ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The Map Room. Poured a dark murky amber with a thin rocky head. Aromas of sour cherries and other light fruits. The taste picks up oak and some slight sourness which I found enjoyable. There is a good amount of alcohol in the finish which is not offensive but seemed a little out of place. Very nice all around.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A large, champagne-like off-white head tops a hazy amber body. The moderately sweet aroma holds notes of yeast, caramel, coconut, flowers, spices, and a wisp of wood. Gentle carbonation and a medium body. The flavor is a nice blending of elements with some sweet and tart mingling together.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good amber- red colour, nice caramel, toffee, and praline characters. Hints of prunes apricots and honeydew round out a nice tart and sour finish. I would like to see more Brett and Lactic sourness.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at the 3rd Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-aged Beers held at Goose Island (Wrigleyville branch), Chicago, IL. Served from brown bottles. Farmhouse amber Biere de Garde aged in French oak. Hazy reddish amber having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Pronounced aroma of maple syrup. Medium bodied that starts with slight sweet sharpness and maple syrup flavor, almost like a barley wine ale but a bit drier. Finishes on a dry side with slight bitterness. A very good drinkable beer.
Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Compliments of Degarth
Got spice, some citrus and caramel aromas from this beer. Murky caramel aroma with good tan head. Head disipated and formed a c over over the body of beer till finish. Flavor had a big spice punch first couple of gulps. After that a relatively smooth mixure of caramel flavor and spiciness. Last gulp found the yeast setiment on bottom of glass and that was alcohol warming touch. Good beer.
jsquire (4097) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Creamy beige head on top of a dark amber beer. Subtle purfumy nose with hints of wood. Buttery oak flavors dominate this subtle beer. Caramel sweetness with an almost citrus tange to it. Lively on the tongue. Really enjoyable drink.
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: This is a good looking beer. It pours a burnt ruby with a bubbly tan head. The aroma is slightly sweet. The flavor starts out a bit sticky and fruity, but finishes dry. I taste a hint of cabernet or merlot here. Hmmmm. I really enjoyed this beer.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite of the jolly pumpkins I have tried thus far. Pour is nice darkish red color with mild white head. Aroma full of crisp fruit, slightly acidic and earthy but overall quite attractive. Flavor brings a slight caramel bite to it to balance out the mild sourness, but overall goodness.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent pour with a big,khaki,head sitting atop a glowing,oarnge,body. Oak,candied fruits,sweet malts,doughy yeast,and alcohol in the aroma. Just a bit too much carbonation for me. A little too fizzy to grasp some of the subtle flavors.A bit too much alcohol in the flavor too. I love where the flavor is headed though. Lots of fruit,wood,malt. Finish is dry,lightly yeasty.
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Beautiful looking off white head that forms into a varied creamy landscape. Brownish red in color. Smell of apples, red wine. My nose is stuffed up, so anything else would be a guess. I will give it the benefit of the doubt. This is a true wine drinkers beer. Very sour, like one of those Flemish Sour Ales, except it’s drinkable. Probable be great with a steak. But, unfortunately too sour for me. Others have reported a cranberry taste, and I have to agree. The carbonation and mouth feel is close to perfect, however. Just way to sour for me! I really respect what this brewery is trying to do. This one just doesn’t work for me. Rerate: Well, two years later and I’ve acquired quite the taste for this stuff. Sour is not really a word that should be used with this ale. It evokes too much of a bland description. It would be like describing a great wine with dinner as simply “sour”. Its tart but mellows as I drink. Creaky, woody, musty. Delicious.