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Thumbprint Cherry Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Cherry StoutThumbprint Cherry Stout

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very good

495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 113
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
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.
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Photo of pmccallum86
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark, cherry color with a beige colored head.

Smell is of massive cherries. So many cherries in the nose it is amazing. Kind of like sweet cherry syrup.

Wow, this beer has a TON of cherry flavor, maybe that's why they call it cherry stout. A little bit of tartness in the finish, hard to explain this beer other than by saying simply it tastes like cherries and a stout. Sweet malt presence, and maybe a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, sweet, and creamy. Medium to high carbonation, pretty nice.

Enjoyable beer, but a little on the sweet side. Very interesting though.

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.

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

Pour - pours rather light for a stout. By that I mean it appears like a brown ale when it comes to depth and has some hints or red or auburn in the light. Minimal head with only a thin ring remaining after the pour settles.

Aroma - a nose full of cherry cough drops, that is what I get. Maybe its mixed with black cherry flavored soda. This is a little more intense than I would have liked from a cherry stout, so much for subtle.

Taste - sweet and sour cherry flavor up front that quite dominate with some hints at maltiness but nothing close to a roasty/toasty stout in the background. This is pretty much tart and the color of this beer really does nothing more than trick your eyes and palate.

Overall - I am astonished by the flavors of this beer. I was pretty excited by a stout that had been aged in barrels with some subtle cherry flavors. Instead, it is almost as if this beer is dominated by cherry and whatever else was involved is nothing more than an afterthought.

Would I buy more of it? - since I don't live in Wisconsin it's not really a question I am faced with. However, I do wonder what those who were originally psyched about this beer and somewhat responsible for its return are thinking. Is this the same beer or is this some sort of cherry cough syrup flavored beast th

Photo of beerwolf77
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a rather clear dark red brown. e anyway. As clear as a stout can be. About one finger of tan head. No no lace left behind.

The aroma is pure cherry soda. I didn't expect this much cherry. There really isn't anything else I can pick out. Cherry full blast ahead.

The flavor is a bit strange. Lots of cherry with a hint of chocolate and roast malt. Some sourness and a touch of cough syrup.

The body is a bit thin for a stout but heavy enough to not be watery. Very light carbonation.

Overall a very interesting and stange beer. Certainly not my favorite unplugged beer.

Photo of KeefD
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter than expected dark ruby color, almost brown, but I can see straight through the liquid, with no head or lacing. Wow, big time cherry aroma in here. The stout qualities in this are completely covered up by the vast amount of cherry emanating from the tulip. Taste is about the same. I'm not even sure how they can call this a stout. It's basically a dark version of WBR, with a touch of chocolate and roastiness on the finish. Sweet and tart cherries dominate the palate, but goddamn, does it taste good. It does have a slight medicinial character, somewhat reminiscent of Ludens Couch Drops. Body is medium, light carbonation, easy drinker. I like this beer a lot. It has a wonderful cherry flavor, but would really like to see it balanced by some stout qualities. It's more like a cherry porter than a stout. Still loving it, and will be interested to see how my remaining bottles age over time.

Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, red foil capped bottle poured into a snifter, 2010 bottling.

Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby highlights. Large tan head that fades to a thin crown and thin streaks of lacing. Aroma is...whoa. Very sweet cherry with mild wood notes trying to provide some balance but failing. Flavor is definitely more cherry cola than cherry stout, beginning extremely sweet before a slightly more tart finish with some light vanilla oak flavor. Medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation and no alcohol presence. Wish I had thought to try the Belgian Red before this. Cherry beers aren't my favorite, especially overly sweet ones, but I found this oddly enjoyable despite the sweetness.

Photo of billyzoom666
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pours a dark red-tinted color. Heavy carbonation on this, with jut a bit of lacing. It looks like a black cherry soda. Holy cow, it smells like one too. There's just a bit of booze smell here, almost like cherry cough syrup. This reminds me of being a kid. Bonus points for that. Real cherry flavor here, it reminds me of sucking the pit out of a cherry and how that tartness hits your mouth. Because of the tartness, it's hard to get a good handle on the mouthfeel. I initially thought this had a pretty high drinkability, but I stopped after two. Still, it was like two slices of cherry pie for adults and that's not a bad thing.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a thistle.

Pours a rich brown with amber highlights. Head is short and a dark, almost purple color. Head recedes quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is amazing with dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a decent dose of ripe fresh cherries. Oakiness rides on spice with a modest amount of dextrose.

Flavor is cherry and dark malt. Chocolate and dark roasted grain pair nicely, however I think the base beer is underrepresented here. The cherry flavor, while very tasty, overpowers the stout aspect of the beer. Finishes slightly sweet but not cloyingly.

Mouthfeel is medium and slick, carbonation could be a but more to cut the cherry flavor, but would be way too much for a stout.

A good tasting beer, but I have had MUCH better in the Unplugged line-up.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this, as the 2nd release seems different than the 1st batch.

Pours a dark shade of brown, but reveals a high clarity dark ruby in the light. Not too stouty in that respect. Solid finger of foam, recedes slowly, random arcs of lace are left. Patchy islands of bubbles remain on the unbroken surface.

Aroma is somewhat artificial cherry candy at first, but improves as it warms, segueing into oak and green wood. Flavors of sweet and tart cherry, vanilla, and toasted marshmallow. Seems like a blend of Belgian Red and mild stout, not that it's a bad thing, just another fruit beer variation. Any roast or chocolate notes are dominated by the cherry steamroller, although there is a hint of dry tootsie roll sweetness in the aftertaste. The tartness seems out of character for a stout, but not too far out, considering NG's recent historical porter recreation.

Overall I can dig it, but it's a little too much in the fruit beer category than stout. It's unique at the very least, and worth trying.

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
rDev: +5.5%

Poured into an 8 oz. mini-pint glass. Liquid is a medium toned brown, not black or opaque. A finger of foam initially rises but soon dwindles to a ring around the edge. In the glass, the liquid is a darker shade of brown with slight chestnut highlights at the edges. A solid ring of sediment remains in the bottle.

Aroma reminds me of Enigma immediately. Wood, spice, and maybe a touch of chocolate in this one. Same musty vegetal note, but with deep spice and wood that makes it pleasant. Are there any other spontaneously fermented stouts out there? JP Madrugada is the only other I can think of.

Dry sour cherry is balanced by chocolate malt. Savory chocolate, toffee and oak in the finish. Bitterness is nonexistent, and it's not a "roasty" stout, but it's a distinctive interpretation of the style. It starts out a little thin, but the long residual flavors make up for any lack of body.

Sipping this one, since it's my last, but also knowing this is just one page from the book that Dan Carey is writing so masterfully. It definitely feels like the precursor to Enigma, hopefully one day we'll see a year-round Flanders ale from New Glarus.

Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cherry Cola like appearance. Bubbly with a reddish brown hue. Miniscule head with a touch of lace.

Cherries dominate. Reminds me of Ludens Cherry Coughdrops. Really nothing other than ripe juicy cherries.

Can you say chocolate covered cherry? The juicy cherries start things off. They are sweet and ripe and lightly tart. The cherries are followed up by chocolate malt to complete the flavor. Really unique and really tasty.

Some bubbly carbonation with a nearly medium body. The finish is extremely dry. Reminds me of a soda.

I could drink the hell out of this. I could put down several of these. This would make a great dessert drink as well. Yet another outstanding fruit beer from NG. They are unrivaled by anyone else in this department.

Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a purple-ish black color with an off white head that features a slightly pink tint. Foam tops out at about 3/4 finger thick and retention is just ok. The fat and creamy head leaves a little lace behind. Carbonation is pretty active.

S: Strong aroma of spiced cherry juice. Like what you'd buy at a roadside stand like Cherry Point Market in west MI. I think I also picked up a slightly smoky malt flavor.

T: Cherries, cherries, and more cherries! Amazing spiced cherry flavor (again, like the Cherry Turnover from Cherry Point Market...) with roasty/smoky malt, and subtle spicing.

M: Excellent, but not very stout-like. On the thin side of medium bodied, with hints of dry roastiness and ample spice.

D: NG proves, once again, that they are masters of the fruit beer. Fantastic!

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Smuttynose standard shaker glass. The stout appears a clear deep crimson brown with a good finger or so of light ecru foam. The flavors and aromas consist of cherry skin, cherry juice, cherry vanilla, and let me add that the cherry notes come off as totally natural. Some chocolate, roasted grains, flavors are reminiscent of cherry pie, but not anywhere near Founders Cerise. That stuff is cherry pie in a bottle. Decent medium+ body with ample carbonation. Pretty nice overall.

Photo of Wisconsin
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A steady pour reveals a dark brown/reddish body that is somewhat translucent when held up in front of the light. A tan head rises to about a half finger thick before fading to a ring around the glass after a couple of minutes. Trace amounts of carbonation are visibly rising to the top of the beer. A nicer head retention and this is an outstanding look.

S - Not surprising, cherries and plenty of them. The initial smell alone has my mouth watering. A deeper whiff brings about the oak barrels along with faint malts are present.

T - Much like the taste, plenty of cherries lead the fierce onslaught as this beer enters the mouth. Slight malty complex is also present along with the oak barrel flavor. A hint of vanilla or some sweet aspect is also present. Finally, there is some tartness that provides an interesting balance between the dark cherries and oak barrel flavor. This beer could be a bit fuller, but overall very good.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Entering the mouth plenty of cherries standout. As the beer sets in, plenty of carbonation cleanses the palate and an interesting tartness comes to the forefront. The beer closes with a somewhat sweet (vanilla?) flavor that is combined with the oak barrels. Rather smooth and clean finish as the carbonation closes everything up.

D - By definition this is not a true stout in any sense, but based on the description from the New Glarus website I would say Dan succeeded at pushing the envelope once again with the Unplugged series. Definitely a beer I could have a couple of within a night, but in comparison to other New Glarus beers, it is not the greatest in terms of drinkability. It's worth a try no doubt though.

Keep pushing the envelope Dan.

Photo of glenviewjeff
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured the drink and it immediately resembled the color of a Cherry Coke. I took a whiff of the aroma and the smell of fresh cherries hit me over the head. The first taste revealed a perfect equilibrium of stout and cherry flavors. The cherry tastes natural--completely reminiscent of the New Glarus Wisconsin Red Belgian Ale.

Its only downfall is that it's a bit hard to drink a lot of it. I had it with pizza, and while it remained enjoyable throughout, I'm not sure it's the perfect pairing. Maybe chocolate would go better with the beer.

Either way, get it while you can, it's outstanding.

Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black n' red, almost purple. Thin head.

S: Cherries! No aroma of roasted barley or chocolate malts... Hmm.

T: Tastes like a cherry soda at first, then transcends into a light stout flavor. Kinda cool how is transitions like that. Keeps ya coming back for another sip each time.

M: Pretty decent. Lots of carbonation, but still retains a decent viscocity for a stout.

D: Tastes a bit too sweet to me, but I am liking it more every sip. I don't think I would want more than one of these.

Overall, this is an interesting beer that is perfect as a seasonal. I don't think I need to buy this again, unless I was going to have a friend try it. It's good, but not great. It is a great example of fruit stout, but fruit stouts aren't my #1 choice. They are simply nice to have on occasion for the experience.

Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to oach on BA.

Pours an awesome clear dark reddish brown color with a nice off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is very good, chocolate-covered cherries all the way. Right up my alley.

Flavor is also chocolate-covered cherries. The cherry taste is similar to that in Wisconsin Belgian Red, which is of course a really good thing. Some mild roastiness and spice in there as well. Fairly sweet, with no tartness at all.

Medium body with average carbonation and a really long finish with sweet cherries lingering.

Very drinkable. A really great beer overall.

Photo of drizzam
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've seen that there is a lot of controversy surrounding this beer so I went to the New Glarus website to see how they describe this brew. This is what they have to say...

"Always handcrafted, 'Cherry Stout', a more fruit and oak forward dark brown beer, is brewed for the adventurous soul looking for something a bit different than the traditional black stout."

It looks to me like Dan Carey intended this brew to be more of a brown than a traditional stout, and I intend to review it as such.

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of the brew is a clear ruby red when held up to the light. It looks a brown cola color as it is poured and if looked at otherwise. The body is topped by a fluffy off white one finger head. Head retention is better than average and it leaves spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Big time fresh cherry smell in the nose! Smells inviting, though a little one dimensional.

T & M - Tart cherry dominates with a hint of oakiness from the barrels it was aged in. The tartness keeps the cherry taste from becoming cloying. I wouldn't call this exactly complex, but it certainly is delicious. The brew is medium bodied and finishes crisp and clean.

D - This is a highly drinkable brew, but you certainly have to be a fan of fruit beers to enjoy it. People are hung up on the "Stout" word on the label, and I think this brew would rate higher if Dan would have named it a "Brown". New Glarus knows what they are doing in the world of fruit beers, and this is another tasty example of that!

Photo of tasteegood
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As I crack open the bottle I get a great aroma of cherry, almost a little sour but at the same time reminding me of opening up a jar of good maraschino cherries
It almost pours as a dark brown ale but as it fills the glass I can definitely see the traditional colors of a stout with a hint of redness. Pours a half finger white, carbonated head. T-Semi-sweet with definite tartness, almost taste like a lambic. Doesn't come off as a stout at all. A nice balance of carbonation first greets the palate, followed by the light sweetness. The narrative on the bottle mentions oak aging but I do not detect any oak in the taste. The texture of is not thick at all, smooth and light. I can definitely drink more than one, more than two. I think you need to be in the mood for a fruity beer because that's what it is. Definitely does not drink like a stout...but I am not complaining.

Photo of Soneast
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More mediocrity from New Glarus. This is starting to get sad. :(

Pours a black cherry in color with a small, tan colored head, with pretty nice retention, hanging on through most of the glass.

Aroma is definitely cherry forward with a tart note. Hard to pick up much else, some sweet malt character, and an touch of marshmallow.

The flavor is straight up cherry pie with a hint of marshmallow some mild chocolate and wood notes. A tart finish follows. Quite sweet overall. Flavors are clean and well done, just....nothing new for NG.

Not sure where they get away calling this a stout. Absolutely nothing about it comes close to being stout-like. I see BA categorizes it as a fruit beer, which is definitely accurate. I wish Dan would just drop the fruit thing already. Ok, we get it, you make the Country's best fruit beers but I, for one, am sick of them. I would have happily given up both the Cranbic AND the Cherry Stout for the Eisbock that was planned for late 2009 early 2010. I can't rate the beer too low, since there is really nothing wrong with it. It's just more of the same which is the main problem for me.

Photo of bound4er
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. A firm pour produces a two finger, semi-fluffy tan head on top of a brown/red almost dark amber liquid. Lacing present.

S. Nothing but cherries (Montmorency per label) - maybe a hint of lemon tartness. At times the smell takes on a slight medicinal, cough syrup note.

T. More cherries and ... more cherries. There is nice tartness to the taste here that keeps this out of the overly sweet, cloying category (it is straddling the fence though). Not sure what happened to the stout part of this beer - it must be somewhere in the background??

M. Nice light to medium bodied feel. Low carbonation.

D. I am not sure what to make of this beer. On one hand I find it very drinkable and enjoyable. On the other, I can only have one per session as this is just a little too sweet for me. Still, worthy of picking up a 4-pack or trading for it. As always, another unique and well made beer from NG - a true Wisconsin treasure.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dark mahogany. When held up to the light, this is one attractive beer. Tan head that quickly disappears, leaving a ring around the perimeter.
Cherry pie dominates the nose. Man, what else is there? It's hard to get around that massive cherry pie attack. Tart. Cream puffs. If you've got a sweet tooth, this one smells delicious.
Again, it's cherry pie, crust and all, with perhaps a scoop of New York vanilla on the side. Tart, with a tiny amout of sourness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a smooth, yet somewhat tingly finish.
This one is a bit too sweet and rich for me to want any more than a bottle. A very good dessert beer, in my opinion.

Photo of dbtoe
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a challis.
I'm not a real big fan of fruit beers. This one does taste good just doesn't taste like beer. If you like the Belgian Red you're going to like this one. They are very similar; both are like a cherry soda. I am rating this beer to style and not to my personal tastes for beer. I'd much rather have a beer that tastes like beer than one that tastes like soda.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured dark brown color and an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate dark cherry and sweet malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy tart cherry sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a burnt caramel hue with a thin tan head that fades pretty quickly leaving behind some nice bubbly lacing.

aroma is funky. earthy, musty, oxidized, cherry and bright fruit. aged balsamic vinegar. walnuts and old hazelnuts.

taste follows aroma. tart cherries, an almost overwhelming cherry fruit sugary sweetness followed by a crisp quick and sharp tartness, that gives way to a bit of sour. funky earthy nutty astringent notes. interestingly complex. aftertaste has notes of cardboard and espresso beans.

mouth is a bit on the carbonated side...fizzy with a bit of caramel syrupyness, smooth and clean. intriguing astringency and a bit drying.

Definitely an interesting brew. would have loved to have been able to try one of these fresh as well. I'd drink any others asap... can't see any more age doing anything. All in all, an intriguingly complex, earthy, and tart brew. Definitely enjoyable.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of this from the insanely generous Faro in a trade. Thanks, Jeff, you truly raised the bar.

A: In my snifter, this three year old beer sits a deep red with carmine highlights. There's a thin tan head with pretty solid retention. Attractive

S: Quite complex. There's mild oxidation noticeable along with a myriad of aromas - soft and pleasant cherries, brown malts, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and more that I can't quite describe. The cherry character is quite beautifully expressed. Given some time to breathe, I pick up hints of chocolate as well. All told, not very stout-ish.

T: Wow. Opens up with tart cherries with a gorgeous flavor and mild sweetness. Malt flavors come through mid palate with a blend of caramel, brown sugar and an almost oak-like sweetness. Finishes dry, mildly cidery and pleasantly tart. I've never had the pleasure of trying this fresh but it feels like there's a little something lacking. The opening tartness makes you wish for a little more malt flavors but that's not to be found at a level that I'd like

M: Light in body with soft but prickly carbonation and a great finish

D: This one a treat nonpareil. A thought-provoking beer, this beer does to cherries what the Unplugged Apple Ale does to apples

Thumbprint Cherry Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.