KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark color. Smells like a chocolate cherry cake but also like Robitusium nite time cough syrup. Tastes like a sour cherry, tart and smoked a little. Normally I can taste coffee or chocolate in a stout but not here. Something with the cherries just makes this stout enjoyable sip after sip after sip. Good stout.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2006 Oct. 28, 2006 Re-Rate:
Still has that decaying orange pulp aroma with big whiffs of oak though it seems pretty dusty now. The head this time around is limper and doesnít last as long. Still tastes perfect...tart cherries, overripe orange pulp, vanilla, oak, white cake, chocolate, cocoa and a tongue prickling tartness in the finish. The look and aroma might have slid slightly, but the flavor might even be getting better...though 10 is as high as I can give it.
Original Rating was 4.7
Courtesy of The_Enemy. Thanks, Brian
Aroma holds an overripe slightly sour smell 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 and vanilla, but itís 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 fades...it 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.
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark ruby red pour with a very light brown head. Unfortunately, I think this beer smells like dried spit (bad) and red wine (good). The palate is sour and acidic. Feels and tastes like sparkling grape juice. I donít get much of a stout feel but overall this is a good beer.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks be to Craig D (not a RB member) for getting me this awesome brew. Its really great to have friends like this.
Very dark purple in color with a thin quickly discipating white head. Nose is mostly black cherry and green stems. Little bits of malts and roasted grains here and there. Taste initially very sweet ala belgian red at the middle it is much more sour then slowly to a more stouty character. Thin, at first but as this beast wars up more and more of the stout comes out. I can not stress this enough, this beer is very temperature sensitive depending on what you want. More chilly = more belgian red. More warm = more sout notes with definately more carbonation. Also, once my mind was able to accept that this was a stout added to a great fruit beer I was able to better understand and find what I wanted out fo the fruitbeer part. Really, this is a great beer. Glad I am lucky enough to get ahold of this one!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle consumed in the generous company of tiggmtl, MartinT and Rastacouere; then another 12 oz bottle consumed on my own a couple of days later. Deep red wine-caramel-near black with a lasting dollop of fine foam....nose is first off immensely deep, sour cherries, this is clearly more a fruit beer than stout....also in the mix, touches of acidic blueberry, port (the barrel Iíd guess) brown sugar and just a touch of chocolate....again on the tongue, hugely fruity, quite tart with just enough chocolaty malt and roastiness to call it "stout", licorice and vanilla, plenty of new oak and old wine, caramel....beautiful dessert sweets resting in a big tart exterior, perfectly carbonated with enough drying at the end to make both the sweetness and tartness bearable. Wow. I figured eventually one of the NG fruit experiments would disappoint, but not yet....Iím in love.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam surrounds the darkened ruby.
-The wooden barrel is apparent, giving a strong aromatic alcohol component to the sweet cherries.
-Once tasted, the cherries are definitely bigger than the stout; but Iím not sure they mix well.
-Carbonation is quiet, like many other New Glaruses.
What if you dig deeper?
-The ever-pleasing Montmorency cherries offer plenty of their otherworldly sweetness and tartness.
-The malt roastiness needs more chocolate to unite the cherries with the stout aspect of the beer.
-Sadly, as I drink this, I want to switch to the Belgian Red, as we find here the exact same cherry apport, but thwarted by the stout.
-A fun fruit beer experiment, but I donít find it coherent enough.
Bottle; no date.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottles via DavidP and Duane! - Thanks guys! Pours dark brown with ruby red highlights and a short tan head that fades very quick. Aroma is much cherry with a little roastiness and chocolate behind it. Flavor is sharply sour cherries backed with a pretty nice chocolate and coffee background. Reminds me of chocolate covered cherries mostly. Palate is medium bodied not much carbonation and a little more sour than Iím used to from a stout. I agree with JohnC before me this is really a fruit beer with stout characteristics. How about a flemish stout? Pretty tasty though.. I enjoyed it..
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Ughsmash for this one.
It pours a clear, dark red color with a minimal head. This brew is definitely a fruit beer w/ some stoutiness, not a stout w/ fruit. The flavor at first is a sweet cherry flavor, but finishes tart. The carbonation is mild. Itís interesting and surprisingly, a thirst quencher. Very nice
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour was dark and fizzy, as was the nose? The head was tan with red highlights. There was a distinct sour cherry nose. DAMN! The taste ran the gamete from Sweet-malty to tart cherry to sour after taste. This one may not be a top 50, but a rare treat and worth experiencing.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
reddish brown on the pour with a very fast fading head. nose is oak, vanilla and sour cherries. flavor is more of the same but as this one warms, the tart cherries really come to the fore, middle and tail. even with the strong backbone of cherries, this is a well crafted beer with a nice mix of flavors.