Unplugged Smoke On The Porter - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
A: Black body, brown highlights, one finger of fine light-brown head. Ok retention, very nice lace. Solid.
S: Moderate smoke (equal parts woody & meaty) is front and center, with chocolate and tobacco undertones. Really, really good.
T: Follows the nose, but with a bit more sweetness alongside the smoke and malt. Some dark fruit and coffee as well as dark chocolate. Smoky, bittersweet finish. Delightful.
M: Thick and creamy, with lots of soft carbonation. All right, but a bit much for the style.
O: I found a few of these sitting in a small liquor store in Rhinelander, and bought them all without realizing that this was old enough to retain the Unplugged (rather than Thumbprint) label, and such a relatively low-ABV for the series. Any fears I had upon realizing the extent of the shelf cellaring were quickly allayed as soon as I poured the first bottle, though, as this was one of the best smoked Porters I've ever had and didn't show a hint of being too old. Delicious stuff.
08-14-2013 02:54:09 | More by woosterbill
3.15/5 rDev -23.7%
Big thanks to CaptainCougar for this beer. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a good head. The nose has a moderate amount of smoke alongside some roast and a very light fruit component. Flavor is smokey and roasty. Nice and integrated. Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering smokiness. Not surprisingly, a German take on a beer that was done well by New Glarus.
12-15-2012 19:04:19 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Another New Glarus beer from Deuane's basement. Vintage unknown.
A - Poured a darker shade of brown that had some clarity and some ruby highlights...the head was off white in color and stood two fingers tall...it quickly receded to a thin cap, then formed a tight ring...some lacing was left
S - The smoke has not gone away...reminds me a lot of bacon and smoked meat...reminiscent of a campfire as well...there is a roasted quality and also a little sweetness
T - There are smokey, roasty, and sweet flavors all around...the smoke goes a long way, but never overpowers...it brings a good meatiness to the beer...the roasted flavors add depth also...milk chocolate comes from the malts and it adds some sweetness to the beer...if you search hard enough, a trace of vanilla can be picked up...the finish is smokey with a hint of roasted bitterness
M - Medium bodied...not a lot of carbonation, but it makes for a smooth mouthfeel...some smoke and roastiness
O - This is one of the better Smoked Porters I've had...even with the age, the smoke flavor and presence has held up well...I would have two, but I think three would be pushing it
05-12-2012 18:18:38 | More by thain709
3.53/5 rDev -14.5%
Beer is relatively dark, a little hazy / brown at the corners of the snifter, decent head but ow retention, some lacing, low carbonation.
Aroma is smoke, roast, a little oak, perhaps some anise.
Beer is medium to light in body, quite smoky, interesting but not great. Other flavors, oak, malt, sweetness, a mildly dry finish, not a repeat for me.
01-27-2012 01:57:32 | More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
12 oz bottle.
Dark, clear cola brown with a thin cream head. Sweet and smokey aroma, caramel and chocolate. Tastes like a nice cocoa porter, sweet caramel malt with a subtle meaty, smoke finish. Medium thick, syrupy body, with very light carbonation. Very enjoyable still.
01-14-2012 01:43:17 | More by yourefragile
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Thanks to Michael for breakingout this old rarity.
Pours a deep brown with ruby edges and just a few bubbles where the head should be.
The aroma is really nice, the smoke isn't overpowering but still manages to remind me of a good bacon.
The taste has faded a bit but there is still a nice sweetness up front but there is a hint of oxidation in the finish, which doesn't ruin the beer by any means but its starting to show its age.
Mouthfeel is a little thin and there isn't a whole lot of carbonation to speak of. Very nice for a four year old smoked porter.
01-14-2012 01:40:08 | More by 321jeff
Unplugged Smoke On The Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.