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 blackie
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour gives a 0.3" dark khaki head that quickly fizzes away to just a thin ring around the glass. Almost no head retention. The beer is a clear, reddish chestnut brown in color.

smell: The aroma is very similar to the taste in that I find an abundance of tart cherries smoothed out by their natural sugars, well blended with aromas of roasted malts...which bring to the table nuances of cocoa. It differs from the taste in that I find a much more obvious oak aroma, reminding me of the smell inside an old hardwood house. Ridiculously complex to my nasal passages. Drool...

mouthfeel: The carbonation is around a high medium, but very smooth on the tongue. The body is pretty light.

taste: First off I get big flavors of tart yet sweet cherries seamlessly blended with light roasted and sweet malts. There is soon a segue into flavors of cocoa and too old coffee grounds (in a good way). I pick up just a hint of wood from the oak barrels. No hops detected, save for maybe a touch of bitterness. Very nice.

drinkability: 4.0 for ease of drinking, 4.5 because I want more and more and more

Shipped to me from WI courtesy of dirtylou

Got a couple bottles from flyingbison in trade, and consumed them early 2007...still tasting great.

6/01/2010 - got a couple bottles of the re-release from the dirtman, absolutely love this beer, the cherry character is gorgeous, fresh red cherry on wood, loads cocoa rolled toffee, tootsie roll, on the sweet side of things, outstanding stuff, bumped mouthfeel and taste 0.5 each

1/2011 - last bottle from the second release, cherry really kicking through now, both on the nose and palate, lots of cherry pie and jolly rancher-vivid aromas, still thinking tootsie roll chocolate, delicate oak essence, just a drop of roasty astringency towards the back, will miss this one

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Smell is rich sweet cherries, perfumy, a little like cherry preserves, with just a hint of tartness. Taste follows with a sweet cherry flavor up front and a tart, dry finish. A similar mouthfeel to some of NG other fruit beers, a little cidery with an effervescent carbonation. Not a large stout quality to this other than the color, any roasted malts are fairly well hidden, at least to my palette. Had this beer as a mini-horizontal along with Bell's cherry stout. Overall, an interesting and flavorful beer, but not something I could drink too much of.

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Photo of mch2smw
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: No head whatsoever. Not nearly as dark as I'd expect a stout to be, I can see through it in a pint glass.

S: Smells strongly of cherries and bourbon with a hint of dark chocolate. If smell is an indicator this beer is going to taste great.

T: This is a stout?!? Strong bourbon oak flavor, too strong in my opinion. The cherries are nice...different, but this doesn't at all taste like a stout.

M: Thin is all I can say. Too thin for what I'd expect out of a stout.

D: I just can't drink this. Too strong of a bourbon taste. By half way through the bottle I had to dump it. It would have received much higher numbers if the bourbon flavor had not been so strong.

There is no way this is a stout. Maybe this would rate better listed under a different style.

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

Appearance: Ultra-translucent for a stout, reddish hues make this look very unstoutish.

Smell: Sour cherries and light cocoa. Very strong sour cherries.

Taste: Tastes more like Belgian Red than Bell's Cherry stout. The flavor is one sweet and sour cherry experience, without any of the malty goodness of a stout. The hops are also buried underneath cherry flavor. I am not quite sure what this is, but a stout it is not. For a cherry beer, it is alright, I could even see this passing itself as a cherry porter, or, with a stretch, a cherry brown ale.

Drinkability: Not bad for a glass of beer, but vs. other cherry stouts (notably Bell's) this beer is dissapointing.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep brown body that lets a faint about of light through and looks clear but pretty opaque. The head is a light tan and sounds like a soda pop and last about as long.

S- The smell of old oak has hints of vanilla and rain with an earthy dark cherry note in the finish.

T- This beer has a big old musty oak flavor with notes of earth, wood and vanilla. The finish is a sour dark cherry note that makes my jaws lock up a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D-This is a nice oaky cherry beer but I think they forgot to put the stout in my bottle. There are dark malt flavors or and roasted or toasted notes at all. This is big on cherries and oak, which I like but I was really hoping for the malt characteristics to balance out the flavors.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby redish brown. Crystal clear with awesome highlites from light refracting thru it. Minor head has diminished to a wispy memory.

S: The smell is so pungent its almost intimidating. MASSIVE amounts of cherries on the nose. Brings on thoughts of cherry pie & chocolate cordials. Bit of oak and bittersweet chocolate. In a blind taste test, I'm not sure you'd know what type of beverage this was.

T: Intense cherry flavor! Lots of sweet and tangy cherries all over the tongue all the way thru the swallow. Aftertaste finally lends to a touch of chocolate and roasted bitter malts lurking in the background. This beer is REALLY hard to describe. New Glarus's use of cherries is one of a kind.

M: Smooth and silky with out much of a hint of carbonation. A prickly beer with this pungent cherry taste would have ruined this beer.

D: This beer blows me away every time. I've never tasted anything like it and absolutely love it. Phenomenal IMO.

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Photo of hero27
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle with red foil wrapped over the neck.

Surprisingly dark brown with ruby accents. The tight, oily head didn't leave much residual lacing, as any that was left behind was soon streaking down the side of the glass. Ultrasweet cherry flavors right off the bat, with an acrid sourness that offsets it pretty's not messing around. Not sure what the %ABV of this one is, but you can definitely taste the alcohol with each sip, and soon ensues a slight warming effect on the belly.
After having the Belgian Red & Raspberry Tart, the cherry flavors seem more artificial, and even a bit cloying at times, but it's somewhat expected considering the bold use of cherries by the boys at New Glarus. This could also be due to the chocolate & malt flavors that are strewn in as well, which distract from the true cherry flavor.

While fairly unique and certainly not lacking any punch in the flavor department, the combination of tastes didn't do anything for me. It's hard to excel with fruit-based beers..and while New Glarus has a number of good ones, this one misses the mark for me.

Bottle courtesy of badbeer, thanks again for letting me try this one.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of Goodbyeohio. Thanks a ton!
Dark, dark garnet, pretty much black until held to light, where a bright, blood red hue shines. Rosy-hued beige foam, holding a strong collar throughout. Chocolatey aroma, thick with cherry juice. Plenty of sweetness, milder, without the charred, skoky roastiness you expect from a stout. More towards the flemish red side. Some bourbon barrel in there, the aoken vanilla blending beautifully with the mild tartness and cherry scent. The flavor is definitely on the sweeter side, although the acidity in the finish compensates for it easily. Rich caramel and chocolate, immediately blooming with soft, dark red cherries. The fruit dominates, but allows the malt plenty of room. Delicate oaky softness. Earthy. Slight vanilla flavors, creating a super smooth, soft feel to the brew. Mellow carbonation and a fuller body helps, too. Slightly phenolic in the finish, the cherry taking on a sweet/tart presence, balancing out the gooey caramel sweetness masterfully. A touch of cocoa and a whiff of boozey heat down my throat. Lingering cherry flavor. Really wonderful. I loved this beer. I'd happily mail order a sixer if it were possible. Anyone who hates this stuff, I'll gladly take it off your hands.

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

12oz bottle acquired in a trade from grynder33.

Dark brown color with light head. Subtle aromas of chocolate, cherries, and oak. Originally was impatient and drank when too cold. After giving it the chance to warm up, noticed a big difference.

Very sour on initial tasting. Cherries definitely shine through, but also noticed a strong oak presence. I imagine Glarus threw in some oak chips during conditioning, because not labeled as being barrel aged, and doesn't have that strong of an oak flavor.

All in all a very enjoyable beer. Didn’t strike me much like a stout though, but who cares, it taste great.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4-pack purchased at that grocery store next to the brewery.

porterish appearance. clear with a red stripe of light down the center of the dark tunnel. a thick ring and a thin head. aroma evokes dark chocolate covered fruit... dried fruit. something with an earthy rind. tartness showcases the obvious addition of new glarus' cherry belgian red.

this beer really brings the sour, acidic cherry flavor of the belgian red to a chocolate-essence dusted, caramel infused level. stout? no. this is a play on belgian red, a beer cocktail at best created to even out the rougher edges of both the red and (presumably) the oatmeal stout. succeeds in this, presenting a more evenly balanced beer with fruity appeal and hints of conditioned wood. not that a lack of balance is bad for BR, but intolerable for some.

the question here is, "do you like ng belgian red?" yes, you'll dig this. no, you'll hate it. this summarily explains the difference in reviews here and i'll bet 99% of them reflect the reviewers opinion on the former fruit brew. easy drinking and refreshing, too.

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Photo of ZAP
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown color...great aroma of oak and mild sweet cherries...

Taste is bigger on the cherries and they lend a slightly sour flavor...also some oak on the taste but not as big as on the nose..What is missing is the stout flavors...expected some cocoa or burnt malts...nothing here....tastes a lot closer to their Belgian Red than to a stout

Body is medium...tart mouthfeel....lacks creamy smoothness...

Overall...overdone with the cherries...they don't complement...rather than dominate....nothing wrong with a glass of this but overall I think this needs some work.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this from the local market while in New Glarus.
Black cherry in color with less than a half finger of light tan head...very carbonated and disappears very rapidly, leaving a thin coating...lacing is thin and short lived.
Tart cherries in the nose with a bit of chocolate malt to balance it out.
The flavor is very much a fruit beer and not a stout style...tastfully tart with a boatload of cherries, but lacking in that rich, complex mouthfeel that I want from something calling itself a stout.
Mouthfeel is thin and a bit overcarbonated.
I do like the flavor of this beer and have no problems draining a pint or two, but leaves me wanting more from higher expectations of the style.
You want a cherry stout, hit up Bell's...if you want a refreshing fruit beer with a bit more to offer, this one would do just fine.

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Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with very little head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has some chocolate malts along with some tart cherries coming through. The flavor is an interesting mix of what seems to be a chocolate stout and the Belgian Red. Very tasty - chocolate and coffee mixed with the slightly sour cherries. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good. Tasty brew.

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Photo of granger10
2.16/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This 7th installment of the Unplugged Series pours a black color with a crimson hue. A small tan head rests atop the liquid. No real lacing.

Aroma is strong on the cherries with a bit of an oak barrel note with alcohol esters. Deeper down there's the slightest amount of sweet chocolate. There is also a saltyness I'm smelling which throws everything off. Complex yet not enjoyable smell here.

Taste is also lacking what I was hoping for. So many cherries in here it's sickening. Not really any stout characteristics to match. Tastes like Robitussin with a shot of Worchestire sauce.

I set the beer down and open a Bell's Amber and come back in 30 minutes. As the beer warms there's a roasted character that helps and the tartness of the cherries now match the sweetness. But still, this isn't too good. The finish is high on alcoholic esters even though I don't think this beer is too high in alcohol in general.

Body is a bit light and carbonation is rather low. That doesn't help this beer at all. In the end I finish off the bottle hoping to never see this train wreck again. Highly disapointed.

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

Dark ruby color. Clear. Very slgiht head and very little lacing. Interesting combo of roasted malts and tart cherries on the nose. Charred and smoky notes are at the forefront. It's not a perfect blend in this one by any means, but decent enough. This beer has got a nice little sweet and sour thing going on. Vinegar and brown sugar. Tart cherries and sweet cherries. Some oak comes through. Stout qualities really are lacking here though. I was hoping for some chocolate covered cherry type of action here, but it's not here. I miss the blend of char and roast with cherry that I was expecting. It's not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting.

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

This sure is a funny little beer. A thin head forms on pour, then fades quickly, although it seems to hold more then its fair share of hidden carbonation. Only hints of stout pop up on the uplift from the tongue, and the finish is almost pure cherry pie.

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Photo of jj21
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Latest in the Unplugged series. Pours a dark red, close to black. slightly pink head 1" in height. Extremely sharp smell of tart cherries. Very full in the mouth of Sour Cherries and vanilla. The big question, which I see has been brought up in previous reviews, should this be concidered a Stout? There wasn't the roasted malt character I was expecting. It's more of a dark fruit ale. If you have this not expecting a Stout profile, you won't be disappounted.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep rubied brown color with a small head that falls to a ring around the top. Clarity is good, and no carbonation appears to be bubbling from the bottom of the glass. Nose is very interesting. Cherry is present and sweet, almost a touch like cherry candy or the Lundeen's cherry ough drops. Chocolate and roast are in the background, but it doesn't seem to be a good marriage with the cherry. It comes out smellin very floral when taken together, and reminds me of the combination of flowers at a funeral home...not an aroma I have hapy memories tied to. Flavor leaves no doubt that this is cherry beer with a stout afterthought. Its a page right out of the Belgian Red, sweet and slightly sour and chreamy cherry. This fades and brings a creamy stout character, lightly chocolate and lacking any roast. I like the Belgian Red, but it seems like its trying too hard to be like that one. Feel is moderate, with no carbonation and is just slightly slick. I'd like a little bubble in this one. Its tasty. I can't deny that, but its not a stout in my book. I like it, but not as a stout.

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Photo of Jredner
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma holds an overripe slightly sour aroma that I associate with rotting oranges, but that I assume to be cherries. The oak aroma is definitely alive in there as well. My first impression from the aroma is that it smells like an orange laced Flemish Sour which is intruiging.

Color is dark brown to black and the head is tan and diminished quickly to a dime thin affair.

Mmmm lots of tart cherry in the fore then very quickly you taste sweet cherry notes and then just as quickly chocolate malts play across the tongue. Very fast transitions of flavors. A sort of cake/eclair pastry like sweet and wholesome flavor flows from the middle to the finish. I swear I taste hints of over ripe orange juice, but it’s probably the combined oak/sour cherry flavors merging to suggest that vanila flavor. The chocolate asspect seems to become less pronounced as it warms and more of the sourness and cherry comes through, though it never completely mostly just slides further back in the order and so you get more chocolate in the finish. Vanilla notes also come out as it warms along with more of the oak.

For a fruit beer it has quite a nice mouthfeel. I have to say I am pretty floored. This was much better than I thought it would be. NG is just a fantastic brewery.

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

Pours brown with red hues. Tan pillowy head of foam that settles to a surface covering. Intriguing aroma. Oak-aged fermented cherries and alcohol dominate. Full-bodied mouthfeel. This a most unique cherry stout. This one is seriously all about the authentic cherry taste. Real cherry flavor that cannot be mistaken. Things start off with an aged cherry tartness that reminds me a lot of their Belgian Red but has even more oakiness to it. The finish is dry with hints of wood and alcohol that linger. The aftertaste has a sweetness to it, almost like vanilla, that's imparted from the oak. Funny thing for a stout is that there are no flavors of burnt/roasted malt or chocolate in this one, which it atypical for what one would expect in a stout. Again this is all about the cherries. Definitely, worth trying, especially if you're a fan of the Belgian Red. A lot of the same tart flavors are experiened here.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.04/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. The New Glarus Cherry Stout pours out a dark brown color with ruby tints. The head is small and is gone after a minute or so. The aroma is pungent, rotten cherries. The flavor is dominated by the slightly sour, slightly sweet cherries. There's also an artifical sweetener flavor that I find foul. Very little, if any, stout flavor. I like the Belgian Red. Hell, I even liked the Sour Brown. This beer, however, is almost undrinkable. Get rid of the artificial sweetener flavor, make the cherry flavor fresher, and add some more stout to this beer. Maybe then I will try it again.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark reddish-brown. Very little head, almost seems uncarbonated.

Smell - Not overly strong. Definitely cherry, but malt scent is apparent. Nice for style.

Flavor - Tart cherry flavor definitely is the main characteristic. Malty background overshadowed by fruitiness. Probably a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel - Quite full and creamy.

Drinkability - I personally like the flavor. But then again, I really like cherries. Others might find this overly fruity. Pretty good (and actually more "beery") for a style that is increasingly dominated by borderline malternatives.

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Photo of iron78
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red, almost looks like a red wine. No head at all.

Odd mix of smells, a touch of chocolate and cherries and some thing acidic.

The first taste gives a shot of tartness in the back of the mouth that almost causes a pucker. Kind of a woody/oak flavor for a base. Much more of a fruit beer than a stout. Just a touch of coffee and bitter chocolate.

medium bodied, maybe a touch slick after.

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

Appearance: Purple Black beer with reddish tones when held up to the light. Dark communion wine colored. Off-white, slightly pinkish head went away farily quickly.

Aroma: Oaky. Vanilla, plum fruit and twinges of sourness all burst into the nose fairly quickly.

Taste: Toasted oakyness seem to have met sour cherries inside this glass. I don't taste too much "stout" here, because there seems to be no noticable roastyness. The mouthfeel is slightly slick but full. The finish leaves sweet and sour fruit (cherry and plums) on the tongue. The sourness and cherry sweetness are nicely balanced here.

Notes: This one is different. I don't know if I would necessarily call it a stout, but it's definitely worth trying. I love sour beers, and this one seems to have sourness that compliments the sweet flavors from the fruit. I think I would have enjoyed this one a bit more if the oak flavor and aroma were diminished a bit. I'll try to age a few bottles to see if that helps.

Thanks to brewcrew76 for this bottle!

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Photo of ClearDog
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- The appearance alone does not imply a stout. Looks like a very dark red ale. If you hold the glass of beer to the light you can see to the other side. Minimal, slightly dirty white head that dies down quickly. Hardly any lacing.

Smell -- Definitely tart cherries. The overwhelming scent is the NG Wisconsin Belgian Red. Faint whiffs of sweet oaky vanilla. At first sniff, the beer smells kind of musty. Very interesting. With exception of the Belgian Red, this beer is like nothing I've experienced before.

Taste -- Very fruity. Is this supposed to taste a little like a stout? It doesn't. It's interesting nonetheless. Very tart cherries. Very tart . . . but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel -- Mild effervescence felt on the tongue. A lighter feel. Creamy finish.

Drinkability -- This beer is very drinkable. I bought two 4-packs and don't anticipate I will have any trouble finishing them. This beer wasn't quite what I was expecting (hoping for some of the usual malty stout flavors), but I liked it anyway. Recommended if you enjoy fruit beers.

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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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