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, 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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 Bottle shared by Paul thanks man. Pours a mahogany body (the only good thing about this beer). Thin bubbly head. Its SA tipplebock with a lower ABV, just a mess of oxidation paper, soy, maple, grain, degregation of malt and hop character, no cherries nothing good here. Apparantly this bottle was 4 years old upon having it. I was going to score this 0.8 but ill give this the benefit of the doubt that this was at least a 3.0 or better. Iíd love to re-rate the new release.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nowhere near the quality of Bells but still a good brew. A bit of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts butthe cherry was not that good. I am a little put off by this.
ABUSEDGOAT (2394) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I decided to taste the Bells and New Glarus Cherry Stouts side by side. Iíve never had a cherry stout before. Bells poured a dark black body with a tan head and decent lacing. New Glarus poured a very ílightí black body with a white head and had little lacing. Aroma in Bells was like any other stout, all the dark malts and notes, not much for hops. Had a small cherry aroma and a little in the flavor. New Glarus was overpowering with Cherries. It was hard to identify it as a stout. NG was very light bodied and very sweet. Sipping Bells after NG made it hard to taste anything cherry. Itís basically impossible to compare these. One is sweet and fruity with some stouty notes, the other is a stout with some light cherry notes. In the end itís personal preference.
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark red pour with short, off-white head. The aroma is dominated by oak which seems magnified by the smell of cherry juice. Surprisingly, there is little hint of roasted malts that you expect in a stout. The flavor is more cherry than stout. In fact, thereís little stout in the flavor. Instead, you get very tart cherry on top of vanilla and sugar and a strong hint of wood. Thin to medium body with some stickiness, but more watery than most stouts. Moderate carbonation. Acidic finish. A lot of flavors going on here, but they donít work together for me ó especially the oak aging ó compared to Bells Cherry Stout, for example.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A lot of good reviews with high ratings; but I must be missing something. Perhaps the name is misleading. This is not a stout; there is nothing about it that resembles a stout. The aroma and flavor are overwhelming with black cherries. Unplugged Cherry Stout tastes like malted black cherries made in Artesian spring water. If you like sweet, fruity beers, then you will like this.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I will say strait out, that i am NOT a fan of fruit in my brew. That being said, this was not for me. Smells like cherries, tastes like cheeries mixed into a nice stout. I only had a couple sips of this and passed it on to some "fruitier" friends that were around. Wasnt overly sweet though, which was surprising. I love New Glarus, and they put out tasty brews, but my preference is not for there fruit beers.
drpimento (2226) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Whoa! Another beer where I was expecting something quite different. Poured a decent tan head and some lace. Head fades to a thin cover within a minute or so. Color is a very dark mahoganey with red highlights. Arome is BAM cherry pie! Along with some malt. Have very little idea where the "stout" part comes in. Flavorís about the same as aroma, with a little more of the sour cherry coming thru along with a smidgen of malt. No roasty, toasty, stout qualities that I can find. It is dark. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Should be good to cook with. Kind of a girly beer.
propsync (10) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I expected a stout with a little sting of cherry in it. Something dark, mysterious, and big. This was thin and overpowered by the cherries. Itís drinkable, but seems more of a sour brown ale than anything else. A rare miss by Dan.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice translucent reddish-brown pour...minimal head that never develops. Cherry tart nose...some coffee-maltiness too. Flavor leans toward a sour cherry flavor, light malt mix, maybe some mocha notes. Thin mouthfeel....the sourness is more evident as I consume this. Not horrible, but certainly disappointing.