ARH (338) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter. A very potent sweet cherry aroma comes through first along with some other citrus notes in the background. As this aroma mellows out, some faint clove, cinnamon, and caramel notes arise - in turn, the sweet cherry smell becomes more of a cranberry apple juice aroma. It pours a deep, dark, and hazy mahogany color with a light tan, soap-like head that leaves some trace lacing along the glass. The initial taste is almost overwhelmingly sweet and tart (cherries come back to mind) with a noticeable, but light, bitterness. The initial tartness fades as the beer warms up and some toastiness, doughiness and spiciness come through - overcooked cinnamon apple muffins come to mind. It finishes with a lingering, but mild, bitterness that comes through as a very light burnt, woody flavor.
pictoman (456) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the tap. Hazy mahogany brown with minimal off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee, sweet malt. Flavour is sweet malt and hops, little but of nuttiness. Medium body.
italianjohn (2290) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep garnet pour with a creamy/soapy off white/beige head and lots of sticky lacing .... great looking beer .... aroma of roasted malts, christmas spices, sweet almost spruce tipish/earthy and light fruity malts ..... taste is of roasted malts, christmas spices, sweet fruity malts, earthy and again almost has a spruce tip to it .... finish is lightly bitter and spicy and the mouthfeel is soft .... great holiday brew
jbuskirk (422) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Among all the seasonal offerings that line store shelves, Jubelale is a standout in every way. The beautiful bottle art is on par with the dark color of this ale, which is a work of art in itself. Aroma has fruit, booze, and spice. Taste has dark fruit, spicy hops, lightly-toasted malts, alcohol warmth, and a touch of sugar. This is the kind of ale that should be sipped at the end of a winter day. It’s everything a holiday ale should be, and more.
ReggieDunlap (3031) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours ruby/brown with a medium tan head...nice lacing. aroma has light earthiness, fruity notes, mild spic and a hint of wood. flavor has earthy/woody bitterness, some roasted malt...almost faintly nutty...and a bit of spice...a bit all over the place but not in a bad way. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is dry and earthy/bitter/lightly spiced.
hawthorne00 (2379) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 12C. Dark reddish amber with an inch of beige head. Aroma is fruity and earthy with raisins, prunes, chestnuts, mace, hints of chocolate. Quite silky texture. Malty and fruity with a melange of spices more prominent than suggested by the aroma. Dry and bitter enough at the end that the richness doesn’t overstay its welcome. Good.
Nsanders (487) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear red brown with fine carbonation and a medium tan head. Toffee, yeast, light clove and faint resinous hop. Taste is dryly sweet. Medium body with a light syrupy feel.
gregwilsonstl (1037) - Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red. Lots going on here...several layers. Spices. Toffee. Citrus bitterness. Well done.
JMerritt (1776) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, best by 03/02/14, purchased in late December 2013. Murky brown with orange highlights. Head is medium in size, light brown, and partially diminishing down to a frothy ring. Decent egg froth lacing. Sweet aroma with notes of toffee, caramel, ripened plums, light toast, white grape, light tobacco leaf and a little bit of smoke. Rather high brown sugar sweetness that turns a little medicinal, leathery, and very dry. Quite a bit of toasted malts and the finish, but also some earthy dry leaves, brown paper sack, very light cloves, and dusty bakers chocolate. Tasted old. I doubt I would try this again - the mix of overly sweet aromas and initial taste followed with really dry, almost abrasive earth tones was not my cup of tea.
Beergeek23322 (2200) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/21/2012. On tap at the brewpub in Portland. Reddish brown with a tan head. Spicy and malty aromas with earthy and fruity notes. Good balance and complexity.