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RATINGS: 303   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.


3.7
   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 (1759) - 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 (5339) - 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 (1240) - 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 (3096) - 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 (7248) - 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 (4549) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3032) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle - Wow...WOW. I expected sour on this one from the description, but...wow. It looks great, pouring a clear reddish-brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma has coffee and chocolate notes with light roast malt, soy sauce, brown sugar. Taste is white and balsamic vinegar mixed with brown sugar, followed by some smoke and citrus flavors that sit on the back of the tongue. Finish is more of the vinegar/brown sugar mix, along with some chocolate and malt. It coats the mouth with tartness, a feeling that alternates between weird and pleasant. This beer is sweet, sour, weird, and wonderful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Pours a hazy mahogany, garnet highlights when backlit, full beige head with good retention. Basic hocolate malt aroma with only the faintest edge of anything tart. Initial flavor has a slight tart edge, the sourness and the dark fruit part of roasted malt harmonize nicely here, give a good impression of sour cherries, turning towards dark chocolate on the mid-body and finish. As the beer warms, the sour elements become stronger relative to the chocolate ones. Not always sure that the sour and the bittersweet are working together. Light carbonation, medium body, superbly refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
12 oz bottle from the Hilltop Breweryís Giftshop (New Glarus, WI). Pours a pretty transparent brownish red, good bubbly carbonation, small offwhite head that laces good enough, stays at a small level. Aromas are coffee grinds, some roasty malt, some decent Balsamic vinegar notes, bit of pit fruits that turned tart, maybe some cherry and prune. Initial is fairly potent, tart and sour with vinegar notes, tart pit fruit, mixing with some lighter roasted malt notes, coffee, faint bittersweet chocolate. The body is lighter, the sourness lingering and a bit of vanilla slipping in further in. While I personally enjoy the sour and vinegar like qualities, this certainly was a surprise. Tartness and sourness coat the palate, aftertaste.. but some light roast fights it out and surprisingly strikes a very nice balance on finish and aftertaste. Good one.


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