Thumbprint Cherry Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Cherry StoutThumbprint Cherry Stout

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of harrymel
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been interested in this for years.

Pours a dark cherry with brown tones - like not a stout. Some surface light tan foam. Smells like cherries, wood, some charcoal and cola. Flavor is cherry with some cola flavors, a bit of cocoa, some wood and some raisin. Medium, thin syrup bodied with light on moderate carb. I was interested, then disappointed, now actually quite enjoying this one. I would like it alongside a dark chocolate brownie.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to JulianC for this bottle!

Haven't been able to make a Wisconsin run in some time, but luckily I have a bit of a hookup... This stuff pours a ruby-highlighted black-sienna topped by a finger of ashen tan foam. The nose comprises sweet black cherry awash in a roasty cocoa sea. ...Or is it the other way around...? Or both? Knowing my philosophy, it's both. The taste brings in more of the same, with the cherry occasionally taking on some mildly tart, almost tannic qualities, but mostly sticking with the sweet foundation set up in the smell. The cocoa is now a tad roastier, though some sweeter factions pop up every now and again as well, and a pinch of coffee makes itself known at random intervals. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty tasty cherry stout, one that seems to stray happily away from the medicinal qualities of other fruited beers without going tooth-achingly sweet in the process. A nice balance is also maintained between the cherry and the roast. Good times.

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Photo of jegross2
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Cherry Stout from the Thumbprint series produced by New Glarus Brewing Company.
Score: 80

Bottle is from the late winter of 2012 -- I want to say February 2012, but do not know for certain off the top of my head. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 09/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a translucent reddish brown color with a half to full finger of off-white head that settles to a bubbly ring around the glass. Lots of ruby highlights in the center when held up to light. Decent lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Cherry Robitussin, cherry-flavored lozenges, and hot cocoa mix. 3.5/5

Taste: Tastes like an acidic, chocolatey stout that was featured on an episode of Will It Blend with a bag of cherry lozenges. Light caramel flavor too. Finishes with a fizzy, Belgian Red-esque and cocoa flavor. Finish is above average tasting, but the upfront flavor of this beer is an absolutely muddled mess. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, medium-high carbonation. Fizzy on the tongue. Horrible mouthfeel for a stout, but OK mouthfeel for the Belgian Red-like finish. 3/5

Overall: A great example of why I generally avoid "cherry stouts." New Glarus has a lot of really good beers in their unplugged/thumbprint series -- this is not one of them.

Recommendation: Skip this beer.

Pairings: The common cold.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thebigredone for this one. 12oz bottle poured into Lawson's tulip, with a few ounces shared with my 84-year old grandmother.

A- Pours a slightly dark reddish black that is mostly opaque but slightly translucent especially around the edges. Has about a finger of brownish reddish head that has decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Decent carbonation, a little bit more then your average stout.

S- Lots of black cherries immediately hit your nose balanced with chocolate, some malts, and a hint of oak. Very aromatic and sweet smelling, not an artificial cherry smell.

T- Sweet black cherries mixed with chocolate and a light hint of oak. Finishes fairly sweet with a lingering sweet cherry aftertaste. Fairly well balanced, the chocolate could have came out a little bit more.

M- Definitely fairly thin for a stout, goes down very easily and fairly smooth.

O- I definitely enjoyed this beer. Cherry is definitely a flavor that I think goes very well with stouts. I wish more breweries would incorporate them when making some of their darker beers. This beer definitely had a very strong cherry presence that made the beer very sweet. My only problems with this beer were that it was a little bit too thin and the cherries dominated a little bit too much without letting the other stout qualities come out as much although they were definitely present. I would drink this again and would definitely recommend it if you like sweet cherries. My grandmother thought it was one of the best beers she's had.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Schlais for throwing a bunch of these my way.

Appearance: Pours a nice rich brown. Looks almost black sitting in the glass. Some nice dark reds when held to light. Head is off-white and pillowy to start. Drops to a thin, chunky collar and spotty cap in short order.

Smell: Big hit of cherry juice. Almost hits like cough medicine. Huge tart cherry. Milk chocolate. Tootsie Rolls. Big sweetness. Some nice roasted malts in the back. It literally smells like someone poured a big glass of Wisconsin Belgian Red in a glass of Sierra Nevada Stout. Tart, medicinal. Fruity as all get out. Stout is buried, and I mean buried, but it's there. Mildly roasted.

Taste: Liquid Tootsie Pop. Huge milk chocolate buried under a wave of cherry juice. Tart skins and juice. So much cherry power. Mild roasted malt edge. Sweet and dominantly cherry at all points. Very clean. Almost no stout characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation. Moderate body thins a touch as it warms. Like the taste, very clean.

Overall: This beer is called Dark Colored Cherry Ale Surprise.

I like it, but the label is misleading. It's dark fruity deliciousness from New Glarus. It's not stellar, but it's worth it.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
2.27/5  rDev -39.8%
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 rawfish
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip, woody brown with tons of effervescence like cherry coke, incredibly light for a stout. Creamy high 3 finger head with good retention and nice stick on the glass.

Sweet red cherry flashes on the nose with a backing of oak that is light on it's feet with a solid chocolate and vanilla dessert under flow. Not real coffee or roasted aroma though. Acidic cherry sour notes come through on the finish.

Cinnamon, caramel with loads of cherry sweetness and a sour bite that hits you before any roasted or chocolate flavors do. Candy sweetness and a sour acidic finish. Medicinal and herbal hops barely make an impact and the wood complexities and dark malt flavors of a stout are very much lacking.

Adequate carbonation and the tartness releases nicely from the palate. Average body but light for a stout.

Approach as a darker sour fruit beer though the label indicates a stout. The cherries are very prevalent throughout this beer and the tartness is packaged impressively. I expected a much darker roasted character from this beer and less sour. This is quite a shocker will appeal to those that like the taste of artificial cherry candies and medication.

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Photo of Treebs
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really want to know the story behind why this is called a Cherry Stout. 12 oz. bottle served in a FW mini snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark cherry color with a light tan head. Some light bubbles and and small specs of lace are left on the glass.

S: Smells exactly like cherry coke. I mean exactly like it. The only difference is when I put my nose into the glass the bubbles aren't hitting my nose.

T: Dark cherry with a slight sour tang to it. Mild black licorice as well. Almost candied in nature with a high sweetness to it.

M: Pretty drinkable with a light body and smooth finish.

O: This was an odd beer. While I didn't hate I didn't particular enjoy it. It was a nice beer to try and I would recommend it for cherry candy fanatics.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost rediculously high foamy head that fades slowly leaving copious lacing. Appears a very deep tea-ish brew with dark red shades, only slightly glowing beneath the darkness. Smells of ripe cherries, light oak, light fruit wine notes, sometime seeming a bit candy-ish. Taste is ripe tart cherry, plum, with smooth balanced malt sweetness, very little that could be called bitter. Mouth-feel is active, not overly fussy, lighter, less syrupy, with a fast wet finish, with some nice sustain of flavors. Not a repeater, maybe a bit of downer. Maybe I don't really get the style.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.30.12

A - Pours a cola brown with a light tan head, good retention.

S - Strong dark cherry and booze.

T - Booze soaked cherries - that's it!

D - Ok carbonation, heavier body, on the sweeter side.

O - Boozy cherry, sweet and fun.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a weak, vanilla head that recedes to a small ring. Very deep red when held to the light but black at first glance.

S - A beautiful fresh cherry smell thats got a refreshing tartness to it. Maybe a little bit of sourness playing around also. Some very delicate chocolate malt hides in the background.

T - Chocolate malt is there but is hard to find with the tartness of young red fruit hitting you. Has a nice carbonation tingle that melts well with the acidity. Finishes with, yet again, a bright cherry tartness.

M - Light to medium-light in body. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry.

O - I love a quality crafted fruit beer. This one could have showed some more stout characteristics and have balanced out but it is somehow a great summer thirst quencher. It's appropriate that it's classified as a fruit beer and not a stout.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry stout pours a black color, with a red hue, and a very small lacing head. There is a strong natural cherry aroma. There is a alot of carbonation and a strong natural cherry flavor, sweetness from the fruit, but the stout brings it to an enjoyable level; similar to a cherry cola. Very easy to drink, but still yields a full flavor. Overall deffenlitly is what the label says it is, and if you like cherries you will like this one.

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Photo of herman77
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/mahogany with a decent sized creamy, khaki head. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of sweet and tart cherries. A tiny bit of toasted malt and a bit of spice, nutmeg? Probably as much cherry smell as in Belgium Red.

T: Again, lots of cherries. A nice sweet and tart combo going on. Some nice malty characteristics to this as well, but the cherries are the main attraction here. I do pick up a bit of oak and spice. Again, maybe some nutmeg.

M: Medium body. Softer carbonation.

O: Fairly good drinkability. A 12oz bottle for one is enough. Reminds me of a more malty Belgium Red. Again, a fantastic fruit beer by Dan Carey.

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Photo of danedelman
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to maximum12 for this one in a trade

A-dark black but when held to lite shows a red amber color. small head.

s-very strong merachino cherry sweetness and a bit of roasted malt and a hint of nutmeg.

T-tons of those cherries with a cinnamon or nutmeg characteristic to it. Cherry pie-esk. Cherries dominate way too much.

M-thin body and little carbonation.

o-not very impressed by the flavor.

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Photo of deebo
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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 FosterJM
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1334th Review on BA
Bottle to Excelsior Tulip

Thanks to ErikKoppin

App- A deep ruby red with a medium density. Has some lighter reds on the bottom. Only about a 1/8" of bubbles with no cling or lace.

Smell- Super sweet on the nose. Smells like Apple ale, like a jolly rancher but more thickness with a malty note. A lot of sweet cheeries. Not overly wowing but good.

Taste- Wow. This is a bit thick, sweet and filled with Cherries. No idea how this is a stout but think just name. Creamy, malty, sweet and just tasty.

Mouth- A medium body with a low medium carbonation. Cherries, tingly malts remain. Nice body

Drink- Wasnt sure what to expect. Nice beer with a ton of flavor. This was a bit thick but it worked. Would like to have again.

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Photo of lnashsig
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

#BOTG 55! Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a dark dark blood red/brown color, almost no head at all. Visible small bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass. Smell- like I am sticking my nose into the cherry tank of a soda fountain machine. Chemically, syrupy, artificial smelling cherries. Maybe a little bit of port wine smell mingled with maybe some chocolate. Not a great aroma. Taste- really sharp carbonation, this pretty much tastes like a cherry Dr. Pepper having sex with a chocolate truffle cheap candy you would get in a shitty box of valentines day candy. The mouthfeel is thin, and really there is nothing "stout" about this beer at all. Mediocre, a disappointment from a brewery I wanted to get more exposure to that I know is capable of beers way better than this. This will go down the drain in favor of something different tonight.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is for the old version, the 'Unplugged' Cherry Stout.

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice foil, NG minimalist label. I'm thinking this is from 2010, but there's no date.

Appearance: Fairly clear, warm mahogany brew with a light tan cap and steady carbonation. Overall, not particularly 'stout-like', more like a porter or a brown ale, but nice-looking, nonetheless.

Smell: NG really knows how to do fruit beers. The nose is cherry lifesavers, fresh cherry pie, and a hint of earthy cherry juice all rolled into one. You really have to work at it, but there's some underlying brown malt character as well. Again, nothing particularly stout-like, but really pleasant.

Taste: NOT one of those fru-fru sweet, syrupy fruit beers. This is not as good as their Wisconsin Belgian Red, but it's similar to it in a lot of ways. Lots of acidity and lip-smacking tart cherries combine with sharp carbonation to make this spritzy and tangy. Though it's tart and lip-smacking, it's nowhere near sour. Though the label said that this was (at least partially) spontaneously fermented, this isn't a Lacto/Pedio bomb in any way. The fruit flavor is very good, if a bit one dimensional, with just a hint of sweet graham cracker malt behind it. The one downside is that (and it kills me to say this, as I am 99% sure there's NO artificial flavorings in here) there is a touch of an odd, mineral twang that you sometimes get in the better-quality cherry cough lozenges.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, spritzy, lip-smacking (pleasant)

Overall: Let's be clear; this beer is in NO way a stout. Cherry porter would have been closer, but there's no roasted charater whatsoever here. I remember this also being the case when it was much fresher. 'Wild Cherry Ale' or 'Wisconsin Cherry Ale' or something of the like would have been more appropriate. I love the way Dan does his beers, but the designation here is a bit off. This is a really nice, natural, not-too-sweet/not-too-sour fruit beer that would go well with some types of desserts and likely with a creamy Camembert and crusty baguette as well. I think this was around 9-10 dollars for a 4-pk. At that price, even considering the excellent cherry flavors, I haev to give this a low B (just above a B-). Wisconsin Belgian Red is $9-10 for a 750, is lower in alcohol, and I have NO problem paying that. That's how I know that that's still the better beer :)

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body with plenty of amber-hued hints at the edges and topped with a slim, off-white head.

Smell: It really just smells more akin to a brown ale given a large, vibrant top note of Luden's Cherry throat drops.

Taste: A roundabout gulp of cherry-flavored cola with extra added toasty malt tastes. Fairly sweet throughout. Lightly tart. There's a bit of middling woodiness from the oak, but, for the most part, the cherries take center stage. Even farther down into the cherry bin you'll find some slight mustiness, but, at best, it's reserved. Closes out as sweet and fruity as it kicked off.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky in the mouth.

Overall: It's a very fine beer, don't get me wrong, but not a stout. Instead of "cherry stout" call it "stout cherry", because there's definitely plenty of cherriness within.

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Photo of yamar68
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I just returned home from a quick Wisconsin beer run. First, I tried the WI Belgian Red which I enjoyed very much, but it was a bit heavy on the fruit for me. So I thought I'd take a break and switch it up with a New Glarus Cherry Stout... turns out, they are oddly similar.

Pours like a lighter barleywine. More clarity than you'd expect from any stout.

The nose is bossed around by the massive cherries. Faint vinegar, subtle roasted malts... a few suggestions of "stout" but honestly not much.

The production of this beer obviously doesn't differ much from the Belgian Red. The overpowering, tart cherry is supported by some light cocoa and toffee, barely.

As others have suggested, this beer isn't bad at all... just not at all what it's advertised as.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a big cap of foam. Cherry exudes from the beer into the nose. More of this in the flavor. A little sweet in the start, but some tartness breaks through. The beer seems less like stout and more like a a mere substrate to convey the cherry goodness. The beer takes second fiddle to New Glarus' magic with cherries. I don't detect any hints of stout-like darkness in this beer. The cherries are pleasant, but I think it is a tab mis-labeled as a stout.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Cherry Stout. Brewed and bottled in New Glarus, WI. On the side of the label, some of the same blah-blah-blah, then, "This is Dan's Gold Medal winning "Cherry Stout." This ale is aged in oak barrels to promote the spontaneous fermentation. Eight Wisconsin malted barleys combined with Wisconsin Montmorency cherries make for a complex and subtle taste experience that you may never find again. Discover why Dan is repeatedly recognized as the Best Brewmaster in America."

Dark brown color, mostly opaque, some clarity in spots. Pink-ish brown head appears, then slims down with certainty.

Ripe, vibrant cherry aromatics, happy mix of sweet and sour, rounded out by the oak barrel action.

Taste: Once in the mouth, more sweet and sour, more flashes of fruity brilliance. Not too much happens underneath, however. I feel that if this hadn't been called a stout, I'd find some way around this disappointment. As it is, I find it lacking a a "stout." Tell you what, I'll forget it as a "stout" and think of it as a dark version of the Wisconsin Cherry Red. If I didn't, I'd find the malt too mild, lacking roast, lacking a lot of stout-y elements. Removing that aspect of my expectations, I'd be very fond of the flavor.

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Photo of r0nburgundy69
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Jester King tulip.
A: dark brown, with a red hue, thick creamy head.
S: Cherry, lots of it, a little chocolate.
T: Tart cherry at first, then milk chocolate with a bit of spices, it would be similar to a chocolate covered cherry it were not for a medicinal quality.
M: Nice and creamy, yet light, low but adequate carbonation
O: I enjoyed it, but I do taste some cough syrup, which hurt the overall score.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep brown color with ruby red tints. Nice finger of light tab head. Good retention.

S- huge gigantic juicy fresh Wisconsin cherries with a touch of chocolate and oak.

T- tastes like a cherry cordial. Sweet milk chocolate malt flavor. Rich tart cherry and a hint of vanilla from the oak. Superb beverage.

MF- juicy mouthfeel with a light medium body and perfect carbonation.

D- superb drinkability

Overall another amazing fruit beer from the folks at new glarus.

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Thumbprint Cherry Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 505 ratings.
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