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 ludachris
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Phoenix as part of my end of the term celebration.
Pours a deep black, almost opaque with a nice red tinge. Thick and creamy tan head that has a little less than decent retention but excellent lacing.
Smell of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate but had a hard time picking out the cherry. Very faint in the overall smell.
Roasted malts and coffee upfront that finishes off with a chocolatey bitter finish with a hint of cherry.
Mouthfeel was smooth and well balanced. Full bodied and not too hard to drink.

Overall, a really nice stout. Nothing too offensive and very smooth. I was suprised by the low alcohol content of this bad boy. The only thing that would have made this beer nicer would have been a bit more cherry, but besides that, a great brew. Would love to try some more of there stuff.

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Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask pint at C'est What?

Pours black, with a slight ruby tinge at the edges, and a tan coloured head. Good retention and lacing round off a decent appearance. The aroma is a full of roasted notes, but with a slight sharp edge (cherry) and a hint of chocolate. Likewise, the flavour is a full bodied roast, with hints of bittersweet chocolate towards the back end, and a touch of cherry lending a pleasant touch of sourness. Black Oak have proven they know how to make a good cask and this one is no different. The mouthfeel is medium and well textured with a restrained carbonation.

Another solid Black Oak offering, and it sure beats out the tap version. It almost feels like a Belgian offering with its addition of cherry flavours and slight sour edge, and if I was Ken or Adrian I'd be tempted to run with that idea and chuck some candy sugar and Belgian yeast into a batch to see what happens.

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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 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 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 cyrenaica
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml draught
5.5% abv
I tried this beer on May 16, 2008 at "C'est What Restaurant" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a dark brownish black with a creamy tan coloured head. The aroma was roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and some sugary chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy, medium-bodied with low carbonation. The flavour is sweet, nutty, and chocolatey with some licorice hints.

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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 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 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 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 BigBry
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml brown bottle, compliments of Pootz - thanks again.
Pours an opaque black color with a thick, creamy, chocolate milk colored head. Foam lasts along time and sticks to the side of the glass. Lots of chocolate, cocoa, coffee aromas. The dark malts dominate and the cherry is a bit tough to pick out. No sweet artificial cherry smells like I had seen in other fruit beers. Flavor matches the smell, roasted chocolate malt, thick and flavorful. Again, not alot of cherry, but it is there hidden in the background. A touch of bittersweet chocolate aftertaste, from the charred grain rather than from any hops. Low carbonation keep it smooth, full flavored while still being medium bodied, not cloying or sticky.
A well made stout, where the cherries and chocolate are balanced and don't overpower, or taste too artificial.
One bottle (actually half a bottle - I had to share) is just a teaser. I could easily have sipped this one all night while watching the stars.
Very comparable to Wild Rose's Cherry Porter.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice interesting stout that carries the cherry flavour as an undertone. The chocolate notes come off in the finish and the aroma. I liked the drinkability and the balance in this beer. Not huge but full flavoured in both body and finish The cherry part was nicely subdued

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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 markaberrant
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black. Agressive pours yields nothing but a ring. No lacing.

S - Smooth chocolate with a hint of cherry fruit. No roast.

T - Tart cherries at the start, then switches to chocolate. Great roasted finish. Not a lot of hop flavour or bitterness, they are just there for support.

M - solid body, quite smooth. Warmth slowly creeps up.

D - I could drink this with dessert or on it's own.

I like that the cherries and chocolate don't dominate the beer, and neither of them come off as artificial. Very well executed.

Thanks for the bottle Pootz!

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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 CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the 2005 edition on tap at volo. It was billed as 'Double Black Chocolate Cherry Stout'. Im pretty sure its the same stuff, as the bartender said its around 5% ABV.

Pours black with a gigantic tan head, it took 5 minutes just to fill the pint. The massive head lasts forever and completely drapes the glass. The aroma is roasty with subtle chocolated and some fresh cherry tartness. The taste is chocolatey and a little bit sweet with equal parts roasted barley and natural cherry flavors. The cherry flavors are very subdued and play only a complimentary role. There is no cloying sweetness here, just a kiss of cherry essence mingling with chocolate and caramel flavors. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. The finish is dryish and somewhat bitter.

This is a fantastic fruit flavored stout. It is very well balanced with all the right stout flavors and a good amount of real cherry flavor. Im surprised it held up so long.

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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 Derek
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Volo had a line-up of the cask, bottle and tap (2005 & 2007) versions... both horizontal & vertical. A diagonal tasting?

The cask had the best mouthfeel, but I actually enjoyed the 2005 the most, so that's what I'll rate.

A: They were all a roasty-black, with an off-white head; very little retention, but they did leave a lace.

S: The bottle seemed to have the most roasted aroma; all had a chocolate-covered cherry aroma (some more subtle than others).

T: Although the 2005 wasn't quite as chocolatey, it seemed to have a more well-rounded roastyness, with a pleasant nutty flavour. Slight acidity, modest bitterness.

M: The cask has a silky smoothness like no other... but the bottle & taps were still good.

D: All very drinkable (although it's surpising how gassy the others seemed compared to the cask).

Thanks again Ralph!

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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 DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black colour with deep brown highlights topped by a generous, long-lasting, light brown head of dense, small bubbles. Plenty of lacing ends up on the sides of the glass. Malty aroma with plenty of chocolately roasted up front with a variety of other subdued aromas, including a bit of cherry, cocoa, and grassy hops.

Good malty sweet backbone with hop bitterness on the low side. Roasted malts contribute some chocolate flavour and dryness at the finish. Very slight bitterness that seems to be coming from added cocoa/chocolate. Cherry flavour is on the subtle side, contributes a bit of sourness, and really shows up at the finish. Overall, the flavours are quite balanced and the cherry doesn't overpower. The body is a little on the light side and carbonation is perfect at a moderately low level. This is a very nice seasonal that I'd like to find somewhere on tap.

341 mL brown bottle, no freshness date, purchased at the brewery.

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