TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Virtually opaque black. Lumpy khaki-colored mountain of foam. Charmingly phenolic (bandage), roasty, and irony aroma with molasses, mocha, and lacto whispers. Soft and creamy carbonation slowly expands on the palate. Initially sour and acetic with a robust brett-laced grittiness. Delayed onset of scorched malts create a bitter espresso and dry chocolate foundation and stabilize the acids. Tannins are minimized by the prevalent softness, but the vinous character remains undiminished, as ample acidity fuses with flashes of musty wood. Dry, as well, but equally succulent. Phenols are evident, but are well-managed, thus allowing the nuanced malt elements to poke through. Brett derived harshness is slowly tempered by the smooth espresso as alcohol begins to induce some body warmth. Finishing acidity continues to underlie the multidimensional malt flavors, which range from chocolate truffles and tar to coffee and black licorice. Yet another innovative JP creation and a pretty delicious one. But Iím just not sure why one would want to go and waste all that wonderfully extracted malt and replace it with overwhelming, rather than complementary, acidity. But thatís what experimentationís all about, right?
Tmoney99 (9989) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sampler at MBGF. Poured black color with a moderate light brown head that lasted and had good lacing. Good spicy woody aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Full complex sweet spicy dark fruit flavor with a solid smooth finish. Very different and pleasing brew from JP.
hotstuff (3737) - Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Large tan fizzy head that mostly diminshed, decent lacing, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a dark brown hue. Nose was just outright funky for a stout. Fruity, sour and tart is all I came away with. Flavor was sour and roasty and just plain funky and not true to the style. Smooth, thin palate. Light body. A disappointment and just not true to the style. Will re-rate if I have the opportunity to do so to see if my opinion changes on this one.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Matta
Aroma is dusty, musty, earthy smelling aged fabric..like a whiff of an old comfoter left out in the dirt of a barnyard. As unpleasing as that sounds the effect of the smell is interesting and if not exactly saliva inducing...it still gets you excited to take a sip. Dark Brown body holds a three finger thick mocha head. Fruity sourmash fore. Lots of merlot notes, chocolate, coffee and quite tart int he finish. Another perception buster from JP and while this wouldnít be my favorite JP beer it is quite nice.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample BI Indy gathering 2/25/06 - Purchased at brewery. Aroma of chocolate, yeast, spice, vanilla, and oak. Pours black with medium brown head and great lacing. Flavor matches with hops and cherry accents. Palate is sticky and then smooth (if that makes sense). Great and different. JP does it again.
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draught. pours deep black with a large persistent mocha head. the aroma has the typical JP character, namely brett funk, which proves to be quite interesting for a stout. again, the flavour follows the same line with dry and yeasty fruit sourness and not a whole lot of typical stout characteristics. despite the inconsistencies I still enjoyed it and found it to be very unique.
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at MI brewerís guild fest winter-06- Thanks to Jadore blanche for sharing- Opaque noire motor oil pour with a ruby tinger mochacchino head. A very interesting combination of chocolate and coffee in the aroma mingles well with oak, brett and sour yeast. Like a belgian stout?!?!?!?!? My ,my, this smells good. A unique tart, yeasty, sour coffee is the frontrunner, and wins the prize for 1st place. An acidic bitterness lingers in the finish, and reminds me that I just drank a coffee, and a beer, and a belgian beer, and a stout, and a........well, so many things. This is a good beer, obscure in one of the greatest ways. Great!
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
although it was only sampled at the Michigan Winter Beer Fest, it came across as a major dissapointment....avearge stout dark brown appearance with small head...aroma and flavor are very funky and somewhat acidic and acrid...yeasty aroma and flavor as well...too much sourness and too much funk for me, even if it is a foreign stout
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 Re-rate based on bottle.Deep opaque brown/black body, thick ochre head. Sourish aroma with roasted malts and dark fruits. Quite roasty, which wasnít what I picked up in my sample at the MI Beer Fest earlier this year, with a bitter dark chocolate characteristic and hints of coffee, oddly balanced by the sourish, funky yeast strain. Oaky, bitter finish. Iíll stick with my earlier rating. This is still a difficult marriage of sour and roast.
Sampled at the Michigan Winter Beer Fest, Lansing. Dark brown body, thin off-white head. Tart yeasty aroma with hints of chocolate. Sour body with notes of chocolate and tart dark fruits. The sourness really obscures the complexity. I guess thatís ironic, isnít it? Good but a tad disappointing.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served at the Michigan Brewerís Guild Festival. My most startling beer of the day, and one where Iím not sure how to go about scoring in some sense. The most diverse flavor profile Iíve encountered from a stout. Belgian funk, sour green apple, banana, chocolate, coffee, fudge, nutmet, but all workable together. Its impressively well crafted given its flavor diversity, but Iím not sure the flavors are what Iím in the mood for. Where one might expect a strong hop or oak finish, its the sour aspect that leaves my palate. Nice work, I just wish Iíd like the flavors more.