Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chestnut brown with a light tab head. The aroma is a yeasty fruitiness with some light toffee in the background and a faint whiff of cinnamon. The flavor is more complex, adding an additional peppery spiciness along with zest of orange and a touch of alcohol. The toffee sweetness joins the alcohol in the finish. Okay.
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ahole (38) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I pretty much donít even remember tasting this one...I had a couple of sips and sniffs just to see what it was like. I thought it was a very plain tasting dubbel...It distinctly reminded me of something...I said it out loud, but I canít remember...I will update when it comes to me, or when one of the guys that was there helps me out.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very hazy brown...thin brownish head. Light roasty malt nose, some funk, nutty, some alcohol. Flavor is woody, more alcohol, herbal edge, a little spicey. Carbonation gets your attention...light bitternes in the end. I love JP beers.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 Rating #300. One year old bottle of the first batch. Pours brown with a red tint and a medium, rocky head that quickly fades. The aroma is vinous, balsamic vinegar, cherries, a hint of cinnamon and caramel. The flavor is refreshingly sour, subtle touches of oak, cobwebs and cinnamon compliment the sour cherries, oranges and lemons. Luscious, rich chocolate comes at the end along with some pithy bitterness from the orange peels. Mouthfeel is thin and light. A spiced Oud Bruin?
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium brown pour with small off-white head that fades quickly. Some interesting smells...dried fruits and alcohol...and a yeasty fruitiness. Flavors seem somewhat thin and dry, surprisingly. Iíd have thought there would be more overt dubbel sweetness. Some toffee, raisins,spices, dates, chocolate, cinnamon, and citrus. palate seems thin, dry...almost brittle. Not impressed by this one.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very deep dark brown with auburn highlights. Thick off white ehad and kickass lacing. Aroma is complex, initially some barnyard mustiness, light brettt, then turns to some phenolic spiciness, and very light with the cinnamon. Flavor is lightly fruity from the yeast, caramel malts, spicy, more wierd brett characteristics- slightly salty and phenolic, and some light cinnamon, light chocolate, and light orange peel. I like how the spices are very subtle in this beer, I hate when spices get out of control in some beers. Finishes lightly acidic and mineral-like. Very nice. Im so happy that we get Jolly Pumpkin here in NJ/NY/PA now!
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jolly Pumpkin sure has its act together, which works out well for me. This exotic ale is reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries. I like this beers great balance of tartness and sweetness that makes me yearn for more. A very long finish is packed with fruit and spice.
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somewhat lacking when it comes to the traditonal sweet maltiness common to many abbey dubbels. To me this was more reminiscent of a Flemish brown with a spicy backbone. Its spicy finish is supported by a definite crisp dryness. Interesting brew.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, I gotta say, I love the JP presentation. Iíve seen American bottles from the 19th century that have the same architecture: graceful yet simple 750ml with dual oval labels. Back then corks would have been the only choice, but caps are an improvement. Pours a thick dark brown with a moderate head. Sour and spicy, big ester aroma. Dry and tart in flavor, particularly for the style. It has a complex flavor that shifts while warming. The cocoa and cinnamon slowly show itself. The orange, retronasally. A very challenging beer to interprete. The complexity makes me want to try more. Big Ups to JP.
notalush (5449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is some really interesting stuff - pours a dark amber with foamy off-white head - somewhat musty and tart aroma at first, but that makes way for cocoa, cherries, oak, cinnamon, raisins - the flavor reminds me a bit of Fantome Chocolat, but I think I like this more - orange peel, cherry, port/vinous qualities, cinnamon, nutmeg - chocolate comes in underneath all of these, and finally becomes dominant (but not overpowering) in the finish, along with just the right amount of warming alcohol - I must have more of this.