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

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5626) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bomber from State Line Liquors - pours a hazy light red - everything about this beer is beautifully subtle - the fig is quite present in the aroma, but not heavy or overly sweet - the fig sweetness and cinnamon spiciness ride in on a surprisingly light-bodied bready malt backbone (which is great, because so many spiced beers overburden the palate) - some cane sugar balanced by the spices and moderate herbal bitterness - understated and well-done.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (5108) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2010
My first beer from Baird, and NOW weíre talking Japanese eccentric finesse! :-) Pours a hazy nut brown body with a thin, yet lacy top. The Jubilation Ale smells very much like chocolate, backed up by a thin layer of fruity spice in the background. The combined spice and malt profile adds up to a very peculiar, yet delicious nougat flavor slightly reminiscent of the Nutella chocolate spread. For some reason, this totally works in a beer, and Iím not even a particular fan of chocolate stouts. Really mind-boggling. Glad I got to try this one. Props to Baird for experimental pay-off and a nice bottled surprise.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
633 mL bottle from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, opened to celebrate my acquisition of a new car. Rated 5/31/10. Pours a hazy reddish color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is nutty and malty with notes of figs, dates, leafy hops, cinnamon and clove. The taste is lightly tart fig and other fruity notes, cinnamon with complements brown sugary malt notes, nutty notes and a citrus and leafy hop finish. Medium-full bodied, smooth and fairly bitter in the finish. Another good effort from a brewery that Iíve enjoyed a lot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5394) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Aroma is unique/different spices, malts and very light citrus. The flavor is spices, malts, mild coffee, a hint of toffee and a slightly puckering, tart finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2011
Sampled at Slutfest 2.0. Pours a near clear amber with tan head. Sweet and cinnamen brown sugar. and maybe i see the figs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2011
20110506 633ml bottle from State Line. Muddy light brown with medium brown, lofty, sturdy head that sticks a bit. Aroma is malty and spiced like bread pudding with a great cooked prune note and some sugared dates. It at first comes across as an old malt but with temp really shows the fruits. Soft bodied with mild eff and although it gives some impression of sweetness it actually appears to be quite dry. Earthy at the finish with pervasive spice, allspice, tree bark, assuredly the cinnamon. Nice beer, and probably pretty close to what I expected. The lighter abv is welcome although the beer comes across as well done English winter warmer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20830) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2011
2nd June 2009
Cloudy dark amber beer with a cream coloured head. Softish palate, semi dry. Creamy malt. Light cinnamon spice. The mellow fig integrates marvelously. Another unique Japanese beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3036) - 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 didnít 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2601) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2012
Pours copper with a fading head. Nose shows sweet rich malt, with dried fruit and golden syrup showing through. Flavours are equally sweet but quite complex. Hints of eucalyptus, dried fruits and some spices. Pretty interesting (in a good way). Body feels too syrupy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westkyoto77 (600) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Not usually a fan of spiced beer, but this was nice. Deep burnt amber with thin broken head. Sweet nose with rich fruity malt, figs, and caramel. Lovely sweetness and fullness- was as warming as advertised. Didn't get so much cinnamon as I thought, but there's definitely some spices in there. A great winter warmer.


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