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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (7230) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
12 oz. bottle, sent from FullObs (thanks a lot, Brett), pours an opaque rusted red colour with a small beige head. Nose is quite acidic and vinegary, with a fair amount of sour fruitiness. There is some oak and vanilla buried further underneath. Flavour reveals a finer balance between sweer and sour than I expected based on the nose, with oak barrels, vanilla, slightly soured fruits, sweet fruits as well (cherries especially), and some light vinegary qualities. Fairly complex and highly drinkable for a sour. Very well-balanced - doesn’t try to knock your socks off with sourness, but instead goes for a restrained sourness balanced sufficiently with fruity sweetness. Not much of a sour, but a fairly enjoyable sweet and barely sour ale of some kind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7182) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Pours a clear deep copper bronze with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel malty nose with a fresh oaky and tart cherry nose. Starts with good fullness and sweet biscuity maltiness with some nice oak complexity and tart fruitiness before a smooth, lightly effervescent finish. A very enjoyable and balanced sour brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (7002) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to the GF. Pours a clear deep amber brown with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma is full of cinnamon and vanilla with underlying sour fruits and oak. Flavor begins with cinnamon and vanilla but oak and sour fruits grow toward the finish. Oddly, syrupy on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6971) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Bottle. Reddish pour. Sour cherry nose. Same taste plus some wood. Not cloying. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6962) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks to nuplastikk. Not sure what the vintage was, uploading rate from notes. Totally hazy dark brown red color. Little off-white head. Good ropes and bits of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick texture. Good vanilla, tasty caramel syrup. Nice dark fruit, light spicy barrel notes. Moderate sweet taste, light sour. Tasty, complex oak barrel-aged sour brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2010
Huge thanks to Greg - Askofficerfriendly for the bottle. Couleur rougeâtre/orange, la mousse est dans des tons blancs-cassé. New Glarus frappe encore avec une bière que je trouve d’entrée de gamme pour ceux qui ne seraient pas habitué à cette aigreur de certaines bières de style ’sour’. Cette dernière me rappelle un petit souvenir de Rodenbach. Au nez, note de tonneau/chêne, malt grillé et fruits; cerise. En bouche, je note du chêne, tonneau, légère en bouche avec en arrière-goût des notes de cerise. Un léger picotement et de bois qui est encore sans rappeler la Rodenbach. Le côté aigre reste modéré et donne plus sur l’aspect épicé du chêne. Se boit facilement et donne un fini sec et aigre de fruits. C’est une de ces rares bières où l’on aime prendre une pause, et se dire que l’on a dans son verre quelque chose de formidable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Tried two different bottles of this at the Shenandoah Throwdown. One courtesy of Trevor which was a batch one and accounts for the bulk of my notes. The second is whatever the most recent batch was. Pours a clear ruby copper brown with a thin white head. Medium bodied, cherries, hints of sourness. Smooth and sweet. Light sweetness and a nice tang. The newer bottle was nice, but lacked the complexity of the older one. Not sure if that’s a recipe change, or just the fact that the age on the old one added some deep fruit and velvety mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6837) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2010
12 oz. bottle that came as a trade bonus from skinnyguy- thanks again, Dan! Pours a clear dark brown color with a light reddish tint and a small beige head that fades into a small ring. Aroma of tart cherries, oak, wild yeast, caramel malts, vanilla, and something like an iced Starbucks coffee with a little cream. Flavor of tart cherries, lactic acid, caramel malts, vanilla, and metallic notes. Medium-bodied, with a metallic mouthfeel and crisp carbonation snap. Pretty cool beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6780) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish brown with a thin off-white head and amagnificently sour aroma. There is a sour brown flavor that features a mellow cheery taste and some smokiness.

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