GT2 (9076) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a clear deep amber with a thin, yet persistent off-white head. Excellent spotty to near sheety lace. Not quite a stout body so I agree with the Fruit Beer category. Aroma at first is cherry Sucrets, coughdrops, Chloroseptic lozenges. As it warms, the powerful black cherries emerge without off character- robust, sweet. Like Dr. Browns Black Cherry Soda. Taste and body is beautiful- soft, tart finish, quick lactic sour that is zippy and quick on the palate. Full, creamy, buttery, meaty body almost like the NG Old English Porter. Really beautiful all around.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour. The nose is loaded with bright cherry aroma. Nice mix of spicy pits as well as sweeter flesh. There is a faint touch of cocoa to suggest that itís a stout, but if I was blindfolded - Iím not sure I would have picked it out. Stlll - despite the sweetness and fruitiness it is a very well-made brew. Itís like an un-tart Belgian Red.
crossovert (8488) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown/black with a thin, quickly dissipating off-white head leaving no lacing.
It smells exactly like Wisconsin Belgian Red, no stout scent whatsoever. It is a nice sweet cherry pie scent with a hint of oak.
The taste brings in more stout flavors, this is chocolate covered black cherry beer. This is far from a conventional stout. It has some slight oaky notes as well. Not much tartness, mostly just sugar sweet cherries. It is almost like they just added 10% stout to a bottle of Wisconsin Belgian Red. Interesting.
I like it better than Bellís take of the style. It is an immensely unique beer. It looks like a stout 100%, tastes like cherries 95%. Black cherry brew anyone?
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-10-2010 01:36:25
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a 12oz bottle softly poured into my glass, producing close to no head. The body is a dark red and brown color. Chocolate and cherries abound in the nose, with some sweet amaretto scents as well. Very sweet, with some strange oily, moderately-thick flavors of cherries and oak. Reminds me of an old ale. Some cinnamon in the nose noticed when it warms slightly. Palate is cola-like, my primary complaint over this beer. Otherwise itís solid.
MartinT (8281) - 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.
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Ohio Dad for this one. The pour was a great ruby blackish color tan head. It poured like a dark merlot. The aroma was hugely krieky, with roasty dark malt, berries, merlot, and some hops and slight florals. The taste was very tart and krieky, with a solid roasty malt backbone, and even raspberries and cacao in the finish. Velvety, complex palate. Wonderful, as I would expect from thsi world class brewer.
mcberko (8040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, bonusíd by ekoerper (thanks Ed), pours a dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma screams truckloads of cherries - nothing artificial about them - smells like pure, fresh cherries, along with a touch of the oak barrels, though not very prominent. There isnít really any notice that this is a stout. Flavour brings out potent cherries upfront, atop a more recognizable (than the nose) stout background. There is a thick malt backing that gives the cherries a big body to sit on top of, making it even more complex. Oak barrels round this off beautifully, but intensifying the complexity. This is truly superb. Cherry (or any fruit) stouts have never succeeded to impress me... until now. Most excellent stuff.
Scopey (8036) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bruceís, thanks to Colin.. It pours cloudy dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, toast, sweet cherry, red plum, prune and some tanginess. The taste is red grape, cherry, plum, light tartness, sherbet and sugar and sweetish finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Easy-drinking stuff. Alright.
Fin (8009) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting with Casey, Traci, Craig, Stella and Loz 27-09-08 this bottle brought along by Casey Pours dark brown with light beige head. Big fruity vanilla nose, some mushroom also on nose. Loz got copper coin taste in mouth, I know exactly what she meant. Lovely quirky tang to this. Whilst I can’t describe what it is exactly I will say that New Glarus beers or the ones from this series of Unplugged that Casey has shared with me have a real signature, thumbprint to the taste, just wish I could describe it accurately. Quite a stunner.
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to billshmeinke. Pours with a clear amber-brown body and a tan head. Aroma of cough syrup, maraschino cherries, amaretto and a slight tanginess. Taste is a bit bitter up front, but very sweet throughout. Some tobacco in the finish. Tastes a lot like Belgian Red. Huge sweet cherries. Not quite cloying though. Was expecting a bit of tartness from the "spontaneous fermentation". Light bubbles. A bit of vanilla in the finish.