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A Belgian inspired stout that is as dark as a moonless midnight, brimming of roasted malts and bitter hops. It will keep you good company in all places, be thay light or dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Thanks to Blake for the sample! Has a nice roasty and malty aroma. Nice dark body, with a large brown head took a few minutes to settle down. An odd, but overall pleasing flavor, fruity and sour. Has a decent body and carbonation. Overall, pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3283) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Bottle with an inkjet printer label from Styles I think. The beer pours to a viscous black body with an insanely fluffy deep brown head. Lacing is phenominal. The aroma is Belgian yeasts, sour fruit, foreign stoutish, chocolate. The flavor is Belgian yeasts, chocolate, interestingly sour, light oak flavors. The palate is tart, medium-full bodied, chewy. Very tasty and unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
Bottle: Black as night, huge fluffy brown head, very nice lacing.   No mistaking this one for being a stout!   Belgianesque nose, sour fruit notes, some cocoa, as well as coffee and a touch of campfire.   Heavily roasted malt tongue, definitely fruity in the sour sense, subtle bittersweet chocolate, with a soft hop presense.   Moderate body, spritzy mouthfeel.   Roasted malt finish, soft fruity sourness, seems to have picked up some spices at the finish.   Belgian meets stout... interesting.   Not very heavy, in fact it is somewhat light, but that makes it very easy to drink.   Clean too.   Thanks Styles for the bottles!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Schroppfy! Pours basically opaque blackness. I really canít get any light to pentrate this. Accompanying it is a sturdy fluffy brown head. Itís seemingly everlasting as well. Nose immediately releases aromas of chocolate, light liqour, sweet coffee, dark fruits, and light molasses. Touch of wood as well. Taste brings most of that to a halt by producing tart fruit notes, light chocolate, touch of sour milk, roasty malts, light molasses and some Bretty notes. Body is well carbonated but itís a fine carbonation as opposed to being overly prickly. Otherwise this is a medium bodied affair. Finishes with more sour notes - both fruit related and lactic in origin. Light chocolate, some roasty malts, and light woody notes. Interesting splice of a sweet stout and a Brett laden Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
Fascinating aroma, there are some typical stout aromas, although they are light - chocolate, coffee, caramel; but there is also some funky Belgian-ness - fruitiness, perfumy Brett., some sour notes. Black, opaque, big frothy tan head. Flavor is sour and roasty, dry with a charcoal bitter finish. The flavor lacks complexity, there is no middle to round it out, it goes straight from up-front sour to dry bitter finish. Medium body, prickly mouthfeel, high carbonation. Interesting experiment. I think it needs some more complex malt flavors to round it out - the flavor just seemed empty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Thanks to Matta for providing a bottle of this. Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is belgian yeast and some sour notes. Flavor is green apple, chocolate, coffee, sour notes, earthy (dirt specifically). Tart with a good mouthfeel. This is definately an oddball. It is like a Stout/Flemish Sour/Belgian mix. None of the flavors from each of the styles dominated, but instead worked together to provided elements from three different types of beer to create its own uniqueness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2006
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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2006
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
hotstuff (3941) - Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Courtesy of Matta <P> 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.

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