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RATINGS: 1203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Our winter ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. Cellarable for 3+ years.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Amber, dark red, dark cola look. Roasted sweetness. Almond, walnut, timber flavors. Thick malt and alcohol. Pleasantly interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Poured dark brown with thin tan head...smelled of caramel, molasses, cloves and nutmeg...nice mouthfeel too...a little too tart on my tongue...may a year in the closet will help it develop...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Great foamy head, good retention. Aroma is malt, cinnamon, alcohol- very appropriate for a winter beer. Dark auburn color. Medium bodied, with a very approachable mouthfeel, creamy and nice. Taste is heavily roasted, with hints of earth and spicy. Alcohol is there, but subdued and certainly doesn’t taste 8%. A fine winter brew!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 ReRate: Man…. This beer is tremendous! I’m bumping it a couple fractions because it’s so damn tasty!

This was one Hell of a brew!
Poured a dark coco colored body, edges of amber and a thick rocky tan head. The aroma and flavor are heavy with smooth coffee and bakers chocolate suggestions. Jubilation has very dark and heavily roasted barley, giving off a slight smoky proposal. I found a nice delicate suggestion of raisins and dates, along with a hint of hazelnut and almonds. The body was rich and lush… quite chewy.
I’ll place 6 of these in the cellar for about 6mounths or a year… this will round out very nicely!

This is more a porter than anything else, IMO.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
12 oz bottle: pours a dark rich mahogany color with a small off white head. veryy nice aroma. carmel, chocolate, spice, raisin. sweet. the flavor is very full and rich. caramel chocolate. notes of rasin. some nice roastyness. sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Somewhat weak copper-like alcohol aroma...smells like a strong beer. A very beautiful dark redish brown color. Roasty sweet flavor...with very little fruit taste just a nicely spiced ale. Very robust in its style. A nice drinkable beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 30, 2004
bottled. certainly quite christmassy, aroma of raisin and a fair whiff of alcohol which was a little brandyish. quite sticky, decent roasted bitterness, a bit too sweet and with a little slighty rotten tang in the finish but still warming and pleasant

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (832) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Very dark brown with a tiny head. Aroma is very dark and malty but pretty nondescript. The flavor is super-malty, and unfortunately the first sip is the best; its’ a refreshing surprise after a summer of light, hoppy beers; tons of dark malt, some chocolate and dark fruitiness; slight alcohol exhale. Nice a thick. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2656) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 This beer was dark brown with a rather large head. The flavor is rather sweet with some chocolate, raisins, and caramel detectable. A very big malty brew. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2004
This is a good English Strong Ale. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Finishes thick, creamy, and smooth.


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