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Thumbprint Cherry Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.76/5
Very Good
559 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:
#20,845
Reviews:
312
Ratings:
559
pDev:
15.96%
Bros Score:
3.2
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
61
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 559 |  Reviews: 312
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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown iced tea color with red tints. The head is popcorn colored and 2 fingers tall, leaving decorative lace on the glass as it recedes. Some points lost here because generally a stout isn't tea colored.

The cherries are definitely there in full swing. It's offensive and natural, not sweet or sickly like some other beers. Slight vinegary notes (again, from the cherries), and a touch of brown sugar. No roast malts to be detected.

Taste...well, to be honest, it tastes like a New Glarus fruit beer with some chocolate malt. It's practically Belgian Red with some chocolate notes going on, and has a sort of cherry tootsie pop vibe going. Slight vinegar, tootsie roll, shock tarts. It's definitely NOT stout-like, at least in the sense that there's no coffee, roast, or deep flavors. I think this would be better named a Cherry Porter, just because the flavor of roasted barley is completely absent. The first time I tried it, I didn't care for it, but now this time I'm seeing some good merits.

Feel is puckering, with a moderate carbonation and a tart finish.

Overall - an Enigma (perhaps that would be the better title for THIS beer). It's more along the lines of a Sour Cherry Porter, and I wouldn't bat an eye if they changed the name thusly.

It's too late to go back for more this year, but if I had to do it over again, I'd probably grab another 4 pack just because I'm warming up to it.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Danmullens1
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of durlta
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This tastes like three parts Belgian Red to one part stout. Pretty tasty, but kinda just makes me want a Belgian Red. Appropriately classified as a fruit beer. Only a hint of stout comes through.

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

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

Lots of cherries, almost like a dark cherry sour.

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Photo of Devileyedog
1.65/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well, the label doesn't lie. It's like someone shoved a bunch of cherries in to a stout. Unfortunately they didn't shove it in to a stout like Prairie's Bomb! or even a Guinness. They shoved it in to a sub-par stout.

I like my stouts with a molasses and thick flavor. This was like drinking a Bud...if Bud made a stout and shoved some cherries in it.

As one reviewer said "the cherry is not subtle". Correct.

Sorry. Not for me.

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Photo of Fusebuddy
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | 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 559 ratings
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