steeleliver (120) - Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2012 While called a stout, definitely tastes more of a cherry base with an ale. The malt background is superseded by the cherry flavor, which toes the line quite well between being like cough syrup and not tasting like cherry. While I personally donít love cherry, it was very smooth tasting and the cherry not abrasive or sour. Color is dark red, beautiful with the light coming through it.
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown-ruby with a little bit of fizz, but nothing like the Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart. Strong aroma of sour cherries. A lot of sour cherries in the flavor, but itís not too sweet. Maybe a bit of chocolate? Another excellent use of fruit by New Glarus.
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,
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is uniquely not quite a stout. Iíd say this is more closely resembling the New Glarus Belgian Red. Lots of tart cherry flavors, but blends well with some darker malt flavors from the stout. I highly recommend this as a dessert beer.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle shared with BAís CalleNAK. Dark brown color with a thick quickl y diminishing tan head. At first I made the mistake of drinking this too cold and it was very tart. But then I alllowed it to warm up and what a change. Great oaky aroma with a nice cherry flavor accompanied by a smooth malt after taste. Some oaky notes in the flavor as well. My first New Glarus beer and it did not disappoint.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at the brewery. Pours reddish brown with minimal white head. Aroma of Cherries. Sweet and medium tartness. Hints of malt and light coffee. Medium body. A fantastic brew! Itís hard to believe it is 6.5% abv.
jarlbartar (89) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark brown/reddish color with a small and quickly vanishing head. Aroma of cherries and smoke. Strong taste of cherries, malt, smoke. Dan Carey is a GOD!
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
Latest in the Unplugged series. Pours a dark red, close to black. slightly pink head 1" in height. Extremely sharp smell of tart cherries. Very full in the mouth of Sour Cherries and vanilla. The big question, which I see has been brought up in previous reviews, should this be concidered a Stout? There wasnít the roasted malt character I was expecting. Itís more of a dark fruit ale. If you have this not expecting a Stout profile, you wonít be disappounted.
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Strong cherry aroma, not much malt. Pours very dark with red highlights and a thin tan head. Taste is overwhelmed by cherry and carbonation, not a strong presence of stout. Stays on the palate - pairs very nicely with milk chocolate.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I see why this is a fruit beer and not a stout! Tons of cherry from the aroma to the finish. You can tell there is stout in there but the cherries dominate. The carbonation is nice- very minimal at first but develops on your tongue, which helps to bring out the different flavors well- from the sweet to the smoky, with hops and oak peeking through. Will be interesting to see how it ages. Very glad a kind soul got me a four pack.