pineypower (3048) - 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 (1534) - 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 (6413) - 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 (4105) - 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.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very unusal stout with a sweet to sour taste and a creamy brown head.This sort of taste like a good stout mixed with a flemish sour and i like both styles.CHEERS!!
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Pours a dark brown, with some seethroughedness and a very thin white head. One of the few JP brews that I havenít had explode on me! the nose is seriously badass. The sour funkiness is there, but more sour than funky, and less of both than most of the time. Roast coffee and slightly sweet chocolate malt push the sour character aside in a really nice marriage. Liberal hop character for a stout, a little piney and rather floral to citrus. The mouthfeel is thick and a little on the slimey side, but I mean that in a good way. Low carbonation. Man does the funk come back alive in the flavor. As does the oak. As does the roast. What Iím saying is there is a lot of flavor in this here beer. A fruity sharp cherry oak funk hits first, blending into the roast coffee. Really a very nice marriage of things you donít find together. This is like a very tannic and not so fruity Bells Cherry Stout (which I didnít much care for). In other words, this has some rough edges, but this is a marvelously bold brew, and I can commend anyone capable of producing something with so much complexity. Thereís a slgiht bit of bittersweet chocolate, overshadowed by the funk, but coming back in the aftertaste, right before that piney roasted sourness. A lot of acidity. Rather tannic and oaky, but in agood way, blending in with the roast. I just think this rating is going to creep up more and more as I drink this thing.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a small dense tan head. Moderate roasted malt aroma, hint of bitter coffee, slight citrusy hop presence and a more subdued sour funk than most of JPís other brews. Initial flavor reminds of sweet ruby red grapefruit with a mild bitter coffee and bakers chocolate coming out in the finish. Medium body with a very soft carbonation.