ElGaucho (2208) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to Badgerben for the opportunity. Aroma is simply phenomenal. From the folks that brought us Belgian Red, I shouldn’t be surprised that they nailed another Cherry beer...and I don’t like cherries. Smells like I remember the Belgian Red, but perhaps with more malt. Actually kind of reminds me of the cherry equivalent of Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock in the nose. Clear dark mohagany in which you can only see the carbonation when held closely to the light. Thin, tight bubble, tan head. Attractive brew. This is the fourth beer I’ve had in my new Hacker Pschorr Weisse glass (yes, I know, not proper glassware for the style, but I’m in housing limbo right now) and no lace to speak of. Either it’s the glass, or more likely the Palmolive Oxy detergent I used to wash it. Tart, but not as tart as I recall the Belgian Red to be. Also not nearly as carbonated a mouthfeel as the BR. This brew works better for me as I like the interplay of the chocolate malts and the cherries. It’s a lovely combination that works oh so well.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Thanks to my buddy, Degarth for the Cherry Stout hookup… actually, his wife gave it to me; Joey was sleeping! –Did you know it was missing?
Poured a burnished crimson body and a mediocre light tan head. The aroma was spectacular… sour cherries blended with sweetened coffee! There was a wonderfully rounded suggestion of brett… the wild yeast atop the cherries, lightly tart, oddly lactic, an off-kilter presence of vanilla beans and coco! The oak really stands out… but not in the bourbon like smoky instance... more of a mildly spicy, almond, vanilla, walnut likeness. I very much like the way the beer finishes… a sweat & sour melding with almost a touch of nutmeg as a last mention. - A Wonderful Experience and something very unique!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer looks very much like cola - dark reddish-brown body, with a very small head only along the sides of the glass. Somewhat musty aroma, with a healthy dose of caramel and cherries, of course. Tart cherry flavor, also sour and not very stout-like in general. This brewery excelsat fruit beers. Biting and burning carbonation leaves me to lower the points for mouthfeel. It is also highly acidic.
garmonbozia (428) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Thanks to Brigadier for the bottles. Pours a very rich dark color with hints of red. A great head that dissipates quickly. The smell of cherries are of abundance. The palate is very smooth and fuirty. Overall a very nice beer.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich brown froth that dissipates leaving a gloppy lace. Color is a superb rich chesnut brown, very dark but not opaque. A wonder of flavors. Fruitier than most cherry stouts, but expertly done. Afew early mettalic notes, but they disappeared once it got a chance to breathe. The cherries here are so distinctive to New Glarus, very rich-flavored and very tart. Not really stout-like, or porter-like, so a point subtracted there. I’d call it a ’Cherry Brown". Really nice.
hopscotch (9163) - 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.
Kevin (2084) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
purple brown pour with an off white head. lambic like nose with a discernable cherry scent. slightly sour cherry flavor with a dryness. sweet finish. oak is evident here. this is a weirdhybrid that grows on me. really not much stout like about this, but it ain’t bad. not one i could drink more than one of in a sitting. the sour really creeps on me after a bit.
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, with a light tan head. Aromas are cherries and malt. Flavors are cherries, chocolate, and malt. This seems like a little darker, little more sour belgain red. Really good. Thanks to footbalm for this bottle.
ebarnes (239) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown, almost black, with reddish tints. The head is small and disappears quickly, but does leave some lacing. Aroma is cherries, chocolate, and malt. First taste is like to bottom of the cherry soda you overloaded with cherry syrup. The chocolate and coffee come thru as you drink, This is a very good fruit beer because it’s still beer! It’s not all fluffy and wimpy. Good stuff!
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2006 Not as good or as strong a fruit beer as the Belgian Red but still a pretty good. I little more tart than the Belgian Red also. Has a nice dry finish.