daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another crazy rare beer at Diegos. Black pour, brown head. Really a cool beer. Aromas are very tart black cherries, very bitter chocolate, some molasses and light vanilla tones. Flavor is much the same. Sour black cherries, prunes, molasses, raisins, bitter chocolate. Coats the mouth wonderfully. What a great brew.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2012 In short: An intense, very sharp, very dry, roasted ale with a ton of cherries
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when over 1 year of age. A bottle sitting in the back of my cellar, left behind by kmweaver. Thank-you so much Ken.
The look: Cloudy dark brown-ruby topped y a medium beige head
In long: Nose is a bit barnyard with a lot of black cherries. The taste is an explosive mix of three main elements. First there is the black cherries (d’uh), and lots of them, with a mouth puckering tannic cherry skin character. Second are the highly roasted malts. My girlfriend though it was so roasted it brought out a coffee flavor. I wouldn’t go that far but this surely is the most roasted fruit beer I’ve ever had. And third is the wild yeast that ties everything together. The beer is very sharp, acidic, a little sour, and very very dry, almost too dry. Some caramel just It took me one hour to drink my bottle and I was thirsty (as usual). This is a very intense one-of-a-kind beer. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive and it kills some of the flavors and brings down this fabulous creation to only “only excellent”. Also, this to me is much more, much much more a fruit beer than it is a sour ale. Whatever it is, it is excellent. I gave the keys to my apartment for a few days to kmweaver and when I got back home I found this bottle sitting on my kitchen counter. Ratebeer can really bring out the best out of people. As for me I am very very good at bringing the best from my local police, fire, and sanitation departments.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark black color with a two finger frothy dark chocolate brown head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing.
Sweet vinous aroma with a lot of dark berry up front in the nose along with some earthy oak and vanilla. There’s also a nice subtle bourbon that blends well with the vinous notes. Silky dark and milk chocolate notes that are kind of roasty underneath. Very complex with a lot of different scents bouncing off of each other. The vinous dark fruit notes are most prominent but the other characteristics are noticeable.
Slightly puckering vinous mouthfeel which is only a bit tart with a lingering sweet dark fruit presence that lasts through the finish. There’s a nice roasted silky chocolate malt presence u derneath that I thought would be more prominent but it provides a nice backbone to the sweetness up front. Very complex and well balanced making this beer incredibly quaffable. Lots of dRk fruit especially blackberry, grape, sour dark cherry, plumand raisin. Highly recommended if you have a chance to try it.
kramer (5685) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 oz bottle, from BCTC Bullfrog tasting, via Axilla. Pours a flat black body with a nice one finger fizzy brown head that settled to a thin ring. The nose is kinda unusual, sour Stouts are a fairly underrepresented style. Sour and roasty with a great cherry and blueberry fruitiness, a nice level of acidity. The taste is sour and acetic at first with the hearty roast and sour cherry emerging more toward the finish. The acidity from the wild yeast really played well against the natural sour cherry fruit. Finishes with some competing roast, cocoa, brett, and acidity. Both dry and sweet at the same time, with a bracing acetic twang on the palate. Nice fizzy lively carbonation. Big thanks to Axilla for adding this one to the Bullfrog tasting line-up.
j12601 (9049) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the many bottles of Bullfrog that Kramer brought to BCTC. Pours a dark black with a medium tan head. Light fruit, roast, and some funk to it. Quite intriguing and complex aromas. The interplay of roast bitterness, sour cherries, and overall tartness in very neat. Finishes off with more nice roast bitterness. Glad I got to try this one.
beastiefan2k (3202) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the awesomely cool hookups from kramer @ BCTC’09. Poured with a large chocolate head atop a black body. Aroma is very lactic cocoa, dark chocolate, even some light vanilla, and a musky-milk. Flavor is spiky acetic over the dark malts (light roast and cocoa). Cherry comes through in the acetic aftertaste. Green apple skins mixed in there as well. Pretty good sour stout,. they are hard to make, the roast is not strong, which I like.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I normally don’t like sour stouts but this one is so sour and has so much fruit that is was great the fruit is actually noticable and can pick out berries. Very complex with the roast ans sour aspects.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 Bottle, huge thanks to Terry! Pours a thick, viscous black that is completely opaque. Really pretty mocha head. Sour aroma with chocolate-covered cherries. First sip is really earthy and dark, with a very well-melded sour presence. Mocha coffee dust falls in there somewhere. Very tart, long finish. This is a really complex brew from Bullfrog; the deep, earthy malt is transformed into a super tart oddity, and this weird, cherry presence rounds it out. One of the better brews I’ve had from Bullfrog, though it’s a bit heavier than I was hoping for. Still it’s exceedingly well-balanced and really interesting.
I’ve had this a couple times, this rating is from a recent bottle.
Bottle opens with a bang, pours thick black with a huge, deep mocha head. Nose is at first fairly acetic with balsamic vinegar and maraschino cherries, a good bit of barrel. I would have guessed it was a red wine barrel but I believe the bottle says bourbon. Underneath these initial aromas are a beautiful collage of baker’s chocolate, roasted malt, some smoke. Quite tart and puckering up front, with a focus first on the acetic, sour qualities, segueing into that darker, smoky quality. Very earthy, somewhat dry in fact. Light and airy despite the huge qualities and complexity of this. Less malt and more acid as this has aged. As it breathes and opens it’s just lovely -- more earth, soil, and smoke behind the wild acids, weaved together beautifully.
July, 2011 update. Enjoyed at a tasting next to various other dark sours, black sours. This was on another level from every other black sour tasted next to this (Perseguidor 4, Sinners 09) and was one of the top 2-3 bottles of a total of 50 or so, including Speciaal Brouwsel 20, T20, loads of vintage Jolly Pumpkin and De Dolle reserves. An amazing dry, earthy character beneath bright fruit and sour acids, totally unique and delicious.
January 2012 update, just a few notes from a recent bottle. Pours black with a tall deep caramel head that slowly fades away but leaves a persistent cream atop, moving appearance to 5. Acidic and earthy, smoke element stronger than prior bottles. An umami type quality through the first pour of the bottle. It’s imperative that this beer breathes and opens for a good 15 minutes before you really get into it. As it does the earthy, unsweetened chocolate character is just marvelous, dry but incredibly rich, atop that a screaming high acidic sour cherry. Layers of rich, earthy malt, lightly sweet but heavy dry cocoa powder and vanilla, washes of acids. Depth of flavor and complexity is magical, this particular bottle was probably the best American wild I’ve had.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured an Ikea Black//Brown. Yeah, ikea color scale beyotch. nice 1/2" tan head, nice tight bubbles. Leaves a nice halo.
Smells of tart cherry, us chocolate malt and black malt.
Starts with a very tart and apply named cherry bomb on the front. Wild barrel aging gives it a nice acidic funk to the cherry, which is quickly followed by standard RIS flavors, roasted barley, rich coffee notes, bitter black malt, and finishes with a little sweeter cherry flavors and a nice dark chocolate which play very nicely together.
highly attenuated, lots of sour plays off of normally sweet items. dry, well carbonated. It drinks very slow, but great sipping.
There’s so much going on I really want to try again.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 Bottle courtesy of the eepiest. This stuff was simply awesome. Pours a lovely black with a 2 finger chocolate head. Nose was tart cherries then gave way to chocolate and toasted malts. Flavor was similar to the nose in that it started of tart then ended up very chocolaty and smooth. It was awesome how everything worked together with this brew, great stuff!