Thumbprint Cherry Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This is for the old version, the 'Unplugged' Cherry Stout.
Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice foil, NG minimalist label. I'm thinking this is from 2010, but there's no date.
Appearance: Fairly clear, warm mahogany brew with a light tan cap and steady carbonation. Overall, not particularly 'stout-like', more like a porter or a brown ale, but nice-looking, nonetheless.
Smell: NG really knows how to do fruit beers. The nose is cherry lifesavers, fresh cherry pie, and a hint of earthy cherry juice all rolled into one. You really have to work at it, but there's some underlying brown malt character as well. Again, nothing particularly stout-like, but really pleasant.
Taste: NOT one of those fru-fru sweet, syrupy fruit beers. This is not as good as their Wisconsin Belgian Red, but it's similar to it in a lot of ways. Lots of acidity and lip-smacking tart cherries combine with sharp carbonation to make this spritzy and tangy. Though it's tart and lip-smacking, it's nowhere near sour. Though the label said that this was (at least partially) spontaneously fermented, this isn't a Lacto/Pedio bomb in any way. The fruit flavor is very good, if a bit one dimensional, with just a hint of sweet graham cracker malt behind it. The one downside is that (and it kills me to say this, as I am 99% sure there's NO artificial flavorings in here) there is a touch of an odd, mineral twang that you sometimes get in the better-quality cherry cough lozenges.
Mouthfeel: Sharp, spritzy, lip-smacking (pleasant)
Overall: Let's be clear; this beer is in NO way a stout. Cherry porter would have been closer, but there's no roasted charater whatsoever here. I remember this also being the case when it was much fresher. 'Wild Cherry Ale' or 'Wisconsin Cherry Ale' or something of the like would have been more appropriate. I love the way Dan does his beers, but the designation here is a bit off. This is a really nice, natural, not-too-sweet/not-too-sour fruit beer that would go well with some types of desserts and likely with a creamy Camembert and crusty baguette as well. I think this was around 9-10 dollars for a 4-pk. At that price, even considering the excellent cherry flavors, I haev to give this a low B (just above a B-). Wisconsin Belgian Red is $9-10 for a 750, is lower in alcohol, and I have NO problem paying that. That's how I know that that's still the better beer :)
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2012 03:02:50 | More by BedetheVenerable
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