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RATINGS: 1144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
A dark, malty celebration ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping. Jubelale pours deep garnet in color, medium bodied, with notes of chicory, earth, spice and fruit. To beer lovers, it’s like Yule fire and family.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2008
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 24, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2008
On cask at Horse Brass. Pours a deep dark reddish brown with nary a sign of a head. The nose is deeply infused with dark fruits. Figs, prunes, especially. Rather sweet. A light hint of a suggestion of spice, but I doubt there’s any actual spice in this. Very subtle floral hops. No alcohol character noted, so I’m surprised this is called an English strong... but then I see the ABV now! Flatter thinner mouthfeel, duh, it’s on cask. Not as watery as those tend to be. The flavors are just as the nose suggests, perhaps sweeter. The prunes take over the figs entirely. Maybe some raisin. Some caramel. No real chocolate, maybe a hint of roast. Floral hjops pop a bit more. A tasty yummy beer, but not one I’d drink a ton of in a sitting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2008
Ruby brown with a big tan head. Really ’old’ almost (but not) oxidised aroma, lots of sultanas, oak, fruitcake mix (brown sugar and butter etc.), cinnamon, the list goes on... its wonderfully complex. Smooth mouthful, a touch sour perhaps but I cant figure that out too well, a touch of warmness and a lot of bitterness which I think draws away from the beer a little. Flavours of dry fruits and molasses, a bit of banana, very nice but not as great as the aroma. The finish shows more bitterness which is almost annoying, excellent and complex otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 8, 2008
Bottle 355ml
2007 Edition
Appearance: Brownish ruby amber , neatly contrasting tanned top , fragmented lace presented.3+
Nose :Refreshing aromatic hop aroma with some fruit accents placed around.7-
Flavor/Palate : Clean with nutty accent. Ripe fruit feel , short sour note (plum, grape?). Sweet malts below. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2008
12oz bottle: pours deep brown with decent off white head, aroma malty with spice, flavor is filled with spices and pertty malty bitter but not picking up much of hops. decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (4141) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2008
great nose of fruit cake, sweet malt, and caramel. Flavouris very bready, with a touch of spice. Reminds me of a spicy fruit cake. some slight hops in the finish with a medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2008
2 Feb 08 12 oz bottle
Chestnut brown, slight haze, sparse tan head, 3
Malty aroma - cookie, molasses. Some hops there too but not much, 7
Flavor emphasizes a bold maltiness but there’s a bit of bitterness to back it , 7
Medium-heavy body, med carb, 3
Very tasty winter warmer - the focus here is on malt and no funny spices 17

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2008
12oz bottle, Courtesy of BrewDad, Thanks!!! I was rather taken aback by this brew, expecting nothing more than a traditional winter ale with honey and spices i found a nice dark ale, with lots of dark caramel and a nice hidden bitterness lending iteself to dark cold evenings... this is actually quite a treat.

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