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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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 64
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 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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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 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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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, no date info

Noisy, fizzy towering head of fine off-tan bubbles that slowly settles. Deep ruby highlighted amber with no carbonation streams. The smell is rich and full sweet, thick malt, dark fruits and alcohol laced. The taste is sweet and malty, filled with alcohol and loaded with dark fruit, jammy. Brown sugar and plums. Sweet all the way through, finishing with a warming alcohol presence. Full bodied with a thick heavy mouthfeel, the lack of carbonation only adds to its weight. Slightly creamy with a milk fat slick feel. Enjoyable.

Thanks to stonecrusher for the opportunity. How's that tasting thimble working out for you?

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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 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 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 jahred
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a review on Nov 9 '05. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with an exceedingly quickly fading white foamy head. I see on posts that this beer isn't made anymore - maybe I should get my friends in Madison to pick up more for me.

The aroma is strong. Sherry, honey and bready malt aromas. Yum. The taste is filled with honey notes, smooth malt and flavors of chestnuts. Little bubbles of prickly carbonation dance on my tongue. There's a surprising amount of bitterness for an eisbock, which makes this really easy to drink - it's much less cloying and much more balanced than I would expect from 12 oz of an eisbock.

The beer warms, and continues to be ridiculously smooth for a 10% AA beer. Caramel and toffee notes, along with toasty warm bread flavors. Mmmm - OK, I definitely need to get more of this stuff.

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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 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 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 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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Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 76 ratings