Unplugged Eisbock | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged EisbockUnplugged Eisbock

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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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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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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 ounce bottle provided courtesy of tavernjef. (He's da man.)

Beer pours into my bock glass with virtually no head and is a deep brown ruby.

Nose is deeply caramel with cherries. Just a touch of oxidation in the nose and a faint metallic note.

Surprisingly large amount of carbonation held in the body that escapes with the heat of your tongue.

Spicy hops in the front with a drying brown nut malt that masks the start of a long alcohol burn through the throat.

Well crafted.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 jeffboo
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whomp ! An Eisbock to make your eyes pop. I will be aging a few of these to see where it takes them, I have a feeling a year or two will smooth out the alcohol zap this one gave out.

A nice reddish brown color with plenty of red highlights and a quickly receding tan head. The aroma stands out well, lots of chewy malt with plenty of plum/raisin to perk up the nose. That's followed up with a full mouthfeel and an overwhelming complex malt flavor and drying alcohol. Flavors of almond, toasted and chocolate malt with a lightly sweet short finish. The alcohol starts zapping around the half way point, a little distracting but should round off with a little aging....stay tuned.

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Photo of Winter
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right now as I gaze out my window, it's snowing heavily as March roars in like a lion. Hey, what better time to open and experience New Glarus' first in the Unplugged series-- Eisbock.

Pours a clear reddish amber in color with a light tan head. Aroma consists of malt, fruit, licorice and caramel. Nose becomes more brandy-like as the beer warms. Alcohol remains undetected for the most part. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a crispness from the carbonation and alcohol. Taste consists of a sweet malt, ripened fruit and a touch of oak. Alcohol flavors push back the malt sweetness and dominate the palette in the finish. Eisbock certainly does have a mild kick to it. It's definitely worth picking up a few extra bottles and setting them aside for another day. New Glarus makes no promises of ever brewing this again. If that's the case, it makes Eisbock even more special. I can't wait to see what's next.

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

Pours a docile russet exuding aromas of hazelnut wafer cookies, juicy black plums and hot cocoa. Layers of sweet nut-spread make out on your buds for awhile as traces of bitter-sweet chocolate watch in voyeuristic delight until a heated gang of steely hops arrive to sodomize them all. All this in a slick package that glides down the tubes effortlessly. A pleasant Winter's eve brew.

Thanks cokes!!

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