alassio (86) - USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The secret to this beer is to drink it as it is getting close to room temperature. As JPDIPSO pointed out below it might mellow with aging intriguingly too. When semi-warm, it is a big blast of complex sweet/autumnal murkiness with sub-sub-basements of herb and spice (although it is hard to be objective after having just had one at its 13.5%). The bigger beers in the New Glarus Unplugged series represent the most rarified creativity and incendiary price/quality value.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark clear copper pour with thin tan head and drippy lace. Caramel, dark fruit, toffee and alcohol on the nose. Flavor follows suite, however the alcohol is far from in your face.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Pours a murky red-orange with a finger of beige head, quickly dissipating to a spotty lace. Aroma harmonizes vinous, yeasty, and alcohol notes and does not fade. Flavor is based on yeast and brown sugar with many fruity undertones, pineapple, licorice. Ends on an off rubbery bitterness. Full-bodied, lots of alcohol warming on the palate with an overall smoothness.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured translucent ruddy orange with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up rich aged caramel, darker fruit, and a dose of molasses with some earthy and fruity accents.. alcohol was certainly apparent. The flavor opened with licorice and vinous notes rolling onto the palate accompanied by fairly aggressive earthy bitterness and alcohol.. more licorice and some woody notes across the middle.. finished strong wtih husky and earthy bitterness amplified by alcohol over licorice and caramel. Heavier-bodied, quite bitter, and strong on the palate with a warming finish.. I agree with John that this may need a little more time.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 Pours a ruby color with a thin tan head that fades quickly and leaves a little bit of rain-like streaks along the snifter. Aroma is a bit difficult to extract - you have to swirl it a bit and waft it up a bit to extract its complexities. Aroma is resinous hops as your pour. As you let it warm you detect caramel malts, licorice, sherry, and dark fruit. Taste is relatively smooth, earthy flavors, dark fruit, balanced with caramel malts, and then really leaves some warming in your belly. I have no idea what alcohol level this is but it is rather easy drinking......then again, it doesn’t seem very complex.
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smallish taupe head formed by bubbles slowly rising through the umber colored liquid. Rich caramel aromas, mixing with hearty licorice and flambéed dark cherries. As I am one that has professed my dislike for licorice aromas, I throw in my disclaimer. Thick, yet soft palate, as this has a very tight carbonation. Earthy fruit and malt flavors. Light alcohol kicks in mid quaff/sip. Vinous at times, with a madeira quality. Certainly quite warming. Finish is lightly peppery from the alcohol. Linger seems quite dry, but after a while the malt returns to the tongue. Seems a bit rough now. It’ll be interesting to see how this settles down.