punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a small dense tan head. Moderate roasted malt aroma, hint of bitter coffee, slight citrusy hop presence and a more subdued sour funk than most of JP’s other brews. Initial flavor reminds of sweet ruby red grapefruit with a mild bitter coffee and bakers chocolate coming out in the finish. Medium body with a very soft carbonation.
BigBeer45 (1395) - Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 750ml bottle, pours black with a little dark brown mixed in and gave tan bubbles, citrus, yeast and faint barn aromas, a sour aroma, roasted and dark malt aromas with some coffee and faint spice fragrances, big citrus sour on the tongue, some roasted malt and coffee flavors but they are subdued in the sour over layers, grapefruit citrus flavor that bites, dry on the palate, a bitterness in the mouth, lots of carbonation in the drink, I could not smell or taste any alcohol in this ale, as it warms up, the malt taste opens but the citrus sour follows along to keep the balance, this stout is not as heavy in the mouth as I have found with other stouts. I think this foreign stout would be thirst quenching on a hot Summer day, sure appears to be in another part of the spectrum for a foreign stout, as I sip this I keep thinking ‘Saison Stout’, the labels reads that this brew is ‘Pushed past the limits of sense and sensibilities’, it has a Belgian touch to it, this is certainly different then the other stouts I have tasted.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light chocolate and coffee aroma comes from a dark, dark brown body with a nice head. The palate is very full. Now on to the taste...This is just a screwy mess of flavors here and it doesn’t work at all. Just because it’s Jolly Pumpkin doesn’t mean it has to be good people. Extremely bitter/sour flavors show up immediately and they run all over the roasted malt and light coffee flavors in the background. If this was put in a blind tasting, I bet most people would think it was a bad bottle.
MrBunn (2655) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark, dark brown pour with a fizzy cola-like head... about two fingers high. Aromas are predominantly chocolatey, with a bit of wet earth, some wood and maybe a bit of smoke. Man, this is a little wierd. It starts with a bit of a chocolate punch, then transitions into a sour phase that is unique to Jolly Pumpkin, and then, if you wait for it, it finishes out with a bit of charcoal and chocolate aftertaste. I’m still not sure how I feel about the sour notes that JP seems to be so fond of. I can see where they’re going, I’m just not sure I want to be on the train.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a deep black color with a tan head. aroma has notes of choco, vinilla, and roasted malts. flavor is fairly malty and has the typical Jolly Pumpkin sour finish to it. I like this brewery. I have yet to have a bad beer from these guys.
igneous1 (1529) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
opaque, can’t see a thing through it. head is beige and somewhat lacey. nose is of roast, slight vanilla, lactose, and slight chocolate. Hops are not that perceptible to the nose (at least this nose). flavor is mild roast, lactose, much more bitter. kinda bummed..seems as from what I’ve read recently, this is the hottest brewery around. Good, nothing special.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a bit of roastiness with a strange sour cheese taste. With my eyes close I would never guess that this one was a stout. Very dry finish,. Interesting beer.
This one came off sort of like an experiment that turned out interesting but not super successful.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate, coffee and and a nice sour aroma.Pours black with a slight tan head.Chocolate and a strong sourness dominates the flavor.Mouthfeel is a little thin with a roasted malt/sour finish.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(sampled with irishboy and enniskillen)dark brown with a small light brown head.lots of roasted malts in the aroma.followed by some coffee.the flavor threw me for a curve for sure.sour milk was what dominated it the most.with a bit of what was in the the aroma as well.im with irishboy on this one....more like some stout gueuze hybrid.
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; nose of coffee, Chocolate, roasted coffee,oak, and vanilla; Very dark brown with a very small tan head; Flavor of horseblanket, sour chocolate,, and some coffee; Label says Belgian inspired stout; is that a new style? Gueuze Stout?