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RATINGS: 444   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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jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pours amber with a small head. Has very little lacing. Aroma is cherries,wood and a bit of vinegar. Taste is that of cherries with a tart finish. Overall an excellent beer.

4
sloth (2944) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Small offwhite head, fair retention and minimal lacing. Hazy amber orange colored brew. Juicey, funky nose, tart pungent with notes of wood and fruit, cherries and spices. Body is med/light, soft carbonation ,lightly oily, nicely acidic, tangy slightly. Good flavors of cherry and lumber, faint resinous notes, nice tang, wood, faint vanilla, caramel is tastey and lightly sweet. Lasting spicey finish, juicey nice. Props to motortoddhead for the bottle! Thanks bro!

3.7
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle and served in Bells snifter, tasted next to my last bottle of the 2006 version: Pours a reddish amber hue with a fading fizzy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of wild and tart cherries, red wine vinegar, vanilla bean, French oak tannins, and some Cinnamon and herbal spices. So far the two are strikingly similar, perhaps the 2006 is a tad darker and a bit more forceful on the nose but I am picking up the exact same esters and vapours in them both.

The taste starts with some tart and sweet cherries, even some cassis along with layers of vanilla toned oak and Cinnamon like spice. Hint of pale biscuit and caramel malts here and there. The tannic nature of the 2010 seems more upfront than in the 2006 and the 2010 is far less acidic nor tart. The mouth feel is medium-bodied with a slight slickness and dry oaky finish. A bit under carbonated if you ask me.

Final verdict: While this latest version of the Unplugged Enigma is still a nice brew that I would gladly try again it is still far less interesting a sour ale than the original Enigma which I had rated a 4.1 back in May 5, 2007. All told I still think I would rather have the 1st Sour Brown Ale recipe over either (fresh of course) .

3.5
egajdzis (6776) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Hazy red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass, Aroma of cherries, wood, caramel malts, nuts, and some red wine vinegar. Taste of sweeter cherries, light acidity, toffee, some caramel, and a tart finish.

4.1
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Richmond 13th. Aroma is interesting, sour cherry and worcestishire (sp?). Flavor is more sweet cherry and an interesting vanilla finish. Very good.

3.8
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
(Sample Date: 1/15/2011 Source:Other) Woody malty with hints of cherry fruitiness. Clear orange amber with little head. Woody sourness with some cherry notes. Malty sweetness. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is medium with woody sourness lingering. Very tasty.

3.6
Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Sampled at the Richmond Gather XIII. Holy hell, this is VERY sweet. But gooooood. Cherry, and backsweetened. Girls would love this hsit. fun.

4.4
degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle. Holy mother. Nose is INCREDIBLE -- brandy, buckwheat honey, cherries, vanilla, caramel. Pours a rich gold -- almost brandy colored again -- with a very light head. Taste is incredible -- more of the same as the nose, with rich sourness (if that’s possible) and some faint bitterness on the close. In-freaking-credible.

4.4
thedesertfox (17) - - JAN 14, 2011
12 ounce bottle from HB Mason. dynamic taste, excellent flavor. could drink a few of these

3.7
italianjohn (3281) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2015 Clear amber pour off white beige head .... aroma is sour, pear, vanilla and fruity cherry cake like ... Taste is of fruity sour tart cherry and berries with dry oak with vanilla with a sour dry finish ... Nice malty backbone with some pear in there as well..... very tasty brew, dry sweet and a slight bitter fruit .... Lovely fruit flavors and very sessionable


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