kramer (4903) - 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 (6584) - 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 (2409) - 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 @ BCTCí09. 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) - Woodridge NY, 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 donít 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 (528) - 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 Iíve had from Bullfrog, though itís a bit heavier than I was hoping for. Still itís exceedingly well-balanced and really interesting.
Iíve 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 bakerís 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 itís 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. Itís 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 Iíve 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.
Thereís 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!
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 750mL Bottle. Vibrant puckering nose, throwing a soft apple and raspberry juice, tart and unique. A bit of deeper stout, but mostly a really clean clear citric, lactic, and acetic acid amalgam. Pours a dark chocolate black-brown, with a cocoa-dust dark head. Leggy. Flavor is rich and real deep. This is highly sour and easily one of the most sour beers Iíve had. Fortunately, this sourness is incredibly clean. Mostly a lactic-citric run, with plain generic acidity, with, when warmed, throws a softer acetic edge. Whatís really awesome is the blending of the cocoa and chocolate characters that lie deeper. The dry, cocoa-powder sensations casts incredible balance to the acidity and the cherry sweetness. So many good flavor, so clear, so mature and so refined. This is unique and outstanding. My one complaint is that the acidity gets a little overbearing and the acetic quality shines in the finish, but thatís being picky.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2008 at Dr. Billís tasting. Dark black with small brown head. Nose of cherries, oak and chocolate. Flavor is the same, with a wine note.
adrian910ss (2349) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a jet black with a medium sized foamy light brown head. Strong aroma of tart cherries, oak wood, chocolate and wine. Taste of sour cherries, chocolate, oak wood and red wine. Tarty start and finish.