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 (5393) - 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 (736) - 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 (2582) - 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. I’m absolutely blown away.
changeup45 (1707) - 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, that’s not a bad thing. Extremely easy drinking. A good first sour for someone but I wouldn’t 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.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice reddish brown with a thin white whispy head. Cherry aroma. Tastes a lot like their cherry tart - sour, cherry, sweet . Medium-light body, sourness lasts.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really excited to try this on out! Malted barley and cherries with a spontaneous wild yeast fermentation. Sounds crazy.
Pours a reddish brown color with minimal head. The first aroma is nots of the oak barrel followed by vanilla and cherry. Wow, the tastes are hard to describe. Cherry, fruit, vanilla, and some funkiness all at once. Oak flavors in the background. Not like anything I have had before. Not as sour as I would have thought but then again this is a young beer. Slight bitterness. Almost a nuttiness flavor at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium. No real head retention at all.
This beer is a freakin’ Enigma. Don’t know what to think of it.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Batch bottle from Woodman’s. Pours a very clear red/brown. Fluffy offwhite head. Nose is tart, definitely get the Door County Cherries, slight oaky notes and initially some metallic elements. On taste, it’s a bit funky and tart with the cherry coming through and some mild toast notes in the background. Light oaky notes as well. I’m more excited to see how these do over time. Interesting.