Beer Review: NEW GLARUS SMOKE ON THE PORTER

Beer Review: NEW GLARUS SMOKE ON THE PORTER

New Glarus Brewing presents the much-anticipated return of an old classic, Smoke on the Porter, after a nine-year hiatus. The 12 oz. bottle is poured into a tulip glass, revealing a clear, deep mahogany beer that forms a robust tan foam with impressive retention.

Aromatic Allure

The aroma of this brew is assertive, leading with notes of sweeter smoked meat and maple-glazed bacon. Upon warming, subtle hints of cinnamon raisin and sweet dates emerge, adding complexity to the olfactory experience.

Flavorful Symphony

The flavor profile kicks off with a robust smoked meat essence, taking a nuanced turn towards an ashy, cigar-like quality. Surprisingly, the mid-palate maintains a light-bodied character, contributing to an overall super-clean drinking experience. The lively carbonation carries no overwhelming sugar or alcohol notes. The finish introduces a touch of bitterness and mild roastiness, completing the beer’s well-rounded taste.

Unconventional Drinkability

Contrary to the expectations associated with the term “smoked porter,” Smoke on the Porter defies convention. Far from an intense, sip-and-savor experience, this beer is endlessly drinkable. Its smoked barbecue savoriness becomes not just enjoyable but downright addictive.

The Verdict

In the realm of smoked porters, New Glarus emerges triumphant where many breweries falter. With Smoke on the Porter, they effortlessly integrate a distinct smoked character into the porter style. The result is a top-notch brew that excels in balance, drinkability, and an enticing smoky allure. New Glarus Brewing’s Smoke on the Porter stands out as a flavorful comeback, leaving a lasting impression on the palate and the mind.