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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2006
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Pours black, with a very large, brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee. Flavors are tart roasted malt, dark fruit, some bitterness from coffee and hops, nad spice. Not your average stout, thatís for sure. Thanks to MikeMac for this bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 17, 2006
The nose is greeted with an array of aromas, roast coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and spices especially cinnamon. Pours a thick opaque black with a dense, dark tan, four fingered head. The lacing is the thickest I have ever seen. The flavor is impressive. Initially the palate is greeted with a cherry tartness, that grows into a roasted coffee bitterness that is balanced with a dark fruit and spiciness. The finish coats your mouth with spice and roasted flavors. The combination of the stout and belgian style ales comes through brilliantly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1112) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2006
wow, out of the 750 mL bottle it pours about a whole glassí worth of foam before getting distributed into about 4 separate glasses, each one with a distinctly swiss-cheese-looking foam construct on top.. dark black (is that redundant? i donít think so, since some stouts arenít black as black). thereís a slightly tangy aroma, consisting of the house Jolly pumpkin oaken aroma, and lots of roast and chocolate aroma. the draft version was less tart than the bottle, but out of the bottle it was a touch more sour than anything stout-like - i would rather classify this as a belgian than a stout, but i suppose it has to go somewhere. an interesting take on either style; another unique jolly pumpkin brew!

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