Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow- at first I didnt like this one becuase I had ti too cold but then as it warmed it became very enjoyable. Pours a deep dark hazy amber but looks almost brown because I had it in a wide glass. Aroma is slightly fruity, malty, caramel, woody, vanilla and some spice. Flavor is real malty borderline cloying when cold but mellows out and smooths over as it warms. Lots of oak and vanilla come through as well as it warms. Nice lingering slightly sweet creamy finish and mouthfeel.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
05.22.05 750 from jimmack04 at Jimmack Invitational. Ruby/orange body with quick fade tan head. Notes of yeast and fruits and...? The significant flavor is lasting oak-wood, with a dry finish.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
foamy tan head that goes quickly. color is rusty amber, nose is buttery bourbon. flavor is slightly dry, a little woody, a little bourbon. dryish clean finish. man I sure missed the fruityness, and this was my first beer of a big session. anyway, thanks JimMack04, I really liked this one!
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. bottle. Dark amber color with a big off white head. Nice aroma of sweet dark fruits, caramel and mild bourbon. Flavor didnít live up to the aroma. Strange combination of bourbon,
pineapple and caramel. Hops come on at the end to give it a decent, dry finish.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
05.22.05 750 from jimmack04 at Jimmack Invitational. Clouded reddish pour with mucho foamy head. Tootie-fruity aromas with plum and pear. A little mineral and woody which I didnít get, but didnít realize that this was supposed to be a biere de garde. Dry and spicy finish. Hints at Diacetyl, but moreso just fruitcake-ish like many others in the style. Not my favorite of the JP brews, but still solid.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from jimmack04 at his gathering, cloudy amber color with a foamy white head. aroma of flowers and fruits. i thought the flavor was a little unbalanced, with a spicy, caramel and vanilla backbone that was slightly overwhelmed by by bitter hops. the tail had the same balance problem, which really detracted from my enjoyment of this brew.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep hazy brownish red, frothy off white head. Tremendous nose on this with notes of caramelized pineapple, vanilla, wood, coconut, brown sugar, spiced plum and raisin, and softer tones of florals and bourbon. Flavor practically matched with tropical fruit, wood, and caramel initially, but zesty hops kick in late to keep this extremely well balanced. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying, oaky, caramel coated tropical fruit finish. I knew this was going to be good, but had no idea it would be unbelievable! Highly recommended...
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the great Jimmack invitational gathering, bottle by Jimmack. Orange cloudy, white head. Woody fruity aroma, with slight alcohol and bourbon. Flavor is malty and fruity with borbon again. Some woody notes. Dry finish. Decent brew.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Had at the tasting at Jmmack. Thanks. Deep amber in color with a nice tan head. Complex tasting. Malty and fruity aroma. Raisins, plums. Malty fruity flavor. Hoppy. Well balanced beer. Caramel notes. Citrusy. Vanilla notes. Full bodied. Smooth tasting. Enjoyable beer. Drinkable. Nice.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle...This beer rocks!... Murky caramel in color with a mid-sized, frothy, khaki head. Wonderfully complex, floral aroma with notes of coconut (vanilla & wood), brown sugar, lime, tropical fruit and light perfume. The well-balanced flavor is full of caramel, tropical and citrus fruits and just a rumor of bourbon. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, mildly bitter, dry, finish. Grassy. World class brew!