Well here it is guys! I think I have the texture that we are looking for. Maybe a little tighter knitting which would come with a little more aggressive transfer of the curd to the mold like in the videos John posted. What I'm a little disappointed in is the light color of the beer infusion. I kind of expected it to be lighter, but maybe not that light. I think I will try with a can of Guinness next time and at least get a baseline with a real dark stout and then can work from there.
On the taste side, it is a really nice albeit young cheddar flavor with the subtle hint of the chokecherry stout flavor mostly as an aftertaste rather than real strong up front. I'm pleased with the flavor as I really didn't want it to overpower the cheddar.
Well let me know what you think!?