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New Glarus Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale



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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - 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 (2020) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Brown pour, thin white head. Aroma of campfire, barbecue smoke, meat. Light fruity sweetness. A touch of caramel and nuget. Flavor is mix between strong smoked malt and fruity sweetness. Slight spiciness. Light maple syrup. Sweetness gets a bit distracting from the smoke, medium bodied. FInishes smokey. Pretty nice brew, though I wish it were dryer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2011
12 iz bottle from a buddy at work. See thru brown with a quickly fading tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and smoke. Medium bodied porter with tasted of roasted malt, caramelized malt and smoke. taste a bit like smoked ham. Pretty interesting!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3200) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle - Pours a clear dark amber, with a thin off-white head that doesn’t 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 it’s all angular and gangly right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, 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 (2244) - 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 (1378) - North Carolina, 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 it’s 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 isn’t 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 (33) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2011
12oz. bottle from good ol’ 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.

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