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Unplugged Old English Porter - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Old English PorterUnplugged Old English Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

282 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 19.3%
Wants: 39
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-10-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with mushroom cloud, that leaves a faric of white thick lace. Bold malty, and sour aroma. The mouthfeel is creamy. Taste is sourish, very different porter.Good sourness, almost like you take a red flemish.A little smoke in the aftertaste alone.

Had one month later with Mike Hancock. SOur elements ther, above average.

Sammy, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -19.6%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a clear dark amber color with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted malt, peanut butter, wood, and a bit of sour funky aromas. Taste is of roasted malts, peanut butter, and slight wood/earth. There is a sour kick to this beer that I love. The beer has a good level of carbonation that makes for a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a tasty recreation of an 1870s porter. The sourness in this beer is definitely not found in today's porters. It's interesting to see how beer has evolved over time if this is an example of how beer used to be.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

djrn2, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Barrythebear for this bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with a bit of an off white head. The nose immediately shows something different. I have to ask myself whether this is infected or whether the sourness was intended. After looking over BA and NG's website, I can see it's the latter. Really turned out well. Some roasted malt and chocolate plus some finely-tuned espresso and a bit of cherry. Bitter, slightly tart coffee and cherry notes come through in the taste as well. Good feel with the slight sourness. Great idea and well executed.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

zestar, May 05, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.2%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear chestnut color with a two finger head that leaves shards of lacing

Smell: Toasted brown bread with a hint of smoke and a growing balsamic vinegar aspect

Taste: It doesn't take long for the sour balsamic vinegar flavors to make their presence known - a hint of chocolate and brown bread and off we go in the sour direction, with a tart cherry element appearing as well by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tartness fades a little bit, with the chocolate and smoke elements increasing as a counterpoint, though the finish is still a bit puckery

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a puckery character

Drinkability: I have tasted this a few times and always enjoyed it but never got around to reviewing it until now; just love the creativity of this brew, even if it is a harkening back to a style that was brewed in the 1800s

brentk56, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tree bark brown with dark pumpkin peel highlights and several fingers of sandalwood colored cream. The foam has a great deal of character as it melts and is beginning to grace the glass with all sorts of interesting lace patterns.

After reading about the beer's origins on the New Glarus website, it smells like Mr. Carey hit his target in the bull's eye. And that target was 'what porters tasted like in the 1870s'. Toasted, nutty, and overripe apple fruity are uppermost, with a malt vinegar undertow that should be interesting on the palate.

Unplugged Old English Porter won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's damn good beer if you understand and appreciate the historical roots of the style. It also helps if you like sour ales and if you have an adventurous streak when it comes to beer.

More than one year in the bottle was a concern going in, especially at 5.5%, but acidity has allowed this brew to age gracefully. In fact, one of its strong suits is that it doesn't taste aged at all. Chances are, any bottles you're sitting on should be good for quite some time.

Similarities to a Flanders oud bruin are obvious. And yet, OEP pulls off the 'sour English Porter' thing with ease. The flavor is akin to brown bread soaked in apple cider vinegar and red wine, then coated with a thick layer of sour cherry preserves. Hints of oak are appreciated. Too bad the small percentage of smoked malt doesn't make more of an impact.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be for the ABV. It's big enough to be pleasurable and the bubbles are well-buried, yet still noticeable. This is good, solid beer all the way around and right through the middle.

Unplugged Old English Porter is not a beer that would sell well if released on a regular basis, since most beer drinkers would be put off by the sourness and acidity. On the other hand, beer geeks with an appreciation for history will find a hell of a lot to like. Thanks Eric.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 03, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light clear black color porter with a medium foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes and roasted malt is quite unique but very interesting. Taste is dominated by tart and sour notes with lingering notes of roasted malt. Very unique with loads of sour notes with are-off-setted by some roasted malt. Body is quite light with good carbonation. Not sure I would want to drink this on a regular basis but very glad I tried this one.

Phyl21ca, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the massive project of reorganizing all of the beer in the house, I found this gem last night and realized I had never tried it. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/05/2010.

The pour was nice, nicer then i thought it would be honestly with a nice drk brown color, little light shining through reveals some light red highlights. A big head of light tan comes up now, maybe three fingers in height before settling and leaves a ton, literally a ton of lacing down the sides of the glass, really well recieved I have to admit. Aroma is sour, vinegar and caramel mixing, an odd aroma, but pleasant. As it warms the sourness backs off a touch and is replaced more with a subtle, but noticeable roasted malt presence. Rich, creamy feel to it, agan fuller then I thought it would be for some reason as the vinegar and sour flavor melds with brown sugar, hints of woody and grassy notes and a nice, even profile, nothing ever really getting overwhelming.

All and all, this one really sat well with me. I could see how someone could be taken aback by the sourness but it was the intention and taken with that perspective I really think it works quite well. A very nicely done beer I have to admit.

mikesgroove, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fluffy tan head.

S: The nose on this is sort of all over the place here. There's plenty of acetic acid notes along with roasted malt and a strange (but quite noticeable) diacetyl aroma as well.

T: The roasted malt and the sourness (a bit of vinegar) make this beer very similar to an oud bruin, but then the butter again makes an appearance and sort of ruins that.

M: The body is medium with a pleasantly tingly carbonation.

D: This beer seemed to have a good thing going at points, but this was diminished by the off-flavors (diacetyl).

womencantsail, Feb 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Big thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beers BIF. Here goes: It pours a clear garnet (brown without light) topped by a nice finger o' bright foam. Whoa! The nose holds a good amount of sour, possibly brett. Behind that, a mixture of caramel and blackly toasted biscuit. Something akin to smoked ham lingers in the back. I did not see this coming. The sour fun continues on the tongue, a bit fruitier than before: sour grapes, sour oranges, sour green apples, sour berries. Mix 'em all up, like the initial bite after downing half a roll of ShockTarts. Some mild toffee rests peacefully in the back, but doesn't do much else. Face it, it's sour town. The body is kind of a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. When I pulled the concealing wrapping away and discovered this was a porter, I was floored. I'd never heard of a sour porter before, but it was pretty tasty, definitely new. This is the kind of beer a blind tasting was designed for.

TMoney2591, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from the brewery, this is the latest release in the ever-reliable Unplugged series.

It pours into a Duvel tulip a high clarity reddish brown. There was a small head of creamy, light tan foam that sparkled on the sides when in the light. Spindly lace was left as it was sipped. Woody aroma with malt sweetness and a hint at coffee. Taste has a tart cranberry apple acidity, like a sparkling red wine, which makes an interesting twist on this historical style. Something in the mouthfeel, and buttery oak in the background reminds me of Enigma, which enhances it. Roasty and alternately fruity. Toasty, woody oak that lingers for a long time. The combination is pleasant and certainly creative. Definitely buy it when you see it!

emerge077, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another New Glarus unplugged beer shared by bring. Thanks a bunch, Barry. Beautiful clear garnet-brown with a dense off white head that leaves scattered lacing on the glass. Smells of bread toasting in the toaster, almost burnt, with a roasty undertone and a big malt vinegar character. Incredibly toasty on the palate with light caramel sweetness. Grainy with malt vinegar and tart cherries. Hints at oak in the finish with light tannins, but surprisingly clean with a mild toasty and acetic finish. I quite like this, though I can see why reviews are mixed, as the malt vinegar character is prominent. Thanks, Barry.

largadeer, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hereby delete my previous review and will offer a beermail received from Dan Carey himself. I suppose I was uninformed and/or too lazy to research the intentions of the brewing of this beer and had originally stated and wondered if the beer was infected or not due to the slightly sour edge. I feel as though this is my answer. I did like the beer and can suggest trying it, though keep in mind this is a rather unique porter.

Dear Sir,
This beer is not spoiled! It 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 porter's heyday lasted from about 1700 to the pale ale revolution of the mid 1800's. 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 1870's 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.
Cheers,
Dan Carey

P.S. New Glarus kicks ass, as does its beautiful new location. A must stop for anyone within a 500 mile radius (and beyond).

RblWthACoz, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Schmittymack, cheers Dan!

Pours an effervescent orange tinged chestnut with 3+ fingers of khaki colored head. Good lacing & minimal head retention

S: A bit of roasty malt, coffee & oakyness

T: Bready, leafy hops & a touch sourness & apples up front, plus a touch of chardonnay. fruiityness battles with sour & just bit of smokeyness as this warms along with tart cherries & a whisper of vanilla. Finishes dry, tart with much cherry, leather & oak

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation. a touch slick

Drinks pretty good, would've rated this higher as a Belgian styled porter, if you like em tart or sour, this is your huckleberry

russpowell, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from younger35 I believe. Served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of nearly tan/off-white foam that dissipates to a ring and some light haze. Transparent mahogany body with a few tiny stray bubbles. Great color, meh head volume and retention.

S - It's a interesting combination of roasted coffee and chocolate, cherries and raspberries, a touch of funkiness, and light tartness and sour vinegar. Some nice caramel maltiness as well. It's pretty explosive.

T - The taste is quite different, with much more in the way of cranberry, apple cider vinegar, and sour cherries. There's some roastiness in the finish, and some light smoke and tannic character. I like all the flavors, but this is a really unusual combination and I'm not totally sure it works for me 100% of the time.

M - Carbonation is on the higher side, and there's a pretty dry finish that follows a fairly crisp medium body. It's not really what I go for in a beer, but I have no idea whether this is stylistically accurate or appropriate.

D - I finished my bottle pretty quickly, and if I saw this again I'd pick up a 4-pack for sure. Other than the slightly harsh carbonation there's nothing really slowing me down - low ABV, interesting and complex taste (and New Glarus' usual low prices).

This beer was a pleasant surprise!

MasterSki, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Here is goes, poured into a tulip. Porter....OK. This beer is about as brown as a porter can theoretically be and still be considered a porter. It is brown and relatively clear with some haze. Not much head and no real lacing. Not what I expected at all.

Speaking of what I was not expecting, the aroma...sour. Yep, sour, slightly fruity, with a backlash of wood. Very odd. Sourness isn't so much acetic, more citric...not lactic. There can be some acetic in there. What is this going to taste like.

Beer is pretty thin and the sour flavors are BRIGHT! Its very strong. Seems a little dry. There is a slight funk to this beer, I'm off in the weeds on this one. I don't know what to say. No carbonation in the mouth, beer tastes ....OK.... its not a great sour but I don't know what to tell you. I wouldn't have it again.

drabmuh, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had much New Glarus before, and got this one as an extra from KeefB. I can be a sucker for an Old English Porter if done right.

A: Semi rich but still slightly light creamy head with lots of big bubbles. A bright but darker brown color, like dark brown sugar, very clear, lots of caramel color and some reddish hue. Tons of light piercing this guy.

N: Holy <BLEEP>! What's with this nose? Its got some nice porter aromas like some sweet toasty malts and brown sugar. But the big kicker is the sour cherry fruit, sweet lambic and yeast! I get lots of balotin (I think) cherry, some raisin, sour fruits, some dough like aromas, and even some slight vanilla. I also get a strange aroma almost of glue like I used to huff as a kid, oh man, I'm already getting high thinking about it. Perhaps some grape wine aromas as well, like it was aged in chardonnay barrels or something.

T: Do I dare? I dare I dare! Wow again! It has that sour sweet cherry flavor to start, but it stays light as the English porter flavors start to take over. Some roasted malts, lots of bready qualities. More raisin qualities and smoked malt flavors. Some vanilla and oak. The sour cherry starts to fade away at first, but then comes back super rampant towards the end. Some rich creamy wood like roasted porter flavors that I get in typical English porters that I was expecting can really be tasted in the background, once I get past all the sour fruits.

M: Semi thick and creamy, lightly spiced, pretty good carbonation.

F: The sour cherry really comes through in the finish as well. It's pretty hot on the mouth surprisingly for only 5.5%. A slight earthy bitterness also rings our, but the sour cherry really hits. Some smoked malt starts to cut back through again, as if it's battling with the sour cherry.

Also, I'm now enjoying this with an Irish Porter Cheese and it's an amazing combination too!

Final thoughts: I get a lot of reminders of La Folie Wood Aged Beer, with more porter flavors and smoked flavors. A very good beer, no, an extremely awesome beer. I could drink this all the time! I can't believe it got such a low rating (B+ isn't that low but to what I thought of it). Perhaps most people aren't ready for a soured English porter, but I think it's amazing. Bravo! I'm going to get as much of this as I can now! Thanks so much Keith!

jlindros, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a brown color with a reddish tint.

s - Smells of fruit malts, and a bit sweet. Also some roasted malts.

t - Tastes the same as the nose; fruity and roasted malts and sugar, with some rye and a sour funk to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice porter, with some funky sourness to the taste. Glad I got to try this one.

mdfb79, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled October 2009
I really don't know what to expect from this beer, I really like the historical perspective, but this will be strongly influenced by how this particular brewer will have decided to interpret the style. None the less I am quite intrigued to try it.

This beer pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass with a three finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown / burnt amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich ruby hue when held up to the light. As I pour this the nose smells of richly toasted grain. A more focused inspection of the nose sees a big tartness being the most noticeable thing. Some touches of diacetyl bring out a toffee note and there is a big cracker leaning, biscuit like toasted malt character that is quite noticeable in the finish. The tartness brings out some cherry like fruit character at times, but this can be fleeting. The aroma is actually pretty nice, it doesn't really remind me of any real style of beer, though it is perhaps closest to a Sour Flemish brown, but doesn't have as expressive of a tartness to it.

My first sip shows a nice tartness that lingers through out the flavor profile. The tartness isn't particularly hard, but it definitely defines the flavor profile of this beer. The finish has quite a bit of toasted biscuit character, browned whole grain bread. There is definitely a touch of buttery slickness to this brew that for some reason doesn't overly bother me; I often despise diacetyl, but for some reason it seems to work here, despite seemingly drowning out a lot of other flavors. This has a light medium fullness to it; it is actually quite quaffable though and I could easily put back a few pints of this. I don't think that the tartness is completely lactic here, in fact the more I think about it the more acetic it seems; it is very soft though in its acetic note and doesn't seem to have the bite that can sometimes be in acetic beers. The acidity brings out some fruitiness here that reminds me just a touch of balsamic; there are some cherry notes, a touch of tart prune and even some dry, sour raisin character. Pretty dry overall, though the touch of acetic gives this some perceived sweetness.

Somewhat simplistic somehow, for some reason I was expecting more malt complexity to come through. I was worried this would be a muddled, confused beer, but it actually works pretty well and is far more enjoyable than I was expecting. This is definitely somewhere between a Rodenbach'ish brew and a malty brown ale. It could actually pass for a tart Flemish Brown in some way.

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
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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.

A

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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.

High A-

kojevergas, Mar 02, 2013
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Unplugged Old English Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.