MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Bottle sample courtesy, and thanks to MDS. Thanks MIke. Sampled at Tuesday night Jolly Pumpkin bonanza!Cloudy brown/mahogany, with good yeast floaties in bottom, and good lace present. Woodsy aroma with vague plum, whisky, and faint grapes/booze. Tart fruit matched with yeasty brett, and earthy oak, with some booze. Smooth, good tart finish, thick and earthy. Wow, great stuff. Thanks goes out To Ron J, and Mike. D. S.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rusty orange, very thin lightly tanned head. Nose was full of brett, lemon, vanilla, oak, and booze tones. Flavor is similar, but with a JP typical tart, tangy, sourness to it all. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, tangy finish. Not my favorite from them, but still nice none the less...
hopscotch (8907) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Bottle... Hazy, deep golden ale with a tiny, fizzy head. Perfumey, earthy aroma with a hint of bourbon. Citrusy, woodsy flavor. Light to medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes tart and astringent, then dry. Great brew! Thanks go out to arcania for the bottle!
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: Pours to a hazy, murky, copper-amber with some ruby/rusty highlights that make it near opaque depending on the angle of the light. The head pours to a medium-large beige with little lacing (possibly due to my glass), but does stick atop the beer for a long time. The aroma is cherries, oak, sour aged barrel, very similar to a flemish sour ale, light strawberries, yeast, and with hints of caramel and bread (very mild). The taste is sour oak, laced with cherries, apples, light bourbon (much like the luciernaga, bourbon flavor without the alcohol), peppery/floral hops, sour orange with some alcohol flavors, and hints of vinegar. FInishes with sour orange, light floral hops, and oak barrel. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, sometimes a bit oily, but not as watery as some of their other beers. I’m a huge fan of the aroma but the taste is not blowing me away (again the bourbon flavors don’t blend to me).
argo0 (11351) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, thanks for sharing BuckNaked) Murky copper body with small beige head with decent retention. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, oak, some funk, light vinegar -- very Flemish Sour. Taste is medium sweet, oak, some cherry, light sourness, properly subdued bourbon. Watery light-medium body, low carbonation.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle from batch #1. Pours a murky, dark amber/light brown with a fluffy, off-white head that fades to a lasting cover. Nice lacing. The aroma is a wonderful blend sweet caramel, sour fruit, plenty of Brett, very vinous, some hints of vinegar, bourbon is very subtle. Flavor is sour cherries and caramels, quite vinous with some oakiness. Finish is dry and sour with noticable bourbon presence. Mouthfeel is full and oily with soft carbonation. Beautifully done.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Semi-cloudy dirty dark orange in color, with off-white head that fades to film. Aroma full of sweet/sour fruit and brett. Mostly cherry and apple, hints of honeydew. Very faint wood and bourbon in the background. If aroma was a little stronger, it would score a 9 or 10. As it warms bourbon takes over a bit. Flavor much the same. Starts with a sour brett twinge. Sweet fruits (mostly cherry) and malt backbone come through in the middle. Fades back to brett sourness towards the finish. Finishes with faint bourbon and wood. Mouthfeel is very slick and full at the same time. Sort of drying as most JP brews are. I’m not a bourbon fan at all, unless it’s only subtle, like this. Very well done regardless. ’08 bottle, very little bourbon whatsoever, tons of sour cherry, oak and musty farmhouse. Very nice.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Pailhead Pours a cloudy brown with a dark tan head. Light Lacing Aromas were mellon apple wood . Some hints of marashino cherries. Flavors were Cherry plum lots of plum some makic sourness. wow what a unique brew .. Finish is sweet with a tinge of bourbon flavor not overdone.
Pailhead (4635) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 Bottle: Great aroma of cherry, mellon, sweet tarts, brett, wood, and hints of apple. No bourbon aromas to start with. Pours a hazy brownish-orange with lots of sediment. Small off-white head has decent retention for it’s size. Nice thin sheet of lacing covers the glass. Flavor has some cherry and plum with nice brett tartness with sour apple. Well balanced woodiness in the finish with very light hints of bourbon. Bourbon becomes more noticeable in the aroma as it warms, but seems pretty consistent in flavor throughout. I prefer the Luciernaga Grand Reserve, but this one’s not far off. Brewers of bourbon barrel-aged beers need to take a lesson from Ron.