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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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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 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1753) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2012
Would have picked as an off-beat pale ale if drunk blind. Very well made; balanced and elegant in the extreme, even if the ABV is only 6.5%. Clean hops keep the beer zingy and sharp but there’s an unusual farmyard biscuity finish that I can only assume comes from the cinnamon and figs. Great session beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2008
Another in a fascinating raft of unusual Japanese beers generously supplied to an Australian RB gathering by TimE. This Japanese take on a Christmas ale left me scratching my head in between writing notes like "peculiar" and "fucking weird". Burnt umber with a shallow head. Highly spiced aroma - cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and limes. Oily body. Strange mix of flavours, like a spiced lime shandy. Cinnamon again but dominated by strong citrus. The combination didn’t really work for me but it probably suffered from being poured in the midst of a long session. Would like to try again. (Bottle at Sully’s 2007 RB Sydney Xmas gathering)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1371) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a murky amber color with a smallish tan head. A sweet and malty aroma that features some figs and cinnamon along with a hint of booze. Medium-bodied. The flavor starts with plenty of sweet caramel, brown sugar, figs, and dark fruits. Some biscuity qualities and an earthiness follow. A touch bittering at the end. Tongue tingling cinnamon is present throughout. Not too shabby.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1336) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
Very nice and flavorable Christmas ale. A good mix of holiday spices, cinnamon being the most prominent. Rich color deserving of the resulting taste. A bit of pepper on the backend finish. Would only like to see (taste) a bit more malty backbone. That’s a nitpick tho -- overall this is pretty solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle from Sun Devil. Pours a brilliant shade of amber with a frothy tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells hot with added notes of cinammon and fig, as advertised -- almost like a cherries jubille made with figs. Tastes predominatly of Honeycomb cereal, raisins, powdered creamer, cocoa beans, and sherry. Thin in consistency and dry on the palate, but a nice brew regardless.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Copper colored with a nice off-white head. Unusual aroma of fruits, light cinnamon and some faint cooked vegetable notes. Lightly sweet candied fruit flavors back by caramel and chocolate malts. Cinnamon spiciness comes through towards the finish, but is not over powering.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monk191 (1084) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Hazed orange amber pour with moderate rocky off-white head. Dried fruit and bread aroma on it with spicy cinnamon coming through well. Overall gives a fruitcake impression. Starts out honey sweet but moves to bread and dried fruit/figs again. Has a little bit of a metallic note, finishes with warm alcohol and light cinnamon. Not bad, but I wanted more out of a bottle at this price point.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Bottle from 2008. This was a really interesting beer. Copper with a khaki colored head. The smell was sweet and malty with light sour, tangy notes. The flavor was nicely balanced between the malts and slightly sour figs. I couldn’t taste any cinnamon though. Body was medium-thin with an above average amount of carbonation. Very easy for me to drink unlike a lot of beers that have spices in them and it remained interesting throughout the entire glass.


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