RATINGS: 439   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks, Andy! Pours a bright, lightly hazy, ruby-tinged orange color (somewhere between amber and orange); thin, fine-bubbled off-white head with excellent lacing; dig the color on this. The aroma shows mouthwatering tart cherries, creamy oak (plenty of vanilla), and strawberry fruit leather; hints of cinnamon and spice (presumably from the barrel); dense, lush, modestly tart aroma with excellent details. Medium body; average carbonation; quite creamy, with nothing rough here; following the aroma, the lightly tart cherries, red fruits, modest citrus, and hugely charismatic oak notes come together nicely: reasonable acidity, nice citrusy note at the tip of the tongue, lively and light enough to down quickly; very well-presented, highly oaked sour ale (though not particularly sour); the sour brown characterization is vaguely apt, but there arent any darker malts or major sweet and sour notes here; nicely toasty, tart, and drinkable, with more a concentration on red fruits than traditional sour browns. Tasty stuff. Glad to see Dan turning down the alcohol on this and zeroing it in. Pretty much just as good as the original, in my mind, if not better (my scores from before might be higher, but my scales shifted a bit in the meanwhile). Long finish of vanilla-laden oak, lightly tart red fruits, and a soft toastiness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
reliantkcar (102) - USA - SEP 11, 2010
caramel, barnyard, basement aromas, cough drop, cooked vegetables, rotten eggs, skunky, red, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, heavily sour, medium body, slick feel, flat, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2010
I picked this up while visiting the New Glarus brewery, enjoyed while watching opening night of the 2010 NFL season. I didnt know what to expect out of this one. Aroma wise, the vanilla is very prevalent along with a hint of cherries and sour notes with smoke, unlike anything Ive ever smelled. Appearance just looks rich, like a cherry amber with a pronounced head. Taste really threw me off. This is some sour stuff, and I wasnt expecting it. I didnt think it would be a sour ale upon aroma and appearance. After a couple of sips, the smokiness really becomes known, along with some dark fruits. Carbonation is actually more than any other sour Ive tried, and the mouthfeel at first really sucks any moisture from your cheeks, its like you have to drink this without letting it get into your cheeks to really appreciate it. This really is unlike anything Ive ever tried, and while Im impressed Im not sure if Im really a fan of it or not. Definitely a truly unique brew, should really be tried by anyone out there. After getting towards the end of this one, I find my appreciation for it growing with every sip and Ive got to increase my rating. The warmer it gets, the more the cherries become pronounced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (23995) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 (2344) - 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 isnt 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. Ill 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 (4598) - 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 Id 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 its not at all sour. Im rating it as a fruit beer, and for that style its great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - 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 (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2011 8/29/10 12 oz bottle. One of a few Ive 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 Ive 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. Ive 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

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