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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
355mL thanks to one of my many trade partners. The pour is a clear, light reddish color (near pink) with a healthy, yellow head. Nose is incredible: wildly sweet and rich baked cherries with barleywine like notes of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla. Whoa. Taste....holy god. Amazing play between sweet fresh red fruit explosion and quenching sourness with no acid palate. Rather there is that enigmatic, no pun intended, New Glarus sour palate you get in the Old English Porter that is almost indescribable. It is rich and thick feeling, but also quenching and sour with mild anesthetic, clovey Christmas spices. So delicious. Overall, feels like New Glarus Belgian Red on crack with the palate perfection of New Glarus Old English Porter. Wow..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9108) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (8905) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8857) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2010
2010 batch from Hudson’s cave fest. Pours deep brown, red with a white head. Aroma is some acetic sour, cherries, some vanilla and oak. Taste is subtle but complex, with some chocolate, smoke, vanilla, cherry, acetic sour notes. Great brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Bottle. Reddish pour. Sour cherry nose. Same taste plus some wood. Not cloying. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (8124) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (8085) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours hazy red amber with a short lived tan head. Aroma of tart red fruit, soft vinegar, light vinous notes, light oak and some sweet malt. Flavour is moderate sweet and sour. Medium bodied with very soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8050) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8010) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - 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.

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