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 porters heyday lasted from about 1700 to the pale ale revolution of the mid 1800s. 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 1870s 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1748) - 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 Gales Old Ale. The flavor is more tart than I expected, having the same profile as their Enigma. Otherwise theres the same soggy wood element alongside a darker wheat bread malt. Finishes with tart cherry and bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2017
So, was enjoying a cellared bottle when I decided to check ratebeer - and I should do this more often as I probably rate about 1 out of 10 beers on average, and they slip through the cracks. Anyway, I remember this one throwing me for a loop the first time I had it, as I had no expectation of the sour nature. Anyway, minimal carbonation upon opening - lets see how that works out. Aroma is quirky - funky, lightly fruited, wood - good, but odd. Flavor is quite funky/sour, but the background maltiness and hints of smoke really give this one a unique character. Ends both sweet and sour. Light body (yep, porter at play here) - not lively, but will give benefit of the doubt as this is no spring chicken. Good offering - and again, a unique one...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle..Pour is brown with tan head..Nose is musty, spice, caramel, roast, dry oak..Taste is spice, roast, caramel, oak, dry..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2015
12oz bottle, thanks to shigadeyo for sharing. 2009 bottle, he says. Clear red brown color. Thin ring of off-white ring of bubbly head. Some bigger BO type funk in the nose, vinegar, touch of dark fruit. As the liquid hits my lips, its immediately apparent that the taste is just awful. Get a little bit of nail polish remover, some cheese. A rough texture, lighter carbonation. Mild slick. I can only really take bigger sips of this, but slight bigger body, I think. Interesting to try, but Im glad I only have about 3 oz of this. Seeing a touch of the coffee in the aroma (particularly aftertaste). Touch of cheese. Gets a touch better as I go, as my palate adjusts to the initial shock. Taste is moderate-plus sweet, very little bitter, and a weird funky moderate-plus sourness that I dont love. I am kind of curious to try this fresher, but both Craig and Peter say that this tastes pretty much the same as they remember.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (6137) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle shared at Max and Andys Tasting, 2/28/15 (2010? Bottle)
Murky brown color, with a small head. Seems like it may have turned and/or gotten infected, but it actually wasnt terrible. Had a very sour flavor, not as sour in the aroma, which was pretty decent. Could have easily been worse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (4659) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Nose is moderately acetic, vinegar, vinaigrette, balsamic. Dark brown with little head. Taste is like 50% sour, 50% Porter and works really well initially. A light fudge character, some slickness on the tongue. Slightly oxidized and seems like this might be on the edge of going south. Nice tho.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (8049) - New York, New York, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle at Pauls tasting. Disclaimer: this seems to have been infected or just way too old. Pours a deep murky brown body with no head, light rings of lace. Aroma is pure vinegar, acidic phenols, cherries and balsamic vinegar. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with lots of tart vinegar up front; additional notes of sour cherries, prune, oxidation, oak and balsamic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (13660) - 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 (353) - 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 (1026) - 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 (11461) - 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 id return to much, but maybe the most unique beer i;ve ever had."

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