wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle from kryptic. Thanks Mike! Brought to Billís sour tasting. Very sour. I think this is the sourest beer Iíve ever tried. Itís really surprizing, since most of the JP beers Iíve tried arenít sour. Lots of funky feet smell in the aroma. Amber color. Medium body. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2008
12 oz bottle
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2008
This was from the first batch and had a few years on it. I needed something good to get out of a funk of predictable and safe beers. A Grand Reserve release was just the ticket. I consider this one of the best beers around if you can find any from the last bottling. If not keeps your eyes open and pick it up when you can. The sourness only gets better with time.
Aroma / Appearance - The caramelized opaque body suspended a trace of sediment below a sticky eggshell head. Chocolate, oak and malt formed a very rich set of aromas with the sourness set to medium. This was not super tart but obviously had a bit of funk to it.
Flavor / Palate - Oaky cola blended with dark truffles formed a very nice desertlike experience. Chocolate and caramel preceded a carbonated moist aftertaste of plums and cherries. The mouthfeel was full bodied, rich and complicated. It was a nice capstone to wrap up a busy day.
12oz @ Billís Sour tasting, nicely provided by my buddy John, Wetherel. Batch 64, 27 months old. Pours orange/red with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet and funky. Taste is sweet wtih cherry notes and oak and bretty and quite strong. Nice brew. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2008
12oz - batch 65 - thanks Sephiroth - Aroma is funky JP on oak with some lingering bourbon notes. Pours cloudy dark red-brown with a little head and decent lacing. Flavor is sour cherry, funky yeast, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Palate is very tart and dry. I love sours and JP house funk so this one is a big winner. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2008
Bottle, Ba#65. Pours a clear golden straw color with a small off white head. Aroma is light malts, bourbon, tart cherries, oak. Flavor is tart cherries, oak, vanilla, light bourbon, grass. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished tart and refreshing. This was a fantastic brew! I had thought that 27mo on BB would add too much bourbon and oak flavors, however it was just about perfect, the bourbon only added complexity. Nice and refreshingly tart, with an aroma to die for!! Spectacular all the way round.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
Batch 65; Sampled April 2008footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
A vigorous pour produces only a half finger thick head that quickly disappears. The beer is a ruddy, dark cherry color that shows a hazy, cranberry stained, amber color. The aroma is interesting and funky & oh so characterful. Tart, vinous, with a touch of sour-cherry, spicy oak, light balsamic, a touch of hot alcohol, lightly funky ripe cheese and barrel character that is quite reserved but plays a significant role. The barrel character provides notes of spicy wood, buttery oak, and touches of very light bourbon aromatics (that hot alcohol mentioned earlier). It is so easy to just keep smelling this beer for quite some time, but I feel I need to drink this before it loses all of its light carbonation.
Quite sour tasting, but tastes surprisingly distinctly of sour-cherries. The carbonation is quite light, but adds a nice soft prickle to the tongue, just enough to perk up the texture. The bourbon adds a bit of character to the finish, a touch of warming and some spiciness without being overwhelming. Speaking of which, I am quite pleased by how soft of an impact the bourbon has here; I was worried that the bourbon would overwhelm this beer, but it is held well in check (I hope this is a trend that continues, over bourboníd beers have been a bit overbearing lately for me). Oak character provides mouth coating tannins and oak-heft that just make the texture feel so soft and inviting. While quite tart, the sourness melds so well with the other flavors that it is not nearly as noticeable as it might be. The tartness really accentuates a deep, tart, fruit character that is a mix of tannic cherries, rich plums and a touch tamarind. As the beer warms up it picks up a phantom sweetness that accentuates the fruit character even that much more.
This is very nice, I was really expecting the Bourbon to be too much here, but instead it adds a bit more complexity without being over-bearing. Too soon this beer is gone, a 12oz bottle was just not enough of this one.
Bottle in trade from Styles, more than 1 I think. Truely a fine treat. I love the funkiness of the JP brews and this one was no letdown. The soured fruit and that aroma that I can only describe as funky translate into a such a complex taste. I have never been good at these funky brews except to say it is incredible. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 bottle (thanks to amorphiss)....poured a dark ruby brown with a small off-white head....nice nose of sour oak and other tart notes. detected some malt as the beer warmed up.....taste had the same elements as the nose. oak and some sour funk but it all just ended a little prematurely. the dryness didnít allow the flavors to develop any further. the oak was evident but no hints of bourbon at all.....i liked this slightly better than the normal version but would be nice to have this side by side with it. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2007
12oz bottle. big thanks to pantanap for sharing this ever so rare and elusive gem. pours dense amber with big white head. nose is very oaky, buggy, and vanilla. flavor is dry, funky, a bit too dry though. extremely drinkable, buggy, and thrist quinching. perhaps straightforward and bland but extremely tasty. this was aged in bourbon? weird, i didnít notice any bourbon notes so i thought it was just aged a long long time in american or french oak. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Slightly hazy orangey dark amber. Mammoth frothy white head, takes forever to settle. Lots of lace. Sour cherry nose. Medium fizzy body. Nuts, caramel, and cherry on the mid-palate. Light toasty finish.