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Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 245
Gots: 102 | FT: 8
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005)
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Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

This beer is not retired, not even close really

12oz bottle, got a 4pack at Riley's

appearance: standard New Glaurs Unplugged label which i am fond of...pours into a wide mouth wine glass....rose-mahogany body with a light violet highlight, light beige froth with light lacing on the rim

smell: immediately similar to belgian red and cherry stout. This isnt a bad thing, but its very familiar. tart michigan cherries dominate the nose for me, rather sour...in the background i get vanilla and oak but the sour cherry dominates

taste: the flavour is much more complex to me as more of the beer is revealed than in the nose...every sip is pretty divine if you ask me, it starts with a sour-tart michigan cherry flavour then the vanilla and oak follow in the finish, a little booze comes through but the finish remains quite tart and sharp. As it warms i get more and more bourbon in the finish...Theres been some conversation on how similar belgian red, cherry stout, and enigma are to each other but i am not bothered...this is another wonderful fruit beer from new glarus

mouthfeel: tart, slick medium body, velvety smooth

drinkability: a joy

dirtylou, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz bottle. This brew pours a deep amber color with a half finger of head that falls to a nice film over top of the beer. It has a moderate amount of haze. and there is no carbonation visable. In the light, there are some nice ruby highlites in the beer as well. The nose is nice sour cherry, with a very solid oak tannin and a light tartness that adds a nice character to it. The flavor is definately reminding me of the sour brown they made a year or so ago. It has a nice creamy character along with a solid sour cherry in there. It finishes with a very solid tannin character from the oak. It is tasty. The feel is very creamy with moderate body and a light carbonation. It is really smooth. This is a really tasty beer. I think the oak character really sets this one apart from the other NG beers that it is similar to. I will be interested to see if time makes any difference in what this one becomes. I think it is tasty now, and could get even better in time.

kmpitz2, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

The first taste of this long desired brew was a whopping let down. After more than a year of anxious anticipation I felt betrayed. Expecting intensity, I found only timidity. I sought boldness but was only given subtlety. Not long into my first glass I began cursing myself for buying Jenny Street Market’s entire stock of Enigma. Sometime into my second glass that feeling began to change.

Enigma is considerably lighter, less fruit forward, and more subtle than I had expected, however, it does not lack for interest and complexity. Enigma’s appearance is quite elegant and wine like. It boasts minimal to no carbonation and just a thin, glass clinging lacing, but its reddened chestnut hues still manage to foster a rather unique and splendid appearance.

Funky sour oranges and tart rotten cherries are pulled cohesively together by overriding aromas of oak aged liquor. Vanilla, oak, and hints of bourbon flow throughout with nuances of must and rotting wood rounding everything out. Fans of Bourbon and Whiskey Barrel aging should enjoy this beer immensely.

Flavor wise, the beer appears to be a blend of the Sour Brown and Belgian Red, however comparisons to NG’s Cherry Stout are inevitable. In many ways Enigma tastes like a toned down Cherry Stout. Still, taste is predominantly a product of the barrel rather than the fruit. With Enigma, the oaky vanilla rules the cherry every step of the way. The end result of the aging is a product that is both sour/tart and supremely smooth. The mouthfeel seems considerably lighter and better balanced than New Glarus’s other fruit beers. Drinkability is through the roof, even for someone like myself who is often not a fan of barrel aging in general.

Enigma is not the explosively “big” beer that I expected but it makes up for it with interesting subtlety and by simply being pleasurable. It’s quite the hybrid stylistically and goes highly recommended to fans of fruit beers, Flemish reds, sour browns, and barrel aged beers alike.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

This was allowed to warm up for a few hours.

Pour was dark brown / dark red, with a small head.

Smells just like a Jack and Coke. Or maybe Jack and Cherry Coke. A wooden bourbon aroma was husky and mellow, and was more distinct than the light fruity or cherry aroma.

The flavor was smooth and mellow. Sweetness came from a cherry flavor, but nothing like their Unplugged Cherry Stout. This was more like icing on the cake, and the cake was a nice wooden bourbon mixed with uncarbonated cola. In fact, I'm reminded of Captain Morgan Gold, and how they blended their rum with a low carbonated cola.

Carbonation was perfect, allowing the finish to fade out into a warm oaky aftertaste. A fascinating type, and definitely worth trying out again. I think I'll try to pair it with a juicy grilled steak next time.

terrabyte, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Picked up a couple 4's at Riley's here in Madison. Tasted side-by-side with their Cherry Stout.

Pour: slightly hazy, translucent mahogany/copper under a finger of loose khaki foam that fizzles in a few seconds.

Nose: tart cherry, sour woody oak notes, lambic-like yeasty funk

Taste: sweet fruit up front; tart, almost spicy cherry on the midpalate; mild, oaky smoothness and a cool, slightly metallic finish. Like drinking a fine cigar.

Feel: smooth and slick on the tongue - substantial, with velvety carbonation

Drinkability/Overall: the oak aging has done well to smooth out and mellow this beer. Refined, and tight as a knot. This is one to drink AT room temperature as it retains a distracting metallic bite when chilled. Another great cherry beer from the guy who does it best.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

The beer poured into the chalice almost clear golden medium amber with an off-white head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was a melding of oak aroma and bourbon. Neither aroma was overpowering and both worked well together. Behind that was a light fruitiness which was hard to distinguish between cherry or raspberry.

The flavor was fruity and slightly sour, or better termed as acidic. The flavor was distinctly cherry, but more subdued than say Cherry Tart (Wisconsin Belgian Red), much more. The cherry flavor was tempered with oak that finally finished out as a bourbon, but was only subtle, never overdone.

The finish was dry and crisp with lasting cherry which transformed on the palate in the finish to oak and later to light bourbon. The body was medium and the carbonation was spot on.

This beer, probably one of the few released from the brewery was worthy of asking about if you ever visit. Most bourbon beers are overdone and perhaps overrated, but this one is subtle and sublime. A mix of fruit beer and bourbon and a wonderful way.

Purchased for $10 in 2003 at the brewery on a private tour prior to Great Taste of the Midwest, unlabeled with only a gold crown cap on a green 750 ml bottle. At least 12 other people purchased a bottle(s). I wish I had another bottle, and had been waiting for the right moment to open this one. It should have been stored for even longer and a more special occasion, but today seemed like the day. The reason was GT tickets went on sale today even though I will not be able to attend this year.

Wood and Barrel-aged Beers: 2003 Silver Medal GABF, 2004 Bronze Medal GABF.

We need a BA Wood and Barrel Aged beer style!

GCBrewingCo, May 01, 2005
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Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
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