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New Glarus Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale



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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle - Pours a clear dark amber, with a thin off-white head that doesnít last too long. Smell is smoky, like BBQ potato chips, with dry, pungent rye above a fruity layer that I can only assume is the Turbinado sugar. The smoke has some nice meaty notes to it too, but I have to agree with a previous rater that the smoky/sweet combo is a bit odd. The sugar comes through more in the taste, lending a booze-soaked bread flavor that mingles with the campfire smoke. Finishes with a boozy, sharp note. I hope this mellows out a bit, because itís all angular and gangly right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2304) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a clear red/copper with a very thin diminishing head, aroma is of smoked wood and dark fruits with a slight burn of alcohol, the flavor has a sweet front end with a nice finish of smoke and a touch of booze, very enjoyable, New Glarus does it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (1540) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Red-amber in color with light carbonation. Peppery rye, dried fruit, and charcoal in the nose. Flavor starts sweet dried fruit, spicy rye and ends with a smooth smokiness. Light dry finish. Good presence. Residual barbecue. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1352) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle. Found this one over at Hudson, WI. Poured into a tulip glass a darker clear copper color with a collared white head, the head is actually more minimal than I thought it would have. Smoke aroma dominates the nose but after that the Rye gives off itís distinct spice type note. The mixture of smoke and rye gives it an almost plastic type smell though that I am not the biggest fan off. Medium/light mouthfeel. Sweet start along with the rye type spice flavors, the smoke isnít as prominate in the taste as in the nose but it does kick in in the end and lingers on. Some bitterness as well. Overall, not bad but nothing I would go running out to get again either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
propsync (13) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2011
12oz. bottle from good olí Discount Liquor. Aroma is like a campfire that has just been put out. Very smokey, although I can smell the alcohol as well. Appearance is clear amber with almost no head. Taste is almost too sweet for me. Hits the palate with a sledgehammer, get ready. The beauty is the smoke smell balances out well with the sweetness. Overall, while smoked beer is not my cup of tea, it was still good and exactly what you expect in the Unplugged. Big and bold. Another silly beer from Dan Carey. This guy is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pours a dark amber color with light red notes and thin off-white head. Aroma is of heavy smoke, light hops, dark fruit, and sweet malt. Taste is much the same but a bit heavy in the finish. Iíd be curios on the ABV as it seems kind of potent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pours an amber color with a thin off-white head which feeds rather quickly. Aroma is smoked sausage, light smoked caramel malts, and a bit of citrus. Itís almost like a smoked altbier. Not over the top smoke, very drinkable and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1158) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2011
12 oz bottle from Sendiks WFB. Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is smokey, bacon. A little heavy on the palate with medium carbonation. Flavor is very smokey, but you can still taste the rye. Also has a hint of a Belgian Dubbel, from the Turbinado sugar I would guess. I am very interested to hear what the ABV is on this beer. With the Turbinado sugar, I am guessing 8%-10%. Another very good beer from the great people at New Glarus. Thanks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4565) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2011
12oz bottle. Filtered looking amber-brown. Smoky aroma, very Bamberg. Some sugary gingerbread tones as well. Sort of an awkward beer. Iím a big smoked beer fan, and this does have some nice smokiness, but the Turbinado sugar sort of makes it a little excessively sweet. Maybe itís the Rye and the Smoked malt. Minimal to no hop character, lots of sweet tones competing. Sort of like if you mixed a Schlenkerla with a Raison De Etre. Iíd love to see this beer done with a Lager yeast.

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