milewide (1197) - 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.
thirdeye11 (4977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle dated 4-27-12) deep brown, lasting thick medium tan head. Nose of roasty grain, squash, light sourness, cream, Brett. Taste is very dry, light roast, a bit tart, pumpkin mash, cream, complex but not appreciable for me. Creamy finish that’s lightly tart.
ngeunit1 (1533) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark black with a bit of ruby with a big finger of khaki-tan head. Fades slowly.
S - Grainy malts, smoke, vanilla, oak, roasted coffee, chocolate, spicy peppers, light sour dark fruits.
T - Grainy malts, roasted coffee, chocolate smoke, oak, vanilla, spicy peppers with some heat, mild sour cherries and other dark fruit, Belgian yeast.
M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, smoky, and spicy.
D - Very interesting and complex, but well balanced.
TheAlum (4282) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle gifted to me by heykevin. Thanks, dude. Shared with the crew at a tasting. Pours a richer deep brownish hue, firmer haziness. Frothy tannish head lays as a nice layer, firm lacing. Aromas are coffee, gentle spice, yeastiness on the nose. Some roast, bready malts. Fruity pear, apple, and some spice. Some dryness, earth, funkiness. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, a bit of toastiness, cocoa, some mellow yet inviting coffee presence. Earthy, some roast, gentle fruit, apple, and gentle Belgian yeast. Kiss of funk. Middle is more tart and coffee, apple, some lemon, and firmer coffee presence. Lots of roasty coffee starts to hit the palate. Backend is a bit roasty, coffee driven. Some oak, earth, more roasty coffee into the finish. Tart fruit up front tapers off. Coffee element is quite complete and tasty, a touch creamy. Earthy. Roasty coffee. Some tart fruit. Solid.
Ernest (5605) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, fully lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee), with notes of lemon juice, sour cherry, and celery.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
This one has the standard Jolly Pumpkin / Fantôme overly-sour, overly-attenuated, infected characteristics, sadly. Everything pretty much tastes the same out of both breweries anymore, with occasional exceptions (still enjoy ES Bam, e.g.).
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Adam. Thanks! Pours a deep brown with an offwhite tan head. Nose is straight up dill pickle brine. Lactic acid and dill, green pepper and really earthy. Actually, a really neat aroma complexity here. On tasting, the coffee is a bit lost but seems to add a greenpepper & earthy complexity. The dill comes back. Moderately sour with a dry finish. Earthy is the word. Really cool beer.
drewbeerme (3643) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours black with white head. Aroma earth, smoke, spice, funk. Flavors of cocoa, earth, spice, funk, pretty earthy muddy finish. Not much left here.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle at Meridian Pint. Heavy coffee in the nose alongside a bit of roast and light earth. Flair ha sleds coffee, more roast, and a bit of funk. Still super coffee. Doesn’t live up to the typical Jolly Pumpkin quality. Too heavy on the coffee without the base really getting through.
Mittenator (451) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Batch 1070. Holy carbonation batman. Slow continuos foam out of the bottle for a couple minutes and then a pour that was 75% thick, dense head. Sour funk with coffee and tart berries. Peppery dominated flavor.
Minderbinder (816) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with medium beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of pepper, roasted malt, sourness. Taste is of green pepper, sourness, roasted malt, notes of coffee. Overall: Not bad, not very good.
marcus (4989) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish brown with a huge light tan head and a fruity spicy aroma. There is a plum, coffee and treacle flavor with lots of spices. Very complex, though not especially sour.