Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 26, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Loud Cloudy brown with a big head that settled too quickly.Aroma is cinnamon and malt. Taste is raw, dry and sweet with some plums. I’m a big fan of JP but I think this baby needs a lot more time.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Bottle (batch 349).
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting.
Body is hazy medium brown, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/grain, roasted nuts), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of clove, autumn leaves, old wood, dried mango.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
I’m liking this quite a bit better than I did four years ago (almost to the day)...Ron is a master when it comes to subtlety and rustic charm. I could seriously drink this all day.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown color with a tall stable light tan head. Caramel, nuts and mild yeast nose, with some sharp bleu cheese aromas mixed in for diversity. One sip reveals that his is not the run of the mill, next door neighbor kind of dubbel. Spices meet the tongue and say hello, with allspice, anise and cinnamon. Mild cocoa comes mid quaff, along with mild citrus and pale malt. Warm and spicy on the palate. Not even through with a the first quarter of the bottle and the senses are already being forced into overdrive. Somewhat amateur in its presence, but the many levels it reaches in the flavors near expert plateaus. Something about the unrefined meeting the complex that holds this brew together. If this had a touch more body... The linger is long and lasting with fairly simple malts, but ones that usually do not make the journey this far. Somehow I think a brew like this would thrive with time and patience. Unfortunately I only have one bottle (thanks Schroppfy) and I usually do not have the patience. The last half will be enjoyed along with a good book.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown with a slightly red tint and thin light tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, apples, cinnamon, and yeast. Flavor is malty sweet with some cinnamon. Medium bodied and fizzy on the tongue.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby brown color with a thin tan head. Nice bready malty biscuity and dark caramel aroma. Starts bittersweet, thining toward a lightly roasted, semi-tart bready finish with some hints of cheese. Nice yeasty presence throughout, but could use some more balance and body. Thanks goldtwins for sharing.
skaughty (642) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a big surprise as I heard about it, saw it, laughed about it, tasted it and loved it all in a few minutes. Aroma is rich and complex, with tobacco, anise, caramel, nutmeg. The flavor picks up with fruit (orange, plum, apple) and carries the cinnamon and spice. In here is a perfect level of sweetness and boldness. This is funky a beer that Dogfish Head would aspire to produce.
BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle and enjoyed in the NB snifter: Deep brown with amber highlights and a fading but never disappearing head, good lace. The aroma has notes of orange zest, cacao, caradmom seed, roasted and caramalized malting, very aromatic hops, a hint of fresh oak, barley pipe tobacco and dusty esters. The taste shines which a great balance of sugars and bitters with a fine dose of oaky nature added in for good measure. Damn, I just can’t put this down long enough to type! The feel is a bit to fizzy but then again, perhaps to add to the enjoyment and make this beer WAY TOO EASY TO DRINK! It’s like a bit of Belgium in my backyard. What ever Ron is doing a few hours away, PLEASE keep it up. Now I am so looking forward to the Biere de Mars coming soon. A must try for anyone who likes Abbey Dubbel as I do.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to BBB63 for this. This is my 4th and final JP beer style, and they have all gotten at least 4.3 ratings from me. Jolly Pumpkin is an early contender for 2005 new microbrewer of the year! JP calls this one a brown ale, but abbey double fits its malt and taste profile better. Pours turbid dark brown/ruby with big, creamy, off-white head. Aroma and taste of dark fruit, big spices, cacao, orange zest, band-aid. There is some Brett in the taste, as with all JP beers, and a solid accumulation of yeast residue at the bottom of my glass. I’ve never tasted a beer with this aroma and taste profile. Unique, ballsy, natural, and simply breathtaking. Someone, send me another at once!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark murky brown, with a small off white head sitting on top. Aroma is sweet and malty. Flavor is also very sweet, and malty, with cinnamon, a little chocolate, other spices, and a little bitter orange. Palate goes down smooooth. VERY easy to drink, very nice brew. Thanks to BBB63 for this one!
TheBeerGod (4997) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to wohlfs for this! Muddied brown body with a medium tan frothy head. Aroma is light spices, malts, hints of caramel, yeast and light flowery notes. Taste is much the same - caramel, light spices, yeast and flowers with some lighter wood notes and cocoa. Body has some full on carbonation and light creaminess. Goes down easy, despite the carbonation. Finish is light citrus, caramel, cocoa, spices, yeast and more floral notes. Good stuff!