Wasn't quite sure what color was gonna pour out, I was thinking the rubies or browns, but when it came out dark gold I was a wee bit puzzled and pleasantly surprised. Sits quite clouded with a slow steady stream of bubbles creeping up the sides. Keeps a small ivory foamed top briefly before fading to a broken skim and medium collar. Lacing is largely globular in a droppy sheeting display across the glass.
Aroma is doughy and spicy much like a good weizen type beer. A slight smokey fable constitutes a solid phrasing across a musty, mushy lemon banana cream pie. Semi tangy, favorable musty, darkly sweet sided, and kindled in smoke, all while keeping an ecstaticly charged sensibility to the realm of a well made Belgian brew. More of the smokeyness tends to take over as it warms.
Taste is wonderfully full and long lasting with malty richness of whole grains and slightly spiced rye. Well rounded with flavors touching all sorts of creamy pie filling lending banana mush, lemon mash, yellow raisin puree, old apples and pears, and earthy melon stuff. The smokey flavors thicken up towards the finish adding a complexing girth across its creamy full body. Nicer then nice notions to vanilla and a spiced clove topping. Wow, what a treat! This stuff is great! The weizen spiced character is fully on display as the bockish malt takes the spices to a lower, milder level of acceptance and the smokey earthen stuff remarkably sweeps up afterwards. Yum!
One f*#kin' awesome beer! Its thickness is perfect. So full and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to let it slide right down with amazing ease. The smokey contributions are dead on. Any more and it would get to tangy for me. This was notched just right in the palate department. And the 12%; bah...please, it isn't anywhere to be found until nap time. One of the best Unplugged brews yet form New Glarus. More please.
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