Black Cherry Bomb - Bullfrog Brewery
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4.69/5 rDev +5.9%
Big thanks to main squeeze Kegatron for busting this wide open with me. To date, I havent been able to drink a beer thats been on my wants list longer than this one. The silver foiled 750ml corked and caged bottle streams it's solution black in color coming to rest in my glass with a huge dark brown froth that rises up more than 2 fingers high. The cap fades back leaving spots of lacework on the glass and a swirl emits a finger of bubbles effortlessly back to the surface.
The aroma is all wild brett notes. Tart to sour with earthen must and basement that is only present initially and fades to other even more enjoyable aspects. Some lemon-like qualities more than cherry but the sourness is there with faint chocoate to burnt grain and char notes. A mild chocolate fresh graininess with a touch of sweetness as it warms. Even some coffee-like scents make themselves known once the brew goes beyond ideal temps.
The taste is no doubt tangy and wild with a strong focus on brett. Some lemony funk, earth and roast gets a bit like char but without going full blown into ashy and bitter. However, there is some bitter burnt grain notes blending into anise. A faint taste of coffee is also present with a mild accenting bitterness of it's own that quickly dissolves to almost a yogurt tangy and tropical fruitiness that mixes to a borderline medicinal cherry aspect. Once beyond ideal temps coffee and chocolate seemingly become the center focus of the brew.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and quite interesting. Roasty earthen focus meets huge fruity lactic to sour aspects. Every sip is seemingly completely different from the last. It blends from roasty bitter to sweet, fresh and grainy yet as sour and wildly tart as you could ever imagine in enjoying in a wild. To say "thank you" just doesnt seem to convey enough gratitude but again, thank you Heath for sharing this with me.
12-10-2013 19:13:16 | More by stakem
4.16/5 rDev -6.1%
A gigantic thanks to Frank for helping us acquire this one. Another wale I didn't think I'd ever lay lips on. Had at a recent tasting. 750ml foiled and corked bottle into a 3F wine glass. Reviewed from notes.
Pours pitch black with a dark, coarse mocha head that dissipates quickly. Light spotty lace with little cling. Average.
Nose is sweet and tart cherry, light roasted malt, spritzy with a heavy dose of red fruit. Pleasant with great balance. Aromatic and not vinegary at all, which I like.
Tastes like sour black cherry coke. Sweet and tart opening with some roasted malt, chocolate, and big cherry notes throughout. Really well balanced. This dark sour has a sweet, fruity aspect that is missing in a lot of beers in the same style nowadays. Very enjoyable.
Light bodied with ample carbonation. Spritzy and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive. Dry, puckering finish with a dry aftertaste that really coats the palate. Real light and drinkable... again, unlike a lot of beers in the same style.
This beer is a precursor to the sour stouts of today and its an illustration of what is right with the style. Roast and tartness complement each other very well with neither aspect overwhelming the other. Sweetness is just right also with a light, crisp body that keeps this one very drinkable. Still an excellent beer after all these years.
08-15-2013 23:46:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.15/5 rDev -6.3%
Thank you forgetfu and ShadesOfGray for hitting one of my top Wants, courtesy of Jaxson.
L - Menacing, midnught stout foments anger and flavor in my wide delerium tremens tulip. Just ruby hues enter the picture as well with a cappucino foam rim and 2 loan foam clouds swirling in the center of my glass.
S - Acetic sour cherry and berry, melon veneer, along with a cocoa, earthy leather and roasty stout underbody. I don't know what I what I was expecting, but not this (though this isn't a bad thing).
T - Juicy cherries, almost a Flanders red acetic and balsamic vinegar feel, above a dark toasted barley stout. Not what I was hoping for, to be honest.
M - Vinous tannins on the front and end, with alcohol evaporate on the roof of my mouth and crystal clear brew in the middle. My stomach feels the acidity over time, though.
O - Such a unique brew. The roasty, charry, chocolate coffee stout intermingles with acetic bright cherry sour to create an intriguing, incomparable beer.
03-18-2012 01:41:02 | More by BucketBoy
4.65/5 rDev +5%
This was one beer that took me forever to track down and I finally did thanks to a very generous trader. Enjoyed with a friend over the weekend as part of my 25th birthday celebration
A: Pours a deep brown, near black with a nice frothy layer of mocha colored head, the bubbles were very nice and compact, lacing was very good as well
S: tons of popping fruit notes, cherry, raspberry. nice subtle oak, nice wine like aroma as well.
T: Tart cherrys up front along with some grape and dry wine notes. a mild amount of sweetness is present and quite enjoyable
M: Nice spritzy feel without being thin, goes down way too smooth
D: Overall, this is one of the better american wilds i have had in quite sometime. very subtle while also very flavorful. i didnt note much oxidation and was extremely pleased with the amount of fruit notes in there. I also liked that it wasnt very vinegary. A very nicely executed sour. with the number of dark sours coming out recently, this is one other brewers should look to to see what went right. Again thanks to the person who traded me the bottle
07-11-2011 17:49:47 | More by mikey711
4.6/5 rDev +3.8%
Thanks to an extremely generous Ratebeer trader, today is the day that I crack open the bottle in my cellar that I've been most looking forward to.
The 750ml caged and corked bottle has something I've never seen before....a red plastic "peel off plastic piece" embedded in the silver foil that adorns the bottle neck. I got a nice loud pop when I pulled the cork which took a bit of muscle.
Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown mahogany with no crown at all and leaves the smallest khaki ring of lace around the edge of the glass and surface of the beer. The second pour actually produced a crown so I'll give it a 4.5 instead of the original 4.0 score I was going to go with.
Smell: Whoa baby this is what I'm talking about....A pinch of umami and a firm dash of roast along coupled with a bright lactic cherry sharpness!
Taste: Same as the nose but with a nice mushroom earthiness that complements the umami quality. Dark roast (almost coffee like but not quite) up front followed by a lemon brett bridge that takes you to the lactic cherry finish that lingers longer :)
Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall: So solid I wish I had more and I wish I had the opportunity to try it when it was fresh. Drinkability is through the roof.
07-02-2011 23:05:26 | More by koopa
4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
MI Mega Tasting III, provided iceicebaby. A very nice-looking blue and gold foiled 750ml bottle, poured into RBSG 2010 snifter.
A - Pours a dark brown/almost black, mocha-colored head which leaves a nice thick ring, a half a fingers-worth of head. After the initial pour, there's a few spotty whisps here and there on top.
S- Predominately a big chocolate sweetness, cabernet grapes, and oak to start off with. After the initial notes, then comes a slight sour/tart red wine note, which I very-much enjoy. The alcohol is no where to be found on the nose.
T - More red wine cherry tartness on the palate then the nose. Sweet chocolate, lots of oak, and ends subtle touch of roast. A lot going on here, but not in a messy way, all very well-integrated.
M - Full, rich and smooth, nice light carbonation, creamy/dry finish with the cherries and oak mixed together.
O - Now this is a beer! I wish Bullfrog made them like this, but alas, nothing I've previously had has come close to being this good. I need to score a bottle for myself...it's that good! Recommend highly!
04-18-2011 17:39:54 | More by Sean9689
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
Bottle shared by iceicebaby. Served in a Michigan Brewer's Guild tulip.
A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thick collar and some haze, leaving behind tiny splotches of lace. The body is pitch black.
S - Smoky and sour - highly unique combination, but somehow manages to integrate effectively. A touch meaty and quite roasty too. Not much overt cherry fruitiness - just tart and sour components. Dark chocolate, light dark fruits, and oak round things out.
T - Tart cherries, lactic sourness, roasted malts, and a bitter espresso and dark chocolate finish. Not much in the way of bourbon - more oak and barrel character than anything whiskey. As it warms there is some cherry skin flavor that creeps in as well.
M - Carbonation is sharp and zesty, but not overly harsh. The texture is increadly tannic and dry - like licking a piece of wood. Strangely compelling and appropriate. Body is definitively medium, and there's no obvious alcohol.
D - This is quite good, and is definitely my favorite Bullfrog wild ale so far. I'd like to see this recreated, as it's a totally unique experience that I can't get from pretty much any other beer. The extreme dryness would slow me down a little, but I'd happily (and greedily) polish off a bottle of this on my own if given the chance.
04-18-2011 03:56:06 | More by MasterSki
4.8/5 rDev +8.4%
I've had this a couple times, this rating is from a recent bottle.
Bottle opens with a bang, pours thick black with a huge, deep mocha head. Nose is at first fairly acetic with balsamic vinegar and maraschino cherries, a good bit of barrel. I would have guessed it was a red wine barrel but I believe the bottle says bourbon. Underneath these initial aromas are a beautiful collage of baker's chocolate, roasted malt, some smoke. Quite tart and puckering up front, with a focus first on the acetic, sour qualities, segueing into that darker, smoky quality. Very earthy, somewhat dry in fact. Light and airy despite the huge qualities and complexity of this. Less malt and more acid as this has aged. As it breathes and opens it's just lovely -- more earth, soil, and smoke behind the wild acids, weaved together beautifully.
July, 2011 update. Enjoyed at a tasting next to various other dark sours, black sours. This was on another level from every other black sour tasted next to this (Perseguidor 4, Sinners 09) and was one of the top 2-3 bottles of a total of 50 or so, including Speciaal Brouwsel 20, T20, loads of vintage Jolly Pumpkin and De Dolle reserves. An amazing dry, earthy character beneath bright fruit and sour acids, totally unique and delicious.
January 2012 update, just a few notes from a recent bottle. Pours black with a tall deep caramel head that slowly fades away but leaves a persistent cream atop, moving appearance to 5. Acidic and earthy, smoke element stronger than prior bottles. An umami type quality through the first pour of the bottle. It's imperative that this beer breathes and opens for a good 15 minutes before you really get into it. As it does the earthy, unsweetened chocolate character is just marvelous, dry but incredibly rich, atop that a screaming high acidic sour cherry. Layers of rich, earthy malt, lightly sweet but heavy dry cocoa powder and vanilla, washes of acids. Depth of flavor and complexity is magical, this particular bottle was probably the best American wild I've had.
02-22-2011 02:48:22 | More by JAXSON
4.43/5 rDev 0%
Debuted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2008. 750mL bottle. First beer of the 'actual fest' for me. Pours a dark brownish red with a small white head. Nose of black cherries, roasted malt, and brett. Delicious sour black cherry flavor with a solid roasted malt presence. Medium to thick mouthfeel, akin to a sweet stout. Very nice and one of my favorites at the fest.
12-12-2010 07:01:01 | More by PhunkLover
4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
A huge thanks to treyrab for breaking this one out before we headed to the airport on Sunday after the tasting. This is reviewed from my detailed notes taken that morning. Poured it into a tulip glass...
As the name states, this one is BLACK. Completely opaque. The pour produces a dark brown head with reasonable retention. There is no lacing, though. The consistency makes it look like this one will be a light stout.
The aroma is very complex. Bitter chocolate, cherry, an acetic sourness are the initial impressions. There is a smokey roasted aroma that rounds everything out nicely. On the palate, the smoke really comes to the forefront of the beer. It gives way to a sour cherry acetic sourness. The chocolate come through in the finish, but sour cherry is well-retained throughout the middle and finish.
A strong and formidable sourness precedes a creamy mouthfeel that lets the beer slide over the palate. The smokiness is a nice addition, as it adds character but doesn't give an over-roasted sensation. The meld of flavors is phenomenal, and as the appearance indicated, the feel is light despite the dark color. Overall, one of the best dark sours that I have had the pleasure of trying. A real gem.
11-07-2010 14:18:11 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.65/5 rDev +5%
A huge thanks goes out for this bottle. This beer was opened on Day Two of the Pittsburgh Tasting of the Ages on October 3, 2010. At a whim, we grabbed this beer straight from cellar temperatures and split between four of us.
A: Pours a dark black (maybe with some brown hints when held to the light) with a nice, creamy tan head. The head fizzles out rather quick and recedes to a thin ring of mocha head.
S: Very intense smell of cherry vinegar, blended with chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, cocoa powder. The smell is very intense. The cherry vinegar sourness really opens my sinuses.
T: Puckering sour tart cherry stout with hints of vinegar. It first starts with balsamic vinegar soaked cherries, blended masterfully with lemon rinds, tart sour cherries, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate. Also, there is a very nice smoke and ash element that comes through nicely.
M/D: Nice, creamy and prickly. An interesting element for a sour with the creaminess. Pretty awesome.
Overall, this was one of the most interesting beers I have ever had. And at the same time, one of the best. Good job Bullfrog.
10-03-2010 16:30:58 | More by treyrab
4.83/5 rDev +9%
Review #500, might as well make it a good one from my notes
Shared with Hophead101 on 12/29/09
A - pours a pitch black with 1/4 inch of reddish tan foam that slowly dissipated
S - cherries, brett funk, sour or aged cherries, a nicely moderate aroma along with a nice amount of oak
T - cherry taste up front with a slightly sour taste at the end, no harsh pucker, some chocolate and roasted flavors, the tart is there but it disappears quickly, very well balanced flavors
M - smooth, well balanced, good carbonation still let after the 2-3 years in the bottle
D - This has to be one of my favorite beers to date. I could just drink this all day long. Glad I stopped in at the bullfrog that day and picked up a bottle. Wish I would have purchased more.
07-07-2010 17:56:27 | More by mikereaser
4.43/5 rDev 0%
Thanks to Alen for sharing this rarity yesterday.
A: The pour is very dark brown, nearly black with a nice brown head.
S: Plenty of cherries and a mild vinegar note, but good sourness all around. There is also a good chocolate character that you don't often find in these types of beers.
T: The cherries have a nice sweet and sour note to them which balances nicely with the chocolate and roasted flavors of the beer underneath. The flavor is surprisingly vinous in the sense that it is comparable to a big red wine.
M: The mouthfeel is really one of the more impressive aspects of this beer. A full, creamy, rich body that you don't expect from a sour beer.
D: This beer actually lives up to the talk. A very nice beer that I am pleased to have been able to try.
06-13-2010 20:29:53 | More by womencantsail
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
Another Bullfrog rarity shared by corby112. Thanks, Craig.
Black in the glass with a fizzy dark brown head that rapidly settles to a crown.
The aroma is sour and fruity with a touch of licorice and lactic sourness. Chocolate and cherries, dry red wine, hints of vanilla. The lactic sourness and tart cherry with a roasty dark chocolate backbone makes for a very unique aroma.
Chocolate, cherries and licorice are prominent on the palate. Roasty, dry, spicy, a bit vinous, not unlike a full-bodied zinfandel. There's a touch of molasses, caramel, bourbon and coffee mid-palate. The mouthfeel is rich yet fairly dry and sour with a nice level of effervescence. It finishes roasty, tannic and vinous. Complex and unique, I really enjoyed this one.
02-01-2010 18:43:40 | More by largadeer
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