Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
sthlm (1262) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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).