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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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3.8
emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours a clean coppery orange with a thin offwhite head. Nose is tart withnotes of cherry skins and wood. Some leather and cherry becomes more prominent with warmth. Flavor is really nice with notes of cherry and wood with a mild tartness. Palate is smooth and shows a low carbonation.

4
jnkor (477) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Very nice. Much like the Belgian Red, but without the cherries. Light sweetness and a bit tart, but not too much. Thick and delicious with a nice red hue, and not too opaque.

3.8
MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2010
amber to orange colored pour w/ a huge frothy white well laced head. Overly fruity aroma lots of tart cherries definite hints of the sour brown ale aroma has hints of the cherry stout that harkens some less than ideal taste memories. Full well coated palate with some nice carbonation on the tongue that lingers a bit after the swallow. Flavor is definatelly the sour brown, very mellow and subdued, lacks the depth of the older version. The cherries come through nicely in the finish and make both a sweet and tart flavor come out. Still a very nice beer.

3.8
SudsMcDuff (8538) - .....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, don’t worry about it. All the teachers loose their car on their first day.

3.8
pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2010
12oz bottle. appreciate the person who either sent this to me or gave this to me seeing that i’ve 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
brokensail (16689) - 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
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
blankboy (7860) - 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
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
boFNjackson (4230) - 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.


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