garthicus (2880) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Ruby red, medium white head. Aroma: Lovely sour aroma, tangy, spicy, cloves, cinnamon, cherry. Delicious. Flavour: wow, cherry, pumpkin spices?, wood, cinnamon, lovely sourness, lots of sweetness, slightly tart, beautiful long sweet finish. Awesome.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to Tharreld. Enigma pours a deep red / light brown with ruby highlights and a 1 finger off white head. The nose is full of sour cherries and oak. Medium smooth body with more cherry tartness, vanilla from the barrels, deep wood notes and a slight acidity. Sweet finish with a semi-dry back, more oak and cherry tartness. Overall Enigma is a very nice entry level sour beer that flirts between fruit beer and sour.... this is not really that sour and you don’t pick up the typical lacto bacteria that is present in most sours. It is very enjoyable and drinkable. The use of the oak gives this beer such a solid foundation. Glad I got to have a bottle....
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to darklordlager for getting me this beer.
It pours an opaque amber/red color with a small head. The mouthfeel is creamy. It’s a thirstquenching beer with flavors of tart cherries, vanilla and a few other goodies that I can’t quite place.
IMO, this is a very approachable beer that’s complex and very nicely crafted.
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle courtesy fantomas23. This one pours a mostly cloudy reddish amber color and topped by a smooth head of beige colored foam. The aroma isn’t what I remember from the original version. Notes of sweet-tart cherries, apple cider, spices, and some sweet vanilla from the oak push through in the aroma. A otuch of lactic acidity creeps through as well. The flavor follows suit with the tart cherries and apples up front followed by plenty of spices that suggest at clove and anise. Some lactic yeast pushes through to add some tartness, but clean cereal grain malt and vanilla from the oak add sweetness to the fold. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and some residual sugars that linger in the finish. This version is a little sweet and on the spicy side for me. A little let down from the previous version. Maybe this one still some more time in the bottle.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours reddish brown with a thin greyish head. tart aroma with toucheas of pear and cantoulope and brown sugar.taste is at first a tart chery laffy taffy candy with a mild enjoyable banana flavor. some cinnamon in the finish. odd banana and marshmallow note takes over in the finish. cherry and pear flavors keep it up with an emjoyable tart not quite sour flavor . mild hints of toffee pop up and really make this beer.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Easy drinking beer. Its sister was one of my gateway sours. As far as a review goes what Turd said.....
envane (569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy reddish amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is oak and cherry. Taste is cherry and oak, with vinegar and lactic tartness. Oily texture.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear deep amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of oak, coconut, vanilla, almonds, berries, and brown sugar. Flavor of brown sugar, vanilla, brett, yogurt, and cherries.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark amber pour, small whiteish head. Aroma of sour funk and cherries? (I do have a cold, though - hard to pick up the aroma) Luxurious palate, tart cherries, very smooth, a light sourness. A wonderful balance of complexities, incredibly delicious. What a treat!
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2010 Bottle at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse. Pours a reddish-amber color with a medium frothy white head that diminishes slowly. Patrchy rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart fruit, earth and vanilla. Medium body with flavors of moderately sour fruit, malt, earth and a bit of oak. The finish is dark cherries with a lingering tart aftertaste. Good brew overall.