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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2009
This was surprisingly awesome. A light brown-red color with a thin light tan head. The nose is sour vinegar, roasted malt. Taste is nutty, some chocolate and caramel, roasted malt, then a finish of sour vinegar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Brown color, with a hint of garnet when held to the light. Modest beige head. Aromas of lightly roasted malt, molasses, hints of smoke and slightly acetic. Initial toasted malt flavor is commandeered by oak and cherry pit sourness. The roasted malt returns in the finish. Fairly dry in the linger, but toasted malt, and a light sour bite make this a quenching mix. I could see how this would satisfy the porters of the day. I find this rather addicting. A working man brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Bottle. Subdued carbonation produces a small light tan head. Aroma is of wet wood and stewed sour cherries. Reminds me a lot of Galeís Old Ale. The flavor is more tart than I expected, having the same profile as their Enigma. Otherwise thereís the same soggy wood element alongside a darker wheat bread malt. Finishes with tart cherry and bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2009
12 oz bottle
Again thanks to noncaloric for zipping a few bottles of this my way. I was interested as soon as I read the description and the result was no letdown. Much more sour than your typical porter this is a beer that makes a statement from start to finish.

Aroma / Appearance - The flat reddish brown body created a nice head but not so much carbonation as to be distracting. Coffee, caramel, and wood come out of the strongly tart blend.

Flavor / Palate - Tasting like a blend of Enigma and porter it packs a nice whallop that shocks the senses without being overwhelming. Almost like caramel popcorn that has been soaked in a bath of Dr Pepper the sweetness and tartness make it different than modern porters. I canít wait to open another bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2009
12oz bottle picked up directly from the brewery.... dark caramel and cherry brown pour, some fizziness, with a thin soapy white head..... aroma of chocolate/cocoa, a bit of roast, and finishes of on a tart sour cherry note.... tartness was a little more upfront than i was anticipating but i think i kind of dig it. sharp sour cherry acidity greets the mouth and more of the typical porter qualities surface shortly there afterwards. reminds me of a lighter madrugada obscura with more of the emphasis on the sour....anyone else get that?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Pours a brownish-amber color with a thin creamy off-white head which lingers for a while and leaves some streaks of lacing. Aroma is honey mustard, liquid smoke, and some sour lactic acid. Taste is very different. It is very sour up front, then moves on to some smokey, chocolate, and cardboard taste, which finishes clean and very dry. Iím sure it captures the old style well, but it is something to get used to. Not sure how I feel about it. If it didnít finish so dry, it may have been more up my alley. Thanks for sharing, bro!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Pours a rich brown color with medium light tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is of smoke, sweet coarse grain mustard, light chocolate, some nuttiness and some sourness. Taste is light chocolate, intense acidness, .... Finish is intense sourness and it dominates everything. Iím sure this is a good interpretation of an older style porter. And Iím sure Dan hit his mark, but for me, well, it just isnít something Iíd ever want to drink or buy again. Sorry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with slightly ruby tint and light tan head. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, roast malt, leather, funk, and a little chocolate. Kinda made me nervous to taste this one. But luckily I did. Flavor is very acidic up front with nice sweet and malty character. Citrusy notes mixed with oak and chocolate. Itís such an odd combination of flavors, yet somehow works so well together. After the first drink, I wasnít sure. After the second, I thought, "This isnít too bad.". After the next few, I was sold. Another great creation from NG.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2009
On draught during Great Taste of Midwest 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a dark reddish brown colored brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates to an off-white head with some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate malt, a hint of honey, roasted nuts, smoked oak, and a hint of toffee. Taste is medium bodied, semi-tart with flavors of roasted and smoked dark malt, chocolate, tart berries and a hint of Merlot. Finish has a quick sharp bitterness and than a lingering tart berry aftertaste. A first sour porter Iíve tried. Itíll make the sour heads happy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange-amber color. The head was light tan. Smelled of dark caramel with light notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Light to medium bodied with mild to moderate acidity that was opposed by some delicate sweetness. Tasted of tart cherry, toffee, and a bit of chocolate. There was also a hint of red wine. Interesting beer.

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