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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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2010
another winner from new glarus. 2010 unplugged release. thanks to madvike for this one. pours a darkish brown with medium head. classic new glarus lacing. not overwhelming sour. i could drink these all night.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 Wow, this is one strange, interesting, beer. Bright, reddish-brown color with very little head that diminishes quickly. Highly carbonated, sour cherry flavor with notes of oak barrel and smoke. Not something that you would drink regularly, but this might go very well with something chocolate flavored.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
12 ounce bottle shared by guyinchicago at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Thanks! It’s cool to find another New Glarus beer. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Spicy aroma... almost like pie spices. Also some fruity notes including strawberry, rhubarb and plum. The taste is tart fruits including cherries and berries, and other tart fruity notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Hazy reddish amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is oak and cherry. Taste is cherry and oak, with vinegar and lactic tartness. Oily texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy fantomas23. This one pours a mostly cloudy reddish amber color and topped by a smooth head of beige colored foam. The aroma isn’t what I remember from the original version. Notes of sweet-tart cherries, apple cider, spices, and some sweet vanilla from the oak push through in the aroma. A otuch of lactic acidity creeps through as well. The flavor follows suit with the tart cherries and apples up front followed by plenty of spices that suggest at clove and anise. Some lactic yeast pushes through to add some tartness, but clean cereal grain malt and vanilla from the oak add sweetness to the fold. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and some residual sugars that linger in the finish. This version is a little sweet and on the spicy side for me. A little let down from the previous version. Maybe this one still some more time in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Hazy red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass, Aroma of cherries, wood, caramel malts, nuts, and some red wine vinegar. Taste of sweeter cherries, light acidity, toffee, some caramel, and a tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...The beer pours super carbonated, tons of bubbles on the glass like a sparkling water, but a disappointing flat light tan head. The beer is a brownish pink, not very attractive looking...The aroma is really light, gives off only a little light sour, but that’s it...The taste has a lot more going here, its light sweet and tart cherries, the sour funkyness disappears. Its a lighter feeling and tasting verison of the Belgian Red. It lacks the complexity though, just light sweet and a little tart...The feel is really light and watery. Easy to drink but I can’t imagine having more than of these before getting bored. Overall a light boring fruit beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours light brown with notes of fried fruits and a dense malt sweetness. Notes of cherries and vanilla drive the sour based flavors that show off the malt nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3240) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
12oz traded bottle. Compared to the 2006 version: less sour, more wood & vanilla from the barrels, and ends sweeter from the cherries. A little lighter overall. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Thanks to ryan or GT2 for this one? This one strikes me as better than the older, 7% version. A more complex and nuanced dark fruit profile mixes with great tart oud bruin presence, touches of balsamic (but in the good way, like Earthmonk), and that great tart cherry. Sweet, but the tartness cuts through it and provides quite a nice mouthfeel. A marked improvement over the 2006, in my opinion.

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