Unplugged Eisbock | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged EisbockUnplugged Eisbock

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by coldmeat23:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

and I’m deeply sad about it. This beer has really improved with time, or my taste buds have, since I first purchased it in 2002.

This is a big brew. Loads of raisons, prunes, and caramel in the nose. Porty.

Taste is big rich malts, kind of like what one might find in a Belgian Duppel. Plums and raisons return in the tastes along with grapes and a touch of coffee and other dried fruits. Heck, this beer is a regular bulk dried fruit section at your local co-op or a great big bag of trail mix complete with dried banana, mango, pineapple, and apples.

Super easy to drink. Can this really be 10%? This is less warming than one would expect and the alcohol doesn’t exactly smack you upside the head like it should. Smooth as silk.

I hope that Carry brews another batch of this one some day.

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Photo of badbeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of New Glarus' Unplugged brews, feel special to try it.

Pours a dark midnight red color with an off white head that quickly disappeared but left a ring around the glass. Others noticed a lack of carbonation, but is bubbling up like a fountain, never seen this before. Smell is of burnt molasses, brown sugar, cherries, and currants. Very sweet, caramel greets me first, with a little bit of toffee, and even some bitterness comes into play. Dry finish, but has a nice lingering taste of plum and cherry. Nice mouthfeel, it was medium-high carbonation, medium to full bodied, but I expected it to be thicker. Very drinkable, I wish they would make this more often, or even just one more time I suppose would be great.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temp. Pours a lovely garnet with a minimal bubbly head of carbonation. Gone as fast as it came.

Smells oh so sweet and fruity. perhaps a little licorice hiding in there too.

Nectar. Huge gobs of big malty sweetness comes at you in a rush. Fruit overruns your tounge. Turns just a little leathery and dry, in a good way. Hints of milk chocolate hide inthe mix. Finishes with another wave of sweet grape and plum. Not sure you could do much better.

Mouthfeel is very full and pleasing. Not the kind of beer you drink quickly.

For a very filling brew this is easily drinkable. Thanks to cokes for the great trade. They can pry the other two bottles from my cold dead hands.

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Photo of cokes
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first brew in Glarus' "unplugged" line of limited edition brews. This guy is a winner. Lagered for a year then frozen.
Pours a glimmering clear deep garnet hues. A small tan head appears and disappears in a breath.
Likeable nose full of raisins, plums, caramel and general malty goodness, but on the small side for a brew of this magnitude.
Taste is an exercise in malt. The aforementioned raisin, plums, and caramel show up. As do molasses, prunes, hints of mango and pineapple, concord grapes, and tart apples. Vinous qualities in the midsection. Notes of coffee and cocoa. Samichlaus Jr.
More like a easy drinking dopplebock (or regular bock) than an eisbock in the mouth. Lacks the huge alcohol whallop. Yet, this is a blessing. The ABV is still here, but it is so easy to drink.
Smile while it punishes you.
One of my favorite New Glarus products. I hope they begin to regularly produce this one. I am stocking up in case they don't.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus' Unplugged Eisbock is deceptively easy to drink considering it's alcohol content of 10%! The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden, and there's nothing to get in the way of its straightforward, caramelish, bready, and nutty malt; dark fruit yeastiness; and subtle, underlying hop notes. In fact, what alcohol is there only helps, as it lends a refreshing touch of spice, and some dryness that helps balance it in the finish. This is exceptionally well done, and I'd put it right on par with the beers of Castle Eggenberg.

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Photo of Jon
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut hue. Dark fruit, malt and chocolate aromas persist. More fruitiness, ranging from cherry to plum, chocolate malt, caramel, spicy hops and a spicier alcohol presence hit the palate with force. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth in this full-bodied brew. Very drinkable considering its alcohol content, New Glarus makes a fine beer that is comparable with some of the best German eisbocks.

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Photo of bditty187
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy-brown hue, semi-translucent, skimpy beige head that faded to a small soapy collar. No lace. The nose is rich & sweet, malty, buttery dough covered in jam and brandy. Oh, how lovely… very inviting (plenty potent too). Complex palate with distinct layers… upfront the sweet, subtle malts dominate, quick interruption of dry alcohol punch, soft lingering fruitiness mingles excellently with the maltiness at the finish. This is a very impressive beer… frankly it is great. Smooth mouthfeel, not slick, depressed carbonation... medium-full body. This is not as raw as EKU 28… and that is a good thing I guess. I would love to drink this regularly. If you want to try an Eisbock I would seek this one out. Recommended.

Thanks tavernjef!

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

Unplugged Eisbock should be served at the suggested serving temperature of 55F in a short-stemmed tumbler or a brandy snifter. This special vintage Eisbock pours up softly without much carbonation. The tannish head dissapears quickly under a velvety cloak of mahogany brown. The honey-ish aroma is decidely malty and quite rich with hints of hot caramel, candied fruit and toasted hazelnuts. There's some underlying alcohol incorporated, but it's not as noticeable as one might expect in this warming style?

The flavor is rich and wholesome with lots of luxurious chewy caramel and complex melanoidin malt character. There's a touch of spicy "Noble" hop bitterness which helps to underscore the maltiness to create a somewhat harmonious balance. This is definitely a well-made, rich, smooth full-bodied beer that was brewed to satisfy. The only faults that I can find is that there's a slight astringency towards the finish and the overall effect could be a touch more vinous per style. Overall, I find this to be an exceptional brew worthy of savoring and hoarding back for a special treat during those long, cold winter nights. Enjoy this one by the fireside as a restorative or try pairing it with a piece of Turtle cheesecake. Here's to letting Dan Carey be UNPLUGGED more often.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

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Photo of Jredner
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of concentrated caramel, brown sugar, rum-raisin and pumpernickel aromas waft up from the glass. Dark brown with lots of red hints...almost no head..just a wispy white smattering. A big dose of caramel and sweeter rum-raisin flavors in the fore. More malts some spice, toffee and heartier bready notes in the middle. Finish is sweet and savory with more caramel and a little bit of cocoa. Quite tasty. There is a peppermint-like spiciness that comes out in the aftertaste as it warms.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick and cloudy copper and deep red color with a large-bubbled ecru head that fades slowly over time.
Aroma has really dense caramel note with some date, plum and darker spectrum fruits and just a hint of an earthy yeast in the background.
Flavor of strong, rich caramel coupled with some complex darker fruits, some bready notes and a fruity hopped note.
Mouthfeel is thick and full with this sample seeming a bit undercarbonated. Bitterings on the back end don't really add much in the way of flavors but seem to cleanse the palate for another complex malt assault. As it warms in the glass, the bitterings seem to rise a bit to add a nice balance to the strong malt presence.
Drinkability is high, great version of an interesting style and another keeper from NG.
Thank to trbeer for this sample.

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Photo of waldowin
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby, with a thin white head that fades immediately.

Smells of strawberries, bourbon, and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes of strawberries, sherry, bourbon, and a very thin hint of smoke in the finish. Hops slam in at the end, with an edge of grapefruit.

Starts out thin and cold, and finishes hot and huge. This beer definitely sneaks up on you. Very tasty indeed!

If it weren't for the ABV, this stuff would be sessionable easily.

Thanks to Jetsbeer for this rare treat!

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Photo of windelbo
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.

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Photo of MooseBoose
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A transparent mahogany color as it sets in my Ayinger Eisbock Glass, the head monarchial in size, frothy and a light tan in color, as it evanesces the lace forms a sealing sheet that clings mightily to the glass. The nose is dominated by the malt, sweet, molasses tones, and to my old schnozzle hints of butter and maybe cinnamon? Start is malt sweet, the top middling in its feel. Finish has a moderate acidity, a spicy hop presence, dry and long lasting aftertaste, and yes even a bit of “Belly Warming”, a really nice Eisbock”, a style I rarely see and mores the pity. Thanks to “tavernjef” for this great beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for bringing this over and egajdzis for deciding to crack it open...
Appears a hazy amber with a light off white head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of super malty caramel, vanilla, cream, oak, whisky.
Taste is of sugary malt with vanilla and nutty light maple notes mixed with whiskey coming through.
Mouthfeel is sugary with alcohol noticeable.

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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.

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Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pellucid deep garnet hue. Head recedes into a thin, spotty light tan layer due to the ethanol content. Pronounced waft of dark, slightly buttery toffee melds with notes of sweetened toast and subtle figgish esters to lend an overall suggestion of sherry soaked poundcake. Hints of carob and cocoa butter emerge as the beer warms. Rich, yet clean, and a pleasure to inhale. Gentle wash of candied oily pecan initially in flavor is ensued by a stately combination of bittersweet, velvety dark chocolate and an impression of chilled, oak aged bourbon. Malt sweetness becomes lightly honeyish in nature mid palate and couples with the whiskeyish undertone facilitating a hot toddy suggestion mid palate. Lightly bodied, with its viscosity of a typical bock slightly lacking sufficient malt supporting girth. Finishes immaculately "malty", with simply toasty Munich leading into a soft ethanol warmth. A delicious, superbly crafted brew that would be world class with further cellaring. In its current state, the pronounced alcohol presence precludes true greatness, and prevents the rich malt presence from shining. It's a delectable belly warmer, nonetheless. Big thanks to Bighuge for sending this fine brew!

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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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" of light tan head over the reddish-copper brew. Head was short-lived, and lacing was minimal. Aroma is deeply malty, with prune and alcohol highlights. Taste is a nice smooth maltfest, with, like the nose, prune and alcohol coming in. Amazing flavor profile. Mouthfeel is oh-so smooth, and drinkability is high, for flavor revisiting, not necessarily for sessions. A session of this could/would be dangerous...

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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Unplugged Eisbock from New Glarus Brewing Company
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