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RATINGS: 435   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8294) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2010
The new version: .. Pours a hazy dark honey .. good foam .. . wow, a mixed up concoction .. . assertive tartness, likeness akin to apple skin and grit .. . Oh, dont worry about it. All the teachers loose their car on their first day.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2010
12oz bottle. appreciate the person who either sent this to me or gave this to me seeing that ive never rated it... pours a darker reddish brown, allowing some light to pass through, and topped with a frothy barely off-white head... after the initial pour, scents of a smooth cherry, even creamy, cider like vinegar with underlying vanilla subtleties and an earthiness that rounds off the aforementioned smoothness.... flavors follow suit with the previously mentioned qualities but its tendencies sway more towards the sweeter earthy side of the spectrum. first couple sips offered up a metallic note in the finish which was a bit unexpected. some spices like cinammon and vanilla mingle with the semi-sharp fruitiness. acidity rears its head but quickly goes back into hiding as the earthiness keeps things in check. however, it does tickle the back of the throat if you let it meander enough. mouthfeel was somewhat thin and watery but from a flavor and drinkability perspective, it certainly gets the job done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16347) - 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
   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...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (7571) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a deep orange-amber with a large rocky off-white head. Nice aroma of cherries, lots of wood, light spices, caramel malt and vanilla. Delicious flavour of cherries, vanilla, oak, spices and caramel malt. Medium bodied. Simply amazing!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Smells of wonderful brett. Tastes of sour cherry, sweet vanilla. This is truly an enigma and an overall outstanding beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured amber with an off-white head. Lots of syrup, sugary, brown sugar tones. Caramel apple flavors, even a champagne like yeast a body. Oak, sour tart apples, and a mild vinegar quality. The cherries played really fresh and sour, not medicinal at all.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Rose-amber with good, creamy, beige head / Nose of cedar, cherries, and spice / Light to medium body, tart but not overly so, mildly sweet, low carbonation, mellow, with good balance and finish / Stylish, young, flavors of fermented cherries, apples, new oak, cinnamon / A certain soda pop simplicity, but still terrific.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. Pours a hazy amberish brown with small head. The aroma is fruity and tart with some malts coming through as well. Flavors of sour cherry, lots of fruit, horse blanket, and good level of tartness. Mouthfeel and carbonation are good. Nice fruity sour.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zizzybalubba (1845) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 12 oz. bottle from Woodmans Market in Madison, WI. Pours dark orange with a reddish hue. The aroma is tart sour cherries with oak and Earth and some underlying apple cider vinegar. Also, a hint of vanilla makes its way through just a bit. The flavor doesnt bite you on the tongue with sourness but its certainly a sour beer. Vanilla and oak nearly share the stage with the sour cherry. Its nothing short of stunning. This is one of the finest sour beers I have ever tasted.


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