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New Glarus Unplugged Smoke on the Porter



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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Smoke on the Porter began with our neighbors at Hoeslyís Meats. Their smoke house aromas waft through our door creating a special kind of decadence that must be shared. Wisconsin barleys were generously cold smoked with apple wood by the Hoesly family. Brewmaster Dan then harnesses dark malts smoked in Bamberg to create a team that steps out as a creamy smooth black brew that will forever linger in your mind as Smoke on the Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewHaMeister (429) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle poured dark cola brown with a tan head and dissipating lacing. Aromas of chocolate, smoked malt, vanilla, and lactose. Flavor is mild dark chocolate bitter with a slightly sweet creamy finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle. Smoked meat, chocolate malt, and hay aroma. Black with large tan head. Mildly sweet coffee/chocolate, smoked ham, and mildly bitter wood/herbal hay flavor. Nice body and balance. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattChiasson (51) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2016
Out of the bottle, poured dark black with a large tan head. I got notes of bonfire smoke, smoked bacon, dark chocolate, espresso. Repeats of these roasted malt notes on the palate, along with black liquorice, black tea and tobacco/cigar. Lingering malt bitterness/ashiness on the palate. Did not perceive hops or esters. Overall a pleasant smoked porter with a long finish that would do well with salty cheese, or charred/smoked proteins (perhaps a chargrilled burger topped with bacon and aged cheddar!).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2016
From Bushel and Peck. Wonderful stuff, both robust and restorative. Some smoke but not like drinking a campfire. Smooth and slick mouth feel. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomashall (707) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2016
12oz bottle shared. Dark black pour. Aroma is nice smoke, some bandaid. Taste is money, beef jerky. This is pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! Rich dense dark pour with a soapy head. Some band aid on aroma - too bad. Taste doesnít suffer - mild beer jerkey. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2016
12 oz 2016 thumbprint. Black thin khaki head. Aroma is smoke. Flavor is smoked malt. Slight chocolate. Band aid flavor on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4830) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Badger Spirits in Janesville, WI (July 2016), served at cellar temperature in a New Glarus Glass. Not-quite-opaque black body topped by a very creamy taupe head, slowly diminishing...light to moderate smokiness in the nose, mostly typical porter dark roasted malts; I know porters are pretty popular to hit with the smoker, but this is not the first time Iíve thought that the Germans have had it right all along - smoking lagers gives you a stronger smoky intensity just about every time; if youíre using smoked malt in something that already has a lot of roastiness and sometimes comes off as smoky, whatís the point? anyway itís a nice nose, but itís got nothing on Schlenkerla thatís for sure...on the tongue, itís a bit more distinctive I think, with a lovely velvety semi-sweet initial flavor, lots of sweet caramelized malts here, giving way slowly but implacably to an almost overwhelming finishing bitterness and burnt character that verges on harshness...the full body and soft mouthfeel and low-to-moderate carbonation are well-judged, and this ends up a pretty impressive experience after all, even if itís not going to displace any of my favorite smoked lagers anytime soon...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6090) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle: Black with a small, dark tan head. Smoke, chocolate, tobacco scent. Sweet, smoky chocolate malt, roast...the applewood comes through nicely.... A little sweet and on the light side, but still, a pretty stellar smoked offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3759) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue, a modest layer of tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was roasted, mocha notes, smoke & char, with a hint that may have been meaty, but came off to me as fabric Band-Aid. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, the taste was as the aroma, less the tape, but not the presentable smoke & char. Mellow roasted & earthy bitterness, without a typical tannic astringency. A decent Smoked brew.

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