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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOne (279) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Drinking a 2010 in 2014, so take it for what itís worth. Upfront - itís really good. Pours clear red-gold with moderate light tan cream head; nice residual lacing. Particularly aromatic - ripe tart cherries with an underpinning baked malts. Flavors are rich and complex. The fruit carries through, and adds a faint smokiness. The palate is rich yet not heavy. Itís in the sour category, and it qualifies, yet it has this rich mouth coating unctiousness normally associated with sweeter ales. Enigma. Very nice New Glarus......

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 "noticeable vanilla in the aroma and flavor. i like wood, but i think it this case it was a little too much, and made the beer a good/very good beer, when it had the potential to be a phenomenal beer. vanilla, oak, and funky cherry aroma. body is smooth with a lactic quality. flavor like the aroma, pretty well balanced sweet and sour, with the cherry coming through a little. iíd have liked it more sour. it was tart, but not quite sour. super smooth though, and a solid brew. thanks again to pfoxyjohn for this tasty elixir. Belgian Red still king, though." This newest batch was even better. More oak funk and cherry. Up a tenth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1731) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle share at NG Wild Peach release. Pour is hazy red/brown with a very small white head. Aroma and flavor are fruit forward - red apples, cherry, slight caramel, grapes, wood, and orange tang. Finish is slightly sour but still fruit forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1621) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to nuplastikk. Poured a hazy dark brown red with thin beige head. Aroma pretty sweet very light sour not fruit forward but some cherry. Light carb need bod. Sweet caramel brown sugar taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle shared by Rusty. Pours a deep amber with a one finger head. The nose is raspberries, faint sour cherry, wood. The taste is raspberries, slight dried fruit rinds, like funk. Not as sour as the 2006 version, but still a nice. 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (1089) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2014
At my place with Matt, Kristin, Jake, Jacob and Taylor. Pours.bronze orange. Aroma is sugar sweet apple. Taste is apple, sweet apple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (3648) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle courtesy of tkrjukoff. Pours tiny hazy reddish golden with a small offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sour and slightly fruity with caramel, biscuits, rhubarb, strawberries, hay, rosť wine, lime juice, lemon zest, raspberry jam, cinnamon, vanilla custard and hints of glue and acetic acid. Taste is slightly sweet, sour, tiny malty and fruity with biscuits, lemon juice, lime juice, hay, moist wood, rhubarb, wild strawberries, raspberry jam, moist soil, leather, orange zest, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, vanilla and hints of caramel, cinnamon and sweet dark bread. Mouthfeel is round, tart, slightly dry, tiny mouth-puckering and medium bodied. Finish is sour, tiny malty and fruity with dark bread, biscuits, lime juice, red wine vinegar, moist hay, leather, strawberries, rhubarb and red wine vinegar. Exceptionally fruity Flanders red, what strawberry rhubarb should have been like had it been great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DietPepsican (1534) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4 year old rot box scope. Not sure why Iíve kept this with me for that long, would mean it has traveled to 4 different apartments/houses with me. Odd. This beer poured reddish brown, clear, not much of a small off white head. Aroma was actually pleasing. Cherry skins, a touch of caramel and toffee, a bit of apple. Flavor...not bad. Slightly tart. Rich. Bigger, almost chewy mouthfeel. Tart, but not bracing. Iím puzzled, old beer is gross, but this beer did not show many signs of being both old and (most likely) mishandled. Peted fine, which was tame where I was @ just last night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1969) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Reviewed from notes: 2010 bottle; pours almost a brown color with off-white head. Tartness on the nose, some oak, vanilla, and darker fruits; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1598) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2014
2010 vintage bottle from the cellar. Pours a murky mahogany with him light tan head. Nose some cherry soured fruit, vanilla and oak. Taste pleasing sour funk up front, then the fruit and caramel notes. Syrupy mouth. Finish with some tart notes and lingering vanilla. Tastes better now than it did fresh as I remember.

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