hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
The moment I opened this beer, I instanly though of a lambic style. A very sour and tart acidic aroma of cherry and chocolate. This is complex and I havenít even poured it. Once in the glass, I feel like I am looking at a liquid cake - dark chocolate with sweet cherry drizzled all over it. The body looks somewhat thin, being nearly opaque but lettign enough light shine through that you can see the deep ruby mixed ino the normally brown stout. There was only a fine head that became a thin ring with a few splotches in the middle. A really lite fine carbonation that floods tart cherries into your mouth. Burnt chocolate flavours and an oak flavour that coats the top o fmy mouth. I canít say that I dig the flavour 100%, but I am so impressed with how well everything is blended. Compared to Bellís cherry stout, this is so well made I canít even compare. The cherry compliments the other flavours in this and the oak aging is very well done. Iím going to give this a 20 overall as I think it is perfectly made, despite me not being a huge fan of some of the underlying flavours.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks beertime: Deep reddish color, very little head. Aroma has some really tart cherries. Flavor was kinda tangy, with a nice malt base. The oak aging lends a nice woodiness to the finish, gave it a bit of a wine like character to me. Definitely unlike anything I have had before. But I really enjoyed it.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black body with fine carbonation creating a thin white ring of bubbles on top. Mellow aroma of sweet cherry, toasty oak and light chocolate sweetness. The kickiní rad flavor really makes up for the lacking aroma. Big sweet cherry flavor a la Belgian Red dominates with a clean chocolate cookie in the background. Itís so well blended it tastes like the dark malts were part of the cherries in the first place. The finish has a light sour zest reminiscent of pie cherries and brettanomyces. Medium mouthfeel with no distracting carbonation, just enough to not make it heavy on the palate. An inspired creation.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2006 Reddish-brown, much lighter than I expected, but an interesting and appealing color. Small skim of khaki rose-highlighted head. Aroma unfolds in layers--wonderful fresh roses, buttery tart cherries, subtle roast, a little vanilla and angelfood cake, a touch of smoke. Wonderfully tart earthy cherry flavor, soft chocolate and slighty sweet, with a sparkling and rather tart champagne finish. Fairly light bodied, but that seems to feel right for the sour quality. An amazing and delicious style blend, bursting with flavor.
twindadplus2 (576) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby color with a small beige head. Aroma is ripe cherries, vanilla and earthy oak notes. Flavor is loads of tart cherries and chocolate with some licorice and spice plus a hint of coffee bitterness up front. A sweet malt and woody background are present throughout. Long oaky, malt finish rounds it out nicely. Body is on the low end of medium with a light tickle of carbonation. Wonderfully complex and satisfying.
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color with no head. Strong cherry aroma with definite bourbon notes, but much more subdued than other barrel aged beers. Wow. The taste smacks of cherry juice. Sweet malt base barely comes through. Some wood lurking in the background along with a bit of a sour finish. This is definitely a cherry beer with stout accents, not the other way around.
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Poured a clear, deep garnet with an oh-so-creamy 1.5 finger beige head (didnít stick around for too long, but it was beautiful, man). Nose found tart over-ripe cherries, oak, smoky vanilla, and a solid dose of roasty bakerís chocolate. Flavor brought out levels of complexity that were not evident in the aroma... fresh tart and sweet cherries cascading over oakey roasted chocolate.. complemented by some vanilla and spices (anise and licorice primarily). Body was a tad thin, but that didnít detract from the wonderful experience. Get some!
beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just when you thought New Glarus had done it all with fruit here comes the Unpugged Cherry Stout. In my opinion there is no other brewery that uses fruit as well in any style of beer. Nice dark red color with a light aroma of bing cherries as well as vanilla. The body is a little thin but the flavors of oak and chocolate take over making it a nice change of pace for a stout. The more I drink the more complex the beer gets. Get this while you can as it will be gone soon and may never be back.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2006 Dark brown with red/orange hue. Fizzy light tan head, fades to nothing. Aroma has woody malt. Flavor... a nice concoction of sweet cherries, light oak, and some brown sugary coffee-cake malt. Slight tart and roasty finish. Smooth, sweet palate... nicely toned down carbonation. Really good beer, just want some Brett, please.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Enemy (as part of his surprise, unsolicited box of beers!) - thanks! Pours a deep ruby red color with a smaller sized off white head. Where to start on the aromas! Aromas of oak, vanilla, light cherries, light chocolate, some smoke, and whisky. Nice and complex with something new every sniff I took. Everything blended and worked perfectly. Tastes of strong cherries with light oak, vanilla and chocolate. Sweet and tart. In my book, New Glarus is definitely on top when comes to fruit beers.