Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Bottle courtesy of allaboutstout. Pours brown with a decent tan head. Smells of tarte cherries, red wine, touches oak and brett, hints of cookie dough. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruit, touches of tartness and creamy. Some hints of bitterness also present. This has the signature house quality found in all Jolly Pumpkin releases. I was hoping for more spice or more bretty dryness, but neither is present here. Some short term cellaring may help round this one out.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle, Batch 3, thanks Stine) Lightly hazed copper body with no head. Aroma is medium sweet, Brett, some funk. Taste is medium sweet, Brett/cherry, light wood. Light-medium body, faint acidity, undercarbonated.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, Batch 3, courtesy of Stine. Thanks, Eben! Pours a murky, amber-brown color; brown-tinged head with patchy lacing. Pleasant, spicy and mildly tart aroma; some cinnamon and brett and tart / bing cherries and strawberries. Medium mouthfeel: slight, young brett presence and winter spicing; sort of muddled, with a dry spiciness (clove, cinnamon) and a tart citrus coming through; lengthy, tart citrus and cherries and a dusty spiciness in the finish.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
shared by others (WeeHeavySD?) at the 2007 Pizza Port Strong ale fest
Dark amber pour with some mild spiciness
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml btl. batch 3. Poured a deep chocolate brown with almost no head. Nose of Different spices, Dried dark fruits, and a light hop note. Picked up a little oak from the barrel it was aged in. It was a bit sour, should have let it sit a little longer.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Bottle, blend 2. Outstanding aroma! Raisins, a hint of spice, citrus zest and some some light bretty funk. Ahh... I could nose this this all night! Pours deep, burgundy brown with a lively white head. Flavor is tart, sout and at the same time malty sweet. The zesty yeast and funky brett take a front seat to the raisiny malt sweetness. Damn... I love this beer, and canít wait to see what the brett does to this beer after a bit of cellaring. Creamy and lively on the tongue.
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 (4232) - Brownstown, 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 (1441) - 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 (1837) - 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.