Odeed (1795) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 (blend 3 2007, the bottle was from styles.thanks man.)brown body with red and orange highlights.small white head.i pick up brett,apples,cinnamon,and caramel malts in the aroma.flavor is much of the same with a bit of oak thrown in.mouthfeel is pretty thin .(BATCH 4 BOUGHT FROM BEVMO VALENCIA CA.)this batch seems to have more brett in it.mouthfeel is a bit fuller.
badgerben (4529) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Original Rating, December 8, 2007. Blend 2, 2007. Very dark ruby color with a large head. Almost a skunkish aroma. A little horsey. Big, fruity malt taste, spiced up with a little cinnamon and dull floral hops. Quite sour and almost puckering. 5/5/7/3/14
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 30, 2010. Blend 2, 2007. Courtesy of Guerde. Dark red color with an extra large head. Light sour aroma and taste. A bit of wheat. Heavily carbonated. Honestly, it barely tasted like anything.
Brigadier (3145) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle
I found this at two stores in the area so now have an additional bottle stored away for a rainy day. After trying it once I want to see how it ages. While it probably wonít change dramatically I can imagine that things will be different a year from now. Once again Jolly Pumpkin has a winner on their hands. If I were able to try this on tap I would not hestitate to order it. Much like the Bam Noire it is an interesting take on a seasonal release. I hope it makes a return next winter.
Aroma / Appearance - The body was a deep chestnut almost as if the smell had somehow infused the liquid with a special coloring. A medium sized tannish head decorated the top. Sourness plays against the oaky background in a way that reminds me of a spiced Christmas cider. The overall impression is like a spring day when the snow has begun to melt.
Flavor / Palate - Spiciness typical of many of the JP beers tickles the throat. Chestnuts, light ash, wheat, and semisweet chocolate complete the palate before a dry tart finish. While it does not have the same complexity as the Maracaibo or Fuego it is very well done. Iím glad to have an extra bottle for the future.
tmongoose (1461) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 had this on draft at the saturnalia fest. first one of the night and it was good. also it was cask conditioned so i was able to taste the figs and raisins as it got warmer a very good starter beer for the evening wasnt to sweet, was consistent throughout the glass, very nice aroma.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blend 1, 2007 bottle: Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a frothy, dense, nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet and tart cherries with some oaky complexity and spruce. Body starts a little thinner than expected, but has nice light fruity tartness and some mild horseblanket funk. Rich oaky woody character throughout gives a good balance. Smooth and quite drinkable, and even though it feels thicker as it warms, I wish it had a little more body.
Beaver (1369) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, labeled Blend 1, 2007. Pours a dark tea color with a thin off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is yeasty bread, acidic pears and wood.
The flavor is very dry woodiness with yeast and some sugary fruits that are very acidic and slightly tart/sour. The mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation but a watery texture that washes out some of the flavor.
Overall, it has a definite Jolly Pumpkin character. I didnít like it as much as others. It would be better with more sourness and less dryness.
DenverLogan (833) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yabba dabba doo!!!...so Iíve had many of the JPs many times. This one has a cloudy light brown color, swirling,, meandering and lingering small head. I detect an aroma of plums, lemon zest, walnut wood, pleasant light sweet tropical fruit funk, and subtle red wine and blended spices. Itís a big, wild, funky but lovely brew. Would pair well with stinky cheese or mushroom soup. Itís unique...way funky as with the others, but one, like the other JPís, Iíll always look forward to trying again!
In looking at the other reviews thereís obviously batches that seem not to have made the above notes. Iíll review when I get it again ...this batch was freshly shipped to SoCal...Blend 3, 2007...will be quite different with aging...ayieee!!!
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blend 2 2007. Pours a cloudy burnt auburn. Nice tart oaky aplly nose with a dose of brown sugar as well. Good carbonation, and not as tart as I anticipated, but a nice peppery spiciness, as well as a creamy vanilla oakiness, and a nice hint of citrus zest.
Kevin (2116) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. blend 1,2007.
nothing like getting home from a long day with bleeding feet(damn you shitty ass cheap ass shoes, damn you to hell) see that there are dvds in the mail and realize there is a beer in the fridge that was not drunk on my recent binge. this sucker pours a brownish maroon with a thin smoke colored head. band aid is the first thing i smell. some dark fruits that are grapey with a vanilla wood note. dry rubber note at first, a sweet pearish banana wheaty like flavor. finishes with a dry woody flavor that has a weird orange flavor lingering, is it lemon or orange zest? probably something altogether different. plum or fig or something mixes with a floral something too(yeah, iím not feeling like being precise apparently) a constant dry woody vanilla permeates this and it gets better as i drink it as the band aid note diminishes, warming and a good one to have while watching canadian comedies and cursuring footwear.
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madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 Bottle. Blend 2, 2007. Pours murky brown with a big fluffy light brown head, that diminishes to not much. Aroma is awesome, oak, tartness, funk, lemons. Taste has most of the prior mentioned, but is less than what I thought, seems kind of watery. Finishes a little salty and dry. I really think this has potential with some age, I did enjoy it, but I think with some age it might be top notch.