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.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of SiepJones
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark brown with an inch of reddish brown head. Nothing can be seen through the beer.

S: At first whiff this beer smells like my arch nemesis Robitussin. However after taking a few more deep sniffs I notice a slightly oaky wood note behind the strong scent of cherries.

T: Thankfully this beer does not taste like Robitussin, however it does taste like a cherry Dum Dum lollipop. I can taste some of the malt flavor but it's quickly washed away by the strong cherry flavors.

M: Medium body with low carbonation and a very tart finish.

D: I was happy to get to try this beer but one was enough for me as it was too sweet. At first I was a little scared of this beer due to the smell, but after I had a few sips it grew on me. A for effort.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark red color ale with a huge light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing - this does not resemble as stout at all. Aroma of cough syrup and sweet cherries is more dominant then I would have expected. Taste is not as overly dominated by the cough syrup notes but cherry taste is quite dominant with light tart aftertaste. Body is about average with good carbonation. I was expecting a stout based on the name alone so I was a bit surprise when I poured this in my glass. Very interesting beer though cherry taste is overwhelming.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent dark crimson/caramel with 2+ fingers of tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Heavy cherry with some woody notes

T: Cherry juice with some booze warmth & not much else up front, maybe a touch of tartness. Winish. Cherry dominates along with a touch of plum hiding on the back of the tongue. Cherry juice finish with some booze sharpness, plus some oaky notes, verging on vanilla

MF: High effervescence. Medium-light body and a watery texture

Pretty drinkable at first, but has some surprisingly rough edges that stand out as you near the end of the bottle. This beer needs food pairings, although I have no suggestion at this time. It was very fresh and different. Almost like a rough lambic.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of waltonc
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The fact this is called a stout is humorous. It tastes like one part stout to three parts Belgian red. I love Belgian red so I have no problem with this. But not sure why this is labeled a stout. Not much needs to be said - a ton of cherries, light-bodied, high prickly carbonation. Doesnt even look like stout. It looks like belgian red with a dash of stout. Light and refreshing.

Interesting to see so many complaints in other reviews about the cherry flavor, as this is the exact same cherry flavor as the Belgian Red, which has much higher scores. My score here would be higher if it weren't for the debilitating appearance number, which is only low since New Glarus calls this a stout.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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 sugit
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Redish brown pour. Nicehead with good lacing.

S: Um, cherries? Yeah, that's it, cherries....cherry cough syrup really. Although nothing else really going on, it's does smell quite nice for what it is.

T: Wow, tastes like a think cherry cola...and a really sweet one at that. Cherries, cherries, cherries. Not really much of a beer taste at all. Hard to believe this is a stout. The style in BA is a fruit beer, which seems more accurate than a 'Cherry Stout'

M: High carbonation. A thin, but thick and sticky body. Again, hard to believe this is a stout

D: Drinkabily is tough for me with this one. Could't finish one before giving it to someone else to finish so I could have something else.

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Photo of clickpush
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to snifter. Dark ruby body capped by a slight tan head that reduces quickly to nearly no lacing or remnants of any sort. Could be too cold...? Body of beer seems to be lying dormant as well. Looks to be somewhat dead in the glass, even after warming. Beautiful color though.

Nose: Cherries. Cherries. Cherries. Oh, and more cherries. Butterscotch & cinnamon. Seemingly uni-dimensional but oh so inviting. As it warms, it becomes sweet and sticky yet tart and dusty. Baking cocoa. Butter & brown sugar. Opens wide up.

Mouth: Has all the essences of something sweet, perhaps a cherry pie w/ a burnt crust. Yet the beer is dry, pleasantly playful with ripe and dried cherries, a hint of cranberry, and a lovely finish of roasted malts on swallowing. Lingering flavors, fruity and flora. Mouthfeel is carbonated in a way that lets you know its there but yields to the will of your mouth as you glide the liquid along each surface.

Quite a beer.

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Photo of corby112
2.1/5  rDev -44.3%
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 sholland119
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blind Beer #5, Blind Beer BIF Round 3. 12 oz bottle labeled #8.

A-Ruby red, slight haze, thin off white head, some good lacing.

S-Ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb. Sweet cherry juice, cherry cough drops, a hint of cocoa powder.

T-Sweet, though not nearly so much as the nose. This is a good thing. Cherry sweetness, with a hint of cocoa powder in the middle. Some cinnamon is detectable in the finish. Nice.

M-Light bodied with light carbonation.

D-Nice, different.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by writerLJBerg at a Portland tasting. Thanks Luke. From notes.

A: Pours a garnet-tinged brown body with a frothy tan head. Great retention, with some lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Delivers an aroma of tart cherry and slight chocolate notes. The overall effect is of artificial cherry syrupy -- writerLJBerg compared it to Cherry Dr. Pepper, and I'd agree with that. I can't pick up much else in the aroma.

T: The comparison is strengthened after tasting the beer. Artificial cherry syrup, reminding me of the liquid that maraschino cherry jars contain. I pick up just a hint of the supposed stout base, coming through as a little chocolate and roasted malt. They're quickly suppressed by a wave of oak, which contributes a light astringency to the finish.

M: It's tannic, both from cherry skins and oak. It makes the finish feel drying, which is nice when you have tartness in play. It's light-bodied, with high carbonation.

D: New Glarus generally nails the fruit styles pretty well, so this is a rare disappointment. It's not a bad beer, just fairly mediocre and uninteresting. After trying this and the R&D Kriek, I've got this idea in my head that New Glarus's fruit-based beers tend to fit more in the Fruit Beer style than whatever other style they purport to represent -- i.e. this is a fruit beer and not a stout, and the R&D Kriek was a fruit beer and not a lambic.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this not too long ago at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee. Didn't know exactly when to pop this ugly mutha, but tonight seemed like as good a night as any with it being one of the last beers in my fridge.

A- Poured without any pomp or frilly technique into a brandy snifter. Generates about a finger's worth of head the dissipates to a pond scum and poofed up collar. Giant bubbles and microscopic bubbles make up the edge, with not an average bubble in sight. A few islands of carbonation are seen erupting from the crimson liquid. It is very reminiscent of vials of blood taken at your favorite physician's office.

Lacing around the edges is solid. It never wavers, generates the same type after every drink. Lace curtains along the glass, really.

S- You could smell the cherries the moment you pried that cap off. It has a very mild tart aroma to it that you expect from cherries, but the predominant member of this bouquet is cherry syrup. It reminds me instantly of a jar of maraschino cherries with some hints of sour. It dominates the airspace, and leaves no room for any typical stout molecules to come forth and be discovered.

T- Opens up like a vanilla sundae with cherries slathered all over it. It has that sharp cherry flavor that you associate with tart fruits, but instantly perks itself up to be extremely sweet. It would be nauseating if another layer didn't reveal itself right away. Lactose sugars and oak! There is this lovely milk flavor that makes me think this beer should really be called Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream. The oak is the middle flavor after the milk flavors die down, not necessarily unique, but defining.

For a finish there is a second wind of cherry. This time it is mostly an acidic and tart characteristic with a nice scoop of wood, oak to be precise.

M- It has a medium body. Sort of creamy, sort of just thick. Cleans up well for the most part. Lingers on the tongue and no where else. Carbonation doesn't detract, but benefits with some crisp elements towards the middle.

D- The sweet nature does begin to overwhelm towards the middle of the glass. It isn't enough to be complex by the 8th or 9th ounce. It almost lasted a full bottle. Otherwise this was one hell of a shocker. I never expected the oak to come out so strong or there to be lactose flavors. Worked out really well.

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Photo of kbanks13
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a LIF from Prufrock, thanks again!

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint with a dark brown body with garnet hues, especially around the edges. Had a huge dense tan head that leaves decent lacing and a wispy remnant of head on top. Smells tart and woody, sweet cherries on the nose, too. No roasty malts or coffee like flavors like I would expect from a stout, still good but not what I expected. Taste is where things get really interesting. Dominant flavors are oak and a tart cherry flavor, a little chocolate, reminds me of those little cherry cordial candies. Finish is a lingering caramel grain characteristic with a little cherry syrup taste. Feels a bit thin and over carbed for a stout, but nowhere near as light/bubbly as something like a saison. Very tasty beer and I'm glad I got the chance to try this. Not what I expected since this is billed as a stout and it isn't so much of one, more of a brown ale, but it is a good combination and I would love to get more of this.

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Chico1985 for sharing this last night.

A- Murky brown-red with slight head that doesn't retain all that much. A small ring remains behind leaving very few spots of lace.

S- Cherry blast reminiscent of the Wisconsin Belgian Red. Some oak and a juicy sweet deepness to the fruit. Slight tart.

T- Another cherry bomb with just a bit of oak and very slight notes of roast malt in the finish. Sweet and tart.

MF- Light body characteristic of the style with higher end carbonation that suits the flavors. A bit creamy and tart in the finish.

DB- Not much of a stout here but I don't really mind. The great fruit flavor would be enough for me to buy this beer if it were available to me.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours very light for a stout, almost the same color as a brown ale. Hazelnut or walnut brown with tons of ruby tint. A small off-white head forms upon pouring, with just a touch of lace. Large bubbles cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma of sweet fermented cherries wafts up into my nose. Not really any noticeable malt aroma.

Taste: Sweet and sour fermented cherries, a bit of dark malt really takes the back seat. Stays sour with some spiced oakiness giving it some additional character at the end.

Mouthfeel: Tart and puckering; medium carbonation and the body comes off as a little bit lighter than medium. Leaves the lips sticky.

Drinkability: The taste was not exactly what I was expecting - a lot heavier on the tart cherries and a lot lighter on the stout - but I enjoyed it. I am actually wondering how they call this a stout. It is more sour than a real stout, but once I got used to that, I would drink this again.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep, dark red-brown with a big, fluffy beige head. The head settles back down but doesn't go away completely.

The smell is cherries. Some vanilla and a little tiny maltiness, but mostly cherries. I like cherries.

The taste is once again, cherries. Sweet, dark and tart cherries. Yes, there's a little maltiness but it's almost completely subdued by the cherries.

The mouthfeel is OK, but only that. The viscosity seems good but the carbonation is too prickly, more like a soda than a beer.

The flavors are pretty intense here - this isn't watery or meek in the least. There's no hint of alcohol but the sweet/tart nature and the intensity of the flavor mean that I'm only interested in one of these at a time. That one, though, is very nice.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a tulip. Extra sent from jmp485, thanks!

Pours extremely dark red with a small creamy beige head. A thick ring remains leaving decent lacing.

Smell is mostly fresh cherries, bready notes and some vanilla also present.

Like the smell the taste is mostly just the fresh cherries. Dark cherries to be specific, completely authentic and reminiscent of Wisconsin Belgian Red for sure. But I also notice some caramel, some bready and roasted malt, and small hints of vanilla and oak.

Creamy body, high carbonation gives this almost a thick cherry coke type feel.

Carbonation starts to prick the throat towards the end, and there's little stoutness, but a fruit beer from New Glarus is guaranteed tastiness.

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

A - Beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a small amount of head.

S - Smell is all cherries! I'm not talking about some artificial cherry smell, I'm talking about real dark cherries. Not getting much else.

T - Very little in this beer to give it a "stout" classification. Taste is heavy on the dark cherries with a good amount of sweetness as well as some vanilla and maltiness. There is a hint of coffee flavor in the finish, the only thing about this beer that made me think "stout."

M - Beer is very carbonated and pretty light-feeling, especially for a beer so dark in color. Not heavy at all.

D - It's very easy to drink, but I'm not sure I'd ever want more than one in a sitting. The sweetness started to wear on me a bit by the end of the beer.

Overall, this is a pretty interesting beer, not quite like anything I've ever had before. If I had my say, I'd want a little bit more hops and malt in the flavor to balance out the sweetness.

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

Dark crimson color with a small head that quickly settled to a thin skim of bubbles. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Smell is overwhelming with cherries. It delivers with what the label says it would. The flavor is more complex. Starts with cherry and then the more subtle flavors come in. Hints of vanilla and some tartness. Finishes slightly tart. Do not really get any stout out of the Cherry Stout package. The body is not as big as I was expecting but is nicely carbonated. Good texture to this beer. I was expecting a more hearty beer instead of a straight up fruit beer. But is has good flavor with complexity.

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Photo of Xul
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GraniteSkunk for hooking this up.

A: Pours a translucent brown with bright ruby highlights, capped by a finger of foamy, eggshell-colored head. Retention is moderate as it slowly settles to a thin layer of foam.

S: Big burst of cherries up front that begins as somewhat tart cherries, but is quickly balanced by a sweeter, dark cherry aroma. Rich chocolate and light coffee lurk in the background.

T: Much like the nose, it opens up with a combination of tart and dark, sweeter cherries before moving into the stout base with chocolate, light coffee and roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla. The dark cherries lurk throughout and into the finish, providing a taste that could be compared to Cherry Garcia ice cream.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation...I think a silkier, slightly thicker mouthfeel would be the proverbial icing on the cake.

D: I have a strong urge to drink this quickly, yet the fact that I have only one bottle and can't just run to my favorite bottle shop and buy more is forcing me to savor it. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from BeerFMAndy as part of a Wisconsin monster box he sent to me in a trade. Thanks Andy!

A: Pours a VERY transparent dark brown color. I know that seems like an oxymoron, but that is honestly the best way to describe this brew. I mean, I can literally see through this thing, despite it being a stout. The head is slight and the carbonation is moderate.

S: Sour cherries, cherries, CHERRIES. Did I mention this smells like sour cherries? I honestly can't smell anything other than that. However, these aren't your average cherries... I can tell already that this is high quality stuff!

T: Hmmmm.... so this is a stout huh? True "stout" lovers will be very disappointed with this one, but if you open your mind and try and understand what NG had in mind for this brew, and the fact that they are really trying to capitalizing on their reputation as one of the best fruit beer craftsmen in the business, you might understand the true genius of this beer. It tastes like high quality black cherries, with a hint of cocoa (or cacoa), and a generous amount of vanilla.

M: The pucker factor is high on this one because of its sourness, but dammit, I love it! The carbonation is moderate, but is adequate for the style, and the ABV is undetectable.

D: What a treat! I wish 4-packs were available in my area. I would get this stuff all the time. It's a welcome diversion from all the IPAs and stouts that people tend to go crazy about.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear deep ruby amber color, decent with good retention

S - strong fruity cherry aroma that overwhelms all other ingredients, perhaps a slight hint of oak

T - tart cherry flavor with a touch of malt, kriek-like in authenticity; missing roasted malts that might be expected of a stout, almost as if roasted malts were used solely for color

M - medium-light with medium-high carbonation

D - This is a very good and interesting fruit beer, but I believe the 'stout' labeling is misleading in so many ways. There's nothing really 'stout' about this beer. BUT it is a really wonderful cherry-centered fruit beer with lots of flavor and interest. It's definitely worth a try, but if you're expecting a stout you'll be disappointed. Approach this with an open mind and without reading the label.

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Photo of Penguin3200
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being a big fan of cherries and stouts this seemed to be the perfect combination. Thanks to my brother in Eau Claire for getting me a few of these. Poured into a snifter and enjoyed. Appearance is nice, dark but that red cherry goodness shines. Smell is the winner here with loads of cherries and chocolate. Taste is good, and hits big with cherries, a little dark smoke and chocolate. Then the sour hits and just puckers the palate. Very light body, but think it fits with the sour end note it leaves you with. Only real issue I have is that, like other unplugged beers from NG, it is a must share for me, even in the small bottle.

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Photo of adrock7309
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scored a few four packs in lacrosse wisconsin. Poured into a regula pint glass which is probably not ideal for this beer given the great aroma. This beer reminded me of the last part of a cherry tootsie pop before you bite into it. Great chocolate and cherry flavors come through. Great beer

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Photo of nrbw23
1.74/5  rDev -53.8%
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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Thumbprint Cherry Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 506 ratings.
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