axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
blend 3 07. Not a gusher! Pours a deep mahogany color with a little bit of haze and small off-white head. Aroma starts off with a big funk and green apple smell. Flavor is yeasty funk, plums, granny smith apples, molasses, oak, and subtle vanilla with a mild alcohol warming.
Pailhead (3858) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Blend 2, 2007): Big lambic-like sourness in the aroma with light cherry, light clove, and faint cinnamon. It pours a cloudy muddy brownish-orange with a small off-white head that fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with sour cherries with a hint of apple. There is some chocolate hidden way in the background. The finish as some light woody bitterness, sweet cherries, roastiness, and clove. Hard to believe this is 9% as there isnít even a hint of alcohol. Light bodied with lively, but not prickly, carbonation.
Stine (1434) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Poured from a 750 ml bottle, blend 3. Deep mahogany color, still for most part, appearing as a tepid plum wine. Cinnamon, sweet bread, and dried cherry aroma; brown sugar crust and light bretty funk. Rich and nuanced with moments of bitter cocoa, maple, and myriads of dark fruits. Brett is bold in a warm autumnal flavor, projecting its dry lemon juice tang across a body of cold spice and chilled red wine. Full tartness in red apple skins, glazed with honey and bitten with carob and anise-like dark, ashy spice. Uniqueness is slow to blossom, but brilliant in its final glow. Young, and undercarbonated in the mouth, with plenty of tangy kick at the end. Lovely. Intriguing and perhaps more subdued in presentation than might be expected, seeming designed more to accompany reflection than to demand it. Looking forward to an older bottle.
jstraw (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 Bottle at Jerryís. Clear dark red-mahogany with good, foamy tan head / Delicate, bretty, green apple, caramel, coca cola, and baking spice nose / Light to medium body, some sweetness, tart with lively carbonation but creamy, no trace of the big alcohol, with good finish / Funky flavors of green apple, caramel, vanilla, oak, chocolate, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, coriander, and brett (cheese, hay, rotten apples) / Just once I would like to see a little more to the body, but I nitpick. Americaís greatest brewer.
sliffy (2037) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a deep brown with a fluffy white head. Aroma, initially the JP house funk and yeasty notes, caramel, toffee and some spices. Flavor, dark fruits, yeasty, sweet malts, some spices, with a slight funkiness that lingers. Hints of oak and vanilla as well. Very tasty.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Date: 01/23/2008
Vintage: batch 1
Score: 3.4 to 3.5
dark brown, easily roused beige head, sudsy lace,
heavy spiced oak aroma,
rich dark malt flavor, touch of chocolate, spicyness and oak character complements each other really well,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Source: Tasting, Bobo
muddy dark brown, frothy beige head, specks of lace,
sweet and tart aroma with lots of fruity tartness with heavy oak,
rich malt flavor, lots of oak character, touch of fruity tartness, lots of spicyness,
Nephilium (1149) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong tart aroma, mainly sour apples. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a thick fluffy just slightly off-white head. Very tart aroma, with hints of spices and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Alcohol very well hidden. With the standard tartness amongst all of their beers, Iím beginning to think that Jolly Pumpkin may have become a typical hate them or love them type of brewery.
LinusStick (2613) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Jolly Pumpkin hit the nail on the head with this one. I would describe this as a sour ale aged in oak barrels. Aroma perfect. Sour cherries, funk and oak. Pour was a nice murky dark brown with a 2 finger tan head. Taste was a little less intense than the aroma. Sour fruit with a lot of funk and yeast. Very acidic and nice bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. One of the best beers Iíve had from them yet.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy deep mahogany/ruby with woodsy tones and a thin beige head with perfect retention. So Belgian is the nose; Jolly Pumpkinís house character is ever-growing, getting funked-out and phenomenal. Heavy vinous notes, black cherry and other berry esters penetrate. Brett is showing already, this is well bottle conditioned. Oak induced funk, minor winter spice such as cardamom is swirling about. Yeastiness is full and pleasant. Alcohol is only a minor backnote, mostly well concealed. Cinnamon, not evident in the nose, bursts through with the first sip, followed by syrupy sugars. Oak and mild tartness rule in the flavor, sweetness is only a moderate partner in the composition unfolding. Acidity is sharp. Nutmeg and lactic acid grow and combine with each sip, the resulting overall flavor is unique and moderately refreshing; itís also another fine example of JPís uncompromising approach to crafting Belgian influenced ales with Autumnal overtones. The body is medium and airy despite thick, ridged edges. Medium-intensity carbonation is silky. The finish is loaded with caramel, spice and oak and smooth while still retaining hints of prickly confusion. Very good - will likely dry out, fizz up and be even more enjoyable with time and the inevitable progression of tartness and funk. Definitely not going to win too many new fans with this wild, experimental tangential exercise.
jrob21 (2010) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pre t-day dinner beer. Poured a nice dark brown color and was expecting a bit more body and flavor. I may have drunk this a little too cold. Got some big yeast flavors. The oak mellows out the yeast a little and makes this a smoother drink. I did not get a lot of depth or character out of this one. Getting the same old experience out of these guys, big yeast and not a lot of complexity.