Terminus (3316) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml-black with a huge fizzy brown head. nose of funky yeast, woodsy tones, and chocolate. the oak is there and really makes a nice woody accent. carbonation is aggressive and really detracts from the moutfeal of the beer. big sourness as well which is true to this style. lots of chocolate and char on the finish. really a unique and tasty foreign stout that can contend with dedolle.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle thanks to mds. Deep deep color, very large brown head, long lasting. Fairly sweet aroma, moderate roast. Kind of wild, has some of that Belgian yeast character running throughout which I do like (think Hercule Stout). The oak aging is present, but subtle. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
A thick but pourous dark brown head sits atop an absolutely black, opaque body. Lots of chocolate in the aroma but also the characteristic wild fermentation notes of Jolly Pumpkin that include some sour cherry fruit. I respect what he is trying to do here but this smells like a stout that has been contaminated by wild yeast that I tasted at a recent homebrew event. The beer is also so overcarbonated that it destroys any palate sensations and flavors. How can the other raters give this such a high score when in reality, you really cannot taste it? Did I miss the instructions to pour this the night before to flatten it to enjoy the next evening? This beer needs to spend more time at the brewery fermenting out completely before bottling (as well as the rest of this lineup). Once again, I respect what they are attempting and I respect a unique approach but I also think it is going to be a couple of years before they understand how the yeast is going to behave after packaging. In the meantime, we will just have to support them and consume their experiments.
vyvvy (4500) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
More thanks go out to Beerdrenched for sharing the fantastic hard to find beer. Pours almost black with a very dark tan head. Aromas has earthy yeast, dark fruit and bits of roastiness. Medium body with very noticable carbonation, but it is not interfering. Starts with dark fruits and some astringency, roasted malts and berry flavor. Finish has a bit of metallic-ness (somehow it is not in a bad way) with berry fruits and light roastiness. After that some sharp tartness comes into play. Very unique interesting beer. I must try this again sometime.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. Dark brown to near black in color with a dark brown head. Coffee black aroma. Some serious tartness is present that makes for a sour milk taste. This just might be a fine breakfast stout.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Tom/CC for this one. Very dark brown to black colored body with a tall tan head. Raspberries covered with attic dust and rich dark chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and coffee. Light and lively on the palate, perhaps a bit too much so. A refreshing dark black beer for certain. Chilled costa rican coffee mixed with light tart cherries. A light zin pepper and fruit flavor. Dry and tart in places balanced by lush and sweet in others. Some cinnamon and light cloves in the linger add to the complexity of this brew. This brewery just exudes class.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Biscuit and mild roast with strong berry-like fruitiness, lightly sour acidity and floral, earthy, dry wood, herbal notes greet the inquisitive nose. Opaque black body is topped by a huge brown medium-bubbled head that recedes to a lasting cover with plenty of lacing. Plenty of citrus hops are apparent in the flavour along with grape and berry fruity esters, strong raosted and chocolate malts, some biscuit and a fairly tart, almost puckering acidity. Medium-full body is quite dry with assertive carbonation. Very gassy - perhaps over the top. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I got a bottle of this from both BBB63 and Beerdrenched. The bottle I’m drinking tonight was accidently left in my car for a couple of days in mid July. At first I thought this bottle was ruined, but after reading jsquire’s write up, it may be okay. Pours pitch black with a huge, big bubbled head that lasts the entire beer. Lots of brown lace. Where to begin with the aroma. Here goes, Kikomann, Skoal Long Cut Wintergreen, plum, roast, and chocolate candies. So I can’t tell which is more up front, oak or brett. It is pretty damn sour. Winey. Dry. Still a bit of tobacco character. Full and rich with a dry finish. Lots of carbonation. I’ve surely not had anything like this before.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 2006; Grand Tasting. Pours jet black with ruby edges and a beige head. Aroma of brett, roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor has notes of chocolate, roastiness, red wine, lactic acidity and dark fruits. Very spritzy mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Interesting stuff.
jsquire (3663) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
RBSG ’06 I should have avoided this beer, but under the theory that if they make me drink it, I’ll rate it. This is a very dark beer with a foamy brown head that left sticky lace in the glass. The nose was my first warning, with the funky sweet/sour smell that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and is making my mouth pucker up all over again as I type this. The initial sip is shocking, not being used to sour stouts. Tons of Brett, almost rotten raspberries, and some warm, earthy humus (the dirt, not the dip). I can appriciate the craftsman that made this beer, but it is not for me.