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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (682) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Pours a nice rusty-reddish brown with a fairly good-sized head which quickly dissipates. An interesting beer. I was ready to group it with the Cherry Stout and Belgian Red, but thereís a sour undercurrent to this that helps to combat the sweetness I associate with those beers. Lots of other flavor notes, like some vanilla, some smoke, some hops, etc., make this one definitely worth your while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Thanks to Adam3000 for this one in a trade. Pours yellow copper with an off-white head. Nose is cherry, vanilla, fruit, and some oaky and tart notes. Flavor is similar to the nose, and I can see why it is called enigma. It is not necessarily a sour, it is not a fruit beer, it is difficult to classify, but it is fruity, slightly sour, and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7000) - 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 thatís a recipe change, or just the fact that the age on the old one added some deep fruit and velvety mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2010
12 oz bottle from Chiconeís. Deep reddish-brown pour with a slight white head that almost immediately vanishes. Aroma is that of sour cherries with just a hint of oak. Flavor is a bit tart but not at all overpoweringly puckering, more cherry notes. The finish brings the cherries to the front and is very smooth. Great intro for those not wanting to jump into the deep end of the sour category....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Aroma:The nose is full of cherry an oak. The smell is sugary sweet. Appearance:Itís the reddish-brown color of spiced rum. Poor head retention. Taste:Thereís a lot of cherry flavor in the foretaste, plus a little sourness imparted by the wild yeast. This changes to oak and vanilla in the midtaste. For the first few sips, there was a lot of copper in the aftertaste, but this went away the more I drank. Palate:Lots of carbonation on the tongue, and itís a little harsh on the back of my throat as I swallow. Overall:This is a delicious fruit beer that gives you a lot of cherry flavor. While you drink this beer, complex flavors arise on every sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (7103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Bottle. Reddish pour. Sour cherry nose. Same taste plus some wood. Not cloying. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scubatrip (604) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2010
From the bottle, pours a clear crimson with an ok white head. Thick aroma with notes of white grapes and fruity wine, sweet malts. Light on the tongue at first but quickly thickens and sours. Rather fruity, pretty good, but not a candidate for a multi-beer evening. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Pours clear and light brown with a redish hue and thin off white head aromas sre of cherries,vanilla,and smokey oak, the flavor and mouthfeel are of tart cherries and sweet vanilla and dry oak finish with a hint of smoke my first sour hope to have more very soon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9068) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to Rando7. Pours a mahogany color with thin white head. Nose is baked apple and cherry. Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg, smoked apple and cherry. My only gripe is that the nose and taste is a bit muted and left me wanting more of a good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5215) - Utah, USA - JUN 21, 2010
12oz bottle
Appearance: Pours clear copper/brown with a reddish/white head that dissipates in a few minutes. Good carbonation, the bubbles are flowing nicely from the bottom of the glass
Aroma: Tart cherries and oak
Taste: Tart fruits, sour malts, smooth vanilla flavors with some bitterness in the finish
Nice sour ale, not over the top sour. Easy drinkability.

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