FROTHINGSLOSH (8308) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
From the April 2013 3R6P beer tasting. +++ Sampled from a growler this beer poured a silky black color with a trace beige head that faded instantly and left no lacing. The aroma was very boozy rum, raisin, plum, very tart red wine and a hint of cocoa. The flavor was very sour and very tart yet dry with notes of plum, raisin, clove, cherry and red wine. Very long tart and sour cherry and raisin finish. Medium body and silky smooth. Interesting. alexsdad06 (11242) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Draft at the 7th Anniversary party. Pours dark brown to black with a very thin film. The aroma has some of the stout character (roast, chocolate) with the tart dark fruits and lightly acidic notes from the bugs added. The flavor is a nice blend of the two as well. Roasted malts, chocolate, raisins, tart fruits, wood and hints of the rum barrel. Very easy to drink and the 11 % is not noticeable. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Sample on tap at Jackie-O’s 7th... My last (coherent) rate of the night. Labeled "Dark Robustic 2", as usual. Very dark brown color. No head or lace. Good rum barrel / raisin aroma. Wow! Huge tart taste, very good. Big bitter sweet flavor. Raisin, grape-peel, bigger body. Light carbonation, dry texture, very impressive. Big grape skin, grape aroma. Very tasty. Nice sour stout, though more tart and sour than Jolly Pumpkin’s Dark Dawn Stout. That sour stout had a very nice balance and classic stouty chewiness that is hard to beat. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Received in a 4 oz. tasting glass. This is a walnut stout aged in a rum barrel with bugs added. Called "Dark Robustic #2" at the release.
3.5 A: Black color. Came without a head.
4.5 S: Rum and walnut are strongest. Walnut stouts smell just so damn good and JO’s does them the best. Supple roast with chocolate and caramel sweetness. The bugs add just hints of funk and tartness that is beneath the other aromas.
3.0 T: The bugs totally dominate the taste, which is a shame. Lots of funk, lactic tanginess, and a moderate sourness. The rum is still there, but the walnuts, chocolate, and caramel are hard to find.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not creamy at all. Thinner than I’d like.
3.0 D: Great smell, but in taste it’s a bad stout and a mediocre sour. This could have been great without the bugs.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 08-22-2012 18:52:21
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2012
On tap, pours a deep brown with thin tab head. Aroma is sour and dark with a lot of malt and dark fruits. The flavor is complex there is definitely a lot of sour yeast character with rum and woody notes all on top of a nutty stout. Overall I love this beer and all it’s complexity especially the sourness and the rum barrel aging they have done great things with wild yeast.
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Poured into some Hill Farmstead stemware. Dark, dark brown body with no head. Hints of rum, raisin and boozy oak on the nose. Chocolate brownies and vanilla with a light sourness. Love the nose. The taste is a mixture of cherries, raisins and dark chocolate. Soured red grapes and light acidity. Body is smooth and slick. Dry tartness on the finish with some booze. Light carbonation. Overall, I love the nose on this beer, but the flavor seems a bit muddled. Some great notes in there, but it didn’t really come together for me. Still would gladly take another pour though. Tmoney99 (15137) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Draft, Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate fruit and wood alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt, nutty and dark fruit flavor with a heavy dark sweet & sour and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is another standout beer. AdamChandler (5208) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Oily black pour. No carbonation or head. Slight fingers on the glass swirl
Big lacto scent and mild Brett characters. Currants and figs. Sweet raspberries.
Start is a robust malty stout. Big smoked and dark malts. In the middle, you get this big fig and raisin taste. Finish is tart. Mildly sweet with a boozy burn in the mouth and throat.
20% carbonation in mouth swish.
89/100. Loving what’s going on here. Very delicious. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Sampler flight on tap at the brewpub (Athens, OH). Pours a richer opaque blackish thick hue, brownish ruby edges and bottom with small frothy darker brown head that dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are more decadent, gentle heat, vanilla, and rum spirit. Brown sugar, raisins and dark fruit, toffee. Cocoa, rum elements, and roasty malts. Caramel, biscuits. Darker and decadent, a bit sweet with that rum element taking hold. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thinned with rum, red fruit, and raisins. Carmelization, some toffee, toast, and vanilla. A bit funky as the brett elements come on in the middle, less heat here than #1 with firm funk, rum, with dark fruit really takes hold, plum and raisin with roast, cocoa, and biscuits. Toffee, barrel, kisses of heat. Rum and dark fruit take really make their presence felt. I enjoyed #1 more, but overall this is a solid beer. Dark fruit, touch of roast, cocoa, and good flavors. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter than the Cherry Robustic with more chocolate initially and a bit of a dark raisin note. Still a good amount of tart cherries with a lighter wood and just a touch of rum. Light roast with some lactose coming through and a funky Brett. Flavor is similar. More roasts and chocolate up front than the Cherry Robustic with a bit of a sweet raisin and a nice tart cherry. A bit more funky in the middle than the Cherry Robustic with some wood and a touch of rum. Light roast towards the end as the wood and a slight rum pick up leaving just a touch of alcohol. Medium-light bitterness with some nice dark chocolate and roast notes alongside the tart cherries. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a light, tickling carbonation. Overall, a really solid beer. The Cherry Robustic was more tart and I liked how the chocolate and roasts brought everything together more as it warmed, but they definitely stick out more initially in this one while leaving the tartness, wood, and rum to linger with a slight raisin sweetness. The rum barrel is light on this, but a bit more distinct than the bourbon was on the Cherry Robustic. Really nice and very impressed nonetheless.