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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Aroma of fermented fruit and some oak. Pours a not so dark brown almost no suspended particulate. Taste is of fermented fruit with plumb and molasses as the primary and oak as secondary. Very smooth beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Pours mostly clear lighter brown/amber with some decent foamy bubbly head that dissipates within minutes leaving a small ring of foam around the outside edge of the glass. Aroma is nice but hard for me to describe. Maybe some citrus? The flavor is sweet at first but then the sourness comes through. There is an aftertaste that reminds me of a nice port wine with some warming booziness that lingers after each sip. This is a VERY interesting beer - one that certainly lives up to its name - quite the Enigma indeed. Glad I was able to try it and will likely drink it again if I get the chance.

   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 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Aroma:The nose is full of cherry an oak. The smell is sugary sweet. Appearance:Itís the reddish-brown color of spiced rum. Poor head retention. Taste:Thereís a lot of cherry flavor in the foretaste, plus a little sourness imparted by the wild yeast. This changes to oak and vanilla in the midtaste. For the first few sips, there was a lot of copper in the aftertaste, but this went away the more I drank. Palate:Lots of carbonation on the tongue, and itís a little harsh on the back of my throat as I swallow. Overall:This is a delicious fruit beer that gives you a lot of cherry flavor. While you drink this beer, complex flavors arise on every sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Appearance- Clear amber with a tin creamy head. AromaSherry, fruit, a little barnyard, and some cherry. Taste- Tart cherry and an assertive but not overpowering sour finish. Palate- Pucker. Overall- Not a bashful sour beer but very pleasant and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2012
This sour must be a blend because there is plenty of sweetness that almost overpowers the tartness of the beer. Itís full of spice, a touch of smoke, vanilla, and a creamy mouthfeel. Iím not sure I like it. Itís good but I think itís a bit sweet for me. There is something here, it really could be wonderful, but like I said, too much sweetness for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Purchased from Woodmanís in a bottle this afternoon (2012 Batch). Pours a sable brown with a thin white head that still laces the glass. Smells of sour nectarines and effervescence. Taste is carbonated with the taste of sour nectarines, apple and strawberry. Tingly, sour and carbonated finish that lingers with a fuller mouth feel. This has to be one of my favorite New Glarus beers to date. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UrbanCaveman (131) - Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a deep, dark ruddy brown, with a head that dissipates rather quickly. Smell: Balsamic vinegar notes waft out of the glass first, of course, followed by notes of cherry and sweet caramel. Faint hints of something akin to hardwood also come along for the ride. Taste: Now thatís a good, approachable, fruity oud bruin. Sour vinegar strikes first, overlaying every other aspect of the taste with its essence. Cherry and berry flavors dance to the balsamic tune, occasionally forming some hints of currant and plum, while sweet caramel plays a soft counterpoint in the background. Mouthfeel: Medium and drinkable. Overall: Decidedly tasty. Would repeat frequently, if I were nearer the Wisconsin border. Which I may be fairly soon, so Iíve things to look forward to!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
i was given this beer at the eclipse party in 2012 its not the 2010 unplugged label so i think its the 06 being it looks like what the 06 says it looks like. that being said wooooowzer this beer was amazing poured a bronze amber with a small fleeting white head first the smell of fresh apples then small pepper and cinnamon notes it is then a whole new ball game sour tart fruit in my face no wounder these guys are the fruit beer gods. wow

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