kramer (5303) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 oz bottle, via Styles, shared at Kennett Square Brewfest after-party 2006. Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper colored body under a slightly fizzy white head that faded to a thin film. Great delicate lacing lined the glass beautifully. Aroma is lightly tart with some soft malt and light belgian yeast. Fairly pronounced brett in the aroma with spices, woodiness, and almost a dried leaf earthy smell. Not sure what the chestnuts are doing for the aroma, but there are some unusual hints buried in there. The flavor is quite tart and drying, but not as crazy as I was expecting. Minimal soft remnants of caramel malt are there, but hiding well. The brett comes out nicely on the finish with plenty of oak tannins and an almost aged hop flavor. Again, not sure about the chestnuts, but there is a nice earthy, bordering on almond, flavor mid swallow that may be due to them. Otherwise, some spices and light yeast as well. Mouthfeel is classic JP with lots of lively fizzy efforvescent carbonation. Not quite as foamy as some other JPís Iíve had though. Overall, this was my favorite JP thus far. Not as crazy and funky as I was expecting, this was more about subtle nuances than the in your face sourness from some of their other offerings. I need more.
ross (2118) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Steve (punkrkr27) Thanks! Man, I have wanted to get a hold of this beer for the longest time, and it is worth the wait in every aspect. Pours out a reddish yellow color with a pretty thick white head. Smell is oak, sour flavors, yeast, fruits, and some nuts. Taste is smooth and rich, but also kind of sour to give it a nice little punch. Hops are not present at all. Very smooth and an awesome beer that should be brewed year round. This is their best beer I have gotten to try thus far. The only problem is my glass disappeared too quickly. Great stuff.
TomDecapolis (4603) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
KSBF 2006 RB after party. Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a small white lacing head. Aroma of slightly tart, floral, fruity, yeast and oak. Flavors along the same lines with more of the oak and yeast coming through.
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and sout aroma. Cloudy light brown color with a thin white head. Leaves a very tart flavor on the tongue but still ends very smooth. Maybe a little nuttiness, but i have no idea what chestnuts taste like.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A sweet glow of tawny lemons and horsey grain husk. Grapeskins and fermenting leather blend in a sack of spice. A sweet peach soda pour, with a flowing lace of ivory. Flavor is a sweet sugary essence of malt, while Brett plays quietly in the corner. This beer isnít as nuanced as I would expect. I breathe in some vapors of extraneous nut husks and distant spice conjuring. The reduced play of Brett is deft, as I still get the wonderful sweet lechee juice sensation, but am sparing the scorching acidity. I can also pleasently draw on the crisp malt sugars. This beer isnít particularly nuanced in my opinion, but has a beavenly drinkability, replete with fresh crisp summer hops. The quietly unassuming, but magically appearing hop smack on the tounge, in Euro fashion makes this an expertly balanced beer. This beer is really growing on me, the long drawn carries fresh lime juice and Madagascar Vanilla. And thereís spicy mingling. It turns into one of those beers you want to just keep drinking and drinking and hope it will never go away. This is a scarce beer where the backend and smack are the best parts. Damn!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Columbus tasting shared by bgburdman. Hazy light red pour with a medium white head. Aroma was similar to must JP beers, that bretty funk, smells quite sour, and had some woodiness and some nuts to it. Flavor, not as sour as expected, a nice bit of caramel, and brett. Very nice.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, with ClarkVV and Sully. Another interesting one from these guys. Slightly wild aroma, with some fruity acidity, lightly woody. MOuthfeel, is soft, and quite interesting, with some lovely soft woody sourness, slightly vinous. There is also some light caramelly malt noticed aswell. Finish has some slight vinegary notes and is definitely a little sour. Dry finish aswell. Interesting stuff.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle at the Columbus 2.0 tasting shared by bigburdman! - Thanks bgburdman9! Pours cloudy amber with an offwhite film for a head that left some light lacing. Aroma is brett, some oak, and under that light caramel also some spice. Flavor includes alot of brett, some oak, caramel, and a bit of spice on the finish. Palate is dry with an almost gritty mouthfeel.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great appearence with a pillowy foam. Iím not sure I like the subtle wild yeast character. The same character was present in both Biere De Mars and Bam Biere, and Iím still unsure about it. After the mid-palate, some interesting fruit character comes out. The mouthfeel is nice and chewy. I wish it had more barrel character however. More oak please. Pretty good and unique. Donít worry Ernest, Iíve got another bottle to share with you!
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Bottle drunk on 8/12/06.
The usual light gushing and huge amount of foamy, well-aerated head is produced here, with a thick layer of sediment left on the bottom. The head is a light-cornmeal color while the body is a deep copper-tangerine-peach, with gold-leaf highlights and some darker auburns. Medium-high to high clarity from leaving the sediment behind. Unlike some other JPs, however, the head is not as long-lasted, fading rather steadily to barely cover the liquid, with some blotchy lacing left behind.
Brett strikes forth in the nose, fruity and phenolic, with a light dose of nuttiness (wood tannins), some specks of cinnamon and brown sugar and then a fade-to-lacto, with a hard, sour, yogurt-like note. Quite strong in the nose, and the brett seems in peak/near-peak form, giving off hints of pear skins, limes, lemons and such. The malt is a little bit more difficult to discern, obviously being nearly all-attenuated, but certainly a softness of caramel residue, light vanilla cream notes and honey. Not overly spicy in the nose, nor would I ever pick out the chestnut, but there is an added zestiness. Wood character is very subdued in the nose. It all comes together very uniquely, nothing being too dominant, though aside from the wild yeasts, I think, perhaps, itís a bit too reserved? No alcohol is apparent in the aroma.
The first sip is, again, unique for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. A fuzzy, aerated, rather large-bubbled carbonation immediately loosens things, providing more vacuousness than usual for these beers. Brett mixes with dry, tannic oak and is quickly supported by soft fruits (cherries, apricots, pears, peaches, nectarines) and further pale sugars. Lactobacillus influence is very light in this one, without nearly as much hard edge to the finish as many. Probably that this is still relatively young contributes to that factor. Whatever the reason, itís quite drinkable, with the usual heavy brett and wood dryness offset by the light, but noticeable residual sugars. Some mildly herbal, somewhat leafy hops are noted, and the spices are extremely light. The mouthfeel had some problems, going from heavily carbonated (though not aggressively so) to quite undercarbonated, without much transition between the two. Still, with the low abv, and medium colored malts and a decided softness not found in many JP beers, I found it extraordinarily drinkable, much moreso than the bottle I had fresh (which was too sweet). Probably wouldnt want to let this one sit too much longer, unless you enjoy tons of lacto character.
Rerate on 2/3/07
Still as good as I remember, no problems in the aging thus far.