crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy dark brown big frothy almond head. First sip is a big sour lambic like bite, followed by bitter orange peel, some sweetness like caramel and followed by slight chocolate. Most of the time it was very sour which overided the other flavors that occasionally came out. Not bad, but won’t get again.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From old notes from a summer tasting. I love their brews so I am biased towards them. When we opened this the spiced orange was like a pot of potpourri was soundly on the stove. This is the kind of brew that after each sip I was sniffing and swirling.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 Aroma is very spicy with some citrus and funky notes and a sweetish malt base beneath. Red tinted brown in color with a firm, thumb thick tan head. Fore is very spicy..almost hot with a rich and sweet..almost creamy..maltiness. Mild chocolate notes..stronger caramel notes and some citrus and winter beer like spices. Has a vinous quality that is more feel than flavor. The body has a very pleasing texture. Also has some toasty notes and some Baltic Porter raisin and plum notes. Just a ton going on flavor wise, but meanwhile the overall flavor doesn’t strike me as a flavor bomb...it’s mellow except for the finish which coats the tongue in the added cacao. It very much reminds me of a cross between Stone’s VE 03 and 05. Ron has brewed up another beer that challenges the drinker.
jtw (1125) - 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 (15436) - 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 (3810) - 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) - - 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 (2342) - 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 (1025) - 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.