Unplugged Old English Porter | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Old English PorterUnplugged Old English Porter

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by emerge077 on 08-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale to medium brown, clear with amber hues and a decent sized tab head that leaves patchy lacing.

S - Malt vinegar, dry oak and maybe even burnt toast. In ways it reminds me of the coal room right next to the band saw with sawdust about in my grandparents basement when I was a kid.

T - Tart with burnt wheat toast, oak, some acidity and hints of smoke. Really a unique flavor.

M - On the light side of medium, smooth and maybe a touch watery until the tartness and roast kick in to even it out.

D - I am amazed that so many unique styles in the unplugged series turn out to be such great beers. One of the few series that I look forward to each release no matter style.

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Photo of Soneast
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark brown to copper color with a 1/2" light brown colored head that recedes pretty rapidly, leaving an intricate lace composed of very tiny bubbles.

The aroma has some pretty strong roasted qualities, almost coffee-like, particularly when paired with the acidic character. Reminds me a bit of a campfire, or better yet, coffee brewed over an open fire....mmm. Some sweetness from the malt is also evident as well as a hint of "oakiness.".

Very unique flavor, the oakiness really shines through but then there is the roasted malt quality that finishes on an acidic/sour note. Some green fruit flavors ie. green apples, green grapes are evident and the finish is fairly dry, leaving a roasted, oaky note on the palate. I'm having a hard time wrapping my taste buds around the sour and roasted flavors together, though.

I find this to be an amazing beer, so unique and true to the original style. Great flavors and texture plus the low ABV, but I don't see me wanting to consume more than 1 or 2 at a sitting. Few beers take me by surprise anymore, and this one certainly does that...and more.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a New Glarus pint glass

A - Pours a deep brown, almost off red body that is quite hard to see through. The head is an off white tan color that is quite frothy and about an inch before fading slowly. Little sign of carbonation apparent but the color makes it hard to tell.

S - Great, unique smell that I have never come across before. A combination of roasted malts, burnt ash or wood and maybe some coffee. Then the other half comes into play, the sweet tartness along with some undetermined fruit and sugar.

T - WOW. A wonderful blend of roasted, almost burnt tasting malts along with with some coffee or other roasted aspects. Carbonation is more present than I was expecting but it is not overwhelming in any aspect. It provides a great transition to the sweet acidic finish with maybe some apples present. I can't tell entirely about the fruit but it is very sweet and smooth.

M - Roasted, even burnt like malts first come out as the beer touches your tongue. As the beer passes, a nice blast of carbonation combined with an acidic flavor come out finished by a sweet apple flavor with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is one of the most unique beers I have had. While I could have a few in a sitting I won't give this a perfect score. I could certainly have one per day but more than two a day might be a task. Give credit to Dan for daring to be bold and push the limits.

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Photo of Fartknocker
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A- dark, reddish brown; not quite opaque, thin tan head
S- a solid, strong but pleasing malt aroma
T- fairly malty with a nice sour taste that compliments the makts very well
M- decent carbonation
D- It starts out as a nice balnce of sour and malt, but is eventually overpowered by the sour. Still, a highly recommended beer and a nice change of pace for a porter.

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Photo of beertooth
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, another beer from the New Glarus Unplugged series.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass.

Deep iced tea brown liquid with a finger of white head that dropped into a thin ring in no time.

Smell is all roasted, nutty grains, some twang, a little coffee.

Taste is roasted tartness. Roasted grain, coffee, apple skin. Quite interesting and a delicious combo. There are some slight oaky tannins as well. The acidity and sourness comes through more as it warms. There is also a little bit of smoked malt showing up to the party as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

I know these won't be in my beer fridge for long. Londoners in the 1870's knew what was up. Another interesting and awesome brew from New Glarus!

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Photo of eallured
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark brown almost ruby in the light but just shy. light tan head pours airily and recedes rather quickly leaving some lace sticking to the glass. Smell gives away some sourness as well as a hint of coffee. May be a little banana in the but no clove. The tartness hits you right away and then a solid coffee presence comes in. The oak also comes through with some rich vanilla tones and general woody complexity.
A little hint of malt sweetness comes in at the end but just barely, this is really dry cpard with what passesa as porters these days.
This beer has the small bubbles breaking on the tongue characteristic of sour beers. It has a full mouthfeel but isn't cloying and isn't too syrupy. Goes down easy if you are a fan of sour beers, but I could probably have only a few of these before moving on to something lighter.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with one finger of off white head.

Scent of dry oak, ash, coffee, sugars, and a hint of tart cranberry.

Taste of oak, chocolate, grain, roasted malts, and the same tart cranberry with lasting flavor of ash, oak, and chocolate. A unique and tasty Porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a light bite.

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Photo of peabody
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kane from Roof Brothers for this one.
Pours out a dark and cloudy Ice Tea color with one finger of white/offwhite suds that stick around for a while. Some lacing.
Smell is like the malt vinegar you get at the fish places like Cap. D's? Really going to be slightly sour.
Taste confirms the smell. Malty sugar and a slightly woody flavor. This has great complexity and character. Hope they keep putting this one out.
Mouthfeel is very clean I guess because of all the bretts.
Drinkability is great if you could buy a couple of cases!

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Photo of RJUGA03
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- It was a semi-transparent deep clear brown in color with a scant head leaving slight lacking on the glass.
S- It is like your smelling a granny smith apple cooked over a campfire.
T- Tart draw with a slowly evolving malty body ending in a tongue bittering finish.
M-At first it is light on the mouth then it has an effervescent slightly carbonated sweet/sour end.
D- This is not an everyday beer but, it is very pallatable and I enjoyed it throughly.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another installment of the New Glarus Unplugged line...hands down the most consistently exciting rotation in the USA

appearance: ripped off the red foil with glee and poured into a moderately size chalice...cola-amber body, somewhat clear, thick creamy tan head with strong retention

smell: there is definitely a roasty character here - cocoa, lots of smoked malt, some definite tartness starting to come through

taste: i wont regurgitate the background on this beer - go out and read about it...hats off to NG for not being scared to blur styles and challenge palates. this beer is silky smooth with a great acidic tartness...the cocoa and smoked malt are there but not in the way you expect - very vinous feel to this one with a strong woody aftertaste and very interesting

mouthfeel: very smooth, moderate tartness yet still very smoky and malty

drinkability: great

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hereby delete my previous review and will offer a beermail received from Dan Carey himself. I suppose I was uninformed and/or too lazy to research the intentions of the brewing of this beer and had originally stated and wondered if the beer was infected or not due to the slightly sour edge. I feel as though this is my answer. I did like the beer and can suggest trying it, though keep in mind this is a rather unique porter.

Dear Sir,
This beer is not spoiled! It was inspired by the writings of Graham Wheeler, a noted English Beer Historian. Mr. Wheeler describes the original Porters as: "... the least understood of the old British beers. The subject (of the Porter Beer Style) is complicated and confused because porter's heyday lasted from about 1700 to the pale ale revolution of the mid 1800's. During that time it passed through many transformations. Porter was simply a mixture of two brown beers. The only characteristic that set the porter apart from any other beer of the day was that porter was deliberately soured by adding a percentage of sour beer to freshly brewed beer. The original porters were not, as is commonly supposed, jet-black in colour, but a translucent brown. They had a rich, smoky flavor derived from the use of brown malt and a winey aftertang produced by the deliberate souring, highly regarded by Londoners." Our interpretations is a Brown Porter based on the style popular in 1870's London. It was brewed with mostly floor malted English malts including the famed pale ale malt, Maris Otter. A touch of smoked malt produced by Briess Malting Company of Chilton Wisconsin was also used. Half of the batch went through a souring fermentation, in the traditional way, to promote the characteristic wine-like acidity. Lastly the beer was aged on wood to extract sweetness from toasted oak.
Dan Carey

P.S. New Glarus kicks ass, as does its beautiful new location. A must stop for anyone within a 500 mile radius (and beyond).

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from the brewery, this is the latest release in the ever-reliable Unplugged series.

It pours into a Duvel tulip a high clarity reddish brown. There was a small head of creamy, light tan foam that sparkled on the sides when in the light. Spindly lace was left as it was sipped. Woody aroma with malt sweetness and a hint at coffee. Taste has a tart cranberry apple acidity, like a sparkling red wine, which makes an interesting twist on this historical style. Something in the mouthfeel, and buttery oak in the background reminds me of Enigma, which enhances it. Roasty and alternately fruity. Toasty, woody oak that lingers for a long time. The combination is pleasant and certainly creative. Definitely buy it when you see it!

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Unplugged Old English Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
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