Thumbprint Cherry Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Unplugged Cherry Stout.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 318 | Ratings: 574
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, with red highlights, and a minimal off-white head. Small bubble lined lacing.

S - Quiet, mostly cherry notes, with a bit of cola. But to get much, you really need to dig in deep to find it.

T - Nothing hiding in the flavor, though, with strong cherry fruit. The key here is it is genuine cherry flavor, full fruit. There is a mild malt note below, and a slightly tart finish. As the beer warms, the acidic notes increase, a more lactic yogurt note emerges. Tasty, but different.

M - Prickly on the tongue, a bit sticky.

O - Superb taste, decent feel. As always, New Glarus delivers the goods. Not really a stout, but good nevertheless.

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Photo of mschrei
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Better than the rating, I think. I'm not a fan of cherries generally, but I heard great things about it and really wanted to try it. Red hues in a dark stout, creamy head and lacing. Strong tart cherry on the nose. Taste is more cherry than stout, which probably brings it down some. Easy drinking, dry, medium body.

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Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a fluffy off-white head. Tastes like an oud bruin/stout cross with a decent amount of tart cherry flavor. Not as "stout-like" as I expected but overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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 drdiesel9483
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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 SawDog505
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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 farrago
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +8.7%
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 SammyJaxxxx
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +5.8%
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 ONUMello
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +4.2%
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 FBarber
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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 durlta
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Devileyedog
1.65/5  rDev -56.7%
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 tempest
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No surprise, considering this is a New Glarus beer, but the cherry is not subtle. It's not bad either. It's a candied cherry flavor with a lightly tart edge that's big enough to dominate the dark roast, but the flavor comes out like a chocolate-covered cherry. Tasty beer, but I probably wouldn't have more than two.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring hazy garnet but filling to opaque prune juice hues of purplish-brown, this beer has a large khaki foam head that settles to a bubbly film and thick collar leaving tons of camouflage lace.

Smell is dark toast and dark, roasty malt, almost coffee-like, while simultaneously bringing cinnamon and brown sugar-spiced, mashed and softened cherry jam, almost like mincemeat.

Again I get a mincemeat type flavor, but not in a bad way at all. Spiced and sugared figgy cherry tartness, but not sour somehow, Cherry jam. Dark toast and nuts. Less roasty in flavor than in smell, though.

Medium-thin body with a crisp, thin froth and a perfectly, semi-dry finish.

If you're going to do a fruit stout, this is the way to do it. No tiny hint of fruit, or flavoring extract that comes across as cough syrup. This is all fresh fruit first, stout second. Very interesting and tasty.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature glass. 2017 Batch.

Appearance: Pours blackish brown. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A fruity and roasty aroma with a scent of cherries, chocolate, and oak. Upfront scent of cherry juice. Hints of oak. Dar roasted malt with a scent of chocolate, toast, caramel, biscuit, and grains with some yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and fairly roasty taste with notes of cherries, chocolate, and oak. Big upfront juicy taste of cherries. Some nice notes of oak barrel. Dark roasted malt with notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, biscuit, and grains along with yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: Another great fruit beer from New Glarus. Very good cherry flavor with a nice touch of oak and roast.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2017 version. Pours transparent amber with a large sized head; good lacing. Smells of tart yeast, lemon, cherry, oak, and hops. The taste follows with tart cherry, lemon, oak, and roasted/bready malt. Some cocoa and spice on the finish. Mild sweetness and tartness. Thin body and higher carbonation. Overall, not sure why this is labeled as a stout when it's basically a BA fruit beer. As a fruit beer through, it's actually pretty good with a lively character.

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Photo of Brian_Berg
2.82/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ok beer if you don't call it a cherry stout. I wanted a stout that had a cherry taste and instead this is just like their belgian tarts with a hint of dark beer. It's completely backwards IMO. I love New Glarus' beer, but I think calling this a stout is very misleading.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle of the 2017 release. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, slightly murky with a one finger offwhite head, good retention and lots of lacing. Smell is tart cherry, light roast, touch of tart vinegar and oak, a bit of roasted grain, even a touch of lemon. Flavour is a combination of roast, tart vinegar, slight metallic and red vinous character, bit of oak and cherry flesh. It's an odd flavour, I don't think the metallic part is coming from the cherry but rather the yeast. Mouthfeel is a bit thin bodied, good depth, slight fruity and tart cherry juice on the backend. It's interesting, a nice beer to try but not something that really puts it all together for me here.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes out with less viscosity than your average stout, but still mostly black, some brown to the edge with a mild 1/5" tan head. Aroma dropped so much cherry, they do not skimp, its wicked powerful.

They went with less 2 row here to allow the cherry to pop I'm thinking, and it works quite well. Pretty much every cherry stout always seems to take a kick in the ratings department, but if you like them, this is top notch. Has some mild vanilla notes with it. Anyways, enjoyable cherry stout for days.

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Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dug this one out of the cellar, it was from the unplugged series not thumbprint but whatever. 12oz bottle into snifter, it appears a cola brown with nice clarity and a tan cap.

This smells like cherry juice blended with cocoa towards back almost like a cherry tootsie roll if there was such a thing.

It tastes sweet and fruity with cherry and chocolate tootsie roll. There is a slight bite to the finish that is slight cherry juice, slight alcohol.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Honestly surprised how this has held up. So much fruit sweetness.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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!

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