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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012

Name: Enigma
Date: October 07, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: light cloudy amber, frothy off white head
Aroma: tart fruity aroma
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor backed by an intense sourness, light earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10761) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle This beer rocks! Clear copper ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The bouquet is a funky, fruity mlange of wood, cherries and funked-out socks. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and vibrant carbonation. The flavor presents cherries, yogurty lactic acid, vanilla and caramel. Tangy-sweet, fruity finish. Thanks so much to biggsbowler for sharing this world class bottle of beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (10739) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 "noticeable vanilla in the aroma and flavor. i like wood, but i think it this case it was a little too much, and made the beer a good/very good beer, when it had the potential to be a phenomenal beer. vanilla, oak, and funky cherry aroma. body is smooth with a lactic quality. flavor like the aroma, pretty well balanced sweet and sour, with the cherry coming through a little. id have liked it more sour. it was tart, but not quite sour. super smooth though, and a solid brew. thanks again to pfoxyjohn for this tasty elixir. Belgian Red still king, though." This newest batch was even better. More oak funk and cherry. Up a tenth.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (10688) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to the GF. Pours a clear deep amber brown with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma is full of cinnamon and vanilla with underlying sour fruits and oak. Flavor begins with cinnamon and vanilla but oak and sour fruits grow toward the finish. Oddly, syrupy on the tongue.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (10573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of kbutler1. Thanks! Dark red vIolet appearance with a tan colored head. Sweet, cherry, vinous, oaky, vanilla aroma. Quite sour, but incredibly delicious cherry flavor on top of mildly oaky, vanilla taste. Sour and quite sweet cherry, vanilla finish. Not super sour. Excellent beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
355mL thanks to one of my many trade partners. The pour is a clear, light reddish color (near pink) with a healthy, yellow head. Nose is incredible: wildly sweet and rich baked cherries with barleywine like notes of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla. Whoa. Taste....holy god. Amazing play between sweet fresh red fruit explosion and quenching sourness with no acid palate. Rather there is that enigmatic, no pun intended, New Glarus sour palate you get in the Old English Porter that is almost indescribable. It is rich and thick feeling, but also quenching and sour with mild anesthetic, clovey Christmas spices. So delicious. Overall, feels like New Glarus Belgian Red on crack with the palate perfection of New Glarus Old English Porter. Wow..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9901) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Bottle. Reddish pour. Sour cherry nose. Same taste plus some wood. Not cloying. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9786) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Tried two different bottles of this at the Shenandoah Throwdown. One courtesy of Trevor which was a batch one and accounts for the bulk of my notes. The second is whatever the most recent batch was. Pours a clear ruby copper brown with a thin white head. Medium bodied, cherries, hints of sourness. Smooth and sweet. Light sweetness and a nice tang. The newer bottle was nice, but lacked the complexity of the older one. Not sure if thats a recipe change, or just the fact that the age on the old one added some deep fruit and velvety mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (9715) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2015
bottle coirtesy of and shared with Kermis. Head disappears very quickly. Funky aroma. Clear red pour. Sour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9697) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2010
12 oz. bottle that came as a trade bonus from skinnyguy- thanks again, Dan! Pours a clear dark brown color with a light reddish tint and a small beige head that fades into a small ring. Aroma of tart cherries, oak, wild yeast, caramel malts, vanilla, and something like an iced Starbucks coffee with a little cream. Flavor of tart cherries, lactic acid, caramel malts, vanilla, and metallic notes. Medium-bodied, with a metallic mouthfeel and crisp carbonation snap. Pretty cool beer.


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