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.
BrewMstr (187) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, fruity, spicy, and strong enough to put some color in your cheeks. Great winter warmer with noted of cherry, ginger with a solid malt backbone.
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.
Angelmonster (184) - Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a big 3 finger off white head. Body is a clear mahogany brown with lots of bubbles rising. Head retention is above average but the lacing is very good
Aroma is of sweet roasted caramel malt and some herbal hops. Alcohol is also slightly detected. A bit underwhelming compared to taste
First taste reminds me of an English barleywine. Tons of malt come through ranging from flavors of brown sugar to smoked malt and even some copper. Hops are also there, slightly bitter but mostly floral and earthy. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth to the finish.
Mouth feel is good. Carbonation is sufficient. Beer is medium bodied, about average consistency for a winter beer. Wish head contributed more to body, it died down towards last quarter of glass.
Drink ability was great. Rather session able strong ale. Very complex beer, almost flawless. Winter is my favorite season for beer and this one is one of the best seasonal beers around
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.
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!
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.