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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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3.2
mcberko (17825) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
12 oz. bottle, sent from FullObs (thanks a lot, Brett), pours an opaque rusted red colour with a small beige head. Nose is quite acidic and vinegary, with a fair amount of sour fruitiness. There is some oak and vanilla buried further underneath. Flavour reveals a finer balance between sweer and sour than I expected based on the nose, with oak barrels, vanilla, slightly soured fruits, sweet fruits as well (cherries especially), and some light vinegary qualities. Fairly complex and highly drinkable for a sour. Very well-balanced - doesn’t try to knock your socks off with sourness, but instead goes for a restrained sourness balanced sufficiently with fruity sweetness. Not much of a sour, but a fairly enjoyable sweet and barely sour ale of some kind.

4
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to Rando7. Pours a mahogany color with thin white head. Nose is baked apple and cherry. Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg, smoked apple and cherry. My only gripe is that the nose and taste is a bit muted and left me wanting more of a good thing.

3.8
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
A: The pour is a dark blood red with a thing ring of off-white foam along the outside of the glass. S: A definite cherry aroma to this one, reminiscent of the Belgian Red, but not quite as sugary. A fair amount of oak--the musty, damp kind. T: A rich cherry flavor that provides a nice sweetness. The oak is really powerful and is almost like chewing on a piece of wood. A mild vanilla note and a bit of a smokiness. M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation that leaves a mild dryness. D: This was a lot easier to drink than the Belgian Red. Not so overwhelmingly sweet and much more complex.

4.3
bhensonb (15191) - 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.

3.7
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear amber - white head. Coconut, american oak, fruity,light sourish, red berries, coconut, acid, light solvents, cherry notes, lacto notes, dryness, apples, caramel notes.

3.7
Ratman197 (14830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Doodler poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of apple, cherry, wood, carmel and light spice. Palate was cherry, apple, cinnamon, wood and carmel with a crisp dry lightly tart spicedfinish.

3.5
djd07 (14496) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber with small white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is spice and cinammon. Medium mouthfeel with with spicey malt and oak with vanilla in the finish. very good

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Clear red-brown body with small beige head. Taste is moderately sweet, sour cherry, light wood. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, some wood, light sour. Krieky. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

3.6
Lubiere (13905) - 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.

3.5
Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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.


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