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Thumbprint Cherry Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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

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Ratings: 553 |  Reviews: 310
Photo of BadgerBrewer16
1/5  rDev -73.4%

Photo of dwhitney
1/5  rDev -73.4%

Photo of WhatAlesMe
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

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 Overlord
1.69/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is a pretty underrated brewery, in my opinion. Thanks to a generous alcstradamus. Sadly, I must report that this beer was awful.

Pours a murky brownish red. Two or three inches or rapidly vanishing tan foam.

Smells ... like fake artificial cherry sweetener and cough syrup. Taste is shockingly cloying. So, so, so sweet. None of the complexities that cherries can bring, at all. What other flavors there are (malt, basically) just add a "sugar"iness to it.

I couldn't drink it. For a stout, mouthfeel pretty thin.

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Photo of nrbw23
1.74/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- Pours a clear brownish read color with a fairly thin tan head. Head was gone in a flash, leaving behind a few bubbles and no lacing.

S- Smells like fake cherries. Cherries dominate the smell of this brew and I'm having a hard time picking up anything else really.

T- Again cherries all over the place. Overly sweet and fake in taste.

M- Almost like watery thin. Not quite sure where the stout is coming from. Carbonation seemed light too.

D- Found this one to be very hard to drink and couldn't finish it.

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Photo of ppoitras
1.97/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity... Red foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear brownish burgundy brew. Head is quickly gone, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sour cherries and hearty dark malts, smells like a cherry stout. Flavor is probably the most sweet beer I've ever had upfront. Blech. Have trouble getting anything else out of it but that. Mouthfeel is somewhat lacking in carbonation, and drinkability is in the cellar due to my not being able to get past the flavor. Wow, nasty.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
1.98/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: mahogany color, clear, lighter for a stout, light tan head, that was a thin veil
S: strong cherry cough syrup (ugh!), I didn't want this, I was hoping for something closer to Bell's
T: sweet, sticky, strong cherry, very little stout, aged in barrels (really?)
M: medicinal, light cherry cough syrup, not robust like a stout should be

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of beveragecaptain
2.04/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. The New Glarus Cherry Stout pours out a dark brown color with ruby tints. The head is small and is gone after a minute or so. The aroma is pungent, rotten cherries. The flavor is dominated by the slightly sour, slightly sweet cherries. There's also an artifical sweetener flavor that I find foul. Very little, if any, stout flavor. I like the Belgian Red. Hell, I even liked the Sour Brown. This beer, however, is almost undrinkable. Get rid of the artificial sweetener flavor, make the cherry flavor fresher, and add some more stout to this beer. Maybe then I will try it again.

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Photo of dragonWhale
2.09/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Courtesy of my boy Peesie..

Whoa..um, appearance is a bit off. A translucent brown with some decent carbonation. Cherry Brown? Does not look like it's going to be thick or rich. Aroma of cherry, sweet, cloying cherry, not much else.
Much like the other of NG's fruit beers that I've attempted, sweet, a bit cloying. Are all of Wisconsin's cherries sweet? Maybe I've asked this question before. Not at all impressed by this beer. I was expecting some lush dark beverage infused with roast and chocolate to play off of the cherry. In that combination, I feel you can get away with a little sweet cherry if you have the bitter dark end to balance. Another disappointment from these guys.

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Photo of corby112
2.1/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep dark ruby red that is so dark it's almost black with golden ruby edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger light beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of lacing on it's way down.

The aroma is bursting with an intense syrupy cherry character. It smells a lot like a luden's cough drop and children's cold medicine. Whatever oak and malt notes are there are completely overpowering by the overly cloying sweet cherry presence. I'm sure they used real cherries but it smells incredibly artificial.

Medium bodied with a cloyingly sweet overpowering cherry flavor. Again it is very syrupy and artificial tasting even if the cherries are real. There are some chocolate/toasted malt notes underneath but this beer is too one dimensional with a boat load of sickening cherry sweetness.

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Photo of oshbeer
2.12/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer does not live up to its name as a stout - the only reason I bought it.

I knew I was in trouble when I poured it and it looked more like a dark ale then a stout. It did carry a nice head though.

The smell was of tart cherries, which was pleasant.

The taste was best summed up by my wife (who thought the exact thing as me) tastes like watered down cough syrup. I might have been easier on it had it actually been called a fruit ale. The tartness that should have been similar to tart cherries, was sour and left an aftertaste again similar to cough syrup.

Mouthfeel was smooth & carbonation was average.

I really had high expectations for this brew but unfortunately I will be punishing my friends with the rest of this.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.13/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received as an extra and was very excited to try this.

Poured a dark brown/amber color with a light brown/red tinged head.

Smelled of imitation cherries, roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate.

Taste is just terrible. I never drain poor beers. This was drain poured. I tried to see how it would develop as it warmed a bit, but this is just a terrible tasting beer. Tastes like someone took a mediocre stout and dumped some robitussin in it, then added in a bit of tart cherries.

Mouthfeel - get it out of my mouth!

Overall glad I gave it a try, but will not ever drink this again, even if it is free. Still, major props to the trader who included this as an extra - love trying new beers.

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Photo of granger10
2.16/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This 7th installment of the Unplugged Series pours a black color with a crimson hue. A small tan head rests atop the liquid. No real lacing.

Aroma is strong on the cherries with a bit of an oak barrel note with alcohol esters. Deeper down there's the slightest amount of sweet chocolate. There is also a saltyness I'm smelling which throws everything off. Complex yet not enjoyable smell here.

Taste is also lacking what I was hoping for. So many cherries in here it's sickening. Not really any stout characteristics to match. Tastes like Robitussin with a shot of Worchestire sauce.

I set the beer down and open a Bell's Amber and come back in 30 minutes. As the beer warms there's a roasted character that helps and the tartness of the cherries now match the sweetness. But still, this isn't too good. The finish is high on alcoholic esters even though I don't think this beer is too high in alcohol in general.

Body is a bit light and carbonation is rather low. That doesn't help this beer at all. In the end I finish off the bottle hoping to never see this train wreck again. Highly disapointed.

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Photo of Dactrius
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of BrownAleMale
2.27/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet.

Appearance- Dark brown in color, when held into the light it becomes ruby. Head is white. Don't blink or you will miss it.

Smell- All cherry, and almost menthol cherry

Taste- Follows the nose. The menthol cherry taste is unpleasant and makes for a medicinal like flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very light for a stout. Watery and over carbonated.

Overall- Basically think cherry cough medicine. Kind of surprised seeing their other fruit flavor beers have such a real and crisp flavor.

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Photo of bashiba
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

poured a clear dark brown with bright ruby highlights and no head.

Smell is sweet with a strong alcohol odor amd some hints of wood.

Taste is quite the opposite if the smell a very tart and sour cherry flavor with noticeable alcohol taste no noticeable standard stout flavors at all.

Mouthfeel is slick and slightly hot.

Not to good overall and not a stout at all in my book will avoid in the future.. Didn't even finish thid.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of oregonskibum
2.41/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Medium to dark brown with some reddish/orange tings in the light. Fairly thin off-whiate head dies off quickly to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing.

S: Lots of sweet, maraschino cherry smells. Hints of cough syrup. Searching for typical stout smells, but not really getting any. Maybe a little chocolate, but faint at best.

T: First impression is of cherry coke, without the coke. Overly carbonated sweetness hits the tongue immediately. Strong sweet cherry flavors gradually give way to cherry tarteness. Some earthy notes show up later along with faint chocolate. Finishes with an odd bitterness and medicinal taste. This is kind of a mess.

M: Overly carbonated, medium mouth feel and a little oily.

D: Not impressed. This is kind of a mess, trying for chocolate covered cherries in one moment, a sour cherry pie the next. Not enjoyable to drink. Wouldn't try again. Not even sure I'll finish this bottle, especially that I now know the burps aren't pleasant either...

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2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Whoa! Another beer where I was expecting something quite different. Poured a decent tan head and some lace. Head fades to a thin cover within a minute or so. Color is a very dark mahoganey with red highlights. Arome is BAM cherry pie! Along with some malt. Have very little idea where the "stout" part comes in. Flavor's about the same as aroma, with a little more of the sour cherry coming thru along with a smidgen of malt. No roasty, toasty, stout qualities that I can find. It is dark. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Should be good to cook with. Kind of a girly beer.

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Photo of atone315
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of josephwa
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Blakaeris
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with ruby highlights. Head is a thin ring.

Smell is reminicent of cherry brandy. Thankfully the fruit isn't overly artificial.

Taste is a surprisingly strong sour cherry flavor up front, with a tart finish. There is subdued minerally mustiness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Where's the stout? The sourness is so overwhelming as to eclipse anything else. This brew is very reminiscent of the New Glarus sour brown. If you have the aquired taste of sour beers give this one a try. Otherwise don't waste the cash.

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Photo of jimelee108
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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