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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A rich brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4028) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2007
Bottle from OhioDad shared at the Beerinator gathering April Fools Day. Nose is very funky with brett and spices. The spices and cacao really added a nice twist on the usual brett attack of the nostrils. Flavor started off sweet with the the cacao making a brief appearence and then lends to the unique funky sourness, citrus, and yeasty flavors that many JP products tend to have. Still very nice, but overall this isnt a favorite among the brews Iíve had from them. The flavors just dont mix as well as I had hoped. Still, a very solid and quite unique offering. Thanks Scott!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3410) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
750 ml bottle

Thanks to the person who sent this in a trade. It may have been a bonus but either way I wish I could get more. Once again Jolly Pumpkin has hit the nail on the head. Even though this has been sitting for a while it tasted as if it had just been bottled. If you can buy this locally consider yourself lucky.

Aroma / Appearance - A huge gushing foam poured out of the bottle once it was opened. It did not settle for a long time but I was prepared and did not lose much to the drain. The ruby coloured body was left with a one-finger yellowish head that reminded me of old newspaper left in the sun. The scent of sour cherries, dusty books, cedar chips and peanut brittle was held together with vinous undertones. Overall this was a joy to smell.

Flavor / Palate - The first sip introduced sour tart rasperries and bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel felt as if the bottle had been rolled in dust. Peanut butter, carbonation and a medley of fruits (blueberries, plums and cherries) come next. Orange rinds and real hot chocolate (not the type made with powder but the type where the chocolate is melted into the milk) caps the experience before a woody finish. The bottle was half empty before I knew it as this was a very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cspring (15) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle - pint - Pours medium brown/red with an off white head that did not last too long. Smooth taste from start to finish with a little fruity taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3354) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2007
Pours a medium red with a beautiful glow. The aroma isnít the standard Jolly Pumpkin funk, but the spices. The tartness does come through on the flavor, but melds beautifully with the subtle spicing. I think I enjoyed this the most of the Jolly Pumpkins Iíve had mainly because it didnít taste like the rest. Sure, itís got that signature yeast profile, but the spicing and warm maltiness makes it stand out where the others blended together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1372) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 750ml bottle, poured a dark ruby with lots of thick off-white bubbles, sour citrus hovers over brown sugar and dark malt aromas, spices and faint sweet alcohol in the background, there is a wood cellar scent, dark malt and dry caramel flavors that are surrounded with a citrus sour blanket, there is some sweetness in the drink but it is neutralized and then some by the citrus sour, I had to let this ale warm up a lot before the sweetness became evident, sour fruit bite on the palate, very dry in the finish, light in the mouth, the alcohol was not that present but it had a soothing effect on my throat, I found the alcohol only noticeable in the mouth when the ale warmed up but the alcohol was hard for me to detect, I liked this drink best when it warmed up almost to room temperature, when cold or cool, the sour flavor over ran the other flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3673) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2007
25.4 oz bottle. Murky brown cider with a puffy tan head. Old leather and funky lemon preserves. Nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate caramels and bananas emerge from the initial earthiness. Delightful! Taste yields far less complexity but still plays the tart Belgian yeast and tight carb off the sweet spices and creamy body. Orange chocolate and peach pits with a crabapple finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2007
Hazy red/copper color with a medium head. Good lacing. Aroma was sour; bretty with lots of citrus and plum. Some spices in the taste; cinnamon and cocoa, plus a little oak. Not as much cocoa as youíd imagine from the commercial deScription. Heavily sour. Tangy texture. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours deep amber brown with an average size off-white head. Aroma of fruit, cinamon, and citrus. The flavor is tart fruit, cinnamon, citrus, and oak. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5200) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2007
Nice aroma of orange, spice, cinnamon, and hints of oak. Pour is red/brown with a nice off-white head. Flavor is surprisingly tart. Orange, cinnamon, spice, and fruit with hints of vanilla, oak, and cocoa. Medium mouthfeel. A very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
750ml bottle. Aroma: Alluring sourness with a nice brett presence. Spices really jump out. Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg. Orange zest melds nicely with a light cocoa aroma. Some light wood/vanilla notes. Appearance: Reddish brown in color and fairly murky. Light khaki head was full and mousse-like with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: The orange jumps out ahead this time with some juicy zestiness and a touch of kumquat. Spices and wood intertwined with cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, coconut, and light peppery notes. Cocoa comes on during the finish with the flavor of a high quality dutch processed cocoa powder. Through all of this is a nice tartness that enhances all the other flavors. Finishes dry with some of the tartness carrying over. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Another great beer from JP. Unique and so tasty. Loved it.

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