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:
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Added by abents on 11-08-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of marcpal
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty unfamiliar with the Unplugged series and this was thrown my way in a trade a while back. I really was impressed and need to try some more of the series based on this.

12oz bottle poured into imperial pint.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10. Simple.

A: Black, not much more to say. Cream soda head.

S: I guess I should have thought about it by the name, but the abrupt smoky flavor was a surprise and a great one at that. Roasted smoke flavors alongside a fresh bbq meal. Wow.

T: The smoke on this is awesome, simply awesome. It is like vanilla coating a toasted and smoky marshmallow platter. Unlike many porters, its not burnt or overkilled by chocolate.

M: A little bit watery but shit, the smoothness and great smoky texture in the back of the mouth made up for it.

D: As the first trip into the unplugged series combined with usually thinking porters are all the same, this was great. Would love to have as my standby porter.

Rauchbier meet porter. Porter meet rauchbier. They become good friends in this treat.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with incutrav. Thanks Travis!

This pours a very dark brown with some reddish hues and a 2 finger head of tannish foam.

The smell is of roasted malt and lots of smoke. Very nice.

The taste has a lot of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a very nicely infused smoke character. Not as smokie as this year's Alaskan Smoked Porter but it's certainly up there. I'm impressed with how much chocolate I can taste...it sure adds some delightful sweetness to the brew.

The mouthfeel is firmly in the medium territory, the carbonation is fairly lightly done, and it finishes with a mix of smoke and chocolate. Yummy.

Drinkability? It sure does go down easy enough and the flavours keep me interested for the entire session. And...as usual, head retention and lacing are excellent. A very tasty and satisfying brew!

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Photo of orcasteve
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into my duvel tulip glass, poured a thin black with a slight red tint and a three finger white head that slowley disapers, the sent is campfire and hints of hops. the taste is a huge wave of smokey biter chocalat and coffie with a dry malt presance that is sightly presant in the background, the hops kick in in the end but arnt very strong, all and all a good beer but i have had a few better smoked porters.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look was Pitch black, tan brownish head, some lace.

Smelled of smoked wood, medium malt, burnt sugar, and oats.

Taste didnt have as much smoke as aroma. Has a mellow smokey taste that is very smooth with a cleansing, smooth mouthfell that would go great with BBQ. Leaves a very little hop bitterness in the finish.

Very good beer and sessionable, but not as exciting as I expected. Not sure of the ABV or price. I would love more smoke flavors in this brew.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $2.19 for a loose 12 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours leaving a small half inch frothy light tan head. You can just barely see through the darkness when held to a light. Minimal head retention. Pretty good lacing considering the body of this porter.

Smells like some really good smoked beef jerky. Reminds me of the smell a sweatshirt has the day after you'd been sitting around a campfire all night. Would be a great camping brew.

Taste is of a mild smoked porter.

Medium body. Mild carbonation. Somewhat watery going down, but the aftertaste lingers of smokiness. Easy to drink.

A bit too smoky for my liking. Wish it was better balanced and more complex. Not sure how it ranks so high to be honest. Oh well, it certainly was worth a try ;)

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Photo of russpowell
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells like the firestation does after all the fire truck got back from a large fire. I love that smell!

Nice dark brown to black color. Nice thick head when poured into a pint glass.

Taste is great I love the complexity added to the beer by the addition of "smoke" to a porter. You can taste the malty sweetness, but then the smokey taste takes over.

I really like dark beers and this is one of my more memorable beers. I just hope that dan brings it back since it is an "unplugged beer". I could drink it all day long.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a Guinness glass, pours a dark brown with a nice, creamy tan head, some nice lacing around the glass in rounded streaks and fingers. The aroma is a nice balance of smoked and roasted malts, nice but simple. The taste isn't all too complex, but its smokiness is spot on perfect, and the roasted and chocolate malts seep through perfectly. Its delicious, and with a smooth, creamy mouth, its one wonderful beer to drink.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beckje for this beer.
Black in color. Nearly opaque. Creamy light brown colored head rises and stays at about 1/4". Spotty lacing.
Wonderful smell of smoked meat and chocolate malts. Nice roasted aroma too. I like the way the porter and the smoked aroma compliment each other with neither one steeling the show.
Great smoked flavors are present and were expected. But smokiness aside this is a great porter. Rich coffee and dark chocolate flavors with a nice smokey finish. Woderful aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is good. Creamy and smooth.
Very drinkable b/c it's very flavorful.
This was my first New Glarus beer and if the others are this good....Oh my.

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Photo of froggyfrog
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: Dark-brown-black bowl with dark-cream lacing the semblance of sun flares.

S: The aroma is excellent with strong whiffs of chocolate and an enticing fusion of smoked malts. The perception of meatiness is strong here.

T&M: A full-flavored brew of highly-kilned malt and some perceived chocolate notes mingled together with a swirl of jerky-like smokiness is delivered to the palate with chamois-like texture.

D: Drinkability is high. This beer presents with a semi-full mouthfeel and a smoothness of flavor that make it very-much quaffable.

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Photo of Taverner420
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown with black in the center. Foamy, soapy tan head circuling the drink

S - Smoke of a night fire, against a mountain sky.

T -Slightly ever so tangy with a deep smoke flavor

M - Kind of tart on the tongue, despite the nice smooth mouthfeel otherwise.

D - I could drink this by the gallon.

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Photo of midaszero
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black with small coffee head and good lacing

S - Smoked beef jerky with a little bit of lavender in the nose. A little faint

T - Beef jerky and teriyaki. Very smokey

M - Medium body with high carbonation. A little watery not as thick as I would have liked

D - Good stuff that is easy to drink and pretty enjoyable

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to someone for giving this in a trade.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark black, almost coffee color with the slightest tea colored highlights. Tan head of enourmous size and depth. Really sticks around for quite a while and the lacing is unbelievable.

Aroma is quite smokey; almost like smoked sausage. I wouldnt say the smoke is overpowering but it is certainly noticeable and very much welcomed. The slightest bit of fruitiness in the nose as well.

Oh wow. So smooth and silky and creamy and smoky on the palate. The smoke is beautiful; the perfect amount. A touch of fruitiness and a little more coffee underneath as well. Possibly a touch of dark cherry too. Absolutely wonderful!

This was a real beauty. This is probably my favorite smoke beer of any kind. AK Smoked porter is good and Stone Smoked Porter is good, but this is the best of all of them. So easy to drink. Damn near full bodied and good as shit! Thanks again to the trader whose name escapes me.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of thryn
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pleased to have gotten ahold of a bottle of this during my recent jaunt to Wisconsin.

It pours a deep brown -- dark enough that it looks black in the glass. Head is tan and starts strong -- calms down and then sticks with the beer.

Nose is toasted caramel malt and smoke. Nothing terribly assertive. Smells good, but it's not leaping out of the glass.

Taste: Oh, this is yummy. Toasted and caramel notes to start with, then some lactose/sweet stout character in the middle, and a confident, smoky finish. It's not all that complicated, but it's balanced and solid. I wish it was about 10 degrees cooler out and that I had many many more of these. The level of smoke in this is great -- I tend to like my smokebeers a bit over the top and this one isn't, but I don't have to hunt for the smoke, either.

Mouthfeel's great. A bit thick and very smooth.

Drink: As I said, I wish I had a bunch more of these. Very very good. 12 ounces is going much too quickly.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep, cola brown. A rich head that forms promptly and holds its own.

S: A pleasantly modest - but certainly noticable! - scent of peat smoke, with the aromas of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: A nice balance of smokiness along with roasted malts.

M + D: A nice, well-smoked porter. Greatly balanced, pleasant flavours. Good stuff.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of objectivemonkey - thanks!!! Shared w/ dkachur and proteus93.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque black with a foamy dark brown head of average retention. Lacing is nice, bubbly, sptty, sheet-like in places. Head fades into a sheen of swirly, tan bubbles.

Aroma: Heavy peat smells dominate - more sausage than bacon, dkachur says - with faint salt, toasty malts, caramel.

Taste: Pretty good. Chocolate malts, medium roast, full-city coffee, a few lighter malty notes, a mild hop bitterness and grassy, fruity hop presence, with the whole thing wrapped up in a mild but pleasant smoky bow. I'm not the hugest fan of smoked beers, but this one's really nice - nothing dominates, and it's all well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, very even bubble-structure, mild carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability: A really good beer, and another winner from New Glarus. This one gets you expecting a huge smoky presence early with the aroma, and then surprises you with a nice, mild balance of flavors. Alcohol is either not strong or well-hidden. Very nice.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Given to me by my good friend Brian - thanks. This is my first New Glarus and an unplugged is not a bad way to start.

A: Very active drink - it could barely wait for me to pour it. Nice dark almost black. Redish mahogany around the edges against the light. Some active carbonation visible. Poured a nice 1.5 finger, soft, creamy off-white head. Great lacing.

S: Great nose. Coffee, chocolate, oak, smoke and caramel. Can't go wrong.

T: Lovely big malt taste. Some caramel sweetness but a nice burnt toasted essence. Bit of a coffee bitter aftertaste - not very hoppy. I haven't had much experience with smoked porters but I can imagine how they can easily be overdone or unauthentic in taste. This is well done in my very limited experience.

M: Creamy and smooth. Nice amount of carbonation to keep it lively. Medium/light body. The mouthfeel seemed to degrade throughout the drink - started to feel thin toward the end.

D: It's a simple drink (or at least deceptively simple) and well balanced. Just slipped down. I couldn't consume it fast enough. I would have been happy to consume a few more right on the spot too! Maybe I can beg Brian to give me another? Is this really 6.1 ABV? Makes me want to dig into New Glarus and see what else they have for me!

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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in Milwaukee, early August. Stored it properly and it smells and tastes pretty fresh, still.

Dark nutty brown, ruby hues present when held up to light. Minimal head.

Smells like a smokey porter. Neither overwhelms the other and that's a very big deal with it comes to smoke beers. Raw porter malt and then smoke, like what comes from when wood catches fire.

Starts off with nicely rough nodes of roasted porter grain, moving quickly into a smokey middle and then finishing on a dry hoppiness that would be more fitting in an Irish dry stout. The smoke becomes more complex as the beer gets warmer, with little hints of meat of cheese popping in to frame. The ending is more like a stout than a porter, lightly dry and hoppy with lingering nodes of smoke and dark chocolate.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to tayner. Dark black color and an initial smell of smoked meat. The aroma then becomes just smoke without the meat and is allright. The flavor is smoky and peaty but it doesn't take over the nice flavor of the porter. I don;t care much for smoked beers but this one was alright.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a pitch black shade with a smallish light tan head that fades quickly. Lacing is minimal.

S - Strong, authentic smoke scent with sweet barley accents. Earthy peat flavor. A bit of alcohol spice.

T - Again, smoke is the dominant flavor. A bit of molasses to mix with the earthy peat flavor. Sweet malt with a good deal of drying effect at the finish.

M - Dry with a medium body and mild carbonation. Extra dry at finish from intense smokey flavor.

D - Despite its intense nature, the smoke flavor never outstays its welcome. Alcohol is not much of a factor. Another interesting brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

L - deep brown/black color with a bubbly beige head that left some sheets of lacing.

S - smokey/roasted aroma.

T - smooth and smokey flavor, roasted malt sweetness goes well with the smoked taste.

F - medium bodied with a velvety smooth feel.

D - easy to drink, good smokey taste.

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Photo of Duffman
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep chocolate brown pouring and when held up to the light there is quite little that comes through. A nice pungent peaty smoky aroma. Smoked meat, vanilla, and oak and the most prominent notes. The backbone here is a roasted peaty nose. Some secondary chocolate and coffee tones as well. Really nice and smoky this one. I could think of no better beer for smoked meat. You can really taste the smoke provided from the apple wood. Unlike other smoked beers I've tasted the origins of the smoke are predominant here and it's really a unique and enjoyable taste. There is still a nice kind of sweetness to the taste but it's not vanilla like the nose but rather a coffee kind of sweetness. Nice amount of bitterness too. The body is maybe a bit thin, but really quite smooth and chalky perhaps. I would say that the mouthfeel of this one is definitely not up to par with the nose and taste of this one but it's nothing too bad in my opinion. It almost leads two lives this beer. It has the smell ans taste of a heavier deeper porter but the body is lighter, almost that of another beer it seems.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours an abyss-like color, impenetrable to light. nice light khaki color head. medium retention with mild lacing.

S: huge roasted malt aroma. some chocolate, coffee, with a hint of smoke. some sweet/tart cherries in the back.

T: smoked sexual chocolate. some serious ham flavors. nice roasted malts, great chocolate notes.

M: smooth, creamy. perfect carbonation level. medium-bodied.

D: could drink a sixer easliy for breakfast with some canadian bacon.

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Photo of meatyard
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-A really dark brown with a tan head that holds on for a while leaving some lacing.
S-Smoky, malty
T-More smoke and malts plus a little coffee. The smoke dominates but not obtrusively. Nothing overwhelms anything else so it feels nicely balanced.
M-Light to medium.
D-A tasty beer that a couple would be nice to have.

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Unplugged Smoke On The Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
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