Chocolate Cherry

Renee’s wanted me to make this beer for awhile now and today it was finally brewed. I haven’t done any beer with fruit in secondary so this will be my first attempt. Walking Man makes a really nice cherry stout that we used to drink at the Horsebrass quite often, but since we moved up to a different part of town we haven’t seen it on tap anywhere. I went for a lower gravity than Walking Man’s and will hopefully have a little more of a chocolate component. Overall, it was a smooth brew day, minus the non-stop rain that wasn’t in the forecast. Oh well, the joys of the pacific northwest.


OG: 1.061 (adjusted for cherries added)
FG: 1.016
ABV: 6%
Mash: 152 (60 min.)
Added 4g CaCl & 2g Gypsum to mash
Boil: 60 min.

63.7% NW Pale Ale Malt
7.1% Flaked Barley
7.1% Roasted Barley
5.3% C40
5.3% C80
5.3% Chocolate Malt
4.4% Victory Malt
1.8% Black Patent

1.0 oz Cluster (6.8%) 60 min.
1.0 oz Perle (7.5%) 15 min.
8 oz Cocoa Powder 0 min.

49 oz Cherry Puree (Secondary)

Wyeast 1335 British Ale II Yeast
2l starter on stir plate for 24 hours


I ended up filling up 3 flip top bottles with the base beer before racking onto the cherries.  Unfortunately these bottles don’t seem to be airtight at the cap as I’ve opened a few beers, including the stout, and all have been flat.  There’s two more bottled and if one of them happens to actually of not gone flat then I’ll update with notes.

2.7.13:  1 bottled held the carbonation!

Appearance:  Dark black pours with a large tan head that lingers for a good bit of time.

Aroma:  Notes of cocoa and roasted malt  are strong with a faint bit of hops detectable. Really nice smelling stout.

Taste:  Really strong chocolate flavor up front with some balance from the hops following.  There’s a faint bitterness left on the tongue from the cocoa powder, like after eating some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel:  Full mouthfeel with carbonation being medium to medium-low.

Overall:  I’m liking this stout and it came out pretty close to what I was hoping for.  It has a great dark chocolate flavor with a nice and full body.  A really great beer to have on for the cold and dark PNW months.  I do think the cherries will be a nice addition to this stout since its the chocolate is pretty prominent as it drinks currently.


This beer has been on the cherries for about 2 weeks now.  I noticed when I introduced the cherries that fermentation kicked back up again and was bubbling pretty consistently for a solid week.  I don’t think there will be too much additional alcohol as a result of the cherries however, maybe just 3 or 4 gravity points.


2.5.13 – After sampling the beer a few days ago there is definitely a good amount of cherry flavors so it was time to Keg and bottle.  After taking one last gravity reading I was surprised that after fermenting out the sugars from the cherries the yeast ate up a few points of gravity down to 1.016, right in the range I was thinking it would finish at originally.  The cherries only added 2 gravity points so the corrected OG is 1.061. For the math nerds out there here’s the calculation to figure out what the cherries added.

22p cherries, 3.1 lbs 14.5p beer, 5 gallons
5 gal beer x 1.059 (OG) x 8.35 = 44.2 lbs beer
(44.2×14.5p)+(3.1x22p)/(44.2+3.1) = 14.99p or 1.061 OG


Update: 4.22.13

Appearance:  Dark black pours with a large tan head that lingers for a good bit of time.

Aroma: Hints of cocoa with a strong cherry scent coming through. Cherry becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

Taste: Chocolate is the prominent flavor at first, with some roast bitterness coming through next with the cherry following up. The cherry is subtle and really goes well with the chocolate flavors nicely and gives a nice tartness to end with. Very smooth and true desert beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium full mouthfeel carbonation being medium to medium-low

Overall: I think this stout came out just as I was hoping it would. Both the chocolate and cherry are well represented in different ways. The cherry has definitely started to come out more as the beer has aged. I’m thinking this beer still has a litte time until it really hits its peak since it seems to get better each time I drink it.

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