JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lightly hazed bronze color with a full fluffy light cream head. Full aromas of wood and raisins. Light and fluffy in feel, yet full flavored. Light yeast and sweet malt throughout the quaff. Mild in flavor, yet lots of complexity from wood to malt, flowers and dust, as well as nutty and fruity. I will continue to look for this. Rant two - happened again, saved some verbiage.
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a mahogony color w/ visable carbonation and a small white head w/ some decent lacing. swet light aroma w/ an odd yeast a hint of lemon rind some very light spice and a floral hop. Even palate good coat and some nice feel, a touch light. Flavor is definatelly a biere de garde the yeast and some light sweetness and some light spices. A very easy flavor floral hop seems to dominate. Pretty good.
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From BA TheBlackMallard, this 750 ml bomber was quite exotic looking, especially considering the fact that it originated in Michigan. The reddish amber colored beer that resided in it came out bubbly and foamy, and looked quite at home in a tulip. The aroma was mild but complex, evoking soured cherries, plums, freshly cut oak logs, and oranges. The taste was tart and dry with loads of oak tannins. A flash of lemon sourness mixed with some brown sugar was apparent as well. Balanced delicately between all the flavors so none was dominant, which made it very easy to drink, despite the sawdust dry mouthfeel. In the words of Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld, “Wood is Good”.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to rater Styles: who for some reason has not yet rated this beer, for sending it down my way!
Pours a foggy brown darkly hued amber with a bountiful rocky tan head. As all Jolly Pumpkin’s this beer laces the glass like spraying a can of insolating foam. The aroma has an earthy maltyness to it… plenty of biscuity malts and oaked character. The flavor shows itself, as a most authentic recipe should. I find that the nutty malts and gentle spice are most prevalent, some black peppercorn and rosemary rest beneath the suggestions of toasted all-grain bread, walnut, and Brazilian nuttiness. There is a barn like character that is easily noticeable here… leather, dried hay, and musty stagnant air help develop the complexity. The body is porous yet lively, rather velvet like. It hops around so much on the palate that it leaves an arid finish. As noted… This is about as authentic as it comes. More authentic than 99% of imports that I have sampled… which says a lot about Jolly Pumpkins brewer.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour mash, brown sugar, herbal honey.
Malt profile seemed complex but maybe just more unique than anything.
Bready, slightly chewy with molasses and a tangy quality.
Appearance is a creamy reddish brown.
Earthy round finish.
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy bronze. Sticky, fully sustained dirty-white foam of meringue consistency. Aromatically peppery, plasticy phenols and floral hops flow with abundance into the nose. Lesser notes of honey, fennel, and leather. Finely conditioned, velvety carbonation. Opens with a captivatingly flavorful touch of acidity which matches the peppery phenolic-induced airiness. Complex wave of malt follows suit with a briskly dry earthiness and suitably bready sweetness. Somewhat limp in body, with a profusion of unripe peaches, melon, and passionfruit, which carry the malt weight with little effort. Understated oakiness firms up the and freshly pulverized date foundation. Finishes persistently juicily hoppy, as an imaginative interplay between nutty, earthy, bready malt flavors lessens the soft lacto tartness. Impressively authentic version and another testament to Ron’s artistic brilliancy. Thanks, Schroppfy.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oakey, cider aroma, bubbly, brown and cloudy in apearance, nice head. Flat, but tingly mouthfeel. Lots of of sour apple in the flavor, some sweet caramel malts. Very refreshing. Thanks Brad.
UnsofistaCat (237) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 This one has tons of potential. Apple orchard, oaky nose. Frothy eggshell white head that looks bubbly from the side of the glass but creamy from the top. Dark, hazy ice tea in color. Sour on the first swallow. As it warms, the carbonation disappears quickly, which is actually kind of nice. While they are screaming for attention, the oak and toffee notes are too far in the background, however, the tang does hold itself back as it warms. Alcohol is cloaked well. I drank this far too young and would love to try this 4 years from now. Excellent beer. Rerate 8/17/06. Man, this beer is even better then I thought. Its not as thick as I remember but smooth. Scoring going up.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked a bottle of this up to bring down to my friend in DC. I’ve only had limited experience with biere de mars, but if they are all similar to this, I will probably like them. Dark, mahogoney color, moderate carbonation. Spices galore, bready, cloth-y mouthfeel. I read this style is starting to make somewhat of a comeback, I am glad to hear this.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
wow..what a beer; this brewery gets the job done...oak red app. with medium frothy head...aroma is of sweet cherry, spices, and prune...flavor is sort of oak-aged, with dark fruits, spices, beef jerky, and bourbon...wonderful, wonderful brew!