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RATINGS: 786   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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One of Bam's brown eyes is, in fact, black. When mischief reigns supreme, it positively glows. Dedicated to the dark side; smooth, dark, incredibly delicious as only a Jack Russell with bat wings can be.


fidelis83's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Cloudy chocolate brown pour with an explosive, huge, chunky beige head, even though it was poured fairly gently, that has decent retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is, funky, stone fruit, mineral and cereal. Flavor is somewhat funky, somewhat sour, some tart stone fruit, hints of spice, light woody notes, hints of toast and cereal, floral, sharp spicy, and citrus hops. Light crisp and dry feel with a light, but quite blanketing and fairly sharp carbonation, amazing it had any left after the explosive pour. Really tasty stuff, packs a good amount of intensity and complexity for 4.3%. Without being overpowered by the pleasant funky notes, I might add.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5001) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2016
Belle saison qui exhibe des flaveurs de malts noirs avec des notes citronnées et des petits fruits sauvages. La bouche est facile, jamais aqueuse, fabriquée pour ma grande soif du moment. Bien étonnante. Ma 5000ième bière sur RB. Drôle de choix, n’est-ce pas?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4636) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #27. 12 ounce bottle, consumed (I believe) in some hotel room in Michigan towards the end of July, 2008. Typical JP enormous fluffy head topping a dark mocha, nearly impenetrable body...big roasty, dark sour cherry, toasty malts, light funkiness in the aroma...hints of chocolate in the fairly yeasty/bready, light, dry body...stony fruits, again just a light barnyard funkiness. I remember for years trying to get this again when it wasn’t distributed in VT; now coming across this rating and having had a few other JP in the last couple of years that I wasn’t wowed by, I’m wondering if this will leave me cold on a re-taste, I seem to be one of the high raters on it - and I don’t usually love these so-called black saisons. Hmmm. Have to look around, re-tasting pending; but I have to go with my impressions as written down just now.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
graham_murphy (601) - - AUG 14, 2016
Lots of sour, raw taste in there. Quite bitter with pine from the hops and caramel sweetness from the malt. A little bit tangy. Very impressive strength of flavour given the low ABV. Well done.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnowek (1741) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2016
Dark and slightly ruby colour. No head. Aroma is super farmhouse. Taste is tart and vinegary but quite modestly so. Balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (12431) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2016
Draft - Dark soured malts and cherry. Cloudy copper with a small white head. Dark muddy sour notes, touch of dark fruit and a light finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerplace (710) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2016
On tap at St. Augustines on Rare Beer Tap Takeover. Copper with beige head. Aroms similar to Flemish ales with cherry, some caramel and bready notes. It is not an original Saison for sure, it is Brown Sour Ale. Pleasant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evolutionary (469) - Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle from meijers Lapeer. Pour is dark amber and thinner body with light carbonation. Smooth and more wine-like in feel. Cherry and ester taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (1402) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Pours a brownish color with a foamy white head. Aroma is lacto and spicy and peppery yeast. Flavor is lacto and space. Tart. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Dark brown with a white head. Aroma and taste are mildly sour, and not as complex or delicious as I’ve come to expect from JP. $6/12oz

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Helsdon (351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2016
Been working my way through cellar’s backlog, my eyes can certainly be bigger than my liver so I have a few. This one was kindly brought up from Buffalo by my sister-in-law for me from Premier. Thanks! (not that she reads this.) Pours a clear maple syrup amber (Canadian Grade #2 to be exact), with a couple of inches of off-white head, that doesn’t lace, it corduroy’s the side of the glass, leaving a foam lump in the middle. (Now that’s foam!) Lovely tangy lacto nose with a mild grape zing, a touch of soap, and some clear cereal malt. The taste is lacking the real meaty sour I was expecting, but screw my expectations, it’s good. Soft fruit flavours balanced with a gentle but pervasive sour bite, caramel malts, and ending with a funk bitterness. Overall really good. That this fella is at a session-level booze is not obvious with all that flavour, and that’s a good thing this bottle is going to go down smooth, and very, very fast.


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