markwise (4542) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Adam3000 for this one in a trade. Pours yellow copper with an off-white head. Nose is cherry, vanilla, fruit, and some oaky and tart notes. Flavor is similar to the nose, and I can see why it is called enigma. It is not necessarily a sour, it is not a fruit beer, it is difficult to classify, but it is fruity, slightly sour, and very good.
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried two different bottles of this at the Shenandoah Throwdown. One courtesy of Trevor which was a batch one and accounts for the bulk of my notes. The second is whatever the most recent batch was. Pours a clear ruby copper brown with a thin white head. Medium bodied, cherries, hints of sourness. Smooth and sweet. Light sweetness and a nice tang. The newer bottle was nice, but lacked the complexity of the older one. Not sure if that’s a recipe change, or just the fact that the age on the old one added some deep fruit and velvety mouthfeel.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Chicone’s. Deep reddish-brown pour with a slight white head that almost immediately vanishes. Aroma is that of sour cherries with just a hint of oak. Flavor is a bit tart but not at all overpoweringly puckering, more cherry notes. The finish brings the cherries to the front and is very smooth. Great intro for those not wanting to jump into the deep end of the sour category....
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:The nose is full of cherry an oak. The smell is sugary sweet.
Appearance:It’s the reddish-brown color of spiced rum. Poor head retention.
Taste:There’s a lot of cherry flavor in the foretaste, plus a little sourness imparted by the wild yeast. This changes to oak and vanilla in the midtaste. For the first few sips, there was a lot of copper in the aftertaste, but this went away the more I drank.
Palate:Lots of carbonation on the tongue, and it’s a little harsh on the back of my throat as I swallow.
Overall:This is a delicious fruit beer that gives you a lot of cherry flavor. While you drink this beer, complex flavors arise on every sip.
BVery (6933) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Reddish pour. Sour cherry nose. Same taste plus some wood. Not cloying. Good.
Scubatrip (604) - 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 (8877) - , 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 (5094) - 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 (615) - 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.