shrubber85 (11322) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle. Musty barnyard and clove aroma. Cloudy orange-brown color with a giant head. Sour tart orange and dry musty malt flavor. Very nice - dry saison-like beer. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Sweet and spicy aroma, Brett, cinnamon, caramelly nose. Pours a rich amber, brown color with a good white head. Tart caramel upfront, there’s an overwhelming creaminess that is just great, and a good dry brett finish. Sweet and tart citrus flavors, with caramel and cinnamon, just a great caramel malt flavor in the middle between slightly sour flavors. Very smooth and surprisingly light and easy to drink. aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2007
Appearance: Reddish brown with no head retention.
Aroma: Sour and acetic with balsamic vinegar and a light sulphuriness.
Flavour: Woody and dry, Special B? Clean sourness witha goodly dose of acidity to brighten it. Sour wins over malt character. Chocolate ice cream and pomegrantes. Red berry fermentation esters.
Mouthfeel: Thin dry and bright from acidity.
Overall: Very sour with lots of fermentation esters. Like raisins, plums and cherries in balsamic vinegar over chocolate ice cream. Nephilium (1805) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Nice tart and sour aroma (pretty standard for the Jolly Pumpkin beers). Pours an opaque reddish-brown, with a nice slightly off-white head. Wow... there’s a lot going on in this beer. There’s tartness, a touch of spices, a touch of baker’s chocolate, and a long tart finish. Definitely something I want to get more of. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2007
bottle - Pours dark brown with a small white head. The aroma has malts, yeast, and a sour fruit smell. Some kind of sour malt dominates the flavor and is joined by the yeast and a hint of citrus and spice. It’s a solid beer, but the sourness wasn’t doing it for me, at least not in this beer. (100th Michigan beer rated... nifty)
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 marcus (10139) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Date: June 17, 2006
Appearance: clear dark brown with ruby highlights, big lasting creamy beige head that slowly oozes out the top of the bottle but leaves lace on the glass
Aroma: nice tart aroma of oak and chocolate
Flavor: nice dry chocolate flavor with lots of woody oak character, a little orange sweetness sneaks through, touch of spices including cinimon grows as it warms, lasting light bitterness
Date: October 29, 2006
continues with the dry chocolate flavor along with plenty of complex character
Date: April 03, 2008
Aroma: still the tart chocolate aroma
Flavor: drying out even more with the chocolate flavor, tartness in control, bretty cobwebs showing up
Overall: a couple more years will let the brett shine
Date: May 09, 2011
Source: cellar stock
not much change over the last three years for the good or bad, lots of fruity tartness, rich chocolate, not so much the bretty character,
Date: February 04, 2010
Source: Ale Atlanta
Words: blend 3
Aroma: sweet caramel and chocolate aroma
Flavor: funky chocolate flavor with a nice tartness
Date: July 24, 2011
Source: cellar stock
Flavor: time has dried it out and allows the flavors to blend and mellow
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
This amber ale poured with a decent beige head and a sour funky aroma. The flavor is sour and spicy malt with a lot of citrus. There is a carbonated mouthfeel and a long dry finish. This is a complex brew that makes for an interesting drinking session. bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Bottle share courtesy of Patrick767. A dark, crystal brown colored brew with a small cream head. Roasted malt aroma, notes of boysenberry, strawberry, wet grass and a bit of a spiced candied sugar aspect. Heavily carbonated, dry, sour malt flavor. Some apple flavors came out as it warmed along with a few other fruits. Good stuff. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2007
I could tell as soon as I popped the cap that I was in for something special. There is a wonderful nose on this beer. Plenty of spice, tartness and funk. The taste is incredible. The taste has a nice dose of cacao. The mouthfeel is full and creamy and just the perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is a real treat. IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
750 from pantanap last Feb.; nose has chocolate, caramel, and some light funkiness; Clear honey-brown (color of a cinnamon grizzly bear for you hunters) with a big beige glass-lacing head; flavor of tart dark fruit, berries, and caramel; finish is peppery spices and tartness!