New Glarus Unplugged Cherry Stout (365 Day 32)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer on Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

New Glarus Brewing Company Unplugged Cherry Stout

My first official American craft beer of the new year: Unplugged Cherry Stout by New Glarus.

Cherry Stout came out as the first beer in the unplugged series for 2010. I didn’t know what to expect but I didn’t expect a mildly sour beer, rather a big stout with some cherry aroma and flavors. Nonetheless I was immediately hooked on this beer: trying to find it throughout the year.

This Cherry Stout for the 365 beers in 365 days marks my last one as I was pleasantly surprised to find it in the cellar. I thought I was out.

Tartness and cherries meet the nose while stout characteristics are there, they are on the back burner. But, there is enough stout presence to come through. On the other hand this does make for a lighter than normal stout in terms of the mouth. The taste follows the nose with oak and vanilla adding to the complexity. A very drinkable stout with a wonderful tart/sour twist. I am only upset that I can no longer obtain this luscious brew. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9,Overall: 9.0

Useless Fact: There is a sea squirt found in the seas near Japan that digests its own brain. When the sea squirt is mature, it permanently attaches itself to a rock. At this point it does not need to move anymore and has no need for a brain. So, waste not want not, it eats it.

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