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New Glarus Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale



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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A bold rich smoky nose is created naturally with a blend of smoked malts from Bamberg, Germany and Chilton, Wisconsin as well as robust Wisconsin Rye. Special Ale yeast ferments this hazy deep amber brew in the bottle. This is a big smoked beer fermented with Turbinado sugar and appropriate for sipping slowly today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3880) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Clear light orange color with a white type head. Aroma is smoky and beefy. Some bits of plastic and dentist. Flavor is smoky with some sharp flavors rounding things out. Finishes smoked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice glowing amber brown with a small white froth. Aroma is aggressive smoke with a nice candied sugar note and a touch of dark fruit. Very nice soft smoked meat character balancing the sweet bready malts. Flavor starts with a nice fruit kick, ripe dark fruit giving way to a soft smoke character in the middle before finishing smooth and clean, with sweet fruity notes and a distinct woody fire note. Medium body and sharper carbonation. Excellent smoked beer, very well balanced.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Pours a transparent copper color with a very thin off white head. Aroma has hints of brown sugar, bread, smoke and grains. Smokieness shines through in the taste and the body is rather malty. Has the feel of a barleywine. Overall taste is slightly tangy and gives off traces of bread and bit of toffee but the finish is dominated by the smoke making for a bitter end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Dark copper color with a quickly falling medium head. Strong smoky aroma. Dominating smoke flavor. Seems to be a mix of alder and beechwood smoke. Very sweet maltiness, kind of odd for a smoked beer. The sugar doesn’t seem to have fermented out, giving this a candy-coated smoke feel that I’m not sure I’m a big fan of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (6752) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Clear orange pour, white head. Aroma has big notes of smoke, band aid, and some medicinal phenols. Taste is extremely reminiscent of smoked fish, and band-aid/medicine. Not sure if this was a bad bottle, but all the people trying it agreed. Hopefully not the intention...but if it is definitely not one I would seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2298) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pretty good for a heavy smoke flavor beer. Generally for me, a beer that is this smokey in flavor is too much for me. In this case the fruitiness of the rye I think, helps to balance. Pours with a small to medium sized very light tan head that mostly settles down and good lacing. Color is a clear dark amber. Aroma is mainly smoke with malt, caramel, toffee, a little fruit. Flavor is very similar. Body is fairly full and carbonation is very good. Finish is like flavor and is fairly long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottled. Poured translucent coppery-amber with a short, but tighter cap of beige head. The aroma was vibrant and smoky, with lots of woody character over aged caramel, brown sugar, and faint whiskey sugars.. a touch of green alcohol spiced it up.. I enjoyed it. The flavor found warm caramel, molasses, and Turbinado sugars at the core, with alcohol-fueled smoked malts and peppery rye emanating outward.. heavy smoke, earthy bitters, and full-belly warmth finished it off.. the smoke came back after the swallow to fill the nose. Heavier-bodied with moderate (and full at times) carbonation on the palate.. slow flow to it.. not the best rounded brew, but it may mellow out with time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle from Woodman’s in Madison, WI. Pours a very brilliant and deep copper. filmy white head that lasts. Nose is candied ham, Bamberger Beechwood smoke, bacon and sugar cookies. On taste, initially it is quite smoky with a slight phenolic slant that fades into a spicy pumpernickel type note. Sweet malts come through with a slight tangy note as well. A touch salty and a touch of alcohol also hits you, likely due to the turbinado sugar. Not as sweet as a lot of people were saying but it is quite warming in my chest. Smoke could stand to be a bit stronger and perhaps a bit less hopping as well. Still, damn solid smoked beer for a smokehead like me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle. Scotch brown pour, no carbonation and a very smokey campfire aroma. Flavor is good and malty, sweet brown sugar, more woody campfire flavor and a long lasting very wet smokey aftertaste. Decent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2011
bottle from Ray’s. Pours reddish copper with moderate off-white head. Wow the nose on this is unreal! First thing that comes to mind is smoked salmon. There’s also some roasty and spicy notes underlying, but overwhelmed by smoke (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). Nice campfire taste to it. Finishes with a sweet, caramel maltiness and barely perceptible rye component. Minimal bitterness.

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