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Unplugged Bourbon Barrel Bock by New Glarus Brewing Company
0.00 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 2 8 13 3 6 2010
12oz Bottle
$7.99 4-Pack
Village Dell and Wine Shop

Bourbon Barrel Bock pours a surprisingly clear copper. I can see my fingerprints on the other side of the glass. A half finger white head formed on the pour that quickly faded to a whispy bit of foam swirling around the glass. Does leave some thin lacing. This beer actually looks a lot like their last Unplugged Series release, the Quad.

The aroma is very nice and actually quite unique once past the bourbon and oak. Don't get me wrong, the barrel aging gives this beer a great character but the key to this beer is in the big bready malts. These bready malts are reminiscent of rye and wheat bread both of which being freshly made. Before the breadiness hits the barrel aging takes a stand. Light notes of bourbon up front followed by a big oak character along with subtle waves of vanilla. I'm also picking up on some slightly sour lactic qualities that go nicely with this brew.

Good flavors up front. Starts off with strong vanilla. Mild berry like qualities, bourbon and oak follow closely. There are a few bread like qualities showing up mid-palate and if they kept coming this would be a really good beer. Unfortuanately, this beer seems to fall apart halfway through. The flavors weaken, not totally going away, and some alcohol spiciness comes in on the finish.

Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Sluggish carbonation but it seemes to quicken on the finish pushing things through a little faster.

Good sipping beer that I could see myself sitting down and having a few bottles at a time.

Overall New Glarus's Bourbon Barrel Bock is a good beer but somewhat of a let down. I expected a little more. The flavors are good but turn somewhat weak toward the finish. A really good concept but the flavors just could pull through the barrel aging. Never the less, this is a beer I wouldn't pass up if offered.

Reviewed: 9/22/07

Price: $7.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by mar on 02/13/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 15 4 8 2008
bottle thanks to Tip Top. deep ruby amber pour with a thin cream colored head that dissipates to a ring quite fast. nose of fruits, oak and raisins. very fruity flavor of cherries, wood and caramel. great finish that is very easy on the body with a nice alcohol touch in the end.

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 01/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 4 8 2008
Thanks to flyingbison for sending this one as an extra a while back (March 08?).

The beer is a light ruby shade with very little foam, which isn’t a surprise from a bourbon aged beer.

Really fruity aroma upfront: cherry, grapes, yellow raisins, hints of apple, powdered candy, cotton candy, oak, vanilla, and a slight hint of leather in the background but only while I was pouring. Some toasted and bready malts.

Sweet toast, figs, brown sugar, molasses, ripe apple, vanilla, oak, and cherry. More cherry flavor and some alcohol in the finish but it doesn’t come across as “hot”. Some wood tannin bitterness in the finish. Hints of banana and wheat-like sweetness. Caramel and toffee flavors begin to develop as the beer warms up.

Soft carbonation, really smooth, probably the best aspect of the beer.

Served In: Bottle

Review by orbitalr0x on 08/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2008
This one pours into my glass a reddish brown with amber hints as well and a quarter inch of light tan bubbly head that quickly falls. Mild active carbonation. Aromas start out with rich deep caramel, vanilla and toffee tones. The bourbon/oak combo shines through as well. Visions of bourbon barrels being filled with beer dance in my head. There's a slight funky / tart yeast aroma lurking in the background here too. Sort of nutty as well. Quite nice.

First sip brings a somewhat sweet melange of caramel and toffee malt upfront. Lots of vanilla moves in with a woody, oaky flavor as well. Slight nutty aspect that rolls into bright bourbon flavors and brings a bit of warmth as it flows down. Dark fruits appear as it flows down along with a touch of yeasty funkiness that's just enough to grab your attention. Finishes a bit slick with lingering bourbon and dark fruit accents. Tasty beer for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit chewy with a great punch of carbonation. Goes down smooth and packs a bit of a bunch. This brew is a tasty nightcap and I wouldn't mind seeing some more liquor barrel aged beers from New Glarus. Quite nice without going overboard on the bourbon.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 05/05/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2008
Thanks to Tip Top for the bottle!

Pours a burnished copper, clear, with an offwhite head that settles down to a lace that lasts a long time. Aroma of sweet smoky bourbon barrel, a slight faint tang (Brett?), and a faint aroma not dissimilar from Cinnamon Crunch cereal - sweet, toffee-grainy with a dusting of cinnamon. At least it's not Crunchberries.

Wow - all sorts of neat stuff going on. Starts with a cherry flavor that's nowhere to be seen in the aroma, then some bourbon and wisps of vanilla, some underlying chewy toffee malt, and then some of the tart, earthy brettanomyces comes through in the middle and hangs out until the end, which is simultaneously tart, charred-oak, and toffee with distant cherry and alcoholic vapors. Medium body, spritely carbonation.

Very complex, never would have thought "bock" after first taste but I wouldn't know what else to call it. This beer would be fun to sit on for two years to see what glories the Brett could accomplish with time.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 01/25/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 17 5 8 2008
Thanks to TipTop for this brew>

Pours a clear dark amber. No head to speak of(furley). Lacing is a minimal. Sweet smell to it very interesting for the style. Malty sweetness. Not sure this is a bock, fruity and really soot taste. Nice full bodied flavor with only a slight bourbon finish. Perfect finish/mouthfeel IMO.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 0

A - Pours a coppy colored body with a light red tint to it. Clear and clean as can be. Head is fizzy and white, starts at about 1.5 inches and turns quickly into a some whisps on the surface and a ring around the glass.

S - Warming rum and bourbon alcohol notes. Cinnamon, toffee and caramel. Oaky with a dash of vanilla. Doesn't really smell anything like a bock.

T - Starts sweet with some red fruity flavors. Tastes almost completely unlike the smell here. Coconut and caramel. You do get some warm, alcoholic flavors that bring in nice warm charred oak and light vanilla. Then it hits, from out of nowhere, Brett. Glorious brett. That yogurty peach flavor covers the tongue and hold for a minute. Slightly tart aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with light, fine but bubbly carbonation.

D - Bock with brett? I was skeptical. I have had a few of these, but this is my first review. This beer has definitely changed since the first time I had it. Brett is much more prevelent.

Served In: Pint Glass

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