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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 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Courtesy of GT. Very dark brown pour with a thick, creamy beige head. The nose is pretty crazy- sour dark fruits, vibrant juicy grapes, wet wood, and a slight hint of butter. The flavor holds more vinous chocolate notes, with lots of vanilla wood, and toffee/ popcorn butter. Medium body with low carbonation, finishing slippery and sour. Really interesting and unique, but not quite up my alley.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4794) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2011
12 ounce thanks to mattyb83. Slightly light body. Taste is sour stout, but without the stout. Some chocolate and a lot of raspberry vinegar. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoePeesie (917) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Pours a nice pure brown. Nose and taste is of smoke, wood, and light malts. Not what Iwould normal expect to see in a parter, but upon reading the side of the bottle, this beer was intended to harken back to old county brewing style. I’m a fan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2011
(12oz bottle courtesy of Nuplastikk!). Pours a clear reddish brown color with thina tan head. Carbonation bubbles are small but active. Aroma is sour and winelike. There are also notes of chocolate, cocoa and dark fruit. Taste is sweet and sour-sweet chocolate and a sour fruit-almost like a truffle. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Tart finish. I’m pretty impressed with this-haven’t had anything like it before, including some of the newer sour stouts. It definitely has red wine/vinegar characteristics and some (raspberry?) truffle tastes going on.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6234) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2011
bottled, thanks to SS, medium brown to amber color with no foam, aroma is typical English malt, caramel and metallic notes, flavor is sour , tootsie roll,. peat, finish is woody sour

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Pours a nice proper color for style and on the clear side for a porter. Not much on the nose maybe even a little sour to acidic nose. A little sour over the palate but finishes nice with a tobacco slight cherry almost cigar like leathery flavor. Slight sourness but overall a very drinkable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Barrythebear for this bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a bit of an off white head. The nose immediately shows something different. I have to ask myself whether this is infected or whether the sourness was intended. After looking over BA and NG’s website, I can see it’s the latter. Really turned out well. Some roasted malt and chocolate plus some finely-tuned espresso and a bit of cherry. Bitter, slightly tart coffee and cherry notes come through in the taste as well. Good feel with the slight sourness. Great idea and well executed. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-29-2010

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SudsMcDuff (6837) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 rerate
was able to sample another bottle: the exact same- putrid stuff .. the worst new glarus, maybe even worse than the alt .. if you are saving this, drink it now or play a mean joke on someone .. .
thanks to John for this, so this review pains me .. . Pours a murky dark tan, low foam .. . smell is of light tart cherry, wet socks, and stinky mud .. . thin, muddled and not at all enjoyable .. . i read other recent reviews about how this is starting to fade- this is long gone .. .
What’s limpid? As in, he gazed into her limpid eyes. L-I-M-P-I-D?

Most certainly a disease of the retina.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2011
12oz bottle. Dark brown pour, little transparency and very little head. Aroma was a tad sour with hints of chocolate. Flavor held slight fruity qualities, mostly sourness prevailed. I don’t know if it was a bad batch or not, but I was a little confused by this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle:   Deep caramel, ruby hued, moderate head, foamy, light beige, spotty lacing.   Not that dark for a Porter.   Perhaps because this is an "English Porter"?   Sweet vinegar/wine like aroma, muted roasted malts behind that.   Interesting.   Very wine like up front, slight vinegar, a little sweet and fruity, definite woodiness.   Whats odd is the Porter, as I am so used to, is very subtle.   I am actually liking this more than you average Porter.   Tart, slightly fruity, a little vinegar or wine like sourness, with very subtle smoked/roasted malts on the backside.   Very smooth, body and mouthfeel being fairly moderate.   Yeah, I was thinking I would skip this beer tonight, but glad I did not!



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