Doppelganger (1388) - 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 (600) - 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 (4502) - 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 (7181) - 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 (9133) - 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.
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark amber / ruby red color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries, smoked malts, charred wood, and vanilla oak. Taste of strong tart cherries (reminded me of the Belgian Red) with toffee malts, light roastiness, and vanilla oak. Certainly an interesting creation, but not quite a stout... Thanks Steve!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark toned brown with a red glow to it and an off white head that slowly fades. Decent streaks of lacing. Not very typical looking to a true stout.
Smell is awesome. Complex chewy vanilla, oak, tart cherries, along with enticing cocoa aromas. I really have to put the aroma on par with the Belgian Red b/c it takes me right back to that kick-ass brew when I inhale the wonderful aromas.
Taste is of the same aromas kicked down slightly a notch. Heavy cherry taste with cocoa and oak kicking around.
Mouthfeel is nicely mixed of tartness and sweetness with oak swirling around the palate. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The make-or-break rating for this beer. What pressure.
Pours a deep, deep reddish brown with a good-sized white fizzy head that settles down into a thin creamy one. The aroma is quite unique in my experience; it took a long time to tease out the various scents. At first, I missed the cherry, though after a few more sniffs I found it. Itís a very tart cherry smell, not what I was expecting given the Belgian Red. Mostly, though, to me, it smelled musty and moldy. Iím torn on my numerical rating. Before I tasted anything, I didnít like the smell. Now that Iíve tasted how wonderful it is, I associate the smell with (and perceive the smell through) the whole experience, which improves my perception of it. I could have gone 4 on the smell if the whole experience were crummy; but now I really like it. Such are the whims of human perception. In the mouth, itís luscious and smooth, though thereís still a carbonation bite. Flavor starts off tart and cherry, then picks up a very pronounced chocolate note, which is deeper than any chocolate Iíve had in a beer. Most chocolate beers are very dark, bitter and smokey in their chocolate notes; this one was much more semi-sweet. The tart cherries persist throughout and the aftertaste is an extension of the primary. Yum.