adrian910ss (2429) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark coppery color with a medium frosty beige head. Aroma of wine, rooting wood, spice and yeast. Taste is leathery with a lemon zesty feel and hints of spice and wet wood. Has a tobbaco-ey finish. Not bad.
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
Thanks to whomever gave this in a recent hand to hand trade. I have a 750 that I was considering opening soon. After trying this I may still do so; however Iím going to find some people to share it with. While it is far from mediocre I found it a bit of a let down coming from Dexter. On the other hand because this is the weakest thing theyíve brewed in the past five years Jolly Pumpkin is still one of the best breweries in the country.
Aroma / Appearance - A one finger sandy head lingered over a body the color of red wood stain. Apple sauce, spice and cherry twizzlers play against the wood and dark Hersheyís chocolate. Itís not a weak set of aromas but it just lacks the complexity Iíve come to expect.
Flavor / Palate - The typical Jolly Pumpkin funkiness is complimented by sourness and blackberries. Peanut butter and chocolate sandwiches tickle the throat before a finish of licorice. I was all excited to try this after having the Bam Biere but the other is a better beer. This isnít bad it just is a little bit of a letdown. Itís still worth a try if you know what to expect beforehand.
pineypower (2757) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to jimbowood for this one, 750ml bottle. Pours out dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma of yeast, wood and an earthy/leathery hint. Taste is complex and although a bit watery it is more of a mouthfeel than youíd expect from a 4.5% beer. Flavors of yeast, oak, caramel and slight earthy/toffee notes on the finish.
Beaver (1470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a brownish tea color with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a thin film. It has lots of big yeast sediment.
The aroma is musty yeast , grains, toffee and some tart fruits.
The flavor is some chocolate malts, musty yeast and a little zippy lemon twang. The mouthfeel is light to medium and kind of watery.
Overall, a nice easy drinking and refreshing beer. Iíd make it a regular if it wasnít so expensive ($14.50 a six pack).
TheEpeeist (3561) - 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 (3491) - 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 (4738) - 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 (3972) - - 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.