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

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 (3285) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2010
bottle via superdave on 1/25/2010. orange red pour... hazy with an off white head. initially, this smells very vegetal and sweet... no, it smells that way throughout... cinnamon, caramel, malt and the earthy insides of figs. the flavor matches the aroma only it is on the sweeter side of what i tend to like... add in some brown sugar, a ton of spiciness and a bitter yeasty finish to round things out. the medium body is made harsh from the spices and crisp carbonation. meh 6/4/6/3/14/3.3

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3159) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2012
Creamy head misty deep amber pour weak carbonation aromas grain cereal sweet potato cinnamon nutmeg flavours sweet potato creaminess nutmeg mild clove very smooth to weak tastes finish flat like aftertastes would be good if stronger in flavour bit weak

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3090) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 17, 2007
Dark amber color. Sea salt candy, chocolate, nutmeg nose. Sweet malty mouth with notes of sea salt, milk chocolate, cherries, liquorice and oranges. Malty rich finish with milk chocolate and sea salt. Very unique. While other christmas beers from Baird reminded me of OSA, this was completely different and much enjoyed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3016) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2012
633ml bottle. Pours a strong amber almost copper colour with a good cap of tan foam. Lots of biscuity caramel malt through the aroma and this translates into the flavour. Smoothing the mouth with good texture and body.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (2973) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

4/28/2011: Baird Jubilation Ale (Japanese Ale Brewed with Figs and Cinnamon)... Aroma: Sugary and fruity maltiness; fig definitely comes through in the aroma; smells VERY malty. Appearance: Hazy orange complexion with a frothy off-white head; soft visible carbonation; minimal lacing. Flavor: Sweet and fruity in the front with figs in the middle with fig and honey sweetness in the middle with just a subtle touch of spice; dry pear-like fruitiness and alcohol though the finish. Palate: Medium; very mellow and smooth; seems a bit thin at times. Overall: Interesting... Not great, not bad.

1 PT 5.4 FL OZ bottle (7% ALC/VOL) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #106 for this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2009
633 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger thick light tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma is light esters (fig) and caramel malt with a hint of spice (very light cinnamon). I’m not quite sure what to make of the flavor. I mainly detect some esters and caramel malt. I’m not quite sure what to make of this beer. All I know is that it’s not worth the $12 I paid for it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (2791) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
22oz Bottle @ Paul’s gathering. Copper pour with tan head. Spices and malts , make a easy drinakable beverage that doesn’t have much to it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Caramel colored brew with a tight eggshell head that left a small amount of lacing after every sip. Aroma is subtle candied sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and molasses. Flavor is extremely balanced between hops and malt. Honey, cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar and citrus. Nothing mind-blowing but I thought this was a well put together beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2740) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bottle at Pilsner Pete’s RBSG 2010. The aroma is fruity, bready. The appearance is a brown/red, white head. The flavor is malty, fruity, figs, plums, bread. The finish is a light noble hop bittering. Medium in body. Pretty good.


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