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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
StevoSP (1) - - JAN 27, 2012 does not count
Only available in Wisconsin. Great flavor and aroma. Dont drink it right out of the fridge, pour it into a glass and let it warm up for 5 minutes or so, it really releases the flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cheers2U (1) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2007 does not count
The first thing is WOW! I should say right off if you do not care for Bourbon this beer would not be for you. This beer totally took me by surprise. First the aroma is divine. It fills your nose with hints of vanilla, and caramel, and then the Bourbon aroma takes over. And thats before I ever got the glass to my nose. Bourbon nose with all the beer qualities. This beer is best served in a goblet as to allow it to breathe. Much like allowing a fine sniffter of Bourbon to breathe so should this beer. This beer is not to be finished quickly. It lost its head rather quickly, but the flavor more than made up for the loss of foam. This beer started off chilled and by the time I got to the bottom of the glass it got better as it got warmer. So, I recommend enjoying this beer at slightly below room temp. And ladies, this beer is not bitter at all. A very smooth and aromatic finish right to the very end of this very satisfying elixir. To be enjoyed with a smoked salmon, filet minon, smoked cheeses. It does pack a punch with the amount of alcohol in this beer. So, if you are looking for a conversation piece or warming up on a cold winters day in front of the fire place look no further. The following is how I rated this beer: floral, alcohol, clove, vanilla, amber, clear, aminimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, and a long finish. On a personal note this beer should have been released in the winter. Though it is a limited edition it is not to be missed. Stock up on this one! Create the mood. Or enjoy this one with great friends.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2007
12 oz bottle. Hazy dark tan with a full off-white head. A lot of vanilla in the nose with hints of oak. Very, very smooth drinking. Picked up vanilla, oak, and carmel. Its very smooth with only a very small hint of an alcohol bite.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Had this one last night amazing beer. New Glarus is one of the Meccas of the MIcro beer world. Full body and very satisfying. Great beer and its a shame that distribution keeps it from escaping Wisconsin now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
On tap at The Horse & Plow Pours clear amber with a nice beige head that quickly disappears leaving a nice lacing. Aromas of malty, caramelly bourbon alcohol are somewhat overpowering, but not offending. Slightly burning. Flavor was, unexpectantly, somewhat sour and hot from the alcohol but very complex. Oak and vanilla are in the background and should come through nicely after this sits in the corner and mellows for a while. A bit too hot on the alcohol for me but shoul dbe outstanding in a few months. For right ow, one was enough. Update: Tapped the second barrel and it was fantastic after aging! Harsh alcohol has dissipated to allow Vanilla and caramel flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2012 Pours to a clean dark amber body with a rapidly dissipating fizzy unbleached paper colored head. The aroma is woody oak and light bourbon notes with caramel. Floral with a light white wine. Overall, the aroma is way too light. Hard to get much out of it. The flavor is lightly sweet caramel and toffee with oak notes and subtle vanilla. Light pistachios. Subtle brett. The palate is lightly tart, warming, and has a lingering viscosity. Not very impressive. 7/2/2007. 6, 3, 7, 4, 13 = 3.3
Sampled again on 4/13/2012. This is freaking amazing and I wish I had multiple cases.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brown with a small beige colored head that pretty much settles out. Aroma is huge caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, oak, bourbon. Flavor is a massive blast of sweet caramel malt, bourbon, oak, another blast of vanilla, toffee. Palate is full bodied, mildly carbonated, finishes is sweet and sticky, slightly warming. This is a great brew. Masterfully balanced. Great, great, great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joverton85 (80) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
wonderful beer. the bourbon really jumps out at you and is slightly over whelming but mellows out as you drink. wonderful vanilla flavor, and classic caramel dopplebock taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle. Murky cherry red pour with little to no head. Aroma of bready malt, a bit of raisin, vanilla, booze, some oak, and toffee. Flavors are strong with bourbon and oak...which one would think youd get this with any BBA brew, but not so. A lot of times I notice lots of bourbon with very little woodiness...this one though is a bit more even in that department. Along with these flavors is sweet yet delicate toffee/caramel malts, dark fruits, a hint of roast and some brett in there as well, which is different but in the most awesome way...cuts some of the sweetness along with the woody characteristic. Medium body with a sharp/yet subtle carbonation...boozey/oaky/bittersweet/malty/tangy a oaky/bourbon/earthy/roast finish. Nice range of flavors, and a neat take/twist to the dopplebock. One of the better BBA brews Ive had in recent months...a bit underrated if you ask me.

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