KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Special cask at Twains, tapped at the stroke of midnight on NYE. Pours a dark ruby. Thick, white head. Large amount of lacing. Aroma of wet straw. Flavor was so funky, a ton of bretts. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Quite an odd taste on cask. Would like to try in bottle form.
toddkrem (92) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of head, auburn colored beer. Sour beer, not my kind of beer. Medium body, the alcohol is well hidden with the sour taste also not a bad aftertaste
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Ashleyís in Ann Arbor. Pours brown, very thin, slightly sweet. Not too bad.
alexanderj (3399) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
On cask; I am fairly certain I wonít want to try this one again. Flavor was funky; about as funky as I have ever smelled. Some fruit and oak, but mostly an unappealing funk. Flavor was similar with some tart and fruit elements. Did not enjoy this.
Ratman197 (10896) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a clear dark copper with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of toffee, tobacco, berries, light oak, light spice and a hint of yeast. Palate was medium bodied smooth and slightly dry and tart. Flavors of leather, berries, light oak, light tobacco and a hint of spice with a smooth dry lightly tart finish.
UnsofistaCat (239) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Not bad, but nowhere near the original Bam. Musty funk on the nose with a thin mouthfeel and pretty underwhelming flavor." RCL on 12/22/07
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Styles. Murky dark orange-brown body, thin cream head. Another funky nose with plenty of spice and herbal notes, oak. Tart, herbal body. A bit fruity. Iím not sure what else to write. Itís classic Jolly Pumpkin. Nothing remarkable or distinctive relative to their other beers.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle purchased at Dís Six Pax. I noticed that Dís has a much larger selection of Jolly Pumpkin these days. Pours ruby black brown, thick off white head. Aroma is tart, oaky, bleu cheese, slight vinegar, musty. Flavor is meaty, smoky, peppery, some grass, but on the watery side. The aroma leads one to believe that the taste would pack a punch, but it does not. Disappointing for a Jolly Pumpkin beer.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Bello Vino 11/27/07. Pours a mostly hazy, tobacco spit, ruddy brown color with a thin layer of wispy beige head. Definitely low on carbonation relative to other JP beers. Dusty brett aromas of horseblanket and leather add some nice complexity to a light chocolate and fudgy prune fruit character that forms the malt backbone. Medium light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. The texture of the beer actually falls flat on the palate, dissipating quickly into a flabby, watery finish. Mild coffee and spicy oak present, but these flavors taper off quickly into a thin conclusion. The aroma was enticingly brett-laced and funky, but these dimensions didnít really transfer over well to the flavors.
BBB63 (6395) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml) and served in my NB worthy glass: Deep reddish brown topped by a small but lasting creamy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of mild brett and lacto, toasted and chocolate malt, coffee, fig and prune, musty and oaky vapours, and some light pepper and anise spice.
The taste is equal parts Belgian funk and sourness along with chewy malt and oak barrel. Subdued spice and fruit throughout. A nice complex little beer that simply will not be for everyone. The mouth feel is sprite and refreshing with a bone dry attenuated Saison finish. Mikey Likey.