Thumbprint Cherry Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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3.76/5
Very Good
568 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Unplugged Cherry Stout.

Added by badbeer on 02-21-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,150
Reviews:
315
Ratings:
568
pDev:
15.96%
Bros Score:
3.2
 
 
Wants:
109
Gots:
60
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 568 |  Reviews: 315
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FlintB for this New Glares gem.
Now I don't know how much of a "stout" this is, but she sure is a beauty.
A deep brown tinged amber in the sunlight fills my glass. Beautiful in the sun. Some khaki head, and a most interesting, scattered and layered, lace of silver pearls crawls down the glass. Doesn't look dark enough or deep enough, or chewy enough to be a stout. But sure is pretty.
Smell has a graceful sweet breath. But wow, a mature cherry comes through. Now usually I get a lot of medicinal notes on many a cherry infused beer. No hint of that here. It's deep cherry. Fruity, a bit dark, a little overripe and meaty, and oh so complex. I am intrigued.
Wow, the taste follows gloriously. The rich depth of the fruit plays so well with the malt. Subtle hues of brown bread tussle with stone fruit, plum, fig, and brown sugar. But the fruit is the star. It pushes forward boldly, then retreats to a gentle floral kiss that gives a chance for the yeast and source water to whisper. Inspired.
Feel is admittedly light for a stout. But its feels nearly full enough in the mouth, yet not chewy. Carbonated impeccably to stay active in the mouth.
Overall, slightly out of style in a few ways for a stout, but I cannot mark it down. This hits on so many marks for me. (And for a style I had less than high expectations of). A great beer.

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Photo of 7irondave
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark amber cheery color. Looks more like a strong ale instead of a stout, only reason for a lower rating
Smell - cherry caramel tartness.
Taste - so tasty, cherry caramel tartness like the smell
Feel - full body like carb
Overall - complex. Sour stouts are so different!!!

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Photo of Warren2621
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenBayBA
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SawDog505
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured only slightly chilled into a 12 oz Nordic glass, not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very dark mahagony with a 2 finger tan head that leaves massive patches of lace behind.

Smell is chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, biscuit, and a little funky champagne.

Taste follows sharpe bitter cherries, vanilla, cocoa, champagne, and plum.

Mouthfeel is a tad watery, enough carbonation, a tad dry, and if you can handle the funk approachable enough.

Overall this isn't my thing normally, but still happy to have tried it and I thank GreenBayBA for this bottle.

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Photo of Jamison85
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tmryan21
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jcb7472
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LennyBound
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zuidman
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Airy two finger head, full tan hue, uneven surface, retention is about average, not a lot of lacing but what is there is thick with good length. The liquid is murky at its core but becomes more transparent at the glass bottom and top, yellowish tint at the edges, larger bubbles strive to form beads. The sour cherry comes through clearly in the nose, more general maltiness than chocolate, can feel slightly vinous at times, touch of lemon spritz, underlying yeastiness, good focus if not overly complex. Medium-bodied, sour and more vinous here for sure, the oak barrel treatment more overt. Still, nicely balanced and that cherry fruit shines brightly for all to see. Bready, gives it a danish character at times, anise flavored biscotti, reduces the roastiness some. That said, has the foundational maltiness to not seem misnamed as a stout in the grand scheme of things. Ginger root, can be close to cola at times. Carbonation more tightly wound than longlasting. Chocolate most pronounced retronasally. Given its ability to thrust forward suddenly the sourness is a calming effect.

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Photo of champ103
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark almost murky reddish/brown color. A dense beige head forms with good retention and plenty of lace left behind.
S: At first, this is a bit metallic for me, though as the warms that all goes away. You really need to let this warm to get the full nose. As cherries burst out with brown sugar and oak. Toasted malts and baked bread come out and makes this really interesting.
T: Again, cherries are huge up front. Tart, with almost a lactic acid taste. Oh man, that tartness just lingers on. With brown sugar and vanilla. Then some oak, toasted malts, baked bread, and light chocolate come out towards the end. At first, I was not really into this, but it does grow on me.
M/O: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation, and a bit viscous and sticky. Though ultra smooth. After this warms up, this is really enjoyable to drink. I was downing this in big gulps, so obviously something I want to keep coming back to.

With each gulp, I kept coming up with more nuances. This is one of those that just continues to grow the more you try and figure it out. Which, at first makes this kind of a mess, then it all clicks. Certainly not a stout, and very much a dark cherry beer. Very unique, and once again loving some New Glarus on the rare occasion I get to track some down.

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Photo of Beerman811
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ffshore545
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dharmelink
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is not a Stout with cherries it is a Cherry Stout with a capital C. It Pours a deep brown with an off white head. The nose is cherry and Raspberry. The taste is of a Tart cherry jam. There are hints of lemon zest. There is some roasty chocolaty malts in the background.
There is a decadence to the richness of the mouth feel.
A wonderful beer experience.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/21/2017. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin, lemon, almond, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, oak, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts, cherries, and light fruity yeast/oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin, lemon, almond, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, oak, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light fruit tang/tartness and herbal/roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin, lemon, almond, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, toasted brown bread, light coffee/oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, cherries, and light fruity yeast/oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and tart/tangy fruit balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from fruit tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly acidic/tangy/tannic/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is an excellent fruit stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, cherries, and light fruity yeast/oak barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly tart/tangy/drying finish. This is definitely different, but it works so well. Great balance of jammy cherries and a mildly roasty stout malt bill; with touches of wild yeast and oak. The mellow roast helps showcase the cherries a lot better. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONUMello
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Translucent dark brown with a lingering one-finger head
S: Fresh cherry, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar
T: Fairly sweet fresh cherry up front followed by malt, cocoa and brown sugar
M: Light-bodied, sweet
O: Nice flavors just too sweet for a stout

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Photo of Ri0
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into tulip. A deep, dark brow with a 2 finger light tan head that fades slowly and coats my glass with thick lacing. Mostly cherry aromas, light roasted malts, chocolate, as the stout is hidden in this beer. Starts off with a nice tart cherry flavor that follows with roasted malt and chocolate. This tastes like a tart cherry covered chocolate. If you prefer a stout with light cherry notes, this is not for you. A thinner mouthfeel that is pretty smooth. The Belgian Red blend gives it a slight tart bite in the mouth. This is a great cherry stout that is packed with tart cherry flavor.

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Photo of maltznhopz
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of novamat
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color. Thin tan head dissipates steadily leaving a ring of foam along the outside of the beer and some tan lacing along the glass.

Aroma is very tart, cherries, brown sugar, and a wet oak note. The cherries are a very natural aroma - its overly ripe, tart, and strong.

Taste follows the nose with lots of overly ripe tart cherries up front. Hints of brown sugar, chocolate, and figs. This is an interesting flavor profile - much more sour than stout, this reminds me of the sour porter they have released in the past. As the beer warms you get more of the chocolate malt flavors meshing with the tart cherry.

Feel is quite light, smooth with medium carbonation. Tart finish provides a puckering sensation.

This is a strange beer - it doesn't really fit into any one style. I personally wouldn't call it a cherry stout - I think that gives people the wrong expectations - sour porter is far more apt to what it is. Its quite good when taken on its own merits.

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Photo of pkalix
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Thumbprint Cherry Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 568 ratings