Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of deyholla. Thanks! Pours a clear strawberry red color with a thin fizzy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of mildly tart cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon and a slight peppery note. The taste is tart cherries, bourbon, cranberries, maple, oak, vanilla. Thin-medium bodied. Interesting beer.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by LtDan (thanks!) (bottled on 8.6.10). Pours with a clear (appears to not be bottle conditioned) copper body and a tan head. Good lacing. Aroma of cherry pie, wet dog, oak, cinnamon, pie crust and vanilla. Flavors of tart cherries, pie and graham cracker, biscuity, wet blanket, lactic sourness. Lively bubbles with a somewhat sweet finish.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a dark clear amber with a creamy frothy white head.
Aroma: Big bourbon and barrel notes, dates, cherry pie filling.
Taste: Sweet caramel, oak barrel, white chocolate, cherry pie filling.
Mouthfeel: Prickly carb, syrupy.
Overall: Really great. Love the bourbon added to what would be an amazing beer on its own.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tepid orange-red, thin white head. Nose of Heavy leafy bourbon and vanilla with hints of sweet cherries, tons of vanilla. Flavor is ultra sweet, heavy vanilla, lightly sour fruit, stinging, which contrasts sweetness, also bit of tartness. Very woody nose. Palate a bit slick with fruit and butter.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Pours a dark copper bordering on mahogany with a nice tan head and some good legs as it goes down. Smell is cherries, quite a bit of oak, vanilla, coconut, and some very exquisite backing bourbon. The taste only improves on this with the bourbon, vanilla, and coconut really taking center stage, although the cherries definitely make their presence known. Mouthfeel enhances the taste like no other, with a nice creamy smoothness. The most impressive New Glarus beer I’ve had to date. Absolutely left me wondering why more breweries aren’t bourbon-barrel-aging krieks. Phenomenal results, at least in this case.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-24-2010
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Mikey’s tasting. Clear amber pour. Nose of muted cherry and light tartness. Taste of lightly tart cherries and cinnamon.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle via trade with thickfreakness - Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber color with a half finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is musty cherry and and faint oak/bourbon. Very nice. Flavor is light tart cherries, oak/bourbon, and vanilla. Wow, really nice. Finish is not too sour and doesn’t linger. Medium body. This is probably the most enjoyable Sour I’ve tried. Very nice. Thanks Charlie.
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle
In the mood to catch up on Wisconsin rates I cracked open this after I let it chill in the fridge. The result was nothing less than what I expected. A more sour version of Belgian Red this is a beer that everybody should try at least once. Given the limited availability and the fact it may be a while before it comes out again I imagine it will be popular on the trade circuit for a while. I know I will be thinking long and hard before opening my final bottle.
Aroma / Appearance - Bronze red the body sparkled under the light. The color of caramel syrup the head soon collapsed. Ripe tart cherries, a hint of oak, and vanilla gave it mild bourbon contributions. I wonder if this is what Belgian Red would be like with extra aging.
Flavor / Palate - Carbonated and fluid the refreshing mouthfeel shocks the senses into paying attention. Chocolate cherry cordials fill the throat with rich complexity. Brown sugar, vanilla, and oak come next. As usual Dan Carey has hit one out of the park. I can understand why this sold out within a single day despite the difficulty of getting down to New Glarus that day. Here’s to hoping it sees a release in the future.
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. aroma of vanilla. creme brule, bourbon and cherry combo. cleaner, more striaghtforward cherry, vanilla, chocolate bourbon version of enigma. light yogurt acidity. sweet, oaky, cherries. bourbony, clean, vanilla. with some caramel thrown in for good measure. good, not great.
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle shared by lushawn- thanks a ton, Shawn! Pours a clear copper color with a small eggshell white head. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla, wild yeast, oak, bourbon, cherries- it’s actually a lot like Enigma in the nose. Flavor of tart cherries, vanilla, caramel malts, oak, apples, grapes, brown sugar, corn syrup, and yeast. Medium-bodied, with a tart and sweet mouthfeel and crisp carbonation. Starts sweeter and finishes more tart. Very nice.