CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a viscous opaque with a huge, airy dark tan head that fills most of the glass. After about ten minutes, it subsides leaving thick cusps of lace and a large denser plateau floating in the middle of the glass. Aroma of tart cherries, dark chocolate, some light barnyard funk and a touch of toasted caramel. Body is very over-carbonated which masks the flavor until it settles down, revealing more tart fruitiness and caramel malt before a drier, sticky, and tart finish with hints of lingering dark chocolate and coffee. A very interesting, unique, and enjoyable brew.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Notalush at the HW open house. I have loved most of the funky, bretty Belgian Ales I have tried from JP, now let’s see how they do with stouts. Black with a large tan head. Sweet/sour aroma of dark roasted malts, oak, dark chocolate and raisins. Flavor starts out with the roasted malts and a mild lactic tartness before the oak and chocolate begin to emerge. Some dark dried fruits as well. Nicely done.
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to goldtwins for hooking me up with this - I cracked this open at the Heavyweight Open House, and I’m almost sorry I did, because I kept pouring myself some of this wonderful stuff instead of trying the beer other people brought - huge oak aroma, with bitter bakers chocolate, strong coffee and some sour, dark fruits, like over ripe plums and red grapes - the sourness is not an overpowering one, as I was afraid it would be - the oak and tartness compliment the chocolate quite well, and it adds a kind of tannic/wine-like quality to the dark fruit flavors - full-bodied - one of my favorite Jolly Pumpkins.
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 750ml bottle. This one poured all head (brown in color). Settled down into a dark black color. Aromas of wood, roast, dark fruits, yeast, and light chocolate. Tastes of wood, caramel, roast, coffee and roast. Has a light sourness to it (but not distracting). Full body.
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with a bunch of folks at Doug’s - courtesy of mds. A nice curveball to wrap up a day of mead & cider tasting. Black colour with a large, foamy tan head. Aroma is a bit sour/acidic with notes of smoke, dry cocoa powder and roasted malt. Flavour is quite dry - notes of bitter coffee, licorice, yeast and a hint of citric acid. A very unique, very good stout.
thedm (5214) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 26, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of dark brown colored foamy finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind an opaque black colored body with dark ruby red brown edges and no visible carbonation and a thick lacing. The aroma was dry and malty. The mouth feel was hoppy at the start and sour in the finish. The flavor was sour and malty. I thought to myself that this was a very yucky brew! Ugh pass.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. Explosive light brown sponge of a head. Smells of burnt malt, roasty bitterness, and the JP funk. Flavor adds some subtle dark fruit, wood, and even more funk. Sour belgian stout. Medium body, well carbonated. Another great brew from Jolly Pumpkin. This poured by the man himself at AHA Nationals Pro Brewers Night. Only two oz. cups, but I had about 10 of this one. Hope Florida gets some of this next year.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(05.13.06). Sampled from a one pint, 9.4 oz brown bottle from Scott L during DiCarlo’s Spring beer tasting. 8.1% ABV. Poured hazy dark brown with large tan head. No discernable carbonation. Sour milk aroma. Medium bodied Belgian-style stout that starts dry with roasted malt, prune and lactic acid flavors. Finished dry with malty sourness flavor fade. A very good and interesting stout, probably the best Jolly Pumpkin beer that I’ve tried thus far. Thanks Scott!
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, pours with a huge creamy bubbly dark brown head (4+) that eventually fades a bit. Interesting aroma with a lot of what I attribute to green leafy hops in a bath of acidic malt. Strange melange of flavours, acidic roast carries throughout, quite dry. Effervescent palate. Tough to drink a lot of I expect, but an interesting one to try. Thanks for sharing Mike.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big thanks to MDS for sharing this. Black, big chocolaty, bubbly head. Smoke, spice aroma - lots of chocolate, but something else too that makes it unique - maybe a hint of acidity? Tons of roast, acidity, coffee chocolate in taste. Tons of carbonation. This is an interesting classification; I guess it is a foreign stout, but not like any you have had before. Like the label says, a cross between a Belgian and a stout. Very unique and a wonderful drinking experience. Complex.