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RATINGS: 441   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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3.8
kermis (13747) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours hazy red amber with a short lived tan head. Aroma of tart red fruit, soft vinegar, light vinous notes, light oak and some sweet malt. Flavour is moderate sweet and sour. Medium bodied with very soft carbonation.

4
Stuu666 (13631) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy murky amber, sweet cherry, almond and vanilla. Tasty sourness.

3.8
BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle received from Ratman. Pours hazy brown with a small, fizzy and rocky white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toast), light hops (earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of vanilla, lightly charred oak, cherry, fig, and brown sugar. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toast), light hops (earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of cherry, fig, port, oak, smoke, brown sugar, and vanilla. Full body, low warmth and creaminess, medium carbonation with a dry finish.

3.9
Dogbrick (13144) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2010 Bottle at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse. Pours a reddish-amber color with a medium frothy white head that diminishes slowly. Patrchy rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart fruit, earth and vanilla. Medium body with flavors of moderately sour fruit, malt, earth and a bit of oak. The finish is dark cherries with a lingering tart aftertaste. Good brew overall.

3.1
crossovert (13080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2010 version. Says it’s a fruit beer on here, not sure if it is a full blown fruit beer. It pours into my chalice a vibrant reddish orange. It has a decent white head that quickly recedes it leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is very oaky, for some reason the oak scents in New Glarus beers are a bit more blunt than other beers. There is a light fruity character, but no sourness. This is a very sweet beer, almost cloying. It is fruity but not overly so. It has a nice sourness. Over all this is the oak which again, is blunt. I don’t know if it is the barrels but the oaky New Glarus products just seem off for some reason to me. This really reminds me of Monk’s cafe which I find a terrible representation of the style, this one like that one is just too sweet and the oak just doesn’t meld properly. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-20-2010 02:24:45

3.7
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear deep amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of oak, coconut, vanilla, almonds, berries, and brown sugar. Flavor of brown sugar, vanilla, brett, yogurt, and cherries.

3.8
j12601 (12668) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Tried two different bottles of this at the Shenandoah Throwdown. One courtesy of Trevor which was a batch one and accounts for the bulk of my notes. The second is whatever the most recent batch was. Pours a clear ruby copper brown with a thin white head. Medium bodied, cherries, hints of sourness. Smooth and sweet. Light sweetness and a nice tang. The newer bottle was nice, but lacked the complexity of the older one. Not sure if that’s a recipe change, or just the fact that the age on the old one added some deep fruit and velvety mouthfeel.

3.8
jcwattsrugger (12434) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2010
12oz bottle @Jimmack Invitational thanks dand645–pours a tan head that laces and copper color. Aroma is tart, yeast, nut, medium malt. Taste is medium fruity-cherry/peach, tart, yeast, nut, medium malt, slight spice.

3.6
Sammy (12347) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2015
second time I have had this. Better than ever. Better than a flanders. Hold this up of what sour can do.

4.3
slowrunner77 (12144) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 "noticeable vanilla in the aroma and flavor. i like wood, but i think it this case it was a little too much, and made the beer a good/very good beer, when it had the potential to be a phenomenal beer. vanilla, oak, and funky cherry aroma. body is smooth with a lactic quality. flavor like the aroma, pretty well balanced sweet and sour, with the cherry coming through a little. i’d have liked it more sour. it was tart, but not quite sour. super smooth though, and a solid brew. thanks again to pfoxyjohn for this tasty elixir. Belgian Red still king, though." This newest batch was even better. More oak funk and cherry. Up a tenth.


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