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RATINGS: 350   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Thank you pantanap for another great freakin bottle from New Glarus..... This cranberry colored delight had a minuscule white head. The nose is sour cherries and vinegar. The flavor is so smooth. It’s not really sour, it is sour cherries, oak, vanilla, and a hint of vinegar. Damn, this is so tasty.....

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2098) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Poured with a medium sized, light tan head that settled out and a little lace. Color is a clear copper amber. Aroma is tart, malt, yeast, and a bit of fruit. Flavor’s the same plus a bit of cookie dough. Body is excellent and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has long length. Session beer in the summer and right mood.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2184) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle pours a clear tawny redish brown with just a ring of fine white skin around the edge of the snifter. Aroma is an intoxicating mix of tart cherries, tootsie rolls, brown sugar and a touch of platsticy band-aid. Flavors is a bit of a switch. Big soft blanket of vanilla, light smokiness, light bodied and lively. Devine

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (1823) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Pours clear light copper with a 2-3 finger, creamy light beige head that has great retention. Aroma is ridiculously inviting, rich vanilla, oak, hints of lacto-like sweetness, hints of sweet and tart cherries, lactic and vinegar tartness, a touch of mellow smoke, leafy earth and just a little light roast and cereal. The aroma is quite strong, but each note itself is well in check and balanced. Flavor is oak, vanilla and smoke up front, giving way to sweet cherries, vinegar, slightly sweet cereal, grass and floral notes. Palate is light bodied, creamy on entry, immediately followed by an explosion of carbonation (probably a little too high, but it dies down after a little swirling, or a few minutes) and ending with a lightly dry, crisp finish. Fantastic brew overall, easily approachable and delicious sour that I think almost anyone could enjoy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Reddish brown pour with an off white head. Aroma starts with some big oaky and vanilla characterstics, cherries, and vinegar. Flavor is a tremendous mix of sweet and sour. Sour cherries, sweet vanilla, raw oak, red wine vinegar, raspberries. Man this is delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2010
12oz bottle, though I was lucky enough to try it on tap a few times when it first came out as well. Pours a glowing brown red color, with a big, soapy beige head. Tart, funky, barnyard cherry aroma, quite nice. Cherry vinegar, some creamy lactic undercurrents as well. Sour, but retains a nice drinkability. Tarter than I had remembered, perhaps the Brett is still at work. A masterpiece, this beer is phenomenal.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (2905) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spilledpint (341) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2010
bottle thanks to Eric, pours brown with a medium tan head, lots of lacing. Aroma is tart cherry, oak, horse blanket. Flavor is nice and sweet/tart cherries, lots of oak and vanilla presence, ends with mild sourness. This is VERY enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2010
12 oz bottle, sampled in November 2010: Light reddish, brown body w/ an ivory head. Tart, black cherry aroma with oaky vanilla beans and a lightly funky brett. Great palate and carbonation...a tingly mouthfeel without being fizzy. Soft, juicy cherry flavour with minimal sourness...slightly dry finish. Reminds me of the Duchesse, with less bitchiness and more love. If I ever find another one of these, I am going to find the best Ribeye in town, sear the hell out of it on my cast iron and sample them together. Great beer! Cheers D-bag for sharing...


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