DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. The bottle is now green, unfortunately, unlike the old brown ones. Batch 244,245. Wonderful appearance on this one, just like Iíve come to expect with this company. A clear golden honey color with a huge rocky white head with great retention and great lacing. Amazingly complex aroma on this baby. Freshly roasted honey nuts, slight chocolate, brown sugar, christmas, normal JP funk, all integrated together and blended beautifully. Chestnuts roasting over an open fire. The nuttiness here is more appetizing than any other beer (mostly brown ales) where I have noticed a nutty character, it must be the chestnuts. Taste is subdued in its funky and tart flavors with some of the nuttiness and chocolate of the aroma coming through but much, much more subtle. This beer smells better than it tastes, unfortunately. Probably the least sour and funky tasting JP Iíve had to date, probably because itís new. Drinkability is very high. Nice soft mouthfeel with a slight dryness. Iíd be interested to see how this ages, though it is certainly nice right now.
LinusStick (2972) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Woah...amazing is all I can say. This has got to be one of the best JPs Iíve had. Aroma was musty and old...spices and citrus with some wood. Pour was a nice dark gold with a puffy 2 finger off white head that left quickly. Taste was nice and sour but the sourness didnít match up to the aroma. And somehow, after the swallow the sourness is gone...strange. Musty old spices and funkiness with a bit of wood and earth. Great all around beer.
Brigadier (3210) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at La Cave Di Vun
This was my primary reason for making the trip to the Euclid area. Once we found the place and spent ten minutes in awe of the selection it was time to settle down. Looking at the tap list this seemed to be the best option to start. It was good enough I almost purchased a bottle even at $18. Perhaps if I can find it for less Iíll stock some in the cellar.
Aroma / Appearance - The scent of a musty basement coupled with nutmeg and chestnut reminds me of a stale pumpkin beer minus the fruit. Light cocoa sits well as does the wet barnyard aroma. This has all the hallmarks of a typical Dexter release. The body was hard to see in the dim light but appeared to be a cloudyd orange with thin white head.
Flavor / Palate - The funk is obvious from the start. Once you adjust your palate the taste of oak, chestnut and some hoppiness stand out. Almonds and spices eventually make an appearance towards the end. This is very full bodied with a wheaty finish that lingers on the throat for seemingly forever. It is the lightest drinking Jolly Pumpkin I have ever had as well. It would have been very easy (and tempting) to drink this in ten minutes.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper golden orange with a big rocky creamy tan head, diminishing slowly. Sweet caramel malt. Creamy light spice with some light cherry oak. Mild creamy body, a bit slippery, not watery at all. Big sweet oaky beer. Oaked Arrogant Bastard with fewer hops! Very tannic! A bit spicey with spices and light esters. Lingering oaky earthy toast. Dries out the sweetness well. This could make a delicious but deadly (for the wallet) session beer. I could drink a bunch of this.
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle; nose of light tartness, nuttiness, and spices; slight gusher from the getgo but only a small amount cloudy amber with a huge beige head heavily lacing my glass; flavor is a little tartness, lots of caramel, tart apples, and spices.
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 Wow ... I got this as a cask pull at "Buckeye Beer Engine" in Lakewood, Ohio. This was infinitely more interesting as it was around 55 degrees and the head was substantially different than anything I have had before. It was like a soft whipped cream instead of the other Jollyís that are effervescent and sticky. The slightly hazy completion was nice and it was slightly more sour than their Bam. High on my list, especially if you can get it off a cask pull. Amended 11/3/07: had a taste of the regular draft today, very different texture. More sour than the cask and significantly more effervescent. Chestnut still present but more muted than the cask, probably a function of temperature.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gusher warning! This one blew like Old Faithful! Once it settled, i poured a hazy, brownish red body with a massive, billowing, rocky, cream colored head. The beer leaves behind huge clumps of thick foam that linger on the glass like cumulonimbus clouds over the Florida glades on a summer afternoon. In short, the appearance is magnificent. The aroma shows a complex bouquet of spiced apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet cherries, and traces of earthy cedar. Right off the bat, you can tell that the signature JP funk is a bit more subdued in this one. The flavor confirms this as moderately sour apple cider and caramel malts hit up front, while peppery spices and oak emerge on the back end. The finish is bone dry and very woodsy, with oak and cedar both playing a part. I didnít really pick up any nuttiness, as the commercial description would suggest. Medium body. Perhaps the smoothest and easiest to drink of the JP beers. Fantastic aroma the disappoints a little in flavor. Still, a very solid beer.
3fourths (8499) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Amazing looking rocky tan head on a murky brown and red body. Inviting, pungent nose of funky spiced nuts and bread, along with some sour apple and honey, and some cedar and oak barrel. Sourness is a bit lower than expected from the nose - lightly prickly on the tongue, somewhat acitic, but also very smooth, especially on the back, with some mellow, soft chestnut/acorn/walnut flavors, along with some banana bread and spiced cider. A very nice beer.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gusher alert! As soon as I opened it a foam river shot it of top. I poured maybe an ounce into a pint glass that quickly over flowed. After about 10 minutes the foam finally subsided from the pint glass but it still took awhile to pour a full pint. Now to the rating. Poured dark red with huge white head. Aroma of cinnamon and spice. Good cinnamon flavor to start with some fruit hints. Finished with some spice.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Popped off the cap and a steady flow of foam came out and wouldnít stop - I had to pour it into 3 separate glasses. After all that, I had a glass of a muddy dark red clay-colored brew with an off-white head. Right off the bat, this smells the least funky of the JP brews Iíve had to date (all but the Calabaza). The light funk is there along with a nuttiness and some fall spices. The taste was pleasantly funky, dancing around on the palate and complimenting the spices. The finish is dry and thereís more sour on the back end than I expected. Probably the most subtle of JPís brews.