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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1964) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Rose-amber with good, creamy, beige head / Nose of cedar, cherries, and spice / Light to medium body, tart but not overly so, mildly sweet, low carbonation, mellow, with good balance and finish / Stylish, young, flavors of fermented cherries, apples, new oak, cinnamon / A certain soda pop simplicity, but still terrific.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. Pours a hazy amberish brown with small head. The aroma is fruity and tart with some malts coming through as well. Flavors of sour cherry, lots of fruit, horse blanket, and good level of tartness. Mouthfeel and carbonation are good. Nice fruity sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zizzybalubba (1794) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 12 oz. bottle from Woodman’s Market in Madison, WI. Pours dark orange with a reddish hue. The aroma is tart sour cherries with oak and Earth and some underlying apple cider vinegar. Also, a hint of vanilla makes its way through just a bit. The flavor doesn’t bite you on the tongue with sourness but it’s certainly a sour beer. Vanilla and oak nearly share the stage with the sour cherry. It’s nothing short of stunning. This is one of the finest sour beers I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2010
bottle thanks to Eric, pours brown with a medium tan head, lots of lacing. Aroma is tart cherry, oak, horse blanket. Flavor is nice and sweet/tart cherries, lots of oak and vanilla presence, ends with mild sourness. This is VERY enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8399) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2010
12 ounce bottle thanks to Kevin. Drank at Jordan’s place. Pours a dark opaque brown color with a small off-white head. A rich nose of brown malts and sour woody casks. The flavor is similar; a dead on Flemish Sour Ale, sweet vanilla and toasted malts, sour tannins, some strong sourness but balance, light cherries. Very earthy, tastes like the essence of old rotted oak barrels kept in a cave- that is a complement by the way!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle (thanks Doug!): Pours a muddy brown color with a nice light head and some lacing. The nose is full and fruity with a tight malt profile and a rich tart and toasty note towards the tail. The flavor is rich and complex; lots of fig and spices with mild esters, no alcohol presence and a creamy well rounded finish. Light acidity in the mouthfeel blends the light sweet spices. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (361) - , California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
From bottle (thanks kmweaver) pours ruby and bright with fine effervescence. Aroma is tangy and brown sugar with acidic note, with much more to come in flavor. Lush sour cherry and leather co-mingle on the tongue with lactic acid pop and acetic note, then lightly drying finish. Leather and dried apricot also follow. Intriguing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 Bottle. 12 oz. Split with James and Vin. Pours a violent, ruby red with a small, quickly dissipating white head. Leaves a slick red surface. Aroma of cherry pie crust, vanilla, fresh oak, apples, brown sugar, roasted sweet malts, and slight hints of apple cider. Medium bodied with a loose, yet robust and tart palate. Finishes with fruit esthers and a sweet pie crust doughiness that follows through on a bit of sourness. Excellent ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (7460) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Bottle split with Pat and Vinny, courtesy of Pat. Pours a clear reddish body with thin white lacing. Aroma is strong melted cherry slurpee. Mouthfeel is thin, smooth and silky with notes of cherry pie and bready crust.

   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.

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