milewide (1593) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee dominates aroma and initial taste. Sour funk kicks in later. Usual Jolly Pumpkin massive head, of gray color. Medium body.
ICEatALAMO (1034) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle 4/12 dating. The pour is a darker brown with a full thick head. The aroma is some sour funk and very light coffee. The taste is a cluster F. A bunch of bland flavors. A can't even describe the flavor anything more than dirty dishwater.
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tectactoe (2508) - Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Swampy & mucky, opaque brown trudge water. Slow gusher. Enormous beige head piles up & lasts for years. Annoyingly long actually. Chunky lace all over the glass; the only savior for this poopy looking brew. Nose is a mix of dusty, roasted, old coffee beans & slightly tart fruit with undertones of citrus peel, oak, & mild tannins. Hints of leafy spice & some seemingly yeast heavy esters in the periphery. Strange, different, but not bad. Despite the tartness presence in the aroma, there is almost none in the flavor. Flavor is mostly murky, oily coffee beans with a moderately heavy roast. Hops are more vibrant with semi-floral undertones, along with a hint of cola, tannin, & musty oak. Allowing this to warm brings out even more complexity; toasty yeast, earthy esters, dirt, mild smoke, sweet lemon & apple, & vague spiciness. I guess that MAYBE thereís a SLIGHT hint of tartness way in the back. But this is far from the "sour" saison that itís labeled. Either way, a super unique brew. Not as dry as many JP offerings, but still in the sub 1.005 FG range. Different, pretty good.
Prufrockstar (1209) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at a recent tasting, thanks to ferris. Dark brown pour, offwhite head, some lacing. Aroma is huge on the peppers/hot sauce. More chili spice than smoke, chocolate. Taste is more muted. Dry, malty, almost leathery. Medium- body, lively carb. Overall: not my favorite of these guys, but fun to try.
OldMrCrow (1998) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
March is early for a tornado in Dexter. I remember them coming in the late spring and summer. Dang.
As a JP fanboy I was quite happy to get to try this at a Seattle tasting. Was it Ferris that brought it? In any case, thanks!
Pours very dark with a nice tan head. The aroma is super-spicy. I get a blast of hot sauce with some underlying hints of sourness. Itís certainly baffling and hard to know what to expect from the flavor. The first sip is a bit of a surprise. Itís another blend of gently tart Jolly Pumpkin character, but with that comes some drying coffee (nowhere to be found in the aroma) through the background. As I drink more of the beer and as it warms, the intensity of the pepper / hot sauce character wanes and the beer gets considerably better. Itís not my favorite Jolly Pumpkin but Iím very glad to have tried it.
tl;dr summary: Look out, Dany, this is one weird farmhouse ale.
luttonm (2539) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a Seattle tasting. Dark brown, small tan foam. strong tobasco aroma, quite spicy and smoky body, chipotle maybe. Sweet note, some crushed coffee bean. Creamy carbonation. Interesting.
mcberko (7443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out smoke, spiciness, leather, and oak. Flavour is unusual, with lots of leather, smoke, and spices upfront. Extremely odd notes, but it all works together somehow. Very nice one.
Ferris (5234) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Peppery, spice and perfumy. Deep clear brown with a light beige head. Spicy, peppery, grassy and a tart dry finish. Complex and odd.
Drake (9251) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the 9th Richmond Rare & Unusual Epic Tasting, Richmond, VA, 11/30/14. Pours a hazy copper with a thin fizzy tan head. Aroma of coffee, roast, pepper, smoke. The taste is tart fruits, pepper, vegetal and herbal notes, smoke. Medium bodied, lingering spice.
alliance100 (841) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle - pours a light amber color , some malt sweet notes upfront followed by hints of tart fruit .
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superspak (2907) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear nearly opaque very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate, toast, lemon zest, green apple, tart cherry, pepper, clove, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, spices, and fruity/funky yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of dark roasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate, toast, lemon zest, green apple, tart cherry, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, cocoa, chocolate, lemon zest, green apple, tart cherry, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, spices, and fruity/funky yeast flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly acidic/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding spiced dark saison style! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, spices, and fruity/funk yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.