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RATINGS: 306   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Juelze (1141) - 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.

4.2
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5310) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Light caramel pour with a light tan head. Roasted malt with a sweet aroma. Taste was unique since the style is different to what I am used to in a porter. Sweet, some sourness, a balanced beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5579) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2009
This is a good example of why it issometimes good to read the description before you drink a beer. In my mind, "English Porter" means black, with coffee and chocolate, blah blah blah. Luckily, I wa s prepared in advance for this - Not really black, more of a reddish borwn, and smells like Chocolate, red wine, roses, and oak - odd mix of aromas. Flavor is a very nice mix of sour and sweet, with some earthy chocolate and even a little coffe, mixed with some citrus. Thin palate, very easy to drink, quenching and delicious. Thanks to lithy for the trade!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sthlm (1254) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 [On-tap at GTMW í09] Pours reddish-brown with a good beige head. Aroma is bizarre. Honey mustard, roasted malt, honey roasted peanuts, and some smoke. Taste is very sour up front, then chocolate and honey roasted nuts again. Medium mouthfeel, long finish. At first I was a little shocked by this. Then after the surprise wore off, I wasnít sure if I really cared for it. It didnít take long before I really warmed up to it, and now when I look back on it, I actually find myself craving it. Sign of a good beer, and incredibly unique as well. New Glarus with another winner.

Iím craving this beer again. So unique, and tastes awesome. Iím bumping it 0.2 points.

A year and a half later and I still crave this every time I think of it. If Dan Carey doesnít brew this again I may have to take up homebrewing to try and make it myself. Bumping it up another 0.1.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3296) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2009

8/20/2009: New Glarus Unplugged Old English Porter... Aroma: Twangy coffee and roasted chocolate malt. Appearance: Caramelized sugar, transparent brown color; small off-white head. Flavor: Sour, almost tart cherry-like with nuances of chocolate, roasted malt, mild coffee; dry overall. Palate: Overall: I really like the play of flavors in this beer. Ultimately the roasty sweetness dominates and lingers on the tastebuds. Very nicely done overall! I could put down bottle after bottle of this stuff. What an interesting and memorable brew; very sessionable. I WANT MORE OF THIS GREAT BEER!

12 fl. oz. bottle shared by ShareANevada [BA]. Thanks! Rating #9 for this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Bottled. Poured clear light-medium iced tea brown with a short cap of beige head. The aroma opened with sour oaky and vinous character over primarily molasses sweetness.. a second, deeper whiff brings out smoke and a little Balsamic vinegar.. overall a moderate toast to it.. wafts of earth, oak, and cherry dust on the back. The flavor had molasses and coffee maltage at the core, but those were the least memorable parts on the final impression.. vinegar, tart cherries, and sour oak surround, with the sourness sticking around well after the finish.. just a little smoked malt in there, providing more feel than flavor.. finished like a sour brown with a tad darker malt bill. I agree that this was brilliantly executed to style, but on a purely hedonistic scale, I didnít love it (although I will drink several more and revisit my thoughts as need be).

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4629) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Dark brown color with a thin head. Strong aroma of molasses, coffee, smoke, light chocolate and some cherry tartness. Very cool smoky, acidic and tart grape taste. A little chocolate and roast. The old woodiness comes through towards the finish. Lightly carbonated. This is, quite simply, excellent. It has the same "this is made with cherries, isnít it" quality that something like Dutchess de Bourgone or Rodenbach has. I would love if people made this kind of íoriginalí porter more often. Stunning.


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