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RATINGS: 425   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fata2683 (2175) - 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 (7792) - 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 (360) - , 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 (1242) - 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 (6923) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2011 Notes from Tuesday, June 29 2010 12 oz. bottle from Steve’s Liquor, Madison Ar: Cherry nose with vanilla and wood notes. Ap: Pours a deep copper/brown with streaks of red when held to the light. Small head diminishes quickly. 01/06/10: Poured into a tulip this time, awesome head retention and great lace. Bumped to 5/5. F: Cherry flavor is highly pronounced, but in no way is overwhelming. There are wonderful notes of vanilla, balsamic vinegar, wood, and just a slight touch of smoke. P: Medium body with champagne-like carbonation. O: Another wonderful beer from New Glarus’ Unplugged series. Well worth trying to get your hands on, especially at $2 per bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1178) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Copper golden pour with thin white head. Aroma was sour cherries, leather, oak and salty green olives. Taste not nearly as sour as the aroma implies, but rather oaky. Medium body. Overall very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2010
12oz bottle @Jimmack Invitational thanks dand645–pours a tan head that laces and copper color. Aroma is tart, yeast, nut, medium malt. Taste is medium fruity-cherry/peach, tart, yeast, nut, medium malt, slight spice.

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