BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is really nice looking. Hazy deep amber with a fairly large white head of tiny bubbles. Aroma is yeasty, with tart notes of cherry. Flavor is predominantly tart, more fruity cherry flavors, followed by the chestnut and grain flavors that save the flavor from being too sour. Some notes of oak and spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a moderately bitter, spiced finish. I didn;t really like this at first because of the unexpected tartness, but it grew on me towards the end. A decent brew, but not really my thing.
jsquire (3400) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from the bottle at Styles place. Light amber color with a fluffy white head. The nose has orange and wood and a hint of the sour twinge that makes my sour beer warning hairs stand on end. As it warms, it gets more and more funky. Lots of fruity peach, orange, and sour apple notes, with what I’ve come to associate with the "horseblanket" muskyness of some Belgians. Noticable wood in the flavor profile. Not an unapproachable beer, but still not something that the average beer palate will enjoy.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a bright amber color with a small off white head. Nose is very spicy, coriander, light sweetness, some pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Taste is once again a nice belgian like spiciness. Has some light caramel notes, more coriander and nutmeg to it.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Batch 1. Pours amber with big, creamy, white head. Mostly lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is apricots and oranges with lots of cobwebs and funk. The flavor is caramel, citrus, wood, hay, funk and spice. The finish is dry, tart, and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Great stuff.
jtw (1086) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 750 mL bottle. somewhat tart aroma floats above a sponge-cake-like head, and some fruit and spice shine through as well. no chestnut in the aroma, but there is definitely a nutty/woody flavor hidden behind the cinnamon and clove and yeast flavors which dominate. only 6.1%? it’s nice and sticky and warming - easily my favorite jolly pumpkin beer so far. cheers to this new brewery!
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Aroma of orange, raspberry, lots of spice (cinnmaon and maybe clove) and hints of oak. Pours a mostly transparent reddish-orange with a slight haze. One inch off-white head lasts a minute or so. Flavor starts off with lots of orange peel and some flowery flavors. Finishes with a moderate sour/tart lambic like flavors. Spice (clove and no cinnamon) is not as prominent in the flavor as it is in the aroma but sneaks into the finish as well as some light woodiness. Lightly acidic. Soft carbonation.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Bottle: Dark caramel, thick and cloudy, small bits float about, huge tan colored head, foamy and frothy, nice lacing. Soft oaken aroma, lightly spiced, almost seems like lavender, slightly musty, a bit barnish. Mild tartness on the tongue, nearing the sour side, musty, with the lavender like spices rounding out the backside. Body and mouthfeel are full to moderate. Light finish, clean, smooth, nice tartness, remains oaken, musty, and lightly spiced. Great stuff, only wished it was a touch more aggressive on the tongue. Major props to Michael for the bottle!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Silphium for sharing this: Pours a hazy golden color, small white head. Aroma of huge frunk and hay. Beautiful fruit and nuts add to the complex and powerful aroma. Flavor is lots of nuttyness similar to a nut brown, but has a signature jolly pumpkin "funk" thrown in. Bubbly with a slightly sweet finish. Very good.
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the Tosa YeHA 2005, provided by Brad, many thanks!
Displayed a coppery hue with a lasting head and very good lacing. The nose has a yeasty and wheaty character with a noticeable cherry and apricot twang and some of those chestnut aromas are there as well. The flavor starts tart, funky, and fruity with a nice grain background. It developed a woody and earthy undertone before a light spice (Grains of Paradise, clove ?) and bitter finish. The feel is crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. Yet another so yummy brew by Ron, gotta get more!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Sampled December 2005, with a follow-up session with tpkenned (where we had a whole bottle to ourselves) in January 2006.
Mostly translucent with a mild orange-copper color. Some miniscule bubbles form a bigger-picture, thick wrung around the sides of the tulip to serve as the head. Aroma, as always, is so f’in good. Sage, freesia, lemon husks and hints of hazelnuts sitting in chardonnay. Curacao and orange peel add extra dimension as a sweet, souring current courses through the nose and bridges its way into the mouth. Turning green grape skin graced with cinnamon imbeds a souring, near-tannic personality that livens with admirable effervescence. Articulated dance of caramel dipped Granny Smith apples help to embody the perfectly balanced sweet & sour relationship that provides an over-arching theme throughout the entire experience. Slight husk array with coriander scratch and a subtle, sullen hop regime to bring it back to its flawless artesian roots. Additional accents of pinot and sauvignon grapes and a dusty hazelnut crust are most prevalent in the finish, joined soon thereafter by orange rind scrapings (neglected for weeks) and subtle, subconscious turning pistachios. Such a flawless execution of all the appropriate souring dimensions along with seductive sweetening that consistently balances the brett-like nature from going overboard. Sheer delight. Another daunting, world class creation. Few things can render me breathless and speechless. The majority of such feats stem from Dexter, Michigan.