StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent, magnifying and bright polished copper in color with an anthill of grey in the center and milky white lace at the sides. Aroma speaks of heaven. Pinot grapes with cranberry rye. Chardonnay, lime and buttered vanilla toffee further form the aromatic fury. Lavender and honeyed floral rose hips embellish a fascination that could be sniffed all night. Full flavored brethren sings with vanilla jojoba butter, caramel angel food cake and white lilacs laced with brett. Warming almonds get dipped in liquefied brown sugar, white chocolate and Disaronno liquor. Fuzzy carbonation is delightfully scratched with aged, earthy crisp bitterness while showing its youth. Pralines roll in rye with a tart, caramel, granny smith apple butter side. A hint of pear-like figs meet tart lemon short bread, covered in caramel, with a dry, sanded down tongue to follow. Truly a Dan Carey epic that will last through the ages.
rockwell (10) - USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love the mild sourness on the nose. Palate is a a mixture of vanilla, cherry & apple tartness. A little bit of alcohol heat, which at 11% is to be expected, I guess. I canít wait to try this in 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber orange color with a tall canvas colored head when poured into my Triple Karmeliet glass. Decent lacing. Dusty dry malt aromas with hints of cherries, light oak and a crisp Brett component. The more I sniff the more I like. Not overly complex, but subtleties exist with some cortland apples and light cloves. Quite smooth and slightly oily on the palate. It is quite amazing how the temperature changes the character of this one. At a local beer tasting it was served ice cold and was light, nearly fluffy and thin. Now warmer it is full and warming. I have to give it a 5 just because of the transformations this one can go through. Pale malt goodness start. Hints of lavender, mace and strong vanilla. This is one to set by the fire with. Light oak in the linger with a touch of single malt scotch dancing about. The stomach is starting to warm, but the throat and mouth only have a mild tingle. Likely a touch to sweet and malty for some, but for me, a self confessed malthead (with hophead tendencies), this is another awesome brew New Glarus. Iíll be stocking up on this one.
twindadplus2 (591) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear cherry red with a fizzy head that faded fast. Aroma is mild with a sour, metallic tang. Tart and sweet with cherries and apples in the first sip and a yeasty tang. Oak and vanilla finish with the bourbon becoming more evident as it warms. Nice, light carbonation, on the verge of medium bodied but still feels a bit light. Still an excellent sipping beer that Iíd love to try after itís set for a year or two. The unplugged series has to be the best idea from New Glarus yet.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a fine sherry or sourwood honey color with a dusty head. A bit fizzy. Sour odor, close to stale beer or cider vinegar. Vanilla bean and tart apples. Fine and ligth bodied. I donít get that much fruit forward, but late in the back. Very delicate and subtle. Fine.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cherry wine with a lot of carbonation is my first impression from the aroma,not much of a head to speak of,the faomous New Glarus cherry tartness is immediately evident, with the oaky vanilla aftertaste,alcohol becomes more evident as it warms, a very tasty fruity sipper, just a little thin to be rated higher,may improve with age
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Interesting is the best way I would describe this one. Aroma of oak and fruit. Pours a peach mohogany with a fading head. Not what I was hoping for, but exceeded my expectation in another path. Its fizzy, sour, oaky (similar to the enigma) and finishes smooth.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2007 Rerate. Pours a clear orange caramel with a two finger eggshell head with pretty good retention. Aroma of cherries, banana, vanilla, brett funk, brown sugar, and a bit of oak. Flavor is sweet, acidic, and bitter all at the same time. Another update: there is quite a bit of a buttery character, but it isnít bad. Alcohol becomes present but never boozy, but is warming in the back of the throat. Dry lightly bitter finish. Medium to full bodied with low soft carbonation. Still digging this.
Old rating follows. 3rd rating again (same as Enigma). 12oz bottle, no date--though I know it was the first week of February. Pours a clear orange golden with a two finger yellowish head. Aroma of faint oaked cherries (as in the Enigma), brown sugar, light banana, some Orval characteristics most likely from the brett, though Iíve had other brett inoculated beers and I donít think this is quite like any of those. There is also a hint of sour apples. Aroma doesnít have as much bourbon as I thought thereíd be--thank God. That changes with the flavor and there is definite bourbony tones, though not distracting and can still pick out the oak, cherries, and vanilla quite well. Semidry finish, low bitterness. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Glad to see Dan didnít let me down--scared me with the bourbon aging bandwagon. 8-4-8-3-17--4.0
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this is a ball buster. Very interesting interpretation of a quad, not really what I was expecting. The sweetness is there, but gives way to the Brett/lactic? There is a lot of things going on here, but perhaps the Lactic interferes with my interpretation of the style. I think it is better tasted warmer (60-65ļF) I would have liked this better had it not been dosed in the usual oak barrel that harbors the sour brown base for Danís Belgian Red. Perhaps a sherry but or a brandy barrel. Very good beer, but not to my overall liking. (but that is my opinion and Dan does a hell of a job with a lot of beers) I canít wait till the new Weisse set up at the new brewery comes to fruition ! Dan *HINT* Weisse Bock !!!
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Canít believe I got to this first! Poured a clear, rather brilliant amber with a good deal of rising carbonation and a loose fizzy cap of white head. Nose was a succulent blend of cherries and other dark fruits accented by the barrel influence of oak, vanilla, and sweet bourbon. Flavor, like some previous unpluggeds (and Belgian Red), was highlighted by some most excellent cherries... dried oak, vanilla, and sweet bourbon are all in there, too, with just a mild Brett funk emerging toward the finish. The sour notes and Brett influence provide a very nice twist to the typical mouthfeel for the style... a tad greater than medium-bodied and really fills out as it warms up... excellent finish of warm dried cherries, spices, and barrel influence. Very good brew!