DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Bottle from PUB’N via trade. Pours deep black with 1-finger dark brown head and great lacing. Nose is very tart, with heavy black cherry, dark malt, sour masjy dark fruit, cacao, and yeast. The nose is a lot like JP madragura Oscura. Tastes very tart, with heavy black cherry, dark malt, cacao, fig, molasses, and oaky notes. Rich, fairly complex palate. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
750ml Bottle: Huge gusher! Lost 1/4 of the $24 bottle to gushing. Wonderful aroma. Smells of sour black cherries, roasted malts, chocolate, Brett, and yeast. Poured black with a hint of currant in color and a medium-sized, dense, brown with a purple tinge head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of sour black cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, and Brett. Medium to full body. Fizzy texture. Lively carbonation. Sweet, chocolate, black cherry finish is dry.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle, at BCTC. Poured very deep brown, with a moderate-sized brown head. Rich, roasted chocolate malt aroma, with some sour cherry, other dark fruit, and wild yeast in the background. Big chocolate malt flavor, with cocoa powder, caramel, wild yeast and very restrained tart cherry notes. The cherry becomes more pronounced in the finish, but the cocoa still is the dominant flavor. It’s a nice stout overall, and another interesting offering from Bullfrog. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Dark brown (near black) with a dark brown head, creamy and rich, looks like the foam on a nice espresso. Nose of some strange, funky and dry fruity, lactic and milky but not hugely funky and acidic. Spices, bread, roast, rye, etc., all over this beer… the cherry is pretty muted. Texture is mildly prickly, body is medium to full, and a flavor develops over the middle and into the finish of sour malted white bread, not exactly great. More chocolate than fruit and more roast than sour. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Debuted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2008. 750mL bottle @ BCTC. First beer of the actual fest for me. Pours a dark brownish red with a small white head. Nose of black cherries, roasted malt, and brett. Delicious sour cherry taste with some nice malt presence. Medium to thick mouthfeel, akin to a sweet stout. Very nice and one of my favorites at the fest.
egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 [BCTC 08] Poured a dark brown color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of faint brettiness, a cocoa / roast type feel, horseblanket, nuts, almonds, and some leather. Taste of cocoa up front, with a dry roastiness, then sweeter black cherries, with intense sourness from the wild yeast poking through at the end. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2008
From a bottle at BCTC. Going on to my wants-list, I could definitely use a bottle of this stuff. Though the aroma is mostly dead, the flavor is huge, bursting with sour cherry under a peanuty roast. Not the kind of marriage one would think would work, however everything comes together here beautifully. They nailed this one. I love what these guys are doing. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Originally listed as "Wild Cherry Bomb" on the Bullfrog website, the final label on the bottles indicated "Black Cherry Bomb." Debuted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2008. 750mL bottle @ BCTC. Pours a very murky, dense, pitty raspberry-brown color; thin perimeter of light tan bubbles. Dried dark fruits, raisins, tart overripe cherries and dark chocolate cherries in the aroma; intense, sour, chewy nose. Full mouthfeel: tart cherries, dried fruits, caramel / tootsie rolls and toasty sweetness; solid acidity; chocolate and tart red and dark fruits; really nice, drinkable sour ale. Good levels of acidity and tartness. Lengthy finish: chocolate, caramel, dried dark fruits; some lingering cherry / citrus tartness.