Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured a dark, dark brown with a thick tan head. Nice roasty aromas, very stouty but you do get a whiff of an underlying "funk" I would expect nothing less from JP. Excellent roasted flavor, complex with chocolate, coffee, burnt malts and then on the backend you get a subtle sourness on the sides of the tongue. The sourness comes forth more as the beer warms. Great mouthfeel, nice and creamy with a nice sourish burnt finish. Very unique beer that I really enjoyed.
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, thanks Schroppfy) Medium brown head atop black body with brown edging. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some burnt molasses, sour cherry, wood. Taste is medium sweet, sour cherry, some roast/burnt, bittersweet chocolate. Medium-full body, alcohol well hidden. Seems that bret is used -- it would explain the Flemish sour characteristics this unusual foreign stout has.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Aroma: Comes across as a pretty nice stout at first, with some roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate notes. The sourness and funk come through fairly clear, with a bit more acidic sourness than funk. Appearance: Black in color with dark ruby highlights. Light tan head was full and creamy with great retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Roasted malt and barley with some strong notes of coffee and cocoa. A touch of anise and smoke. Sourness kicks in nicely with some dusty funk in its wake. A bit of citrus into the finish. Finishes medium-dry with some roast and sourness carrying over. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Some light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: An interesting beer. Not something Iíd drink all the time, but was fun to try.
pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Forgot where and who I got this from, found it sitting in the back of my fridge...Pours mostly black with a moderate creamy off white head. Aroma is roasty, but fruity...interesting. Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, with some yeast and sourness. Interesting integration of two different flavors.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 750mL, no date. This smells very unique. This beer pours what looks like black, but after shining a flashlight through it it is iin fact very deep ruby. The head is 1 1/2 finger--creamy and beige. The aroma is without a doubt stout--and then thereís some sour funky lambic. More precisely, roasted malts, coffee, sweet milk chocolate, horse blanket, berry tartness and acidity. Strangely enough, this is good. The tart acidity fights pretty hard to overpower the stout roastiness, and this is where things go a bit wrong. From the smell I thought you could mix these two styles, but this is just a mishmash of independent flavors that donít really meld. The dry finish has lots of deep chalky roasty malts and stale coffee. Alcohol is present, though not terribly strong. High carbonation with a medium body. A thumbs up for the effort and originality, but this is just strange. Maybe I need to be in a different mood or something for this. Update:as this mofo warmed (as did my insides), I did appreciate this a bit more. Iím not sure if things began to meld together a bit more, or if I just couldnít taste and I had to polish this--along with another few beers--off alone. At this point, my overall would be like a 14 or 15, but I wonít change the official just in case this isnít the case. However, I did pick up on a little oak and fresh cut grass in the flavor since my original rating.
cspring (15) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, pint - Nice color, lasting off-brown head. Two distinct tastes, front and back. Starts nice and smooth for a stout. The back end hits you hard and sour.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, with hints of sour. Pours black! with a thick tan head, beautiful! Smooth and sweet, with a sour finish. A lot of coffee and bakerís chocolate, with a sourness at the end. I love Jolly Pumpkin!
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee and a little chocolate. Flavor is sour with some roast and coffee.
drfabulous (6574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At some point - not too long after they started brewing, Jolly Pumpkin changed barrels or yeast. The result is a funky taste. Even in this stout, amid the decent richness, I can taste that funkiness. I appeal to this great brewery! Go back to your origins! You were on the verge of being amazing! Youíre not what you were when you started. This is a good stout...but it has that odd taste that you carry over from Bam or Maracaibo (another beer that changed badly in taste; it was, at first, incredible).
robinvboyer (4141) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 Looks like a normal stout, but the aroma has got roasted malt, and smoke, but its also funky, and sour!
itís like mixing a stout, and a lambic. The flavour is .............whoa, sour, and olive like. Like i said before, the flavour is like a mix of a lambic and stout, itís roasty, but very sour. not very nice at all.