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RATINGS: 359   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2010
From 12-oz bottle pours a clear copper amber colored brew with average size and fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a film top and thin off-white ring. (warmer temperature makes the head last longer). Aroma of tart cherry, a hint of dark pitted fruits, some sour milk and a touch of yeast. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of tart cherries, light yeast, a hint of Merlot, and vanilla. Finish has a sharp tart cherry aftertaste follows by some vanilla and light yeast. Not as strong as the 2007 version but with more tart cherry flavor than the original release. Yes, let this one come up to room temperature for best aroma.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Pours clear light copper with a 2-3 finger, creamy light beige head that has great retention. Aroma is ridiculously inviting, rich vanilla, oak, hints of lacto-like sweetness, hints of sweet and tart cherries, lactic and vinegar tartness, a touch of mellow smoke, leafy earth and just a little light roast and cereal. The aroma is quite strong, but each note itself is well in check and balanced. Flavor is oak, vanilla and smoke up front, giving way to sweet cherries, vinegar, slightly sweet cereal, grass and floral notes. Palate is light bodied, creamy on entry, immediately followed by an explosion of carbonation (probably a little too high, but it dies down after a little swirling, or a few minutes) and ending with a lightly dry, crisp finish. Fantastic brew overall, easily approachable and delicious sour that I think almost anyone could enjoy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2010 Bottle thanks to rcubed. Pours with an orange body and a small, off-white head. Aroma of red wine, lightly musty, tons of cherry and a bit sour. Cotton candy, cherry, and sightly acidic tastes. Lively bubbles. Dry. Good, but much sweeter than I remember the previous version being.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 12oz bottle. Pours a clear glowing duller red with a touch of brown and a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is typical NG barrel but amped-up just a tad, gorgeous dry woodiness, almost spicy, equal parts lactic acid and smooth tart cherry candy, minimal yogurt notes in the aroma, maybe just a hint of cheese, very nice. Flavor follows, some acetic as well gives a slight vinegar kick complementing the lactic, dry woody notes throughout, the acetic draws comparison to the Old English Porter, some vanilla, cherry flavor is mostly upfront and a bit of sour tartness on the back, the aroma seems to elude to the cherries more, some vinegar and brown sugar notes in the finish, quicker aftertaste. Medium bodied, very active fizzy carbonation, very drinkable. 8.4.8.4.15 . . . . . . . [1.19.11. . . . . so oaky tasting, lots of vanilla , yummy yummy, great lactic sourness, so drinkable, bump it up to a 16 overall]

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (2553) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2012 Wow, a delicious sour with just enough cherries to satiate. The vanilla notes are there from the barrels as well. The clear amber appearance is clearer than a normal sour brown with almost no head. The sour flavor is so smooth and tame with the candy cherry notes being delicious! One of the best domestic sours hands down. Additional notes from a 2 year old bottle. There are zingy, tangy flavors that have developed very well with the cherries.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9654) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Doodler poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of apple, cherry, wood, carmel and light spice. Palate was cherry, apple, cinnamon, wood and carmel with a crisp dry lightly tart spicedfinish.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
bpreo (1544) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Yeah, that’s a sour ale. Does not have the luxury of high alcohol content either.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Pours a dark red color with a medium head. Aroma of sour cherries, vanilla, oak and malt. Rich malt taste. Heavy on cherries and oak (piles of vanilla). Almost light bodied. Light almost nuttiness. Divine.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2372) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle pours a clear tawny redish brown with just a ring of fine white skin around the edge of the snifter. Aroma is an intoxicating mix of tart cherries, tootsie rolls, brown sugar and a touch of platsticy band-aid. Flavors is a bit of a switch. Big soft blanket of vanilla, light smokiness, light bodied and lively. Devine

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1456) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle: Light brown color with red tints, almost clear with a off-white ring head. I could spend days taking in the aroma. It is absolutely wonderful - oak barrel, vinyl, and green apples. If I had to put the flavor into two words it would be "tart vanilla." Good carbonation like mild soda pop begging you to take another sip. All around - a phenomenally smooth and beautiful sour ale. Thanks Indiana_Red for hooking me up with this special treat.


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