New Glarus Unplugged Bourbon Barrel Bock

RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
Sublimely elegant this toffee toned bock is rich with a blend of Wisconsin and German barley malts. Over four months of resting in oak bourbon barrels gives this beer a wonderfully smooth body that will improve and mellow with age. Should you choose to enjoy this classic today, you can expect a treasure of vanilla, oak and carmel notes to be bolstered by hops from France, Slovenia and Germany. Wild Brett yeast sings in harmony to the tune of Bock. 20 degrees Plato OG makes this bourbon barrel a masterwork to remember.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2007
RBSG 07 Grand Tasting beer #3. Foamy head and amber color. Boubon was well done and strong bourbon in both the nose and the flavor. Caramel undertones amid the bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duellist17 (34) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Today I sat down and had an excellent beer. I love the flavor Carey gets out of his barrels. The Belgian Quad had a bit too much going on with it to really be able to taste what aging in bourbon barrels can do, but this is a great example. Pours an amber color with little to no head. Rich vanilla, toffee caramel notes and a full body. I cant wait to taste this one after some time lagering!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours a reddish orange copper color with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon dominates. Has a strong smokey bourbon flavor with a malt, vanilla and caramel undertone. The bourbon may settle down with age but right now it overpowers the beer.Not bad but not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2007
A little of the feel of a brown sour ale. Sweetness is so complex that it did not annoy me as usual. Vanilla orange cherry oak toffee caramel pancake. Ta da!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2007
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color. Head was off white. Attractive aroma of molasses, malty caramel, subdued oak, and corn. Slightly sweet on the tongue with buttery caramel, pancake, and bourbon flavors. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (5058) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2011 Original Rating, 6/16/2007: Dark copper color with no head. Oaky, bourbon aroma with some smoke. Sweet malt body with a bit of tangy cherry. Strong bourbon, vanilla and oak as well. More bourbon than beer, but the Brett might tweak this over time. 7/4/8/4/16

Re-rating, 10/29/2011: Last bottle, time to update notes. Very murky copperish/brown color with no head. Sweet bourbony aroma with vanilla. Light bourbon and sweet vanilla flavor up front. Malty and caramel notes, but quickly drifting into prune. Strong, massive, prune flavor. Past prime, but it was still an excellent brew. 7/4/7/4/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Fiery Reddish Orange Color with White Ring. Oaked Bourbon Aroma. Carbonated. Medium Mouthfeel. Silky Syrupy Sweet Bock...Toasted Caramel, Sweet Molasses...Dry Bourbon and Oak Flavor. Some Fruity Notes...Although Subtle...Citrus and/or Cherry. Vanilla. Overall Leans Towards the Raw Side. Quite Enjoyable and Will Certainly Age Some. Assumably More Enjoyable Once it Warms Up a Bit. Mr.Carey Has Yet to Disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Transparent and firey red hue. Fairly straightforward aroma of bourbon whiskey, defined by wet oak, molasses, and a hint of hickory smoke. Red bell pepper arrives with warmth. The sweaty-metallic tang of lager actually is quite friendly with the barrel. Lemon notes, raisins, toffee, and red licorice. An interesting pulse of salted venison and honey resonates after swallowing. Somewhat thin in the mouth, though entirely coating. Hot. Thick with nuance, though raw - likely to improve with time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Dark amber color. Smell of sour apples, bourbon, malt, gram crackers, toffee/caramel and a some vanilla. Taste of bourbon, sour fruit(apples & cherries), vanilla and caramel are more present, malt, cedar and alcohol. This is good but I think it is too fresh right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Brown/orange colour, medium head that turned into a dot in the middle of my glass. Sweet candy like aroma with a note of toffee. Sugary caramel and toffee with some bitterness and a smoked feel. Didnt get the barrel aged flavour but got a bit of alcohol.

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