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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 17/20
Ughsmash (7092) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2010
2010 bottle. Poured healthy medium-deeper amber with a sticky cap of off-white head. The aroma opened with a lovely impression from ripe cherries, lactic sourness, and oak, backed by more robust cherry meat (dancing around being sweet, but not quite getting there), vanilla, and rum..decadent and well-balanced. The flavor opened with tart cherries, oak, and milky sourness, backed promptly by candied cherry meat and bright, dry fruity yeast.. dried out greatly on the back-end, leaving a whole lot of barrel impression.. tasty stuff! Medium-bodied with moderate sourness through the palate (equal balance between barrel and cherries).. left a lengthy impression of quasi-tart cherry dust and barrel.. excellent stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (1468) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Pours deep amber red with thin off-white head. Aroma is cherries, all-spice, and wood. Taste is cherry pie filling, wood, with a sour, dry finish. Solid and better than your average fruit beer. Definitely ready for something other than a fruit beer for the next Unplugged. I mean come on - Cran-bic, Cherry Stout, Enigma...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2072) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 12 oz bottle courtesy of ncmussell. Thanks Nate. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a medium sized beige head that slowly recedes. The aroma is distinct with sour apples, some cherry, dust/sawdust and a bit of mulling spice. The flavor is lightly sour with apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, oak, and a touch of sour berries. The palate is full and malty with lively carbonation. The finish is medium in duration with lingering spices. Overall: A very tasty little brew; not a whole lotta sour going here, but lotsa complex flavor notes. Re-rate on 11-23-2012--no changes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Clear red-brown body with small beige head. Taste is moderately sweet, sour cherry, light wood. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, some wood, light sour. Krieky. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 [Bottle] Pours ruby-amber with a quickly disappearing light tan head. Aroma is immediately cherries up front, then oak, vanilla, and faint spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Taste is slightly tart, cherry again taking the lead, with notes of cocoa, barley and cherry skin at the end. Almost a pumpkin-like quality at times (which Guerde pointed out). Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and has a long finish where the tannins really come out. Another beautifully unique creation from New Glarus that is like dessert in a glass. I just wish that this became a regular so I could drink it all the time.

Re-rate: Last bottle, and I still love it. I’m bumping the score up a couple of points. Great beer that I hope that they make again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. not very sour, very typical new glarus feel to it. if you like new glarus you’ll like it. if not, you wont.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2010
grownfool’s Even the postman knows what’s in those packages tasting. Bottle shared by me thanks to MrPickles. Amber orange and a whitish foam like the other batch. Aroma is cherry, some light sour, oaky, vanilla. Seems the same. The taste though did seem lighter, not sure if that is good or bad, but it was still a nice cherry tartness, wood apparent, light caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to the GF. Pours a clear deep amber brown with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma is full of cinnamon and vanilla with underlying sour fruits and oak. Flavor begins with cinnamon and vanilla but oak and sour fruits grow toward the finish. Oddly, syrupy on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1800) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of a co-worker. I love New Glarus and this one is no exception. This gem poured a ruby red clear color with light tan head which quickly dissapeared. The aroma is of charred oak and cherry tart. The taste is dry with a nice balance of the tart, oak and cherry flavors. This one is not as wicked as some other sours but more balanced and enjoyable. I love that the tart cherry taste lingers for quite some time. This is one complex and enjoyable sour ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle from Guerde - thanks Andy! Pours dark ruddy copper/amber with a temporary whiteish head. Mild sour cherry aroma. Medium minus body with sharpish carbonation. Flavor is lightly sweet/lightly sour kriekish sort of sour brown ale. Some oaky smoke comes forth. Finishes smoothly kriekey - but less than super sour.

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