The Beer: Stone Brewing Co.
Homebrew Collaboration: Cherry Chocolate Stout
The Date: 7/31/11
The Format: 12oz Belgian snifter
Appearance: Opaque brown/black with a moderate brown head. looks like a brownie.
Smell: Smells like a brownie! Chocolate and alcohol with the hint of cherries. almost sickly sweet smelling; almost.
Taste: Initially, i wasn't getting much out of this beer. Then I let it warm up. *much* better. Initial light roast and dark chocolate, coming into a light cherry and more chocolate. Fades off into toffee and tart cherry.
Mouthfeel: Filling. Thickness in accordance of the beer's name, most likely derived from the lactose addition.
Overall: A good stout with a healthy dose of chocolate, but i think the cherries come in the wrong way. They offer a tartness on the finish that distracts from the rest of the beer, reminding more of cherry cough syrup than anything else. Which is crazy because they added real cherries, not a fake product! I wish I could of had the homebrew version of this to compare.