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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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 76
Photo of 12vUnion
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It says retired, but I just got this only a few weeks ago. Oh well, time to drink it.

Brown bottles with parchment label and red foil around the top. I'm assuming it's Daniel Carey's picture on the front. Quite the attractive bottle. Nice label.

Pops open with little hiss. I can tell it isn't very carbonated. Pours a dark reddish brown. Very little head. Just a slight lace around the rim that last the whole glass.

It smells of dark bock malt, some prune or raisins, alcohol and somewhat like molasses.

It tastes like a really smooth dopplebock with a nice alcohol bite at the end.up front is a very noticeable, slightly roasted malt. There's a little indistinguishable fruitiness in towards the middle, but it's over powered first by the malt and then by the alcohol. Not as complex as I would have thought. But it is very robust and full flavored. Very smooth and enjoyable. A bit harsh towards the back, but nothing I can't handle. It's a nice, heavy hitting brew. A bit much for an everyday thing. But it's great to enjoy on a rainy day. And today has been very stormy.

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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 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 mentor
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by PatYoda...thanks for the opportunity! Hard pour to get minimal bubbles over a cloudy murk-brown liquid. Smells moderately weak, but of caramel and toffee. With searching, I get a clean alcohol sting and some chocolate. It's got a tiny hint of Thomas Hardy's sour & richness...which I guess is sorta brandy-like. Tastes caramel and mildly of chocolate with raisin and a hint of sour stepping in late. Also, oddly, early on there was a taste of spaghetti noodles. The aftertaste is toffee and chocolate, but doesn't persist very long before the wet sweet caramel dies in a dry alcohol and acrid applause. There is a little bit of mini-me when comparing this to decade-aged Thomas Hardy's Ales. Medium body, but clingy. Carbonation is moderate, but it forms fizz and potent acrid on my tastebuds. Why no head during the pour, but the carbonation burns my tongue?

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thx muchly to autumnaldave for da hookup

nice bottle. new glarus rules inre: label design. red foil is a nice touch and that's just the beginning of the appearance circus here..

pours a crystal clear blood red with a superthin coating of peach colored foam. island of bubbly residue resides quietly on the surface.

smell is beautiful.. rich malts combine with a sour wood-age, almost sherry-like. some intense raisin aroma along with a kicker of sharper tangy fruit like cherry. abv is detectable in the smell through relation to wine/port/brandy... mildest hop note.

hands-down the best eisbock ive tasted. perfect. rich and smooth with an awesome depth of sweetness.. evolves from fruit and a belgian yeast flavor, nothing too sugary-sweet, and manages to avoid overwhelming me with a bitter-prune finish like the aventinus eisbock. finishes with a laid-back smoothness accentuated by winter spice and subtle noble hops.

i fear drinking this, way too drinkable for the style. expertly balanced for such a fresh bottle. another good offering from NG.

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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 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 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 PatandDavid
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first New Glarus brew...I took one sip and was impressed. Here's why: no wow factor in the appearance, but then most of these big alcohol beers tend to die down quickly. It looks brown in the glass, but as I hold it to the light, there's a great clear red/mahogany color. Small and not too many bubbles rise in the glass. In the aroma, I pick up rich malt, thick breadiness, and maybe a hard watery note and even some low smokiness. If you breathe in real hard, some alcohol notes. Tastewise, rich malt, maybe a hint of buttery toffiness. The finish seems to go up, not down, with some notable tartness. I also picked up on some mellow alcohol in the aftertaste. I liked this one, as I thought the alcohol was balanced.

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

Pours a deep mahogany to the reddish side, topped with a one finger quickly dissipating khaki head, left temporary webs of lacing. But I'm not going to knock them for that - it's an eisbock at least it had something.
Deep malt aroma, very sweet almost wort like from a huge molasses presence, lots of dark fruit, quite earthy.
Sweet taste, dark fruit, molasses, raisin and plum, heavy malt.
Lip tingling, medium to full bodied, obviously not something you'd drink all night unless you wanted to fall into a coma.
Thanks to stonecrusher for the sample!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a million to cokes for this beer.

It pours a beautiful rubied brown color with a ring of head around the top of the beer. The nose is foremost grainey, but not offensive, with a nice background of dark fruit and bready notes. I dig it. The flavor is not bad at all. Some nice dark fruits and a touch of roasted tones. A nice beer. The feel is moderate to thick. I really enjoy this beer. Its not my favorite style at all, but this is a nice example. Just took a look at things and this rings in at 10%. Damn. I never would have known.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2" head which diminishes rather quickly, leaving a thin veil, and little lacing. This beer is very dark, yet light permeates so you can see into it, and get a sense of it's thickness.
The sweet, malty, strong nose lets you know that this beer is not F-ing around.
The taste is very sweet and malty and intense, with a little bit of cloying. Not a distraction though. The alcohol really warms, but fits right into the beer no problem, even at 10%. This beer really reminds me of a tweaked up version of Optimator. Pretty complex and intense. I believe this Eisbock has changed my life for the better.

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

Crystal f-ing clear. Really. Dark, but crystal clear. Brownish liquid that's quite settled -- moderate carbonation at most.

Aroma is a bit alcoholic -- but otherwise quite rich. Thick, caramel, butterscotch, molasses types of aromas. The alcohol lends a fruitier aspect, but you know you're in for a big ride.

Medium bodied brew. Similarly malty caramel flavors. Alcohol lends a bit of that biting plum skin bitterness but hardly any of its own flavor.

And smoother than the guy on Queer Eye who just got manscaped.

I mean seriously. This stuff goes down like the smoothest, easiest of lagers. Perhaps that's a slight exaggeration. But that great combination of crisp flavor and drinkability from the lager/bock tradition isn't at all lost or bastardized here, which is something of a miracle. I expected a bit more of a tanic-like harshness. As it really warmed up well past its ideal temperature -- I drank it slowly -- there was a bit of an alcohol presence. But really, this was just an exceptionally great, smooth brew.

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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 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 SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark ruby red color with two fingers of head. There is just a tad bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly malty with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness. Some dark fruits in there too, like plums or currants. There is a little bit of alcohol to the smell as well. The taste is also sweet and malty, with more caramel coming through, as well as cherries and raisins. A little bit of hops, and a hearty alcohol bite on the finish. The mouthfeel is just super thick on the tongue, but very smooth. Such a fantastic body. The drinkability is a little low due to the 10%, but this is still a fantastic eisbock.

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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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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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