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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours a dark, clear amber with a small, short-lived beige head which leaves some legs of lacing on the sides. The aroma is all about the smoke, and it’s mostly of the smoked-meat variety with pork coming to mind. There is a bit of smoked wood in there and an interesting ashy, peaty thing as well as some sweat fruit way back behind the smoke. The taste is smoky as well, but the first thing I noticed is that it’s much sweeter than the aroma with some apples and caramel malts up front. The smoke is present throughout but especially in the finish where the meaty smoke lingers. The mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and ashy and smoky on the palate. I love a good smoked beer so I was pleased with this beer overall. I still don’t think this sits on the Schlenkerla level, but it’s just a notch below. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Scott. Like the Hill Farmsteads, and so many others, a big part of the Winnipeg Tasting/madness. Pours clear tawny, thin off-white head; poor lacing. Nose is since ham-smoke, maple, golden syrup, french toast. Remarkable nose. Flavours are smoky and malty, but the alcohol is just jarring in this one, very rough throughout. A lovely-smelling beer, that is just too thin to hide the alcohol in the mouth. Unfortunate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Clear amber pour with a small off white head that fades fast. Strong smokey aroma with bacon, more smoke, a touch of alcohol, and more smoke. Sweet malty caramel flavor filled with smoke and yes....Bacon.The spicy rye on the finish makes it even better. Very interesting, but after 1 beer, I had enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (1996) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottled sample via oakbluff. Consumed with Savvy1982 and oakbluff. Pale brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of fruitwood smoke, and neuralish ale yeast. Smoke forward in the mouth, some caramel malt and hints of vanilla chocolates in the background. Oddly bitter, but finishes sweet. A bit of an odd duck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
In short: An extra-smoked smoke-meat sandwich in a bottle. Good stuff
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed 9 months after the beer release (was it brewed more than once?). Bottle from oakbluff… I think. So just in case: thanks a lot Scott!
The look: Clear copper body topped by a very small off-white head
In long: Nose is heavily smoked with smoked ham and smoked wood, this is borderline Schlenkerla smoky. Taste is very meaty (smoked bacon, smoked ham, smoked herring, more…), some caramel, strange bbq-ish spiciness, deep-fried something. Despite its name I didn’t pick much rye in this beer other than an overall flavor of a smoked-meat sandwich with its usual rye bread. Not as good as the existing Schlenkerlas yet the intensity was such that I could have believed this beer was a new Schlenkerla. I have rated so many beers that I’m now thinking about writing a beer diary, but unlike others mine will be written from the perspective of the beer, mainly a bunch of “pssshhhhh” and “noooo please don’t drink me”.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7017) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is quite smokey with a note of cured meat and some backing rye. Flavor starts with smoke and a bit of backing beef jerky but finishes with more of a rye and bread note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle pours deep amber with a tan head. Aroma shows spicy rye, good doses of smoke, caramel, and earth. Flavor shows sweet malt surrounded by dry peaty smoke and finishing with some peppery rye. Overall body is moderate and the smoke definately lingers on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2012
aroma very smokey and malty, color, light meduim hue small foamy white head, taste wow smoke was good, nice strong mellow smoke flavor, then malty background, overall, Thanks Lushawn, was sent to me as a gift, i wish I could find this stuff around here, I really enjoyed it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (5086) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Split a 12oz bottle. Poured a dark amber color, small off-white head. Aroma was smoke, roasted and slightly toasted. Earthy. Flavor is smoky, with notes of earth. A bit sweet. Perhaps not my most favorite brew, but interesting enough that I’m not disappointed I tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7970) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle (trade with arkurzynski - huge thanks). Campfire smoke and sweet rye malt aroma. Amber color with moderate head. Sweet citrusy rye malt with moderate smokiness. Mildly bitter herbal hops finish. Nicely blended. Probably the sweetest smoked beer I’ve had but works well.

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