Thumbprint Cherry Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Cherry StoutThumbprint Cherry Stout

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497 Ratings

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 112
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: badbeer on 02-21-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Formerly Unplugged Cherry Stout.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 497 | Reviews: 294
Reviews by mothman:
Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours hardly any off white head. Color is a deep brown, basically black unless held to the light.

Aroma: Tons of fresh cherries. It reminds me a lot of the WI Belgian Red. It hardly even smells like a stout. Some chocolate, but that is pretty much it.

Taste: Pretty much epic. It reminds me of when I mixed ST Choklate and WI Belgian Red together. Tons of fresh cherries and chocolate. Not too many flavors but it is incredibly good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry with cherries.

Overall, NG put out another solid beer in the unplugged series. Glad to see this one un-retired. It is very easy drinking and I can tell I want more already.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is super dark with a negligible head.

Smell - The strong cherry liquer is backed up by some very stiff burnt malts. This is quite surprising - a Fruit Beer with some balls.

Taste - The flavor will knock you on your keester. The cherry is big but it's not like a fresh cherry. It's more like that black cherry flavor you find in some sodas. There's an earthy flavor too like soil that is very tasty.

Mouthfeel - This is a smidgen bigger than light-bodied with a surprising sense of alcohol as it probably is as boozy as a cough drop.

Drinkability - This is by no means sessionable but it managed to stay out of the sink, which is quite an accomplishment for a Fruit Beer.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown with a ruby-red translucence. Thin crown with solid retention and average lacing.

Aroma is rich in that wonderful Belgian Red Cherry fruit. Initially, however, that delicious nose is overwhelmed by a whiskiness from the oak barrels. This aroma seems off and disconscerting to me. It’s sour and repugnant, wreaking of overfermentation, rotten fruit, and tannins. My mind tells me that this may be an acquirable taste. At any rate, this less than desirable odor reduces over time leaving only the wonderful cherries and a few hints of chocolate malts.

Taste is also similar to the Belgian Red but with a much sweeter front and a subtle roasted quality that makes way for a pinch of cocoa. There is more in here that I will have to reflect on and add later after a few (read dozen) more bottles.

Mouthfeel is not particularly stout like, however it behaves with such splendor that I couldn’t care less. All of the magnificent qualities of the Belgian Red are here. The tartness, the rich mouth coating feel, and the brilliant sourness from the cherries. Body is near full and very creamy. Carbonation is mild-medium.

Drinkability is flawless. I am impressed as expected by NG’s latest fruit beer. They are the kings of the style.

Photo of weatherdog
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a dark garnet color. A tiny dark khaki head quickly dies and only a few bubbles are left around the rim of the glass. The highlights around the edges are just a brilliant bright red.

An overwhelming fresh tart cherry aroma rise from the glass. The smell is instantly recognizable as very similar to Belgian Red. It's almost exactly the same profile just less sweet and just the lightest touch of kilned malt.

Once again the flavor has huge parallels to Belgian Red. Its a tart cherry bomb with seemingly more oakiness than Belgian Red. After the inital wave of fruit flavor hit the mouth a ever so subtle kilned malt, roasty stout character come through but its so mild it can be easily missed and really the cherry is the star of the show in this beer.

The mouthfeel is one of the best I've ever felt. It has a great silky smoothness. The beer looks pretty lifeless in the glass but when swished around in the mouth it comes alive and seemingly coats the mouth with a rich fruit beer.

The beer is quite sweet like most of the New Glarus fruit beers which really hampers drinkability but i can't see wanting more than the 12 oz. bottle.

I really enjoyed this beer and am glad to see it is categorized under fruit/vegetable category. My only problem is the name. This beer doesn't really have any hard resemblance to a stout. I think this beer would score much higher if it was named Belgian Red Dunkel.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

New Glarus ages the beer in oak to bring on some spontaneous fermentation.

Garnet hue off of a very deep brown color, pretty light looking for a Stout, yet the head flaunts it like any other Stout. Pours a decent-size head that doesn't retain much, but it sticks around for the duration. Big cherry-juice aroma, mild malt and even milder roasted notes in the nose. Moderate body, a little thin with a slick and smooth mouthfeel. Lots of cherry juice sweetness to deal with; taste buds are left waiting for any real Stout-like roasted flavor. Hops are on mute with very little bitterness or flavor. Cherry flavor is domi- nant and sweet from start to finish.

Where is the Stout? There is a glimpse of a dark beer within, but nothing more. We know this was their intention, but neither the oak nor the spontaneous fermentation make any real appearance. Not half bad, but the cherry and weak Stout character have no real depth and simply make a sweet ale.

Photo of newk340
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very dark cherry red, nearly brown but translucent with a slight pink hue to the thin head.

S: nothing but the cherries stand out.

T: a strong cherry flavor with a stout aftertaste that leaves a buzzing of flavor behind on the tongue.

MF/D: the strong taste certainly smoothes out the carbonation making this a very delectable beer that can be enjoyed recreationally. i will thoroughly savor the 3 i have left.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Unplugged Cherry Stout pours from the 12oz bottle a deep dark brown with a garnet hue. A small actively bubbly light tan head sits atop the brew. Looks nice in the glass, but doesn't really appear like a stout normally would. Aromas begin with a blast of tart, sour cherry that literally jumps out of the glass. Sweetness is there too with only a light roastiness and a touch of chocolate underneath. The cherry really dominates the aroma here.

First sip brings a rush of sweet and sour cherry flavors along with a nice roasty maltiness. A touch of chocolate is there along with a nice bit of oak flavor. Flows down a bit acidic with a bit of a sour twang. Overall this is a tasty brew. Seems like a mix of Belgian Red and a light stout..I found it to be quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and really fairly light for a stout. It has a decent sturdy body, but doesn't ever reach what I would consider stout status. Goes down easily, but is a touch acidic. Overall, I could see myself having a few of these but that would probably be it. An interesting brew for sure...just wish it had stronger stout qualities. I always enjoy drinking these Unplugged beers..can't wait to try the Enigma next!

Photo of warriorsoul
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this from the local market while in New Glarus.
Black cherry in color with less than a half finger of light tan head...very carbonated and disappears very rapidly, leaving a thin coating...lacing is thin and short lived.
Tart cherries in the nose with a bit of chocolate malt to balance it out.
The flavor is very much a fruit beer and not a stout style...tastfully tart with a boatload of cherries, but lacking in that rich, complex mouthfeel that I want from something calling itself a stout.
Mouthfeel is thin and a bit overcarbonated.
I do like the flavor of this beer and have no problems draining a pint or two, but leaves me wanting more from higher expectations of the style.
You want a cherry stout, hit up Bell's...if you want a refreshing fruit beer with a bit more to offer, this one would do just fine.

Photo of badbeer
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just recently released by New Glarus, newest of the Unplugged series.

Beer pours a dark ruby brown in color with about an inch of off-white head leaving spotty lacing. Sour cherry pie in the aroma with hints of chocolate hidden beneath as well as some barnyard smells. Taste starts out with tart cherries, with chocolate and oak flavors in the middle, and then cherries again, it feels like it's constantly changing while on your palate. Each drink keeps you guessing wondering if it will do something else. Medium body with pretty low carbonation. Get some before it's gone.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of very sweet cherries. The flavor is very similar. There is a ton of cherry syrup, as well a some lightly roasted malt. Overall, the beer is very sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of deebo
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly fresh beer (I think) poured into a pint glass.

A-Reddish brown color and clear, 3 fingers of a pillowy lingering tan head.

S-Wow-cherries! I think this has as much cherry aroma as the Belgian Red. There is a faint hint of a stout in there but this is definitely fruity vs. roasted malt.

T-Once again the cherry taste is strong, however the end note is definitely stout (roasted malt) but is weak. This beer is fairly sweet. The combo is bit like smoked cherry wood. Hints of sour cherries are present in the finish. A very interesting and unique taste.

M-Moderate to high levels of tingly carbonation. Body is on the low to medium side for a stout. Ends quick and tingly, very low in malt bitterness. NO alcohol bite.

D-This is tasty, very light and drinkable.

O-This is definitely a fruit forward beer. Unique and worth seeking out! One of my favorites from NG.

Photo of NilocRellim
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured cold from the bottle. This beer is a dark, red, cloudy colour with a minimal head. The smell was that of tart cherries with a hint of chocolate. The smell was also very sweet and malty. The taste was a very tart cherry that moved to a sweet, chocolate, mellow finish that lingered on the tongue for a bit.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Thanks for opening this one with me, NoSignsOfPain!

A dark brown with ruby throughout, and a moderately sized very light brown head that eventually leaves dots of stick to the glass. It already doesn't look like much of a stout, though that being said, it doesn't look like any fruit beer I'd ever tried before either. Unique.

The aroma is very fruit-forward, with fresh cherry juice and earthy cherry skins dominating. There's perhaps just the very faintest hint of roast, but the cherries are dominant and smell very nice.

The flavor too is very fruit-forward; this ain't no stout. This has lots of sweet, nearly syrupy, cherry flavor. There's not a lot other than cherry flavor, surprisingly, especially with the word "stout" on the front of the bottle.

Medium bodied with high carbonation--very appropriate for this fruit beer.

As a fruit beer, it's quite lovely. As a stout--well, it isn't at all a stout. An interesting beer to have to review, but it was delicious, and, in the end, that's all that really matters.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thinner body, yet still black stout. Mild head. Big cherry aroma. No other brewery does cherry better than NG.

Thin malt bill (dehusked malt to allow color but not the typical thickness or chewiness?) allows for an amazing plethora of cherry sensation coupled with mild and dry roasting in a stout. Love it. Provides some vanilla as a sidekick to cherry.

I remember how much people hated vanilla coke when it came back, this is like vanilla cherry stout. Instead of cherry vanilla soda, this is a mild stout with some woodiness complimenting the cherry and vanilla. The cherry is huge here, and no doubt, has turned some people off who just don't like cherries or even fruit in their beer. The ever so mild tartness is a further plus. Maybe a little thin in the mouthfeel for a traditional stout, but this is not a traditional stout. This was Melange before Melange was Melange.

I would love some kind of collaboration between these guys and the Bruery for a very special Unplugged Cherry Chocolate Rain. I mean, I love both beers, but this could use some bulking up (pretty confidant Black Tuesday could do that) and CCR could use more cherries, and these dudes are the cherry masters.

Photo of mondegreen
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle into a Stone IRS Tulip.

Pours a cola brown with a one finger head. In the glass, light shows up as deep ruby highlights through a deep brown body.

Smells of sweet cherries. Not complex, but good.

Tastes like a chocolate covered cherry. Surprisingly crisp in the finish, with a slight oak note.

Medium, slick mouthfeel. Fits the cherry profile well.

I really like this. One of the best non sour fruit beers I've had.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep brown body that lets a faint about of light through and looks clear but pretty opaque. The head is a light tan and sounds like a soda pop and last about as long.

S- The smell of old oak has hints of vanilla and rain with an earthy dark cherry note in the finish.

T- This beer has a big old musty oak flavor with notes of earth, wood and vanilla. The finish is a sour dark cherry note that makes my jaws lock up a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D-This is a nice oaky cherry beer but I think they forgot to put the stout in my bottle. There are dark malt flavors or and roasted or toasted notes at all. This is big on cherries and oak, which I like but I was really hoping for the malt characteristics to balance out the flavors.

Photo of richkrull
4.79/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color with maybe a hint of reddish color to it. Just a bit of beige head on it. Smell is heavy cherries, can't pick up much else. Lots of cherry taste on the front end. Very bubbley mouthfeel. I guess there is some good lacing around the glass. Very light mouthfeel. I really like this beer. Can't wait to get some more.

Photo of lnashsig
2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

#BOTG 55! Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a dark dark blood red/brown color, almost no head at all. Visible small bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass. Smell- like I am sticking my nose into the cherry tank of a soda fountain machine. Chemically, syrupy, artificial smelling cherries. Maybe a little bit of port wine smell mingled with maybe some chocolate. Not a great aroma. Taste- really sharp carbonation, this pretty much tastes like a cherry Dr. Pepper having sex with a chocolate truffle cheap candy you would get in a shitty box of valentines day candy. The mouthfeel is thin, and really there is nothing "stout" about this beer at all. Mediocre, a disappointment from a brewery I wanted to get more exposure to that I know is capable of beers way better than this. This will go down the drain in favor of something different tonight.

Photo of Stigs
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - poured about three quarter inch of loose and fluffy foam, offwhite with a slight pinkish hue to it. the beer is very dark ruby colored. head dissipates rather quickly falling to a thin film with spotty lacing.

S - starts off with semi-sweet, very tart cherries. struggling to get past the fruit is some very light milk chocolate and slightly roasted malts. smells a good bit like a cherry Tootsie Pop.

T - cherries again, very fresh and slightly tart. reminiscent of cherry syrup used in a Shirley Temple. not much "stout" to it...just very subtle chocolate and earthy balance at the end.

M - thinnish bodied, a bit slick going down but leaves the mouth feeling a bit prickly and dry. carbonation is just about perfect.

D - liked this one much, much more than i thought i would. love the fresh fruit tastes coming from New Glarus beers. not a whole lot of stout to it, but nice and refreshing, pleasant. well done.

Photo of cokes
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddy, dark maroon brown sporting a large-bubbled, pink-beige lacing.
The oak and cherries provide the dominant nosework, with a sauerkraut tic that harkens back to their Sour Brown Ale. Vague cinnamon and vanilla come out as it warms. It contains no hints, aroma-wise, that this is even remotely akin to a stout.
And it really doesn't hint in the flavor department, either.
Tart cherries hit first and stay long. Gooey and candied upfront, they slowly dissolve as oak takes hold and adds woodsy, nearly cinnamon drying traits. It adopts a mulled cider persona for a moment. The tiniest glint of fudge appear, but a vinegar and lime-juice sourness shears it short, towing that selfsame notion of boiled kraut.
The mouthfeel is somewhere between grabby thick and flaccid thin. The liquid itself has little life and leaves a slime-trail of tart cherries and near bile acidity down the tongue. And with no percolation from CO2, it stays there seemingly forever.
To say it's horrible would be too harsh, but this has some glaring flaws, and with several very similar brews in NG's stable (i.e. Sour Brown, Enigma, and Belgian Red), this one cannot be recommended.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

More cherry than stout, and good deal of sourness in finish. Reddish tinge to black stout, pinkish foam. Good amount of lace. Well carbonated and a tongue numbing, very drinkable as long as you like the sourness. Barrel woodiness mid sip satisfying cherry aftertaste. Thanks Flyingbison.
Five years later, had a two-year aged thanks to Steve. Still active carbonation Sour a touch funky aroma, Flanders Red type flavour. Love it even more. Good sourness. Wood is only in aftertaste, well integrated.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a 4-pack at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a dark brownish-garnet, exceptionally translucent for a "Stout" with a short film of bubbles that fades with a hiss almost instantly. Nose is tart, tart cherries predominantly with some milk chocolate and a hint of maltiness. Tastes like their Belgian Red, a hint of oakiness, with some dark malt added for a bit of choco/caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is rich and mouth-puckering. This is delicious as a fruit beer, but I really question its classification as a stout, it's dark, but completely translucent and the roasted malts play a very small part in the overall taste profile of the beer. A more fitting name would be Wisconsin Belgian Red Dark. Overall, another unique creation which makes me so glad to live near such a solid and creative brewery like New Glarus.

Photo of ekmoody
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First, let me note that this is definitely not very stout-like. It's hard to know how to score this exactly since I was expecting something more along the lines of a stout, yet what I got was still enjoyable.

Pours a deep red, almost brown, with a light head that dissipates quite quickly. I can tell already that this is not looking like a stout.

Smell is all cherries, a very tart aroma. Reminds me of the New Glarus Belgian Red, only with a more subdued sweetness.

The taste is much like the smell, with the tart cherries dominating. I got a very light note of chocolate and roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a lambic type beer, relatively light and carbonated. Definitely not creamy like a stout. Overall, this beer is a good drink for a warm day, but not what I was expecting.

4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: The pour brings a small head that is a wispy light tan and settles quickly to a foamy layer. The body on this stout is a deep amber, not much of the typical stout black, but the cherries are already present. Reflecting light that shows through the glass is a burst of red, that rays in the glass. lacing is left in small and dispersed form.

S: Without even sniffing the beer, when the glass is brought to the nose, you can sense the acidity of the cherries. A wonderful aroma of cherries that is very powerful, on the off aroma, the subtle but present notes of oak are shown. This is a very well balanced aroma for a cherry stout.

T/M: This is about as close to a stout as the Belgian Red could get. The brew shows a front of malts and barley that are very layered in taste. The body of NG cherry stout is a palate full of cherries, while adding a nice balance. The tartness of the cherries is a beautiful battle with the malt, that adds a great full flavor. The mouthfeel is a silky, medium bodied brew. The off taste are very powerful cherry notes, that leave you with the sensation that you have just eaten a fresh bowl of cherries.

D: With exceptional flavors, this beer is quite possibly the best cherry stout I have ever had. A great finish has you coming back for more, but slowly so you can enjoy the full complexities of the entire experience. If I had to choose one cherry beer to have forever, this would be it, not too overly powerful of cherries, but the right amount of rich ale balance.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint and shared with schen9303.

A: Pours an off-white 1 finger coarse head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a near opaque but clear, dark cherry color. Lacing is spotty to non-existant.

S: Initial sniff gives a huge cherry cola scent. There's very little else here with maybe a hint of cocoa and caramel in the background. However, smell is overall very sweet and appetizing. I can't wait to dig in.

T: Sweet black cherries, cocoa, and a bit of chocolate and caramel. Cherries are prominent throughout while the chocolate becomes more pronounced as the brew warms. Finishes with a nice spiciness with an aftertaste of subtle sweet cherry.

M: Light to medium bodied, slightly carbonated, and very smooth. A bit watery in the mouth and goes down super easy. Finish is accented with a slightly sticky and oily aftertaste.

D: Another outstanding fruit beer from New Glarus. This is just a better cherry cola mixed with a better Wisconsin Red. Absolutely amazing. Great taste, body, and super drinkable. I feel like I could finish a case of this in one sitting. Seek it out, its unbelievably good!

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Thumbprint Cherry Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.