Thumbprint Cherry Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by badbeer on 02-21-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by coldmeat23:
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5/5  rDev +33%

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Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is super dark with a negligible head.

Smell - The strong cherry liquer is backed up by some very stiff burnt malts. This is quite surprising - a Fruit Beer with some balls.

Taste - The flavor will knock you on your keester. The cherry is big but it's not like a fresh cherry. It's more like that black cherry flavor you find in some sodas. There's an earthy flavor too like soil that is very tasty.

Mouthfeel - This is a smidgen bigger than light-bodied with a surprising sense of alcohol as it probably is as boozy as a cough drop.

Drinkability - This is by no means sessionable but it managed to stay out of the sink, which is quite an accomplishment for a Fruit Beer.

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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 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 DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of weatherdog
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a dark garnet color. A tiny dark khaki head quickly dies and only a few bubbles are left around the rim of the glass. The highlights around the edges are just a brilliant bright red.

An overwhelming fresh tart cherry aroma rise from the glass. The smell is instantly recognizable as very similar to Belgian Red. It's almost exactly the same profile just less sweet and just the lightest touch of kilned malt.

Once again the flavor has huge parallels to Belgian Red. Its a tart cherry bomb with seemingly more oakiness than Belgian Red. After the inital wave of fruit flavor hit the mouth a ever so subtle kilned malt, roasty stout character come through but its so mild it can be easily missed and really the cherry is the star of the show in this beer.

The mouthfeel is one of the best I've ever felt. It has a great silky smoothness. The beer looks pretty lifeless in the glass but when swished around in the mouth it comes alive and seemingly coats the mouth with a rich fruit beer.

The beer is quite sweet like most of the New Glarus fruit beers which really hampers drinkability but i can't see wanting more than the 12 oz. bottle.

I really enjoyed this beer and am glad to see it is categorized under fruit/vegetable category. My only problem is the name. This beer doesn't really have any hard resemblance to a stout. I think this beer would score much higher if it was named Belgian Red Dunkel.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

New Glarus ages the beer in oak to bring on some spontaneous fermentation.

Garnet hue off of a very deep brown color, pretty light looking for a Stout, yet the head flaunts it like any other Stout. Pours a decent-size head that doesn't retain much, but it sticks around for the duration. Big cherry-juice aroma, mild malt and even milder roasted notes in the nose. Moderate body, a little thin with a slick and smooth mouthfeel. Lots of cherry juice sweetness to deal with; taste buds are left waiting for any real Stout-like roasted flavor. Hops are on mute with very little bitterness or flavor. Cherry flavor is domi- nant and sweet from start to finish.

Where is the Stout? There is a glimpse of a dark beer within, but nothing more. We know this was their intention, but neither the oak nor the spontaneous fermentation make any real appearance. Not half bad, but the cherry and weak Stout character have no real depth and simply make a sweet ale.

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Photo of newk340
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very dark cherry red, nearly brown but translucent with a slight pink hue to the thin head.

S: nothing but the cherries stand out.

T: a strong cherry flavor with a stout aftertaste that leaves a buzzing of flavor behind on the tongue.

MF/D: the strong taste certainly smoothes out the carbonation making this a very delectable beer that can be enjoyed recreationally. i will thoroughly savor the 3 i have left.

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Photo of bicyclesandbeer
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Unplugged Cherry Stout pours from the 12oz bottle a deep dark brown with a garnet hue. A small actively bubbly light tan head sits atop the brew. Looks nice in the glass, but doesn't really appear like a stout normally would. Aromas begin with a blast of tart, sour cherry that literally jumps out of the glass. Sweetness is there too with only a light roastiness and a touch of chocolate underneath. The cherry really dominates the aroma here.

First sip brings a rush of sweet and sour cherry flavors along with a nice roasty maltiness. A touch of chocolate is there along with a nice bit of oak flavor. Flows down a bit acidic with a bit of a sour twang. Overall this is a tasty brew. Seems like a mix of Belgian Red and a light stout..I found it to be quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and really fairly light for a stout. It has a decent sturdy body, but doesn't ever reach what I would consider stout status. Goes down easily, but is a touch acidic. Overall, I could see myself having a few of these but that would probably be it. An interesting brew for sure...just wish it had stronger stout qualities. I always enjoy drinking these Unplugged beers..can't wait to try the Enigma next!

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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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 badbeer
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of very sweet cherries. The flavor is very similar. There is a ton of cherry syrup, as well a some lightly roasted malt. Overall, the beer is very sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of deebo
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly fresh beer (I think) poured into a pint glass.

A-Reddish brown color and clear, 3 fingers of a pillowy lingering tan head.

S-Wow-cherries! I think this has as much cherry aroma as the Belgian Red. There is a faint hint of a stout in there but this is definitely fruity vs. roasted malt.

T-Once again the cherry taste is strong, however the end note is definitely stout (roasted malt) but is weak. This beer is fairly sweet. The combo is bit like smoked cherry wood. Hints of sour cherries are present in the finish. A very interesting and unique taste.

M-Moderate to high levels of tingly carbonation. Body is on the low to medium side for a stout. Ends quick and tingly, very low in malt bitterness. NO alcohol bite.

D-This is tasty, very light and drinkable.

O-This is definitely a fruit forward beer. Unique and worth seeking out! One of my favorites from NG.

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Photo of NilocRellim
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured cold from the bottle. This beer is a dark, red, cloudy colour with a minimal head. The smell was that of tart cherries with a hint of chocolate. The smell was also very sweet and malty. The taste was a very tart cherry that moved to a sweet, chocolate, mellow finish that lingered on the tongue for a bit.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Thanks for opening this one with me, NoSignsOfPain!

A dark brown with ruby throughout, and a moderately sized very light brown head that eventually leaves dots of stick to the glass. It already doesn't look like much of a stout, though that being said, it doesn't look like any fruit beer I'd ever tried before either. Unique.

The aroma is very fruit-forward, with fresh cherry juice and earthy cherry skins dominating. There's perhaps just the very faintest hint of roast, but the cherries are dominant and smell very nice.

The flavor too is very fruit-forward; this ain't no stout. This has lots of sweet, nearly syrupy, cherry flavor. There's not a lot other than cherry flavor, surprisingly, especially with the word "stout" on the front of the bottle.

Medium bodied with high carbonation--very appropriate for this fruit beer.

As a fruit beer, it's quite lovely. As a stout--well, it isn't at all a stout. An interesting beer to have to review, but it was delicious, and, in the end, that's all that really matters.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thinner body, yet still black stout. Mild head. Big cherry aroma. No other brewery does cherry better than NG.

Thin malt bill (dehusked malt to allow color but not the typical thickness or chewiness?) allows for an amazing plethora of cherry sensation coupled with mild and dry roasting in a stout. Love it. Provides some vanilla as a sidekick to cherry.

I remember how much people hated vanilla coke when it came back, this is like vanilla cherry stout. Instead of cherry vanilla soda, this is a mild stout with some woodiness complimenting the cherry and vanilla. The cherry is huge here, and no doubt, has turned some people off who just don't like cherries or even fruit in their beer. The ever so mild tartness is a further plus. Maybe a little thin in the mouthfeel for a traditional stout, but this is not a traditional stout. This was Melange before Melange was Melange.

I would love some kind of collaboration between these guys and the Bruery for a very special Unplugged Cherry Chocolate Rain. I mean, I love both beers, but this could use some bulking up (pretty confidant Black Tuesday could do that) and CCR could use more cherries, and these dudes are the cherry masters.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle into a Stone IRS Tulip.

Pours a cola brown with a one finger head. In the glass, light shows up as deep ruby highlights through a deep brown body.

Smells of sweet cherries. Not complex, but good.

Tastes like a chocolate covered cherry. Surprisingly crisp in the finish, with a slight oak note.

Medium, slick mouthfeel. Fits the cherry profile well.

I really like this. One of the best non sour fruit beers I've had.

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