Unplugged Smoke On The Porter | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Smoke On The PorterUnplugged Smoke On The Porter

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by abents on 11-08-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with the The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/4/2016. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that linger. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big peat smoke, wood, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, and herbal; with lighter notes of caramel, charcoal, fruit, leather, pepper, and roast/smokey earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity/peaty in the nose, but not overwhelming. Taste of big peat smoke, wood, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, and herbal; with lighter notes of caramel, charcoal, fruit, leather, pepper, and roast/smokey earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peat smoke, wood, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, herbal, light pepper, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.1%. Overall this is a very nice smoked American porter style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Other than the aromas being a bit off; this was spot on for an American porter in every way. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is as close to a Schlenkerla Rausch beer that I have had. Nice smokiness, medium beer; easy on the palate. If you like smoked beers, this is one to try!

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Photo of MTKATL
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of woosterbill
4.29/5  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.


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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BYOFB
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of cliff1066
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Unplugged Smoke On The Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
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