Zeswaft (1422) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a slightly mocha in aroma. Lots of dark tan head and black in color. Flavor is somewhat sour, some coffee, and a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty good and not gross like the JPís Iíve had of late.
hopscotch (9738) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Bottle... RBSG2006... Totally black ale with a mid-sized, frothy, light brown head. Terrific retention. Both the nose and flavor are smoky, woodsy and Flemish with notes of chocolate, molasses and dark fruits. Barely medium-bodied and astringent with lively carbonation. Finishes chocolaty and dry. The relatively high ABV is totally undetectable.
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A remarkable black pour covered by an icing-like, thick cover of dark bubbles. In the same range of glory than Hercules or Santas Little Helper, this stout offers a rich and varied fruitiness with both tropical fruits (pineapple, kiwi) and darker varietals such as black grapes, blackberries et al. Its roastiness somehow stays low-profile, imparting a dry kick and feeling chocolatey, though never becoming powdery or ashey. On the other hand, the JPís oaky brettanomyces enhance the vinous aspect and bring the bready yeastiness to further territories, while avoiding overattenuation or making the body frailer. Mildly warming. Impressive carbonation, most other brewers would have made a train wreck out of this.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Dark black body with a large frothy brown head. Big sour roasty aroma with chocolate hints. Sour flavor, roast, chocolate and some grain. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/9/3/16 - 4.0
07/17/2006: Sampled at RBSG06. Dark black body with a large frothy brown head. Aroma of mlassas and fruit. Flavor of sweet fruit and caramel. 8/5/8/3/16 - 4.0
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Rerate, courtesy of northerntimber (and artusory, again). Thanks, guys! Pours beautifully: a dark, almost-uniform murky brown color; fluffy, medium tan head with great retention and lacing. Pleasant, tart aroma, showing brown sugar and roasted malts underneath; hints of sharp citrus. Medium-to-full, tart and roasted mouthfeel: good balance between the stout (roasted malts, milk chocolate, light marshmallow) and sour elements (brett and citrus tartness); slightly harsh at the front of the palate, with very lively carbonation - settling down a bit after a moment or two in the mouth; this would greatly benefit from some time to breathe and relax its carbonation. Long, cocoa and bitter citrus finish. 220.127.116.11.15= 4.0 (04/06/07)
Courtesy of artusory, RBSG 06. Beautiful, fluffy, big-bubbled head. Best interpretation Iíve had of a belgian-style stout (heads and shoulders beyond De Dolleís export, Hercules); nicely-soured, puckering brett matches perfectly with the malty and oak background. Long finish. One of my favorite and most intriguing beers from the Grand Tasting. 10.5.8.4.18 = 4.5 (07/16/06)
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Any first impressions?
-Enormous foam sticks to the opaque darkness.
-Wealthy, trickling molasses cover the dark chocolate and roasted malts.
-Alcohol is unveiled by the sagacious wooden dryness, as roasted malts and plump black grapes playfully coexist.
-Maltiness is round enough for the expansive, docile carbonation.
What if you dig deeper?
-Tart wilderness brushes the back of the flavor spectrum.
-Flavors are impressively organized, balanced, and satisfying.
-Black grape fruitiness sometimes reveals black olive complexity.
-Another excellent creation from JPumpkin, richer than De Dolleís Belgian stout venture, yet as classy.
Bottles; no date.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sour, sweet coffee aroma, black, pours a gigantic cappuccino head. Pleasant coffee with sugar taste, some dark chocolate also. Pleasantly bitter, medium bodied. Terrific! Thanks mds!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a viscous opaque with a huge, airy dark tan head that fills most of the glass. After about ten minutes, it subsides leaving thick cusps of lace and a large denser plateau floating in the middle of the glass. Aroma of tart cherries, dark chocolate, some light barnyard funk and a touch of toasted caramel. Body is very over-carbonated which masks the flavor until it settles down, revealing more tart fruitiness and caramel malt before a drier, sticky, and tart finish with hints of lingering dark chocolate and coffee. A very interesting, unique, and enjoyable brew.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Notalush at the HW open house. I have loved most of the funky, bretty Belgian Ales I have tried from JP, now letís see how they do with stouts. Black with a large tan head. Sweet/sour aroma of dark roasted malts, oak, dark chocolate and raisins. Flavor starts out with the roasted malts and a mild lactic tartness before the oak and chocolate begin to emerge. Some dark dried fruits as well. Nicely done.
notalush (5078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to goldtwins for hooking me up with this - I cracked this open at the Heavyweight Open House, and Iím almost sorry I did, because I kept pouring myself some of this wonderful stuff instead of trying the beer other people brought - huge oak aroma, with bitter bakers chocolate, strong coffee and some sour, dark fruits, like over ripe plums and red grapes - the sourness is not an overpowering one, as I was afraid it would be - the oak and tartness compliment the chocolate quite well, and it adds a kind of tannic/wine-like quality to the dark fruit flavors - full-bodied - one of my favorite Jolly Pumpkins.