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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scubatrip (596) - 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.

4
   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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7900) - , 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4276) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (585) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 Wow, this is one strange, interesting, beer. Bright, reddish-brown color with very little head that diminishes quickly. Highly carbonated, sour cherry flavor with notes of oak barrel and smoke. Not something that you would drink regularly, but this might go very well with something chocolate flavored.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Had this at a beer tasting. Not sure if this type of beer is my style, I will try again in the future though. Amber brown pour with a small head. Very sweet and tart, too much for me.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Tap at Sugar Maple. Pours ruby red with fizzy white head. Fascinating aroma of bourbon, pipe smoke, caramel, and tart raspberry. As for the flavor, this was a delightful guessing game. Some earthiness from the smoke, some sweetness from caramel and coconut, some tartness with the raspberry and strawberry notes, and some warming bourbon. By the end, I was tasting a blend of coconut cream cake covered with sliced strawberries placed by a man smoking a pipe. This beer rocks my brain. Memorable, complex, enjoyable, and unique after each sip. I can’t get enough of it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle from skyview. Pours a light orange color with minimal head. Nose is sour fruit notes, maybe star fruit and papaya? Palate is sour up front with a kind of sticky finish and a coating on the rear tongue. Flavor is sour and raspberry, more starfruit, tingle if carbonation, light cherry syrup, lips are flavorful, just a nice complex, blend of yummy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5481) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2010
(12oz bottle) rich reddish brown with light tan head and excellent lacing. Nose of subtle wet wood, cherry, some funk and pipe tobacco. Taste of cherry, subtle lactic acid, pipe tobacco, very slightly funky, and other lightly tart fruits. Soda like carbonation, great funky fruit finish. Wish it was more tart in both nose and smell but a very drinkable sour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Pours mostly clear lighter brown/amber with some decent foamy bubbly head that dissipates within minutes leaving a small ring of foam around the outside edge of the glass. Aroma is nice but hard for me to describe. Maybe some citrus? The flavor is sweet at first but then the sourness comes through. There is an aftertaste that reminds me of a nice port wine with some warming booziness that lingers after each sip. This is a VERY interesting beer - one that certainly lives up to its name - quite the Enigma indeed. Glad I was able to try it and will likely drink it again if I get the chance.


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