New Glarus Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale



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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2011
12 oz bottle from Casanova Liquors (Hudson, WI). Pours a deep dark copper, some brown, a light haze, deeper hues with a small offwhite head that dies to a film and laces small, stays as a ring. Aromas are a nice smokey blast, some meaty and campfire, some bready rye, grainy malts. A touch of ash and wood. Sweet caramel. Initial is medium bodied, a nice lingering smoke really catches on, campfire meats, ham, earthy ash and charred wood. Sweet caramel, biscuits and toffee, with bread, toast, rye, touch of yeasty spice. Lingering smokey roast, a touch of cherrywood comes into the fold. Earthy ash and wood, char. Lingering nuttiness almost, with ham, sweet malts. Pretty nice, earthy and meaty with a decent sweetness. A nice solid smoked ale, decent complexity, seems like age wouldnt hurt it either. Solid

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2011
It smelled fabulous and looked really beautiful, a deep copper pour. The flavor though was too heavy on the smoke but more importantly it was like liquid smoke (the cheap flavoring that is). It was very "meaty." That said, it got better as it warmed up and sat a bit and unwound. I started out wondering if Id finish it, but persevered and by the end was kind of liking it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of smoke, burnt plastic, dry latex, and toasted rye. Flavor of smoked fish, burnt rye, earth, and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4642) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Clear light orange color with a white type head. Aroma is smoky and beefy. Some bits of plastic and dentist. Flavor is smoky with some sharp flavors rounding things out. Finishes smoked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice glowing amber brown with a small white froth. Aroma is aggressive smoke with a nice candied sugar note and a touch of dark fruit. Very nice soft smoked meat character balancing the sweet bready malts. Flavor starts with a nice fruit kick, ripe dark fruit giving way to a soft smoke character in the middle before finishing smooth and clean, with sweet fruity notes and a distinct woody fire note. Medium body and sharper carbonation. Excellent smoked beer, very well balanced.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Pours a transparent copper color with a very thin off white head. Aroma has hints of brown sugar, bread, smoke and grains. Smokieness shines through in the taste and the body is rather malty. Has the feel of a barleywine. Overall taste is slightly tangy and gives off traces of bread and bit of toffee but the finish is dominated by the smoke making for a bitter end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (5063) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Dark copper color with a quickly falling medium head. Strong smoky aroma. Dominating smoke flavor. Seems to be a mix of alder and beechwood smoke. Very sweet maltiness, kind of odd for a smoked beer. The sugar doesnt seem to have fermented out, giving this a candy-coated smoke feel that Im not sure Im a big fan of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (9576) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Clear orange pour, white head. Aroma has big notes of smoke, band aid, and some medicinal phenols. Taste is extremely reminiscent of smoked fish, and band-aid/medicine. Not sure if this was a bad bottle, but all the people trying it agreed. Hopefully not the intention...but if it is definitely not one I would seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (3530) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pretty good for a heavy smoke flavor beer. Generally for me, a beer that is this smokey in flavor is too much for me. In this case the fruitiness of the rye I think, helps to balance. Pours with a small to medium sized very light tan head that mostly settles down and good lacing. Color is a clear dark amber. Aroma is mainly smoke with malt, caramel, toffee, a little fruit. Flavor is very similar. Body is fairly full and carbonation is very good. Finish is like flavor and is fairly long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottled. Poured translucent coppery-amber with a short, but tighter cap of beige head. The aroma was vibrant and smoky, with lots of woody character over aged caramel, brown sugar, and faint whiskey sugars.. a touch of green alcohol spiced it up.. I enjoyed it. The flavor found warm caramel, molasses, and Turbinado sugars at the core, with alcohol-fueled smoked malts and peppery rye emanating outward.. heavy smoke, earthy bitters, and full-belly warmth finished it off.. the smoke came back after the swallow to fill the nose. Heavier-bodied with moderate (and full at times) carbonation on the palate.. slow flow to it.. not the best rounded brew, but it may mellow out with time.

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