Beer Review: JASON FIELDS & KEVIN SHEPPARD / TRÖEGS / STONE CHERRY CHOCOLATE STOUT

Beer Review: JASON FIELDS & KEVIN SHEPPARD / TRÖEGS / STONE CHERRY CHOCOLATE STOUT

Stone Brewing Co.’s Cherry Chocolate Stout emerged victorious in the Stone March Madness Homebrew Competition and AHA Rally, a feat earned by the San Diego homebrewing duo, Jason Fields and Kevin Sheppard. Outshining 40 other entries, this brew secured them the chance to collaborate on an amplified version with Brewmaster Mitch Steele on Stone Brewing Co.’s 120-barrel system. Opting for a collaboration with John Trogner, the Head Brewer of Tröegs Brewing Co., was an obvious choice.

Appearance: The liquid fills the glass with an opaque, deep dark brown hue, lacking any substantial head or lacing.

Aroma: The olfactory experience unfolds with notes reminiscent of black forest cake, intertwined with the sweet essence of cherries, roasted malt, and a discernible alcohol presence.

Taste: The flavor profile showcases burnt roasted malt, complemented by the sweet and tangy allure of cherries. Surprisingly absent is the anticipated hint of vanilla bean. The finale is marked by a lingering roast, accompanied by a subtle alcoholic undertone.

Mouthfeel: With a medium-bodied constitution and unobtrusive bubbles, the beer presents a satisfying mouthfeel.

Overall: In a nutshell, Stone Brewing Co.’s Cherry Chocolate Stout is nothing short of impressive. Its dessert-like quality is striking, managing to avoid the pitfalls of excessive heaviness. While the temptation to savor this brew over time is real, the relatively moderate alcohol level suggests consumption within the next year for optimal enjoyment. This creation strikes a balance that beckons for a repeat experience, making it a commendable addition to the realm of craft beers.