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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2911) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 12, 2010
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Ruby red, medium white head. Aroma: Lovely sour aroma, tangy, spicy, cloves, cinnamon, cherry. Delicious. Flavour: wow, cherry, pumpkin spices?, wood, cinnamon, lovely sourness, lots of sweetness, slightly tart, beautiful long sweet finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2010
12 oz. bottle thanks to Tharreld. Enigma pours a deep red / light brown with ruby highlights and a 1 finger off white head. The nose is full of sour cherries and oak. Medium smooth body with more cherry tartness, vanilla from the barrels, deep wood notes and a slight acidity. Sweet finish with a semi-dry back, more oak and cherry tartness. Overall Enigma is a very nice entry level sour beer that flirts between fruit beer and sour.... this is not really that sour and you don’t pick up the typical lacto bacteria that is present in most sours. It is very enjoyable and drinkable. The use of the oak gives this beer such a solid foundation. Glad I got to have a bottle....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Thanks to darklordlager for getting me this beer. It pours an opaque amber/red color with a small head. The mouthfeel is creamy. It’s a thirstquenching beer with flavors of tart cherries, vanilla and a few other goodies that I can’t quite place. IMO, this is a very approachable beer that’s complex and very nicely crafted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy fantomas23. This one pours a mostly cloudy reddish amber color and topped by a smooth head of beige colored foam. The aroma isn’t what I remember from the original version. Notes of sweet-tart cherries, apple cider, spices, and some sweet vanilla from the oak push through in the aroma. A otuch of lactic acidity creeps through as well. The flavor follows suit with the tart cherries and apples up front followed by plenty of spices that suggest at clove and anise. Some lactic yeast pushes through to add some tartness, but clean cereal grain malt and vanilla from the oak add sweetness to the fold. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and some residual sugars that linger in the finish. This version is a little sweet and on the spicy side for me. A little let down from the previous version. Maybe this one still some more time in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 30, 2010
bottle. pours reddish brown with a thin greyish head. tart aroma with toucheas of pear and cantoulope and brown sugar.taste is at first a tart chery laffy taffy candy with a mild enjoyable banana flavor. some cinnamon in the finish. odd banana and marshmallow note takes over in the finish. cherry and pear flavors keep it up with an emjoyable tart not quite sour flavor . mild hints of toffee pop up and really make this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Easy drinking beer. Its sister was one of my gateway sours. As far as a review goes what Turd said.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
envane (569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Hazy reddish amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is oak and cherry. Taste is cherry and oak, with vinegar and lactic tartness. Oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12755) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear deep amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of oak, coconut, vanilla, almonds, berries, and brown sugar. Flavor of brown sugar, vanilla, brett, yogurt, and cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2010 Bottle at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse. Pours a reddish-amber color with a medium frothy white head that diminishes slowly. Patrchy rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart fruit, earth and vanilla. Medium body with flavors of moderately sour fruit, malt, earth and a bit of oak. The finish is dark cherries with a lingering tart aftertaste. Good brew overall.

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