Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber shade of copper, a good, thick head that danced on top of the glass.
Wax candles, cocoa, that soap flavored bubble gum they used to sell when I was a kid (it wasn’t really soap flavored, but we just called it that for some reason), jojoba, and creme de banane. You could almost say it smelled like a Mai Tai! Just a bunch of aromas I seldom detect in Beer, good job indeed!
The first Jolly pumkin ale I sampled didn’t do it for me taste-wise, too boozy, this one was a lot better. It did have plenty of alcohol that started to get a little harsh towards the end, but the vanilla flavors, along with the roasted grain and candy sugar gave it a velvetty, almost buttery taste. The dry, wood-aged hard liquor finish reminded me of Marc de Bourgogne, the french equivalent of scotch (grapes used instead of barley).
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared with Da Montreal Crew at Fantômes and More! tasting. Dark brown with a decent head that dissipates to a wisp...sweet cocoa, light berries, licorice, lots of caramel malt and just the faintest kiss of cinnamon in the typically lovely JP aroma...body is surprisingly alcoholic, a bit drier than most dubbels, lightly sweet, bit enhanced with cherry, unfortunately rather thin. The aroma really develops into a wondrous spice-shop, but alas the rest doesn’t deliver; still worth trying but probably my least favorite JP to date.
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 The Lure:
Prosperous brown sugar and cocoa shavings link the yeast with the spices, namely cinnamon. Roasted malt dryness balances things out, as alcohol shows up shyly to warm the place up slightly.
A suave mouthfeel is betrayed by the immature alcohol. Nutty sweetness envelops the spicy fruitiness, and the wooden dryness of the barrel-aging clings to the alcohol. This isn’t as spicy as was announced, but is maybe too young for now. Another valiant Jolly Pumpkin creation though, worthy of praise.
The otherworldly wonder of black sand beaches.
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour, topped by an off-white cover offering slight lacing. Intense spicy scents punctuate the candyish and cocoa induced, yeast cake. Interesting toasted malts come out in full sweet mode, combining with the yeast to offer banana esters and marzipan plus peachy flavours. Considerable alcohol shows through in mouth, in a rather vinous way. More toasted oak and chocolate character appear well distributed, but the pairing with the alcohol is a bit heavy at this point. Barky, rooty, could use a few months to mellow. Light-medium bodied, extremely soft and smooth, comfortable texture, typical of JP, though obviously thinned by the barrel sojourn. Highly diplomatic barrelling flavour disposition, acting as a soft, pillowy complement, perhaps adding a vanilla touch.
TomDecapolis (4590) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a slightly hazy rusty amber with a small tan head but not much lacing. Aroma is oak, red wine, spice, vanilla and various fruits. Slight alcohol and cherry also. A lot going on in the aroma. Flavor is dark fruits, wine like characteristics, slightly watery. Really enjoyed trying this one out.
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!). Poured a darker and cloudy brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Some small floaters. Aromas of wood/oak, dark fruits, spices, light vanilla. Tastes vanilla, dark fruits, and spices. Some lacing left on the glass. Lightly sweet with a lively body. Very good - Mahalo for making this one!
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Poured a burgundy color with a light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla oak, dried fruits, cherries, and spices. Taste of more dried fruits, vanilla, clove, and yeast, with very light alcohol in the finish.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much thanks to hopdog for this! I’ve been waiting a long time to try this.
Appears a dark amber/brown with an off white head. Streaky lacing is left behind
Smell is of figs, raisins, and a yeasty cakiness that is classic of the Belgian Dubbels.
Taste is of the aromas with a nice sweetness that lingers along the tongue with a mild sweetness. Overall, this is very nice. Just what I expected.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet and with sourdough and biscuits. Just the right amount of sweetness that is really kick ass.
Drinkability...f’in great. I love this beer. Again, this is one of my favorite breweries out there. All hail Michigan!
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Is there a JP ale that isn’t wonderful? If you can get past the description on the back of the label without either laughing or drooling, this is a very unique, awesome beer. I was tasting the cacao (I love saying that) for several minutes afterward.
shadey (1960) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown color with a nice lasting white head. Spice and alcohol in the nose. Flavor is initially fruity but quickly moves to a yeasty alcohol.