GarrettB (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think much stronger juices are in need for instant jubilation, but I immediately take a liking to the carefree package design on this Deschutes beer. The body is a rich, dark cherry body, clear but very dark. The head is diminutive, almost puny on such a dark beer body, but throttles the glass in a wicked strong lacing. Thus, when the lumpy, bubbly and balsa wood colored head slowly pops and recedes, you know very clearly where on the glass it started. The smell is, at first, dusty and dirty - memories of mountain-biking in Moab surface. But a little patience yields, cream, truffle, pear juice and orange rind. The taste is very different, taking a malty, slightly sweet milk chocolate stand. Add in a touch of grape soda sugar and a slightly overwhelming carbonation and there’s my Jubelale. Nice aroma, but the flavor is too generic to stand out from the hordes of other winter time beers micro breweries love to produce.
vulcanmeister (224) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber from the bottle with a nice light beige head. Aroma is bread, chocolate, and fruit (grapefruit?). Flavor is rich with chocolate, dark fruitiness, caramel, and pine. Delicious sweetness and maltiness that just goes on and on. Cheers!
Shag (2765) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Vintage. This poured a dark brown color with a beige head. The aroma is chocolate, toffee, caramel, and maple syrup. The flavor contains a hint of dark fruit and also some chocolate, caramel, raisins, and toffee. The body is a bit light on this one. The aftertaste is rather dry considering. Overall a pretty good beer.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007. 12oz Bottle. Nice caramel and grass nose. Chewy toasted malts bind with a bit of honey and maple syrup, supporting some faint hoppiness. Nice glow. Pours a clear blood red, with edges in brown and soapy khaki head. Flavor is weak ass. All this build up to malt evaporates into thin, astringent roast and burnt caramel. A touch of popcorn. Watery. Hops are grassy and ride some overly hot alcohol. Majorly underwhelming. Soapy, lightly metallic and backed only briefly with a bit of fruit and sweetness. Dusty on the smack. Not good. I get the feeling that something has changed, because how can this particular vintage possible be representative of a beer in the top percentile for the style? Thanks Sean!
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007 bottle. Cloudy mahogany, tan head. Nose is toffee, alcohol & hops - lots of hops. Flavor is roasty malt, hops, pine, some raisin. Overly bitter.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy amber color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, caramel, crystal malts, and some earthy hops. Flavor is crystal malts, toast, caramel, and a bitter earthy citrus finish.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a beautiful rust caramel color with a slight head, and light lacing and slightly under carbonated. Smells of bourbon and hops, and hints of wood. Taste of rich malts, wood, and bourbon. Not a very strong ale at 6.7%. Not bad and fairly balanced.
sloth (2756) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium sized tan head, good retention and a fair lacing. Murky brown color, light orange hue. Nose is lightly fruity with light caramel malt notes.Body is medium with a gentle carbonation, lightly oily on the palate. Light caramel malt flavors, light spiceyness and citrus notes, lightly bready. Fairly dry, lightly fruity finish. An easy quaffing brew. Props to jake65 for the bottle. 06 vintage
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great beer, that I always look forward to its release in December. This kind of walks the line as others have said between a sipper and something that could be drank quite easily. it is great at a cooler temperature for everyday drinking, but is also quite complex at room temperature for sitting outside on the porch in colder weather as a sipper. Light dark fruits lead into a great mouthfeel of molasses and sweet toffee, but its only their for a moment, as the finish is quite dry and bittersweet chocolate, with some cocoa dusting on the tongue. Great drinkability.
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 version poured from 12oz brown with medium sized tan head which fades quickly. Nose of straw, darkfruit (raisins, prunes, pear) and toasted malt. The flavor checks in with molasses, straw/hay, roast coffee, toast and some bittersweet chocolate. There is an underlying sweetness but mostly dry roasted bitter with good acidity and a powdery finish. This beer has a heavy filling feel to it with some noticiable alcohol in the finish. Good taste but a slow sipping beer only.