YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A great disappointment. I’m a big fan of chocolate covered cherries. No, not the overly sweet ones with thick sugar goo inside but the more upscale ones. The idea of a nice, rich stout that combines chocolate and cherry flavor is enticing. This wasn’t. A deep chestnut liquid poured out, topped by a small tan head. The nose contained elements of cherries (dark and tart), chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Yet is wasn’t seductive. Just there. Too light in the body for a stout and too much carbonation. The flavor was a big disappointment. Some cherry notes and lots of alcohol. All in all, a less than satisfying drink.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 Really pretty PALE for a stout. Mahogany with a foamy darker tan head. The aroma is very chocolate covered cherries. Most of the stout character is completly covered. I notice in the desctiption that it oak aged. That explains a bit. The cherry flavor seems artificial to me. Lots of tannins. I wil conceed that this beer is interesting and different, but its not much of a stout. I don’t really enjoy it much. I’d like to thank !FastSTI for the chance to try it.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Murky brownish dark red color on the pour with minmal head. Nose is heavy on the cherry with some chocolate malt tones as well. Flavor is similar but the cherry carries a slight sourness that doesnt blend exactly how I would have expected it to with the stout portion of the beer. Cherry and chocolate =good. tart cherry and chocolate= not so good. Not that the beers horrible, just a little off.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006 bottle from StewardofGondor (I may never drink all of the beers he so graciously sent) shared on 6/14/06. A rapidly fizzling head (dark ivory/buttercream in color) almost immediately fizzles to a ring, leaving no real lacing, but a slight film behind. The body is extremely dark, but ruby tinted on the edges and showing a medium-high to high clarity upon settling, unfortunately filtered and force carbonated, it seems. Extremely forceful sweet cherries crowd in on the nose, giving way briefly, for some light tartness and hints of old, oily, dry oak notes. Chocolate dots at the palate, with the requisite burnt, ashy black malts, but the cherries outlive, becoming sweet, nearly cloying in the nose and almost gummy/thick. But it certainly is something to be smelled, being of medium-high strength and just bursting with sweet cherries. Not unlike cherry pie, with a very light tartness in the backround. In the flavor, the cherry overwhelms and what should be a dominant, dark, ashy, roasted malt is left wondering how it lost the battle to cherries. Just like a day or two old cherry pie, it has that gummy, moist filling-like flavor, sweet and yet with some tartness. Had I never tried Jolly Pumpkin, I’d be more apt to find this interesting, but it just seems crude and forced, the barrel character being tart, but not cohesive with the syrupy, sweet, strong cherries and disjointed black malt character. The high level of filtration certainly does not help things, as the beer goes flat and watery quickly, with a loose texture and lacking carbonation. Tight, natural carbonation coud keep the sweet cherries at bay, while allowing more of the barrel character to develop. It certainly does show aspects of wild yeast or, at least, heavy tannins and sharp wood, but it just isnt elegantly done, too brutish here, IMHO. Alcohol is well-masked.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Browned ruby cola color with a soft, loosely set dark ivory top of pinky high stature. Minimal lacing in a couple squiggly strings and dots.
Aroma is dark cherry sweet and vanilla with a soda-esk effervescence. More like a malted beverage type of aroma then beer related.
Same goes for the taste, very soda, malt beverage like, overly sweet and cherry soaked with an unbalanced character that doesn’t seem all that stout-like in character. Sweet and tangy with that certain tart cherry bite with no real mellow tones or subtleness. Its broad and rich with cherry. Unfavorably, however; and impartial to the buds. A nice experiment, but nothing to seek out or get worked up about. Unless sour cherry stuff is your thing, then by all means, this beer will suit your tastes just right.
Feel is deeply soured with cherry tartness and no balance within a slick, tart grabbing light/medium body.
I could hardly bring myself to drink it. Far too sweet and cola, malt beverage-like. How sad, I usually like New Glarus offerings, but this was a huge surprising disappointment. Bluck...
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark brown in color with some ruby highlights. Smell is tart cherries and some chocolate.
Smell is the same as the smell, but not impressive. Not my favorite New Glarus offering.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from ktown67. Light brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is way too cherry and not much stout. Taste is cherry, roasted malt, alcohol, and a little sour tartness.
wchesser (1163) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gold medal winning? Not by me. This is straight up cherry cola. Incredibly thin and bubbly. Big cherry nose and almost cloyingly sweet. Very thin, like a dark lager. Tastes like cherry cola with some hoppy bitterness. Yeah, not good. Rare failure for New Glarus, especially from the Thumbprint/Unplugged.
Elwood (3161) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle via trade. It pours a dark brown with a scant tan head. The nose has a potent dose of cherry candy. The flavor starts off with that sweet cherry candy note and segues into an odd bitter note. There is some paper, slight wood, and a vegetal malt note. Not sure where the stout is in this one. Light to medium body. I can’t figure out what all the hype is about. Overly sweet and a terrible mix of flavors.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 12/7/10
From a 12oz Bottle. Mostly transparent, ruddy brown colored body with a thin layer of wispy white head. Very pale for a stout, with a color more resembling a ruddy brown ale. Big cherry fruit aroma, but has an overwhelming medicinal quality. Marachino cherry. Some moderate acetic notes gives it a bit of a cidery quality. No roast or toasted characters noticeable in the aroma. Medium light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a prickly acidic quality. Light acid, but what’s there sharpens up the palate nicely. As with the aroma, the flavors have an artificial, medicinal cherry quality. Mild acetic acid presence, and seems to further contribute to an unpleasantly sweet cherry flavor. Light chocolate malt flavors, but nothing resembling a stout. Some cherry skin tannins emerge in the finish, helping balance out the sweetness somewhat. A cherry flavor liners on the palate along with some hints of white pepper. Big cherry flavor, but not a pleasant one and could really use more stout qualities to help balance it out.
8-3-7-3-15 = 3.6
From a 12oz Bottle. Courtesy of footy. Sampled 5/18/07. Pours a semi-transparent, deep ruddy brown color with a nice layer of quickly dissipating, sudsy off-white head. Tons of cinnimon in the nose, along with some freshly grated nutmeg and ginger. Some lightly sour, cidery cherry notes as well. Not really any dark malt or roasted malt presence in the nose. Medium bodied, sparkling, tingling carbonation mouthfeel. Very spicy flavors with some marachino cherry. The nutmeg flavors come through strong on the palate, leaving a pleasant numbness left lingering on the tongue. Finishes slightly sweet, with no real stout like qualities. Thanks, Rudy!