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

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Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another unplugged beer. Beer is brown to red with a thin head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass but overall carbonation is low.

Aroma is strong strong strong cherry. There is really nothing else in this beer but the aroma of cherries. Very interesting.

The flavor is also almost entirely cherry. Call me crazy but if you cal something a stout I expect some roast but what do I know right. Its easy to drink, mouthfeel is fine.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A dark brown with a strong hint of red. The head dies fast, settling to a mere ring around the glass. This looks very similar to a dark cola, like Coke or something similar. Not really any lacing, but there is a liquid film left along the glass edge, much like you'd find with wine.

The first thing I noticed in the nose was cherries, tons and tons. They are so strong in the nose, most the other scents get buried almost completely. A warm, sort of bourbon smell cuts through. A bit of vanilla and tobacco too. Very pleasant and inviting, but I feel a little cherry-dominate.

The taste and body of this beer don't really bear much resemblance to a stout in my opinion, but that is totally a welcome quality. The "cherry stout" is sort of a tired thing to me. This one has a very fresh, unique quality to it. A lot of pretty standard flavors come out, but they blend in a way that feels new. Cherries are a pretty obvious one, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar.

Overall, this beer has tremendous flavor. It's easy to sip and goes down just as easily. It wouldn't be hard to find yourself without any left. I feel like the beer is fairly flat though. I don't know if it's the intention or if it's just my pack, but I think this would really benefit with a little carbonation, not much, but there is barely any at all.

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Photo of younger35
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to alcstradamus for bringing me a case of this delicious nectar from my favoritist brewery in the world. Anything New Glarus puts fruit in is pure gold. Drank from my New Glarus flute while watching the 2010 NCAA tourney.

Appearance- Pours a fairly clear deep crimson brown with a small half finger light tan head that fizzles away fairly quickly. No cap is left but a small collar is maintained along with just a touch of random lacing.
Smell- Man I love the smell of this beer as it's A LOT like Belgium Red. Loads of fruity fresh cherries that are clean and brilliantly bright. A bit of woodiness mixed in adds a light vanilla tone that is barely noticeable above all those cherries. That's about it. Nothing that specifically would make you think stout in the nose.
Taste- Starts just like the nose. Tons of fruity macerated cherries that are lightly tart and extremely fresh tasting. Once the fruitiness fades an earthy undertone of a slight roast peaks through. Maybe a touch of chocolate or coffee as a light roasted bitterness interrupts the slight sweetness of the residual cherries. The finish presents a light char along with a bit of cherry that never really seems to leave.
Mouthfeel- A bit lighter than what you'd expect from a stout but still somewhere near medium. The carbonation is lightly aggressive but it's still somewhat smooth on the tongue.
Drinkability- I really love this beer a lot. Although the Stout part of the beer isn't a integral part of the beer it still adds something different. Saying that I love fruit beers and I especially love fruit beers where the fruit is super intense like it is here. A Stout lovers dream? No. But a fruit lover's dream - yes! Thanks much Adam!

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint.

A- Pours a very deep red that is transparent when held up to the light. There is about a finger's worth of head that recedes pretty quick and leaves minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A huge burst of cherries right out of the bottle. There is a little bit of vinegar-ness in there as well. In no real way does this remind me of a real stout. No malt to speak of, just cherries and a little bit of oakiness.

T- The dominant flavor is of cherries and a touch of oak that really smooths it out. There seems to be a taste lurking in there that I can't put my finger on, marshmellows maybe?

M- A medium bodied brew that has a little bit of a sharp tingle at the beginning but really smooths out. A good amount of carbonation but doesn't really fit the style of a stout.

D- The flavor of this beer is off the charts and the easiness of it going down is very good. I could put a few of these back in one sitting. Not too sweet and the oak rounds the beer out nicely. Another good offering from NG.

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Photo of ballenc
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 4-pack at Casanova's in Hudson last Sunday.

New Glarus puts out some phenomenal beers. I had a bottle of their Wisconsin Belgian Red a few days ago and thought it was a good fruit beer.

However, the Unplugged Cherry Stout left me disappointed.

The appearance, mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer lends itself to a cherry brown ale more than a cherry stout.

If you are expecting a thicker, heavier appearance and mouthfeel like a typical stout, this beer doesn't have that. It is a lighter in the glass and thinner on the tongue than what I prefer in a stout.

The aroma on the nose is definitely cherry cough syrup with a hint of dark chocolate. A bit too medicinal for me.

I would recommend this beer to folks who like fruit beers but may not be fans of the thicker, heavier dark beers such as stouts.

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Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased at steve's liquors for 8.99 a 4 pack

A-light looking for a stout barely a head. The head comes when you pour it but quickley goes completely away.

S-tons of cherrys, almost smells just like their belgian red, also some licorice.

T-Burnt delicious cherries. This beer is absolutely delicious. New Glarus really knows how to stand out with their beer.

M- Crisp, fresh and tons of carbonation. I know there will be people who will not like this beer because it is not what they have come to know from a stout.

D- High. Great delicious beer! What I love about craft beer

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Photo of homebrew311
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade with UghSmash- thanks! POured into New Glarus flute glass.

A: pours a deep dark red with lots of clarity and light passing though. Lifeless head that disappears immediately.

S: huge boquet of cherries, very similar to Belgian Red. Red candied cherries, some subtle notes of chocolate and roast, and then more cherry.

T: just like the nose, the cherry dominates and the stout flavors are lost. Some chocolate hits the palate initially, but it is an afterthought once the onslaught of cherries take over. The cherries start as sweet and candied and finish tart. The tart finish seems to clash with the base beer.

MF: thin, watery, low carbonation

D: I would have liked to see the base beer be a little bigger/bolder to stand up to the huge cherries. I like the flavor as it reminds me of Belgian Red which is an excellent brew, but the title Cherry Stout gives me the impression that there will be more stout character. Nevertheless- a tasty fruited beer fron the fruit beer experts at New Glarus.

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Photo of crossovert
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with a thin, quickly dissipating off-white head leaving no lacing.

It smells exactly like Wisconsin Belgian Red, no stout scent whatsoever. It is a nice sweet cherry pie scent with a hint of oak.

The taste brings in more stout flavors, this is chocolate covered black cherry beer. This is far from a conventional stout. It has some slight oaky notes as well. Not much tartness, mostly just sugar sweet cherries. It is almost like they just added 10% stout to a bottle of Wisconsin Belgian Red. Interesting.

I like it better than Bell's take of the style. It is an immensely unique beer. It looks like a stout 100%, tastes like cherries 95%. Black cherry brew anyone?

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Photo of robbyc1
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No, this is not your father's stout. Deep cherry color, clear with minimal head.

The nose is a deep cherry wine, round but not sweet.

The taste is is like a cola plus cherry wine, closer to their Belgian Red than I thought it would be. The male backbone is there but subdued. It's not complex, but fruit forward, with a balanced but slightly sweet finish, the cherry persists all the way through.

Cola colored pour with a finger of head. Aroma is like an alcoholic Cherry Coke mixed with those edible wax lips.

The body is medium to light and the carbonation is light but sharp. Very drinkable, the low abv explains the lack to a powerful stout. I do like it this way, as a big fan of Belgian Red this is a nice compliment.

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Photo of ObiusX
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another edition of the Unplugged offering from New Glarus. It emits a strong, obviously cherry driven fragrance. Upon pouring into a glass it hold a basic stout head for a short while. The taste is reminiscent of a cherry wine with it's strong sweetness. All in all, it's a unique taste for me, though not quite the my type of fruit derived beer.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cola colored pour with a finger of head. Aroma is like an alcoholic Cherry Coke mixed with those edible wax lips.

The cherry pie flavor is big and bold here. It is almost like a dark version of Belgian Red, but more candy-like. That isn't an improvement, and I have to admit that I'm not really into this overall.

The body is medium and the carbonation is light but sharp. Overall I can't say I'm hugely impressed by this, but those who really love Belgian Red may feel differently.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark, cherry color with a beige colored head.

Smell is of massive cherries. So many cherries in the nose it is amazing. Kind of like sweet cherry syrup.

Wow, this beer has a TON of cherry flavor, maybe that's why they call it cherry stout. A little bit of tartness in the finish, hard to explain this beer other than by saying simply it tastes like cherries and a stout. Sweet malt presence, and maybe a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, sweet, and creamy. Medium to high carbonation, pretty nice.

Enjoyable beer, but a little on the sweet side. Very interesting though.

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

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours hardly any off white head. Color is a deep brown, basically black unless held to the light.

Aroma: Tons of fresh cherries. It reminds me a lot of the WI Belgian Red. It hardly even smells like a stout. Some chocolate, but that is pretty much it.

Taste: Pretty much epic. It reminds me of when I mixed ST Choklate and WI Belgian Red together. Tons of fresh cherries and chocolate. Not too many flavors but it is incredibly good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry with cherries.

Overall, NG put out another solid beer in the unplugged series. Glad to see this one un-retired. It is very easy drinking and I can tell I want more already.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour - pours rather light for a stout. By that I mean it appears like a brown ale when it comes to depth and has some hints or red or auburn in the light. Minimal head with only a thin ring remaining after the pour settles.

Aroma - a nose full of cherry cough drops, that is what I get. Maybe its mixed with black cherry flavored soda. This is a little more intense than I would have liked from a cherry stout, so much for subtle.

Taste - sweet and sour cherry flavor up front that quite dominate with some hints at maltiness but nothing close to a roasty/toasty stout in the background. This is pretty much tart and the color of this beer really does nothing more than trick your eyes and palate.

Overall - I am astonished by the flavors of this beer. I was pretty excited by a stout that had been aged in barrels with some subtle cherry flavors. Instead, it is almost as if this beer is dominated by cherry and whatever else was involved is nothing more than an afterthought.

Would I buy more of it? - since I don't live in Wisconsin it's not really a question I am faced with. However, I do wonder what those who were originally psyched about this beer and somewhat responsible for its return are thinking. Is this the same beer or is this some sort of cherry cough syrup flavored beast th

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a rather clear dark red brown. e anyway. As clear as a stout can be. About one finger of tan head. No no lace left behind.

The aroma is pure cherry soda. I didn't expect this much cherry. There really isn't anything else I can pick out. Cherry full blast ahead.

The flavor is a bit strange. Lots of cherry with a hint of chocolate and roast malt. Some sourness and a touch of cough syrup.

The body is a bit thin for a stout but heavy enough to not be watery. Very light carbonation.

Overall a very interesting and stange beer. Certainly not my favorite unplugged beer.

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

Pours a lighter than expected dark ruby color, almost brown, but I can see straight through the liquid, with no head or lacing. Wow, big time cherry aroma in here. The stout qualities in this are completely covered up by the vast amount of cherry emanating from the tulip. Taste is about the same. I'm not even sure how they can call this a stout. It's basically a dark version of WBR, with a touch of chocolate and roastiness on the finish. Sweet and tart cherries dominate the palate, but goddamn, does it taste good. It does have a slight medicinial character, somewhat reminiscent of Ludens Couch Drops. Body is medium, light carbonation, easy drinker. I like this beer a lot. It has a wonderful cherry flavor, but would really like to see it balanced by some stout qualities. It's more like a cherry porter than a stout. Still loving it, and will be interested to see how my remaining bottles age over time.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, red foil capped bottle poured into a snifter, 2010 bottling.

Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby highlights. Large tan head that fades to a thin crown and thin streaks of lacing. Aroma is...whoa. Very sweet cherry with mild wood notes trying to provide some balance but failing. Flavor is definitely more cherry cola than cherry stout, beginning extremely sweet before a slightly more tart finish with some light vanilla oak flavor. Medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation and no alcohol presence. Wish I had thought to try the Belgian Red before this. Cherry beers aren't my favorite, especially overly sweet ones, but I found this oddly enjoyable despite the sweetness.

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Photo of billyzoom666
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pours a dark red-tinted color. Heavy carbonation on this, with jut a bit of lacing. It looks like a black cherry soda. Holy cow, it smells like one too. There's just a bit of booze smell here, almost like cherry cough syrup. This reminds me of being a kid. Bonus points for that. Real cherry flavor here, it reminds me of sucking the pit out of a cherry and how that tartness hits your mouth. Because of the tartness, it's hard to get a good handle on the mouthfeel. I initially thought this had a pretty high drinkability, but I stopped after two. Still, it was like two slices of cherry pie for adults and that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a thistle.

Pours a rich brown with amber highlights. Head is short and a dark, almost purple color. Head recedes quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is amazing with dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a decent dose of ripe fresh cherries. Oakiness rides on spice with a modest amount of dextrose.

Flavor is cherry and dark malt. Chocolate and dark roasted grain pair nicely, however I think the base beer is underrepresented here. The cherry flavor, while very tasty, overpowers the stout aspect of the beer. Finishes slightly sweet but not cloyingly.

Mouthfeel is medium and slick, carbonation could be a but more to cut the cherry flavor, but would be way too much for a stout.

A good tasting beer, but I have had MUCH better in the Unplugged line-up.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this, as the 2nd release seems different than the 1st batch.

Pours a dark shade of brown, but reveals a high clarity dark ruby in the light. Not too stouty in that respect. Solid finger of foam, recedes slowly, random arcs of lace are left. Patchy islands of bubbles remain on the unbroken surface.

Aroma is somewhat artificial cherry candy at first, but improves as it warms, segueing into oak and green wood. Flavors of sweet and tart cherry, vanilla, and toasted marshmallow. Seems like a blend of Belgian Red and mild stout, not that it's a bad thing, just another fruit beer variation. Any roast or chocolate notes are dominated by the cherry steamroller, although there is a hint of dry tootsie roll sweetness in the aftertaste. The tartness seems out of character for a stout, but not too far out, considering NG's recent historical porter recreation.

Overall I can dig it, but it's a little too much in the fruit beer category than stout. It's unique at the very least, and worth trying.

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
rDev: +5.5%

Poured into an 8 oz. mini-pint glass. Liquid is a medium toned brown, not black or opaque. A finger of foam initially rises but soon dwindles to a ring around the edge. In the glass, the liquid is a darker shade of brown with slight chestnut highlights at the edges. A solid ring of sediment remains in the bottle.

Aroma reminds me of Enigma immediately. Wood, spice, and maybe a touch of chocolate in this one. Same musty vegetal note, but with deep spice and wood that makes it pleasant. Are there any other spontaneously fermented stouts out there? JP Madrugada is the only other I can think of.

Dry sour cherry is balanced by chocolate malt. Savory chocolate, toffee and oak in the finish. Bitterness is nonexistent, and it's not a "roasty" stout, but it's a distinctive interpretation of the style. It starts out a little thin, but the long residual flavors make up for any lack of body.

Sipping this one, since it's my last, but also knowing this is just one page from the book that Dan Carey is writing so masterfully. It definitely feels like the precursor to Enigma, hopefully one day we'll see a year-round Flanders ale from New Glarus.

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Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cherry Cola like appearance. Bubbly with a reddish brown hue. Miniscule head with a touch of lace.

Cherries dominate. Reminds me of Ludens Cherry Coughdrops. Really nothing other than ripe juicy cherries.

Can you say chocolate covered cherry? The juicy cherries start things off. They are sweet and ripe and lightly tart. The cherries are followed up by chocolate malt to complete the flavor. Really unique and really tasty.

Some bubbly carbonation with a nearly medium body. The finish is extremely dry. Reminds me of a soda.

I could drink the hell out of this. I could put down several of these. This would make a great dessert drink as well. Yet another outstanding fruit beer from NG. They are unrivaled by anyone else in this department.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a purple-ish black color with an off white head that features a slightly pink tint. Foam tops out at about 3/4 finger thick and retention is just ok. The fat and creamy head leaves a little lace behind. Carbonation is pretty active.

S: Strong aroma of spiced cherry juice. Like what you'd buy at a roadside stand like Cherry Point Market in west MI. I think I also picked up a slightly smoky malt flavor.

T: Cherries, cherries, and more cherries! Amazing spiced cherry flavor (again, like the Cherry Turnover from Cherry Point Market...) with roasty/smoky malt, and subtle spicing.

M: Excellent, but not very stout-like. On the thin side of medium bodied, with hints of dry roastiness and ample spice.

D: NG proves, once again, that they are masters of the fruit beer. Fantastic!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Smuttynose standard shaker glass. The stout appears a clear deep crimson brown with a good finger or so of light ecru foam. The flavors and aromas consist of cherry skin, cherry juice, cherry vanilla, and let me add that the cherry notes come off as totally natural. Some chocolate, roasted grains, flavors are reminiscent of cherry pie, but not anywhere near Founders Cerise. That stuff is cherry pie in a bottle. Decent medium+ body with ample carbonation. Pretty nice overall.

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

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A steady pour reveals a dark brown/reddish body that is somewhat translucent when held up in front of the light. A tan head rises to about a half finger thick before fading to a ring around the glass after a couple of minutes. Trace amounts of carbonation are visibly rising to the top of the beer. A nicer head retention and this is an outstanding look.

S - Not surprising, cherries and plenty of them. The initial smell alone has my mouth watering. A deeper whiff brings about the oak barrels along with faint malts are present.

T - Much like the taste, plenty of cherries lead the fierce onslaught as this beer enters the mouth. Slight malty complex is also present along with the oak barrel flavor. A hint of vanilla or some sweet aspect is also present. Finally, there is some tartness that provides an interesting balance between the dark cherries and oak barrel flavor. This beer could be a bit fuller, but overall very good.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Entering the mouth plenty of cherries standout. As the beer sets in, plenty of carbonation cleanses the palate and an interesting tartness comes to the forefront. The beer closes with a somewhat sweet (vanilla?) flavor that is combined with the oak barrels. Rather smooth and clean finish as the carbonation closes everything up.

D - By definition this is not a true stout in any sense, but based on the description from the New Glarus website I would say Dan succeeded at pushing the envelope once again with the Unplugged series. Definitely a beer I could have a couple of within a night, but in comparison to other New Glarus beers, it is not the greatest in terms of drinkability. It's worth a try no doubt though.

Keep pushing the envelope Dan.

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Photo of glenviewjeff
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured the drink and it immediately resembled the color of a Cherry Coke. I took a whiff of the aroma and the smell of fresh cherries hit me over the head. The first taste revealed a perfect equilibrium of stout and cherry flavors. The cherry tastes natural--completely reminiscent of the New Glarus Wisconsin Red Belgian Ale.

Its only downfall is that it's a bit hard to drink a lot of it. I had it with pizza, and while it remained enjoyable throughout, I'm not sure it's the perfect pairing. Maybe chocolate would go better with the beer.

Either way, get it while you can, it's outstanding.

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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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