notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Of course I bought it for the ceramic bottle with Santa on it...duh! And actually, the bottle is much more interesting than the beer contained within it - malty, fruity, bock-ish qualities, but although the flavor is good, it is a little on the thin side, as is the body and finish - some hops balance out the mixture of caramel sweetness - nothing to celebrate about, and the price is totally unjustified, even for the bottle without the beer.
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 30, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew pours a small light brown head of finely sized bubbles that left behind a good lacing. It had a transparent amber brown body with carbonation rising in the mug. It has a mild malty aroma and a very nice smooth initial taste with hints of spice and a malty flavor. It was a very nice all around brew that I would like to have more of.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a great alt! Bittersweet from the munich malt and noble hops. Thick head with a crystal clear orange-brown color.
jgb9348 (4845) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003 Vintage Santa Bottle:
Clear copper colour with a thick dense tan head. Aroma of metal (just like copper!), malt, grapes, brown sugar and a mild amount of cherries. Light-bodied; Sweet caramel flavours line the mouth and reveal some mild malt flavours with the bonus atrocity of metal. Aftertaste is very subtle...a bit of the sweetness and some faint nuttyness is noticed. Overall, fairly bad for the style, but a decent beer none-the-less, and a nice bottle to celebrate Christmas! I bought this painted swing-top bottle at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York and sampled it on 19-December-2003.
presario (4707) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Miature hootch jug bottle with cute handle. Liquid smoke aroma is quite sharp initially but mellows by the end of the bottle to be quite agreeable. Reddish brown with a very good off-white head. Body is on the thin side of average. Flavour starts thin compared to the initial aroma but builds through the glass. A light effervescence on the tongue. A light bodied lightly spiced and smoked offering.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown color with a medium head. Grainy and wheat filled aroma. The flavor is full of rich malts and more wheat with some spice. Damn, I thought this was really quite good!
Aurelius (4371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild malt nose in the bottle, becomes powdery smelling in the snifter. Deep chestnut brown with lacy head. Excessively gimmicky bottle. Parched grain and sorghum flavor. Thin and slightly metallic. I could swear that this was a dunkelweisse, rather than an alt. The bottle just said Jubel, and it differed from alcfron’s description of the Jubel bottle, and I was at a quandry whether to rate this as the Jubel Dunkel, since the bottle looked like the Dunkel, with a different label...
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew poured very little head, but it had good lacing on the side of my mug. This beer had carbonation to it. It had a smooth taste with an ever so slight aftertaste. It had a citrusy aroma. To me it had a creamy and smooth mouth feel to it. Some bitterness, but not overwhelming.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had the old, blue labeled, "Jubel" version, bottle at Julios Spring Beer Fest, 4/2/05. Copper-reddish body, with some fiery reddish-orange hues and some light mahogany browns and a good sized, yellow beige head, slight retention. Aroma of sweet caramel and lightly sour yeast, with honey, herbs and light spices (cinnamon and anise). A profound earthy/grainy/breadiness as well. Malted wheat, sweet candied orange, thick, medium body, with not much wateriness. Earthiness on the finish, with plenty of dry breadiness and light alcohol warmth.
SSSteve (3828) - - APR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown with a small off white head. malty caramel and brown sugar aroma.very sweet and caramelish. burnt toffee and roasted nuts. pleasant fruity finish. i thought this was a very good dunkel.