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Day #249 – Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard / Tröegs / Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout

September 7, 2011

Double posts today as I had a beer tasting last night till late and couldn’t get this written up in time. I DID actually have this beer last night though, so it still counts! 🙂

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

We have a collaboration beer here for tonight. This beer has an interesting story. It all started off as a homebrew recipe, (which more than likely most commercial beers start off that way in some early form) but this one truly was a homebrew. San Diego hosted a homebrew competition a while back, and they had around 40 entries. A beer from Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard won the competition and thereby earned the right to be amped up and brewed on a commercial level. They teamed up with Stone Brewing in California and Troegs from Pennsylvania to complete this collaboration. This beer is a stout at 7.3%. But I know what you’re saying, this beer is not available in Texas! Well, that’s true…..to a point. This beer actually received label approval for sale in Texas yesterday, so while it is technically not here yet, it will be very soon.

This beer pours a very dark brown color that edges on black. Tan foamy head. This leaves a bit of lacing on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is very interesting. Dark malts and woody notes are apparent on the nose. Not finding many cherries on the nose but has some chocolate.

Flavor is dark malts, very sweet chocolate and cherries make their debut. This has a fair wooden touch and finishes with almost a briny touch. Bitter on the finish for sure.

Cheers!

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