jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow, sensory overload! chocolate, citrus, malt, spice, smoke, herbs - the aroma has everything. smooth and medium-dry, medium-bodied and the tongue gets barraged with flavors. bitter chocolate, paprika, non-sweet cinnamon; a true melange. is it possible to have too many flavors in one beer?
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium head. Aroma is a light spiciness, but has a unique flowery note. Taste is orange smokiness, which lingers. Very interesting. A very unique tasting beer. Kudos to Jolly Pumpkin for trying something different.
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown color. Some aroma of malt. Malty taste, quite sweet in the front, a lot of caramel, balancing bitterness later. Not impressive.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled April, 2006
Pours with a frothy, amber tan colored head that starts out about two and a half finger-widths in thickness. It slowly dissipates leaving a light frothy lacing on the side of my tulip glass. The beer is an opaque, dark brown color that shows a murky, reddish amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity as I pour this beer into my glass; notes of sweet plums, raisins, some definite fig notes, and a distinct fruity note that reminds me of something like quince paste. Interestingly enough when I go in for a deep draught of the aroma these fruit aromatics are much muted. Instead I get tart notes of tamarind, some funky Brettanomyces notes, as well as a light acidity. The sharp Brett character seems to be the dominant note in the nose, but underneath it all is an austere, dry, toasty malt character.
The beer is lightly sweet up front and has a creamy mouthfeel to it that just coats the palate. There is some sharp, almost astringent character here that helps to balance the sweetness; it is a mix of sharp, funky Brettanomyces character, and what I would guess is some woody oak notes. The sweetness is complimented by a light, tart sour note that seems to also accentuate the fruit character. The fruit notes remind me of a sweet yet tart plum, some definite rich raisin notes, and a definite, though only a hint of, tamarind. There is quit a bit of malt character in this beer as well, notes of chocolate, caramel, toasted grain, and perhaps a hint of espresso character make for another interesting dimensionality. Somewhere around the middle of a taste of this beer ones starts to pick up a citrus note of sweet orange. There is also a bit more spice character to this beer; lots of spicy yeast notes and perhaps some actual spices as well add up to a not overwhelming character, but one which as a whole is quite apparent, yet well integrates.
This is quite the tasty tipple, it is a bit rich and satisfying, with lots of malt character to round things out. The balance that this beer has is what really sets this beer apart; all of the flavors just integrate so well, with none dominating over the other. The mix of funky Brett character, light tartness, sweet malt, fruit notes, and integrated spicing just works so well here.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - APR 10, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml brown champagne style bottle.
No freshness date seen. Poured out a rusty brown color, with a decent mocha colored head. Sour aromas right off the bat. Along with burnt sugars, rum soaked fruit, and an Earthy damp basement smell as well. Flavors are of too much Brett, oak barrels, tobacco, and a slight smokiness to it. Medium mouthfeel. Very carbonated, almost too much so.
Finished bitter, bubbly, and bodacious.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby body, thin tan champagne head. The nose is that of a flanders red. Cherries, oak, acidity, grapes/pears, cocoa, grape runts. Dryer than expected. Very tart red grapes, oak, bretty funk, lemon rind. Bretty bitter finish. I want more beers from this brewery! Some chocolate in the finish. Oh yeah, it also has a "smooth label" according to IPFreely :)
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml bottle courtesy of SoLan. Pours to a murky, caramel color, with a short, off white head that fades, and good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is spicy and zesty, with aromas of cinnamon, cocoa powder, orange peel, and oaky/vinous aroma. The palate is also zesty and spicy, with flavors of citrus, spice, and oaky sourness that zing on the palate. This beer finishes with more good citrus and spice character, then ends with some subtle malt sweetness and subtle cocoa flavor, followed by a refreshing, lingering sourness. Another excellent, artisan ale, from Jolly Pumpkin. This is a fantastic beer to match with hearty fare. It would make great beer to match with desert, and is a natural with chocolate. Savor this one before, after, or with a meal.
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a five+ finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep red/amber color, ton of yeast in bottom of bottle. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Alcohol and sour apple nose. Starts and finishes with a sour apple flavor, malts in the background. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, not your usual American brown. $8.20 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with foamy tan head. Aroma is candy sugar malts and alcohol. Taste has a nice fruitiness with toasted malts, brown sugar, and molasses. Very nice. Jolly Pumpin is turning out to be a very solid brewery.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy dark brown with a thick light tan head that fades. Aroma is of oxidized apples, light brown sugar, cherries, cinnamon, and bark. Flavor is of apples, brown malts, earth, and alcohol that does not burn but blends and carries the flavors. Medium body with a effervecent palate that leaves the tounge with a tingle. Finish is interesting as the carbonation (or maybe it is the drying effect of the cacao) washes much of the flavor away leaving a lingering mix of the primary flavors and soda water.