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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Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2009
12 oz bottle
Again thanks to noncaloric for zipping a few bottles of this my way. I was interested as soon as I read the description and the result was no letdown. Much more sour than your typical porter this is a beer that makes a statement from start to finish.

Aroma / Appearance - The flat reddish brown body created a nice head but not so much carbonation as to be distracting. Coffee, caramel, and wood come out of the strongly tart blend.

Flavor / Palate - Tasting like a blend of Enigma and porter it packs a nice whallop that shocks the senses without being overwhelming. Almost like caramel popcorn that has been soaked in a bath of Dr Pepper the sweetness and tartness make it different than modern porters. I can’t wait to open another bottle.

pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2009
12oz bottle picked up directly from the brewery.... dark caramel and cherry brown pour, some fizziness, with a thin soapy white head..... aroma of chocolate/cocoa, a bit of roast, and finishes of on a tart sour cherry note.... tartness was a little more upfront than i was anticipating but i think i kind of dig it. sharp sour cherry acidity greets the mouth and more of the typical porter qualities surface shortly there afterwards. reminds me of a lighter madrugada obscura with more of the emphasis on the sour....anyone else get that?

Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Pours a brownish-amber color with a thin creamy off-white head which lingers for a while and leaves some streaks of lacing. Aroma is honey mustard, liquid smoke, and some sour lactic acid. Taste is very different. It is very sour up front, then moves on to some smokey, chocolate, and cardboard taste, which finishes clean and very dry. I’m sure it captures the old style well, but it is something to get used to. Not sure how I feel about it. If it didn’t finish so dry, it may have been more up my alley. Thanks for sharing, bro!

Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Pours a rich brown color with medium light tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is of smoke, sweet coarse grain mustard, light chocolate, some nuttiness and some sourness. Taste is light chocolate, intense acidness, .... Finish is intense sourness and it dominates everything. I’m sure this is a good interpretation of an older style porter. And I’m sure Dan hit his mark, but for me, well, it just isn’t something I’d ever want to drink or buy again. Sorry.

coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with slightly ruby tint and light tan head. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, roast malt, leather, funk, and a little chocolate. Kinda made me nervous to taste this one. But luckily I did. Flavor is very acidic up front with nice sweet and malty character. Citrusy notes mixed with oak and chocolate. It’s such an odd combination of flavors, yet somehow works so well together. After the first drink, I wasn’t sure. After the second, I thought, "This isn’t too bad.". After the next few, I was sold. Another great creation from NG.

Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2009
On draught during Great Taste of Midwest 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a dark reddish brown colored brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates to an off-white head with some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate malt, a hint of honey, roasted nuts, smoked oak, and a hint of toffee. Taste is medium bodied, semi-tart with flavors of roasted and smoked dark malt, chocolate, tart berries and a hint of Merlot. Finish has a quick sharp bitterness and than a lingering tart berry aftertaste. A first sour porter I’ve tried. It’ll make the sour heads happy.

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange-amber color. The head was light tan. Smelled of dark caramel with light notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Light to medium bodied with mild to moderate acidity that was opposed by some delicate sweetness. Tasted of tart cherry, toffee, and a bit of chocolate. There was also a hint of red wine. Interesting beer.

GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Light caramel pour with a light tan head. Roasted malt with a sweet aroma. Taste was unique since the style is different to what I am used to in a porter. Sweet, some sourness, a balanced beer.

Suttree (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2009
This is a good example of why it issometimes good to read the description before you drink a beer. In my mind, "English Porter" means black, with coffee and chocolate, blah blah blah. Luckily, I wa s prepared in advance for this - Not really black, more of a reddish borwn, and smells like Chocolate, red wine, roses, and oak - odd mix of aromas. Flavor is a very nice mix of sour and sweet, with some earthy chocolate and even a little coffe, mixed with some citrus. Thin palate, very easy to drink, quenching and delicious. Thanks to lithy for the trade!

sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 [On-tap at GTMW ’09] Pours reddish-brown with a good beige head. Aroma is bizarre. Honey mustard, roasted malt, honey roasted peanuts, and some smoke. Taste is very sour up front, then chocolate and honey roasted nuts again. Medium mouthfeel, long finish. At first I was a little shocked by this. Then after the surprise wore off, I wasn’t sure if I really cared for it. It didn’t take long before I really warmed up to it, and now when I look back on it, I actually find myself craving it. Sign of a good beer, and incredibly unique as well. New Glarus with another winner.

I’m craving this beer again. So unique, and tastes awesome. I’m bumping it 0.2 points.

A year and a half later and I still crave this every time I think of it. If Dan Carey doesn’t brew this again I may have to take up homebrewing to try and make it myself. Bumping it up another 0.1.

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