StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2005 Hazy, rustic copper in color with a thin, shadow-cast tan head. The most beautiful lacing I’ve ever seen, and a beauty in the trappist glass. Aroma is absolutely delicious: cinnamon, nutmeg and dry milk chocolate lead the charge, gradually enveloping accents of cloves, chocolate covered bananas, curacau and pepper. Simply resilient. Rich, smooth oak flavor is in full artesian display. "Spicy" doesn’t even scratch the surface. Invigorating cinnamon and curacau ignite a substantive - yet delicate - chocolate complex. Orange peels seem to interject a brief citric sense and then we smooth over everything and revisit the oak. Other flavors bring in the likeness of sweet caramel and toffee. Finishes with bitter-sweet chocolate and mild, earthy tobacco.
Lively, comprehensive and slick on the palate. The hard water and artistic interpretation in this single bottle has achieved the most delicate and impressive working balance of the farmhouse brewing tradition to date. I could write for miles...
<h6>(Note: this rating was bumped up from a 4.9 to a 5.0 by giving the palate all 5 points – like the brewery’s other ales, the high effervescence, which I at first considered out of balance, is now seen by me as a key contributing element to the many complexities of this beer. Again, I don’t think a beer can get any better than this, and if it’s one of my favorites, I feel that the rating should reflect that.)</h6>
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2010 Red amber with good, foamy tan head / Typical JP nose of tart orchard fruit, caramel, and brett / Light body with some chewiness, moderately tart and acidic, with excellent, dry long finish / Complex , balanced flavors of green apple, cherries, lemon, cocoa, caramel, oak, cinnamon, chrysanthemum, and barnyard funk / Another great offering from the gods of funky sour ales.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is kind of a mix between an oud bruin and a Belgian dark. Nice vinous, chocolate and plum notes combine with funk, vinegar and acid. Really well balanced with a smooth palate and a long, dry, funky, fruity, spicy aftertaste. Amazingly complex yet beautifully balanced. Fucking masterpiece.
BrewtopiaofPJ (37) - Miller Place, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chocolate, orange and cinnamon pours med hazy brown. Always pleased by Jolly Pumpkin brewery. Flavor is mildly sour and acidic, balanced with a little both sweet and bitter tastes. Highly recommend.
drfabulous (3559) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wondrful. Rich and full. Nice creamy taste. Another excellent brew from Jolly Pumpkin. If you see it, buy it.
TheBeerLover (1024) - 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.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I could tell as soon as I popped the cap that I was in for something special. There is a wonderful nose on this beer. Plenty of spice, tartness and funk. The taste is incredible. The taste has a nice dose of cacao. The mouthfeel is full and creamy and just the perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is a real treat.
Slayer85 (1038) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. A hazy medium amber/brown beer with a huge, creamy, lacing, fully lasting light brown head. The aroma is moderately malty, moderately yeasty, lightly hoppy. There are notes of toasted grains, barnyard, cinnamon, cherries, oranges and wood, Perhaps a hint of chocolate. The flavour is moderately sweet, moderately sour, lightly bitter. Very complex and at the same time refreshing. More wood than in the nose and so the chocolate.. Medium body, lively carbonation, dry and long finish with medium bitterness. This beer’s got all the characteristics, that make a beer enjoyable. A true masterpiece, no doubt and really underrated, like many other JP beers.
BOSSbrewer (1237) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour. Clean. Orange peel. Super dry. Nice to sip but couldn't drink too much.
UnsofistaCat (230) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 I drank this a couple weeks ago, so my write up will be very vague. Liked this brown belgain a lot. Slightly tart, with a spicy cinamon zip. Great mouth feel that gets creamier as it warms. Rerate: Great nose of old oak, wine and brown sugar. Huge tan head on top of muddy brown looking swamp water. Oak barrel taste, little sour wine with a touch of brown sugar. This tasted a bunch like its great nose. Alcohol is completely cloaked. The palette is perfect. Creamy and rich and round sensations turn to dry and tart as it goes down the hatch. Amazing beer. I’m so lucky to have a brewery this unique only a few miles from my house. I’m horrible at describing beers. This beer deserves a good review.