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Unplugged Old English Porter by New Glarus Brewing Company
English Porter
5.50 % ABV

Review by everetends on 10/25/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 16 3 8 2012
12 oz bottle out of the wedding box from Brac. Thanks, buddy. Served up in a tall glass thingy I can't exactly name.

A: Pours a dark, red laced brown colored body. Held to the light, more of those reds push through but they remain very dark and ruby in color. Although it is very dark, the body appears to be clear. The pour got me a finger a khaki head. It has decent retention, falling slowly to a complete and moderately thick. Very little lace to speak of.

S: This is where this beer really shines. Starts off with those sour notes. Tart cherry and just a touch of sweeter, apple cider vinegar. This shifts into just an awesome, dark grain note that is almost like a toasted oat bread level of heartiness. Light chocolate note hides in the back ground.

T: Things are a little muddled here. The sour is definitely there. Tart cherry for sure that just hangs out on the palate. This is complimented by a light milk chocolate note and a slightly nutty quality. Where it shined in the nose, that dark grain note takes a back seat here. It is very muted and dominated by that cherry note. Its not bad, but I could see this being much more.

M: Light side of medium in body with a very mild carbonation. the feel is a little thin, almost delving into that watery category. ABV doesn't play a factor as expected. On the palate, it is mostly tart with just a light sweetness. Aftertaste is all tart cherry.

OA: Very interesting beer and I learned a lot about porters today after researching the sour notes. The tart qualities are very nice and enjoyable, I just wish they were a bit more muted and the sweeter and heartier side of this beer had a chance to shine. I imagine this was a different animal when fresh and I wish I would have tried it then. Still, quite a tasty beer that hit the spot tonight.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by orbitalr0x on 04/15/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2010
From notes. Good cola brown pour with some red/orange highlights and a quarter inch of off white head that sticks around for awhile. Aromas bring crisp malts that are lightly roasted with an upfront sourness. Red wine and acidic accents along with woody notes and a touch of smoke and chocolate.

First sip is smooth, crisp malts with a mix of cocoa, roast and dark fruit. Sour acidity kicks in with oak tannins. Puckering on the way down with red wine accents again. Interesting and tasty brew.

Smooth and crisp, this one goes down pretty easily. Another tasty, well executed brew from New Glarus!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 10/05/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 17 3 8 2009
Thanks to imperialking for the bottle. I had the chance to try this interesting beer a couple of weeks ago and now I have bottle all to myself.

Pours a reddish brown color with about 2 fingers of foam produced from a slightly aggressive pour. The head lasts for about a minute or two and falls down to a thin layer and then a ring. Nice clarity and color.

On first impression there is a tanginess, hints of coffee and acidity, brown malts, toast, toffee, a bit of roasted barley, dates, and sour raisins. Very interesting aroma, unlike any other porter I've had before. A little bit of cherry. It reminds me of chocolate covered raisins with coffee but with a sour/tangy twist. The aroma starts to get a little more nutty.

The tartness is a little assertive at first, sort of a soured brown/toasted malt flavor. At mid-palate is more of the same thing but it's quickly balanced with a rush of toffee, toast sweetness, plum, raisins, and hints of coffee and chocolate. Red apple and cherry skins on the tip of the tongue. Such an interesting beer. It seems like the beer is going to be sour and tart all the way through but at the very end there is a combination of sweetness. Wood, and tannins are starting to creep out mid-palate with dank wood flavors.

Moderate to high carbonation, mostly thin and effervescent but suits the beer well. Maybe a little less carbonation would help the sweetness and bring up even more complexity.

Not sure how many of these I could drink, I can feel the acidity in the pit of my stomach, but it's a good beer to have when you want to send your taste-buds on a wild ride.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 08/31/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Deep chestnut brown with darker rubyish highlights. A small faint capping of quickly dissapating light tan foam emerges to say hi then sticks a solid collar and long stringy webbed lacing acorss the glass.

Unique aroma of nutty roast and scant tartness of lemon and perhaps some Brett?

Tartful malt vinegar taste, lip smacking sourness of lemon kisses, orange pulp, high ended raisin tang, roasted, toasted bitterness with a very slight nutty sweetness and pale coffee resides late underneath its tart vinegar-like tone. The finish is quite palatable and complexing. That little coffee nuance is remarkably clean and nutty and some how balances out the remaining tartness that sifts away lightly and evenly.

Body is snappy, medium toned in tartness, fairly full in feel, an even lower tone in sourness and bitterness with a clean, nearly creamy smoothness.

A unique brew for sure, quite nice actually if ya like the tart/sour type of beers like this one. English Porter? More like a Belgian sour porter?

Served In: Tulip

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