eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Re-rate, 4/09: Pretty similar experience, great grapey-brety notes underneath a big roasty, smokey, ashy black stout body with some chocolate underneath, dry cocoa. I really enjoyed this a second time, but Iím knocking it down just a tad to keep it real. Great brew, though, and I couldnít do more than knock it down a couple tenths, despite the effort. Original rating: Pours a black color, very nice tan to choco colored head, great retention, solid lacing. The aroma was sour grapes, spicing and hop floral aromas not unlike those of orval, dark malt fruity flavors, dried dark fruits, a touch of cocoa, light roast, and hop bitterness in the finish (and then some more sour notes). The mouthfeel was only moderate, dry, finishing sour. A very nice Belgian Ale (orval?) mix with a Belgian stout. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. If you like Orval (oh, yum!), and can dig the dark malts, this is a very fine concoction.
madsberg (11283) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Light brown head. Light sourness, fruits, cocoa, roast and light yeast in the aroma. Flavour is fruity, roasted, sweet, has light coffee and again this light sourness. Quite refreshing. Meidum to full bodied. Dry. Roasty end. Very nice brew which was traded to me by Ughsmash. Thanks, Jason.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from 750 ml bottle at the Mondial in Montreal (June 2007). Opaque, utterly black with just a bit of lasting creamy tan head....nose papery and dull at first, but opens up and develops slowly with large dollops of anise and grape and eventually some touches of roasty chocolaty malts....body is fruity, sour-grapy, light hints of dark and roasty malts; light a roasty Flemish Sour this is in many ways.....but it dries out and retains a fair amount of heft at the finish, a bit of a reminder that this is, in fact, supposed to be a stout. As it warms, both aroma and palate are suffused by blackberries....I donít know what to make of this after just one sample; more interesting than delicious, but intriguing as all of the brewerís products, certainly.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown small beige head. Aroma of coffee mainly with some oak and chocolate. Flavor is coffee, roasted malts, espresso and a touch of chocolate, then the oak aged sourness blast you. I knew this beer would be different and it is a stout with the signature Jolly Pumpkin sourness. Itís a tart yet dry sourness much like in a gueze but very toned down and it hits you in the aftertaste and then fades away leaving your mouth dry and wanting another sip. The coffee is the main flavor the roasted malts 2nd with the sourness stringing along the whole time and chocolate covers your mouth after the sourness has left with some smokiness as well. The sourness isnít tart or very sour it is THE JP signature barrel aging flavor. I knew this going into this beer and everyone else should as well rather than dissing the sourness. Itís there but goes away in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel lots of body to this and just a tasty treat. I couldnít drink this every day but damn do I like it.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black beer with a thin tan head.. Aroma is quite light with black licorice, light chocolate and the classic JP lemony acidic wildness. Earthy and roasty with a surprising depth of dark chocolate and roast coming through in spite of all the lactic acidity. The flavour is quite light, with lemon/lemongrass citrus mixed with dark malts, soft earthiness and a lingering chewy roastiness. As the beer warms, the chocolate flavour intensifies giving a slight sweetness to the overall impression. Nice earthy, funky flavour, moderate bitterness. Itís a strange, but tasty beast.
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Deep brown pour with a tan head, thin looking. Interesting aroma with some chocolate/mocha, accompanied bite papery, lactic/lemony sourness. Flavor has many strange stages. First thereís a lemon sourness, then a hint of light roasted coffee, and the finish goes back the tartness with a hint of lemon-rind. These sour Stouts have grown on me, but this one in particular is not balanced.
Palidor19 (3143) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I personally donít find it fitting for a imperial stout to have a sour taste due to the type of yeast. Its rich in Chocolate, Coffee and spices. but the flavor of sourness just turns me off. I most likely wonít be having this one again.
nick76 (4368) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma had me intrigued with chocolate, deeply roasted malt, and a touch of coffee. The appearance was nice too with itís tan head and dark brown color. The flavor was off putting. The dominate flavor is sour which is not a good thing for a stout. There is also an oaken taste as well as bitter hops and all the elements from the aroma. But I just could not get used to the sourness. Then palate is OK. Overall I am not all that happy with this.
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Re-rated on a lazy, but tense Halloween evening. Pours 3 cm of head, intricate webs of tan lacing, the color is black as a zombieís soul. Nose is sour yeast, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very surprising tastes of sour yeast mixed with dark, rich, chocolatey stout malts. A sourness mixed with heavy stout qualities is a strange concept for some people, but Iíve learned to keep an open mind and to expect almost anything. Refreshingly balanced carbonation and full body. SO full of flavor, it hurts! love this beer. Cheers to Jolly Pumpkin...
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - JUN 20, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. unpleasant sour. head thin big bobbles that disappears fast. Not good to brew stouts with Belgian yeast