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Unplugged Eisbock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 65
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brown on the pour, nearly opaque as I try to look through the haze. No head at all at first but slowly but surely a thin tan cloud rises up and over the top and settles down giving a touch of light foam along the sides and the bottom of the glass.

Tons of rich toffee and caramel initially on the nose, once it warms up though it becomes one of the most complex aromas I have ever encountered. Light alcohol notes, hints of dark cherries and fruit, light chocolate and almost a root beer like touch as it really comes up near room temperature. To say the aroma was inviting would be an understatement, this was intense. Smooth, full, thick body on this one really let the flavor just coat your tongue, and again this was an expierence all its own.

Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given JAXON's review, I am less-than-hopeful, but one never knows. I am slowly reducing some of the massive backlog in my basement and this is what surfaced.

From the bottle: "'Some people paint, some sing, others write ... I brew' - Daniel Carey"; "A few times a year we will cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses, uncensored, uncut, unplugged. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again."; "Eisbock"; "You hold the first of our 'Unplugged' series of beers. This Eisbock was lagered a full year and then frozen to incomparable smoothness. This is a big and complex beer, suitable for laying down or consuming immediately, serve at 55 F."; "Thanks for S[sic]upporting the Arts. (undersigned) Daniel & Deborah Carey".

I went with a gentle pour, resulting in less than a finger of light-tan head with low retention. Color was a hazy reddish-brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Nose had a molasses-like malty sweetness, but with the papery scent noted by JAXON. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a slightly medicinal taste, like some old cough syrup from my youth, or somesuch. Finish left me thinking of molasses and if you like that sort of thing, it would be for you, but despite the label, it was not meant to be "la[id] down" for this long. My apologies for allowing my cellar to get so out of hand that I could not keep up. I will have it emptied by the end of the summer break.

Photo of JAXSON
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a dark clear mahogany chestnut with a small ring of head. Nose is lots of rich malt, raisin, chocolate brownie, maybe a toasted nut. Mouth focuses on chocolate liqueur, toasted nuts. Paper oxidation takes over near the front palate. Thin and a bit washed out. The malts have faded a lot I would think, leaving mostly that liqueur and oxidized quality. Nose is good but the mouth reveals how past its prime this one is. Probably was nice 1-2 years ago.

Photo of levifunk
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a small tasting recently. Reviewed from notes.

this was the most anticipated beer of the night.

a - purple/brown pour. low low carbonation.

s - caramel, campfire, fresh grapes (not an aged grape smell, which makes me think this will have a lot of life still), black cherry. wow, one of the best noses a beer could have.

t - damn. sadly somewhat watery flavor. brown sugar and raisins. quite the let down after that nose. I kept some in my glass for a long time just to keep smelling it.

m - medium body with low carbonation.

overall - mute flavor, but the nose is amazing.

Photo of mdfb79
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky amber color, with one inch of white head,

s - Smells of caramel malts and dark fruits mostly.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, and lightly of other fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An enjoyable beer with some nice dark fruits in the smell and taste. Would try again.

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for this one. This is the late 2002 vintage I think. Served in a flute at Ben's place while watching the Lost finale.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that dissipates to a thin collar and some nice haziness. Decent retention, but not much in the way of lacing. The body is a dark brown color with some transparency and a bit of suspended sediment.

S - Cocoa, carob, dark bread, dark fruits, port and a low amount of sherry-like oxidation that works pretty well here. Alcohol is very well hidden - I was kind of shocked to see that this was 10%.

T - Taste is pretty similar. Very standard bock flavors, with multi-grain bread, molasses, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, and surprisingly little oxidation or alcohol.

M - Chewy, bready, low carbonation, and a surprisingly dry, clean finish with minimal stickiness. No heat is apparent at all.

D - Split the 12oz with Ben and Justin, but definitely could have tackled it on my own. Looking forward to the long-rumored new batch in the works. New Glarus nails another German style here.

Photo of mbrasi
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Seems aroma is the same as the Uff-da bock. Sweet and malty some burnt and nutty aromas come out when swirled. Mouthfeel is watery and lacks carbonation. Flavor is a little watery but makes this eisbock very drinkable. The alcohol is almost non-existant. There is caramel, wood, toffee, and sweet malt in the flavor. This one is good, hopefully they brew it again since I have no more.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown in color with a nice quarter inch mocha head.
Smell is subtle dark fruits and lots of yeast.
Taste is huge. Big and creamy on the mouthfeel. Taste is darkness. Both in fruit and toffee. This is a good Eisbock and has held up well with time.

Photo of srandycarter
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours small head, dark cola.

S - Sherry, dessert wine, charred malt.

T - Nice fat malt center, pretty sweet, but satisfying. Fairly nice balance with hops. Taste falls a little short in the very last - kind of dies.

M - carbonated adequately, fair coating, medium body.

D -Not for all night.

Photo of joedon
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a little uncertain about tasting this beer. I had bought a six pack of the "Unplugged" barley wine and had let it "age" for over a year in my cellar. When I finally got around to trying it, there was a big layer of chunks in the bottom of the bottle. Some kind of sediment that made the beer really cloudy and it wasn't yeast.

Anyhow, I poured this into a snifter with very little head. Beautiful, clear dark garnet color. Pleasing smell of caramel, malt and sherry.

Nice flavor; mostly dark fruit, caramel, more sherry notes and just enough hops to notice. Very good mouthfeel for a strong beer. Just a bit of fizz with medium-heavy body. Aftertaste of dark sugar and molasses.

This is a very drinkable beer for 10% ABV. Good winter warmer.

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. snifter at 50º and given a few minutes to settle and warm slightly. 4+ year old bottle.

An initial two finger head recedes to a generous skim after several minutes pass. A dark ruddy brown seeps into crimson glints at the bowl of the glass. Audible crackle of carbonation on the second pour. A slight shift of bubbles appear beneath the surface as the glass is tilted.

Cocoa, carob, spiced cookies, raisins, roasted malt, and slight clay undertones in the nose.

Flavors continue from these aromas into dried plums, dates, almonds and raisins. Earthy, chocolatey roast underlies the fruit, and dissipates into a long, dry & roasty finish. Infinitely smooth after a year of lagering, and freezing. Lower carbonation but not flat.

A rare treat, hopefully Mr. Carey explores this territory again someday.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ThomasHardy for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, there's a tiny bit of sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, prunes, figs, raisins, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is malty at first, nice touch of the dark fruits/caramel, with a nice warm feeling, ending in a slightly bitter/dry finish. The alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Medium body, a well rounded brew. Very drinkable, what can I say, another awesome brew from New Glarus, thanks Brady.

Photo of roggae
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from sentry. Pours an amber. No lacing. Lots of carbonation. Mouthfeel is sharp, in a good way, and very carbonated. Taste is richly malty and complex. Some spicyness. Much dried fruit and plum/date/raisin taste. Some alcohol present, but not dominate. Good beer.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is dark brown and the head isn't large. The lacing doesn't stick very well. The aroma of sweet sugar candy and dark fruit come through very well. The taste is roasty and sweet. Sweet dark fruit and roasted malts come through very well. Mouthfeel is very good and smooth, I like it very much. If this wasn't so rare I'd buy this very often.

Photo of Sephiroth
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JHop for the bottle. Pours with nice head, no lace, color is a deep ruby. The malty aroma is well blended.

Taste has plenty of caramel, nutty malt. There is a slight fruitiness, overall this has a dry taste that lingers. Mouthfeel is thick, pretty good drinkability.

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Unplugged Eisbock from New Glarus Brewing Company
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