iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, thanks to CharlesDarwin and mbirder for this one. Clear deep brown with a tiny ring of beige head. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses up front some roasted malts, and a good amount of vanilla, dry oak, and soft bourbon notes. Moderate amounts of sour cherries and unripened apple skins. There is a little bit of acetone in there as well. Flavor is more sour than the aroma led on, though no ungodly so (about a 6-7). Plenty of fruity apple and sour cherries up front, with a fair amount of acetone--though not as much as was in the Luciernaga GR I had the other day. Unsweetened cocoa is still pretty present with brown sugar, light butter brett combines with the dry oak into the finish, which is even slightly roasty. The aftertaste a few minutes later reminds me of yeasty homemade bread. Light tingles of carbonation make the medium body seem heavier. Very nicely done.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy northernbrews, via GodOfThunder. Pours a dark chocolate mahogany brown color with glints of chestnut brown translucency. A minimal film of cream colored foam goes away almost completely, leaving very little micro-spot lacing marks the glass. The nose shows dry cocoa malts underneath sour, acetic, vinegary notes, with hints of tart apple and dark spice. Flavors are quite sour, the acetic vinegar and tart apple from the La Roja coming through strong, while cocoa from the Madrugada calming the sharp edge a bit. Brett-laden oak and soft vanilla add plenty of barrel influence. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, dry and refreshing, the palate is on point for the style. Good stuff...another impressive JP beer.
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle shared by tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma is really pungent, with sharp oak, dill, an earthiness, and a hint of dark fruit. The taste is quite sharp as well and highly acidic, with tastes of berry skin, oak, tannins, that yields to a very dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] shared by Tyler. Pours a clear deep brown with no head. Aroma is tart apples, a touch buttery, and some background maltiness. Flavor is quite sour, apple cider vinegar, without a whole lot more complexity. Lingering tartness, thin mouthfeel.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with some off white bubbles around the rim of the glass. Smells of tarte fruit, funk, sour pit cherries, oaky. Tastes dry and acidic with some residual sugar and a nice fruity finish. Great beer!
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is dark brown almost black featuring some pretty ruby highlights. Minimal tan head. Aroma of soured cherry, oak woodiness, and some tannic grape skins. Behind that is the funk, and it is nice vinegar and Brett. Nice nose. Taste is sour black cherry primarily, very tannic and dry. Nice lactic acidity element is layered on top, very nice funkiness swirl all around the fruit flavors. Palate is medium, slick, drying and has a quick finish despite the complexity.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 12oz. bottle, with a big thanks to Beastiefan2k for sharing! Pours a much darker than expected brown, with a minimal head of loose bubbles. Aroma is tart cherry, sour apple, light wood, and some funk. Flavor is sharply acidic, with some sour cherry and apple, wood and funk. Overall this is a little too acidic for my tastes, which doesn’t really let anything else shine though as it should/could. Thanks again for sharing Eugene!
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 From Schroppfy, Mike is the man. Not too surprising (since I knew the blend) but still weird to see this pour such a dark brown, almost black color. Head is barely there and almost no lacing. Aroma is better than other Reserve brews. Smells of aceto spiky cherry, some brett, lots of vinegar coming off. A bit too much aceto taking over without enough malts behind it, I can do it but I feel a lot of people could dislike it. There is just a hint of dark malts, faint soil and roast. Taste is similar, again more cherry but more like black cherry. The aceto is there, very drying. Its cool sour stuff, in line with a Flanders red that happens to be darker but could use a bit of other malt aspects. I would say that La Roja is the overpowering part of the blend, which is a positive. Again, I would prefer this with a little more malt and body behind it. But I am also happy super barrel sugar crap isn’t a part of this beer. I feel weird rating this over a standard deviation from some raters I respect, but it is actually a complement.
12oz bottle, generic tulip glass.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 12oz bottle. Mild acetic acid initially on the nose. Some fusel alcohol. Slight apple cider vinegar. A bit of dust and must. Rather bland aroma for a JP Perseguidor. Light wood. Tobacco and mild leather perhaps? Pours a dark, reddish, mahogany. A slight wispy head and little appearance of carbonation. The Roja and Noel come through on the tongue for sure, but where’s the Madrugada? Some light spices, plenty of barrel, apple cider vinegar. Acetic acid. Tart cherries and apples. Much better as it warmed and opened up. Lively carbonation. Wood tannin on the backend of the tongue for sure. Slightly acidic finish. The alcohol that was present on the nose, does not show at all on the tongue. Good stuff, but not as good as the other Perseguidor offerings. Thanks a ton for the rare treat Mike!
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Semi weak aroma, has a bit of fruit sweetness. Mild sour up front with a hit of fruit, but it’s still pretty mild. Finishes with a mild sourness that lingers for just a moment. Feels less like a JP beer then I am used to.