jimhilt (2551) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a one-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied. Nose is malty. Medium carbonation. Starts with a mix of malt and hops but as it warms more maltiness comes through. Different from other winter wamers - no spices, very warm finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Good mild malt taste. Not super malty like some other ESA’s I have had. Slight smokey and caramel notes come out with a hint of alcohol. Notes of black pepper and sawdust come out. Very enjoyable. Would be a great session beer.
jaymobrown (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber, dark red, dark cola look. Roasted sweetness. Almond, walnut, timber flavors. Thick malt and alcohol. Pleasantly interesting.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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...
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 30, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.