Shot (197) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy beige head. Malty sweet aromas of caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavors are brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, with coffee, toffee and ripe stone fruit in the finish. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a big malty ale. Very, very nice.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel with sweet chocolate appearing faintly on the nose. Slight graininess. Clear, deep ruby pour with pillowy white head that leaves nice lacing. Caramel and breadiness blend seemlessly on the taste. Slight alcohol warmth on the finish. Without notice, hop bitterness dries the palate. Medium body with mild carbonation. Great winter beer that you would enjoy one after another in front of a fire.
kromamc (192) - ITALY - FEB 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
buona old ale all’ americana.. nn strepitosa ma interessante luppolata buona presenza di note fruttate....
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 pours a clear ruby-amber with a tannish head. aroma is hoppy, lightly nutty, some toffee and some toasty malt and a bit of straw. taste is toffee, light caramel, some hops, toasty notes, some nuts. mid-full bodied with a creamy/sudsy mouthfeel. leaves a layer of bitter on the palate. nice bitter finish. alcohol is nicely blended, and there’s some nice lacing. quite nice, very drinkable. not uber-complex or overpowering, but has a nice taste. would fit great into a session.
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lush, dark fruit-driven aroma, raisins & figs, holiday spice, coffee, cola. Bit creamy, weighty, bittersweet, bit sharp on the finish, warming, decent holiday beer.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby red to brown poured with a thin white head. Aroma was rich with chocolate and fruits. Alcohol was intense in the flavor as was fruit sweetness and light chocolate malt flavor.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Gorgeous ruby coloring. Aroma of sweet roasted malts. I like Avery’s offerings but I was surprised by how well rounded this one is. The only detraction is the fact that its slightly thin/soft on the front side. I’ll definitely pick this one up again.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well. The shelf tag @ Archer would have me believe that this is an 07 batch of Jubilation. Not quite sure. Wish I would have saved it for a night my palate was a little cleaner, but here goes. [A] Caramel. Chocolate. Toffee. Fig. Raisin. Dark fruit. Ripe. Almost wine ish. Grape or cranberry juice quality. English barleywine-esque. No hops really present, though a nice nose. Likeable in my book. [A] Shotgun blast and huge huge chunky bubbly brown head. Caramel brown to light. Active. Will not even allow a pour. Don’t think this is 07. Dark ruddy brown liquid. [F] Initially dark fruit. Caramel and a very large chocolate note. Mostly fruity. Nice intricacy and balance. Licorice. Maltiness. [P] Very watery. No hops. Flat mouth. With more dark fruit and chocolate. Reminiscent of certain barleywines and foreign stouts. Not especially a bad thing for this ale. But it doesn’t help. [O] I somewhat liked this after some IPA. Lord only knows if its 07. Not sure if I would buy a 6er either way. One was more than enough. Avery is one of my favorite brewers, and this receives a fair score, but I cannot totally agree with it tonight.
luvcasks (178) - USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 version - brilliantine Mahogay with thin creamy tan head...and nice long legs
Aroma: Some treacle/toffee like notes with sherry like leaning towards tart notes
Flavor: medium-rich Malt complexity leaning towards dark malts with nutty and dark fruits (dates and dark raisins) with nice balance of spicy hop flavor.
Finish: Creamy, cocoa power and long with sizeable alcoholic warmth
Overall: I think this is a very well made beer... I know Strong Ales should have some alcoholic warmth... in this sample I am picking up some higher alcohols and the sherry notes dont seem balanced with the age of sample. If this is usual, maybe wait a while before trying it.
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 12 fl. oz. A dark ruby color with fluffy, off-white head. Sweet, aroma of malt, fruits, caramel, and light hops. Medium bodied, creamy texture. Flavor is sweet toffee, then light hoppy bitterness. A good, malty brew.