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 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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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Red with a brown tinge, Slighty soapy off-white 2 finger head.

Smell - Sweet Cherries, molasses, yeasts, faint hops and roasted malts. Sweet Cherry scent is very strong, almost like opening a bottle of cherry syrup and taking a whiff. Very sweet smelling, perhaps the sweetest smelling stout I've come across.

Taste - Cherries, Chocolate, Yeasts, Burnt Malts and Barley. Flavor is more balanced than the smell. Tastes like cherries dipped in chocolate; Interesting!

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied and virtually no carbonation, but its got a very syrupy and watery feeling to it, which has a texture that comes off as quite unpleasant.

Overall - Its smells good, tastes good, but the mouthfeel is definitely it's biggest weakness and hurts the overall quality of the beer. With that said, It's still worth checking out if you're looking for something new; Just be prepared for a rather unsavory texture on your palate.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Doesn't pour like your typical stout... A much lighter color coming from the bottle and almost looks like it has a red tinge. In the glass it's a very deep amber color and could be a black in the right lighting. The head is a half finger high and falls fast to a thin layer on top of the glass. The lacing is minimal.

S= Smells like a cherry sucker. Candy like aroma. Not much else coming through besides the candy aroma.

T= The taste again is dominated by a cherry candy flavor. There is however a bit of roasted malt and maybe a little caramel malt. Not much as far as hops or yeast. Really a unique beer. I would have expected nothing less from a NG fruit beer.

M= Nice thicker mouth.

O= Stout? Not much of a stout but an amazing fruit beer. Somehow NG seems to be able to do amazing things with fruit. While they don't really keep it as raw fruit they somehow doctor it to bring a nostalgic candy character. This is no exception. Candy cherries all the way with a little bit of roast in the taste and none in the nose. Worth trying again and again.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Served into a tulip glass

A: Deep brown with some maroon hues throughout. Initially a big, rocky and foamy slightly off-white head forms with a decent rate of dissipation. Bits of lacing along the walls but the retention falls flat on its face, leaving not even a ring behind the more shallow the glass becomes.

S: Dark cherry, sour cherry candy, sweet caramel malts and even a hint of chocolate malt towards the back. It certainly smells nothing like a "stout," as the name suggests. Truly, this isn't but a nice fruity and malty smelling ale nonetheless.

T: A wash of somewhat tart and sour cherry coats the palate and mid. The flavor doesn't change until the back end and into the linger where the rich malt base comes through. Plenty of caramel and roasted malts. Hints of chocolate dance but never come center. Still, a very unique and interesting blending of flavors. Certainly sweet though.

M: Highly carbonated, bubbly and even fizzy on the palate. Coats very nicely as the malts in the linger give it a good feel.

I honestly really enjoyed this beer. It seems to me that New Glarus have mastered the "fruit" beers, and this is no exception. While a bit sweet, they contain massive amounts of fruits, which are by nature, sweet! This is one brewery I really wish I could find in my area.

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

2012 vintage from bottle to a stemmed tulip. For goodness' sake, read the label and not the name of the beer. This is NOT a stout. Also - this should be paired with food.

A: OK, not what I was expecting. This is thin and murky brown with a ruby tint to it. Head is a nice stack of manila envelopes that fade into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Whoa, totally unexpected. Cherry Luden's cough drops all the way, with just a hint of cocoa powder. Smells like Belgian Red.

T: Cold, this is not pleasant. Just a funky, medicinal, bitter cherry mess. However, once it warms up (and you warm up to just what it is and not what you were expecting) it gets substantially better. The cherry flavor is dominant, both sweet and tart and tasting really fresh and authentic. Again, the only malt presence is faint, although it really adds a nice balance, keeping the cherries from being too acidic and cloying.

M: Crisp and tangy, with a fruit beer sharpness but a bit softer, smoother finish from the malt. Slighty bitter and astringent.

O: New Glarus amazes me with their brews, from super basic to quite odd. However, every single one seems to be very well crafted and has a special place. This is no exception, albeit to the end of the odd side of the spectrum. As long as this beer is approached and appreciated as it was intended (as a fruit beer), it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.13/5  rDev -43.5%
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 kawilliams81
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a Stone pint.

A- pours a dark amber with a 2 finger tan head. Small blotches of lacing spots on glass.

S- cherry lifesavers

T- this tastes like Wisconsin belgian red with a hint of chocolate malt.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable and clean finish.

O- nice twist on a fruit beer. It's like getting more Belgian red for your buck!

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Photo of bennetj17
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-amber appearance. You can see through it in the light, so it doesn't look much like a Stout. Thin, soapy tan foam. The smell is predominantly cherries, and is immediately reminiscent of the Belgian Red. In fact, I don't get much of anything else so you might convince me it was the Belgian Red if I was blindfolded. As much as this doesn't smell like a Stout, I still enjoy the fresh cherry bouquet.

The taste is a bit muddled, the cherry flavor is still dominant, but less exciting with a cherry cola like sweetness and not much other depth. It's almost like they took Belgian Red and added a splash of some Stout, but not enough to give it that roasty character. The carbonation is nice and sharp, and the mouthfeel is light but not thin.

Overall this is a bit of a disappointment, mainly because this doesn't resemble a Stout at all. On the other hand, it's a unique beer, and no one else but New Glarus could make a cherry brew quite like it. Perhaps they should have called it Cherry Brown Ale or something like that. In the end I say worth a try.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown which does not suprise me after reading the reviews.

Smells of almost all cherry maybe a little tartness in it to. Really nice.

I new this was not gonna taste at all like a stout by the smell... That being said I am ok with that if I want a cherry stout I will have CW cherry BBS. It is sour cherries all the way with a nice bitter bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is exactly what I look for in a fruit beer. Mediun with a good amount of carbonation.

This is one that makes you think, does writing Cherry Stout on the label make it lose points because it really is not a stout at all. But I went into it thinking NG fruit beer and was rewarded with one....

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

Definitely not a stout!!! Pours a mahogany brown color with ruby highlights when held to a light. Small off white head, worse than average retention, a bit of lacing.

Smell is fairly good. Strong cherry aroma, not my favorite beer smell but it is prominent.

Taste is pretty average.Sweet cherry soda / maybe a little cherry cough syrup with kind of a sourness as well. Not really bad but not that great either.

Mouthfeel is rich enough, not watery or cloyingly sweet.

Not one I would have again but probably not bad for someone that likes fruit flavored beers.

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Photo of pweis909
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Garnet-brown w/ tawny foam, lacing
S= Cherry cough syrup, initially, and then more cherry life saver. Possibly a faint whiff of acetic.
T=Blast of sweet and sour, the cherries quite prominent, the stout character is reduced to a subtle chocolate that surfaces in the finish.
M=medium body, not thin. The acidity tickles the tip of my nose each time I sip it (not really a mouth thing, but a feel thing).

I like the balance in this beer. I find many sours too sour for me, but this one is lovely.

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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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