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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4996) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (5477) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2069) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7276) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1686) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2015 Pours deep amber red with thin off-white head. Aroma is cherries, all-spice, and wood. Taste is cherry pie filling, wood, with a sour, dry finish. Solid and better than your average fruit beer. Definitely ready for something other than a fruit beer for the next Unplugged. I mean come on - Cran-bic, Cherry Stout, Enigma...Re-rate 2015 edition....very vinous nose. Get a lot of pear and to much lesser extent dark cherry. A bit of green apple and fruit skins. Not as impressive as last batch. -2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 12 oz bottle courtesy of ncmussell. Thanks Nate. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a medium sized beige head that slowly recedes. The aroma is distinct with sour apples, some cherry, dust/sawdust and a bit of mulling spice. The flavor is lightly sour with apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, oak, and a touch of sour berries. The palate is full and malty with lively carbonation. The finish is medium in duration with lingering spices. Overall: A very tasty little brew; not a whole lotta sour going here, but lotsa complex flavor notes. Re-rate on 11-23-2012--no changes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Clear red-brown body with small beige head. Taste is moderately sweet, sour cherry, light wood. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, some wood, light sour. Krieky. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2015 [Bottle] Pours ruby-amber with a quickly disappearing light tan head. Aroma is immediately cherries up front, then oak, vanilla, and faint spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Taste is slightly tart, cherry again taking the lead, with notes of cocoa, barley and cherry skin at the end. Almost a pumpkin-like quality at times (which Guerde pointed out). Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and has a long finish where the tannins really come out. Another beautifully unique creation from New Glarus that is like dessert in a glass. I just wish that this became a regular so I could drink it all the time.

Re-rate: Last bottle, and I still love it. I’m bumping the score up a couple of points. Great beer that I hope that they make again.

Re-rate: 2015 Bottle. Still very solid--lots of cherry, but the finish is below average. Not as tart as I remember, and the oak sometimes clashes with the other flavors. I still like it, but it falls short of the 4.5 I gave the beer previously.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. not very sour, very typical new glarus feel to it. if you like new glarus you’ll like it. if not, you wont.

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