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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: 559 |  Reviews: 312
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

Photo of d5001986
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tempest
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Verasong
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 22Blue
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmh21
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dannycohen62
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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, someway...wow. 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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Thumbprint Cherry Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 559 ratings
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