New Glarus Unplugged Smoked Rye Bock
New Glarus Brewing Company is located in New Glarus, WI and brews some fantastic beers. They only distribute to the state of Wisconsin, so you'll either have to make a trip or find a friend to hook you up, but either way checking out their beers is well worth the time and effort. Today I'll be drinking one of the more recent creations from the Unplugged series, which features small batch, limited beers brewed by Dan Carey that they may never brew again. I was excited to try this one as by the name alone I had a feeling it would be quite unique.
The Unplugged Smoked Rye Bock pours out of the red foil covered 12oz bottle and into my tulip glass with a murky copper/gold hue with some suspended yeasties. An arid white head with prickly bubbles of carbonation. Aromas begin with sweet caramel, nutty malts with a somewhat subtle underlying smokiness. Floral and fruity with a dash of rye spiciness. Banana and clove esters sneak up out from the yeast and add an extra dimension to the brew. Unique no doubt!
First sip brings a sweet dense caramel maltiness upfront with a wisp of smoke from a dying campfire. A mix of fruity flavors move in along with a touch of spicy rye. Flows down with some yeasty banana and clove hints. A tasty beer that sets itself apart from the pack. I could have gone for a bit more smokiness in the flavor as my only minor complaint.
Mouthfeel is fairly big with a slight slickness to it. Mellow carbonation is nice and active. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden and this one goes down almost too easily to be clocking in at 12%. A tasty conglomeration of styles that I'm glad I had the chance to try. I have a couple more bottles that I might let sit a bit longer to see what happens. Check this one out if you can still find it!
Overall I gave this beer a 4.05 out of 5. Another good show from NG
Check out the current lineup of New Glarus beers by surfing over to www.newglarusbrewing.com