wchesser (1267) - 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.
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 whatís 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!
AJDuhe (4) - USA - OCT 30, 2010 does not count
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Wow, I could not have been more disappointed. I know I am in the minority with this one, but this was a rare drain pour from me. Neither me nor the person I shared with could stomach this one at all. I am a big New Glarus fan and this one missed. Nice cherry nose, but the the taste to me was all cherry medicine. I may be being a bit generous with 8 out of 20 overall, but the nose was pretty good and the appearance was average.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a deep dark ruby red that is so dark itís almost black with golden ruby edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger light beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of lacing on itís way down.
The aroma is bursting with an intense syrupy cherry character. It smells a lot like a ludenís cough drop and childrenís cold medicine. Whatever oak and malt notes are there are completely overpowering by the overly cloying sweet cherry presence. Iím sure they used real cherries but it smells incredibly artificial.
Medium bodied with a cloyingly sweet overpowering cherry flavor. Again it is very syrupy and artificial tasting even if the cherries are real. There are some chocolate/toasted malt notes underneath but this beer is too one dimensional with a boat load of sickening cherry sweetness.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sugary extremely sweet cherry juice with the faintest hint of stout beer. I love cherries and stout but this grossed out me and everyone else I was with that sampled it. I only tried one, and I appreciate this over the top bids by this brewer but they dropped the ball on this.
bpreo (1821) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cherries? Great fruit. Stout? Great beer. Cherry Stout? Unfortunate combination. I donít understand it, but whenever two of my favorite things are combined, I always seem to be disappointed. The only time two Rights made a Right was Willie and Waylon (and Bob and the Band, I suppose).
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Had this one bottled thanks to Wyl!! Cloudy, dark brown pour with a rapidly dissipating, fizzy tan head, strong cherry cola nose, profoundly artificial cherry sweetness completely dominates and overpowers whatever else was meant to be going on here. Sickly sweet finish. May not finish this one.
reliantkcar (102) - USA - FEB 28, 2010
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
floral, cough drop, brown, clear, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
Hondo74 (1) - USA - JUL 24, 2010 does not count
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
One sip then fed the drain. This did not work at all. However, i would not hesitate to recommend any other New Glarus brew. This beer reminded me of the cough syrup I got from the doctor as a kid.