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RATINGS: 428   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (9033) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GemalzteGerste (33) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle. I picked this up on a whim and wasn’t sure what to expect out of it. I was pleasantly surprised and found that New Glarus’ description of "undefinable" aptly fits this brew. A bit pricey, but definitely worth the cost to sample this enigma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6010) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Thanks to lithy for this one. Awesome stuff - I’m gonna get that out of the way right off the bat. Great mix of cherry, oak and funk, lots of sour notes, with no one flavor dominating or overshadowing the rest. No pointing in trying to give a laundry list of flavors, its the perfect blending and balance that sets this apart (and I usually say balance is over rated...).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3005) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Thanks to NBondi for the bottle. Pours brown with a thin white head. Sour, funky cherries, sweet tart aroma. Smooth slightly sweet malt, tart cherry, hints of vanilla oakiness in the taste. Very nice balance of sweet and tart with the light alcohol allowing more of the flavors to pop through. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle thanks to CanIHave4Beers. Thanks, Andy! Pours orange-brown with slight reddish hue and a big creamy beige head that got benched fairly early in the game. Nose of dark cherries, cherry skins, wood, vanilla, and sweet bourbon. Sort of a waxy crayon hint, too, but not really distracting. Some sweeter fruits mingling around as well. Similar taste, with the wood and vanilla coming out more. Sour, but not really tart. Not too cherry sweet. Well-balanced. So tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
12 oz bottle; thanks to Brandon; clear light brown with trace fan head; sour brown apples, some nice spice, brown sugar; plenty sour on the nose; wow, drinks much softer and sweeter than the nose implies; brown sugar, almost pumpkin pie spice, sweet yams; yum; light cherries; good stuff; so much better than I remember from the previous version (which was aged when I drank it)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2808) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours orange-red. White head. Notes of red forrest berries in the aroma. Sweet and sticky smell with a small sourness. The taste is fruity and buttery. A little sourness adds some freshness.Small vinousity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear, deep amber colored body with a reddish tint to it. Thin, frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is nice. Dry oak, caramel, moderately tart and very smooth candy cherries, vanilla, a light acidic note, and a hint of smoked and musty cheese. Flavor is more the same. Sweeter, candy-like, moderately tart cherries with a really nice dry, vanilla-oakiness and a smooth, brown malty caramel that adds a bit more sweetness. A light lactic acid with some more must and a bit of a brown sugar sweetness before this finishes very dry, sweet, woody, and with lots of cherries. Medium length aftertaste following a somewhat syrupy, medium, very smooth body and soft, lively carbonation. Overall, a really enjoyable sour brown. Fairly sweet, but the moderate tartness and bigger, smooth vanilla-oak helps balance this nicely. A bit on the syrupy side, but this was quite good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of secret santa aka lushawn. thanks, shawn! pours a clear, dark red with a thin, off white head and light lacing. aroma is great, beautifully reminiscent of belgian red, with tart cherries and cherry skins, sweet oak, and an interesting spicy note that reminds me of cinnamon red-hots candy with touches of vanilla and grass. flavor is delicious with fresh, tart cherries, apple skins, and sweet wine notes backed by soft yeast, oak, vanilla, and toasted caramel with hints of cinnamon bread on the swallow. palate is light bodied, crisp, and lightly carbonated with a dry finish. overall, another great fruit beer from new glarus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2010

Bottle 12fl.oz.

Clear light medium amber red color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, moderate berries, cherry, sweet cherry, tart cherry, light wood. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light acidic with a average to long duration, sweet cherries, lacto. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101128]

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