So I had to spend some time in Kenosha this weekend to do some wedding planning. Christina and I meet some great people and had a great time. We even managed to find a caterer and start to get some concrete plans for this August. Needless to say, by the time I was done writing a rather large check, I was ready for a beer. When you visit Wisconsin from Illinois there is only one beer you buy: New Glarus. This Winconsin exclusive is known to have some of the best specialty beers in the country. If you are looking for original, experimentational or just flat-out strange brews, stick to the New Glarus Thumb Print Series.
Cherry Stout Pours a little lighter and a little more carbonated than your average stout. The cherry aroma is overwhelmingly powerful and easily punches through the inch thick cream head. Upon further inspection the scent is actually more berry than cherry with a tart, raspberry note. This ruby/ mahogany brew is a visceral masterpiece. I looks and smells like a mythic tonic from a forgotten age.
Thankfully, this beer’s bravado matches its bluster. The cherry notes are the centerpiece of this brew. Usually I find fruit to be a distraction, but not in this instance. The cherries are tart and delicious. They add a perfect crisp finish to a light and tasty stout that is smart enough to stay out of the way. New Glarus has crafted a gem with its Cherry Stout. I have had many cherry beers in the last couple years; however, this is the first one to truly deliver what I was looking for. It may have taken me until March, but I finally found the perfect winter beer!
Consumed: Sensory Glass
Verdict: Buy a Keg!