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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
balloonbuffoon (667) - - MAY 6, 2017
12floz bottle not marked, but this is the 2017 vintage. Poured into a tulip glass, where little head develops. Color is dark garnet, and the aroma brings the hard candy, sour funk that I expect. Sweet and sour, but the sourness is foremost. The tart cherry flavor is supported by a good malt backbone, making the body lively, yet controlled. A pretty good sour brown that is worth a try, and perhaps look for in the future.

3.9
SG111 (2064) - New York, USA - MAY 2, 2017
Bottle from trade, 2017 vintage. Pours semi-murky red/brown with beige head. Aroma is cherry, oak, plum, raisin, dark fruit, prominent tart notes, vinegar, very much a sour red/brown. Flavor is tart cherry, oak, a little aspirin astringency, dark fruit, plum, vinegary. Really nice.

4.2
Nuffield (4202) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2017
I follow other recent raters in declaring this to be wonderful. The murky body offers a solid sour that resonates in my jaw rather than puckering my lips, and the fruits are juicy, layered and complex. Delicious beer, one I simply opened on a night when I was reading alone so that I didn’t have to share.

4.3
StoutBeerReviews (257) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2017 Havent had many sours but this is fantastic. Deep cherry black color, tangy and tart mild sour cherry. Little bit of woodyness. Would be up for this again

3.9
Ktwse (5622) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2017
Pours hazy brown with flat tan head. Aroma of red berries, red grapes, bretta, mild nuts. Taste is medium fruit tart followed by a light sweet finish. Light and crisp body with average carbonation.

4
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2017
From Bushel and Peck, Really quite nice, not too sour or sweet, noticeable oak. Serving: Bottle

3.6
Lubiere (14196) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2017
A hazed dark reddish copper ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, nice sweet cherry malt with light acidity, light funk, nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice sweet cherry malt with light butterscotch, coconut, light vanilla, light tropical fruit punch, surprisingly nice yet light bodied.

4.4
alassio (99) - USA - FEB 18, 2017
This is just simply a wonderful thing to drink. It is gently sour, it is zesty, it is a big happy spray on the palate and a big burst of bliss in the nose. Great, subtly restrained fruit; a perfect balance between evocative dryness and an unrealized hint of fruity sweetness (that thankfully never actually happens - - it remains dry and complex). This thing is just mystical. I call it a ’thing’, and not a ’beer’, because sometimes the word beer just gets in the way.

3.9
sawbuck (767) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Aroma of tart cherries, barn yard funk, musty humid air, and baking spices. Deep redish brown color, with a thin off white head. Tart up front, with medium sweetness, followed by medium sour. Tart cherries, funky yeast, and candied sugar. Tart finish with a very slight bitterness....acidic. Thin mouthfeel. Finish is tart with acidic tones. Nice and complex.

3.2
hackobock (4095) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2016
July 28, 2015.Vintage 2015. Tasting at jtclockwork’s, thanks for sharing!

Hazy amber with a small frothy off-white head. Aroma is toffee, cherries, lemon and some sharp acetic notes.
Taste is light to medium sweet, with toffee, berries, tart apple skins, cherries and vinegar.Dry fruity finish with a light toffee sweetness. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

A bit too much acetic acid.


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