talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy, garnet color with a full, cream-colored, rocky-creamy head; head is mostly lasting and leaves nice lacing. Typical JP sour notes of brett with notes of plum skins, coriander, earth undertones, nutty dark breads, light chocolate, and baking spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Flavor is drastically different from the nose, drier, darker, and less fruity than expected; more exaggerated earth tones, funky wet hay notes, hints at cedar, lemon peel, light roast notes, and a moderate bitterness. Palate is light to medium, lively, and dry. Finishes with the minimal tartness disappearing, leaving only hop bitterness, faint roast notes, and some lingering cedar. The nose had me quite excited to try this one but the flavor and palate came to disappoint a bit. A nice darker, drier version of the original which has some better qualities and some worse ones as well.
SSSteve (3663) - - NOV 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
murky brown pour with a medium sized creamy beige head. oak, brett, funky aroma with some caramel. flavor has notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and brett. hint of grape juice. palate is lightly sour, tart, and dry. could be better.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of jjpm74. Thanks, John! Pours a hazy, cherry cola color with fine-bubbled lacing. Nice brett character with a toasty biscuit and brown sugar character underneath; some dry spice. Disappointingly light mouthfeel: slightly watery, with a very light tartness; biscuity notes and brown sugar and spice; predominantly one-dimensional and muddled. Medium, brown sugar and mildly tart, citrus finish.
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to footy for this - cloudy, dark reddish brown - aroma of black cherry, cocoa, leather, slight funkiness, but not much - really dry, with slight acidity and touches of cocoa - some woody character to it - not a lot of depth - I expected a lot more sourness and funk from JP - decent, but lacking complexity.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750. Murky, reddish brown pour. Aroma suggests plenty of brett, carpet, vinegar. Cayenne, a touch of chocolate, and sun-dried tomato. Funky, but by a comparitively reserved presentation. Black malt imposes itself immediately with a flavor of astringent soap that rubs harshly, before fading quickly into warmer pulses of pepper, orange rind, and a heavy-handed brett sourness that dries it out with no lack of intensity. A sparkling tanginess with a melon rind and balsamic character breaches the dense bretty surface. Light to medium and very sprightly in the mouth. The predictable wild pulse of lemon juice arrives faithfully with its animalistic dryness. It retains a refreshing simplicity, though remaining far from simplistic; intricately woven and successful. Thanks for sharing, Ken!
JoeMcPhee (8211) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown beer. Malty and fairly sweet with a soft herbal aroma. Earthy and softly nutty. Fairly sweet with some light milk chocolate, toffee and caramel. Light acidic fruitiness. Maybe needs more time in the bottle. Right now, it’s not that well integrated at all.
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask pull in a pint glass: semi-transparent dark amber almost chocolate color. Strong smell of straw and malt. Flavor is dry with a tannic smack in the palate. Not as deep or as sour as the regular bam. Head was a wonderful creamy off white that lasted for 75% of the pint. A more subtle and delicate version of the regular bam.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep burgundy pour with a light tan head. The aroma has fruit skins, mild milk chocoalte undertones, and a hint of mild American hops. The flavor has a drop less character. Has some grainy malt, and a fruity tannin presence. A mild roast is present as well, giving it a subtle chocolate hint. Smooth and rounded.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, light brown solid head. Aroma and flavor most recognizable when served at 50-60 degrees F. This beer has a substantial aroma, complex with a great earthy, sour, slightly floral mix. Although the flavor is not as robust as the aroma would lead you to believe, it presents a nice mix of the sour/malt/yeast/ earth flavors to make a great saison. Wonderfully crisp.
cheap (3803) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
When I bought this, I was expecting something great since I really enjoyed the Bam Beer. However, I was dissapointed. Darker, pretty looking unfiltered beer. Gunk on the bottom for that unique unfiltered pour. Looks like darker Iced tea. mildy sweet and yeasty aroma. Oooh, the initial flavors are rather spicey and laced with an alky background. Seems higher in alky than what is listed here. does not seem as enjoyable as the other Bam. Has a spicey aftertaste too. Decent carbonation on the palate. Some hay flavors prevail thru the session. Overall a little ajar. Has more personality than this lager lover can appreciate. Not bitter but yet difficult to accept with all those spices. IMHO does not live up to the expectations I have for Jolly Pumpkin.