ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle batch #1. Pours pitch black with a big pillowy, tan head. Long lasting with crazy lacing. The aroma is roast, chocolate, sour cherries, vinous, oak with some musty, pineapple Brettiness underneath. Simply a joy to smell. Whoa! First sip was too cold and all I could taste is black patent. Ok, itís warmed up now. Flavor is heavy roast, burnt, cherries, very light vinegar, some Lacto, cobwebs, funk and chocolates. Perhaps a bit too roasted, given the high attenuation of the Bacteria. Medium body with lively carbonation. Very good, but not quite as good as De Dolle Extra Export Stout.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beer pours a ridiculously overcarbonated black-tinted brown (or brown-tinted black), with a huge tan head that retains overly well (considering how much head there is) and leaves lots of lace.
nose is a combination of dry bitter chocolate and lactic tang, with the sourness coming more to the fore as the beer warms.
flavors opens with some vaguely mellow chocolate notes, which are quickly swallowed up in a rush of lactic tartness. finish is pretty sour. the fizz kind of burns, too.
Iím a fan of both Jolly Pumpkin and sour beers, but this is one of their lesser efforts. the sourness and roastiness end up amplifying each other, leaving me a pretty Zantec-inducing experience. but still, good for them for trying something different.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours black with a fairly large tan head that stays well and laces the sides of the snifter in sheets. Aromas of chocolate and coffee, but mostly of the brett. Flavor is also dominated by the brett funk but there is a great underlying coffee, and chocolate flavor and some slight notes of grapefruit as well. Defiinite roasted malt presence too. Palate is medium bodied and pretty well carbonated. Definitely a stout like any other youíll ever try. I would have sworn this was infected were it not Jolly Pumpkin. Very unique though and the sourness actually becomes quite pleasant by the end of the bottle.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Blake. Black body under a ginormous tan head. Laces really well in a foam coffee cup. Chocolate aroma with some fruity roast bitterness as well as some horsey brett. The flavor displays much more brett character. Grapefruit rind, strawberry, grapefruit acid and dry roasty chocolate. Dry, thin mouthfeel presumably from the secondary brett fermentation. A highly enjoyable twist on the style.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick brown fizzy head... Dark brown/black body. Sour roasted malt... really sour, quite "foreign" like the Harveys Iíve had. Underneath the sourness is sweet roasted malt. Taste has some sour soap, roasted malt, some cherry, grass. Very fizzy and infected :).
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
TheBeerGod (5452) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.