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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: 113
Gots: 42 | 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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Ratings: 497 | Reviews: 294
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4-pack purchased at that grocery store next to the brewery.

porterish appearance. clear with a red stripe of light down the center of the dark tunnel. a thick ring and a thin head. aroma evokes dark chocolate covered fruit... dried fruit. something with an earthy rind. tartness showcases the obvious addition of new glarus' cherry belgian red.

this beer really brings the sour, acidic cherry flavor of the belgian red to a chocolate-essence dusted, caramel infused level. stout? no. this is a play on belgian red, a beer cocktail at best created to even out the rougher edges of both the red and (presumably) the oatmeal stout. succeeds in this, presenting a more evenly balanced beer with fruity appeal and hints of conditioned wood. not that a lack of balance is bad for BR, but intolerable for some.

the question here is, "do you like ng belgian red?" yes, you'll dig this. no, you'll hate it. this summarily explains the difference in reviews here and i'll bet 99% of them reflect the reviewers opinion on the former fruit brew. easy drinking and refreshing, too.

Photo of ZAP
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown color...great aroma of oak and mild sweet cherries...

Taste is bigger on the cherries and they lend a slightly sour flavor...also some oak on the taste but not as big as on the nose..What is missing is the stout flavors...expected some cocoa or burnt malts...nothing here....tastes a lot closer to their Belgian Red than to a stout

Body is medium...tart mouthfeel....lacks creamy smoothness...

Overall...overdone with the cherries...they don't complement...rather than dominate....nothing wrong with a glass of this but overall I think this needs some work.

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 clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with very little head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has some chocolate malts along with some tart cherries coming through. The flavor is an interesting mix of what seems to be a chocolate stout and the Belgian Red. Very tasty - chocolate and coffee mixed with the slightly sour cherries. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good. Tasty brew.

Photo of granger10
2.16/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This 7th installment of the Unplugged Series pours a black color with a crimson hue. A small tan head rests atop the liquid. No real lacing.

Aroma is strong on the cherries with a bit of an oak barrel note with alcohol esters. Deeper down there's the slightest amount of sweet chocolate. There is also a saltyness I'm smelling which throws everything off. Complex yet not enjoyable smell here.

Taste is also lacking what I was hoping for. So many cherries in here it's sickening. Not really any stout characteristics to match. Tastes like Robitussin with a shot of Worchestire sauce.

I set the beer down and open a Bell's Amber and come back in 30 minutes. As the beer warms there's a roasted character that helps and the tartness of the cherries now match the sweetness. But still, this isn't too good. The finish is high on alcoholic esters even though I don't think this beer is too high in alcohol in general.

Body is a bit light and carbonation is rather low. That doesn't help this beer at all. In the end I finish off the bottle hoping to never see this train wreck again. Highly disapointed.

Photo of Bighuge
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby color. Clear. Very slgiht head and very little lacing. Interesting combo of roasted malts and tart cherries on the nose. Charred and smoky notes are at the forefront. It's not a perfect blend in this one by any means, but decent enough. This beer has got a nice little sweet and sour thing going on. Vinegar and brown sugar. Tart cherries and sweet cherries. Some oak comes through. Stout qualities really are lacking here though. I was hoping for some chocolate covered cherry type of action here, but it's not here. I miss the blend of char and roast with cherry that I was expecting. It's not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting.

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

This sure is a funny little beer. A thin head forms on pour, then fades quickly, although it seems to hold more then its fair share of hidden carbonation. Only hints of stout pop up on the uplift from the tongue, and the finish is almost pure cherry pie.

Photo of jj21
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Latest in the Unplugged series. Pours a dark red, close to black. slightly pink head 1" in height. Extremely sharp smell of tart cherries. Very full in the mouth of Sour Cherries and vanilla. The big question, which I see has been brought up in previous reviews, should this be concidered a Stout? There wasn't the roasted malt character I was expecting. It's more of a dark fruit ale. If you have this not expecting a Stout profile, you won't be disappounted.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep rubied brown color with a small head that falls to a ring around the top. Clarity is good, and no carbonation appears to be bubbling from the bottom of the glass. Nose is very interesting. Cherry is present and sweet, almost a touch like cherry candy or the Lundeen's cherry ough drops. Chocolate and roast are in the background, but it doesn't seem to be a good marriage with the cherry. It comes out smellin very floral when taken together, and reminds me of the combination of flowers at a funeral home...not an aroma I have hapy memories tied to. Flavor leaves no doubt that this is cherry beer with a stout afterthought. Its a page right out of the Belgian Red, sweet and slightly sour and chreamy cherry. This fades and brings a creamy stout character, lightly chocolate and lacking any roast. I like the Belgian Red, but it seems like its trying too hard to be like that one. Feel is moderate, with no carbonation and is just slightly slick. I'd like a little bubble in this one. Its tasty. I can't deny that, but its not a stout in my book. I like it, but not as a stout.

Photo of Jredner
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma holds an overripe slightly sour aroma that I associate with rotting oranges, but that I assume to be cherries. The oak aroma is definitely alive in there as well. My first impression from the aroma is that it smells like an orange laced Flemish Sour which is intruiging.

Color is dark brown to black and the head is tan and diminished quickly to a dime thin affair.

Mmmm lots of tart cherry in the fore then very quickly you taste sweet cherry notes and then just as quickly chocolate malts play across the tongue. Very fast transitions of flavors. A sort of cake/eclair pastry like sweet and wholesome flavor flows from the middle to the finish. I swear I taste hints of over ripe orange juice, but it’s probably the combined oak/sour cherry flavors merging to suggest that vanila flavor. The chocolate asspect seems to become less pronounced as it warms and more of the sourness and cherry comes through, though it never completely fades...it mostly just slides further back in the order and so you get more chocolate in the finish. Vanilla notes also come out as it warms along with more of the oak.

For a fruit beer it has quite a nice mouthfeel. I have to say I am pretty floored. This was much better than I thought it would be. NG is just a fantastic brewery.

Photo of Winter
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with red hues. Tan pillowy head of foam that settles to a surface covering. Intriguing aroma. Oak-aged fermented cherries and alcohol dominate. Full-bodied mouthfeel. This a most unique cherry stout. This one is seriously all about the authentic cherry taste. Real cherry flavor that cannot be mistaken. Things start off with an aged cherry tartness that reminds me a lot of their Belgian Red but has even more oakiness to it. The finish is dry with hints of wood and alcohol that linger. The aftertaste has a sweetness to it, almost like vanilla, that's imparted from the oak. Funny thing for a stout is that there are no flavors of burnt/roasted malt or chocolate in this one, which it atypical for what one would expect in a stout. Again this is all about the cherries. Definitely, worth trying, especially if you're a fan of the Belgian Red. A lot of the same tart flavors are experiened here.

Photo of beveragecaptain
2.04/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. The New Glarus Cherry Stout pours out a dark brown color with ruby tints. The head is small and is gone after a minute or so. The aroma is pungent, rotten cherries. The flavor is dominated by the slightly sour, slightly sweet cherries. There's also an artifical sweetener flavor that I find foul. Very little, if any, stout flavor. I like the Belgian Red. Hell, I even liked the Sour Brown. This beer, however, is almost undrinkable. Get rid of the artificial sweetener flavor, make the cherry flavor fresher, and add some more stout to this beer. Maybe then I will try it again.

Photo of scaliasux
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark reddish-brown. Very little head, almost seems uncarbonated.

Smell - Not overly strong. Definitely cherry, but malt scent is apparent. Nice for style.

Flavor - Tart cherry flavor definitely is the main characteristic. Malty background overshadowed by fruitiness. Probably a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel - Quite full and creamy.

Drinkability - I personally like the flavor. But then again, I really like cherries. Others might find this overly fruity. Pretty good (and actually more "beery") for a style that is increasingly dominated by borderline malternatives.

Photo of iron78
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red, almost looks like a red wine. No head at all.

Odd mix of smells, a touch of chocolate and cherries and some thing acidic.

The first taste gives a shot of tartness in the back of the mouth that almost causes a pucker. Kind of a woody/oak flavor for a base. Much more of a fruit beer than a stout. Just a touch of coffee and bitter chocolate.

medium bodied, maybe a touch slick after.

Photo of beerinator
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Purple Black beer with reddish tones when held up to the light. Dark communion wine colored. Off-white, slightly pinkish head went away farily quickly.

Aroma: Oaky. Vanilla, plum fruit and twinges of sourness all burst into the nose fairly quickly.

Taste: Toasted oakyness seem to have met sour cherries inside this glass. I don't taste too much "stout" here, because there seems to be no noticable roastyness. The mouthfeel is slightly slick but full. The finish leaves sweet and sour fruit (cherry and plums) on the tongue. The sourness and cherry sweetness are nicely balanced here.

Notes: This one is different. I don't know if I would necessarily call it a stout, but it's definitely worth trying. I love sour beers, and this one seems to have sourness that compliments the sweet flavors from the fruit. I think I would have enjoyed this one a bit more if the oak flavor and aroma were diminished a bit. I'll try to age a few bottles to see if that helps.

Thanks to brewcrew76 for this bottle!

Photo of ClearDog
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- The appearance alone does not imply a stout. Looks like a very dark red ale. If you hold the glass of beer to the light you can see to the other side. Minimal, slightly dirty white head that dies down quickly. Hardly any lacing.

Smell -- Definitely tart cherries. The overwhelming scent is the NG Wisconsin Belgian Red. Faint whiffs of sweet oaky vanilla. At first sniff, the beer smells kind of musty. Very interesting. With exception of the Belgian Red, this beer is like nothing I've experienced before.

Taste -- Very fruity. Is this supposed to taste a little like a stout? It doesn't. It's interesting nonetheless. Very tart cherries. Very tart . . . but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel -- Mild effervescence felt on the tongue. A lighter feel. Creamy finish.

Drinkability -- This beer is very drinkable. I bought two 4-packs and don't anticipate I will have any trouble finishing them. This beer wasn't quite what I was expecting (hoping for some of the usual malty stout flavors), but I liked it anyway. Recommended if you enjoy fruit beers.

Photo of weeare138
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark toned brown with a red glow to it and an off white head that slowly fades. Decent streaks of lacing. Not very typical looking to a true stout.
Smell is awesome. Complex chewy vanilla, oak, tart cherries, along with enticing cocoa aromas. I really have to put the aroma on par with the Belgian Red b/c it takes me right back to that kick-ass brew when I inhale the wonderful aromas.
Taste is of the same aromas kicked down slightly a notch. Heavy cherry taste with cocoa and oak kicking around.
Mouthfeel is nicely mixed of tartness and sweetness with oak swirling around the palate. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

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

12oz, got a 4 pack from Riley's for 8.99

It is important to see this beer for what it is and not try and compare it to Bell's Cherry Stout (which is not very good to begin with), or other "cherry stouts' for which this clearly doesnt aspire to be like. This is new glarus, this is fruit.

appearance: pours a strongly ruby tinted mahogany with a fast rising foamy tan head that dissipates almost as quick as it came about, with slight lacing left behind

smell: not to echo everyone else but this one immediately reminds me of the infamous belgian red...extremely tart cherries, orange citrus, smooth sweet chocolate, oak aroma comes through after some slight searching...very interesting

taste: i like it, i like it a lot. this is just bursting with flavour, its not like any "stout" I have ever had and its not supposed to be. This thing is just bursting with flavour, super tart cherry, distinct oak barrel flavours that werent as detectable in the nose leave a strong woody taste, sweet chocolate, very light roasted malt....chocolate covered cherry. This is a delightful and truly unique beer

mouthfeel: acidic, tart, moderate carbonation, smooth

drinkability: maybe I was prepared for this by my experiences with other new glarus beers (belgian red, rasp tart, sour brown) but I could drink this all night

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

Pours out amber-tinted brown and sits ruby-glazed mohagany in the glass with a large beige head. Fades to a faint skim with lots of lacings around the glass.

Aroma is laden with fermentation funk including a familiar speck of acidic behavior which quite rightly leads into a shallow oaky aroma. Tart cherries are buried beneath a deep layer of charred malts and chocolatey aromas.

Tastes mildly sweet up front and immediately forms a bold tart attack on your tongue, cherry flavors shining through nicely. Very mild roastedness backs it up, light cocoa here and there. The big kicker is the sourness, just as in NG's Sour Brown, brought in from the oak, which resonates well within the mouth. Everything tapers off nicely into the finish. leaving a dry oaked flavor and bits of roasted malt to reflect upon.

Quite smooth in the mouth, fine and mild-moderate carbonation in a medium-full body.

I'm an instant fan of this. Everything I liked about their Sour Brown is here, everything I like about their Belgian Red is here, everything I like about their new Oatmeal stout is here. Win, win, win. This further proves New Glarus to be one of the best, if not the best, breweries in the fruit beer category. I have been satiated.

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 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.

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Thumbprint Cherry Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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