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Unplugged Abt - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

295 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 27
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian Dark Candi Sugar encourages the decadence of rum, raisin dark chocolate and sherry like fruit tones to conspire happily in almost 20° Plato.

(Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 08-02-2010)
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Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red-brown with a thin finger of frothy tannish head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Dark caramel malts, candi sugars, fig, raisins, other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, spices, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, Belgian candi sugars, fig, plum, raisins, other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, other spices, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very nice Quad. Great mouthfeel and overall balance. Great example of the style.

ngeunit1, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev +3.6%

AlexFields, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +3.6%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Jon
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jon, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Gonzoillini, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of BYOFB
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of baker2gs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

baker2gs, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of david131
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

david131, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and dry fruits is quite nice with light candi ester. Taste is also a good mix between some residual candi sugar, fruit ester and dry raisins and plums with big malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid interpretation of the style without being overly sweet.

Phyl21ca, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

AGED REVIEW

This one has been cellared at ambient concrete poured basement temperature in Madison, WI for about a year.

Pours out a dark yet clear mahogany with garnet highlights around the edges when held up to the light. A brief fizzle of cream colored head sadly doesn't leave behind any lacing, but expecting lacing from a aged quad is somewhat foolish in my experience. Body is on the thinner side of medium, light carbonation.

Smells mostly of prunes, fig newtons, and molasses with lesser amounts of raspberry and earthy tones. Tastes of all these things and also has a red madeira / raisin bread sort of mid-sip flavor. Believe it or not, there is still a faint garnish level of clove flavor and orange peel in it, but the other spicing elements have long since vacated the premises. The finish is where a small amount of malt oxidation shows up but it is nowhere near an deal-breaking issue at this point.

Special Cellaring Commentary:

Compared to how it was fresh, the sweet dark fruit and vinous qualities have been significantly amplified and the booziness that was a bit of an issue when fresh is absolutely nullified at this point. Very rounded, rich and full of luscious fruitiness. I'm sure that a cellaring age of 8-10 months rather than a year would save a bit more of the spicing qualities, potentially eliminate the faint cardboard oxidation in the finish, and still achieve my goal of sweetening up the fruit and sanding down the sharp edges of the booziness. Admittedly, this one was not really all that boozy to begin with, but it was enough that I wanted to see what would happen with some experimental cellaring...so I did. It was certainly a worthwhile experiment in the end.

WastingFreetime, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy, 12oz into a tulip. August 2010 vintage.

Brown with ruby highlights, tan head with a light ring of retention. Nose of grape juice, some rum notes, raisin and a hint of chocolate. Taste has sweet plummy and grape notes, light dark bread flavours, raisin and still some mild chocolate. Smooth sweet finish, gently integrated alcohol. A good quad, not super complex but very drinkable. Quite nice all 'round.

liamt07, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of DonDeDieulicious
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

DonDeDieulicious, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of DIPADude01
4/5  rDev +3.6%

DIPADude01, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

atone315, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Calculat0r
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Calculat0r, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark shade of brown with a one finger tan head that fades quickly. Meh

S- the candi sugar comes through in the forefront...very sweet smelling aroma, with some dark fruit coming though as well

T- light bit of sweetness in this, mild dark fruit taste as well. Really not much else all going no here

M- body is leaning on the thick side. Lord.

O- not a huge fan...quads aren't really my favorite, but I can respect a good one. This isn't one of them.

bigfnjoe, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -22.3%

IdrinkGas, May 02, 2012
Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

martyl1000, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

bsuedekum, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Sidaot
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Sidaot, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of beergod1
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an Old, slightly murky Brown, with a small off white head. The smell is dark fruit, Belgian yeast, faint alcohol, and a touch of spice. The flavor starts with the dark fruit...wow, full bodied, yet smooth. Plenty of sweetness to this beer. Lots of fruit flavors such as sour cherries, bananas, plums, and There is a mild spice note to the beer, mostly clove, along with brown sugar, and caramel malts. Abv starts to show when it warms. Good brew.

beergod1, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Listed as retired, but I just bought a 4 pack 2 weeks ago.

A - Poured a very dark clear coppery brown into a Rochefort glass. Light brown head of 1/4 inch very thin and dissapated rapidly. No lacing. Trace amount of sediment in the bottle.

S - Feight nose but good representation of the style. Spices and candied sugar.

T - At 45 degrees: not very complex but again fairly representing the style. Is there such a thing as a light ABT? At 55 degrees: subtle malt and spices arriving but not as much as I'd like.

M - Seems thin but somehow the alcohol is not overwhelming.

O - Doesn't stack up to a Belgian but still is a fair representation. Not sure I'd choose it again.

zonker17, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to iguenard for this one

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, raisins, rye, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, chocolate, and malts. There is also some raisins mixed with grains, and a bit of rye. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a hint of chocolate.

Overall - It's really amazing how masked the alcohol is in this beer. It's extremely drinkable and not cloying at all. The taste is well balanced and it's an above average beer that I'm glad I had the chance to try.

spinrsx, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of groovy24
4/5  rDev +3.6%

groovy24, Feb 08, 2012
Unplugged Abt from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.