BiddleBrau (863) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Iron Abbey. Dark red/brown with tan head. Sweet/sour nose. Tartness is prominent in flavor. Early in the glass thatís all I taste. Oak comes through as does the alcohol. Bret sourness and dryness dominates Palate is thinner and carbonation low. This had some loose ends but still good.
suprchunk (1927) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colored pour. Big light tan head. Plenty of lacing. Nice typical JP aroma of bacteria and malt. Some spices. Nice tart chocolate and coffee. Some cherry and molasses. Great beer.
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Hopswagger (177) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
P: Murky dark brown mahogany with yeast swirls. Started to gush once opened and delivers a massive blubbery looking khaki head that giggles like a bowl full of jelly. Great retention with micro bubble clingers.
S: Hickory smoke, nutmeg, toasted malts and chocolate almond bark. Sweet and spicy phenolic aroma.
T/M: Holiday spices, ginseng, waxy apple peels, bitter cranberries and booze. The signature Jolly Pumpkin base with a spiced one dimensional profile. Loads of spice flood the palate and drown out the other flavors. Carbonation is a tad too aggressive and the feel is full and chunky not smooth. Finish is dry with a slight dusting of cocoa powder over bitter fruit peel.
O: This has to be my least favorite of the Jolly Pumpkin line up. I was excited to see the holiday special brew but It was not the present i was expecting. Not a terrible creation but seems messy and unrefined. Must have been made by south pole elves...Canít expect everything to shine like the northern star. Cheers!
NikkTwist (1341) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Moriartys. Cloudy dark brown pour. Some off-white foam up top. Sour bite jumps out at first sip. Subtler dark malty flavors underneath. Maybe too subtle. The malt flavors feel very watered down, despite an otherwise reasonably high ABV. Feels like a thin Double Bock with a sharp Brett spike. Not bad, but not complex at all. Bit disappointed as I love Jolly Pumpkin so much. Though, knowing JP, there can be significant variation between kegs (as well as within a keg) so I will definitely try again. Not bad as it is though.
esp0r (1716) - NORWAY - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle enjoyed at Dr Jekyl
Dark brown, tanned head. Smells of caramel, dark fruits,funk and tart berries. Moderate sweet, quite fruity, some nice acids, funky, dry from the brett. Moderate bitter finish. As always nice delivered from Jolly Pumpkin
vlan1 (126) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottlePours a dark mahogany color. Aroma of Raisins and funk. The oak definitely comes through in the taste. Other than that Iím not picking up much more than tart and funk. Not a bad beer but not one I would drink again.
jcos (1414) - Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on December 29th, 2013 split with Dave.
Appearance: Pours a dark maroon.
Aroma: Aroma of cherry, light wild yeast.
Taste: Cherry, light oak, wild yeast funk.
Palate:Medium light body, light lingering aftertaste.
Summary: Enjoyable Christmas brew with some medium funk brewed in.
Leafs93 (1580) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a medium dark tan head that quickly dissipated into a thin but sustainable film. Aroma is brett, earthy, vanilla and caramel. Taste is bittersweet with a tart almost acidic finish. Medium bodied, dry finish and alcohol well hidden.
RobertDale (2849) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and spice. Taste is dark fruit, yeast, spice, wood, and alcohol. Very warming. Nice.
ReggieDunlap (2897) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a dark chectnut color with a creamy medium tan head...nice lacing and retention. aroma is earthy and funky with light oakiness and roast. flavor is mostly roasty and oaky...hint of smokiness and mild tartness...funky. mouthfeel is light/medium and silky with a slightly tart earthy/oaky finish.