Sammy (10789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 More cherry than stout, and good deal of sourness in finish. Reddish tinge to black stout, pinkish foam. Good amount of lace. Well carbonated and a tongue numbing, very drinkable as long as you like the sourness. Barrel woodiness mid sip satisfying cherry aftertaste. Thanks Flyingbison. Upgraded it with a two-year aged version consumed 5 years later.
hopscotch (10532) - 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, Iím 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.
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 Bottle in KC, courtesy of foppa78 (re-rated bottle courtesy of arminjewell). Reddish brown appearance with a brown head. Rich cherry syrup, slightly nutty, light toffee, chocolate aroma. Fairly tart, sweet cherry pie filling, toasty, light chocolate malty, slight toffee flavor with a toasty, moderately tart cherry aftertaste. Update: 2012 version. Quite medicinal, childís cough syrup, cherry aroma with a fair amount of oak. Tingly, super rich, tangy, syrupy cherry flavor that is somewhat medicinal. Way stronger on the negative side than I remember the last version being.
GT (9933) - Oceanside, 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.
deyholla (9816) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to someone but I forgot. Poured a very dark red with opaque edges and an off-white head that laces slightly. Aroma is full of cherries both sweet and tart with a hint of oak. Flavor is similar with sweet cherries becoming more tart and quite smooth. I really didnít pick up much of any stout resemblance but it was an enjoyable as a fruit beer.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2015 12oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. Clear dark brown color, sort of a light color for a "stout". Bubbly off-white / khaki head. Couple dots of lace. Mostly minimal. Awesome, huge cherry aroma. From the nose and appearance I can already tell that this is definitely more fruit beer than stout. Medium body. Light carbonation. Lightly viscous, but no stickiness in the finish. Lightly tart, light oaky sweet taste. Some very light chocolate in the finish. Tasty treat that Iím happy for the chance to try, but it definitely feels past itís prime (brad said it was probably a couple years old). The nose held up just fine though, very great aroma. 8/3/6/3/14
Update note, 11/9/15: 12oz bottle, 2007 label, thanks to shigadeyo for sharing. Yeah, pretty much tastes just as I remember. Not changing any scores here, just checking in to say so. Touch of cheese, along with the big cherry. Craig asserts that side by side with aged Belgian Red, most people would be hardly able to tell a difference. I think I agree.
j12601 (9526) - 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.
DocLock (9504) - 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.
slowrunner77 (9421) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"more tart cherries than the Bellís version, which i also like. just depends what youíre in the mood for i guess. not a lot of stout qualities come through in this thinnish dark brown ale. just a touch of chocolate and roasted malt after the tasty intense cherry flavors. i like it about the same as Bells, but itís a totally different brew. this is a very nice cherry beer w/a side of stout, while Bellís is a stout w/a side of cherries"
Fin (9304) - 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.