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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 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.

DavidP's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Bottle. Subdued carbonation produces a small light tan head. Aroma is of wet wood and stewed sour cherries. Reminds me a lot of Gale’s Old Ale. The flavor is more tart than I expected, having the same profile as their Enigma. Otherwise there’s the same soggy wood element alongside a darker wheat bread malt. Finishes with tart cherry and bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear brown with small beige head. The aroma is cherry skin and smoke. thin mouth with nice sourness, light smoke, nice wine like dryness, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOne (254) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2014
It must be said- this is not a typical Porter, and in some ways, it should not even be compared to other Porters. It has unique context and intent. Pours a dense, reddish chestnut brown with a tan head. Aroma is quite unique - definitively toast, more then any other I?ve tasted, by long way. Flavor is notably into the sour range, perhaps dried sour cherry with a faint malt backdrop.Medium body. It?s interesting because the sour/tart range substitutes for hops. There is residual sugar in the palate though it never comes off as sweet. My favorite part is the nose full of toast you get every time you lift the glass. Unique creation. For the record, this bottle is at least year old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiiruBierBeer (389) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Smells heavily of toast and a bit of malt. Taste is nice and malty with a hint of sourness that adds a pleasant note to the beer. Low to medium carbonation and medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"i knew this would be unique, and it sure was. notes of a traditional side, but muted, mixed with oak, vanilla, roasted malt. a weird mix for sure, and like has already been said, not a beer i’d return to much, but maybe the most unique beer i;ve ever had."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (941) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
I brought this one to the Ffej of July Party. I got this in a trade awhile ago but I am just now getting around to drinking it.

A - Pours clear light brown with a nice one finger tall off-white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of toasted caramel malt, toffee, coffee, and some light chocolate sweetness help to break up the strong sourness. Along with the vinegary sourness you get hints of cherries and dark fruits.

T - Starts off with a bright acidic sour kick up front slowly giving way to a mix of lightly toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, and cherries. Little to no alcohol can be detected. The finish has quite a bit of sourness, lingering through the finish.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart, watery, feel lingering for some time.

O - I actually really liked this one. It was the last beer I had at the party and I think it was the perfect beer to finish with. It is complex, yet classic. The sourness is strong but not to the point of being overpowering. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshmcg000 (357) - Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2014
This one was held back a few years by my friend. I had it when it was first available and I remember loving it. Aroma is smoky with some nice oak with alot of roast to it. Pretty crazy concoction and I love it. Smoky dark roasty malts and its very sour and crisp on the front end. It tapers off to a very light oaky finish with a little roast malt. Love it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcnielsen (2398) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle in Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours an murky brown color with white head. Sweet, roasty, tangy aromas. Malty, tangy, chocolate flavors. Hmm, this might be a little old. Not my favorite New Glarus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4389) - Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Rated on 9-25-2009 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. When poured, this beer forms a small tan head that mostly diminished, transparent brown body, and a fair amount of lacing. The Aroma consist of malt, smoke and sour. The Taste is sour, malt, and smoky. The Palate is smooth and this beer is light bodied. This beer is easy to drink, but I did not care for the sourness given this beer’s style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2013
From bottle, probably 4+ years old. Nose is tart and mild funk, with a distinct metallic note at first which died out. Oaky with cherry aroma, like a chocolatey Flemish brown ale. Medium-dark brown clear with thin light tan lacing head. Medium watery body with medium to soft carbonation. Starts with soft acidic tang, much like Flemish brown sour, acetic with chocolate malty notes. Caramel and biscuit, too. No hop bitterness. Finish is chocolate with oak and wine-like tartness and fruity acidity. Smooth Tootsie Roll after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2882) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff! Middle brown with some tan and light ruby tints; the gray and beige head is slow to rise, loose, and fades to a wimpy film quickly. Aroma is vinous, wine and grape like sourness with light acidity, cherry skins, mild peaty smoke, a touch of unsweetened cocoa. Tingles the saliva glands, back end. Taste is half porter half Oud bruin, almost. Mild cocoa and smoked and roasty malt, quickly overtaken by a strong cherry skin, vinous oaky, red grape, and acidic tartness. Strange beer, but I kind of like it... Like a mildly smokey Oud bruin or Flemish red. Dry oaky and scraping finish. Cherries, grapes, faint peat, oak.... Wow, so strange & different, but very tasty!

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