oteyj (2130) - 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 (3670) - 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 (742) - 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 (4373) - Marietta, 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.
ssinger1485 (23) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma explodes with maraschino cherries and some chocolate on the back end. Itís a beautiful looking beer with a thick head and really dark red hue. The taste starts with sweet, sugary, maraschino cherry and ends with a darker chocolate/caramel finish. I like this beer a lot, but itís very sweet.
jcartamdg (1984) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured in to my bruery tulip, dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of alcohol and cherries combine to make a cough syrup like aroma. Taste is way better than the nose, lots of cherry juice thins out this stout, the oak is there but the malts arenít very present. Not a bad change of pace but not a real stout.
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle drank at bu11zeyeís 10,000th rating tasting.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of very sweet cherries. The flavor is very similar. There is a ton of cherry syrup, as well a some lightly roasted malt. Overall, the beer is very sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
joeneugs (3241) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. It pours a very deep red color with a big khaki head that settles to a nice thin layer. The aroma has huge notes of cherry syrup and dense maltiness. Not a hint of stout here. The flavor is the same. Huge, dense cherry syrup, and beautiful malt character. I donít pick up much oak if any or roasted malts for that matter. It does have a rather hot, spicy finish that is accentuated by a higher than normal carbonation level. The body is full. Mild hints of oak in the very end. Great beer.
BeerKurve (501) - - MAY 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís got a nice pleasant chocolate cherry flavor backed up by a burnt malty backbone, but the palate comes off as unappealing with a syrupy and watery texture. Still worth checking out if youíre in the mood for something new.