rajendra82 (1041) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer came in a brown, 750 ml. Bomber, and I chose a tulip glass to pour it in. It looked quite good with a black, opaque body, and a three finger tall tan head. The smell was typical of a Stout with roasty smells of coffee, chocolate, as well as some toffee being detected. The taste was where big departure from the standard mold came, as the sourness was something I was not expecting here. Taste was something like a mixture of a Wild Ale and a Stout. The Brettanomyces funk, lactic sourness, and lightness of the former were somehow combined in this same beer with chocolate roastiness, bitter hops, and burnt grain astringency of the latter. The oaky and vanilla flavor common to the barrel aged versions of either was also present. It leaned more heavily towards a Wild Ale than a Stout, despite the way it looked. Big kudos to Jolly Pumpkin for pulling off this creative melding of these seemingly divergent styles. The body and the mouthfeel were very thin for a typical stout, but they did work well for this odd creation. Easy to drink after the initial shock wore off. This would have been right at home in a FantŰme lineups, as the creativity was astounding.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Didnít like this for the first few sips but wow yum yum after that. Poured a dark brown black color with good head and good lacing. Aroma was souy just like jolly pumpkin likes to do floral hops and some spices. Flavor was sour grapes and floral, a light roasted malt to balance it out. Different but tasty.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at Rich Oís. black with brown edges. fluffy brown head. aroma green apple coffee and vanilla. tart sour green apple currant light black pepper and horse blanket flavor. finish tart green apple currant bitter coffee with a splash of cream. finish sticks with you forever. mouth puckering tart coffee. medium to full body. moderate carbonation. one of the most interesting beers i have had this year. fantastic.
3fourths (9104) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Iím not sure I can really get into a sour stout. I remember that bottle of Hitachino Lacto Sweet Stout that was absolutely disgusting, and this beer brings back those memories, so pardon me if I donít immediately rave over this one. The lactic biting, pasty, burnt acidity attacks the mouth quickly but then relents, leaving it coated in a layer of toasted grains, heavy roast, and light milk... the char on this thing just get deeper and drier as the finish progresses. Interesting. Getting better the more I drink, but the sour acidity of a lambic is not the best thing in the world for me. Stouts works, lambic works, but lambic sourness with the heavy roast and chocolate flavors of a stout, it doesnít work. One strange beer.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with Dark Tan Head. Bakerís Chocolate, Vinous Aroma. Medium to Heavy Mouthfeel, But Vinous to Creamy Thick Body. Underlying Fruity Tartness Throughout...Roast Notes Pop Up Here and There as Well, Perhaps Some Toasted Oats....Bitter Bakerís Chocolate, Helping to Create a Dryness in the Beerís Finish to Help Balance Out the Fruity Tartness This Brew Totes. It Would be Interesting to Try This at a Warmer Temp Alongside a Peppercorn Steak. Although Initially Perhaps a bit Outspoken, Madrugada Slowly Starts to Grow On You Until It Creates a More Realized Profound Statement.
milewide (2031) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Main taste is sour, with a lingering roasted malt aftertaste. Medium black color and body. Very different.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750 ml bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!) A little weird...Pours very dark coffee brown, close to opaque. Three fingers of tan head. Aroma kind of sharp and not pleasant to my nose - perhaps red wine, yeast and glue. Mouthfeel medium full, has a woody dryness, some almost soda-like bubbliness. Nice heavy rings of weepy lacing. Flavor is quite sour and tart cherry with bitter chocolate and red wine. Not sure what to make of this. Closest thing I can think of is Bells Hath No Fury - but that was great and this is not.
eaglefan538 (3024) - 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 (11360) - 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 (4577) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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.