truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear, moderately dark brown with a decent cream head that drops quickly. Aroma seemed muted with little to distinguish it. Packs a quick hop bite that fades quickly on the back of the tongue, leaving a tingly, citrusy carbonated taste. The alcohol presence is very hidden. I might try to cellar this to see if it improves. It’s good, but not my favorite winter seasonal.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very oxidized. And its off a keg. Oxidation of the nose and on the tongue. Not a good beer. Some sweet caramel, which is its only redeeming quality.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Imbibed in November 2002. Faint hops and malt in the aroma. A clear ruby amber color with large bubbles in a thin head. Nutty, roasted malt flavors with a hoppy aftertaste. Faint spice flavor present. Smooth. The alcohol was not at all obvious.
walrussell (162) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like a caramely, vanilla-y, slightly chocolatey ipa. That’s how hoppy it is. Unique in its combo of flavors. Some nuttiness and woodiness come through too. It is very good for winter. Excellent.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby- brownish color with a nice thick head. Aroma of malty nuts, fruit,chocolate, and alcohol. Smooth body with hints of carbonation. This is a great winter brew. Smooth enough, tasy enough, and very warming.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 0z bottle. Deep brown with smell of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is primarily the same as the smell -- minimal hop presence to balance the malt. Not a bad beer, but needs more hops.
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Carmel color head. Pours a mahogany hue. Aroma: sweet malt , toffee,
Strong burnt flavor with coffee, chocolate, toffee aftertone. Heavy body coats mouth and throat.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Jubilation of the season...Yum! I forgot how good this ale is. Pours a crystal mahogany with a slight head. Lacing is there but not a ton of legs to it. My first impression of this is that of a Scotch "Light" Ale...both in aroma and taste. Maybe not...could be certain grains that are common between these two styles but they are distinct. ABV is pretty high but hidden well. This one will bring cheer to the season for certain.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty malt aroma. Not sweet, but roasty. Nice brown color with good sized tan head. Body is a little thin at first, but malt soon makes it's presence known. Very little hops in this beer. Finishes surprisingly clean, yet alcohol is apparent as well. Not bad, not great.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany color with a small off-white head. Really sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel and toffee. Flavor is roasty,nutty, malty, and a little chocolatey. Complex. Palate is smooth and round, low carbonation. Finish is long and fairly bitter. Overall very good winter beer. Definitely would drink this again.