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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
There is a tradition in the world of ale brewing to craft celebratory holiday ales that incorporate festive spices and perhaps other special ingredients. Baird Jubilation Ale is brewed within the context of this tradition and in the spirit of joyful celebration. A hearty ale with a rich malty base and soothing alcoholic warmth (ABV 6.5%), Jubilation Ale is made luxuriant by deft additions of two wonderful ingredients: (1) fully ripened figs candied in the country kitchen of our friend, Shoko-chan, and (2) cinnamon twigs culled from a Japanese Nikki tree. A sublimely balanced interplay between sweet and spice reminiscent of the yin-yang duality of life results. The ruby-red hue and the wafting aroma of cinnamon warm the heart and furbish the soul.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3355) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
22 ounce bottle purchased at Ledger’s Liquors. BevMo in Natomas also has this beer. The aroma on this seems a little old and lightly oxidized with some cardboard hints. I have no clue if this is an old bottle or not. Ledger’s is known for that sometimes. Behind this, there is a strange herbal complexity, which is kind of sweet in one sniff and a little spicy in the next sniff. I guess that would be the sweetness of the figs and the spiciness of the cinnamon, although I would have difficulty putting a finger on them if not for help from the description. This has a slightly hazy amber-copper body with a smallish, quickly dissipating off-yellowish head. There could be some chill haze, here seeing I had this in the freezer. Starts a little herbal, before this becomes a little fruity and sweet, which is then followed by some light spiciness and a little bitterness. Finishes a little sweet. Very low carbonation in this beer, which works a little against this.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (1087) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Was expecting a more unique, original beer. But didn’t really end up having that much flavor. Thought the figs would give a very interesting flavor, but it is actually pretty muddy. Disappointed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Appearance: deep garnet and cherry woods. A khaki head fades into a thin collar of lingering bubbles which try to crawl up the sides of my glass. Swirls thicker.
Nose: dark fruit forward with cinnamon in the back; meaty and moist. Crisp along the edges – apple skins. Dried figs and prunes. Earthen wood and fire in the background. Cinnamon is very subtle. Mulling spices and apples.
Palate: ooh – yummy. Medium weight, soft, bready. Fruitiest in the middle – figs, prunes, and pressed apples. Brisk. Essence of fall leaves, apple peel, and cinnamon sticks. Dry along the edges – fall leaves, earth, dirt. Not overly complex but damn good. Silky mouthfeel. Pears join the apples – juicy. Clean finish. Figs in the middle with dried raisins and prunes. Cinnamon is an essence.
Final Thoughts: wow. Baird Brewing always impresses. Always. I think part of that for me is the indigenous aspect – many flavor profiles are totally new and therefore totally intriguing, puzzling, and thrilling all at the same time. A fantastic beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: June 05, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: cloudy amber, wispy white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: light sweet aroma, touch of fruityness, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice fruity character, light spicyness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
I have never heard of this brewer before and was surprised to hear that it comes from Japan. +++Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a murky orange-brown color with a small foamy white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was cinnamon, nutmeg and was a bit musty. The flavor was bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and raisin. The finish was medium length bread and dry spices. Medium body. Ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle shared by B Torres, what a nice guy. There is definitely a nice spice dried fruit presence in this one. Figs and apricots were the most prominent here. Very tasty and easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4375) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
650ml bottle pours amber in color with a small off-white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity with some cinnamon. Taste is fruity sweet with some maltiness and cinnamon spice with a slight trace of hops in the finish. An interesting brew that was somewhat enjoyable, but not something I could drink daily.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, somewhat of a dark red, cloudy and dirty, moderate off-white head, frothy, with spotty lacing.   Lots of dark pitted fruit on the nose.   Not real heavy, but it seems like dates, figs, and raisins.   Golden raisins to be more exact.   On the tongue it certainly carries that dark pitted fruit aspect.   The body is light, meaning its not like a dubbel.   The backside has a very dull cinnamon aspect.   Now I know its nothing like a Dubbel.   I wished this was a bit more full bodied, and sweet.   Seems to come across as a weak Dubbel with some other spices.   Not bad, but needs a little more body and brightness.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
My first from this brewer and a nice surprise. It pours almost a ruby red with a slight haze. The head is off white, creamy and lacing. The aroma has fruit, caramel, candy, fig( I didn’t know it had any fig until I read the label). The flavor had the above along with a hint of spice, cinnamon like it says on the label. A very nice after taste as well. Nicely balanced, lively mouth feel, nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (13278) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy brown, medium tan head, poor retention. Aroma of fruit and scant spice. Taste is vegetables and figs. Interesting.


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