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RATINGS: 443   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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3.9
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
A- Body is a transparent ruby red hue. Pours with a 1 finger or so soapy white head. Head eventually fades to a thin collar. S-Sour cherry, deep dark fruit, oak, and a hint of vanilla. Oak is soaked. Nice deep and balanced T-Sour cherry balanced with soaked oak upfront very well-hints of vanilla come forward as well. Finish is similar to the initial flavor but the cherry fades a bit and the oak comes through more. M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a medium weight full body. D- This is a very good, rich fruit beer. The balance between the cherry and barrel chracteristics is wonderful. Much better than wisconsin belgian red and more tame as well. I would like this to be a bit wilder but its very good as is! Another great job by NG! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-07-2010 02:53:46

3.2
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
2010 - Dark iced tea color with no head. Tart nose and a little funky. Probably past it's prime. Taste is tart with cranberry. Meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
I could drink this all the time! Brett like nose with sour cherries. A very mild and soft oak and tart sourness with fruits. Loved it wish I could drink this every nite

4
drdisque (830) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2015
From a 12 oz split into 2 snifters. Aroma is wild brett yeast. Flavor is tart but bearable. Well balanced tartness with depth of maltiness and a backbone of spice. Nice sour, but a little middle of the road to truly be amazing.

3.8
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2012
12 oz. bottle thanks to CLevar. Pours a red color with a small head. The aroma is interesting. It’s fruity, spicy almost like cinnamon, and a little tart. This smells like a fruity cinnamon gum. The taste is fruity again with a tart like sourness and more spicy cinnamon like flavors. This is good.

3.8
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2011 Pours red with no lacing or head. aroma is sweet and syrupy with a great deal of sour, overripened fruit, cinnamon and brown sugar. body is sticky with a syrupy texture. Taste is sweet to begin with but the sourness comes through afterwords. Notes of cherry, sour apple and vanilla. Finishes long and sour with plenty of sugar. Complex and striking beer.

3.8
asedzie (824) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours ruby, off white head with lacing. Nose has complex acidity reminiscent of cherry or plum sauce reduction and mild, almost sweet, notes of acetic acid, some bright earthiness as well. Flavor is very nicely balanced, quite dry, starts with lightly sweet cherry-pie like notes, middle is solid barley backbone, fresh and bready, ends with a puckingly tart finish. Great stuff.

3.4
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Tastes a lot like sour apple cider. An overwhelming amount of apple flavor. A little thin bodied on the palate. Decent brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: APR 12, 2017 [Bottle] Pours ruby-amber with a quickly disappearing light tan head. Aroma is immediately cherries up front, then oak, vanilla, and faint spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Taste is slightly tart, cherry again taking the lead, with notes of cocoa, barley and cherry skin at the end. Almost a pumpkin-like quality at times (which Guerde pointed out). Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and has a long finish where the tannins really come out. Another beautifully unique creation from New Glarus that is like dessert in a glass. I just wish that this became a regular so I could drink it all the time.

Re-rate: Last bottle, and I still love it. I’m bumping the score up a couple of points. Great beer that I hope that they make again.

Re-rate: 2015 Bottle. Still very solid--lots of cherry, but the finish is below average. Not as tart as I remember, and the oak sometimes clashes with the other flavors. I still like it, but it falls short of the 4.5 I gave the beer previously.

Old rating: 9/4/8/4/17=4.2 Updated: Back to dialed-in with this 2017 batch. Spectacular balance of tart cherry and oak. One of New Glarus’ best, and that is saying something.

3.6
dwm1034 (784) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle from sherm1016 via lake beer fridge! Pours a reddish brown with thin head. Very interesting combo of sweet cherry and then a sour finish. Very yeasty.


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