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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle at a Max tasting (thanks Paul). Pours a clear iced tea with minimal white head. Aroma has sweet notes of marshmallow, toffee cream, and coconut. Flavor is unfortunately papery with some toffee notes. Some bourbon, toffee, and cream in the finish. The cardboard/paper gets in the way. I could tell this was good in its day, but its now past its peak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Bottle at Maxs impromptu tasting. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Touches of bourbon and old spicy plums. A bit funky. Odd and lightly astringent. Sweet, interesting. Bourbon and an odd sweetness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10583) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of some generous dude. Thanks! Red orange appearance with a cream colored head. Bourbon, caramel malts, sweet, oaky nose thats pretty nice. Pretty oaky, sweet caramel malty flavor. Fun, tasty brew but pretty simple with basically a dull caramel flavor over some wood aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa 10. Pours a murky brownish-amber color with a thin short-lived head. The aroma consists of strong bourbon, raisins, plums, funky cherries, and vanilla. Fairly smooth flavor; more of the New Glarus trademark funky cherry and sweet vanilla come out here with less dark fruit than aroma had me thinking. The bourbon, perhaps also less intense than it smells, still is fairly strong and lingers pretty much the whole time. Caramel joins in. Slighty tart in the finish with a light alcohol sting. Not sure when this was originally released but only very slight oxidation is present and it appears the bottle has held up very well. Nice beer. Leave it up to New Glarus to do something out of the box and make it damn good. Some similarties to the Belgian Quadruple but quite unique on its own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9854) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2011
12 oz. bottle shared by STLWill- thanks again, Will! Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla, oak, and brown sugar- the bourbon itself is pretty light in the nose. Flavor of vanilla, caramel malts, brown sugar, fruits, and biscuits- not much bourbon here either, but the rest of the barrel notes are, and are stronger than any bock notes. Light-medium bodied, with a smooth, malty mouthfeel and sweet finish. Mild carbonation. Really nice bourbon barrel bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (15778) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle thanks to Styles. Pours reddish brown. Nose of cinnamon, brown sugar and molasses. Taste is fig, dark fruits, raisin, plum, caramel, brown sugar and molasses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Dense vermillion, quick yellowhite head. Aroma almost suggest this was aged in wine barrels, with a vinous funkiness that dominates. Yes, tart grapes atop alcohol atop sweet & sour caramel. Flavor is exactly the same, no surprises. Wine and wood, soured caramel malt, mild ABV. Flat-bodied with a weird fizz. Thought this would have held up for a while. Seems like it didnt. ~~~~~~~~~~ In my cellar for an unknown amount of time, probably a couple years. From Gene... or maybe Carl. Or Dale. Or that Scott guy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1910) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
sample at RBSG10 summer gathering - dirty blonde pour, sweet fruits, cherries and berries. biscuity malts, bourbon, light woody and vanilla. Very sweet, but great mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4173) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 RBSG grand tasting. Pours a reddish blonde (strawberry blonde?) with an espresso swirl head. The aroma is spicy and smoky with some vanilla and salty notes. The flavor is spicy and nutty with a good fruitiness and some boozy (whiskey and otherwise) notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (3786) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2010
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Has a small but long lasting head. Hazy, cognac colored body. Aroma is an amalgamation of strong bourbon at first but some nice sweet biscuit, licorice-esque alcohol and tolerable wood. Flavor is nice despite all the disparate elements that actually fit well together. The alcohol has also died down in the flavor. Brett isnt strong and comes off as slick but mixes well with the biscuit-malt character. Very flavorful and memorable.

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