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Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Stout
Escondido, California USA


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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
San Diego homebrewing duo Jason Fields and Kevin Sheppard submitted their Cherry Chocolate Stout for this year’s Stone March Madness Homebrew Competition and AHA Rally, taking top honors out of 40 entries that were judged. As a result, they earned the opportunity to make a dramatically scaled up version with Brewmaster Mitch Steele on the 120-barrel Stone Brewing Co. system.Once the beer was decided on, an additional brewer had to be selected to complete the collaboration. Deciding to bring in John Trogner, Head Brewer of Pennsylvania’s famed Tröegs Brewing Co.

Snojerk321's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a deep cola brown with a nice tan head. Brew poured fairly thin, at first the nose reminded me of cherry cough syrup, but that subsided....thanks God. Faint cocoa dust in the nose. Fairly watery and bland on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2015 Pours black w/ a brown, foamy head. Aroma of dark chocolate. Initial sour tang of cherry fading into milk chocolate and mild vanilla notes. Some mildly bitter chocolate lingering. Finished crisp and smooth. Vanilla notes are more prominent as the beer warms. Delicious, smooth, and crisp, it tastes like a milk stout with an initial surprise of sour cherry. This beer has an IBU of 37, is not overly bitter and is balanced well with the malty sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6743) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle(2011). Black pour with tan head. Chocolate, cherry aromas, some malt, oxidation, light warmth tones. Chocolate, cherry flavors roasted and a bit oxidation and warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
12oz bottle - Interesting beer and I really did enjoy it, but I have to say that I had higher expectations about this beer. It was lacking in both chocolate and cherry, but both present, in a beer from Stone and Troegs collaboration. Aroma had a light blend of cherry ice cream, coffee creamer, coffee and lightly roasted. Flavor had more of a showing of the cherry and chocolate, but all very restrained. Light roasted malts and alcohol is showing along with the chocolate and cherry. I’ve had beers with more of a cherry character and I’ve had beers with more chocolate character. A great idea that didn’t quite knock it out of the park here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Black body; head recedes quickly. Pungent aroma of medicinal cherries seeps from the bottle. A bit ashy as well (initially), though this fades as it warms.

Deeply roasted, a little smokey, Tussin-inspired cherries, and dark chocolate on the palate. Reminds me of the similar Bells offering. And, like that one, I'm simply not a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (2273) - - MAY 17, 2014
Transfer from BA - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5951) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light cherry with limited residual sugars notes and some black chocolate is really interesting. Taste is also a very nice mix of light cherry notes with some good black chocolate notes with a lightly sweet finish. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Quite enjoyable overall but I was expecting a bit more cherry notes to this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (3220) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle at Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a black color with tan head. Chocolate, roasty, fruity aromas. Cherry, chocolate, roasty flavors. This one has a little age on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (2630) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Old bottle I though is never try broken out by Ryan. Black pour medium body for a stout. Probably what I would expect 7% to be. Surprised how mug cherry was in there still. Tart and sweet. Soft chocolate and some dark malt under. Cherries were fresh not fake or forced. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoForShlomo (47) - - NOV 29, 2013
Cherry aroma; inky black appearance with a frothy tan head; toasted dark chocolate and light cherry taste; initial fizz on the palate with a creamy and bitter finish; overall, a very good porter with a unique cherry undertones

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

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