bytemesis (9233) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 22, 2016 pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old bottle, no bourbon, 12 oz, says oak barrel aged on neck. Clearer reddish brown with a thin white head. Big fruity oak. A little sour, but not much. Really surprisingly little depth. Thin body, low carbonation. Thin nose, but fuller flavor. Sour, but not crazy. Oaky astringency, no vanilla. Lingering tannins. Fruit really lingers. 2007 standard release side by side was more sour, less oaky, but a hell of a lot fuller, and it was thinning out quite a bit too. The moral: drink sours sooner!
Bottle, thanks Jeremy! Pours cloudy reddish hazel, minimal head or lacing. Aroma is oak, tart cherry, bourbon. Flavor is light tart, cherry, bourbon, toffee. Medium body, flat. Concealer (1267) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Tap at the pizzeria. Hazy reddish amber with a small beige head that lasts in a ring. Aromas of tart cherry, green apple, light funk, spices, caramel and wood. Taste is the same. Light bodied, smooth and dry. phaleslu (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
12 oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06 - thanks again, Brad! Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white ring. Notes of mango, papaya, apple cider vinegar, oak, mild spice, vanilla, and lemon juice. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fruity, acetic mouthfeel. Fell short of expectations. I thought maybe it was old, but it was a late 2014 bottle. Not bad, but not up to JP standards - which are admittedly lofty. alexsdad06 (10809) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2015
375 ml bottle from 11/14 shared with a small group received as an extra. Pours a hazy amber/caramel color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have big, acidic, vinegar like I haven’t seen in the Grand Reserves before, tart cherries, caramel, oak, Jolly Pumpkin funk, a light spicy character, sweetness here too, this had more vinegar acidity than being truly sour, always interesting to try these though. devman171 (1223) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle, fresh 2015 bottle, sweet fruits and oak tannins, very sharp acid on this one
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2015
375ml bottle, big thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Labeled 7.2%. Bottled 11/03/14. Hazy amber orange color. Thin off-white head. Leaves bits of lace. Big oaky spicy aroma. Some caramel. Some creme. Taste has a large amount of vinegar, though, which isn’t entirely pleasant... Bigger sour, moderate to bigger sweetness. Medium to bigger body. Kind of slick. Smooth lighter carbonation. Slick texture. Fun to try. But way too much acetic for me. Frustrating because I want to love it... But vinegar umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle. Ruby red pour with a very small head that fades to a thin ring. Huge aroma of cherry skins, vinegar, red wine, oak, and light sour funk. Tastes very vinegary and very sour yet it somehow drinks incredibly smooth. Big oak-y red wine taste as well with cherry skins, earth, and just a hint of funk. Finish is so smooth. Dry with just a little tartness. This has to be my favorite sour red/brown. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Batch 1tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 3/16/13 from a capped 12oz bottle at our epic Bottleworks tasting with Curtis, Jedi, and crews from Knoxville and Nashville, thanks to JR for sharing. Pours clear amber with no head. The nose is very interesting, starting to show some pretty serious oxidation, along with tons of oak, sour, signature JP funk, and plenty of caramel malt. The flavor is the same super funky and nice, balanced sour, and some caramel malt that is showing a bit stronger because of oxidation. The body is full with light carbonation, heavy tannin, and a long funky, sour, and oaky finish.
Bottle: Thanks, Mike. Ruby-tinted, dingy copper color. Not unlike the original La Roja, though maybe more opaque & murky overall. Less head, too. Subtle gray-tinted bubbles that recede quickly to a thin collar. Killer aroma of cherry skin, red apple, vinegar, huge wine-like vinousness, mild lactic acid with acetic undertones, lemon, & a wonderful oak presence. Not much "bourbon" explicitly, actually the booze is more like a red wine. A slight mildew-y cork funk is hiding in the background. Extremely tart & puckering up front with flavor of under-ripe cherries, sour apples, red grape skins, & a huge slab of old oak that’s been soaking in a bath of wine. There’s a good split between vinous & acetic. I know many people do not enough this vinegar-y flavor, but I love it when it’s not overdone. It’s perfect in this case. Once again, not as funky as the non-reserve version; just light touches of old wood, cork, & must, but that funk is more that replaced in the excessive sourness of this version. Somewhat acidic finish, ending dry as hell, hammering back the gum line a few millimeters. Great stuff. nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Tiny arse bottle. Hazy orange red with a small white head. Great sour cherry and funk aroma. Flavor is fairly sour and funky with big cherry and red fruits. Sharp acidity, biting palate. Really nice!