egajdzis (5435) - Spring Mount, 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 (1929) - 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.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from the bottle. poured a nicce copper brwon, with a light tan head. aroma cinnamon, raisins, orange, malts, fruity,. flavor, what a nice blend of flavors, I tgought this was a nicely balanced beer, I think this is my favorite Jolly Pumpkin so far, got malt raisins, some hops, orange peel,dark fruits.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew pours an opaque brown with a tightly bubbled, large tan head.
Nice up front slightly sweet flavor with notes of cinnamon. Finishes very cleanly. Very nice dubbel.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Color is a muddy brown with a small head. Very enjoyable beer. Aroma of figs or raisins, chocolate, and a touch of spice(mostly cinnamon). As stated in the irishsnake’s review, this was a little thinner and not nearly a sticky as many dubbels tend to be. Moderately sweet finish.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
beer decants a quite murky, red-tinted brown, with a fizzy tan head that comes up quickly, but collapses just as fast. not a ton of lace. very nice nose, with a definate choclate aroma wrapping itself around some nice dark fruits. a somewhat earthy overall effect. beer’s flavor opens with an almost winey fruitiness, with a hint of the cinnamon, and moves on to a dry and chocolatey finish. pretty fizzy. nice beer over-all - not as sticky as the usual dubbel, and without the heavy phenols a lot of US dubbels have. still, kind of an oddity - the cocoa driness gives this a nice balance, but is perhaps a bit weird w/the fruitier elements.
MrDick (350) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Subdued flavors of chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg (probably the orange peel) and caramel. Medium body and nicely balanced. Thanks to Jerm for acquiring this beer for us to enjoy.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
’05 GTMW sample. Clear amber body, thick tan head. Stemmy, spicey aroma of leaf, cinnamon, and malt. Similarly spicy flavor. Sharp graininess alogn with sour woodiness all tempered by chocolatei in the finish. Tasty, unique stuff.