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RATINGS: 396   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15210) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar - thank you sir! Beautiful copperish brown color, large beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of cherryscotch, if there is such a thing - sort of a silky brandied cherry candy. Taste is sweet and sour cherry with hints of subtle chocolate. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle. Pour is copper red with a quick head. Aroma is bitter cherries and dried prunes. Taste again is cherries and dried prunes. Palate is slick and chaulky. Very nice and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2010
12oz. bottle, courtesy juiceisloose. The pour yields a mostly clean, rusty red-amber tinted body with a moderate, fluffy head of beige froth. Collapsing to just a thin film, the head gives some spotted lacing on the glass. Having had prior versions of Enigma, the aroma on this one isnít what I expected at all. Apple cider with mulling spices immediately strikes the nose, followed by fruity notes of sweet-tart cherries and a good bit of sweet vanilla. Soft lactic acidity creeps in, lending a tart but creamy effect, as subtle hints of barrel toast and some cereal grain round things out. Flavors follow suit, again quite spicy, suggesting allspice, clove, and star anise amidst mildly tart cherry-apple and and lactic yeast. The cereal grain and the vanilla bring sweetness, too much for my liking, in fact. On the palate, moderate carbonation pushes around the sweet, medium body, while residual sugars bunch up and linger on the lips after the finish. Overall, I found this to be a bit of a disappointment. Iíll have to open my last bottle of 2005-06 Enigma to compare in the present day, but I remember liking that one a heck of alot more. This version is just too sweet, cider like, and heavy handed on the spicing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Appearance- Clear amber with a tin creamy head. AromaSherry, fruit, a little barnyard, and some cherry. Taste- Tart cherry and an assertive but not overpowering sour finish. Palate- Pucker. Overall- Not a bashful sour beer but very pleasant and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3602) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 1, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to Nanoslug. Yes, another New Glarus tick! Deep bright reddish pour with a small white head sitting on top. The aroma is huge cherries, a lot like that of Wisconsin Belgian Red, but maybe not quite as intensely fruity. Some oak and vanilla as well. The flavor is also big on cherries. Fairly sweet with a good malty base. Oak barrel, vanilla, and butteriness (but not too much of this) add complexity. Medium-bodied and a little more watery than Iíd like, but this is only a minor drawback. Good carbonation level. An unsurprisingly good cherry beer. This is really misclassified as a "sour ale," as itís not at all sour. Iím rating it as a fruit beer, and for that style itís great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3500) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2010
12 oz bottle. Deep clear brown with some brief off-white froth. Nose is sour cherry, cinnamon, caramel and light funk. Creamy nectar with a soft sparkle. Taste is sweet and tart black cherry with minerals, strawberry-banana and toffee; a bit like a fruit soda. Beautiful crisp and dry finish with apple peel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2011 8/29/10 12 oz bottle. One of a few Iíve had. Pours a clear red orange with a thin head. Lots of cherries, a dirty earthiness, and granular sugars. Sweet tart flavors lots of cherries and a woody earthiness. Tart and sweet finish. This one is a little more flat in flavor complexity than the last few Iíve had. It has become tart a lot quicker than the original batch had, I hope this holds up as well as that one. 8/3/8/4/15 7/27/11 12oz bottle. Iíve had this many times over the past year. Its becoming tarter and sourer than it once was. The acidity is strong, almost vinegary. Its losing some of that sweetness and complexity. Its really solid now, but I also think it is peaking. Drink em if you got em. 8/4/8/4/15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2010
From 12-oz bottle pours a clear copper amber colored brew with average size and fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a film top and thin off-white ring. (warmer temperature makes the head last longer). Aroma of tart cherry, a hint of dark pitted fruits, some sour milk and a touch of yeast. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of tart cherries, light yeast, a hint of Merlot, and vanilla. Finish has a sharp tart cherry aftertaste follows by some vanilla and light yeast. Not as strong as the 2007 version but with more tart cherry flavor than the original release. Yes, let this one come up to room temperature for best aroma.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2137) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Pours clear light copper with a 2-3 finger, creamy light beige head that has great retention. Aroma is ridiculously inviting, rich vanilla, oak, hints of lacto-like sweetness, hints of sweet and tart cherries, lactic and vinegar tartness, a touch of mellow smoke, leafy earth and just a little light roast and cereal. The aroma is quite strong, but each note itself is well in check and balanced. Flavor is oak, vanilla and smoke up front, giving way to sweet cherries, vinegar, slightly sweet cereal, grass and floral notes. Palate is light bodied, creamy on entry, immediately followed by an explosion of carbonation (probably a little too high, but it dies down after a little swirling, or a few minutes) and ending with a lightly dry, crisp finish. Fantastic brew overall, easily approachable and delicious sour that I think almost anyone could enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2010 Bottle thanks to rcubed. Pours with an orange body and a small, off-white head. Aroma of red wine, lightly musty, tons of cherry and a bit sour. Cotton candy, cherry, and sightly acidic tastes. Lively bubbles. Dry. Good, but much sweeter than I remember the previous version being.

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