BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle (Blend3) and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a deep brown with some reddish highlights and a fading frothy head but good lace. The aroma has notes of sour cherry and grapes, a mild yeasty funk, oak, light juniper and mint, and a note of bakers chocolate. The taste starts twangy and fruity with a hint of barnyard yeast. Some note of malt comes through before the woody acidic finish. The mouth feel is very carbonated and sprite with no trace of 9% alcohol.
This is the 3rd time I had this brew including what I believe to have been batch 1 at FoBAB. This latest batch and bottle seems to have grown on me. Far better depth than before. You could easily classify this beer as a sour ale.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Stone. Dark brown with no head. Sour oaky and chocolate aroma. Tangy fruit, chocolate, oak, spice, and roastiness taste with a smooth woody finish.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle entitled blend 3. Shared with the mother. Subtle oaky funk aroma with notes of citrus and spice. Flavor is similar to the above and moderately satisfying with a touch of acidity. Could use some more bubbles to help create body and some "umphhhh". Enjoyable.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Poured from a 750ml bottle--dark amber-ruby body. High carbonation and big foamy off-white head. Fruity flavor of cherries with a mild musty scent. Oaky flavors melded nicely with the fruits. Mildly acidic and not overly sour. Finished with a little spicy bite that was quite welcomed.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 My biggest knocks against this beer is that the yeast profile is very similar to some of their other beer, obfuscating the uniqueness in the malting of the beer. Additionally, the wild yeast create this slick mouthfeel that reminds me of diacetyl, but without too much of the overwhelming flavor. That said, I really like this beer.
The aroma is at first oaky and subdued, infected sourness that blends with the sweet malt base of the beer to create a woodsy, slightly vinegary, fruity aroma.
The head to this beer is non-existent, but it laces like it has diacetyl in its veins (or tons of alcohol).
Funny enough, there is no presence of alcohol in this beer. For 9 percent that is majestic. Taste follows very much to form with the aroma, but is at first a touch fizzy, then a Dutchess de Borgenon-esque, dull sourness that is cut again by the carbonation. However, the sourness and the vinegar come right back with the oak and linger for just a second before the finish.
The palate is initially fizzy, then full of fruit and vinegar, then fizzy again, and finally settles on the oak with a touch of sourness.
Overall, this is a very solid beer.
Aroma is moderately funky and sour. Taste is cherry and oak with a mustiness to the beer. This one is much more balanced in terms of funk and flavor, but is not nearly as "different" as blend 4.
Overall, I think that this is a better beer.
Not many diacetyl notes, but a definite oakiness. Very solid.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice brownish amber shade. Modest white head. Smells og sour sweetness. Smooth but somewhat thin on the palate. Excellent flavor of sour fuit and sweet malt and yeast. Tastes of wood barrels is nice. Overall a pleasant brew.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly sweet/cinnamon aroma with some sour fruit and citrus scents. Murky brown with a solid head. Sweet taste up front with a very light sour presence. Light spices--black pepper in the finish. Very light caramel malt throughout. Well balanced.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle batch#4. Pours dark cherry red with a brown hue. Tall biege head. Aroma is lightly acidic with a fruity sweetness of plum and cherry, reminds me of an old bruin. Woody tones compliment the fruity palate, big cherry character builds. Sweeter then other JP beers i’ve had, but still has a nice acidic and medium sour finish with a lot of esters and spice.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
The jolly pumpkin brewers are some of the few in America to attempt the more wild Belgian styles, so it was a pleasant surprise to find this, a Flemish style sour, was their winter ale. Pours a dark clear ruby with solid tan head. Nose is tart wild berries, lavender, cider vinegar. Lemon zest up front on the palate, followed by oaky malts and a drying tartness. Only flaw in my mind is its thin palate. Alcohol is certainly well hidden, as with most of their beers. Pretty great.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I don’t choose my milestone ratings, so it is just by chance that this is number 1700. Poured a copper/brown with a ring of fizz for a head. Aroma was of spice and tart fruit with some oak. Medium body with some tingle on the tongue. An uninspired holiday beer.