Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
12oz bottle. Deep rusty brown, small beige ring. Some smoked vanilla and woody notes. Slightly tart but more salty sweet than anything. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2010
aroma is soft wood seemingly wet with sweet fusel and alcohol esters that play with the brain. sourness comes on quick even through the olfactory, it compliments the wood and the converse is true as well, the mariage parfait of examples of the style i have experienced. appearance is burnished orange to ruby and nearly opaque from more obtuse angles. flavor is sourness that begins pillow soft and crescendos quickly. simliar in so many ways to rodenbach and other benchmarks of the style (coincidentally i just tried that nights ago as it was on sale) yet the wood/sour combo is bereft of negatives and sourness is amped up. still, i long for more puckering and two lie dormant in my cellar awaiting a rerate in a year or more. esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Rating #1700. Clear cherry wood with a thin quickly fading tan head leaving sun flare lacing. Aroma of spicy oak, fruit tannins/esters. vanilla, a bit of dark fruit and some spices. Pleasant and mildly sour. Taste is sour as expected with tannins, oak, a bit of vanilla, cherry, cinnamon and other spices. Finishes up sour and a bit spicy – not overly sour to the point of mouth puckering. A touch more carbonated than I expected, but overall not too bad. Much better than Moon Man! Sledutah (7976) - Utah, USA - JUN 21, 2010
12oz bottle j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
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.
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.
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2010
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. bookman10 (1298) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Pours a nice rusty-reddish brown with a fairly good-sized head which quickly dissipates. An interesting beer. I was ready to group it with the Cherry Stout and Belgian Red, but there’s a sour undercurrent to this that helps to combat the sweetness I associate with those beers. Lots of other flavor notes, like some vanilla, some smoke, some hops, etc., make this one definitely worth your while. SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 5, 2010
bottle. aroma of vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, custard, caramel, and light coffee. flavor is vanilla, cherry cola, with some light lactic acid sourness. vanilla is a central feature. some wood. reminicent of ng old english porter with more vanilla, and more of a cola corbonation bite to it. creamy. pretty tasty. glad i have more. Frank (4256) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2010
It is nice to see a lower gravity barrel aged beer that is actually good. It doesn’t look like much, clear brown red w/ no head. The nose is great though w/assertive sourness, cherry, a hint of vanilla and coconut. Mild sweetness is balanced by tartness. This provides some very deep, rich barrel character while still being drinkable and w/o being watery. This is an impressive feat of brewing if you ask me. arkurzynski (2460) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2015 Pours deep amber red with thin off-white head. Aroma is cherries, all-spice, and wood. Taste is cherry pie filling, wood, with a sour, dry finish. Solid and better than your average fruit beer. Definitely ready for something other than a fruit beer for the next Unplugged. I mean come on - Cran-bic, Cherry Stout, Enigma...Re-rate 2015 edition....very vinous nose. Get a lot of pear and to much lesser extent dark cherry. A bit of green apple and fruit skins. Not as impressive as last batch. -2