GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2010
A darker roaster version of Belgium Red. Simply freaking delicious. Overall awesome! Bacterial (3027) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2012
So nice! Pours a deep brown color with a white head. Aroma is cherry and a touch of spiciness. Taste is brilliant with lots of CO2 bubbling everywhere. Bold tart cherry flavor, with some subtle woodiness. If you like their Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, you must try this beer!! hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle, picked up at the brewery. Poured into my snifter. Tons of cherry aroma with a complex, cherry pie sourness and an underlying chocolate malt note. It is like sour cherry pie with chocolate malt balls mixed in. Very nice as the sourness really stands out and it isn’t mushy at all. Color is dark, dark ruby-brown with an inch tall, off-white head. Time for a sip. Wow, initially a tart cherry sourness that is very bright. Then it quickly to a strange sweetness that has some mineral character that slowly changes to a dry, roasted malt flavor that again morphs into a softer chocolate before finally coming full circle and back to the cherries. That was all in the first two drinks! The dry, grainy, roasted malt stands out way more than the chocolaty flavors the more I drink. The wild, sour character is suprisingly strong. Medium body with a slightly oily-creamy texture that is crisp in the finish. This one isn’t flabby.The only complaints I have are the mineral flavors associated with the sourness and that the flavors don’t blend as well as I can imagine them blending. Though the more I drink the more the sour flavor grows on me. I like it a little better than the Belgian Red because it adds the dark malt roast complexity to an already great beer. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Somewhat thinning pour, settling in with a deep, translucent ruby color and darkening midnight brown tints for dimension. What once fizzled on the surface for the head has abandoned the beer entirely, and now has an ink pool stretching across the top. Aroma is abrupt and challenging - licorice root, rye, tarred shingles, burnt bourbon oak, black cherry cordials, vanilla beans and Swedish chocolate. Quite a cacophony. Later aromatic signals rouse up thoughts of cherry cola syrup. Flavor? Goodnight. Sticky, slippery, tart injustice (but lovingly so.) Cherry power chimes in early, not cresting too dramatically, as it’s countered with singed oak and stark black licorice. All of this amidst rye. Sooty remnants ashen on dark chocolate squares, transforming to a whiskey and rye one-two punch to juxtapose the tart like tugs delivered by said cherries. Syrupy, viscous and a damn commanding palate presence. Balance is remarkably well-composed. Sticky, yet unprecocious and theoretically impossible to refine to one corner of the mouth. Finish resounds with the more assertive elements of the beer, drawing from black licorice root tea, lactic dark chocolate melted over bing and black cherries, and ash trays with a few sprinkles of brownie mix. Saddle up for a long, thoughtful experience with this one. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Thought I would get a noseful of cherry,but really didn’t,a blast of chocolate and malt that had been sitting in barrels and just the tiniest hint of cherry. First sip,bam,theres the cherry,tastes like someone dumped Godiva chocolate into a Belgium Red.Someone has finally hit the perfect combination of mixing cherries into stout. This stuff is so good, I feel there is going to be a panicky run on it. Get it while you can
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Much thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark toned brown with a red glow to it and an off white head that slowly fades. Decent streaks of lacing. Not very typical looking to a true stout.
Smell is awesome. Complex chewy vanilla, oak, tart cherries, along with enticing cocoa aromas. I really have to put the aroma on par with the Belgian Red b/c it takes me right back to that kick-ass brew when I inhale the wonderful aromas.
Taste is of the same aromas kicked down slightly a notch. Heavy cherry taste with cocoa and oak kicking around.
Mouthfeel is nicely mixed of tartness and sweetness with oak swirling around the palate. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. hopdog (12869) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
12oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Enemy (as part of his surprise, unsolicited box of beers!) - thanks! Pours a deep ruby red color with a smaller sized off white head. Where to start on the aromas! Aromas of oak, vanilla, light cherries, light chocolate, some smoke, and whisky. Nice and complex with something new every sniff I took. Everything blended and worked perfectly. Tastes of strong cherries with light oak, vanilla and chocolate. Sweet and tart. In my book, New Glarus is definitely on top when comes to fruit beers. beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Just when you thought New Glarus had done it all with fruit here comes the Unpugged Cherry Stout. In my opinion there is no other brewery that uses fruit as well in any style of beer. Nice dark red color with a light aroma of bing cherries as well as vanilla. The body is a little thin but the flavors of oak and chocolate take over making it a nice change of pace for a stout. The more I drink the more complex the beer gets. Get this while you can as it will be gone soon and may never be back. Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2006 Reddish-brown, much lighter than I expected, but an interesting and appealing color. Small skim of khaki rose-highlighted head. Aroma unfolds in layers--wonderful fresh roses, buttery tart cherries, subtle roast, a little vanilla and angelfood cake, a touch of smoke. Wonderfully tart earthy cherry flavor, soft chocolate and slighty sweet, with a sparkling and rather tart champagne finish. Fairly light bodied, but that seems to feel right for the sour quality. An amazing and delicious style blend, bursting with flavor. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Black body with fine carbonation creating a thin white ring of bubbles on top. Mellow aroma of sweet cherry, toasty oak and light chocolate sweetness. The kickin’ rad flavor really makes up for the lacking aroma. Big sweet cherry flavor a la Belgian Red dominates with a clean chocolate cookie in the background. It’s so well blended it tastes like the dark malts were part of the cherries in the first place. The finish has a light sour zest reminiscent of pie cherries and brettanomyces. Medium mouthfeel with no distracting carbonation, just enough to not make it heavy on the palate. An inspired creation.