cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Bottle: Was told this was a must try, so try i shall. This one pours a little lighter than the moonless night they claim it pours, but it’s still incredibly dark with a small brown head. I smell a bit of dark fruit, mostly sour in smellt. I notice some chocolate notes in the smell as well. Taste is pretty nice. The initial taste is again of a bit of sour, dark fruit. As the beer sits in the mouth for a bit, I noticed a slight chocolate taste followed by just a bit of a coffee flavor as well. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Pours a pitch black with a light thin head. Smells extremely sour for a stout. Get some hoppy aromas too. It tastes extremely sour for a stout. I guess thats why they call it a foreign stout in true JP style. I usually like my stouts with more chocolate and roast characters but this was an interesting taste. Pretty tart, with some caramel characters. Interesting to say the least. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle shared at the O Town Throwdown. Pours a dark brown/black with a nice tannish brown head. Aroma is SOUR, chocolate, coffee, earthiness. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Finish is again very sour, tart, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. A bit sour for what I expect a stout to be, but still a nice effort. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Sampled on tap at Ybor Beer Fest 2007. Poured near black color with a large lasting tan head that left beautifull lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, oak, and wild yeast sourness. The flavor is of roasted malt, a bit of bitter sweet chocolate, and a wonderfull sourness. The bitterness is perfect, the alcohol is very well hidden, and the overall balance of this beer is amazing. This is an amazing interpretation of a Belgian stout. Another great beer from Jolly Pumpkin. CMUBEERMAN (454) - - JAN 20, 2007
Wicked foreign stout...much like the do dolle extra export stout...except maybe better.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Very tempting looking 750ml, awesome artwork. Opaque very dark brown/near black pour. Rocky and well retained mocha colored head, thick lacing, beautiful as a Jolly Pumpkin...oh, wait. The lasting head is multi-layered, tan on top, chocolate brown on bottom. Aroma has nicely roasted chocolate malts, not overdone, nonetheless powerful and well orchestrated. Wild house yeast skyrockets the complexity up a few notches, whilst remaining controlled and complimentary. A little coffee sneaks in there towards the end of the nose. Flavor is even better! Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, chocolate malt, tart brett, spearmint, roasted malts and licorice. This absolutely blows away De Dolle’s similar offering, and I really enjoy that beer. A full chocolatey, slightly sticky mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. It just seems like every addition to the flavor is in near perfect proportion. Very full bodied, spritzy carbonation and brett combination give this enough zing to make it a contemplative brew and a chugger all in the same sip. Moderately dry finish, long lasting chocolate and yeastiness. This year old example is outstanding. Jolly Pumpkin beers really do age with the best of them. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Dark black, obsidian pour with a tremendously large head of bubbly roasted tan. One quick whiff. Yep, its wild. I’ve never had an intentionally wild stout before, nor have I ever smelled this aroma after opening a stout and NOT poured it directly down the drain. Strange, bizarre, dare I say confused aromas of molasses and coffee that are dominated by a brett character consisting of granny smith apple skins and peach tannins. Medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. Highly interesting - starts out with some chocolate and light roast notes, then transitions into some lactic tones with bleu cheese. As the brett character starts to fade, some woody pinot grigio tannins come out, but are finally replaced by the more straight laced, predictable flavors of roast coffee and dark chocolate in the final smack. Incredibly unique and interesting, and much more satisfying in flavor complexity than the aroma suggests. The label definitely wins the award for best bottle artwork to date. Thanks, Dillon! Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Poursa deep brown hue with a frothy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, a light oaty sourness and some figs. Flavors of the same with a nice sourness to the roast. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Pours with a black body topped by a thick, brown head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet yet sour (?) with a slight roastiness, as well as, a grassy hop note. Full bodied, tingly and slightly warming. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
pours a dark black color w/ a large chocolate oatmeal looking head w/ some thick lacing. bittersweet chocolate in the aroma some dark fruits and light dry wood notes hintes of lactose and a bit of funk. Palate is pretty avg. Flavor is heavily bret infected lots of funk, then some dry lightly bitter chocolates and some dark fruits.. a bit bitter in the finish but overall pretty good.. a very unique interpritation of the style.