New Glarus Unplugged Old English Porter

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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

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radarsock (1223) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 Unexpected extra graciously shipped by Stfun -- many thanks! To stemmed wine glass it pours a bleary chestnut hazy purplish auburn brown with a trim, sudsy off-white head. Aromas of fussels, and paint thinner, not much else. Maybe some chalk, too? This tastes tarted, slightly fruity, and sour. Picking up some charcoal, white wine lees, oakiness, soggy Camel ash, pickled sweet potatoes, and vinegar. I would recommend this beer, but it smells atrocious. Otherwise a decent sipper. Tastes a lot better.

jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Brown with an average off-white head. Aroma is rye, light vinegar, and roasted malts. Taste is cardboard, roasted malts, and caramel.

tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is ruby with an off-white head, excellent retention/lace. Aroma is tart, cherry, vinegar, light roast. Taste is quite sour, chocolate, cherry, vinegar. Palate is tart, slick, sour finish.

TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottles. I totally understood what they were going for with this brew and I think they nailed it, but it still isn’t really my thing. Very nice and well done for the style. I think I’m just a new world porter guy.

Travlr (26065) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle. Hazy brown color, tan head. Aroma of sour coffee. Taste is sour coffe grounds, cocoa, vinegar finish. Odd.

tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Sampled at WTWBA 2012, Brooklyn. One of the coolest beers I tried here, and a great recreation of a beer from history. The aroma is honey, molasses, sour, unmistakable brett. The appearance is a translucent light brown, light for the style really, light tan head. The finish is sour milk, fruit, coffee. The finish is sour, acidic, coffee. Quite good, and very interesting.

sethbreaker (180) - New York, Greater London, USA - MAY 8, 2012
From the bottle. Classic English malt aroma, solid malt body, tastes like a really good porter with some added sourness. Very interesting and somewhat complex.

Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Originally reviewed: 3/19/12. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky dark brown, with slight amber tints on the edges. Minor globs of lace stick to the glass. The aroma is musty and slightly sour. This smells like their Enigma, with faint old mushy fruits and oak. Glad I read the label before partaking in this, as I would have been thrown with this aroma. The mouthfeel is moderately heavy with ample carbonation. Light funky flavor right away - old apples, raspberries, mild acidity. The first half of this beer finishes mildly tart as well. It’s interesting though, because the more I sip, the more pronounced the "actual" Porter flavors pull through. My final few sips were more roasted in character carrying a semi-sweet toffee flavor. This was a very unique and special brew. One of the more complex beers I have had in quite awhile.

crosamich (474) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Raisins, raisins, raisins! This beer is definitely brewed in the tradition of the style as originally intended but veers strongely towards old ale/oxidized flavors with some sourness/malty notes on the backend. This was overpowering for all friends that I shared this with. Not entirely drinkable because of the lingering raisin note. Not a bad beer for this style but different than what most BA’s would consider a porter.

brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 29, 2012
Multiple bottles, I think all of them from my good friend Matt. Thanks! Deep rusty red-brown pour, with a thin creamy tan head. Graham cracker, strawberry, balsamic, and cocoa in the nose. Flavor is lightly tart, lightly sweet, and adds a wonderful earthy forest floor character to go with the soft acidity. Body is medium and creamy with lively carb. The beer finishes smoothly and leaves you with lingering notes of dark fruit, treacle, and soft aromatic wood. So very drinkable. Mercurial, odd, complex, and cohesive. It is a perfect example of why I find ’traditional’, old-world brewing methods/styles so exciting and endearing.

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