Thumbprint Cherry Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Cherry StoutThumbprint Cherry Stout
547 Ratings
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 djeucalyptus
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a burnt caramel hue with a thin tan head that fades pretty quickly leaving behind some nice bubbly lacing.

aroma is funky. earthy, musty, oxidized, cherry and bright fruit. aged balsamic vinegar. walnuts and old hazelnuts.

taste follows aroma. tart cherries, an almost overwhelming cherry fruit sugary sweetness followed by a crisp quick and sharp tartness, that gives way to a bit of sour. funky earthy nutty astringent notes. interestingly complex. aftertaste has notes of cardboard and espresso beans.

mouth is a bit on the carbonated side...fizzy with a bit of caramel syrupyness, smooth and clean. intriguing astringency and a bit drying.

Definitely an interesting brew. would have loved to have been able to try one of these fresh as well. I'd drink any others asap... can't see any more age doing anything. All in all, an intriguingly complex, earthy, and tart brew. Definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of this from the insanely generous Faro in a trade. Thanks, Jeff, you truly raised the bar.

A: In my snifter, this three year old beer sits a deep red with carmine highlights. There's a thin tan head with pretty solid retention. Attractive

S: Quite complex. There's mild oxidation noticeable along with a myriad of aromas - soft and pleasant cherries, brown malts, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and more that I can't quite describe. The cherry character is quite beautifully expressed. Given some time to breathe, I pick up hints of chocolate as well. All told, not very stout-ish.

T: Wow. Opens up with tart cherries with a gorgeous flavor and mild sweetness. Malt flavors come through mid palate with a blend of caramel, brown sugar and an almost oak-like sweetness. Finishes dry, mildly cidery and pleasantly tart. I've never had the pleasure of trying this fresh but it feels like there's a little something lacking. The opening tartness makes you wish for a little more malt flavors but that's not to be found at a level that I'd like

M: Light in body with soft but prickly carbonation and a great finish

D: This one a treat nonpareil. A thought-provoking beer, this beer does to cherries what the Unplugged Apple Ale does to apples

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown in color with some ruby highlights. Smell is tart cherries and some chocolate.
Taste is the same as the smell, but not impressive. The flavors just don't meld too well with each other. This beer sounded really good, but was a bit of a let down for me. Not my favorite New Glarus offering.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had honestly been looking for this one forever. An unplugged I never thought I would get, I was thrilled to say the least to get ahold of this gem. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one over the course of a few hours this afternoon.

The pour was nice enough. Dark brown with a hint of light coming through on the sides and the bottom of the glass, no where near opaque. Nice light head here, rich tan color and subtle fading left behind rings of lace in its wake. The aroma was succulent. Rich cherries and hints of woody notes. Spices of all kind blended in, rich as all hell, this was more of a cherry ale then a stout, but superb. As I took my first sip I melted into the floor. Rich, tart and yet sweet cherry notes, peppery and loaded with spice. Such complexity, such richness, this was indeed exactly what I was looking for. Smooth, light body with a nice carbonation that was great for an ale, but light for a stout, I was none the less blow away by the flavor here, the wonderful balance, and most perfect use of cherries. This is a beer I will forever remember. Something to really be proud of, I fantastic offering.

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Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to asmokinggoat for this one.
served in a chalice at just below RT

A- pours what looks almost brown through the glass. builds up a solid tan head on top, which faded relatively fast, which is kinda too be expected for something approaching this age. looks pretty much black in the glass, though the chalice is pretty thick.

S- pretty tart cherry scent almost dominates it. chocolate and more roasted characters are present underneath. hops are all but dead, a slight sweetness to go with a pretty solid tartness.

T- smooth light chocolate flavors, dominated by a stronger cherry flavors. tart, pretty dry, the roasted malts are nearly undetectable in the middle, but give a nice addition to the tartness on the finish.

M- pretty light body actually, smooth, low carbonation

D- pretty solid fruitbeer. definitely a fruit beer with a little roasted, then a stout with cherry

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Photo of tpd975
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark colored hue with very little head. Not much carbonation noted. No retention or lace.

S: Chocolate cherry cola. Nice blast of sweet cherry with a hint of chocolate roast.

T: Wow. Nice light roast and then bam big cherry. Hints of tartness, but lots of sweetness. Mild oak peeks through as well.

M: Medium in body light carbonation.

D: I really like this one. It was a real joy to drink.

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Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this bottle from demcorhip as part of his LIF. thanks!

12oz bottle with red foil on top. sampled june 21/08.

pours deep red-brown with a thin ring of fine tan bubbles around the glass. no lace. shows nice garnet hues when held to the light.

aroma is nice. alcohol. cherry. vanilla and raw oak. bit of caramel. hint of smoke. milk and dark chocolate. bit of almond.

taste is a bit wacky. sour cherry. dark chocolate. bit of roast. vanilla and oak. bit of smoke. touch of cake spice, making me think of the wisconsin belgian red with a bit of a stouty twist that then spent a bit of time in a barrel. really only a "stouty twist" though, as it's definitely more fruit than stout. light caramel sweetness. touch of butterscotch. bit of toffee.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low very fine carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is nice. the sourness is a little stronger than i'd like, slightly overpowering the stout character, but this feels much more like a fruit beer than a stout. still an interesting beer that i did enjoy.

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Photo of Viggo
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle opened thanks to grub!

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, definitely not dark enough for a stout, thin off white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, few lace spots. Smell is odd, very oaky/woody, vanilla, some cherries, alcohol, tons of fruit, more wood, not stoutish. Taste is crazy, brown sugar, smoke, charred wood and oak, caramel, oats, burnt chocolate, sour cherry finish, toasty and very drying. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, weird sour finish, still pretty interesting. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a modest tan head that drops to a ringlet and leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Chocolate covered tart cherries

Taste: From the get go, there is a tango between the dark chocolate and sweet/sour cherry flavors that build in intensity to mid-palate; after the swallow, the tartness tends to dominate but there is an undertone of chocolate that lasts well into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Reading through the reviews, this is a most misunderstood beer (or perhaps it just tasted differently when it was younger); while there is some cherry sweetness, the bold tart flavors provide a nice foil to the chocolate and make this a very interesting creation; if it were classified as a Chocolate Flanders Red, that might capture BAs' attention more appropriately; kudos, New Glarus

And thanks, Unknown BA, for sharing

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black with a small tan head.

Smell: Cherry cola with a touch of oak.

Taste: Cherry cola again with a with hints of apple, cinnamon, oak and grape skin. Light body with a tart dry finish. Slightly sour as it warms.

Why do I find all the awesome NG Unplugged brews after they're gone.

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Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to buckybeer for the bottle!
Pours a dark, reddish black with a small, medium lived beige head. Smell is chocolate covered cherries. Both sweet and tart with cherries being very prominent in the nose. Taste is tart cherries and a very bright taste at first. Moderately sweet, and definitely more fruit beer than stout, and I didn't really get any roasty character. Acidic, tart, sharp cherry flavor reminiscent of sour cherry juice with a dull finish that could either be the beer just being a bit old or perhaps the woodiness of the oak... Lively mouthfeel, crisp and bubbly and slightly puckering and drying, yet slightly thin bodied. I really enjoyed this one overall!

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Photo of demcorhip
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since i've had one. A black brew, seems clear, as it allows some light through its ruby hued edges. Half finger tan coloured head gave way to leave a thin collar of lace. Seems mildly carbonated. Fine intricate designs form for my enjoyment inside the glass as it is tipped and emptied.

Chocolate covered cherries and some sour funk. A dab of vanilla ice cream is thrown into the mix. Some nondescript earthy aromas.

A very interesting, tasty brew. Lightly toasted coconut, sour cherries, a hint of vanilla and a dab of sour funk. Cherries predominate over the roast, but the roasty flavours of espresso and dark chocolate are present, even if somewhat buried in the mix. A damn tasty brew, and my rating is based on my enjoyment of the beer, and not how it measures up to my notion of a stout, a cherry stout, or any other particular style.

Fairly light bodied, tart, fruity, with a touch of residual sweetness, and a hint of creamy feel. The main player here is tart and funky cherry, with the added complexity of flavours of coconut and chocolate from the malts. There may be hops present, but they do not assert themselves above the fruity and earthy characteristics of this tasty brew.

A pretty damn drinkable brew. Right balance of tart and sweet to make it easy to keep coming back for more. Unsure of the alcohol content, but this could be sessioned by those looking for a different, decadent treat. This brew seems to divide beer drinkers into those who love or hate this brew. Im a fan. An excellent tart fruit beer with a stout twist, beats the hell out of light american lager with a twist of lime any day.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle provided by NFLMVP ( Thanks Bro! ). The liquid is dark with moderate carbonation. The Head is quite small tan and leaves very little lace.

The smell is nice. I love the tart dry sour cherries. It reminds my of all those summers in Door County.

The taste is also very good. Lots of cherries but not much beer taste. But that's OK it's a Cherry Stout. Lots of wine characteristics. Could go well with desert. It gets better as it warms. A nice dry sourness with a oaky note in the finish. This works for me just fine.

The mouthfeel is good. OK body could be thicker and nice carbonation cleaning up the finish.

The drink a bility is good. I would buy this brew or trade again. Prosit. MK

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Photo of cokes
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddy, dark maroon brown sporting a large-bubbled, pink-beige lacing.
The oak and cherries provide the dominant nosework, with a sauerkraut tic that harkens back to their Sour Brown Ale. Vague cinnamon and vanilla come out as it warms. It contains no hints, aroma-wise, that this is even remotely akin to a stout.
And it really doesn't hint in the flavor department, either.
Tart cherries hit first and stay long. Gooey and candied upfront, they slowly dissolve as oak takes hold and adds woodsy, nearly cinnamon drying traits. It adopts a mulled cider persona for a moment. The tiniest glint of fudge appear, but a vinegar and lime-juice sourness shears it short, towing that selfsame notion of boiled kraut.
The mouthfeel is somewhere between grabby thick and flaccid thin. The liquid itself has little life and leaves a slime-trail of tart cherries and near bile acidity down the tongue. And with no percolation from CO2, it stays there seemingly forever.
To say it's horrible would be too harsh, but this has some glaring flaws, and with several very similar brews in NG's stable (i.e. Sour Brown, Enigma, and Belgian Red), this one cannot be recommended.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$8.49 / 4 Pack
County Market Grocery
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Nothing too spectacular about the look of this stout. It's dark brown with a tinge of crimson. The light tan head stood at about 1/4 inch, tops. It faded very fast leaving a ring along the glass.

Smell - There is a definite sweet aroma here. It smells like a brew that would be great in the morning or after a hearty dinner as a tart desert.

Taste - It starts as a rich stout and abruptly moves to a sweet and tart cherry blast. I like the taste. However, for a beer this is not something I would have expected. The cherry really takes over the entire flavor. Nothing other than the tart, as far as taste, is noticeable enough to savor. The label indicates it was aged in oak barrels. I would like to taste a bit more oak and a little less fruit.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and easily drinkable beer. It goes down very easy without a tinge of coarseness. Very nice.

~ I do like the Cherry Stout. I think it's fun and interesting. I'd likely get it again for a special occasion, or if it goes on sale. I don't think I'll be recommending it to any friends though, as a beer they gotta try.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle. Thanks for sharing Andy! Rich toasty coconut aroma, with light lemon creme, spiced pie and edges of chalk. Pours a clearish deep ebony-mahogany with rim of tan. Flavor comes forth as a somewhat complex spicy tang, coconut, and sweet nutmeg dusts. Cherries a bit artificial and maraschino-like. Bubbly. Seems dulled and not at all stout-like. More like a cherry brown ale, spiced with nutmeg and mace. Certainly some cherry juice tang and bright yeast character. Perplexing, yet not entirely fulfilling.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear dark brown with a lovely cherry shining through. The head was just a dirty white collar.

Smells of milk chocolate, brown sugar and a light sweet barley with a tart combination of cherries and funky brett or what ever it is NG uses to get their beers more sour..

Tastes of the same sour cherry bite along with the wild funk but then picks up some more wholesome woody and earthy cherries that blends right into a dry chocolate and sticky roasted barley.

Feels light to medium bodied with a lot of stinging carbonation that adds a physical dimension to the sourness adding a tremendous amount to the over-all enjoyment of this beer.

This one was a nice change of pace and well crafted.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry Stout looks more like a cherry porter. It's dark, dusky crimson when brightly backlit, with objects easily seen on the opposite side of the glass. The two finger head is sandstone in color and is one of the lightest that I've ever seen on a beer of this style. It isn't a bad look as long as I reset my expectations.

The nose is way too weak, although it does begin to open up with even a few minutes of warming. Fermented cherries is mixed with a weak dark maltiness, an oaky woodiness and a strangely appealing spiciness. Other than that 'weak' part, it sounds great. It's something less than great in actual practice.

First of all, Unplugged Cherry Stout isn't what I expected. For starters, the ABV is only 6.5% when I thought it was a much bigger beer. Having said that, I like it. It tastes pretty much how it smells, but for some reason it works better on the palate. I'm still not sure about the stout classification since there's so much sweet and sour fruitiness.

In fact, it tastes a little like Belgian Red made with dark malt rather than pale. I'm fine with the huge amount of fermented cherry flavor, I'd just like to see more roasted malt on the bottom end. I can still appreciate an intriguing spiciness that has to be related to the oak barrel aging somehow. Either that or a Belgian yeast strain was used. Warming makes everything more vivid without changing the basic flavor profile.

The mouthfeel score would be at least one notch lower if I judged it as a stout. However, it's so incredibly smooth and silky that I have no problem singing its praises. Since New Glarus usually excels when it comes to mouthfeel, I'm not at all surprised.

Sour Brown Ale was the only other beer of this series that I've had. Even though I don't like this quirky Unplugged offering nearly as well, I still had a good time with a beer that is much more cherry than stout.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

dark brown that shines a clear purplish ruby against the light. an inch of foamy tan head that leaves thin rings of lace.

oddly sweetish sour element in the aroma. sour cherries, a sharp raisiny sweetness, and a hint of roasted malt.

sour, woody cherries in the flavor as well. slightly tart, but finishes with a sugary sweetness. the "cherry" in the name is well-represented, but the "stout" is nowhere to be found. mouthfeel is fairly light and cola-like, with a gentle carbonation. tart and sour presence make the sweetness more tolerable and the beer fairly drinkable. not quite a "stout," but a decent beer.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The head is small with a good lacing. The color is not black, but a lighter with a brown edge to it. The smell is still slightly metallic, but with more of a prominent cherry flavor. The taste is still a little buttery with a slight metallic twinge, but overall it's not bad. The mouthfeel was better with smoothness on the palate. Overall I would still wait some time before going there.

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Photo of sacrelicio
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good looks, a reddish brown, translucent. Good thick cream colored head. Some lacing. Smell is of cherry syrup, a bit mediciney and woodsy. Good. Taste is sweet, tart cherries that toe the line between juicy and syrupy, with oak, cedar, nuts, and lemon juice. Mouthfeel is nice and full. Drinkability is OK, this could be offputtng to a lot of casual beer drinkers. Only major complaint is that this beer is nothing like stout. More like a flanders red or something. Overall, interesting and tasty.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Unplugged Cherry Stout pours from the 12oz bottle a deep dark brown with a garnet hue. A small actively bubbly light tan head sits atop the brew. Looks nice in the glass, but doesn't really appear like a stout normally would. Aromas begin with a blast of tart, sour cherry that literally jumps out of the glass. Sweetness is there too with only a light roastiness and a touch of chocolate underneath. The cherry really dominates the aroma here.

First sip brings a rush of sweet and sour cherry flavors along with a nice roasty maltiness. A touch of chocolate is there along with a nice bit of oak flavor. Flows down a bit acidic with a bit of a sour twang. Overall this is a tasty brew. Seems like a mix of Belgian Red and a light stout..I found it to be quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and really fairly light for a stout. It has a decent sturdy body, but doesn't ever reach what I would consider stout status. Goes down easily, but is a touch acidic. Overall, I could see myself having a few of these but that would probably be it. An interesting brew for sure...just wish it had stronger stout qualities. I always enjoy drinking these Unplugged beers..can't wait to try the Enigma next!

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Photo of deejaydan
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note--- purchased March '06. Cellared 9 months.

Ruby, very ruby in color. Minimal head and lacing. Aroma is cherry like, almost cough medicine like. Taste is tart at first, then sweet, and then malty (slightly). Good, but kind of one dimensional. I am impressed that it doesn't taste like cough syrup as many other cherry stouts do. Mouthfeel is okay, not great, not bad. All in all, a good one for a style that perhaps isn't my favorite.

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Photo of beckje01
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark amber with a light thin head.

S- Rich cherry with slight malt.

T- Sweet cherry with a touch of malt. Sweet while slightly tart leaves my mouth watering.

M- Good thickness.

D- Just a great night cap. Fells a bit heavier then the Belgian Red but I like it.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one tastes much different than I remember it fresh early in the year. I think a little age has done it well.

A - Pours a dark brown/light black with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Tart cherries that are over powered by a strong bourbon aroma. This one is not bourbon aged but the oak really creates a bourbon aroma. There is a hint of rotten fruit but in an enjoyable way.

T - Tart cherry with a sweet balance blended nicely with oak and vanilla. There are no real stout qualities to this beer but a very nice balance of cherries and oak.

M - On the lighter side of medium (maybe watery) and smooth.

D - I would never guess this one is a stout blindly but it is another very good fruit beer from NG. There is a very nice cherry bourbon balance going on. I wish I had bought more when it was available.

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