footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
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 (2795) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
I decided to taste the Bells and New Glarus Cherry Stouts side by side. I’ve never had a cherry stout before. Bells poured a dark black body with a tan head and decent lacing. New Glarus poured a very ’light’ 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. It’s 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 it’s personal preference. jcr (2719) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2006
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, there’s 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 don’t work together for me — especially the oak aging — compared to Bells Cherry Stout, for example. GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2007
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
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 (3714) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2010
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. Flavor’s 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 (33) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2012
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. It’s drinkable, but seems more of a sour brown ale than anything else. A rare miss by Dan. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2006
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. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2006
A great disappointment. I’m a big fan of chocolate covered cherries. No, not the overly sweet ones with thick sugar goo inside but the more upscale ones. The idea of a nice, rich stout that combines chocolate and cherry flavor is enticing. This wasn’t. A deep chestnut liquid poured out, topped by a small tan head. The nose contained elements of cherries (dark and tart), chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Yet is wasn’t seductive. Just there. Too light in the body for a stout and too much carbonation. The flavor was a big disappointment. Some cherry notes and lots of alcohol. All in all, a less than satisfying drink. tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 Really pretty PALE for a stout. Mahogany with a foamy darker tan head. The aroma is very chocolate covered cherries. Most of the stout character is completly covered. I notice in the desctiption that it oak aged. That explains a bit. The cherry flavor seems artificial to me. Lots of tannins. I wil conceed that this beer is interesting and different, but its not much of a stout. I don’t really enjoy it much. I’d like to thank !FastSTI for the chance to try it.