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New Glarus Unplugged Old English Porter



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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SudsMcDuff (5826) - .....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.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14609) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
RBESG 2010, Grand Tasting, bottle
Dark amber color. Breadish and chocolatey aroma. Breadish caramel aroma, with light chocolate, vanilla, sourness. Nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
undsioux7 (798) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2011
Pours deep brown/black with a small off white head. Aroma is strong sour wine with some roasted malts. A nice oaky aroma is present also. Taste is pretty much the same. The mix of porter and sour didn’t really work for me. The oakyness was nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2011
bottles from the brewery. drink this soon, some bottles are starting to turn downhill a bit. so i just couldn’t imagine that a sour porter would be all that good. sounds like someone trying to be a bit too creative but i was dead wrong. beautiful beer, amber brown with a light brown head, very small bubbles about two fingers high. begins very smooth and then the flavors explode on the middle of your tongue- English malts are balanced by tart sourness that is quite present but not puckering, has a bit of a tobacco taste. tangy and acidic finish that lingers and continues to develop. awesome beer. some of them are tasting more like a tart brown than a sour porter, which is not a bad thing but doesn’t have the beauty and complexity of this beer at its prime. if you have some, DRINK IT.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
The beer pours a dark brown with little head. There is light tan carbonation, but fades quickly and has poor lacing. The aroma is super strong and very malty. I get a little vinegar, toffee, roasted coffee and a little bourbon. Very complex and balanced. The taste starts very sweet vanilla and toffee, then its very tart, and finishes a little bitter. The taste is crazy unique and complex, very surprising. Its very tart. The feel is very light and watery. Drinkability is strained by the uniquness, because its good but very strange. Think of this beer as a sour chocolate bar. Very interesting and 5.0 on the unique scale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9108) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle in Iowa City hotel room. Red-violet appearance with an off white head. Roasty brown malty, slightly nutty aroma with a little hazelnut. Tart, roasty, hazelnut, dark brown malty flavor. There’s a touch of smokiness in the flavor also. Roasty, nutty, and sour- what a weird combination of flavors! Interesting but quite strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Sampled at The Stable’s Beer Lover’s Anonymous. This was my favorite beer of the event. So very interesting. It looks nothing like a modern day porter and is clear medium brown. A funky blotchy head. Sour aroma is vinegar, in a porter?! It has chocolate stuff going on along side of sour vinegar funky stuff. Truly a throwback from a previous century.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Received in trade from Davolebomb, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a deep garnet color with great highlights when held to light, smallish off white head dissipate to eventually form a cap on top. First whiffs tell me this one is different, more of a historical brew and reading the label confirms this. Smells very vinous with hints of vinegar, sweet lightly fruity malt, very little roast or chocolate left in this one. At close to two years old this one is not very porter like anymore. Taste is like dark bread mixed with vinegar and hints of sherry. Light smoke in the finish, but very little porter left here. Creamy tart and sour in the mouthfeel, medium body and level of carbonation. Certainly different, hard to call this one a porter, hard to judge this one. I enjoyed this oud bruin, I guess I’ll rate it that way.

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