AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color. Nice half inch head on top of the glass. Smell is funky like a monkey. Jolly Pumpkin is rapidly becoming my favorite brewery. Plenty of spice in this beer. Maybe a little too much carbonation would be my only complaint. Anyhow, a very good beer.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from keg liquors. clear orange amber with a great fluffy eggshell white head that leaves good lacing. great tart apple aroma that smacks you in the face.....but if you dig a bit deeper you will find a fantastic wild farmyard cheese funk (might be what some people call horse blanket) and some toffee caramel and toasted oak notes. bittersweet caramel toffee background with a big tart sour apple flavor up front. oak presence is apparent but nice. light hints of funky cheese and some spice...black pepper and light.......very very light cinnamon.
the finish is a nice blend of tart sour apple covered in bittersweet toffee with some spicy black pepper mixed in for good measure oh and lots of toasty oak........almost smokey coffee like notes.....so interesting. medium body. lively...creamy carbonation. very nice.......very interesting.........i love jolly pumpkin. great beer.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber/orange with a huge head. Very good lacing. Good retention, with interesting foamy shapes. Aroma is brett, caramel malt and oak. Taste was brett and tropical fruits with sweet malt. More sweet than many of their other brews. But it still has the tangy texture. Another fine brew from JP.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the way I wanted to try this one. I dropped the bottle and popped the seal on the cap, forcing the issue. Thanks to my dropping, this one pours a huge off white head. Very fluffy head. It clings to the glass very well. The aroma is a bit sweet with citrus, with a bit of spice. The color is a coppery orange.
The flavor is different. You can taste the barrel aging coming through, with a hint of orange, a bit of grass, with a tart finish. This gets better with more air allowed to it.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Darker than expected. A little watered down. Less flavor than expected, especially given the darker color.
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml, 07 vintage. pours a glowing dark orange with off white head. nose is pretty funky with hint of citrus in the background. flavor seems rather bland and one dimensional. a hint of orange and some hay, sorta harsh charred wood too. mouthfeel is watery. aftertaste is harsh and unpleasant. by far my least favorite JP beer. still after all my complaining, i drank the whole 750ml, and it was tasty, i just have high expectations for his beloved brewery.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Color is amber brown with a light head. Some malt and tart aroma. Flavor is at first malty and then a moderate sourness with pretty strong woody oak spice that gives it a dry finish.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by joebrew, pours a hazy coppery golden brew with a light tan head. Aroma is tart fruit, melon, and grassy hops. The flavor is lightly carbonated, some fruitiness with tastes of caramel and toffee. Finish is spicey with some nutmeg and yeast. Nice fruity aftertaste.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 Bottle. Pours amber with orange highlights. Great nose: joebrew’s comment on "starburst like sweetness" is right on. Spicy, rich dry and complex on the palate. Slightly fruity with a wonderful spicy dryness. Finishes quite dry. Enjoyable.
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a little sour. Very much in the biere de garde style with a yeast common to these beers. Spicy, herbal character. Some fruit and lots of yeast. It doesn’t do anything to blow me away but it very solid.