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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 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 (1182) - 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 (12198) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (4027) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Pours a beautiful burgundy color with a big fluffy semi loose head and some good lacing on the glass. The aroma is chocolate and pie cherries with some toasty nuttiness and some nice earthy funkiness. There are some more subtle notes like ran drenched soil and horse blanket. The whole aroma is very well woven together. The flavor is at first fairly dominated by tart cherries well complimented by a mild smokiness and some chocolate. The beer has plenty of nice toasty maltiness and while sour throughout is not particularly puckeringly so. There are some notes of raspberry vinaigrette and some mild vanilla and woody tones. My description just seems like a litany of flavors that wouldn’t seemingly work but somehow the subtlety of some of those flavors along with the pungency of others just works together really really well. What a beautiful artistic expression of what beer can be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottled, at BBC Wort Hog Club October 2010 tasting. Cloudy, dark brown pour, tan head. Sour nose. Tart flavor much like an Oud Bruin is accompanied by an unexpected pumpkin pie spice taste. The "defies description," part of the label is spot on. I really enjoyed this offering from a great brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2010
clear bourbony color, no head, tiny off white, tiny off white bubbles ring the glass. nose of bourbon and pencil shavings. flavor of sour, dry fruit and malt. medium bodied, light sour finish. a fun brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle tasted along side the 2006 version. Pour is clear caramel color with a light white head. Much lighter and clearer than 2006. Aroma is light funk, light cinnamon, light nutmeg, light mixed berry, vanilla, and wood. Flavor is also lightly funky and sour with notes of berry, wood, light coconut, light spice, and a nice lightly woody and lightly vanilla finish. This beer is smooth and cohesive while maintaing a nice complexity. Really enjoyed this one. Maybe this is what the 06 tasted like 4 years ago. Gonna lay a few down to see what happens.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
5.5%, 2010 Bottling; Sampled October 2010
A vigorous pour fills my 25cl tulip glass to the rim with an amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep red color that shows an almost clear, cranberry red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of richly caramelized sugars, a wisp of smokiness, brown-sugar coated toasty grain and a sourness. The end has an interesting mix of sourness and almost cinnamon like sweetness that is really quite loud smelling at times. The nose is actually too sweet smelling, it might be able to pull it off if it was a bit more complex. The nose makes me think this is a sweet desert beer of some sort and now I am curious if the flavor follows suit (though I really hope not).

The beer is not nearly as sweet smelling as the nose suggested… and now I get it, that boosted sweetness / spice character in the nose was coming from some barrel aging; ample vanillin and a big toasted coconut flavor sweetly spice the flavor of this beer. This beer does have some sweetness to it, this is evenly balanced by the lactic tartness that is found in this beer. While the sweetness is perhaps a touch to much for my preferences, the tartness is not anywhere near noticeable enough; especially with the big, smooth oak character and supporting sweetness this beer could have used a whole lot more lactic sourness. As with a lot of New Glarus’s beers, this is quite clean and approaches being too simplistic; this can be ok in something like a Pale Ale, but a sour really should have some wildness and funkiness besides the clean lactic character that is in this beer. The combination of the sweetness, the vanillin and the coconut as well as the light tartness makes this beer seem quite fruity tasting; it reminds me of berries, or really cherries (hmm after checking the label there actually are some cherries added to this).

After realizing the oak presence in the flavor, it is now quite apparent in the nose with lots of layered vanillin and a solid, but strikingly fruity coconut character that almost dominates the nose. The body is somewhat full for a beer of this strength, but not overly so, but it definitely clings to the palate a fair amount.

The oak really saves this beer from being overly simplistic and clean. This is a nicely drinkable beer; it is quite approachable and is a great beer for those that are used to the likes of Lindeman’s but are looking for a bit less of the cloying sweetness. While this is not a bad beer I am finding myself deeply disappointed that this beer is not more interesting; it is actually quite surprising how clean this beer is considering the label says that it is spontaneously fermented.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle: Pours a Clear Amber, with a modest off whitish head. Aroma is distinctly cherry with an interesting hint of oak and caramel. Seems fairly carbonated, mouthfeel is light to medium.This brew is at first cherry with a butter like complexion, coupled with smoked oak, barley, and there is the vanilla, finally. Interesting brew -

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
12oz bottle shared with blankboy and garthicus courtesy of JCapriotti. Clear amber, average frothy white head. Smell - mmmmmmm - oak, cherry, mild sweet toasted caramel, just a hint of lemon, mild alcohol - a really simple and deeply appealing aroma. The taste ... so soft, so subtle - cherry, mild green oak - hell, everything’s mild and understated, but it just floats over you palate, leaving a whispery memory of lemon, cherry, caramel, oak and awesomeness. Soft, lightly acidic mouthfeel, mild carbonation, a fantastic tingly light aftertaste. Stunning stuff, so drinkable.

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