mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Courtesy Dickinsonbeer. Thanks Paul!! Pours a lightly cloudy maroon amber, with a medium off white head. Smells of big typical Jolly Pumpkin funk. Hints of dark fruits and sweet sugars add some balance, but it is pretty funky and sour smelling. The flavor is lightly acidic, with a good dosage of funk and alot of tannic fruits. It has a light bitter aftertaste, with a very sweet sugary residue left on the palate. Made the finish pretty unique. This tastes young and might need a little more time, but still a solid offering. dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 Pours a clear brown with a tint of orange, lots of vinegar funkiness on the nose, pretty sour but not much else but a bitter bite to the finish. You don’t notice the alcohol at first but it comes creeping into the picture about 5 ounces into the beer, not bad. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Courtesy dicksonbeer, thanks Paul. Poured a deep chestnut brown, nice fluffy head. Aroma is JP funky goodness. Loads of acidity, oak, even a faint touch of sour cherries. Damn, I love this brewery. Flavor is a touch muted, but there is a nice oaky component that seems to come through. Some touches of toffee on the finish. Very nice. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2007
FoBaB ’07. Sour aroma. Murky dark amber with no head. Thin, sour flavor with a strong alcohol profile. I detect an off flavor. Gets better as palate adjusts. Bret? sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
FoBaB 07. to think this was my first rating, it was by far my weakest. i must not have liked it much: mild, dark brown, good.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Something of a disappointment at the festival. It poured a flat golden brown. The aroma had a touch of JP funk over a light fruitiness and mild spicing. In flavor it seemed like a watered down Christmas ale brewed with tired malts. I’m surprized that my rating is so high.DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
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FoBAB 2007, Chicago. Wanna guess where this beer made its debut? Golden brown color. A healthy tart smell over a fine malt base. Taste is similarly lightly tart but with plenty of malts beneath it. A light note of hops toward the middle. Nothing "extreme," just a well-made handsome beer. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
FoBAB 2007. Firkin! Hazy golden brown with a sparse white head. Fruity esters. Subtle in a bit of Christmas spice (better than being clubbed over the head). Small citrus and of course, a bit of tannic oak. thin body, low carbonation. Appropriate, but not quite ideal. Fruity esters married with oaky cherry. Tannic. Spices spice things up. Nutmeg, cinnamon, small clove. Dry finish. A bit of a nutty to toasty dark malt character. A little salty, not super tart of "buggy", but as usual, a lovely beer from Dexter, MI. I don’t believe the 9%! drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 on cask at FoBAB V: This is guessed to be blend 1, I wasn’t going to try this here because I assume I’ll get to rate it from the bottle but after listening to Cornfield panning this thing I thought I needed to try it. pours cloudy brown with small white head. nose has that classic JP funk and nutty. flavor again has that JP house flavor with hints of nuts and caramel. this really doesn’t stand out as a christmas beer, it really was pretty boring and straight forward. I can’t believe this is 9%abv, it is light and you can’t taste any alcohol/warmth.3.4.
4/18/08, 2007 vintage Blend Horizontal 1-5.
Blend 1. pours murky light brown with foamy off white head. more transparent then the others. aroma is soapy, oak, and red wine. flavors are watery, soapy, dirty, and prunes. low carbonation. not much going on here and obviously the worst blend of them all. 5/3/6/3/12=2.8.
Blend 2. pours hazy brown with foamy white head. aroma is chocolate, prunes, oak, cinnamon. flavor is oaky, prunes, funk, chocolate, bretty dry and bit grainy finish. lively carbonation. this and blend 4 were the best. 8/4/7/4/16=3.9.
Blend 3. pours hazy brown with foamy white head. aroma is grainy, prunes, and oak. flavors are rather sweet, pruney, dried prune finish with oak and some brett. much sweeter and prune forward than the others. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6.
Blend 4. pours hazy brown with foamy white head. a very funky brett aroma. the funkiest of all the blends. flavors are dry funky, oaky, and really dry. a sweet prune finish adds enough sweetness. lively carbonation. my favorite blend. 8/4/8/4/16=4.0.
Blend 5. pours hazy brown with foamy white head. aroma is really oaky, prunes, and subtle notes of chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg. flavors are sweet prunes, horse blanket, dry finish, grainy alcohol warmth. soft carbonation. 8/4/7/3/15=3.7.
Final thoughts: Ranked from best to worst was 4 (4.0), 2 (3.9), 5, (3.7), 3 (3.6), 1 (2.8). Blend 1 was the oddest, soapy, dirty, with low carbonation; 2 had a good balance of funk and fruit but not as clean a finish 4; 3 was the sweetest; 4 was the funkiest; and 5 was a bit boozy and sweet. It was surprising how all the blends were similar yet tasted very different at the same time. They all had most of the same notes but varying degrees of them. Awesome tasting! Rating entered is from Blend 4.