Unplugged Old English Porter
New Glarus Brewing Company

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From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
English Porter
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 18.98%
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
72
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 28, 2019
Added:
Aug 10, 2009
Wants:
  35
Gots:
  22
SCORE
84
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Rated: 4.21 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Sep 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.26 by ZombPumpkin from Illinois

Aug 25, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
obviously this one is pretty old, we unearthed a dusty bottle from a friends cellar and dug in. amazing how well this has held up, especially considering the low abv. it presents itself now far more as an english old ale or even yorkshire stingo than as a porter. more of a crimson color than a dark brown, and just a thin airy bubble layer on top, dissipating rather abruptly. smells awesome, sour dark fruit notes like are commonly found in a flanders red type, but some nice chocolate malt and sweet toffee notes balancing it out. caramel and oxidation are also present, but its not a flaw here, almost makes it seem like a well aged barleywine, but the abv is so low. the flavor is a lot like the nose, remarkable how sour it is. good lactic development, but still really smooth from all the toasted grain and lack of bubbles. surprisingly, its nothing like any porter ive ever had. i understand the base to be a blend of a sour red type with a porter, which makes a little more sense, but with all the time on it, its evolved into something else entirely. one of my favorite beers from a weekend filled with shiny pennies. if anyone still has a bottle of this laying around their basement someplace, now is the time!
Jan 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.3 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Sep 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3.73 by madtowndmb1 from Wisconsin

Aug 08, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by nathanmiller from New York

Mar 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4.08 by chcfan from California

Nov 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by jarrgal from North Dakota

Oct 21, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by PG2G from California

Sep 14, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by KAF from Iowa

Jul 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by IowaBiertrinker from Iowa

Jul 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by GClarkage from California

Jul 02, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by TATURBO from Illinois

Jun 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by zestar from California

May 05, 2014
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Reviewed by cosmicevan from New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle was a booby prize during suitcasejons craft beer nerd blind tasting challenge. Not sure what this beer was intended to be like but right now it is, we'll lets say interesting. Lactic and sour with hints of a chocolate porter on the back end. Grape sour and lacto dominate things but it is drinkable, just unique. Super unique. Soft nail polish remover over cocoa powder. Drank from a new glarus tasting glass.
Mar 15, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by tectactoe from Michigan

Jan 29, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by brewskis4drewski from Iowa

Nov 18, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by jdkitchi from Wisconsin

Oct 12, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by cadaugherty from Illinois

Aug 20, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by gpawned from Illinois

Aug 17, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Aug 01, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by UffDaBock from Wisconsin

Jul 26, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by Zuidman from Illinois

Jul 23, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by egrace84 from Illinois

Jul 21, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by imyourhero21 from California

Jul 11, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by ajzy from Wisconsin

Jun 14, 2013
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Reviewed by phishsihq from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The Unplugged series Old English Porter pours dark brown while ruby-red highlights mark the edges. A thin tan head caps the brew and provides a moderate level of lacing. Upon first sniff we were taken aback. Are English Porters supposed to be lactic smelling? Turns out this version from New Glarus was, and we couldn't be more excited. The lactic notes are joined with roasted malt as well as a touch of caramel, smoke, and balsamic vinegar. Truly, a wonderful bouquet! The first taste reveals a delightful tartness that hangs on the palate from sip to sip, start to finish. A treasure-trove of flavors swirl underneath the tartness. Toffee, chocolate, and lighter coffee flavors remind the drinker of roasted malt character while hints of vanilla, cherry, and dark fruits build a solid base underneath the sourness. Moderately carbonated, Old English Porter is medium bodied and slightly slick. Guess it is time we plan another road trip through western Wisconsin
Jun 11, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by CowsandBeer from Nebraska

Apr 21, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by DruRho from Maryland

Apr 17, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Mar 27, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by JackOGreen from Wisconsin

Mar 12, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by spycow from Illinois

Mar 10, 2013
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottle acquired in a trade with the very gracious very generous Duff27. Label is fun, featuring a happy man holding up a stein. Old English Porter - Unplugged. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled-over standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Identified as a "brown porter" on the label, a style purportedly popular in 1870s London. Brewed with floor malted English malts including pale ale malt, Mariss Otter, and a touch of smoked malt. Aged on toasted oak. Soured. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery - which I adore.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted hard pretzels.

A: Pours a half finger refined beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, decent froth, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Head is soft and appealing, leaving an even layer of thin frothy lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a vibrant understanted caramel amber-brown. No yeast particles are visible; it's nontransparent yet semitranslucent. No bubble show. Generally good, but it pushes the boundaries of the style - at least the English Porter style as I'm familiar with it. Though the style described on the label seems to be a different, more obscure one. In any case, it looks good and I want it in my mouth. Silky and luscious.

Sm: Boy oh boy. Lightly sour, evoking a berliner weisse. Gorgeous wild yeast and lovely acidity. Lacto bacteria, definitely. Beneath that layer is a curious mixture of biscuit malts, brown malts, and subtle oak wood. Certainly a unique aroma. Marvelous depth of flavour. Buried caramel. Incredibly good balance. I can't wait to try this. A mild strength aroma, but wow.

T: That's a tasty fucking beer. The perfect amount of sourness - light lacto, maybe a bit of other bacteria/wild yeast - is married to an ideal brown malt foundation with delightful creamy character and an ideal complementary floral hop character. I'm immediately confronted by its unmistakable mastery and balance. Whoever made this knows what the hell they're doing. Light stonefruit, maybe supple ripe sugarplum and cherry. A touch of cidery character; sour apple. Majestic subtle oak is present throughout, guiding the flavours. This is the most pleasantly sour - I mean mellow sourness, not confronting sourness - beer I've ever had. I'd bet anyone who claimed not to like sours would like this. Impeccable balance, good depth of flavour, and undeniable subtlety. This stuff is lovely. Some of the most well-integrated intentional oak character I've ever come across. Delightfully evocative.

Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet. Soft. Delicate. Refreshing. Crisp and smack-your-lips luscious. Feels custom-tailored specifically to the flavour profile. Acidic. This is fantastic. Carbonation could not be more perfect. Thickness is perfect. Palate presence is excellent. Wow. I don't know that it could be much better.

Dr: I could drink this all night. Each sip demands to be savored. The complexity and subtlety feels effortless. I'm in awe. This is a real treat. Incredible stuff. Redefines the way I see porters, even if this particular type of porter is obscure. A ridiculously good offering from New Glarus. They're rocketing to the top of my radar as one of the best breweries in this country.

A

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04.30.14: Truncated notes from a 2nd tasting. Thanks to Duff27 (yet again) for this 2nd bottle; I never thought I'd get to have this treat again, and it's a special occasion.

Served at fridge temp into a wine glass.

Head recedes inside 3 minutes.

Body is a dark brown with amber hues.

Sm: Prominent white oak with notes of vanilla. Some smoked character. Marshmallow. English pale malt. A pleasant subtle kiss of oxidation sets it off nicely. Sourness is quite subtle - about on-par with a berliner weisse or even a gose. Definitely a unique aroma.

T/Mf: Has a delightful subtle sourness, but is far from pucker-worthy. Gets more acidic as you approach the finish. White oak, English malts, marshmallow, a hint of mellow vanilla, subtle oxidation. This is just one of the finest subtly-soured beers out there. Loads of nuance and intricacy. It's refreshing too. The finish is amazing. More and more complexity emerges as it comes to temperature. Depth of flavour is incredible. What really does it for me is the perfect balance and gestalt build; you couldn't change this in any way without compromising the whole; it's very carefully done.

I could drink this all night - and I should be so lucky. One of New Glarus' finest offerings, and that's saying a lot. I've never had a beer like it. I'd love to see this style attempted by other breweries, but part of me doubts anyone else could really do it justice. This is just best in its class. I'd buy a case at $10 per 12 fl oz bottle.

Will age well for 3 more years.

High A-
Mar 02, 2013
 
Rated: 1 by jegross2 from Illinois

Feb 19, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by drummermattie02 from Texas

Feb 03, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by bsuedekum from Missouri

Jan 30, 2013
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Reviewed by katan from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz into a pint. out of the cellar.

A - Pours a brown color, clear and filtered. Mocha head formation, breaks down to a film rather quickly.

S - Holy funkiness - sour, could be spoiled? I know thats the point of this beer, but at this age it is super acidic.

t -Starts off lightly sweet, with some cherries perhaps. Then it comes in big time like apple vinegar. Extremely tart and sour, biting to the tongue. Has a fruity backdrop, maintaining that tart sour flavors but it just never shakes that full on acidity. Finishes, well, acidic.

M - Light in carbonation, fuller in body - akin to cask aged but not that frothy when agitated.

O/D - A very unique beer. This beer doesn't deserve a style in modern times. I remember when I bought it several years back - and the sign then clearly had problems with people not understanding its aim for historic accuracy than modern day taste. Let's just say i"m glad I tried it, and won't be too worried about not having one again.
Jan 11, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Jan 08, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia

Dec 17, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by Jon from Michigan

Dec 10, 2012
Unplugged Old English Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 289 ratings