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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)

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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 alleykatking
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours out a dark brown color...almost black. One finger tannish head comes rising up and dies down lightly. Leaves nice streaking lacing into the glass.

S- Big smoked meats on this one....bacon mostly. This makes my mouth water a little bit. Some light roasted malts with some faint bittersweet chocolate malts in the background. Hints of come and go of coffee as I try to pick out anything else....bacon mostly though. That's not a bad thing right?

T- Big roasted malts right in the front end of this one. The roasted malts give way to light bittersweet chocolate light presence. Then it hits you...what is that might you ask? Well the smoked flavor of course. This runs throw until the end and big on the bacon flavor once again. The alcohol seemed to be a little mellow to me which I didn't mind.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and ligth smoked flavor left on the palate..while the aftertaste is taken over by a smoked bacon flavor. Flavors blend together nicely for the most part. Light oxidation...very light if that.

D- This was a very interesting beer that I would like to visit again someday. New Glarus has surprised me with there Unplugged Series. Am looking forward to trying more and more from them. Would suggest to anyone that wants to try a good smoked porter...or else a bacon beer!

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color. A large, wispy, tan head rises with good retention. Nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Smoke up front, but it does not overpower. Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and coffee. I love it.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of smoke, but held in check with the roasted malt. Lots of smooth chocolate.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

This is great. The smoke is very prevalent, but does not overpower. There is a lot of flavors going on other than meaty smoke. This is one of my favorite smoked beers. A huge thanks to MiguelMandingo for sharing a bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrypirate06 for sharing this beer.

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is strong smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is a meaty BBQ smoke with some roasted malt. The smoke is the predominant flavor but it doesn't overpower. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy dark brown with some visible floaties, a quickly dissipating mocha head and no lacing.

S-Mmmm...bacon. Nice smokiness, maybe a little bit of roasted malt but lots of smoke.

T-Much more complex than the nose. Sweet malt dominates the front, smoked pork dominates the back. I am not a huge fan of the style but this one is very nice, especially in that it has more tan one note.

M-Light to medium bodied, flavorful but not much lingering smokiness. Which is a good thing from where I sit.

D-Yeah, real nice. A very tasty smoked beer.


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Photo of Hopfist
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Few beers can claim to be as big and simultaneously drinkable as this one. Ever wish beer tasted like bacon? You will once you've tried this one. Better for breakfast than the famous "Breakfast Stout" from an unnamed brewery, and just as easily served during or after dinner. It's a basic smoked porter, but done really, really well... really. It will be missed.

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Photo of nickd717
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks to whoever brought this - unfortunately I lost track by this point.

Pours very dark brown with a small off-white head that fades to a film.

Awesome smoky and roasty aroma, with hints of meat in there. Maybe a little chocolate. Smells pretty much like you'd want it to.

Flavor is also great and smoky with roasted malt, smoked meat, toffee, and dark chocolate. Really interesting and good beer.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and lasting smokiness.

Drinkability is high. What do you know, New Glarus brewed another great beer. These guys are definitely one of my favorites nowadays.

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

Don't remember who brought this but thanks! Pours dark brown with a light tan lacy head. Aroma is bacony with chocolate, ash, and smoke. Really the smokiest "smoked porter" I've had. Flavor is smoked meat with some roasty bitterness and dark chocolate. Slightly acidic. Soft carbonation, medium body.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle date coded 3047 which I believe means bottled on the 304th day of 2007 which makes this beer a hair over 2 years old. It has been in my possession for almost that long.

Poured a deep brown into a tulip with a distinct lack of head during the pour. After the pour is completed the bubbles rise to the surace and create a half finger beige head that was quickly transformed into a ring of bubbles on the perimeter of the glass.

Aroma of roasted barley and coffee with a lingering smoke. Also has a little boozy sweetness reminiscent of a RIS which was surprising considering the gravity.

The taste is this full roasted barley explosion then it goes a little sweet. As the sweetness is taken away by the carbonation the smoke smacks you in the face. It is awesomely smoky and has this wonderful baconesque aftertaste. My uninformed wife's only comments was 'alright but tastes like bacon'. This description is fairly accurate since the label alludes to smoking the malt in a meat house with applewood. The smoke just sticks with you long after a sip and it is not at all unpleasant.

It drinks like a beer that is bigger than it is. With only 6.1% ABV it drinks like it is in the 9-10% range. Usually when that is said it is meant like it tastes boozy but this is nothing of the sort. It just has this residual sweetness that makes it seem like a big beer and almost forces you to savor this one in small sips. While this hampers the drinkability a little tad I love that it is forcing me to slowly enjoy the beverage and take it all in.

Oh man I am sad that this is my last bottle of this stuff. I picked up a 4-pack in my beer advocate infancy and enjoyed the other three before truly appreciating the style and intricacies. I am glad I have held on to this one for almost 2 years and can now have the proper experience. A wonderful smoked beer and here's to hoping that this one makes a return appearance on the NG lineup.

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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 koopa
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with FlanderNed thanks!

Appearance: An attractive chocolate brown with a creamy beige 1 finger crown that shows some retention and loads of lace.

Smell and Taste: A hypnotic medley of chocolate, roast malt, hazelnut, and coffee. I bet the nose and taste were even more potent when this one off was first released.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy medium bodied brew that is a bit chewy.

Drinkability: Btw the flavor and the mouthfeel I could drink this one all day and night.

Another Home Run From New Glarus!

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Photo of mcallister
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better looking porters out there. Brown with bricking around the edges but really set off with the deep mocha head fluffy and like a soft pillow with long retention and great lacing.

Roasty notes with a layer of chocolate cake and hints of smoke. Rye bread and charred aromas with a other bready malt esters.

Damn nice porter. A style that I've really been less and less enticed with over the years but this one has very nice drinkability and a distinct smoked malt flavor that doesn't overpower but adds a bit of complexity to a usually un-complex style. Slight meat flavors from the smoked malt, burnt chocolate, roasty middle, a bit of coffee flavors and a dry moderate finish. Nice.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: With a very vigorous pour I was able to get a 1.5 finger head of light tan on top of this beers black body. Just the slightest shred of a red light gets through, but this sucker is dark. The head does't stay long, and I don't want it to, but it does leave a nice lacing.

S: Smokey, duh, like a campfire after it has been extinguished though, not like actively burning wood. There is no hops and no other malt, not even a roasted malt, just the smoke. It's not too strong, but it is pungent.

T: The smokey flavor is still there, but it has a much thicker, richer taste, not the expired taste of the nose. This is more like an open fire wood grill or the scent of smoking meat. There is still no hops, but a better malt flavor, something rich like peated malt or a good caramel.

M: Thinnish, it doesn't match the taste at all. No carbonation either, which is ok, but not great. A pretty simple thing all in all, nothing to complain about, nothing to laud.

D: If you like the flavor, this is the beer to drink. It has a decently low ABV and tastes even lower. There is no harshness or anything, a perfectly drinkable smoked beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came to me via Masterski. Thanks Alex.

A brown body that allows light through around the edges, it actually looks a bit like cola without all of the extremely vigorous carbonation. The head is at least two fingers of creamy light brown foam. Fairly good retention as a ring of foam covers the entire top of the body. Good, fairly thick lacing in both rings and sheets.

The aroma is pretty good, with a dose of smoke, coffee, and a bit of toffee.

Coffee flavors come through first, tasting more like coffee beans than actual coffee. A bit of toffee is next, with maybe a touch a chocolate malt. Smoke permeates the beer throughout, but it mostly hangs around in the background until the finish, where the flavor becomes quite pronounced. The aftertaste is all liquid smoke. Considering this one is over a year old, I'm actually surprised how well the smoke flavors held up. In fact, I don't normally like to age porters much at all, but this one has held up nicely.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium in body, with about moderate carbonation. Pretty standard.

A drinkable beer, another winner from New Glarus. Overall, I'm also impressed with how this one has held up.

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Photo of Thanby
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a pack of this a year ago and threw one in the cellar to see what would happen.

A: Pours with a vigorously rising head, taking a couple minutes to completely empty the bottle. Finally it settles into a finger-thick creamy tan layer that sticks like glue. The beer is very dark brown with the slightest tinge of mahogany around the edges.

S: Smells like a camp fire, with some extra woody-ness in the background. Under it all is a sweet caramel aroma and bitter dark chocolate.

T: The smokiness dominates. There's more of a roasted coffee flavor taking over now, and the body is held up by mild chocolate and caramel, and some other complexities that I can't quite identify. Very mellow, the sweeter flavors fade and a small coffee-like bitterness lingers for a while.

M: Medium body, smooth as silk, almost a little creamy/frothy. The palate shifts toward the bitter end as it warms up, but is still much more mellow than most other porters. The alcohol content is definitely warming, but I can't even really taste it, probably due to the aging. Overall an incredibly delicious experience that makes me sad I'll never have it again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with the requisite red foil topping, an 'Unplugged' trademark; poured to a pint glass. Received this one late-winter/early-spring and it's rested in the fridge ever since. For the life of me, I can't recall which fine soul sent this one; if you're the type of guy who sends bottles to Oregon and dips caps in silver wax, please remind me. Many thanks, Mystery Trader...

A: Dark as a moonless midnight, really no light penetrating at all, but for thin slivers of crimson at the base of the glass. Lofty head, about a finger-and-a-half of tan-nish cream, slow to fall. Strong lace, sticking in speckled sheets.

S: Definite 'smoke' aroma roiling around a sweet chocolate and sugary coffee, but it seems to weaken (or I just grew accustomed too soon). Otherwise it's a pleasant-smelling, moderately roasted porter, with a lean towards sweetness.

T: Bakers chocolate, sweeter fudge, traces of coffee roast, earthier dryness in the finish. At this point, the 'smoked' flavor is more of an afterthought, a vague notion of campfire embers or mesquite chips. Flavor is a bit sweet overall, some vanilla and roasted pecans. has an interesting complexity, with flavors tumbling over and over with each sip.

M: Very likable mouthfeel, just enough carbonation and silken smoothness. Medium body, a little coating of dark malt and sugars hangs around for many minutes. Alcohol warming is hinted at.

D: A worthy brew from an excellent brewery. It's good to mix in a porter every now and then, especially on a cool summer day when temps don't rise above the mid-60's. A little heavy on the alcohol, but I'd be happy having another right now. Sadly though, it appears this one's been recently retired...so I guess it's one and done, glad to have tried.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown, light head with some decent carbonation.

Very smokey...smells of smokes meat...which, as the bottle notes, was the inspiration for the beer...a local meat market/smokehouse near the brewery. Some chocolate notes, and coffee in the background...but the smoke is the overpowering element here.

Taste is similar...like drinking smoke. Light coffee flavor, caramel, chocolate...drinking this cold, but would probably be a little better warmed up a bit. This would pair well with smoked meats, some caramelized oinions...

This one is not incredibly drinkable...it's an interesting style, one in the style of other good smoked beers from Germany. Not one I would want to drink often, but one that I would love to have with a meal from the grill.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my standard shaker glass. It's a bit humid tonight, this one wants to foam over. But a careful pour yields a clear dark mahogany colored ale topped off by two fingers of lingering fluffy ecru foam. Smells and tastes of medium smoked malts, bitter chocolate, smoked ham, slightly sour, some sweet malt tries to sneak in now and then. Slightly thin bodied and amply carbonated. A really nice smoked ale.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a small light tan head.

Scent of chocolate, smoke/bacon, oats, and roasted malts. The smoke here is much more balanced than most smoked beers I have had before it.

Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, and smoke/bacon. Had the great qualities of a porter with a nice smoke flavor to back it up.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this for a little while, wish I had kept more around but they were too darn tasty.

A: Chocolaty black, not much much head or lacing.

S: Not as much smoke to it anymore, but it's there, kind of a subtle woody aroma.

T: Smoke and some chocolate, not as much malt characteristic as I remember. Pretty good though, kind of bourbon-ish as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, nice carbonation.

D: It's good, but I think the smoke is starting to wear out my palate as I finish it. For a smoked beer, it's better than average drinkability.

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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 Birchgrove77
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured and drank at cellar temperatures.

A: Very dark brown with some subtle red highlights when held up to a light. Nice mocha head that laces very nicely down the pint glass.

S: Not as smokey as I remember, but there is a definite smokehouse quality there. Some nice aromas of a commercial dark chocolate, graham crackers, and a malty sweetness.

T: Initial taste is of smoke, but as that begins to dominate the senses a very nice chocolate bloom opens up. Very porterish, but not overstated. Some bits of wood develop with a subtle vanilla character. Maybe a hint of molasses and bourbon quality.

M: A bit more carbonated than I expected. In a dream world, this would be the perfect beer on cask. In some respects, the smoke quality kind of reminds me of a cask conditioning.

D: A great beer, but the smoke quality keeps this to a every now and again drink.

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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 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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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYW for this foil-wrapped 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is dark, the color of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Lighter coffee colors only emerge at the sides of the glass. A thick tan-colored head blankets the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose combined dark chocolaty malts with a smokehouse aroma. The two aspects share the stage, one of the few smoked ales that allows the underlying beer to emerge.

T: I don't think that I've ever had a shoddy unplugged beer. This one brings together the full-bodied porter, chocolate and burnt graints, with lush smoky rauchbier. The porter, up front and at the end, sparkles with a full roasted flavor. The finish, especially, is loaded with porter malts. The middle of the ale shows off the smoke, delicious with a curehouse flavor that fits naturally with the porter. A real winner.

M: Mmmm bacon. The smoked malts are a great match with the porter, bringing out both flavors with greater intensity.

D: I would spend a weekend sipping on this heavenly brew. This is a meal in a glass.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Deep chocolate brown; opaque. Not much head and looks slick and oily.

S. Typical roast with the a light touch of campfire smoke. No hops just sweet malts. Creamy.

T. Light coffee and cocoa mixed with smoke up front followed by bittering hops that balance nicely. The finish is a little bit dry but the mouth is left with a light touch of sweetness.

M. Thin in the mouth and medium carbonation. Definitely lacks a little in body.

D. Not a session beer, but a great one to try. The smoke is a little much in the taste and light in the nose. I'd flip-flop that to suit my tastes, but who am I?

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Unplugged Smoke On The Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
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