Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle, pours a clear crimson with an ok white head. Thick aroma with notes of white grapes and fruity wine, sweet malts. Light on the tongue at first but quickly thickens and sours. Rather fruity, pretty good, but not a candidate for a multi-beer evening. Good stuff.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear and light brown with a redish hue and thin off white head aromas sre of cherries,vanilla,and smokey oak, the flavor and mouthfeel are of tart cherries and sweet vanilla and dry oak finish with a hint of smoke my first sour hope to have more very soon
jtclockwork (7900) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Rando7. Pours a mahogany color with thin white head. Nose is baked apple and cherry. Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg, smoked apple and cherry. My only gripe is that the nose and taste is a bit muted and left me wanting more of a good thing.
Sledutah (4276) - Utah, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours clear copper/brown with a reddish/white head that dissipates in a few minutes. Good carbonation, the bubbles are flowing nicely from the bottom of the glass
Aroma: Tart cherries and oak
Taste: Tart fruits, sour malts, smooth vanilla flavors with some bitterness in the finish
Nice sour ale, not over the top sour. Easy drinkability.
nsquishee (585) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 Wow, this is one strange, interesting, beer. Bright, reddish-brown color with very little head that diminishes quickly. Highly carbonated, sour cherry flavor with notes of oak barrel and smoke. Not something that you would drink regularly, but this might go very well with something chocolate flavored.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - JUN 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this at a beer tasting. Not sure if this type of beer is my style, I will try again in the future though. Amber brown pour with a small head. Very sweet and tart, too much for me.
italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Sugar Maple. Pours ruby red with fizzy white head. Fascinating aroma of bourbon, pipe smoke, caramel, and tart raspberry. As for the flavor, this was a delightful guessing game. Some earthiness from the smoke, some sweetness from caramel and coconut, some tartness with the raspberry and strawberry notes, and some warming bourbon. By the end, I was tasting a blend of coconut cream cake covered with sliced strawberries placed by a man smoking a pipe. This beer rocks my brain. Memorable, complex, enjoyable, and unique after each sip. I can’t get enough of it.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from skyview. Pours a light orange color with minimal head. Nose is sour fruit notes, maybe star fruit and papaya? Palate is sour up front with a kind of sticky finish and a coating on the rear tongue. Flavor is sour and raspberry, more starfruit, tingle if carbonation, light cherry syrup, lips are flavorful, just a nice complex, blend of yummy.
thirdeye11 (5481) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) rich reddish brown with light tan head and excellent lacing. Nose of subtle wet wood, cherry, some funk and pipe tobacco. Taste of cherry, subtle lactic acid, pipe tobacco, very slightly funky, and other lightly tart fruits. Soda like carbonation, great funky fruit finish. Wish it was more tart in both nose and smell but a very drinkable sour.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mostly clear lighter brown/amber with some decent foamy bubbly head that dissipates within minutes leaving a small ring of foam around the outside edge of the glass.
Aroma is nice but hard for me to describe. Maybe some citrus? The flavor is sweet at first but then the sourness comes through. There is an aftertaste that reminds me of a nice port wine with some warming booziness that lingers after each sip.
This is a VERY interesting beer - one that certainly lives up to its name - quite the Enigma indeed. Glad I was able to try it and will likely drink it again if I get the chance.