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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, itís like Yule fire and family.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 2007 2006 / 3.6* Pours deep rich amber w/ a full creamy froth. Superb hangtime reducing to a full, fluffy canopy. Aromas of brisk hops w/ a thick, malty caramel backdrop. Medium full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. The texture is very silky. Flavors are dominated by a piney hop presence wth a slightly spiced malty backbone to balance it all out. Minute flavors of coffee and leather. Finish is long with a lingering malty sweetness and perfectly bittered. **** 2005/ Color; clear, dark amber honey. Nose; faint malted cocoa. Palate; medium nectar with dry flavors of coffee, cocoa, pine, charcoal, with slight celery on the finish. A definate winter warmer. score 2.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2006
2005 bottle via trade with awaisanen - Thanks Andy! - Pours deep brown with a short creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, some raisins, and some pine hops. Flavor is sweet caramel at the front with a touch of chocolate but finishes with some pretty sharp pine hop bitterness. Somewhat dry finish as well. Palate is creamy and medium bodied. A very drinkable English Strong Ale..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2006
Deep burgundy-purple, near black; irregular yellow-amber head. Very fruity nose, dark grapes and a piney background. Dark malts abund. Dry, piney hops flavour. Malts are there, but they donít stamp their imprint on the taste. Thereís a bit of creamy coffee whirling around in the background, lending the rather good body a velvety feel. A good ale, but I wonder about the supposed English character. Then again, who cares if the beerís OK?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pour is nice ruby amber with a thin tan head...smell is nice and dry malty with some raisins and pine floating about...taste is a little caramel-like sweet at first and only for a split second, then turning pretty strongly bitter...mouthfeel is a little weak and something seems off about the finish...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Bottle, 2005 vintage. Translucent brownish color, smallish head with lacing. Aroma is toasty bread, fruit and engllish hoppy, flavor followed well for me. At first I thought it needed some more body but it may have been just a bit too cold because after half of the glass I thought it was well rounded, well balanced and satisfying. A nicely crafted winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep copper in color with a little head. Thin tasting. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Caramel notes. Malty and fruity tasting. Finish is hoppy. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
12 oz bottle. For the style, itís not bad but maybe I donít care for the style. Body is thinner than it should be. Taste is light caramel and hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours dark walnut brown with a foamy off-white head and creamy lacing. Aroma is malt (straw) and hoppy citrus fruit, trace yeast. Flavor is medium bitter and acidic, malty citrus rind with no sweetness to it. Medium bodied and creamy, fizzy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thoreaubred (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This beer didnít really impress me that much. Boring flavor compared to other Deschutes beers. Like their Twilight Ale, itís a little two watery, though Twilight Ale makes up for that with falvor, which this doe not. Alcohol taste is noticable but not too strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1941) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 Bottle, 2005 vintage.

Pours dark with orange-red highlights and a nice tan head.

The aroma is truly superb: baking bread, dried fruits, candied orange, a hint of blueberries, and and a hint of chocolate. Compared to the aroma, the flavor doesnít quite live up. Itís good enough - but not an absolute standout as one might have hoped after the first whiff. The flavor is burnt grains and a bit of molassas and raisin, well balanced with firm, tasty hops that provide a nice bitter finish without ever stealing the show from the malts. The mouthfeel is quite nice, full without being too sticky.

All in all, a pretty darn nice beer. 9/3/7/14/15=3.8.

Bottle, 2007 vintage Decent aroma, yeasty, orange peel, cola notes, but also some alcohol burn beyond its percentage. Disappointing flavor; burnt sugar (badly burnt) and a late metallic bitterness too strong to complement the other flavors. Iíd go about 7/3/6//3/12 =3.1 on this rerate. Huge difference between the two ratings; Iíll split it.

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