jtclockwork (16600) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle at Jimmack’s epic invitational. Pours clear dark brown. Nose and taste of caramel malts, nuts and toffee. Clean brew. monkeychugg55 (1090) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Pours a transparent but very dark ruby-copper color with medium sized white head that doesn’t last very long. Belgian yeast is very apparent in the aroma, as well as some toffee, walnuts, and alcohol. The flavor is similar, but adds anise, and cherries, with a bit of a weird flavor on the finish. Lightly bodied with soft, foamy carbonation. Not that bad, but a bit of a let down. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to a buddy from work who lives up in the Wisconsin area. Slightly hazybrownish amber hued with a small, creamy off-white head that quickly diminished. Aroma of caramel, fruit and licorice. Quite thin-bodied, sweetish fruit - also overripe fruit - and caramel. A bit on the light side but I let it sit for a while to warm up and the flavors started jumping out. Lots of love for New Glarus! hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2010
12 oz. bottle, ruby brown colored pour with a nice head, malty caramel and nuts aroma, flavor is nutty, toffee, sweet belgian sugar, nice finish. Not my favorite style, but I was still able to enjoy this CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Pours a deep reddish brown almost a burgundy color with a small head. The aroma is chocolate and cherries with a pleasant booziness and some candy sugar sweetness. The flavor is nicely boozy and rich with some cinnamon and a deep malty chocolate character. There is a light yeasty spiciness and a maple syrup sweetness. I do enjoy the mild spicy hop character that is pretty well concealed within.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Bottled. Poured deeper amber with a short, very tight-bubbled yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up warm plums, caramel, and brown sugar upfront, with vanilla not far behind.. peppery and banana-ey yeast complemented well.. warm overall and sweet.. maybe too sweet. The flavor found toasted bananas, plums, raisins, caramel, and molasses sweetness at the core, with a black peppery yeast laced throughout.. again it was too far on the sweet side, and the transition to warmth near and through the finish wasn’t all that smooth. Heavier-bodied with high-ish carbonation on the palate.. nice yeast, but the sugars hit it too hard. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to blutt59) clear copper/amber with tight bubbles. Nose is funky, raisin, and toasty grain. Taste of toasty raisins, caramel, sweet chocolate malt, apples, and alcohol. Warming finish with a thin body. The taste of apple really takes away from this. madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Bottle - Much darker than I anticipated--dark cola with a foamy light tan head. The sweetness of the dark candi sugar comes through on the nose right away, with some spiciness, light booziness and dark chocolate mingling together. Flavor is bready, with the same spiciness and a bit of sharp booze. Sweet candi sugar comes through as well, along with a bit of cherry and dark chocolate. Smooth, slick, and well-carbonated, with a lingering warmth and dryness in the mouth well through the finish. I’m intrigued what this will do over time, but the booze detracts a bit and there isn’t a tremendous amount of flavor. Not my favorite Unplugged, but I’m willing to give it time.
Update - 1/31/11 - This seems to be getting better. I’ve had it three times since, and both the aroma and taste seem to be picking up some sweet fruit and boozy raisin notes. More like a dubbel, but a pleasant one. scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Dark ruby color with a small off white head that fades quickly to a nice froth. Nose is sort of complex. The overall first impression is mainly sweet with a subtle yeast element that smells like dough. Then some candy notes and dark fruits, mainly plum. Taste immediately is very yeasty doughy. Some sweetness that almost reminds me of maple syrup. The aftertaste is mainly raisin and bread. The taste isn’t as complex as I would have guessed from the aroma. Still a very unique and respectable beer from New Glarus. Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2010
bottle pour to Trappist glass. Ruby brown color with very brief tan head. nice lacing though. Aroma dark fruits and malts. Well balanced taste of dark fruits, malts, belgian yeast. Medium palate, very slightly thick at times. Moderate finish mildly bitter/nutty finish. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.
Despite the relatively low score I liked this beer. It does not have the complexity and richness of good Belgian quads. What it also does not have is all the mistakes I see too often in quads - too syrupy, too cloying, too boozy, poor balance, etc. So in a sense this is a quad with no mistakes or risks but still pretty decent taste. I could see this a gateway for some drinkers who will eventually get into the "bigger" beers. I will drink this again.