TheEpeeist (3358) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Muddy brown with a small tan head. Nose of cinnamon, nutmeg and banana. Underlying sour cherry. Lightly sour lemon-lime bubbles fill the mouth. Soft oaky caramel and cloves dry into green melon rind. Very nice, very drinkable.
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hazy-brown hue. Body was thinner and lighter than I expected. Malts were toasty yet subdued. Very subtle caramel in the background. Pleasant aromas of apple, pear and light yeast. Just a hint of tart/sour in the finish. I wanted more ... of everything. Flavors and aromas were really nice, but they were much too restrained and they didnít seem to last long enough.
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many thanks to xmarcnolanx for sharing this. Pours chestnut brown with a small off-white head. The aroma has lots of funk, fruitiness, spices, brett, some oak and a good deal of tartness. Very light body with sharp carbonation. The flavor has leather and tobacco notes, tart lemony flavors, some bitterness from the dark malt and brett-like funkiness. A very nice interesting beer. Hopefully Iím able to get my mitts on a sixer and can give a better rerate after having a few.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. pours a somewhat hazy dark brown/garnet color with a smallish beige colored head. Aroma is sour, yeast, barn, earthy, light spice. Flavor is hay, grass, caramel malts, yeast, earthen. Palate is medium to light bodied, medium carbonation, finishes bitter and dry. Very good stuff, Bam without the edge!
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 (3773) - - 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 (3207) - 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 (4859) - 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 (1574) - 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 (8410) - 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, itís not that well integrated at all.