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RATINGS: 872   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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. Im a bit disappointed with this, theres 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.

2.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Looks like a stout should, black with a tan head. Upon tilting the glass it appears a very dark red/black. Surprisingly fruity on the nose, pineapples, bananas, strawberries with cocoa and fresh hops, odd... The flavor is of tart lemon, rasberry and strawberry, followed by soft espresso and hops. I think this is the wierdest mix of flavors from any beer Ive ever had. Im not sure I like it, but I wouldnt expect a beer to be this good with that flavor profile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours a midnight black with an accompanying medium an head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee mixed in together. The moment the beer hits your tongue you are treated to a sour surprise. The tartness gives way to a nice espresso like mouthfeel. Finishes nice and dry. Very interesting beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2011 Pours black and opaque with a full, tan, frothy, and pillowy head; head is mostly lasting and leaves excellent, tight lacing. Nose is interesting to say the least; milk chocolate, burnt caramel, coffee bean, light oak notes, mushroom funk, and tart notes of brett and overripe cherries. Flavor is some what obscure and almost confusing to my palate. The foreign stout notes include light lactic chocolate notes, light cedar hops giving a moderately light bitterness, burnt toast and caramel, and some chalky notes; some Flemish notes include sour overripe cherries and an oaken background. Palate is moderate in body, lively carbonation, round in texture, and dry. Finishes with an average length, chalky, burnt notes, and hints of sour diminishing to some bitterness. Truly a weird and outstanding combination of a dry, foreign stout and a Flemish style beer. A very vinous beer with stoutish notes which make for one intriguing beer. Not necessarily great but truly unique and one of the more interesting combinations of styles Ive tried.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3620) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2007
750 ml bottle

Ive been meaning to crack this bottle open for a while now. With nobody to share it with though it has been hard to justify. I can handle most Jolly Pumpkin beers well on my own; this is not one of them. Thanks to chris_o for helping me finish off the bottle. Also thanks to whomever sent it to me in a trade.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body had all the typical hallmarks of a good stout. Only a trace of light was filtering through my St Bernardus glass. Thick lacing slid down the sides coating the interior in a thin film. The sourness is evident from the get go in the form of a vinous characteristic. Dark chocolate, bruwn sugar glazing and funk complete the nose which falls somewhere between a stout and Flemish sour in overall experience.

Flavor / Palate - The tart dryness screams Flemish sour from the first sip but then slowly the stoutiness takes over. An oakiness permeates the rich vinous texture. It tastes as if coffee somehow was spilled into a bottle of red wine and left to blend. The first half is all sour; the second all porter. Overall this is a rare and unique beer that you should make an effort to try.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2007
This stuff is wild. Coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Flavor is funk and sourness with an espresso bitterness in the background.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Milky black with a medium tan head. Aromas of toasted malt, vanilla, alcohol, and a touch of coffee. Flavor is quite intense: burnt malt, bitter dark hops, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. While it is reasonably well balanced the alcohol makes a strong appearance in the finish, and roasted flavors endure on the palate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2007
This has a very dark brown, not black, body with a creamy, light umber head that shrinks to a film within a minute after the pour. The aroma is somehwat medicinal with the blending of lightly roasted malts, weak coffee, aniseed, and curdled cream. The lactic sourness keeps from from rating this very high, it disguising most of the other elements of the flavor. An interesting effort, but it falls short of my expectations.

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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 17, 2007
NorCal tasting July 07 - Another miss from Jolly Pumpkin. I give em props for doing something different though, I just didnt care of a tart stout with funk. Aroma was sour milk, dark fruit, roasted malts with some floral hops. Appearance is black, with a one-finger beige head. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, minerally somehow. Flavor was tart/sour with the acrid over-roasted malts, dark fruits, and licorice. Honestly, this just didnt do it for me. If/when I think of Jolly Pumpkin, La Roja is their best by far.


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