Black Cherry Bomb | Bullfrog Brewery

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Black Cherry BombBlack Cherry Bomb

Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by sholland119 on 09-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Deltoro
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of orangesol
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

BA Review #1000!!! HUGE thanks to korsak aka akorsak for busting out this beauty at Ffej of July XIII
Wasn't even sure there was any more of these floating around the area, an honor to use this one as #1000, let along sitting next to the guy who brewed it.

Pours deep dark brown bordering on pitch black with a one finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a thin film across the top, leaving small streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

Smells of tart cherry skins, dark roasted chocolate malt, musty basement, some mineral earth from said basement floor, bit of barnyard from the brett and only a touch of oxidation. Taste is fairly similar to the nose but in varying amounts. The cherry and chocolate notes are consistent with the nose while the brett flavors are stronger and the mineral and must are dulled a bit. As it warms up quickly some bitterness reminiscent of coffee beers comes through along with a bit of lactic twang. Feel has a decent pucker but also plenty of roast, very nicely balanced across the board.

Overall this is exactly how I pictured it being. It is amazing how a perfectly cellared bottle can hold up. The cherries and dark flavors meld very well together and the brett really brings it all together. Easily one of the best dark sours I have ever had. Huge thanks again to korsak for bringing this one to the party!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time that I have tried BCB. Even though I have never tried this beer it is very evident that it is holding up very well. Still ample carbonation. Very complex and nice pucker. Good cherry flavor. No sings of off flavors.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of stakem
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BucketBoy
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -32.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mikey711
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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

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Photo of koopa
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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's that good! Recommend highly!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of PhunkLover
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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