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Unplugged Smoke On The Porter - New Glarus Brewing Company

Unplugged Smoke On The PorterUnplugged Smoke On The Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

194 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%


Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: abents on 11-08-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 169 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by trevorwideman:
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Gotten in trade with demcorhip.

Pours nearly opaque with some cola highlights around the edges when held to the light. Not much in the way of head develops, but there's some nice lacing. Aroma is subtle and enjoyable. The smoke is there but it's not overwhelming, balancing well with a lively fruitiness and a light herbal hop character. Lots of nice roasted malt in there, and some chocolatey sweetness. The aroma also suggests a lactic acidity. Guess we'll see in a second.

Taste has exceptional balance. The smoke is not overwhelming, and there is a fair amount of cutting acidity balancing a hefty roasted malt and chocolate flavour. Dried fruit, specifically raisins and prunes, is in evidence. There's also a very mellow vanilla and molasses finish. Not really that dry, but it's a little sticky, the carbonation is spot on, never obnoxious. This is one I could stick with for the evening, and would pair well with so many meaty dishes.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 03:18:58 | More by trevorwideman
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-28-2014 22:37:42 | More by madtowndmb1
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:54:09 | More by woosterbill
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-21-2013 03:19:27 | More by kjkinsey
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Sparky44

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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cliff1066

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-23-2012 02:29:11 | More by cliff1066
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-17-2012 17:53:41 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 19:04:19 | More by Thorpe429
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.4%

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thain709

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 18:18:38 | More by thain709
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

04-07-2012 19:09:22 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank Mike.

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:57:32 | More by drabmuh
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:43:17 | More by yourefragile
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321jeff

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:40:08 | More by 321jeff
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nucmedmario

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Unplugged Smoke On The Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
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