Unplugged Eisbock | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged EisbockUnplugged Eisbock

Brewed by:
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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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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 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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: beautiful brown body, reddish at sides, with a nice, thick, long-lasting tannish head.
Aroma: oh, God! Yeah! Full, deep, sweet, yet dark, with fruity notes, like grape, dates..quite a shocker, a delirious deliverence of intense aromatics!
Taste: Full-bodied...MMMM! Magnificent! I've got the bock on the tongue now, just waiting for the "eis" to come on board..oh, yeah! Big, and full, and fierce! Bing, bang, BOOM, it's a powerhouse, not just in booziness, but unrelenting flavor! Wonderful nuttiness shows up, too, it's really a complex and thoroughly tasty, totally rewarding monster.
The above was pieced together from notes taken in late August, and I have to trust my drunken jottings on this. Any additional donations of this unique treat will be most welcomed!
Huge thanks to cokes for this bottle!

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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.

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Photo of outoffocus
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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 ZAP
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off this "unplugged" idea is a stroke of brilliance....If you've got a QB wih a great arm let him throw deep....If you've got a brewer with talent, let him be creative...

This is an impressive Eisbock..I was surprised with how malty this was...great bready, malty nose....the taste features that predominately but is more complex than that....I also get some dark fruitiness, and a hint of spicy alcohol....the finish is a tich on the tart side...Pours a light amber color...very smooth initially in the mouth before the spiciness enters briefly and retreats in time for the tartness to emerge ever so softly on the finish...A very nice beer..I look forward to this series of "unplugged" beers..

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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 mynie
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a flat ruby. Tiny head. Very smooth, with almost no carbonation.

Smells like chocolate, A1 sauce, and caramel burned black. Pretty intense, and strangley enjoyable.

Zupity do! It kicks you right in the face, but it doesn't taste nearly as sweet as the smells leads you to believe. Starts with dull caramel that moves into dark baker's chocolate and ends with a very strong burst of natural licorice and allspice.

Very nice. Way too easy to drink.

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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 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 Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Eisbock pours a rich, dark mahogany color, with some ruby highlights within. Head is very thin and short-lived, with minimal bubbles rimming the glass. No lacing to really speak of either. Nice color, poor head. Nose is rich and malty sweet, with some caramel notes and suggestions of the 10% abv. Body was not as expected, being slightly less than medium, and with a bit of a bumpy passage on the tongue. Malty sweet, with some caramel and brown sugar all the way, plus a suggestion of nuttiness, though not too high on the overall flavor complexity scale. Slightly dry, bitter finish with a smidge of hops appearing. Still, fairly tasty, and a belly-warmer to boot.
Thnx to both JeffBoo and Tavernjef for samples of Unplugged!
Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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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 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 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark ruby body with a small off-white head. Cool bottle too (like all the New Glarus products).
Smell: Very rich, almost vinuous barley malt. Maple syrup. Sweetish floral hop aromas, oh, and alcohol.
Taste: Sweet, clean toffee, bready, brandy-wine, all with a meaty edge. Finish is bitter with lingering sweetness.
Mouthfeel: big and syrupy, but deceivingly so.
I don't think I'd drink this every day, but it's pretty drinkable for its heft.

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Unplugged Eisbock from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 76 ratings