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


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden amber, almost the color of natural honey. Practically no head, but a trace amount of lacing remains throughout. A restrained aroma mainly of stone fruit. Taste is more complex. Sweetness dominates, with stone fruit (cherry and fig) leading the way, followed by alcohol (brandy). Tastes of brown sugar and oak are also noticeable. Mouthfeel is watery, but slightly prickly. In sum, a fine beer, but one that almost tastes more like a scotch ale than the "Christmastime" dark ale that I had expected. Worth a try if you favor boozy, fruity beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2464) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of cookie and roasted, light orange for the hops and dough for the yeast, with hints of brown sugar, cinnamon and fig. Head is average size, frothy/creamy, off-white with some slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color ismedium red with a thick amount of large particles. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation. Pretty nice aromas and flavors in this Spiced Beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (1008) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
Aroma is honey tea and biscuit malts. Appears an amber/copper with a crimson tint. Taste follows nose with sharp honeysuckle, tea, biscuit and sweet caramel overtones. Mid palate is sugary sweet toffee, tea leaf and more biscuit. Overall, unique but too sweet for my taste. B- rating.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (744) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
brewed with freshly picked figs and cinnamon twigs. Pours orange-brown with minimal head, regular carbonation, and minimal lacing. Mellow and soft fig sweetness up front, with subtle cinnamon spices at the backend. Goes down extremely smooth and just a trace of bitterness at the finish. Well-balanced body, sweetness, smoothness, creaminess, texture and carbonation. It could use more complexity and depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3443) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
7% an amber winter warmer on Tap at the cozy Baird Numazu Taproom. An amber pour with a light beige head. Malty sweet, spices, figs in the aroma. Great earthy+fruity taste, malty but with bucket loads of sweet figs with a bit of spices & a mild ascerbic puckering bitterness to it. More flavorful than I was expecting. A good surprise, but best in small amounts I think. Worth trying, quite unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenkiGonzo (697) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2014
Draught. Copper colour, small white head, some lacing. Quite sweet aroma of fig and some spice. Lots of cinnamon balanced nicely with the sweet fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7831) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle shared by DrSilverworm - thanks again, Chris! He said this one was a couple years old. Pours a semi-cloudy orange with a finger of off-white head. Notes of figs (the golden kind), peppery spice, caramel and amber and toasted malts, sugars, earth, straw - didn’t really get any cinnamon in here, but then again I’m not sure if "cinnamon twigs" are something else altogether. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Interesting beer. Certainly one of a kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1443) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours a vibrant amber-red with a high, mixed-grain, pillowy, off-white head. Nose is dark fruit, spice, brown sugar, and orange; the aroma is like a very good Sangria. The front of the tongue is about vanilla and spices; the fig doesn’t come in until the midpalate, where the taste widens out into a smoother, more mulled flavor. The spice is gentle and well integrated, and the finish is long and warm with more of a boozy edge. Very good, and quite restrained for a beer like this.

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