New Glarus Unplugged Enigma 7.0% (2006)

Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A Complex and intriguing original. The mystery began with wild yeast spontaneously fermenting a rich treasure of malted barley and whole 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 beathen 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Murky mahogany pour with an off-white head. Some acetic sourness on the nose, dark fruit, and tons of cherries. A bit of malt sweetness, oak, and must. Strong cherry, dark fruit, and sourness on the flavor. Some musty funk, a bit of oak, and some red wine vinegar. A moderate malt sweetness of toffee/caramel, and a bit of chocolate. Perhaps just a hint of clove on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
HUGE thanks to CaptainCougar for sharing this. Pours a clear amber color with no head. Tart aroma with earthy notes, citrus, must, caramel malts and slight vegetal notes. The taste is sweet malts, citrus, earthy, musty and herbal notes. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Pours a murky amber with hardly any head. Aroma is fantastic. Sour, funky, and sweet... a rush of cherry leading the pack. Flavor is also phenominal albeit a bit lighter. Superb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Cloudy brown pour, thanks to ryan for this bottle! Nose holds really good cherry, vinous wood, vanilla, and dark fruit in the form of plum and fig, but there was an unmistakable tone of wood varnish in there with some super sweet caramel and molasses as well. Not bad, but not impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
355mL thanks to ryan. No (c) on the UNPLUGGED banner on the bottom left. Glass bottle date is 2006. Pours a muddy, hazy tea red with a sticky, tan head. Nose is cherry, pie crust, mulling spices. Taste is rich cinnamon, cherry pie, cloves, spicy wood. Such a great beer and one of my favorites. Faux butteriness from pasteurization of the sour blend. Creates a richer palate known well in NG Belgian Red, Raspberry Tart, Old English Porter, et al. Such good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Muddy reddish brown with a sudsy head. Furniture polish and huge oak lead to dark fruit and vinous caramel grape. Toffee and caramel lead to sweet dark sugar and mild funk. Medium body with low carboination. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Brown pour with lots of crap floating around. Slightly roasted aroma with notes of oak and cherry. Slight sweetness. with moderate tartness. Some cherry. A bit of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23576) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2006 bottle courtesy of ryan, thanks! Muddy brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of sour chestnuts. Taste is sour and slightly acetic plums, dates and raisins. Interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2011
I got this in Secret Santa last winter and have held it until now. Thought about drinking it so many times but today is the day. This pours a murky-reddish color with a thin head. Aroma is of vinegar, wild berries (blackberry, raspberry), cherries, acetone, vanilla, oak, plum. Sure, some of that may be the same thing but the aroma seems to have a lot going on. While this shows some signs of its age, the flavor is still quite nice. Old wet wood, dark cherries, and raspberry with some oxidation noted. Theres a slick sweet soft malty body thats become a trademark of New Glarus brews, especially their fruity stuff. Some plant vines and cardboard notes mix in. This is pretty damn enjoyable. Its similar to the new version but Im thinking more tart vinegary notes and stronger fruit in this one, which makes sense with the abv difference. Im about to crack a new one to find out...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (47592) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2011

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.

[ Courtesy of Secret Summer Santa ]. Clear matt medium orange amber colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oxidide, tart berry, cherry, sweet something ? ive sayed vanilla - Charlotte say no ! light wood, light soured mild ! Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate acidic with a long duration, cherries, lacto, dry, woody. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. Initial is did not like the aroma - it was to much oxidide but after a bit of time it did like the aroma so it charged from 7 to 8 .. [20110909]

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