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RATINGS: 396   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2010
12oz bottle from arminjewell - thanks, Armin! Funny, but for some reason I wasnít initially aware that the recipe had changed. To me, the modest lowering of the ABV hasnít diminished the complexity even a hint. Still lovely in the appearance (a weathered looking reddish brown), nose (that delectable barrel character familiar from many NG beers, along with a heady mix of tart fruit and vanilla), and the superbly complex flavors. Nice to try it fairly young too, albeit with a tweaked recipe. The yeast isnít necessarily understated, but hasnít quite suffused the beer yet. Still outstanding and no doubt will age as well as its predecessor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4951) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2010
12oz bottle, though I was lucky enough to try it on tap a few times when it first came out as well. Pours a glowing brown red color, with a big, soapy beige head. Tart, funky, barnyard cherry aroma, quite nice. Cherry vinegar, some creamy lactic undercurrents as well. Sour, but retains a nice drinkability. Tarter than I had remembered, perhaps the Brett is still at work. A masterpiece, this beer is phenomenal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6165) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, reddish brown color with smokey sour cherry and brown sugar aroma, flavor is balsamic vinegar and pie crust, more vinegar and less sugary than the 7%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2010
Bottle at campsite tasting at Ebenezerís Belgian Beer Fest
Aroma : Strong fruits with a bit of cinnamon. Liquoreux. Notes of cough syrup. Very fruity and spicy. Cherry-ish.
Taste : Huge spices, some cinamon and cloves. Really fruity. Finish is very spicy (gingerman bread).
Overall : Very intense. Interesting stuff. A bit too intense on the cough syrup and spices. Didnít felt very sour and wild to me. Not as good as cran-bic and far from being as good as Raspberry tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
benpickens (425) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Crystal clear; not suprisingly reddish in hue. Oaky cherry aromas. Tart on the tongue but not overwhelmingly tart like Rodenbachís Grand Cru. Thirst quenching. Usually I donít like tart beers, this one surprised me. Unusual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Pour from a bottle. Thanks Kan. Reddish murky brown with a bit of off white top. Aromas of fruit, sweet malt. Nice feel in your mouth with a fairly light body. Lightly sour and tart with sweet cherries and lighly toasted malt. Some vanilla off the back. Pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10111) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Reddish brown pour with an off white head. Aroma starts with some big oaky and vanilla characterstics, cherries, and vinegar. Flavor is a tremendous mix of sweet and sour. Sour cherries, sweet vanilla, raw oak, red wine vinegar, raspberries. Man this is delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a bright, lightly hazy, ruby-tinged orange color (somewhere between amber and orange); thin, fine-bubbled off-white head with excellent lacing; dig the color on this. The aroma shows mouthwatering tart cherries, creamy oak (plenty of vanilla), and strawberry fruit leather; hints of cinnamon and spice (presumably from the barrel); dense, lush, modestly tart aroma with excellent details. Medium body; average carbonation; quite creamy, with nothing rough here; following the aroma, the lightly tart cherries, red fruits, modest citrus, and hugely charismatic oak notes come together nicely: reasonable acidity, nice citrusy note at the tip of the tongue, lively and light enough to down quickly; very well-presented, highly oaked sour ale (though not particularly sour); the sour brown characterization is vaguely apt, but there arenít any darker malts or major sweet and sour notes here; nicely toasty, tart, and drinkable, with more a concentration on red fruits than traditional sour browns. Tasty stuff. Glad to see Dan turning down the alcohol on this and zeroing it in. Pretty much just as good as the original, in my mind, if not better (my scores from before might be higher, but my scaleís shifted a bit in the meanwhile). Long finish of vanilla-laden oak, lightly tart red fruits, and a soft toastiness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
reliantkcar (102) - USA - SEP 11, 2010
caramel, barnyard, basement aromas, cough drop, cooked vegetables, rotten eggs, skunky, red, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, heavily sour, medium body, slick feel, flat, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1618) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2010
I picked this up while visiting the New Glarus brewery, enjoyed while watching opening night of the 2010 NFL season. I didnít know what to expect out of this one. Aroma wise, the vanilla is very prevalent along with a hint of cherries and sour notes with smoke, unlike anything Iíve ever smelled. Appearance just looks rich, like a cherry amber with a pronounced head. Taste really threw me off. This is some sour stuff, and I wasnít expecting it. I didnít think it would be a sour ale upon aroma and appearance. After a couple of sips, the smokiness really becomes known, along with some dark fruits. Carbonation is actually more than any other sour Iíve tried, and the mouthfeel at first really sucks any moisture from your cheeks, itís like you have to drink this without letting it get into your cheeks to really appreciate it. This really is unlike anything Iíve ever tried, and while Iím impressed Iím not sure if Iím really a fan of it or not. Definitely a truly unique brew, should really be tried by anyone out there. After getting towards the end of this one, I find my appreciation for it growing with every sip and Iíve got to increase my rating. The warmer it gets, the more the cherries become pronounced.

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