Thumbprint Cherry Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company
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2.79/5 rDev -25.6%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled over branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. Expectations are high given the brewery and style, though the current ratings seem rather low. Aged in oak barrels according to the label. Uses 8 different maled barleys. Brewed with cherries. Label art is nothing to write home about.
Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours an audibly fizzing head of beige colour, poor thickness, and bad (~10 second) retention. No lacing whatsoever. Not horribly impressed with the head, especially at a paltry 6.50%. Body colour is a refined understated dark amber. Semitransparent and semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not at all what I expected for a Cherry Stout, but I suppose New Glarus isn't known for churning out predictable beers. Still, this one doesn't look all that great. I'm excited to try it regardless.
Sm: Ugh. Distinct cherry cough syrup; it's uncanny. I've joked about cough syrup aromas in previous reviews, but this really really evokes it. In any case, the cherry seems chemical and artificial, not genuine or fruit-like. The aroma is really turning me off to it. Ugh. Maybe there's candi sugar when I really look for it? A pretty strong, pungent aroma. I don't detect any yeast or alcohol.
T: Better than the aroma, to be sure. Clean malts form the body, with a pleasant lightly sour cherry kick on the climax. Sugary and candy-like. Good sweetness is balanced well by light caramel. The oak is nowhere to be found. Lightly tart. Enjoyable. It's decently balanced, if a bit too sweet. Not horribly complex or subtle, but it gets the job done. I do like it, but this is not the level of quality I've come to expect from New Glarus. I do like the cherry.
Mf: Smooth, wet, a bit too thick, and slightly undercarbonated. Full-bodied. Too heavy on the palate. A bit viscous, but I wouldn't call it syrupy. Suits the flavour profile okay.
Dr: The appearance and aroma really had me concerned, but it wasn't a train-wreck after all. Still, I do expect more from New Glarus and this so-called "Cherry Stout" wasn't at all what the name might suggest...that wouldn't be an issue if it was amazing anyway, but it's neither a cherry stout nor a very good beer. I definitely think it's worth trying and I like the experimentation, but this one missed the mark. They need to commit more to the spontaneous fermentation/cherry combination or to the oak aging; neither is well explored here. Glad I got to try this one. Thanks again, Duff27!
03-04-2013 02:53:12 | More by kojevergas
2.35/5 rDev -37.3%
12oz bottle with no date, purchase spring 2012. review from notes
Look is a dark cherry(hehe) red, clear, with a small sudsy head. Smell is pure cherry, maybe some wheat off in the background. The taste isn't atrocious, but definitely not my style. Overwhelming cherry flavor, I know it's not artificial, but it tastes like it. Almost Vick's Cough Syrup-y.
Like other reviewers, I wonder why they decided to call this a stout. Maybe it's that they swapped the massive malts in favor of massive cherries. Still, a misleading title, and a near drainpour for me.
02-14-2013 09:06:38 | More by jimmah120
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
Whoa. Pours foggy, brown, and thin. Wheres the stout character? Two-finger tan head rises and reduces to 1/4" of foamy crust. Lacing is sticky.
Holy eff'ing cherry.. This brew smells like Belgium red.. Where's the stout character? Hay, cherry, roasty, wet, sugary, and funky.
Where's the stout character? Tons of deep, dark, roasty, cherry. Very unique. Sugary, candy, sweet, chalky, wet, medium carbonation, very dry weird aftertaste. So, where's the stout character? It's on the waaa-y back end. A funky 71% chocolate come up to the top at the last minute to provide more of a malt base than first seen.
New Glarus' label is off. It reads: Cherry Stout... It's a Wisconsin Belgium Red. Recommended, but don't be fooled, like me. Not at all like I wished/thought it would be, but still very enjoyable, as are all NG Fruited brews.
01-20-2013 03:47:57 | More by chugalug06
3.33/5 rDev -11.2%
This beer was chilled and allowed to warm up a bit. The beer was served in an Imperial pint glass.
A- The beer is the color of pepsi with a two finger high light tan coloration. Nice head retention and leaves whisp of lacing on the glass.
S- Not really getting very much in the way of stout aromas. Faint cocoa and a major load of sweet tart and soured cherries is the beers aroma. The beer smells good but its not a stout.
T- Again no roasted or toasted notes, no coffee, no cocoa, the frank flavors of sweet, tart and mildly sour cherries dominate the flavor.
M- The body of the beer is medium and nicely carbonated.
O- This beer isnt a stout. It seems to me that someone took Belgium Red and watered it down with some dark malt instead of some pale malts. This beer isnt bad; however, I prefer Belguim Red undilluted. New Glarus should try this beer again and this time make it a stout.
01-11-2013 14:05:28 | More by nlmartin
Thumbprint Cherry Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.