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RATINGS: 363   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Pours a nice reddish brown with a thin white whispy head. Cherry aroma. Tastes a lot like their cherry tart - sour, cherry, sweet . Medium-light body, sourness lasts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1361) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Really excited to try this on out! Malted barley and cherries with a spontaneous wild yeast fermentation. Sounds crazy. Pours a reddish brown color with minimal head. The first aroma is nots of the oak barrel followed by vanilla and cherry. Wow, the tastes are hard to describe. Cherry, fruit, vanilla, and some funkiness all at once. Oak flavors in the background. Not like anything I have had before. Not as sour as I would have thought but then again this is a young beer. Slight bitterness. Almost a nuttiness flavor at the end. Mouthfeel is medium. No real head retention at all. This beer is a freakin’ Enigma. Don’t know what to think of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2010
2010 Batch bottle from Woodman’s. Pours a very clear red/brown. Fluffy offwhite head. Nose is tart, definitely get the Door County Cherries, slight oaky notes and initially some metallic elements. On taste, it’s a bit funky and tart with the cherry coming through and some mild toast notes in the background. Light oaky notes as well. I’m more excited to see how these do over time. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3554) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Beautiful ruby red pour with thin white rim of a head around the glass. Aroma of cherries, wood, tannins, vanilla. I get a bit of cheese too. Light tart flavor, lots of cherries, vanilla, oak. Light smoke. Absolutely delicious. Slick mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Finishes lightly sour. Pretty stunning brew from New Glarus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Rating #1700. Clear cherry wood with a thin quickly fading tan head leaving sun flare lacing. Aroma of spicy oak, fruit tannins/esters. vanilla, a bit of dark fruit and some spices. Pleasant and mildly sour. Taste is sour as expected with tannins, oak, a bit of vanilla, cherry, cinnamon and other spices. Finishes up sour and a bit spicy – not overly sour to the point of mouth puckering. A touch more carbonated than I expected, but overall not too bad. Much better than Moon Man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2010
aroma is soft wood seemingly wet with sweet fusel and alcohol esters that play with the brain. sourness comes on quick even through the olfactory, it compliments the wood and the converse is true as well, the mariage parfait of examples of the style i have experienced. appearance is burnished orange to ruby and nearly opaque from more obtuse angles. flavor is sourness that begins pillow soft and crescendos quickly. simliar in so many ways to rodenbach and other benchmarks of the style (coincidentally i just tried that nights ago as it was on sale) yet the wood/sour combo is bereft of negatives and sourness is amped up. still, i long for more puckering and two lie dormant in my cellar awaiting a rerate in a year or more.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2010
another winner from new glarus. 2010 unplugged release. thanks to madvike for this one. pours a darkish brown with medium head. classic new glarus lacing. not overwhelming sour. i could drink these all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle. New Glarus, you have outdone yourselves this time. The pour was crystal clear copper golden with a red hue. Aroma was ripe with slightly tart cherries, smooth vanilla oak, light caramel, brown sugar, and plums. Flavor was quite complex and slightly more sour than an Oud Brune, but amazingly complex and well blended! The sourness was strong, but carefully countered by the cherries, somewhat sweet malt, earthiness, some barn characters, and a slight amount of old cheese. This is really an amazing beer, and to be able to finally get a great sour beer for a reasonable price in Wisconsin is truly a treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Getbetter (905) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
thanks to Hophead22 for the tasting.From a 12oz bottle,a well balance beer not too sour and not too sweet.Was a big favorite among the tasters in the tasting session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
12oz bottle from drewbeerme from awhile back. Rating #399. Muddled brown pour with an off-white head. Tart fruity aroma, very nice. Tart and dry and just outstanding. (1236)

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