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RATINGS: 445   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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4.5
madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Bottle - Pours rosy amber with a small foamy off white head. Lots of cherries on the nose, though muted and not as in your face as Belgian Red or Cherry Stout. But those lovely cherries are still there and well-integrated into the rest of the nose that boast smooth, sweet vanilla, and light oak. Taste is overripe cherries with balsamic vinegar over a layer of vanilla, brown sugar, and the cherries making a comeback on the finish. Smooth, velvety, and medium bodied. This takes the best parts of my favorite NG fruit beers and melds them with flavors I love. I would love to see a bit more sourness, but the balsamic vinegar is pleasant. I’m absolutely blown away.

4.5
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2012 Wow, a delicious sour with just enough cherries to satiate. The vanilla notes are there from the barrels as well. The clear amber appearance is clearer than a normal sour brown with almost no head. The sour flavor is so smooth and tame with the candy cherry notes being delicious! One of the best domestic sours hands down. Additional notes from a 2 year old bottle. There are zingy, tangy flavors that have developed very well with the cherries.

4.5
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!

4.5
jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Bottle split with Pat and Vinny, courtesy of Pat. Pours a clear reddish body with thin white lacing. Aroma is strong melted cherry slurpee. Mouthfeel is thin, smooth and silky with notes of cherry pie and bready crust.

4.5
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Superb aroma, vanilla caramel, dried (but still a bit moist and luscious) red and stone fruits with tiny hints of fine sherry vinegar. This is a revelation. Flavor is not very tart, but it does have a superb flavor. Fresh, mature grated coconut flesh, vanilla, granola, dried cherries. Totally unique and really astounding.

4.5
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish-brown color. Aroma is sour cherries and earthy oak. Flavor is sour cherries with hints of caramel malt, vanilla, and smoke. Quite amazing. This beer is really something else. I got it directly from the New Glarus brewery in New Glarus, Wisconsin while I visited. Thanks to MeisterbrauMHB for taking me there! Highly recommended.

4.5
Lemke10 (981) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Returns a King! Enigma is back for the fall of 2012 following a brewing in 2010 and 2006 under New Glarus now defunct “Unplugged Series” label. I’m always psyched to see a New Glarus beer make a return that I never got a chance to try before it sold out in stores. It starts off with a clear, reddish/orange color with only a slight head. The scent is sweet yet sour to the nose as it picks up hints of yeast, cherry, and other fruity scents. A very strong and yet intriguing smell. In the realm of Sour Ales, this one is pretty tame to the taste buds. The texture is smooth and easy drinking. There is a bold sweet and sour flavor that makes this beer taste great! I’m not really sure if this is a beer or a little piece of heaven in my pint glass as it makes for a rather complex taste indeed, well deserving of the name Enigma. Yeah, it’s pretty awesome guys! The Sour Ale is not a widely made beer, but when it’s done well it’s delicious. Overall this is good beginner level Sour Ale as there are far stronger sours on the market. Being a 90’s kid, sours always have a place in my heart as they remind me of a Sour Apple Warhead that was so popular when I was a kid. Smooth, refreshing, and delicious makes this beer a must try before it’s gone.

4.5
arkotramathorn (41) - Eau Claire, USA - OCT 12, 2012
From bottle, poured deep red copper with fizzy head almost like cider. Sour sort of aroma with maybe dried fruits. First taste of sour cherries and something else I can’t identify. Very delicious beer, sour without lots of hops.

4.5
UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a deep, dark ruddy brown, with a head that dissipates rather quickly. Smell: Balsamic vinegar notes waft out of the glass first, of course, followed by notes of cherry and sweet caramel. Faint hints of something akin to hardwood also come along for the ride. Taste: Now that’s a good, approachable, fruity oud bruin. Sour vinegar strikes first, overlaying every other aspect of the taste with its essence. Cherry and berry flavors dance to the balsamic tune, occasionally forming some hints of currant and plum, while sweet caramel plays a soft counterpoint in the background. Mouthfeel: Medium and drinkable. Overall: Decidedly tasty. Would repeat frequently, if I were nearer the Wisconsin border. Which I may be fairly soon, so I’ve things to look forward to!

4.4
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear, very dark amber with very minimal head. Aroma is sweet and sour. Cinnamon, spice and green apple. Taste is medium sour. Oak, vanilla, red berries and green apple. Light bodied with a slick texture. Fizzy carbonation and a long finish. Overall, very good. I’ll enjoy drinking this one again.


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