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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A few times a year, we will cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses, uncensored, uncut, unplugged. Always handcrafted, this beer is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again. A complex and intriguing original. The mystery began with wild yeast spontaneously fermenting a rich treasure of malted barley and cherries. Unlined Oak casks breathe deep vanilla hues and chords of smoke into this sour brown ale. Our Master Brewer has forged a smooth garnet tapestry that defies description. Wander off the beaten path.
2006 vintage - 7%
2010 vintage - 5.5% (separate entry)
You can tell the vintages apart as the 2010 bottles have the © symbol to the left of the UNPLUGGED banner while the 2006 does not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11112) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Doodler poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of apple, cherry, wood, carmel and light spice. Palate was cherry, apple, cinnamon, wood and carmel with a crisp dry lightly tart spicedfinish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
bpreo (2018) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Yeah, thatís a sour ale. Does not have the luxury of high alcohol content either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4599) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Pours a dark red color with a medium head. Aroma of sour cherries, vanilla, oak and malt. Rich malt taste. Heavy on cherries and oak (piles of vanilla). Almost light bodied. Light almost nuttiness. Divine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle pours a clear tawny redish brown with just a ring of fine white skin around the edge of the snifter. Aroma is an intoxicating mix of tart cherries, tootsie rolls, brown sugar and a touch of platsticy band-aid. Flavors is a bit of a switch. Big soft blanket of vanilla, light smokiness, light bodied and lively. Devine

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1653) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle: Light brown color with red tints, almost clear with a off-white ring head. I could spend days taking in the aroma. It is absolutely wonderful - oak barrel, vinyl, and green apples. If I had to put the flavor into two words it would be "tart vanilla." Good carbonation like mild soda pop begging you to take another sip. All around - a phenomenally smooth and beautiful sour ale. Thanks Indiana_Red for hooking me up with this special treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2460) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Poured with a medium sized, light tan head that settled out and a little lace. Color is a clear copper amber. Aroma is tart, malt, yeast, and a bit of fruit. Flavorís the same plus a bit of cookie dough. Body is excellent and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has long length. Session beer in the summer and right mood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
12 oz bottle from a couple packs I bought for the cellar (New Glarus, WI). Pours a lightly hazed iced team brown, glowing with orange notes, good carbonation, a beige head that is frothy, decent sized and laces well. Reddish dark copper is more like the color, iced tea. Aromas are some pungent sour cherries, a touch of sweetness, caramel and toffee malts, a touch of vinegar acidity, lactic sourness, brett, wet oak and vanilla mix with a touch of cough syrup which is probably the only detractor. Sour cherry tannins. Caramel and toffee, especially wheat bread move forward behind the sourness. Initial is medium bodied, a nice kick of sour cherries and lactic acid, light balsamic vinegar grows, decent acidity, wey oak and vanilla tannins towards the back. Caramel, toffee, wheat bread, some biscuits, vanilla compose sweetness, some more cherry of sweet and tart varieties. Funky bretty is light, but a bit stinky on the palate, the crisp maltiness still comes through though. A touch of smokiness, the acidity gives ground to richer malts, vanilla tannins and rich oak. A decent infection, decent sourness and telltale funkiness towards the finish as mellow sweetness, tart cherries, and light maltiness stick. An interesting sour brown, nothing over the top, quite drinkable. The cough syrup never really interfered, but there was a touch there. A nice sour brown for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Pours dark translucent amber with a thin white head. Aroma is sticky sweet with cherry notes. Mostly pretty sweet, fruity notes. A bit of an oak character. Flavor comes through with the cherry character coming through most prominently. It almost tastes like a variant of the Belgian Red and not very sour at all and almost like itís been watered down somehow. Not quite the robust sour that I was hoping for, but it still an imminently drinkable and very enjoyable beer. Just not a "Wow!" knock your socks off type beer. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3230) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2010
12 oz bottle
I did not realize this was considering a new release until I was skimming the New Glarus page in preparation for the Great Taste of the Midwest. Once I found that out I rushed to open what I knew would be a great beer. Not disappointed in the least this is a slightly lower key version of previous batches. It is hard to do a side by side since the other has a few years on it now but both are excellent semi-tart beers perfect for any occasion.

Aroma / Appearance - The caramel brown head bubbled for a few minutes before the short lived head collapsed. Slightly more fluid than the older batch it slides like silk fabric. Cherries dipped in cheap chocolate and tart sugar accent the nose which is very inviting. It is hard to believe this is 5.5% from the aroma.

Flavor / Palate - Caramel, cherry cordial and oak slide gracefully along the senses like two experienced dance partners on the open floor. The finish is somehow a bit salty. I wish I had more than just a single bottle left at this point because this one will be good for a year or so to come I suspect. Of course I am sure the next release will be no slouch either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wheatyweiss (29) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle. Pours a ruby copper with a small head that recedes quickly to a ring. Aroma is up front light malt and cherries. Middle yields to a light smoke with a touch of pound cake aromas. Finishes with an oakey funk of yeast. The aroma is up front and you donít have to search for it. Flavor opens with a blast of sour yeast and cherries. The cherry flavor, like the Belgian Red is fresh, tart and not at all contrived or fake. Middle brings cracker grain and snappy yeast sourness, malt roast is reminiscent of the Olde English Porter in roasty bitterness, although this is quite light. Finishes slightly dry with a touch of spice and a nice tang. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is thin and very well carbonated to hold up to the sweetness. The carbonation is head on the nail perfect. This, like the Olde English is a flanders more, fruit beer less. Reviewed on: 06-26-2010

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