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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Original batch aged 14 months in bourbon. Recent batch (65) aged 27 months.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Sampled at Arg0’s Pre-RBSG Tasting at his pad: Amber caramel color, off white head, light lacing. Nose of sweet and funky belgian notes, cranberry and cherry, bright bacteria and sweet crumbly malts. The flavor is rich, chewy, sweet cherry pie. Delicious and simple. Finishes appley, tart, lovely. Thanks artusory!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Tawny brown velvet with a nice medium capping of firm dark ivory foam. Keeps a great collaring of fluffy firm foam and a decent skim always present. Loose and drippy lacing with some patchy globs and torn strings sticking. Lovely aroma of slightly oaky sour vinegar floating atop of maple syrup, thick vanilla, sour apple, and some sticky malts that tender up some toffee and pale fruityness. Which helps keep this a very well-rounded and balanced nose. Taste is just as nice. Lovely tamed pull of oaky vinegar sourness over a delicate malt play of soft, ripe fruits of tart cherries, apples, grapes, and a squeeze of orange oil. Very slight vanilla hints in the middle and a slight woody, earthy, taragon touch to it thats quite nice. Finishes with a peppy return of oaky sour grab as it faintly drys the throat and palate with a vinegar-like sweetness and tart fruit skin texture. Feel is about medium with a very well balanced give and take of sour and sweet malt. Smooth and just down right balanced. The sour is just right here. A superbly crafted brew by JP. Very subtle play and characteristics within the souring tones. Earthy, woody, and rounded with great additions in tartish fruit and cider juices and dryness. Outstandingly lavish and well made. Solid!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle, thanks to Mr. Styles! Poured a clear, fiery orange with a short dusting of beige head and a little dark sediment resting at the bottom. Nose picked up dusty, dried cherries and vinous notes, rustic old barn must, sweet whiskey, and vanilla influence from the barrel. Lighter on the palate with spritzy carbonation... tart at the tip and sweeter through the finish... mild alcohol warmth capped it off. Flavor had musty, tart cherries at the core.. dusty floral hoppage and sweet whiskey not far off... and subtler notes of toasted vanilla and white pepper. Well balanced and integrated with the bourbon barrels. Another winner from JP! Thanks Chris!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
Whiskey is very prominent in the nose. On further investigation, floral, lavender and chocolate notes appear. Hazy burnished copper coloured body is topped by a fine bubbled tan head that recedes to cover with some soapy lacing. In the flavour, the barrel aging is more subdued or perhaps just better blended than in the aroma. Subdued notes of whiskey complement chocolate, toasty malts along with cherry and grape fruitiness. Tangy sourness makes an appearance especially towards the finish. Vanilla lingers on the tongue. Medium body is quite dry with moderate carbonation to pique the taste buds. Sampled at Mondial 2006.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep copper brown in color with a little of white head. Tart bourbon aroma. Sour and tart taste. Malty notes. Fruity finish. Grapes and oranges. Medium bodied. Sweet. Goes well with Aged Gouda. Very fresh tasting. Enjoyable. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12 oz bottle. Brown with a lively, short lived head. Aroma is mellow bourbon with some tart cheese. Taste is sour and tart. Smoothed out with the proper amount of caramel malt. The wood is still a bit fresh but that only helps the fresh carbonation. Theres oranges, grapes and cherries. This is as good as it gets for the style aged in barrels. Goes very well with both aged gouda and smoked blue cheese.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Poured a clear amber with a brown hue and off-white head. Very nice leathery funky aroma. Sweet malt with some boubon underneath. Notes of vanilla and alcohol are there in the mix. Yeasty funk flavor stands out. Very nice. Woody flavor with maybe even some peatiness. Some malty sweetness and nice bourbon on the finish. Lively mouthfeel. Light warmng sensation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours a transparent dark amber copper with a thin froth of well-lacing off-white head. Complex aroma of sweet caramel, woody oak, bourbon vanilla and lots of sweaty, funky brett with a touch of lemony tartness. Body starts well-carbonated and sweet showcasing some good tart fruity balance before some bigger lingering bourbon oak and cheesy barnyard complexity toward the crisp flavorful finish. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer, especially given its complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Thanks to artusory. Warm amber body with light visible particulates and a scattering beige head. Great wild microbial characters in the nose with additional qualities suggesting ripe sour cherries, raspberry, vanilla and wood varnish. Flavor has lots of barnyard with a Balsamic vinegar note, medium acidity, and some sweet residual apple. Very organic and pleasant. Another greatly enjoyed beauty from Jolly Pumpkin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 Rerate, 12oz bottle, batch 65, courtesy of Styles via artusory. Thanks, guys! So good to try this again after a long haitus. Pours a murky dark brown with yellow edges; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; the addition of the yeast gives textured aggregates at the top. Gorgeous aroma, showing plenty of bretty tartness, tropical fruits, and the slightest touch of warming vanilla and oak; some dried cherries, some funk. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: somewhat oily and lightly carbonated in the mouth; sour cherries, toasty oak and vanilla (minimal bourbony presence; adds a soft layer), tropical fruits and red fruits; the levels of acidity aren’t as intense as the regular version, which I see as a nice change; layered, intensely satisfying sour ale. Just excellent, mouthwatering stuff. Long finish: toasty oak, warming touch of bourbon and tart cherries; some funk that shows itself throughout.

Courtesy of artusory. Wish I got more tasting notes down from this one. Full-on sour nose; terribly drinkable approximation of a flemish sour (less puckering, with all the density). Favorite JP so far; look forward to comparing it to the non-reserve.

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