GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a clear deep amber with a thin, yet persistent off-white head. Excellent spotty to near sheety lace. Not quite a stout body so I agree with the Fruit Beer category. Aroma at first is cherry Sucrets, coughdrops, Chloroseptic lozenges. As it warms, the powerful black cherries emerge without off character- robust, sweet. Like Dr. Browns Black Cherry Soda. Taste and body is beautiful- soft, tart finish, quick lactic sour that is zippy and quick on the palate. Full, creamy, buttery, meaty body almost like the NG Old English Porter. Really beautiful all around.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam surrounds the darkened ruby.
-The wooden barrel is apparent, giving a strong aromatic alcohol component to the sweet cherries.
-Once tasted, the cherries are definitely bigger than the stout; but Iím not sure they mix well.
-Carbonation is quiet, like many other New Glaruses.
What if you dig deeper?
-The ever-pleasing Montmorency cherries offer plenty of their otherworldly sweetness and tartness.
-The malt roastiness needs more chocolate to unite the cherries with the stout aspect of the beer.
-Sadly, as I drink this, I want to switch to the Belgian Red, as we find here the exact same cherry apport, but thwarted by the stout.
-A fun fruit beer experiment, but I donít find it coherent enough.
Bottle; no date.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Ohio Dad for this one. The pour was a great ruby blackish color tan head. It poured like a dark merlot. The aroma was hugely krieky, with roasty dark malt, berries, merlot, and some hops and slight florals. The taste was very tart and krieky, with a solid roasty malt backbone, and even raspberries and cacao in the finish. Velvety, complex palate. Wonderful, as I would expect from thsi world class brewer.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nearly transparent dark mahogany ruby with a pinkish white head. Aroma of sweet and tart oaky cherries with some roasted malt. Starts with lots of sweet, sugary medicinal cherries turning more tart and malty with some lingering roasted malts. This could use a little more stout character and malt to balance it out. Otherwise, another nice New Glarus beer.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Poured a clear, deep garnet with an oh-so-creamy 1.5 finger beige head (didnít stick around for too long, but it was beautiful, man). Nose found tart over-ripe cherries, oak, smoky vanilla, and a solid dose of roasty bakerís chocolate. Flavor brought out levels of complexity that were not evident in the aroma... fresh tart and sweet cherries cascading over oakey roasted chocolate.. complemented by some vanilla and spices (anise and licorice primarily). Body was a tad thin, but that didnít detract from the wonderful experience. Get some!
jtclockwork (6914) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2010 Bottle thanks to Rando7. One of the tastiest beers Iíve ever had and definitely the best of this genre. Pours black with reddish hue and a thin reddish white head. Nose is cherry pie and chocolate bar. Taste is out of this world creamy cherry and blends into a smooth chocolate finish. Some tartness and slight black cherry soda adds to the complexity. The body is a little thin and most would rate down for that, but the taste is so phenomenal and this is so much better than other fruit beers I had to score this high. BM me if you can hook me up with more!
Fin (6889) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting with Casey, Traci, Craig, Stella and Loz 27-09-08 this bottle brought along by Casey Pours dark brown with light beige head. Big fruity vanilla nose, some mushroom also on nose. Loz got copper coin taste in mouth, I know exactly what she meant. Lovely quirky tang to this. Whilst I can’t describe what it is exactly I will say that New Glarus beers or the ones from this series of Unplugged that Casey has shared with me have a real signature, thumbprint to the taste, just wish I could describe it accurately. Quite a stunner.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby hued dark brown with a medium large soft beige head, very creamy. Initially smells a bit like Ludenís cough drops. Huge cherry aroma. Smelling this blind, Iíd never peg it as something dark, just piles of cherry. Really big sweet cherry at the start, a bit like pie, vague hints of roast and toffee in there. Very tasty. Finishes with a bit more touches of roast, but still pretty much hidden by the cherry. Again, blind I doubt Iíd even pick up some of the stout notes, apart from it having a bit more body than Iíd expect from a fruit beer. Another tasty fruit beer from New Glarus, but I guess that really shouldnít surprise me.
Theydon_Bois (6468) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Bruceís pad, soured via an IP in íMerica, 19/09/13.
Dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head.
Nose is cherry forward, light chocolate notes, fruit cake, cocoa poweder.
Taste comprises sweet notes, lgiht cocoa, earthy notes, mineral tones, cherry and chocolate brownies.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry finish.
Decent enough if a little over sweet. Wouldnít have this as a fruit beer !!! Stout all over !
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Quake1028 for sharing this brew.
Pours dark dark brown with thin off white head. This beer has a big aroma of oak. Wow, really big oak. I also get roasted malts, alcohol, some sour cherries too. Along with a big aroma the flavor is rather huge as well with under ripe cherries and tart grapes. Thereís also sweet malt, chocolate covered cherries and a solid oakiness. Wow (again), lots of flavor. Iím also getting some yeasty notes too. I wonder if my taste buds can take much more of an assault?