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RATINGS: 359   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (599) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6298) - 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 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 isn’t 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. I’ll 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2010
clear bourbony color, no head, tiny off white, tiny off white bubbles ring the glass. nose of bourbon and pencil shavings. flavor of sour, dry fruit and malt. medium bodied, light sour finish. a fun brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle in trade with Fear025. pours a deep copper with a thinner oily tan head. Note: this sucker is the last to lurk in the upstairs fridge...mainly cause the pickles have been secluding it next to the maraschino cherries. Nose hints of a gentle sour ale even before I have the brains to read the label. Some fusel tones then rich viscous fruit hit the tongue with a slight sour finish. Plums and some soft wet wood circle the mouth. Slow lazy carbonation. Body is ciderific and light to medium. Thats all I got folks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pale copper color with foamy off-white head. Lightly tart and sour aroma with a candy sweetness. The body is again very light with a solid sour flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Brown pour with a thin light tan head. Malty aroma with a bit of molasses, grain, and caramel, maybe even some maple syrup. Very sweet flavor with light tartness. Caramel, oak, vanilla, and cream.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OscarFalls (45) - excelsior, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Sweet and bubbly vibe with a fruity taste and smell. If you like beer but want a glass of wine. Drink this action. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2640) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Shared with multiple others. Pours a thin, tiny bubbled white head over a reddish amber (SRM 18) clear body.....nose is sour cherry, light sherry, vinous tones.....taste is sour cherry, light vanilla, hints of cinnamon, vinous overtones......mouth feel medium, very slightly astringent, carbonation high, making a froathy sensation. This is a rerlatively light sour, with interesting aromas and flavors, but not a complex or big as some others. I would have liked more fruit, sourness and overall depth. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Tastes a lot like sour apple cider. An overwhelming amount of apple flavor. A little thin bodied on the palate. Decent brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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