JStax (5034) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured on draft into a snifter. Dark brown and fairly translucent with a thin, beigy head of foam. Not much retention. Aroma is intense ripe cherries and a cola note, not dissimilar to cherry coke. I get a nice chocolate covered cherry note in there as well. Decadent. Taste is a muted dark fruit sweetness that moves to a rich middle and on to a just slightly dry and bitter finish. This beer is right on the verge of being a little tart. This beer is fantastic. Definitely one of the best fruit beers Iíve found of yet. Thanks for the bottle, weihenheizen!
Ernesto987 (5539) - Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge cherry flavors. Very light stout. Can tell why this is a fruit beer over a stout. Great non fake cherry flavors
kaser (5547) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light black if thatís possible. Actually reddish. Very strong cherry smell and taste. Tart and not very stout taste. Canít figure this one out. Complex. Too rich and sweet for this kid
reggiedunlop (3648) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma fleeting roastiness and chocolate beneath nice vinous cherry notes. Flavor follows suit...its a bit like the wisconsin red with a hint of chocolate...good tart cherry and vinous notes with dark chocolate creeping in late. Mouthfeel is medium/full and silky with a cherry chocolate finish. Fabulous.
nsquishee (637) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer. I would call this a cherry lambic/sour meets chocolate stout. Rich cherry aroma with a clear red-brown color. Taste starts with a fizzy/carbonated tartness, followed by mellow sweetness, and finishing with a ripe cherry sourness. Very impressive offering once again by New Glarus!
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super dark brown with a small white head. Huge cherry pit and chocolate notes with sweet vinous notes in the finish. The finish is like cherries dipped in chocolate. Awesome.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
So I just returned home from a quick Wisconsin beer run. First, I tried the WI Belgian Red which I enjoyed very much, but it was a bit heavy on the fruit for me. So I thought Iíd take a break and switch it up with a New Glarus Cherry Stout... turns out, they are oddly similar.
Pours like a lighter barleywine. More clarity than youíd expect from any stout.
The nose is bossed around by the massive cherries. Faint vinegar, subtle roasted malts... a few suggestions of "stout" but honestly not much.
The production of this beer obviously doesnít differ much from the Belgian Red. The overpowering, tart cherry is supported by some light cocoa and toffee, barely.
As others have suggested, this beer isnít bad at all... just not at all what itís advertised as.
burg326 (5266) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle pours a cocola brown color, aromas of cherries, and thats about it. Flavors of cherry coke all the way with some vanilla. Doesnít have many stout quualities, but the beer is pretty good overall.
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10 ounce tap pour at some Swiss cabin themed restaurant in New Glarus, WI. Cherry-themed dessert style fruit stouts require an open mind. It also helps to take it in small doses. Most of us wouldnít eat an entire box of chocolate covered cherries. Doing that would be ridiculous! Itís equally ridiculous to drink more than 1 glass of unplugged cherry stout. Itís incredibly sweet, rich, and chocolatey smooth. Have it after a meal and youíll feel as if you just drank a milkshake.
ChainGangGuy (4770) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body with plenty of amber-hued hints at the edges and topped with a slim, off-white head.
Smell: It really just smells more akin to a brown ale given a large, vibrant top note of Ludenís Cherry throat drops.
Taste: A roundabout gulp of cherry-flavored cola with extra added toasty malt tastes. Fairly sweet throughout. Lightly tart. Thereís a bit of middling woodiness from the oak, but, for the most part, the cherries take center stage. Even farther down into the cherry bin youíll find some slight mustiness, but, at best, itís reserved. Closes out as sweet and fruity as it kicked off.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky in the mouth.
Overall: Itís a very fine beer, donít get me wrong, but not a stout. Instead of "cherry stout" call it "stout cherry", because thereís definitely plenty of cherriness within.