skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 This beer sits pefectly between a light/tart white beer and a belgian strong ale. The pour is amber, with an aroma of nutmeg, orange and fresh leaves. Drinking this beer asks for the tongue to have a dance of spice and dark fruit on a layer of terra firma. This is a lively one.
A second tasting embellishes my first response with a bump in the flavor rating.
fiulijn (18594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber color. Peculiar aroma, caramel, cookies; again caramel, malt and cookie taste. Quite good.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer had a wonderful fruity aroma, almost lambic like. The color was an unusual orange, with not too much head. The flavor was rick with notes of oranges. It went down quite smoothly. A very nice beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear deep amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma has a light tartness to it. Caramel malt with notes of wood and vanilla. The flavor starts with a malty caramel and light tartness before it goes to a dry bitterness at the very end. Mouthfeel is smooth at first but the you get a fizzy carbonation on the tongue.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer resembles apple cider with an off-white lasting head. The palate is dry and acidic with an airy carbonation that is appropriate for the style. Spice, oak, apple, and pear, are just a sample of the many complex flavors that come to mind. Overall, this is an excellent ale that resembles brut champagne in many ways. Jolly Pumpkin does it again!
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle, which has been emptied many times before but for some reason never rated. slightly lactic and sour aroma, but behind the tartness is some malt and yeast. nicely sticky on the glass, with a solid ’amber ale’ backbone and just enough funkiness to keep your nose in the glass to re-smell it over and over. medium body, average sticky finish - perhaps better than the grande reserve.
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large tan head, fair retention with an attractive lace that droops down the sides of my glass, hanging on lovingly. Amber in color, haze is thick. Nose is largely spicey, lightly caramelly, some dried fruits and other stuffs ,with a certain pungency that climbs deep into your nostrils and you find yourself just constantly huffing this brew. Body is medium, carbonation is gentle, delicate and different somehow. Lovely spicey flavors, a touch of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and fruit. Wood notes were bold but worked very well. The wood being a large player in this brews profile is a necessity, good lumber! Indeed. Lightly fruity finish, spicey, bready and intense. WOW.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours murkey caramel brown, with a nice tan diminishing head. Malty aroma with apple, pear, and salt. Flavors battle each other, but I pick up spices, caramel, faint oak, and citrus. The finish is a bit too acidic with hints of rubbing alcohol and pepper. Still a decent beer, but I would like to try this one fresh from the brewery, as I suspect that this has lost some sweetness.
guzzler67 (1651) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky, mahogany color wih a larger than average, off white head that left fair lacing. Woodsy aroma, malty, some spice. Medium bodied mouthfeel with an abundance of carbonation. Tart, grainy, earthy, musty taste along with some sour fruit. Dry, earthy finish. This one kept growing on me.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a thick, dull brick red with a loose amber head. Plummy aroma with some apple and pear esters and a hint of autolyzed yeast. Strange flavors of multivitamin and rose petals. Has spicy, earthy, maraschino cherry flavors in the background. Kind of muddled flavors overall though fun to try and tease out. I would like to try this one without the oak ageing.