Unplugged Eisbock | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by UncleJimbo on 12-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost a pure black color with hints of red and brown throughout. Small head that disappeared but had wonderful traces of carbonation clinging to the side. Heavy malt flavors and sweet brown sugar coat the throat and you swear you are drinking a piece of heaven. I cannot even tell you how wonderful this beer. It is one Eisbock that has to be tasted to be believed. Phenomonal brew from Dan's secret stash at New Glarus. Keep up the GREAT work!!!

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Photo of MooseBoose
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of budgood1
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear mahogany colour...slight tan head and no lace on the glass. big time fruity aroma...like a serious dopple or a baltic porter in some respects...lots of fruitcake notes. oh boy! i'm reviewing this at room temperature and the flavours are exploding...molasses, brown sugar, cherry, plum and prune...dates, and other assorted nuttiness..lots of spicy alcohol and, um, more boozy goodness. hard to tell if there is any hop profile versus the alcohol spice...needless to say i don't care at this point. full bodied..(duh) and quite smooth for a bock of this magnitude. drinkability is good as i'd probably drink (sip) this fine beverage until i was silly with joy.

a big thanks to the woman of the house for procuring this for me last x-mas and stuffing it in my stocking!

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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 brakspear
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The presentation is in the typically understated New Glarus style: a 12 oz bottled adorned with Dan Carey's smiling visage. The only thing that hints that this is a special beer is the red foil covering the top of the bottle. This beer was only sold in 12 oz singles, so I am not sure if it is available in six packs.

The beer pours a very dark brown that turns deep amber under a bright light. As other have noted, the slight beige head rises and falls immediately.

The aroma is a very smooth and mellow malt, but not very expressive. I do not detect much of the alcohol hidden in its depths either.

The taste of this beer is pretty amazing, very complex malty components that shift as the beer warms: raisins, bread, slight nuttiness. It is also smooth and clean with no bite from the alcohol or hops. A perfect sipping beer that will leave you feeling much warmer as the glass is finished. Perhaps it is almost "too" drinkable for the limited size of its production. I will have to try and remember this beer as it may never be available again....sigh.

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Photo of OldSock
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle, obtained from ThomasHardy in a trade. It pours a deep red/brown with a 3 finger head that quickly falls to 1 and finally to just a thin coating. No lacing to speak of.

Smell – Loads of dark fruit, plums in particular. Shockingly that there is only a hint of spicy alcohol. Definitely a lot of candy sweetness. It’s a wonderfully complex aroma that I am really fond of.

Taste – Sweet fruit and malt upfront with coffee late in the aftertaste. Really smooth and sweet, without being cloying. Some alcohol, just a slight warming. Tastes great and has a lot of complexity. My only complaint is that the alcohol is so well hidden, I like some real alcohol flavor in my Eisbocks.

Mouthfeel – Thick body with medium carbonation, really smooth.

Drinkability & Notes – Easy to drink and easy to enjoy. The best Eisbock I have had by a wide margin, sad to know that this beer was retired awhile ago. Another real gem from New Glarus.

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Photo of faernt
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fancy foil capped bottle opens with a little hiss and pours with a small head that subsides into a ring. Little smell is present after the opening but the taste here is the big thing. It's pruny and a little bitter. It's sweet but spicy. A lot is going on here. The mouthfeel is right on.... almost full but holding back a little. This I'll drink until I feel it and, unfortunately, that will be too soon.
Thanks, Brian at Steve's Liquors in Madison for urging me to try this. I'll be back for more if there is any left.

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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 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 beveragecaptain
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark brown, but ruby colored when held up to the light. The aroma is very malty, with a sweet bubble gum smell. The flavor is sweet like molasses. No fruitiness, other than the slightly weird bubble gum flavor. However, the malt profile is complex, and the flavor very nice. As the beer warms, I get more of a buttery toffee flavor. Full bodied. Doesn't taste anywhere near 10% alcohol. This is an incredibly well crafted beer. There are so many flavors that I pick up at different times.

This beer must be pretty old, but at 10% abv, it shouldn't make much difference. I'm reviewing this beer after drinking the second of a 4 pack. The first was terrible, so I wonder if they have bottling issues. Look out for this beer, because if you get it in the proper condition, it's a marvelous brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear burgandy. Thin creamy and lasting light brown head. Nothing but sweet, sweet malt on the nose. This beer has a lot going for it. An upfront maltiness that can't be beat. A full luscious body. A slight hint of alcohol that accents nicely. A chewy mouthfeel. A nice warming effect. (I'm sitting in my cellar/computer room that is at 55 deg F. right now in shorts and a T shirt. This beer is noticeably warming my body.) I prefer an awesome dopplebock over this, but this is the best Eisbock I've had. I can't wait to see what is next in the "Unplugged" series at New Glarus.

Many thanks to cokes for spearing this one for me.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely glowing copper/red colour with a small white head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas are strong and reminiscent of alcohol soaked berries, sugar, roasted malts, and slightly metallic hops. The taste is an explosion of different flavors. Caramel, chocolate, flowers, berries, other dark fruits, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and warming down the throat and the drinkability is awesome for an eisbock. A superior version, comparable to many of the german greats!

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bnuttz
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow, this beer here is definitely something. Its a very dark amber color with little head to it. Smells very sweet, almost fruity. The taste is unbelievable. This beer is thick and complex. Sweet plums and caramel. Malts all over the place. In my humble opinion this stuff walks all over aventinus. If you are a fan of the style this is a must try.

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

Presentation: A 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle that has a high quality cream colored cartridge type paper with dark brown picture and lettering with the word ‘uplugged’ emblazoned across in a banner style box with a red background. Metallic red foil covers the crown cap and has a cream colored neck label that simply says ‘Eisbock’. No strength or freshness (does it need one?) listed.

Appearance: A lovely dark brown chestnut body that is perfectly lucid. The light tan head that readily forms at first is quite large in stature initially, but it soon collapses then disappears into nothingness and reveals an appearance more akin to that typically expected of an Eisbock, a rather flat looking presentation with some extremely delicate conditioning, even when swirled.

Nose: Malts and lots of them, molasses, toffee, caramel, figs, dates and prunes with other dark fruits thrown in for good measure. Lovely, this has a rather chewy nose that is most appealing.

Taste: Warming caramel malts that sweeten to Molasses in the middle. The dark fruits and fig syrup comes through in the back end, as does the warmth of the alcohol, although this is less than expected giving this Eisbock its natural powerful feel. Dark and Fruity.

Mouthfeel: Rather large but by no means is this a Bully Boy. Refined warmth and smooth malts mixed with a luscious dark fruitiness that coast the cheeks long after the swallow. Only after the beer goes down is there the merest hint of the high alcohol content.

Drinkability: WOW. Is this really 10%? Impressive!

Overall: Probably the best of the three New Glarus Unplugged Series that I received from Gentleman BA BigHuge. A very good example of the Eisbock style and worth seeking out.

A massive “Frozen Water” Cheers to BigHuge for this monster.

Quite Excellent!

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

I totally like the idea of the "unplugged" and look forward to the next concoctions in the series. As for this Eisbock....YUM!

Nice dark chestnut color with ruby red highlights glowing strong, super thin off-white soft head that faded fast, leaves extremely tiny spots of lace.

Smell is all sweet yummy malts, quite a load of em, very candyish toffee in its aroma with a bit of dark fruits lingering in plum, raisin, and star fruit. Great malty nose!

Taste is nice mild toffee and large amounts of tangy sweet malts, full mouthfeel upfront; turns midway with a very clean and easy bitterness and the end is wonderful with a nice dry toastyness and finishing with a fantastic light nutty almond-like dryness. Super nice layers and character in flavor and effect thoughout. Quite complex and put together perfectly.

Feel is full at first, then lending into a more of a smooth mediumness with a finish in the mouth of light cotton or nut skins around the tongue coming in late. Nicely done!

This is one heavenly drinkable brew, with a small exception of the alcohol thats pretty sneaky and shows itself in bigger gulps. That along with the full feel leads it to be not a drinkalbe 5, so for me its just under exceptional, but its still very, very good considering.
Highly recommended! If you get your hands on it, do! Then drink it!

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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 beerguy101
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color. Large head. Aroma is malty and fruity, with a hint of candy sugar. Malty and fruity. Loads of different fruit flavors; apples, figs, raisins and toffee. Bready and yeasty. Are we sure this stuff is brewed in Wisconsin and not in small place in Belgium? Well balanced. Incredibly smooth. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Bditty for the bottle!
The beer pours a deep chestnut brown, ruby through light, with only a scant collar of foam ringing the glass. A swirl refuses to generate much in the way of head. The aroma is richly and powerfully malty. Caramel and molasses, dripping with plum and grape juice. A whiff of solvent-like alcohol. No hops to speak of. Very strong smelling. The first sip reveals an incredibly deep malt flavor. Initially light and caramelly, then shifting it's weight until your tongue is crushed under over-ripe plum and molasses stickiness. Hints of roasted malt, prune and fig, as well. Gobs of syrupy sweetness keep on hammering away, with enough bitterness in the finish to keep it within reason. A bit of a light floral treble to supplement the bassy malt. Some solventy, higher alcohol notes in the swallow, with a bit of heat on the way down to keep the belly warm. A viscous body, with sluggish carbonation keeping just enough of a charge to leave a tickle on the tongue. Incredibly smooth, and fairly easy drinking for it's strength. Absolutely excellent.

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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 granger10
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Unplugged NG offering pours a ruby red color with mohagany on the inside. A slight off white head disperses quickly. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is quite fruity and complex. Cherries and strawberries and plums all seem to be mixed in. Notes of woody and floral esters come out. No real alcohol noticed on the smell. Malts are not the main players here as they are with most Eisbocks but they still show a molasses and grain mixture.

Taste is fruitier than most of this style. NG really gets fruity flavors from their beers even if they're not trying. This beer is sweet but its not the malt heavy, cloying sweetness but more of a natural byproduct of a clean beer sweetness. Light fruits are very noticeable but there's still a lot of caramel in here. This beer really is complex and soft. A nutty toffee flavor lies underneath holding the base. There even seems to maybe be a slight hoppiness or some kind of bitter floral flavor to match the fruity sweetness a bit. Finish leans toward the dry side with a slight candy like flavor.

Mouthfeel is soft and light for the style. 10% abv!? No way. I think this beer is a year old and maybe the age has smoothed it out and created more of a complexity out of the flavors. Still, there's not that intensity that one looks for in Eisbocks. It's not as heavy and powerful as some might want.

Drinkability is superb and drinking more than one of these beers, if I could get my hands on them, would be enticing. But after doing a side by side comparison b/w this and Kulmbacher, I'm feeling like another beer would do me in. Very enjoyable though, get it if you can.

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Unplugged Eisbock from New Glarus Brewing Company
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