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.
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.
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.
voyageurmike (177) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into pint glass from bottle, dark mahogany with toffee nose and light carbonation. Medium bodied, malty with caramel finish. Great to have a winter ale not doctored up with spices.
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.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark red/brown with a one-finger head that stuck around for a while. Aroma of fruit and malt. Strong malt flavor with a semi-dry, caramel finish. Nice creamy palate. Overall one of my favorite seasonals. Excellent winter brew!
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton, OH. Poured a nice amber, thick color with tan head. Good full bodied beer just a bit heavy for me on a super hot October day.. Good winter offering though with nice caramel and nut flavor.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz in a winter seasonals 12pk. Pours a dark amber/light brown with tannish head and good lacing. Aroma is hops, malt, bread. Taste is malty, earthy, nutty, and a surprising hoppy bite. Alcohol is well hidden, this is nice and unique beer - it’s unique because it’s simple, no spices. Very nice.