hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Mullmanís 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 didnít work very well for me. definitely unique though. Stine (1779) - 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 bakerís 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 (2572) - 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 (1475) - 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. Iím a bit disappointed with this, thereís 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.
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 Iíve ever had. Iím not sure I like it, but I wouldnít expect a beer to be this good with that flavor profile. 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. 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 íobscureí 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 Iíve tried. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2007
750 ml bottle
Iíve 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.