shadey (1887) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black poour with red highlights. Only a tiny ring of tan cream. Aroma is sour cherries. The flavor is exceptionally well balanced well blended mild roast, chocolate and delicious sour cherries. The body is very smooth and just glides over the tongue. Beautiful session stout.
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to TannerTavernBoys for sharing this one - Pours a beautiful dark brown with a reddish tint - not much carbonation. Aroma seems to have nothing to do with a stout, lots of vineous qualities and dark cherry. Light to medium bodied beer with a very gentle carbonation. There is lots of cherry flavor in the beer. I don’t know if they blended the Belgium red with something else or it is just the same sort of cherry used, but Belgium Red is noticed in the taste. The finish has a light chocolate quaility and a light cherries. A fine beer that I look forward to having again.
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Ohio Dad for this one. The pour was a great ruby blackish color tan head. It poured like a dark merlot. The aroma was hugely krieky, with roasty dark malt, berries, merlot, and some hops and slight florals. The taste was very tart and krieky, with a solid roasty malt backbone, and even raspberries and cacao in the finish. Velvety, complex palate. Wonderful, as I would expect from thsi world class brewer.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown in color with no head. Rich cherry aroma. Rpy. oasty notes. Cherry tart flavor. Sweet. Heavy bodied. Syrupy. Finish is sweet. Drinkable. Enjoyable.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 17, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 12 oz bottle courtesy of The_Enemy. I’m a huge fan a well done fruit beer, and New Glarus Unplugged Cherry Stout is an outstanding one in my opinion. This beer pours to a deep ruby red to brown color, with a soapy, pink head that fades, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with aromas of sweet and tart cherry, paired with mild vinous/oaky notes. The palate is soft, with good flavor of dark chocolate, and malt, with a very pleasing, sweet/sour cherry back ground. This beer finishes with more dark chocolate and malt flavor up front, then ends with a sweet and tangy, cherry flavor that linger. Nothing "stout" like in this beer in a traditional sense. More of a wonderful fruit beer showcasing Wisconsion cherries, and 8 Wisconsin malts. This beer was so aromatic, delicious, and flavorful. It tastes like a liquid, chocolate covered cherry, and makes for an ultimate desert beer, or after dinner drink. I was really impressed witht this one, and the one bottle I savored, had my crying for more. I LOVE this beer! One of the most impressive fruit beers I have tried in a very long time.
IndianaRed (2384) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Rating #800 Pours a very dark brown with ridish tinges on the edges. Decent light tan head and spotty lacing. Very nice dark rich cherry and roasted aroma. Tasted heavy on the cherries and had just the right sweet/tart slant on them. Quite heavy bodied and a slight cough syrup note but not detracting. Big cherry flavor up front and througout.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle compliments of Degarth: Pours a dark black color, brownish maybe. Nice creamy puffy head and adequate lacing. The nose is sweet with cherry and other berry notes, some sweet roast, bourbon and oaky notes. The flavor is also oaky with a good balance of sweet/tart and roast/oak. Very delicious with a sizable body and full tart/sweet blend. Yum!
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Tosa crew and served in my La Chouffe tulip: Pours a mahogany hue topped by a medium sized beige fizzy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of semi-sweet cherry (duh), dusty yeast esters, a hint of cocoa powder, roasted malt and a touch of wild flower.
The taste is more like tart cherry on top of a mild bakers chocolate and barley. The cherry component is fresh tasting, a bonus point. Sure there is an oaky note on the finish but blink and you would miss it. The aftertaste in a lingering cherry sweet and sour flavor. Some pepper notes appear after a while. The mouth feel is sharp and lively and a tad watery. The oak character is more noticeable on the lips than the palate.
Overall a nice brew that needs just a touch more rich malt to counter balance the fruit, it is more sour brown than stout.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle shared with BA’s CalleNAK. Dark brown color with a thick quickl y diminishing tan head. At first I made the mistake of drinking this too cold and it was very tart. But then I alllowed it to warm up and what a change. Great oaky aroma with a nice cherry flavor accompanied by a smooth malt after taste. Some oaky notes in the flavor as well. My first New Glarus beer and it did not disappoint.
nolankowal (929) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to JHop for this one! Pours a deep maroon with a medium tan head than turns to a thick film over the top. The aroma holds a good malt character: some chocolate and coffee bean, vanilla elements as well as a strong cherry character coming through. The flavor is a bit of a different story, while some of those roasty stout elements remain, they are totally dominated by super tart sour cherries, the oaky characteristics come out a lot more as well. Later down the glass, I paired this with some 70% cocoa dark chocolate...this is one damn fine dessert beer...beverage for that matter. Would go well with most rich chocolate desserts. One thing is for sure, this one is a sipper...the flavor is so intense you can’t help but to sip this. Sort of sweet in the front, to a quick brunt tartness that goes till the oak starts kicking in torwards the finish. Complex...is an understatement for this one. Balances out more when it warms a bit.