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RATINGS: 362   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
degbert (1174) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle. Holy mother. Nose is INCREDIBLE -- brandy, buckwheat honey, cherries, vanilla, caramel. Pours a rich gold -- almost brandy colored again -- with a very light head. Taste is incredible -- more of the same as the nose, with rich sourness (if thatís possible) and some faint bitterness on the close. In-freaking-credible.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of kbutler1. Thanks! Dark red vIolet appearance with a tan colored head. Sweet, cherry, vinous, oaky, vanilla aroma. Quite sour, but incredibly delicious cherry flavor on top of mildly oaky, vanilla taste. Sour and quite sweet cherry, vanilla finish. Not super sour. Excellent beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Originally reviewed: 9/17/10. I have been wanting to try this beer for awhile, so when I heard Dan was releasing this again due to popular demand, I was super pumped. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The color of this beer is not what I expected. Yields a dark rusty copper color with a thin beige head on top. Some light lace sticks around, but nothing too sticky. I love the nose on this. Getting notes of apples, cherries, tart cranberries, oak, and damp trail. Splendid. The mouth is firm, slightly wet, but filling enough. Carbonation level is spot on for a fruit beer. Lightly spritzy, but not overly so. Smooth flavors of cherry, cranberry, wood notes, and faint funk on the back end. The finish is a little tamer than some of his other fruit beers, but itís got a pleasantly tart aftetaste. Wow. This was everything I was hoping it was going to be. Again, I am amazed at Danís work. The man knows his way around fruit beers for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Purchased from Woodmanís in a bottle this afternoon (2012 Batch). Pours a sable brown with a thin white head that still laces the glass. Smells of sour nectarines and effervescence. Taste is carbonated with the taste of sour nectarines, apple and strawberry. Tingly, sour and carbonated finish that lingers with a fuller mouth feel. This has to be one of my favorite New Glarus beers to date. Fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of tart crisp apples and cherry skins. Flavor is also very fresh crisp apple, tart and slightly soured cherry juice, very light malt and slightly sweet on the aftertaste. A near perfect beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2548) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear, very dark amber with very minimal head. Aroma is sweet and sour. Cinnamon, spice and green apple. Taste is medium sour. Oak, vanilla, red berries and green apple. Light bodied with a slick texture. Fizzy carbonation and a long finish. Overall, very good. Iíll enjoy drinking this one again.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NelsonPR (23) - MIlWAUKEE, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Amber body with tan head, aroma of cherries, vanilla and woody notes, taste is nutty, cherries, vanilla and sour. Good carbonation. Nice beer with complex flavors and aromas.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle. New Glarus, you have outdone yourselves this time. The pour was crystal clear copper golden with a red hue. Aroma was ripe with slightly tart cherries, smooth vanilla oak, light caramel, brown sugar, and plums. Flavor was quite complex and slightly more sour than an Oud Brune, but amazingly complex and well blended! The sourness was strong, but carefully countered by the cherries, somewhat sweet malt, earthiness, some barn characters, and a slight amount of old cheese. This is really an amazing beer, and to be able to finally get a great sour beer for a reasonable price in Wisconsin is truly a treat!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Aroma:The nose is full of cherry an oak. The smell is sugary sweet. Appearance:Itís the reddish-brown color of spiced rum. Poor head retention. Taste:Thereís a lot of cherry flavor in the foretaste, plus a little sourness imparted by the wild yeast. This changes to oak and vanilla in the midtaste. For the first few sips, there was a lot of copper in the aftertaste, but this went away the more I drank. Palate:Lots of carbonation on the tongue, and itís a little harsh on the back of my throat as I swallow. Overall:This is a delicious fruit beer that gives you a lot of cherry flavor. While you drink this beer, complex flavors arise on every sip.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11381) - 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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