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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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4.7
kkleu357 (640) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Holy hell is this good. Fell in love with Cran-bic, but I might just like this bettery. Poured dark brown with a red hue. Bready sour cherry aroma. Has that light "musty" lambic note. Taste is huge cherry, with hints of vanilla and caramel. Good sour bite, but balanced well by the sweet bread yeast taste. Amazing!

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.

4.6
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2012 Aroma is awesome lots of oak with some cherry and vanilla. Pours A golden amber color. Small off white head that dissipates quickly. Medium carbination. Tart cherry and Sour but not overly sour up front, gives way to oak and vanilla, with a slight smokeyness. Finishes with a slightly bitter oak and fermented cherry aftertaste.The oak adds alot to this beer. My favorite New Glarus brew, one of my favorite beers overall. Its really almost perfect. It is kind of acidic though like any beer with some fruity character to it. This bottle is about a year old, never rated it fresh yet. It changes as it ages some but not for the worse, some of the tartness goes away a little. Update: 2012 batch. Still as sour and great as ever. One of my favorite beers. Really changed as it warms up.Very heavily carbonated, don’t remember that so much.

4.6
beerbaaron (1997) - Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bubbly with quickly disappearing head. Strong fruity smell and some funk. Tart, sweet, sour and fizzy. Cherries, cinnamon and wild yeast are predominant. delicious

4.6
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
i was given this beer at the eclipse party in 2012 its not the 2010 unplugged label so i think its the 06 being it looks like what the 06 says it looks like. that being said wooooowzer this beer was amazing poured a bronze amber with a small fleeting white head first the smell of fresh apples then small pepper and cinnamon notes it is then a whole new ball game sour tart fruit in my face no wounder these guys are the fruit beer gods. wow

4.6
tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle with Pat, Sean and Janine. Pours a reddish amber with thin tan head that quickly disappeared. Nose of vanilla, oak, sour cherries, lemon, horse blanket. Medium body, somewhat syrupy. Sweet and moderately tart. Really good.

4.6
seymour (2121) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2015
Shared at the Alpha Brewery tap room, thank you Derrick! Deep reddish amber copper colour with sudsy beige foam and fine Belgian lace. Husky grains, hint of caramel and toffee, strong chocolate notes, nutty, subtle hop bitterness and black pepper notes. Intense dark cherry impression, adding yet more complexity. Loads of cool yeast esters and phenols. Beneficial hardwood traits. Clearly aged but not excessively oxidized. Tart, tangy, bewilderingly delicious.

4.5
madvike (3306) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Bottle - Pours rosy amber with a small foamy off white head. Lots of cherries on the nose, though muted and not as in your face as Belgian Red or Cherry Stout. But those lovely cherries are still there and well-integrated into the rest of the nose that boast smooth, sweet vanilla, and light oak. Taste is overripe cherries with balsamic vinegar over a layer of vanilla, brown sugar, and the cherries making a comeback on the finish. Smooth, velvety, and medium bodied. This takes the best parts of my favorite NG fruit beers and melds them with flavors I love. I would love to see a bit more sourness, but the balsamic vinegar is pleasant. I’m absolutely blown away.

4.5
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2012 Wow, a delicious sour with just enough cherries to satiate. The vanilla notes are there from the barrels as well. The clear amber appearance is clearer than a normal sour brown with almost no head. The sour flavor is so smooth and tame with the candy cherry notes being delicious! One of the best domestic sours hands down. Additional notes from a 2 year old bottle. There are zingy, tangy flavors that have developed very well with the cherries.

4.5
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Dark amber pour, small whiteish head. Aroma of sour funk and cherries? (I do have a cold, though - hard to pick up the aroma) Luxurious palate, tart cherries, very smooth, a light sourness. A wonderful balance of complexities, incredibly delicious. What a treat!


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