zizzybalubba (1780) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Woodman’s Market, Waukesha, WI (Best by March 14, 2016). Medium brown pour with a short khaki head. Aroma of graham cracker, chocolate, and possibly a hint of orange peel. Charred malt is the most notable taste with roasted coffee and chocolate and also featuring light smoke, faint ginger, and clove. Malty finish but not too sweet. Medium bodied. Succeeds as a "festive winter ale".
jeffbigD (134) - - DEC 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark flavors that complement the winter spices nicely. A nice smooth winter beer.
maltman53 (459) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - DEC 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours coffee black with tan lacy head. Chicory big time, followed by earthy, spicy fruit. Very well-balanced! Nothing over powers. Finish is dry, rather than sickly sweet. Overall, this is a real seasonal keeper!
willisread (2216) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mitsuya’s. Pours a deep ruby red, with a one-finger head of foam that lingers for a bit. Roasted malt nose with some cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, toasted coconut, cacao and almonds. Roasty and fruity on the palate with some burned caramel on the finish. Slight cola-like mouthfeel. Solid winter beer.
flatmatt (1442) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ashley’s Ann Arbor. Deep amber pour with a caramelly head. Malty caramel toasty aroma. Flavor is toasty caramel, spice and grain. Pretty tasty.
wombat23 (538) - Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours amber-brown with light beige head. Aroma of caramel, malt, and spice with very faint chocolate notes. Taste: malty caramel, nuts, spice, and some hoppy bitterness. Pretty tasty.
darbeer75 (398) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: sweet, malty and spicy; intriguing; Appearance: dark reddish brown, tall head that dissipates pretty quickly; some lacing; Taste: malty with caramel and spices; Palate: long, sweet, malty finish with medium body; Overall: solid seasonal ale that’s better than most; would buy again; wish it had a little more depth and character, but very smooth drinking.
BroadestTom (364) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma caramel, leaves,
Appearance red, hazy, frothy, tan foam,
Taste medium sweetness, heavy sweetness,
Palate medium body,
Overall a nice beer that reminds me of winter. Almost a chocolate caramel taste. A nice mix of spices. I would suggest this beer to a friend.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4349) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Christmas beer for the day is:
Deschutes Jubelale 6.7%
Pouring a dark brown with a light beige head. Cocoa & raisins notes bring to mind raisinettes with toffee and light spice.
Med-full bodied, the taste is sweet, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and I guess that woodsy character I get is chicory. A very solid winter ale. Limited quantities made it to Japan so if you find one somewhere buy it.
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badpuppy69 (320) - orange, California, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice amber with a huge foamy frothy creamy tan head. Aroma is toffee malt some caramel and molasses and slight dark fruits. Taste follows the aroma with a hint of hops. Super tasty easy drinking ale! Solid malt rings all the way down the glass,