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 RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is super dark with a negligible head.

Smell - The strong cherry liquer is backed up by some very stiff burnt malts. This is quite surprising - a Fruit Beer with some balls.

Taste - The flavor will knock you on your keester. The cherry is big but it's not like a fresh cherry. It's more like that black cherry flavor you find in some sodas. There's an earthy flavor too like soil that is very tasty.

Mouthfeel - This is a smidgen bigger than light-bodied with a surprising sense of alcohol as it probably is as boozy as a cough drop.

Drinkability - This is by no means sessionable but it managed to stay out of the sink, which is quite an accomplishment for a Fruit Beer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with ruby highlights. Head is a thin ring.

Smell is reminicent of cherry brandy. Thankfully the fruit isn't overly artificial.

Taste is a surprisingly strong sour cherry flavor up front, with a tart finish. There is subdued minerally mustiness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Where's the stout? The sourness is so overwhelming as to eclipse anything else. This brew is very reminiscent of the New Glarus sour brown. If you have the aquired taste of sour beers give this one a try. Otherwise don't waste the cash.

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Photo of bashiba
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

poured a clear dark brown with bright ruby highlights and no head.

Smell is sweet with a strong alcohol odor amd some hints of wood.

Taste is quite the opposite if the smell a very tart and sour cherry flavor with noticeable alcohol taste no noticeable standard stout flavors at all.

Mouthfeel is slick and slightly hot.

Not to good overall and not a stout at all in my book will avoid in the future.. Didn't even finish thid.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Browned ruby cola color with a soft, loosely set dark ivory top of pinky high stature. Minimal lacing in a couple squiggly strings and dots.

Aroma is dark cherry sweet and vanilla with a soda-esk effervescence. More like a malted beverage type of aroma then beer related.

Same goes for the taste, very soda, malt beverage like, overly sweet and cherry soaked with an unbalanced character that doesn't seem all that stout-like in character. Sweet and tangy with that certain tart cherry bite with no real mellow tones or subtleness. Its broad and rich with cherry. Unfavorably, however; and impartial to the buds. A nice experiment, but nothing to seek out or get worked up about. Unless sour cherry stuff is your thing, then by all means, this beer will suit your tastes just right.

Feel is deeply soured with cherry tartness and no balance within a slick, tart grabbing light/medium body.

I could hardly bring myself to drink it. Far too sweet and cola, malt beverage-like. How sad, I usually like New Glarus offerings, but this was a huge surprising disappointment. Bluck...

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with one finger of light tan head. There is just a touch of lacing. The smell has lots going on. There's some cherry cough syrup, smoke, oak, and some yeasty aromas. Nothing too strong, but you can pick out each one. Very nice. The taste has lots of cherry going on up front. It's very very sweet, almost more than the Belgian Red (if that's possible)! A little bit of charred wood in there, but the finish falls off pretty quick. The mouthfeel is a little watery, I was expecting something thicker. The drinkability is great though. A big thanks to Kevin for bestowing this one upon me before he moved away.

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

Appearance: Ruby brown color, with medium visibility; not much of a head and not much lacing. Low viscosity. Very different appearance for a beer labelled a stout.

Aroma: Sour cherry finish, reminiscent of NG's Belgian Red. A little chocolate malt pokes through every now and then. Pleasant, but a little one-dimensional.

Taste: Tart cherries with a roasted espresso astringency. Light and fruity - not at all what I expected, but a pleasant enough surprise. Given that this is naturally fermented in the same way as NG's other fruit beers, it's probably debatable if this was ever going to come off like a stout. Develops some nice chocolate notes, a little maraschino funk, and some hints of cocoa in the finish. Nice dry cherry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin and tart, refreshing finish from the fruit. Constant soft carbonation is pleasant and lightens the mouthfeel. Light and sweet/sour for a stout.

Drinkability: A real nice drinkable beer, but more a dark Belgian Red than a stout. Definitely worth checking out owing to the unique fermentation style and flavor, but it would be a mistake to compare this to other fruit stouts. Another good fruit beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of patrick16o
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

smooth dark pour, with a thick creamy tan crown, ruby red hue shines through in the light. head retention is good. aroma has a deep sweet cherry scent. taste starts with a good dose of cherry, followed by a bit more cherry. tastes a bit like cherry soda with a bit more complexity to the flavor, a tad bit of malt. similar to the wisconsin belgian red, just less intensity in the flavor. drinkability is actually pretty good. just about the right body weight. the alcohol is not noticable.

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Photo of goethean
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Sadly, I have to agree with the others here. This is not what I was expecting. It's most similar to a Duchesse de Burgogne or a weaker version of Gale's prize Old Ale. I think what happened was that the strain of bacteria or yeast that the brewer exposed the beer to ate more of the dextrins and made the beer less full-bodied. Very sour. Big bing cherry flavor. It's basically a sour cherry brown ale.


Beautiful burgundy color. Aroma is kind of cherry cough drop artificial cherry flavoring-like. Cherry is up front, a quite sweet and pleasant but somewhat overwhelming and not terribly complex or classy flavor. Disappointing.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm sorry, fruit beer-haters, this is a fantastic beer. Pours black like a stout should with a little head. odor is like pitted sour cherries, some cocoa but not a lot. Taste is really, really good. At first its all about the cherries....tart, sour fresh picked cherries...almost exactly like Bell's cherry ale or NGs Belgian Red. What's nice though is the transition to a smooth chocolatey stout flavor. This is a flavor shift that is unrivaled in any beer i've had. wow, what a treat of a beer. Glad i bought a bottle home with me from WI and im sorry i didn't buy more.

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Photo of mcallister
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well a very lackluster beer in the appearance department. Not the darkest or dense of stouts I've ever experienced brown with burgundy highlights when held up to light. Poured hard but no head came about.

Smells of sweet bing cherries, almost like an icee quality. Sweet and malty, with hints of cocoa yet very miniscule. Also some cola, and other fruity esters.

Tart and sour are what come to mind. Taste like a cherry tootsie pop. When you're getting ever so close to that tootsie roll in the middle. Candied cherryies give way to sweet milk chocolate. Malty yet very thin and watery in mouthfeel. Some more of the cola in the taste as well. Hints of wood and other earthy notes. Very odd brew indeed.

Not sure how many of these I could drink. One of the thinnest stouts I've ever tasted.

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Photo of blackie
4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
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 -16.2%
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 -30.1%
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 -5.1%
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 -1.9%
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 +18.1%
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 -30.9%
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 +20.5%
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 +5.6%
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 +0.8%
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 -1.1%
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 -8.2%
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 +11.7%
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 -42.6%
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%
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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