Unplugged Old English Porter - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle was a booby prize during suitcasejons craft beer nerd blind tasting challenge. Not sure what this beer was intended to be like but right now it is, we'll lets say interesting. Lactic and sour with hints of a chocolate porter on the back end. Grape sour and lacto dominate things but it is drinkable, just unique. Super unique. Soft nail polish remover over cocoa powder. Drank from a new glarus tasting glass.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 22:04:23 | More by cosmicevan
4.36/5 rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The Unplugged series Old English Porter pours dark brown while ruby-red highlights mark the edges. A thin tan head caps the brew and provides a moderate level of lacing. Upon first sniff we were taken aback. Are English Porters supposed to be lactic smelling? Turns out this version from New Glarus was, and we couldn't be more excited. The lactic notes are joined with roasted malt as well as a touch of caramel, smoke, and balsamic vinegar. Truly, a wonderful bouquet! The first taste reveals a delightful tartness that hangs on the palate from sip to sip, start to finish. A treasure-trove of flavors swirl underneath the tartness. Toffee, chocolate, and lighter coffee flavors remind the drinker of roasted malt character while hints of vanilla, cherry, and dark fruits build a solid base underneath the sourness. Moderately carbonated, Old English Porter is medium bodied and slightly slick. Guess it is time we plan another road trip through western Wisconsin
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2013 23:38:52 | More by phishsihq
4.38/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottle acquired in a trade with the very gracious very generous Duff27. Label is fun, featuring a happy man holding up a stein. Old English Porter - Unplugged. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled-over standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Identified as a "brown porter" on the label, a style purportedly popular in 1870s London. Brewed with floor malted English malts including pale ale malt, Mariss Otter, and a touch of smoked malt. Aged on toasted oak. Soured. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery - which I adore.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Paired with salted hard pretzels.
A: Pours a half finger refined beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, decent froth, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Head is soft and appealing, leaving an even layer of thin frothy lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a vibrant understanted caramel amber-brown. No yeast particles are visible; it's nontransparent yet semitranslucent. No bubble show. Generally good, but it pushes the boundaries of the style - at least the English Porter style as I'm familiar with it. Though the style described on the label seems to be a different, more obscure one. In any case, it looks good and I want it in my mouth. Silky and luscious.
Sm: Boy oh boy. Lightly sour, evoking a berliner weisse. Gorgeous wild yeast and lovely acidity. Lacto bacteria, definitely. Beneath that layer is a curious mixture of biscuit malts, brown malts, and subtle oak wood. Certainly a unique aroma. Marvelous depth of flavour. Buried caramel. Incredibly good balance. I can't wait to try this. A mild strength aroma, but wow.
T: That's a tasty fucking beer. The perfect amount of sourness - light lacto, maybe a bit of other bacteria/wild yeast - is married to an ideal brown malt foundation with delightful creamy character and an ideal complementary floral hop character. I'm immediately confronted by its unmistakable mastery and balance. Whoever made this knows what the hell they're doing. Light stonefruit, maybe supple ripe sugarplum and cherry. A touch of cidery character; sour apple. Majestic subtle oak is present throughout, guiding the flavours. This is the most pleasantly sour - I mean mellow sourness, not confronting sourness - beer I've ever had. I'd bet anyone who claimed not to like sours would like this. Impeccable balance, good depth of flavour, and undeniable subtlety. This stuff is lovely. Some of the most well-integrated intentional oak character I've ever come across. Delightfully evocative.
Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet. Soft. Delicate. Refreshing. Crisp and smack-your-lips luscious. Feels custom-tailored specifically to the flavour profile. Acidic. This is fantastic. Carbonation could not be more perfect. Thickness is perfect. Palate presence is excellent. Wow. I don't know that it could be much better.
Dr: I could drink this all night. Each sip demands to be savored. The complexity and subtlety feels effortless. I'm in awe. This is a real treat. Incredible stuff. Redefines the way I see porters, even if this particular type of porter is obscure. A ridiculously good offering from New Glarus. They're rocketing to the top of my radar as one of the best breweries in this country.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2013 05:39:53 | More by kojevergas
3.58/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz into a pint. out of the cellar.
A - Pours a brown color, clear and filtered. Mocha head formation, breaks down to a film rather quickly.
S - Holy funkiness - sour, could be spoiled? I know thats the point of this beer, but at this age it is super acidic.
t -Starts off lightly sweet, with some cherries perhaps. Then it comes in big time like apple vinegar. Extremely tart and sour, biting to the tongue. Has a fruity backdrop, maintaining that tart sour flavors but it just never shakes that full on acidity. Finishes, well, acidic.
M - Light in carbonation, fuller in body - akin to cask aged but not that frothy when agitated.
O/D - A very unique beer. This beer doesn't deserve a style in modern times. I remember when I bought it several years back - and the sign then clearly had problems with people not understanding its aim for historic accuracy than modern day taste. Let's just say i"m glad I tried it, and won't be too worried about not having one again.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2013 02:15:56 | More by katan
Unplugged Old English Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
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