jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Pours a dark brown-black. This is one of the more interesting beers I’ve tried. Flavor is a combination of tartness and roastiness. Perhaps a little smokey. I like the combination, and I’d say its my favorite JP so far. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2007
750ml. Coffee colored pour with a dense beige head. Lots of coffee, chocolate, and smoky malt in the aroma - also, banana, and some earthy/woody notes, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is immediately tart and bitter, with almost no chocolate, and some acrid smokiness. There’s a pith like citrus component there that is a little off-putting, but there’s a lot going on there. Cranberry and lemon peel is probably the best way to describe it. The flavor is close to being excellent, but misses the mark. Oily on the palate with nice carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not Jolly Pumpkin’s best. chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2007
another brew generously shared by my brew bro etowneraser aka pops. pours black with a large foamy tan head, looks extremely enticing. leaves large amounts of lacing adding to its allure. has a strong bananas foster type aroma, strong yeast smell, and some other smells i cant quite put my finger on. it is delightfully complex though. the taste is muddled by the sour flavor, it tastes sour cherries and finishes lingering and bitter. I would say this one is a winner. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Much thanks to Santa. Black, tan head with stunning lacing. Nose is chocolate malt, cherries, brett but the usual JP funk is lost. Some toffee & yeast, clay. Flavor is toffee, sour/bitter chocolate, burnt cherries & wood. Bittersweet coffee & toffee, bakers/dark chocolate finish. Very interesting & perfect for a night that isn’t summer but isn’t fall. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Mullman’s tasting. Pours dark brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is strange, with a mix of dry chocolate, roast, sour fruit, brett/funk. Taste is well attenuated and dry, with dry chocolate, roast, grains seem to be astringent without much supporting malts because of the brett. Also a decent amount of sour cherry, brett. This seemed kind of weird and muddled- the first JP beer that didn’t work very well for me. definitely unique though.
Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Pour of black, light-banning consistency. Perfect chocolate brown head retention. Aroma is wild and dynamic. First stage is nutmeg, red apples, and shades of bitter and sweet chocolates. An earthy powder of cinnamon. Tart cherries power through in a loud, bracing bite, softened by a gentle rub of Christmas spice. Tastes of baker’s chocolate, a peruvian light roast. Tangy. A quiet but forceful sourness with a lime and orange zest kick. Oak and creamy vanilla provide a muted but substantial canvas. Swift highlights of sweet pears and apples. Finishes with a bit of black malt in roasted coffee warmth and acrid bitterness. Still quite tart. Sprightly and soft, but full in the mouth. Entirely unique and invigorating. Thanks Jason! adrian910ss (2597) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 16, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black with a large brown creamy head. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate, malt, potato chips and a bit of funk. Taste is bitter dark chocolate with hints of roasted malts and a vinegarish, vinous finish. tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Awesome stout/sour aroma. Loads of roasted sweet malt and a sour funkiness. Pours dark, rich brown accented with some caramel. An odd sour stoutiness on the palate. Very unique and cool. Dry, sour yeast with some roasted malt. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Very unique. Gachupines (1252) - USA - AUG 9, 2007
Appearance is black with large, tan head. Aroma is slight burnt coffee with some sour fruit. Flavor is overly sour up front with some bitterness towards the finish. Overall, I found this too sour to be enjoyable and it overpowers the stout flavors in the beer. I’m a bit disappointed with this, there’s definitely some interesting things going on, but the sourness dominates all the other flavors. I have to say, while interesting, I did not find this particularly enjoyable. cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2007
This is one of those "goes down like wood and gives you that heavy feeling in the tummy" kinds of stouts. Sorry, just not for me. (Compare to: Sierra Nevada Stout.) Highlight is the candied aroma.