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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/27/12. Poured this one into a mug. Pours a cloudy rusty brown. This looks like I dipped my glass into the Yadkin River. Huh. Big smoky aromas - campfire, ham, bacon grease. Yowzas. Much smokier than I thought as it completely dominates the nose. The mouth was way thin for my liking. Carbonation level was low, and there just wasnt anything to back up these unique flavors. The smokiness pervades the flavors as well, as I feel like I am drinking the dregs from a can of ham. Actually, that may be about right as the body probably matches that as well. I cant pull any rye character from this one. No spiciness; bitterness is near absent. I am not opposed to smoked beers at all, in fact, I have enjoyed them at other times, but this one just downright fell flat for me. This might as well be called New Glarus Liquid Pig. Pass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
Bottle, as pictured. Very smoky, dark brown with minimal head. I really dont taste much through the smoke. Not bad overall, but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - APR 14, 2012
tons of smokey aroma right off the bat. Almost a baconey flavor. Dark copper color. Hints of rye balance the smoke, but not enough. This is a smokey beer for sure

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours a dark, clear amber with a small, short-lived beige head which leaves some legs of lacing on the sides. The aroma is all about the smoke, and its mostly of the smoked-meat variety with pork coming to mind. There is a bit of smoked wood in there and an interesting ashy, peaty thing as well as some sweat fruit way back behind the smoke. The taste is smoky as well, but the first thing I noticed is that its much sweeter than the aroma with some apples and caramel malts up front. The smoke is present throughout but especially in the finish where the meaty smoke lingers. The mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and ashy and smoky on the palate. I love a good smoked beer so I was pleased with this beer overall. I still dont think this sits on the Schlenkerla level, but its just a notch below. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Scott. Like the Hill Farmsteads, and so many others, a big part of the Winnipeg Tasting/madness. Pours clear tawny, thin off-white head; poor lacing. Nose is since ham-smoke, maple, golden syrup, french toast. Remarkable nose. Flavours are smoky and malty, but the alcohol is just jarring in this one, very rough throughout. A lovely-smelling beer, that is just too thin to hide the alcohol in the mouth. Unfortunate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Clear amber pour with a small off white head that fades fast. Strong smokey aroma with bacon, more smoke, a touch of alcohol, and more smoke. Sweet malty caramel flavor filled with smoke and yes....Bacon.The spicy rye on the finish makes it even better. Very interesting, but after 1 beer, I had enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (2408) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottled sample via oakbluff. Consumed with Savvy1982 and oakbluff. Pale brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of fruitwood smoke, and neuralish ale yeast. Smoke forward in the mouth, some caramel malt and hints of vanilla chocolates in the background. Oddly bitter, but finishes sweet. A bit of an odd duck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
In short: An extra-smoked smoke-meat sandwich in a bottle. Good stuff
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed 9 months after the beer release (was it brewed more than once?). Bottle from oakbluff I think. So just in case: thanks a lot Scott!
The look: Clear copper body topped by a very small off-white head
In long: Nose is heavily smoked with smoked ham and smoked wood, this is borderline Schlenkerla smoky. Taste is very meaty (smoked bacon, smoked ham, smoked herring, more), some caramel, strange bbq-ish spiciness, deep-fried something. Despite its name I didnt pick much rye in this beer other than an overall flavor of a smoked-meat sandwich with its usual rye bread. Not as good as the existing Schlenkerlas yet the intensity was such that I could have believed this beer was a new Schlenkerla. I have rated so many beers that Im now thinking about writing a beer diary, but unlike others mine will be written from the perspective of the beer, mainly a bunch of pssshhhhh and noooo please dont drink me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (11016) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is quite smokey with a note of cured meat and some backing rye. Flavor starts with smoke and a bit of backing beef jerky but finishes with more of a rye and bread note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle pours deep amber with a tan head. Aroma shows spicy rye, good doses of smoke, caramel, and earth. Flavor shows sweet malt surrounded by dry peaty smoke and finishing with some peppery rye. Overall body is moderate and the smoke definately lingers on the finish.

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