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.
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 (1484) - 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 canít 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 (5634) - 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.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Poured hazy reddish-brown color with a large foam head that dissipates slowly. Cherries and vanilla dominate the aroma. Flavor has cherries, vanilla, and minimal sourness. Would have liked more acidity, but it is still a pretty good tasting beer. Pretty solid fruit beer, but was hoping for more a more sharp sourness.
madvike (2905) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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. Iím absolutely blown away.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A reddish-brown color, pours with a tan head and a few small patches staying on top. The aroma shows fresh cherries, funky oak, jolly ranchers. Slick cherry flavor up front. Oak and dusty notes follow with a little vanilla in the background. Sweet creamy malt lends support the whole way through. Sour and papery in the finish. Not nearly as tart or sour as expected though. A lot of fruit beer in this, which considering who brews this, thatís not a bad thing. Extremely easy drinking. A good first sour for someone but I wouldnít mind a little more intensity to it. Still this is a very good beer. Look forward to re-visiting several more down the road.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle poured into tumbler. Pours a copperish red in color with small tan head. Aroma is of cherries a bit of cinnamon and with a slight hint of tartness/sourness. Mouth feel is moderate to thin with excellent carbonation. Flavor of dark fruits, cherries and ends with a nice sourness on the pallet. Best beer I have had from Wisconsin to date.