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New Glarus Unplugged Old English Porter



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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This beer was inspired by the writings of Graham Wheeler, a noted English Beer Historian. Mr. Wheeler describes the original Porters as: "... the least understood of the old British beers. The subject (of the Porter Beer Style) is complicated and confused because porterís heyday lasted from about 1700 to the pale ale revolution of the mid 1800ís. During that time it passed through many transformations. Porter was simply a mixture of two brown beers. The only characteristic that set the porter apart from any other beer of the day was that porter was deliberately soured by adding a percentage of sour beer to freshly brewed beer. The original porters were not, as is commonly supposed, jet-black in colour, but a translucent brown. They had a rich, smoky flavor derived from the use of brown malt and a winey aftertang produced by the deliberate souring, highly regarded by Londoners." Our interpretations is a Brown Porter based on the style popular in 1870ís London. It was brewed with mostly floor malted English malts including the famed pale ale malt, Maris Otter. A touch of smoked malt produced by Briess Malting Company of Chilton Wisconsin was also used. Half of the batch went through a souring fermentation, in the traditional way, to promote the characteristic wine-like acidity. Lastly the beer was aged on wood to extract sweetness from toasted oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3232) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a darker amber. No head. Aroma is slightly sour and malty. Tastes mildly tart. Not much else going on. Kind of boring, thatís for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
madbeerbaron (19) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Smell is mostly sour. Kind of a weird browhish red color. I do really enjoy the taste, sour up front and a slight malty finish. Definately an interesting beer that seems to have held up well. Thanks to madvike for this bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3698) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2013
12 ounce shared bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sour fruit, vinegar, and malt. Taste is sour cherries, roasted malt, vinegar, and chocolate. Very interesting. Believe bottle was at least two years old.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1000) - Vermont, USA - MAR 13, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 Unexpected extra graciously shipped by Stfun -- many thanks! To stemmed wine glass it pours a bleary chestnut hazy purplish auburn brown with a trim, sudsy off-white head. Aromas of fussels, and paint thinner, not much else. Maybe some chalk, too? This tastes tarted, slightly fruity, and sour. Picking up some charcoal, white wine lees, oakiness, soggy Camel ash, pickled sweet potatoes, and vinegar. I would recommend this beer, but it smells atrocious. Otherwise a decent sipper. Tastes a lot better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Brown with an average off-white head. Aroma is rye, light vinegar, and roasted malts. Taste is cardboard, roasted malts, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1780) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is ruby with an off-white head, excellent retention/lace. Aroma is tart, cherry, vinegar, light roast. Taste is quite sour, chocolate, cherry, vinegar. Palate is tart, slick, sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottles. I totally understood what they were going for with this brew and I think they nailed it, but it still isnít really my thing. Very nice and well done for the style. I think Iím just a new world porter guy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13183) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle. Hazy brown color, tan head. Aroma of sour coffee. Taste is sour coffe grounds, cocoa, vinegar finish. Odd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2878) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Sampled at WTWBA 2012, Brooklyn. One of the coolest beers I tried here, and a great recreation of a beer from history. The aroma is honey, molasses, sour, unmistakable brett. The appearance is a translucent light brown, light for the style really, light tan head. The finish is sour milk, fruit, coffee. The finish is sour, acidic, coffee. Quite good, and very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethbreaker (173) - New York, Greater London, USA - MAY 8, 2012
From the bottle. Classic English malt aroma, solid malt body, tastes like a really good porter with some added sourness. Very interesting and somewhat complex.

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