Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by zeledonia:
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Been waiting on this one for a while, finally released again. Tasted 20 October 2012, reviewed from notes.
Pours a really interesting color, something like cherry wood, but with a little more. Between amber and maroon, somewhere in there. Crystal clear. One finger of pinkish head, okay retention, not much lacing.
Smell is fruity and sour, and even a bit enigmatic. Tart cherries, a soft sour twinge, and some buttery malt beneath it. I like it.
Taste is equally interesting, but not quite as good. Again, cherries and a gentle sour, but here those buttery malts come through sweet and potent, much more than I'd like them to, making it a touch like cough syrup. The vanilla oak adds to that effect, giving it a strange syrupy richness.
Medium-bodied; with a little more carbonation I'd like it a whole lot better. Starts off prickly, but fades too quickly. Pretty good, though.
A very mellow, mildly sour fruit beer. I like this - it's more to the wild side than their normal fruit beers, but short of a full-on sour. I'd like it better without that syrupy sweetness, which would let the two main components come through more clearly.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2012 04:09:56 | More by zeledonia
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Cloudy tan color with an orange hue. Persistent white ring makes up the head.
S: Potent combo of fruit and vinegar. Same fruity yeast/oak aroma as the NG fruit beers, albeit much more acidic. A little nutty brown malt somewhere underneath. Interestingly, aroma becomes more lactic with time.
T: Moderate initial sourness, followed by rich oak/malt combo. Cherries and vanilla are complimented by a mild lactic acidity. Flavors are pretty rounded several years after bottling.
M: Not a ton of carbonation left, but enough. Body is medium, acidity noticeable.
Nice beer, though better when fresh.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 22:12:07 | More by GeezLynn
Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.