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Unplugged Smoke On The Porter | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by abents on 11-08-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of DonDeDieulicious
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another New Glarus beer from Deuane's basement. Vintage unknown.

A - Poured a darker shade of brown that had some clarity and some ruby highlights...the head was off white in color and stood two fingers tall...it quickly receded to a thin cap, then formed a tight ring...some lacing was left

S - The smoke has not gone away...reminds me a lot of bacon and smoked meat...reminiscent of a campfire as well...there is a roasted quality and also a little sweetness

T - There are smokey, roasty, and sweet flavors all around...the smoke goes a long way, but never overpowers...it brings a good meatiness to the beer...the roasted flavors add depth also...milk chocolate comes from the malts and it adds some sweetness to the beer...if you search hard enough, a trace of vanilla can be picked up...the finish is smokey with a hint of roasted bitterness

M - Medium bodied...not a lot of carbonation, but it makes for a smooth mouthfeel...some smoke and roastiness

O - This is one of the better Smoked Porters I've had...even with the age, the smoke flavor and presence has held up well...I would have two, but I think three would be pushing it

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of yourefragile
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Dark, clear cola brown with a thin cream head. Sweet and smokey aroma, caramel and chocolate. Tastes like a nice cocoa porter, sweet caramel malt with a subtle meaty, smoke finish. Medium thick, syrupy body, with very light carbonation. Very enjoyable still.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for breakingout this old rarity.

Pours a deep brown with ruby edges and just a few bubbles where the head should be.

The aroma is really nice, the smoke isn't overpowering but still manages to remind me of a good bacon.

The taste has faded a bit but there is still a nice sweetness up front but there is a hint of oxidation in the finish, which doesn't ruin the beer by any means but its starting to show its age.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and there isn't a whole lot of carbonation to speak of. Very nice for a four year old smoked porter.

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Photo of nucmedmario
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TATURBO
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of flexabull
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of jj21, thanks again! Looking forward to this one...

Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice white head.

Cocoa and light smoke on the nose as well as some roasted nuts. Aromas are on the lighter side.

Taste is creamy, sweet and chocolately up front. Super smooth mouthfeel, and a wonderful slight smokey salmon like hint on the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is about perfect.

Overall, very impressive beer. Subtle, smooth, and super drinkable. Very impressive, well done New Glarus. Best beer I've had in a while.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 3047 on the neck.

Thanks to bnieman and his Dad for breaking this out of the "beer museum" that is his cellar.

A - Dark mocha brown with no head that even be roused by a swirl. The beer has a nice clarity with ruby highlights showing through.

S - Light notes of smoke waft in around the mocha roasted malt aroma. The nose is good, but has low presence and isn't very complex.

T - Lice heavy smoke flavor with a strong malt backing of boldly roasted malt. No hops to speak of in this one.

M - Lighter-bodied and crisp with a roasted smoke dry finish.

D - Crisp and nice, this has good drinkability for a smoke beer. Especially a beer with the age on it. I've been finding the Unplugged series beers to stay good for quite a while.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a dark brown nearly black hue. Pours with a foamy 1-2 finger dark tan head-which eventually fades to a thin collar and leaves little lacing in the glass.

S- Decent amount of smoke, smoked meat, a hint of roasted malt and vanilla underneath.

T- The taste is a lot more reserved and less in your face than the nose. The initial flavors are good, classic porter flavors. Slightly sweet overall0 Vanilla, chocolate, a hint of roasted malt. The finish adds a touch of smoked meat to everything else thats already going on and balances everything out perfectly.

M-Medium carbonation and a nice smooth creamy mouthfeel.

D- This is a very good beer overall. Great mouthfeel-good smoke character over a porter. Very well balanced and easy to drink-too bad this is limited. Sweet and smokey.

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Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Porter tasting.
Brown-black, thin ring of white foam.
2008. Fruity cherry pipe tobacco smokiness on the nose.
Vanilla, more restrained smokiness but very nicely integrated. Very pleasant mild fruitiness balanced by smoke. Excellent effort, as usual.

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Photo of levifunk
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a small tasting recently. Reviewed from notes.

a - pours deep brown to black. tan head.

s - menthol smoke. charred wood.

t - sadly a muted flavor due to age. smokiness is still there, but the rest is a subtle porter flavor.

m - medium-light body with a good amount of carbonation.

fun to try a bit of NG history, but not really holding up well.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown brown color wih a slight tan head. The aroma is smoky but not extremely so, no more like only a small campfire as opposed to the full on smoke of some other beers. Laces on the glass pretty well. Slightly sweet tasting up front with a mild smokiness that lingers. Medium/light mouthfeel. In the world of smoke beers this one is on the light side but very easy drinking. This would be the ideal beer to introduce people to smokes.

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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 BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

New Glarus Brewing Co.'s Unplugged series is where the owner/brewmaster gets to go out on a limb. What is brewed generally is outside the box and beers from this series may or may not be brewed again. Both smoked Wisconsin malt and smoked malt from Bamberg Germany were used to brew this beer.

Dense mass of hasty cascading bubbles form three fingers of rocky tan head, the lacing from this is epic. Creamy dark cocoa, mild char and even smokiness in the nose, very aromatic. Creamy and smooth with a depth of crispness in the medium body. The smoky character stays true with an even keel of complex flavor throughout. Hops are very mild, the malt really shines with a soft cake-like sweetness within. Suggestions of dark-roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate come to mind. A long road of slowly fading smoke and roasted malt in the end.

No doubt, the balance of this smoked porter is unsurpassed. You know it's there but it never comes over the top and that sets it apart from the rest. When Bostonians think of beers like this, fresh-shucked oysters come to mind--both shellfish and fatty fish like salmon will do well for a pairing.

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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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Photo of Lukafer
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into pint glass, thanks Alleykatking!
From notes:

Pours black with a tan head. Smells a bit smoky with some chocolate, so it smells good! Taste some chocolate, a hint of smoke, maybe some meat on a weber? Mouthfeel seems a bit watery, but not enough to make this bad. If I was in the mood for a smoked beer, this would be my go to!

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Unplugged Smoke On The Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 203 ratings
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