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RATINGS: 396   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle from fear025, thanks Jay! Pours a beautiful deep red color with excellent clarity and off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Immediately the nose provides cherries and oak, and the slighest hint of smoky meat. The first sip confuses my taste buds, as sour oak cherry turns into a vanilla afterfinish. Very interesting, though the vanilla is a bit strong for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (818) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2011 Pours red with no lacing or head. aroma is sweet and syrupy with a great deal of sour, overripened fruit, cinnamon and brown sugar. body is sticky with a syrupy texture. Taste is sweet to begin with but the sourness comes through afterwords. Notes of cherry, sour apple and vanilla. Finishes long and sour with plenty of sugar. Complex and striking beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes (2656) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Poured from 12 oz bottle, clear amber color with little or no head, has an aroma of tart cherry and vanilla, has great creamy/smooth taste of vanilla and oak, not as sour as other ones I’ve had but still delicious. Get your hands on this one if you can!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle pours a clear deep amber with a faint off white head. The head diminshes quickly, and no real lacing to speak of. Aroma is good with raspberries, wood, smoke, alcohol and cherries. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is good. A strong wood backbone with plenty of sweet sour fruits. Has a medium body. The texture is not super dry but mostly dry. Has a good finish with a lingering aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
12 ounce bottle shared by guyinchicago at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Thanks! It’s cool to find another New Glarus beer. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Spicy aroma... almost like pie spices. Also some fruity notes including strawberry, rhubarb and plum. The taste is tart fruits including cherries and berries, and other tart fruity notes. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5005) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle thanks to decoman. Deep amber with a cream head. Aromas of raspberries, faint sour cherry, wood, basement, and musk. Very smooth on the palate, flavor is raspberries, slight dried fruit rinds, musk, damp basement, not as sour as I was hoping, but still a nice treat.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for delicious sour beers that we can’t ever get in Texas. Cranberry and barberry with vanilla and love. Sweet flavor with nice and friendly tartness. Beautiful everyday beer...if we had them for sale here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (5577) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 21, 2010
12oz bottle pours a slightly rosy, copper amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is really big on raw, toasted oak, vanilla, wood chips, cherry, a little smoke, a little booze. Flavor is sweet, cherries, vanilla, light wood, malts, sugar, a little yeast, a little peach. The flavor doesn’t have nearly as much oak as the nose would lead you to believe. The finish is lightly watery and a touch thin. I’d like to see them bump the flavor on this a touch. This beer is really close to being really excellent, needs a touch more flavor but the nose is very unique.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2081) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 20, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 2010 bottle poured a bright orange amber in color and a thick coating of off white head. aroma has a fruity tartness, vanilla barrel wood, cherry funk, and a nice base brown beer. the vanilla has much more punch than I had expected. mouth feel is light and the carbonation on the lower side. flavor has vanilla, oak, funky dark fruit, cherry, and brown malts. a mildly stated sour beer that is interestingly at the session level.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2010
2010 bottle. Poured healthy medium-deeper amber with a sticky cap of off-white head. The aroma opened with a lovely impression from ripe cherries, lactic sourness, and oak, backed by more robust cherry meat (dancing around being sweet, but not quite getting there), vanilla, and rum..decadent and well-balanced. The flavor opened with tart cherries, oak, and milky sourness, backed promptly by candied cherry meat and bright, dry fruity yeast.. dried out greatly on the back-end, leaving a whole lot of barrel impression.. tasty stuff! Medium-bodied with moderate sourness through the palate (equal balance between barrel and cherries).. left a lengthy impression of quasi-tart cherry dust and barrel.. excellent stuff!


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