ClarkVV (4645) - 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, Iíd 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.
Fratto (2845) - 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 (1577) - 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 (3336) - 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 canít 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 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 (2707) - 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 (2187) - 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.