hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Bottle... DLD06... Dark, clear, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. The nose is of chocolate and black cherries. When I take a sip, I’m confused... is this a stout brewed with cherries or is it a chocolately, dark, fruit beer? Light cocoa and big cherries in the flavor. Tart, but way too sweet at the same time. Medium to full-bodied and ultra silky with fizzy carbonation. Finishes sweet and tart. Odd bird, this one. But not bad at all... just dissonant and not really my thing.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish brown colour with a nice head. Sweet aroma of notes of spices. Sweet flavour with notes of berries, malt alcohol and ends up little sour and acid.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a ruby-tinted brown, with a light tan head that retains ok and leaves not-so-much lace. nose is quite caramelly - lots of brown-sugar sweetness, unperpinned by some cherry cough syrup notes. flavor is frankly weird, with a good amount of cherry sweetness up front that is perhaps a bit merged with some brown-ale sweetness, and finished with some oaky astringency.
nothing at all stout-like about this beer, which is just kind of a weird mess. I didn’t find it completely unpleasant, but I didn’t have any use for it either.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 Bottle shared by Paul thanks man. Pours a mahogany body (the only good thing about this beer). Thin bubbly head. Its SA tipplebock with a lower ABV, just a mess of oxidation paper, soy, maple, grain, degregation of malt and hop character, no cherries nothing good here. Apparantly this bottle was 4 years old upon having it. I was going to score this 0.8 but ill give this the benefit of the doubt that this was at least a 3.0 or better. I’d love to re-rate the new release.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
not at all what I was expecting. Pours reddish brown with small head. Aroma of sweet cherry and indistinct malt. Flavor profile of a cherry fruit beer. Nothing like a stout. No toasted malts. No roasted qualities. Instead a weak cherry beverage. Thin. Watery. Boo
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with hints of transparency, not as dark as your typical stout. Aroma is of dark fruits, sweet cherries and light caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. Taste of a chocolate covered cherry extract, much like other New Glarus beers that use fruit this beer is WAY too sweet for my liking.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nowhere near the quality of Bells but still a good brew. A bit of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts butthe cherry was not that good. I am a little put off by this.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I decided to taste the Bells and New Glarus Cherry Stouts side by side. I’ve never had a cherry stout before. Bells poured a dark black body with a tan head and decent lacing. New Glarus poured a very ’light’ black body with a white head and had little lacing. Aroma in Bells was like any other stout, all the dark malts and notes, not much for hops. Had a small cherry aroma and a little in the flavor. New Glarus was overpowering with Cherries. It was hard to identify it as a stout. NG was very light bodied and very sweet. Sipping Bells after NG made it hard to taste anything cherry. It’s basically impossible to compare these. One is sweet and fruity with some stouty notes, the other is a stout with some light cherry notes. In the end it’s personal preference.
jcr (2278) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark red pour with short, off-white head. The aroma is dominated by oak which seems magnified by the smell of cherry juice. Surprisingly, there is little hint of roasted malts that you expect in a stout. The flavor is more cherry than stout. In fact, there’s little stout in the flavor. Instead, you get very tart cherry on top of vanilla and sugar and a strong hint of wood. Thin to medium body with some stickiness, but more watery than most stouts. Moderate carbonation. Acidic finish. A lot of flavors going on here, but they don’t work together for me — especially the oak aging — compared to Bells Cherry Stout, for example.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A lot of good reviews with high ratings; but I must be missing something. Perhaps the name is misleading. This is not a stout; there is nothing about it that resembles a stout. The aroma and flavor are overwhelming with black cherries. Unplugged Cherry Stout tastes like malted black cherries made in Artesian spring water. If you like sweet, fruity beers, then you will like this.