Unplugged Smoke On The Porter | New Glarus Brewing Company

Unplugged Smoke On The PorterUnplugged Smoke On The Porter
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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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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about smoked, not about porter. There are some porter tastes, but all I get is beautiful smoke and woodiness, that carry you. Very lovely drinkability, backed by an understated sweetness and a little chocolate. Another great unplugged, another great WI state beer. Thanks Phys21ca.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rocky tan head that persists to the end a drizzles the sides of the glass with lace

Smell: That's one damn fine smokey aroma, with elements of campfire and subtle hints of smoking meat as well as some dark chocolate

Taste: Opens with a chocolate flavor that branches out by mid-palate as the smoked malt shed their influence; after the swallow, the smokey flavors persist strongly but are held in check by the chocolate malt balance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: Just a really fine smoked porter; I like the way the smoke is held in check so that you can detect its subtleties as well as to taste the underlying porter flavors

Thanks, Atron67, for the experience

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a thick, tan, foamy head. It left some sticky lace.

S - It smelled fairly smoky. Bacon and smoked meats with a slight malty nose.

T - The smoky flavor was not over the top powerful. It had a nice burnt toast maltiness underneath the smoky flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied porter.

D - This is a nice smoked porter. The smoke flavor is not overpowering and you can drink it without food as an accompaniment.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear black color porter with a nice foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma consists of light smoke with some notes of light coffee. Taste is a nice mix between some creamy roasted coffee notes with a lingering smoke final. Body is a bit light for the style with some good carbonation. Some additional smoke and a fuller body would have improved this beer in my mind but still is a great achievement as is.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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 mothman
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bells snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades to a thin layer. Good retention from there on. Leaves some lace. Color is dark brown, nearing black.

Aroma: A lot of smoke and roast up front. Reminds me of pork and bacon. Has some chocolate notes with hints of apples and oak. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Very much like the nose, but I get some creaminess out of it. It also has a milk chocolate flavor in the finish. Not as smokey here, but it still shows a decent amount. The milk chocolate really takes over this beer more than I expected. Has a bacon flavor as well with a light amount of oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Light roastedness to the feel. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with milk chocolate and smoke.

Overall, a smoked beer that I really enjoy. I didn't expect to be this creamy, but it works really well with this beer. It has a good drinkability as well. Nice.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -23.5%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very smoky along with complimentary notes of coffee, chocolate, dark malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise smoky and malty as you would expect, but the smoky flavor is done very well unlike some other smoked beers. The smokiness is backed up by normal porter flavors of coffee and chocolate. There's a very mild hops presence but enough to bring some balance. The after-taste is maintains the smoked flavor.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style with excellent emphasis its targeted segment of the style. It's a very good beer to drink for a long time if you're craving the smokiness. This is the third of three beers that I traded for in the Unplugged series and I thought that it would be the one I would like the least. I was very pleasantly surprised to find I liked this beer better than the Imperial Weizen & Berliner Weiss, especially given the fact that I usually don't like smoked beers.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from czoch75, cheers Clint!

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention

S: Mesquite notes & hints of vanilla

T: A bit of smoked ham, vanilla beans, roasted malt, & dryness up front. Some faint herbalhops surface as this warms, along with mocha, fainter smokeyness, plus nioe vanilla presence. Finishes with roasty grain, a touch of peppery rye?? & chococlate

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation

Drinks super, easily on the best porters I've had in a long time!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted chestnut brown with reddish orange accents. Only bright sunshine behind the glass reveals the beer's lack of opacity. The peanut shell colored crown is all kinds of attractive. It has a rumpled upper surface, persists admirably, and is beginning to decorate the glass with plenty of delicate lace.

It seems incredibly obvious, but a good smoked porter should smell like smoke and porter. Too many of them don't hold up both ends of the bargain. This NGBC Unplugged offering doesn't smell like a good smoked porter... it smells like a *great* smoked porter. This beer is a perfect marriage of chocolate malt and smoke. Hopefully, even better things are but a sip away.

This is great beer, especially if you love rauchbiers. An exquisite balance is the key. SOTP doesn't taste like a campfire, it tastes like a well-crafted porter that has been infused with sweet and savory woodsmoke. I'm sure the base beer would be wonderful on its own. Dark chocolate and coffee with cream are easily appreciated.

Although the mouthfeel is good, but it doesn't quite keep pace with the magnificence of the flavor. As always, a fraction more heft and a little chewiness would be even better. As a big beer lover, it's hard not to imagine what an 8.0% robust version of this beauty would taste and feel like.

I love the idea of the Unplugged series of beers. The only trouble is, most of them are tasty as hell and I find myself wishing they were regular releases. Since these guys don't brew a porter, making Smoke On The Porter year-round is an idea whose time has come. It's now second on my New Glarus wish list. First is distribution to Iowa.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served at 50 degrees and poured into a fluted pilsner glass

A - Poured a very nice and thick dark brown with a very large tan colored head rising up above it almost immediately. Reaching a height of nearly three inches high before settling down, you could say this started out looking like a little bit more then just your standard porter. Nice retention, eventually letting it fade, but not before depositing a good amount of side glass lace that dripped down the sides of the glass until the very end of the session. Some small amounts of sediment located on the bottom of the glass, but not too much at all. Slight bit of hazelnut color around the bottom of glass, but otherwise, this one was essentially opaque.

S - First whiff gave off a very deep smoked aroma. Not the traditional large quantities of smoked meat almost that you see on some of these, this was almost like a light fruity smokiness, more than likely due to the wood that was used in the process. Very nice smoky aromas mixing in with a light coffee smell and even a touch of grassy and earthy hops that served to brighten it up just a tad. There were definitely some underlying sweet notes in here as well. Very complex smell and not as strong a some of the other smoked beers that I have seen; this one was rather nice and complex though with some underlying fruit notes really making it have a very full profile. Could not wait to take a taste of it to be honest.

T - The flavor was spot on. This was not so much a smoked porter in the traditional sense of it though. Rather it was more along the lines of a really good porter that had some smoke added to it. The original porter underlying it was still clearly evident with very deep notes of roasted malts, earthy grains, and a nice touch of chocolate. Layered on top was this nice light smoke flavor, not very heavy on it, just enough to accent it very nicely and allow some of the other flavors to still find their way through. There were some notes of caramel and vanilla as well that started to come up to the top as it warmed up. The finish was nice and smooth with a long drawn out hoppiness that really left you looking for another taste. The lingering flavor was a nice mix of bitter hops and a touch of smoke that really set this one apart from some others. Again this was not your Alaskan Smoked porter by any means; this was a different animal, and a very smooth mellow one at that.

M - Very smooth, this medium-bodied ale came off perfectly smooth. Big enough that you knew it was a porter, but at the same time, the carbonation kept it light enough that it still had a bit of a refreshing note to it and did not come of too terribly filling. Rich creamy in the beginning and finishes nice and crisp, not bad at all.

D - An absolutely sessionable smoked porter, this is the one you want to be able to throw down a couple of. There was a great carbonation profile, which kept it feeling light and alive throughout, and the flavors were excellent, not overwhelming you with the smoked flavor, but rather letting it breathe a little and letting some of the other flavors really start to stand out. Really quite excellent. No hint of alcohol at all, this was easily something you could knock back more then one of.

Overall I thought this was excellent. My first offering from New Glarus that did not come off with the fruit overkill. This showed me what they could do with a different kind of style and I was completely impressed to say the least. An excellent offering and something I look forward to being able to try again one day. I would definitely recommend this one if you can find it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/11/10 notes.

a - Pours a brown color with a little bit of tan head.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, toasted malts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts. Some nice smokiness to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice smoked porter and another great beer from the unplugged series. Would try again.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to sleazo on this one!

Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is smoked and tar-like. Flavor is smoked and tar-ry as well. Nice robust tones. Nice smoky edges. Feel is nice on all aspects. Pretty easy to drink. A nice porter that carries the right level of robust and deep tones to make it a nice one.

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of smoke, roasted malt, slight alcohol, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a low carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, slight alcohol, and roasted malt. Good blend, not overpowering smoke flavor, easy-drinking, but a little lacking in body.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single I picked up in WI. Shared with the wife in matching FOBAB mini-pint glasses.

A - One finger of light tan foam, with excellent retention and some spotty lacing. Dark brown, but a little lighter at the edges.

S - Smoke, hickory, sweet caramel, roast malt, hint of coffee & cream. It's not very big smelling, it gets a little more intense as it warms up, but I almost got my nose wet with this one.

T - Smokier tasting that it smells. Lots of campfire, wood, with more suppressed sweet caramel and creaminess. The taste is much more lively and a significant improvement.

M - Moderate carbonation - tingles as it hits my upper lip. Gets smoother and creamier as it moves through the mouth. Good medium viscosity that is appropriate for a porter. The mouthfeel is the best thing about this brew. It's complex, dynamic and complements the flavors well.

D - Not too boozy, but like most smoked beers it gets tiring pretty quick. One bottle is plenty - glad they had singles.

This is definitely the weakest Unplugged brew I've had, but it's still quite solid. If you like smoked porters then give it a shot!

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of drabmuh
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.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Unplugged Smoke On The Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
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