bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of black cherry, walnut, light roastiness, vanilla, chocolate, and raisins. Flavor of black cherry, caramel and roasted malts, raisins, figs, and chocolate.
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a post-GABF tasting, I imagine it was from acrdz. Poured a deep brown color with a moderate tan head that slowly faded to a ring. Aroma of chocolate malt, some oak, black cherries, and a hint of funky yeast. Definitely a interesting flavor, but very good. Tart, funky cherries right off the bat with some barnyard yeastiness and undertones of chocolate malt and a bit of roastiness with a hint of ash on the finish, along with some more cherry and oak. Low carbonation, full and biting on the palate. A very interesting, very good beer. Acrdz, hook a brother up!
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with a medium head. Has a black appearance. Aroma is sour cherry, yeast, slight malt notes, and chocolate. Flavor upfront was very surprising. I didn’t notice any sour notes in this beer. Yet when I tried this it was all sour. Simply amazing. After several tastes and it warmed up a bit I noticed several flavors including sour cherry, ash, and some chocolate caramel malt. Overall this was a great brew because it was such a surprise. Since I didn’t smell sour notes and got blasted with sour flavors was great!
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2012 750 corked and caged bottle from the brewpub. Pours a beautiful deep brown with a medium brown head. Strangely sour aroma for a beer of this weight, complemented really nice by the cherry, raspberry like elements. Big chocolate malt too. Roasted chocolate and some cherries come through. I would like to see the sour cherries shine more in the flavor. A really nice transition from the sweet, roasted chocolate to the woody, sour cherry finish. Really nice offering from Bullfrog.
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. This one opened to a very loud pop and I was expecting it to gush, but thankfully, it didn’t. Poured a dark black color with a large sized borwn head. Aromas of black cherries, wood, chocolate, a little earthy, and a little funky. Tastes of tart cherries, roast, chocolate, wood (although lighter than the aromas), and some funkiness. Nice sour and tart finish. This was aged in bourbon barrels; I got the woodiness but I didn’t get any bourbon in either the aromas or tastes. This one was very nice!
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 25, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one. Pours a deep black with a medium bubbly deep tan head that left slight lacing. Aroma of tart sour cherries, dark chocolate, light roast, funky, touch of coffee, cherry pie filling, light alcohol and a very slight hint of bourbon. Flavor of tart cherries, followed quickly by a nice roasted malt/chocolate/coffee mix, tingly carbonation, woody. The only negative about this beer was the mouthfeel had too much carbonation. Otherwise this was one amazing beer!
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle picked up at Brewpub. I also had the pleasure of trying this at the debut at BCTC ’08. Poured black with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sour cherries, chocolate malt, dark fruits and green apples. Taste comes in funky at first with some tart apples, sour cherries, and mellows towards the end with smooth chocolate notes, and finishes crisp with oak. Very interesting use of wild yeast. Outstanding.
DocLock (7732) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from PUB’N via trade. Pours deep black with 1-finger dark brown head and great lacing. Nose is very tart, with heavy black cherry, dark malt, sour masjy dark fruit, cacao, and yeast. The nose is a lot like JP madragura Oscura. Tastes very tart, with heavy black cherry, dark malt, cacao, fig, molasses, and oaky notes. Rich, fairly complex palate.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle: Huge gusher! Lost 1/4 of the $24 bottle to gushing. Wonderful aroma. Smells of sour black cherries, roasted malts, chocolate, Brett, and yeast. Poured black with a hint of currant in color and a medium-sized, dense, brown with a purple tinge head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of sour black cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, and Brett. Medium to full body. Fizzy texture. Lively carbonation. Sweet, chocolate, black cherry finish is dry.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, at BCTC. Poured very deep brown, with a moderate-sized brown head. Rich, roasted chocolate malt aroma, with some sour cherry, other dark fruit, and wild yeast in the background. Big chocolate malt flavor, with cocoa powder, caramel, wild yeast and very restrained tart cherry notes. The cherry becomes more pronounced in the finish, but the cocoa still is the dominant flavor. It’s a nice stout overall, and another interesting offering from Bullfrog.