Unplugged Old English Porter - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Josievan:
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: A dark amber color, very light for a porter, but this is no ordinary porter!
Smell: Malty and slightly salty.
Taste: Not as malt-heavy as porters generally are. A distinct salt and vinegar sourness. Not a funky and puckering sour, just a lot of vinegar. This justn't make it sound too palatable, but it is. Oddly refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a minor bite from the salt/vinegar component.
Drinkability: From the taste, one would guess this might be difficult to get down very quickly, but I can see having a couple.
Notes: This is truly a unique beer. It's interesting to think this is similar to how a porter would have originally tasted in the 1800s. It's like drinking a piece of history. This tasted a lot like salt and vinegar chips, which I don't care for, but I did enjoy this. I wouldn't drink it all the time, but would definitely recommend trying this one of a kind brew.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2010 23:24:27 | More by Josievan
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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.
04.30.14: Truncated notes from a 2nd tasting. Thanks to Duff27 (yet again) for this 2nd bottle; I never thought I'd get to have this treat again, and it's a special occasion.
Served at fridge temp into a wine glass.
Head recedes inside 3 minutes.
Body is a dark brown with amber hues.
Sm: Prominent white oak with notes of vanilla. Some smoked character. Marshmallow. English pale malt. A pleasant subtle kiss of oxidation sets it off nicely. Sourness is quite subtle - about on-par with a berliner weisse or even a gose. Definitely a unique aroma.
T/Mf: Has a delightful subtle sourness, but is far from pucker-worthy. Gets more acidic as you approach the finish. White oak, English malts, marshmallow, a hint of mellow vanilla, subtle oxidation. This is just one of the finest subtly-soured beers out there. Loads of nuance and intricacy. It's refreshing too. The finish is amazing. More and more complexity emerges as it comes to temperature. Depth of flavour is incredible. What really does it for me is the perfect balance and gestalt build; you couldn't change this in any way without compromising the whole; it's very carefully done.
I could drink this all night - and I should be so lucky. One of New Glarus' finest offerings, and that's saying a lot. I've never had a beer like it. I'd love to see this style attempted by other breweries, but part of me doubts anyone else could really do it justice. This is just best in its class. I'd buy a case at $10 per 12 fl oz bottle.
Will age well for 3 more years.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2013 05:39:53 | More by kojevergas
Unplugged Old English Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
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