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
Reviews by mikereaser:
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4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CaptinRedBeard
5/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was one of the best beers I had ever had, hands down. I recieved this one as a very generous extra. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed lovingly on 01/08/2009.

The pour was wonderful. Rich dark brown with very obvious cherry red tones to it .A nice warm head of tan rose up several inches over the top and settled down very nicely into a small pillow across the top that lasted throughout the session.

The aroma was equally as great, rich decadent tart cherries, lovely bourbon smell underneath of it. Light hop notes and some touches of molasses and coffee, but it was when I took a sip that this really all came together for. Huge flavor here. One of the ricest I had ever come across. Superb rich chocolate and coffee notes, mixed with an oak and bourbon like flavor, but then that is quickly erased and replaced with the most wonderful tart cherry flavor. Rich, super sweet and wonderfully done. It faded effortlessly into the night as each sip becomes more luscious and dessert like. Picture a half and half with red poppy and Abyss, just that good. Smooth, creamy, full bodied feel, with perfect carbonation made this easily the most sessionable of big stouts I have found

To say I was blown away by this would be the understatement of the year, it was hands down one of the best beers I have ever had and if you are reading this and can get this beer, please come find me.

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

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.

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

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.

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3/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of hopdog
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. This one opened to a very loud pop and I was expecting it to gush, but thankfully, it didn't. Poured a dark black color with a large sized borwn head. Aromas of black cherries, wood, chocolate, a little earthy, and a little funky. Tastes of tart cherries, roast, chocolate, wood (although lighter than the aromas), and some funkiness. Nice sour and tart finish. This was aged in bourbon barrels; I got the woodiness but I didn't get any bourbon in either the aromas or tastes. This one was very nice!

Notes from and tasted on 9/26/08

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

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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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 Deuane
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been holding on to this for quite some time. Let's see what a little time in the bottle has done to it.

A-Deep, dark black/brown with a thick reddish tan head. Head reduces to a thin ring that leaves copious ringing lace.

S-Dominated by cherry/balsamic vinegar sourness with notes of dry oak. Extremely subtle notes of chocolate and espresso in the background....but this has to e hunted for as one must fight through the POWERFUL acidic vapours. Light smoky notes emerge upon warming.

T-Massive black cherry/balsamic vinegar sourness asserts itself upfront that blends nicely with the dry oak. Not much else balancing this one has become the SOUR black cherry bomb! Maybe just a touch of cocoa in the back upon warming.

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp and crisp with LONG lingering sour notes. This may the the second most sour beer (behind Cantillion Lou Pepe Kriek) I have ever had....pucker factor of 9 here!

D-Tasty, sharp and oh so sour with a TON of bite. I really enjoyed this but was more than happy to share the bottle. The sourness with this one would get a bit burdening if I was in charge of drinking the entire bottle!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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 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 HopHead84
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a lot to Torry for opening this up. I've wanted to try this for a while.

Poured into my Bruery tulip. The beer is black with a great 2 finger, toffee brown head. The head retention is very good. There's a little lacing on the glass as it recedes.

The aroma is a bit different than anything I've experienced. There's a strong aroma of rich chocolate with some earthiness. Wood notes are also present and a touch of bourbon. The unique aspect of this beer is the tart cherry character. I've had a cherry stout before, but they tend to be sweet rather than tart. The black cherries smell fantastic when married with the rich chocolate and musty tartness.

Wow. Rich chocolate with some earthy, woody notes and a low level of bitterness segues into tart, black cherries. As in the aroma, there is a little bit of wild, musty character to the tartness but it's not super funky. The cherries are sweet and complement the chocolate very well. No alcohol is noticeable. The bottle doesn't list the ABV, but it can't be too strong. The finish is very long and complex: rich chocolate and tart cherries.

The flavor is nothing short of outstanding. It's one of the most interesting stouts I've had the pleasure of tasting.

The beer is full bodied with a medium level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and dry.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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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