kramer (5501) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, via MikeMac. Pours a dark chestnut brown body with a fair amount of small chunkies despite my careful pour. Small fizzy beige head retains forever due to the active carbonation. Aroma is bourbon, oak, and bretty funk just bursting at the seams. Lots of fruitiness along with some yeast and sugar. Very robust aroma. Flavor is in lock step with the aroma. Amazing how it can be so complex and delicate yet have been in a bourbon barrel so long. Long lingering funky finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry crisp finish and lovely efforvescent fizzy carbonation. This beer was great. Amazing complexity and range of flavors. Better than the regular BdM version. My new highest rated Jolly Pumpkin!
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (thanx to the american bunch). Orange golden in colour with a medium sized head. Bourbon, dried fruits, vinegar. Nice complexity. A somewhat dry finish.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Murky dark amber coloured. Quite some sediment. Aroma of bourbon, dried apricots, vanilla, vinegar and even a touch of mint. The flavour is less complex than the aroma. It is surprisingly light with a moderate sourness leading to a dry finish and some sweetness underneath. Light to medium body. Biére de garde has always been one of my least favourite styles, but this actually smelled rather good and promising. Unfortunately, there was not much going on in the flavour.
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2010 12 Oz Bottle. Original Batch - 14 Months. Apple candy aroma, with a touch of apricots mellowed in ale, yet with some peculiar edges of old woman perfume. Some of the alcohol notes are deep and dark, with edges of caramel. Pour of a rich deep caramel, firey in glowing orange, with a thin rim of whitish. Flavor is a somewhat confused melange of bright awakening acidity in apple skin and white grape juice, with caramel syrup dangling with a fast flow of balsamic vinegar, between fading into a mellow fragrant lemon hop smack, yet remaining lightly subdues. Some of the nose-stinging acidity creates some balance. However, the flavor of this beer alights some muddiness and subtleness with a little less distinctive qualities, it’s still a deliciously complete package.
12oz Bottle. Second release - 27 months. Batch 65. Ah, there’s that rich coconut husk and brown sugar delight I long for in a sour beer. Tangy, acidic and draped with lychee fruit. Tropical, slightly toasted, and restrained. Pours a rather clear firey red-orange, with a rim of soap in white. This is dense and maybe a little coarse. Shy of acetone for sure, but forward with vinegar-like acidity. Dry, but actually there are some toothy sugars that hold on and fight transformation, giving the acidity in this beer some serious balance. Morphing. Starts out with a sipping-necessary acid curtness, but then glides into a caramelized mango fruit flavor, before softening up (my tooth enamel) and glowing with a bit of oak and vanilla. Rather complex, but a bit tough to drink due to the searing acidity. Funk is composed of a light blue cheese bacteria, faint kefir, and cobwebs. Not too moldly or animal-like. This is interesting. The younger version isn’t distinct enough in my brain to be able to compare, but this decent. Finishes with a spark of white grape pulp and brandy. Really surprised that any barrel character hasn’t overwhelmed at this length. Dry oak character is balancing. Overall, interesting but a touch resistant to quaffing.
12oz Bottle - Third Release. All I really know about this release is that it was a really big bourbon bomb, which was enjoyable, but a bit one dimensional. Thanks Sean!
12oz stubby Bottle - Fourth Release. Thanks Sean! The lightest of the batch. Nose in plum, brandy, and acid, lactic mostly. Pours a hazed ruddy-brown, with a rim in white. Flavors are classic JP, funky bretts, dry cheese rind, hay, and springtime outdoors. Acidity and carbonation levels are good. Acids are bright and clean, a touch bitter and a touch dusty. The barrel chimes in nicely with some boozy depth and a smack of dry oakeness that really balances any residual sugars. It’s one of the tighter and more balanced renditions in my book, but easily the lightest in terms of flavor depth and complexity.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours a fiery honeyed amber with nice clarity and a thin layer of fine bubbled, off-white head. Luscious aromas of pear skins and strawberries blend nicely with some brown sugar malt characters, creating a sensually soft bouquet. A touch of sourness gives it an extra fresh dimension. Light bodied, highly carbonated, sparkling champagne-like mouthfeel. Some nice grape tannins and spicy oak coat the tongue, somplimenting the bretts to create a clean, light fruit flavor impression. Very nice balance between bretts, light fruits, and spicy oak, but the flavor dimensions are a bit subtle and aren’t overly complex. Still quite nice, overall.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for opening this...
Appears a hazy, sediment laden, copper color with a small white head that quickly fades away. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of wild yeast, oaky, vanilla, tart fruit, light citrus, and light spices.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the oaky funk jumping out like a sore thumb and drawing all of the light flavors into a treat to savor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, wild, with the oaky tannins and tartness coming together before the swallow.
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!). Very light gusher. Poured a deep amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of floaters. Aromas of wood, vanilla, spices, yeast, toasted malts and a little all around funkiness. Tastes of wood, spices, yeast, vanilla, and had a tart and sour cherry finish. Lively body.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this rare Jolly Pumpkin treat. Pours a hazy reddish brown amber with small floaties and a small bubbly off white head. Aroma was vineous, tart fruits, perfume, oak, spicy with hints of bourbon hidden under the wild yeast. Flavor of yeast, bread, vineous, tart, light sour, oak and vanilla.
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 100% blind rating.
Body is cloudy/murky dark reddish-amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs),
with notes of cherry, wood, sour apple skins, autumn leaves.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic,
lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Re-rating from a blind tasting didn’t change much from original rating (previously 3.4), but is definitely much more sour than before.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botted. Gusher. Beer is hazy medium caramel-brown colored with a large, off-white, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing head.<P>The aroma’s first impression is tart and funky. Pretty FSA-like. It’s malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, light notes of caramel; Hoppy with moderate notes of lemon zest, light herb; Yeasty with light notes of brett-like barnyard, horseblanket, moderate wet basement. Light miscellaneous note of oak, burbon, red-fruit vinosity.<P>The flavor is moderately acidic, lightly sweet with a lightly acidic, lightly sweet finish.<P>The body is light-to-medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.