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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 porter’s heyday lasted from about 1700 to the pale ale revolution of the mid 1800’s. 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 1870’s 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3010) - 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 (7136) - 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 didn’t 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 (4400) - 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, isn’t it" quality that something like Dutchess de Bourgone or Rodenbach has. I would love if people made this kind of ’original’ porter more often. Stunning.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (2733) - 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 (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
12 oz bottle from the Hilltop Brewery’s 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
12oz bottle. pours ruby with an off white head. the aroma has notes of balsamic vinegar and over ripe dark fruits. its tart with cherry and prune notes. actually tastes similar to a sour brown.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Dark brown color with faint head. Sourness dominates mild chocolate malt aromas. Like the aroma, the flavor is typical of porters but with a dominant sourness but with a faint woodiness not in the aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3374) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Dark brown chestnut pour with thin, whispy spots off white head. A little whiff of sourness comes out as I open the bottle. Lightly sour aroma, mostly vinegar and chocolate. Some sweat and earthiness. Flavor is lightly tart and chocolatey with a hint of smokiness. Some nice toasty oak. Mouthfeel is slick and nice, Finishes tart and chocolatey. Really awesome, might be one of my favorite of the Unplugged series.


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