HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. Bottle. Pours a cloudy red with thin head and some lacing. Big malt and vanilla nose with notes of wood. The flavor has complex plum/raisin, vanilla, and wood tannin notes. Hot finish. Very tasty beer! Thanks Dan & Joelle!
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like Town Hall Czar Jack. Bourbon, caramel, molases. Wonderful, murky, reddish, orange with yellow on sides when held up to light. Small, off-white head. Mostly lasting. Beautiful lace. Jolly Pumpkin knows how to make an aesthetically pleasing brew. Strong alcohol profile. Rum soaked plums. Warming, although it was almost 80 degrees outside where I was sampling it. Excellent. If this "Biere De Garde" was made in France, it would be in the top 10 of all French beers.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle) Huge beige head atop a hazy copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, yeast, spice, herbal, caramel, some sourness, wood. Taste is medium sweet, herbal, caramel, berry, plum, some spicy yeast. Finishes a lovely wood that complements the flavors very well. Medium body with some acidity, lightly carbonated in a manner that works quite well with the flavors. A wonderfully flavorful beer!
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from a liquor store in the Hyde Park area of Tampa. Pours a deep, thick reddish-brown with a large tannish head...sour, vinous, heavily yeasty, woody, malty aroma...smooth and full mouthfeel. You can really sense the BA aspects of this ale when you taste it. Delicious...for a moment it reminded me of Weybacher’s Insanity....just for a moment. Nice oaky malt flavor that ends up with a nice spicy hop bitterness....darn good. I will be buying more of this one.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a wonderful brew,I shared this with some neos and they all went bonkers,same group that loved the Oro De Calabaza. Lots of toffee and seemingly more than 7.2% ABV.Almost
had the taste of a Belgian Yeast strain.crazy dark fruits and some aromatic spices.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - 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 didn’t 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 (2645) - 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 didn’t get, but didn’t 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.