging by my notes than initially, and my score reflects this.

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Photo of grub
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

sampled on cask at volo. cask was tapped friday, and sampled on sunday afternoon.

pours deep brown, nearly opaque, with a thin dark than head. drops fast but leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. lots of roast. dark chocolate. coffee. touch of alcohol. bready malt. no cherries noticed here.

taste is good. roast, but not overpowering. dark chocolate. bready malt. light bitterness. bit of caramel. only the smallest hint of cherry in the taste.

mouthfeel is good. very light carbonation, as expected on cask. nice medium-full body.

drinkability is good, but i think this cask might be just past its prime. still, a balanced and enjoyable beer. definitely need to try this one again.

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Photo of younger35
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew as an extra from aqsprint awhile back. I've never even heard of Black Oak until I got this brew. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark brown with a very small dark tan head that quickly fizzles to nothing. No cap and very very thin collar leaves zero lacing.
Smell- Definitely chocolaty with an almost dry chalky like cocoa nose. Medium roast with a very soft caramel maltiness that is almost buttery. Hints of vanilla and coffee as well but very feint. Funny thing is I get ZERO cherry in the nose. Not even the slightest of hints.
Taste- Much like the nose I get a big rush of fairly mild chocolate that is raw and cocoa nub like. A bit of cake batter and vanilla help keep the fairly aggressive roastiness in check. The cherry is light but does add a nice fruity aspect and a very nice tartness. Finishes with a light roasted bitterness and the slightest bit of toffee.
Mouthfeel- Very very thin with a watery feel and very light carbonation. Not anything like a stout should feel.
Drinkability- Not a beer I'd seek out or grab a six pack of in a store but it's not too bad. Way to thin for my liking and the cherries could be pumped up a bit. Either way glad to have the opportunity, thanks aqsprint!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 1/8/11
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, tartness, light cherry smell and some sweetness.

T - Cherries are much more apparent in the palate. Tartness comes through as well as does some chocolate but it is definitely the secondary smell.

M - Medium body; moderate carbonation.

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Photo of kwjd
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo. Pours a thick black (it somehow looks thick) with small tan head and some lacing. I get some chocolate and cherry in the aroma, but not as much of either as the name would suggest. I get more cherry than chocolate though. Flavour is a little bit tart, probably from the cherry, with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel wasn't quite as thick as the beer looks.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking stout. A finger's worth of tan head tried to stick around, its now a thin slick with some sticky lacings already present. Nice lacings.

A nice smelling stout too. Chocolate, cocoa, and cherries make up the bulk of the aroma. A musty earthiness also present. A touch more roasted character might be nice?

Yummy stuff. Nougat from the malt, then chocolate and cocoa. Cherries and a mild lactic tartness give a nice contrast to the rich malts.

Medium bodied and smooth. A nice creamy feel to this stout. Nicely balanced.

This is pretty damn tasty and drinkable. A nice stout that doesnt forget that its a stout. Chocolate and cherry are present to add depth and dimension and do so without detracting. This is something i would recommend trying, and would seek out again if available to me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice foamy head with some average retention and no lacing. Aroma of deep cacao with some very subtle non-sweet cherries. Taste is dominated by deep chocolate notes with some very subtle cherries and some nice bitter roasted malt notes at the end. Body is a bit light for the style with some medium carbonation. Interesting but missing a bit of character to take this to the other level.

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Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came all the way from Canada courtesy of biegaman.

A: Pours a very dark black hue with a nice tall tight foamy cream colored head. The head died down to a solid pad atop the beer and left behind some of the thickest lacing I have ever seen.

S: Very light malty aroma with touches of bitter chocolate. No real cherries noted in aroma.

T: A big smokey up front. Touches of charcoal and burnt coffee. There is a touch of creamy sweetness in the middle with some bitter chocolate along with a bit of metallic twang in the finish. Once again no real cherry noted. That being said I do like it.

M: Fairly light in body with lots of bubbly carbonation.

D: The thin body and good taste makes this one less filling and easy to drink.

Overall: A rather easy drinking good tasting brew. My package from biegaman arrived today and I could not wait to sample a bit of Canadian goodness. I enjoyed this one and can't wait to drink my way thru the mountain of other goodies I received from my new friend north of the border.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sample thanks to Milos- A deep brown pour with a frothy mocha cap. Nose of fresh cherries and dark chocolate, coffee, some roasted malts. Tastes sweet, of dark chocolate with some anise and pit fruits. FInishes with bitter coffee/chocolate and a pleasing cherry aftertaste. Very good.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having enjoyed Black Oak's "Oaktoberfest" seasonal, we headed to the brewery's retail store to pick up a couple of six packs as soon as their Double Chocolate Cherry Stout ("DCCS") was available. DCCS came in a brown 341 ml bottle and was 5.8% alcohol by volume. A production date of February 13, 2012 was stamped on the bottom of the six pack, which sold for $13.50/6, equal to $2.25 per bottle.

The beer poured an opaque black, and a fairly aggressive pour produced 1" of dark tan coloured head that dissipated within 2 minutes. The head resolved itself into a collar of foam and thin film, leaving considerable lacing down the glass. Despite the darkness of the beer, some carbonation was still visible. Its aroma was dominated by woody smoke and chocolate, with hints of cocoa. I didn't really notice any cherry in the aroma. The flavour began with lots of chocolate and smoke, transitioning to a subtle, tart cherry finish. A smoky, slightly bitter aftertaste lingered, but wasn't strong enough or long lasting enough to be offensive. I found that there was just enough tart cherry in the flavour to be interesting, any less and it would pretty well pass unnoticed....and it wasn't the artificial cherry Lifesaver flavour used by some brewers. Although still quite subtle, the cherry flavour did become more noticeable as the beer warmed. Typical of a stout, DCCS had a soft carbonation and I would describe it as medium bodied. I would certainly buy DCCS again, and the beer is reasonably priced.

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Photo of korguy123
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into snifter.
Special thanks to liam07 for this!

A- Medium bodied opaque black pour. Half finger light tan head that disappears to thin bubbling ring. Lacing looks very sticky and promising!

S- Bitter roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Faint raisins. Not sweet smelling at all, very faint cherries and tobacco.

T- Bitter roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate. Cherries are there but in the for of something quite tart and refreshing. Faint hop presence. Quite refreshing for a stout. Still not sweet as I imagined in a chocolate stout.

M- Good carbonation, little thin for a stout, quite refreshing though.

D- Not too heavy, not to syrupy. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of OttawaBeerClub
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma: Chocolate! Sweet, boozy, stouty, bit of smoke, cherry

Appearance: Dark, light brown head, it's a stout

Flavor: Up front cocoa, nut overpowering chocolate, stout first, then cherry, sweet after, good balance of choc/cherry

Mouthfeel: Stoutfeel, smooth

Overall: Near perfect, good flavour, balanced, as advertised

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on cask at Volo, while chatting with Ken from Black Oak. This was the double chocolate cherry stout, as they used both chocolate powder and chocolate malt. This one was dubbed "Cherry Bomb" by the boys at the brewery.

Pours a very opaque black, red edges, thick off white head, nice lacing, great retention. Smell is sweet, cherry sourness, chocolate and toffee, sweet cherry, roast, very nice. Taste is chocolate notes, very smooth, toffee, sours cherries, bit of roast, nice smooth finish, smooth bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, low carbonation, very easy drink. Could have used a bit more chocolate, but Ken and Adrian keep pumping out good stuff.

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Photo of TerryW
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice beer from Black Oak. Pours dark with a substantial head. Aroma is subdued chocolate with a hint of fruit, roasted notes.

Taste is dominated by the flavour of bittersweet chocolate, the cherry lurks in the background and compliments it nicely. Not an overtly fruity beer, and not sweet, artificial or syrupy. Nicely done with some roasted notes, and yes a bit of a burn that some folks won't be fond of. Mouthfeel includes a hint of dry cocoa chalkiness.

Overall a decent beer worth a try. A nice marriage of various flavours in a good quality beer.

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Photo of cratez
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Chancey Smith's. Poured from one of the four new tap lines, as the draught selection has now reached 18 taps. Congratulations Milos - your hard work is paying off!

Midnight black body has a frothy tan, milkshake head that wraps itself around the glass with sheets of lace. Smell and taste are roasted barley, sulfur, chocolate malt, a touch of vanilla, and sour, juicy cherries that give off a strong fruity tartness. The flavour is there, but the mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout. Still, I get some nice sticky dryness in the finish. Overall, this is a tasty session beer with enough nuances to keep you coming back for more.

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Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout from Black Oak Brewing Co.
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