boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Very tempting looking 750ml, awesome artwork. Opaque very dark brown/near black pour. Rocky and well retained mocha colored head, thick lacing, beautiful as a Jolly Pumpkin...oh, wait. The lasting head is multi-layered, tan on top, chocolate brown on bottom. Aroma has nicely roasted chocolate malts, not overdone, nonetheless powerful and well orchestrated. Wild house yeast skyrockets the complexity up a few notches, whilst remaining controlled and complimentary. A little coffee sneaks in there towards the end of the nose. Flavor is even better! Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, chocolate malt, tart brett, spearmint, roasted malts and licorice. This absolutely blows away De Dolleís similar offering, and I really enjoy that beer. A full chocolatey, slightly sticky mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. It just seems like every addition to the flavor is in near perfect proportion. Very full bodied, spritzy carbonation and brett combination give this enough zing to make it a contemplative brew and a chugger all in the same sip. Moderately dry finish, long lasting chocolate and yeastiness. This year old example is outstanding. Jolly Pumpkin beers really do age with the best of them.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Dark black, obsidian pour with a tremendously large head of bubbly roasted tan. One quick whiff. Yep, its wild. Iíve never had an intentionally wild stout before, nor have I ever smelled this aroma after opening a stout and NOT poured it directly down the drain. Strange, bizarre, dare I say confused aromas of molasses and coffee that are dominated by a brett character consisting of granny smith apple skins and peach tannins. Medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. Highly interesting - starts out with some chocolate and light roast notes, then transitions into some lactic tones with bleu cheese. As the brett character starts to fade, some woody pinot grigio tannins come out, but are finally replaced by the more straight laced, predictable flavors of roast coffee and dark chocolate in the final smack. Incredibly unique and interesting, and much more satisfying in flavor complexity than the aroma suggests. The label definitely wins the award for best bottle artwork to date. Thanks, Dillon!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poursa deep brown hue with a frothy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, a light oaty sourness and some figs. Flavors of the same with a nice sourness to the roast.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours with a black body topped by a thick, brown head with a good amount of lacing. Itís slightly sweet yet sour (?) with a slight roastiness, as well as, a grassy hop note. Full bodied, tingly and slightly warming.
MIBRomeo (2460) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a dark black color w/ a large chocolate oatmeal looking head w/ some thick lacing. bittersweet chocolate in the aroma some dark fruits and light dry wood notes hintes of lactose and a bit of funk. Palate is pretty avg. Flavor is heavily bret infected lots of funk, then some dry lightly bitter chocolates and some dark fruits.. a bit bitter in the finish but overall pretty good.. a very unique interpritation of the style.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a chalky dark brown, with a huge rocky atn coloerd head. Aroma is oak, yeast, bitter chocolate, dried fruit. Flavor is oak, hops, roasted malt, and bitter chocolate. Palate is medium-full, medium to highly carbonated, dry finish. Unique in a good way!
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a opaque black body with a large long-lasting frothy rich brown head. Aroma of bretts, wood, cola, cocoa, florals, dark fruits, and a hint of lactose. Flavor of oak, vinous, hops, roasted malt, and semi-sweet chocolate with a carbonated mouthfeel and a dry finish. An extremely complex Belgian inspired stout; another amazing beer from Jolly Pumpkin.
FoolishMortal (983) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Opaque black with a towering rocky brown head. Chalky chocolate underneath a phenolic tart brett aroma. Vestiges of coffee bean and smooth chocolate combine with a mild tartness. Ruddy eartheness in the finish with some astringency and a faint bitterness. Mouthfeel is a meaty medium, slightly dry.
Ungstrup (27760) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pitch black beer with a thick dark brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of chocolate as well as some notes of vanilla, and light notes of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet - and rather acidic - is it bret? but also with notes of wood as well as light notes of chocolate.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle courtesy of Styles. almost black on the pour with a light brown chocolate mousse whipped head which lasted forever. so much carbonation in fact, it took damn near 10 minutes for this to be drinkable. aroma was of roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee. flavor was all over the place and depended on the temperature as to what I was able to detect. early on it seemed to be chocolate up front with a dry roast coffee on the finish. as it warmed I noticed hints of grapes, followed later by an earthy oak flavor. an interesting FES, but it has too much carbonation for my taste and this detracts and distorts the flavors.