afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a two finger lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of JP funk, sour dark fruit, tart cherries, and green apples. Taste is yeast spice, tart cherries, citrus, spicy hops, and a hint of sweet malt in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation, mild to moderate bitterness, and a dry moderately tart finish. Very well balanced and very good.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark red, creamy stable tan head. Sour funky barnyard aroma with tart apple and brown sugar. Sour and quenching with perfect residual sugar and great body for the size. Low bitterness. Has some spicy hop notes and mild earthiness with plum. This would be an excellent every day table beer. Very well conceived.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Modest foamy gray-tan head and deep ruddy-bronze body. Earthy aroma of sour plums, currants, brown sugar and cocoa. Malty silhouette, but very well-attenuated with medium acidity and some roasted fruit and wild microbial flavors. This is entirely unique. Interesting, but not as mouth-watering and enthralling as many other JP beers.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a brownish purple with a huge offwhite head. Gorgeous. Smells of yeast, cherries, tart apples, a little malt sweetness with maybe a hint of roast. Tastes of cherry stone, apple skins, and with a subdued sourness and tartness, and little spicy yeast kick. Light mouthfeel and very dry finish. Another wonderful JP offering. Just behind regular Bam, but oh so good. I hope they are able to start putting out 12ozes again, as this was a wonderful 6pack to enjoy, though a 750 certainly would be easy to drink by myself.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Very good. Aroma of yeast and cherries. Flavor same as aroma. Small head and dark amber color. Very good.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unusually. Seriously funky nose. Very dark, foamy tan head. What is this? A black lambic? A black saison? Mild sweet fruit, like strawberry juice, a baby Flemish sour or a baby Rodenbach Grand Cru? Hints of sweet cocoa, danced on by lactic acid? Not much intensity. A bonus point for this much flavor in a beer under 5%, but a minus for the absurd price.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours blackish-purple with thick white head... very attractive. Pungent, spicy aroma of berries, cloves, sour apple, citrus, yeast, assorted dark fruit. Flavor is a letdown, however. Some sourness, some oak, some musty yeast, and some out-of-place lactose-water blandness. Didn’t have real high expectations for this one, and it got my hopes up with its great aroma and wonderful appearance. Alas, the flavor extremely meek.
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml Bottle courtesy myself. Wanted to share it, but had no takers. Their loss. Pours blackish red with a thick yeasty white head. Yeasty, sour, fruit aroma. Apple sour, citrus, yeast, malt taste with a nice medium body. Very tasty and the low abv made it easy to drink the whole bottle.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle thanks to tytoanderso. Pours a hazy amber with a creamy off-white head that laces down in patches. Sour nose. Strong notes of oak, yeast, apples, barnyard, and cheese. I could sniff this for a while. Sweet and tart flavors start with an earthy, woody, leathery note. Rotten apples and browning fruit follow, but it all disappears to quick to leave a watery earthy note that lingers on the back of my tongue. Overall the flavors come off as a little watery and I’m wondering why JP beers seem to be a little less flavorful lately. I hope these yeasts haven’t been overused because I love this strain of brett and I’ll always be happy to take another version of Bam.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle, courtesy Tony at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Minimal white head, but good spotty lacing. Aroma is a tart, roasted flavor. Very interesting. Has a malty texture. Flavor is fairly tart, with a spicy body. Barnyard feel, cider. Roasted finish. Quite drinkable.