KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown, with a medium frothy head. Aroma is nutty and malty, and slightly metallic. Flavor is of banana Laffy Taffy, caramel, ending in a nice piney bitter finish. Body is nice and filling. This a pretty good brew, and makes a nice winter warmer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2009 Pours a deep garnet with clarity; wonderful head, moderately full, mostly lasting, creamy/pillowy, light tan, and some nice, soapy lacing. Nose is toffee, toasty almonds, hints of chocolate, and some pine hops and light roast notes in the back; rather pleasant. Flavor does not match the nose; toffee and almonds with some light dried fruit notes with plenty of piney/earthy hops and a medium-high bitterness. The bitterness lingers through the finish with the pine and leaves a long tingling on the tongue. Palate is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and a creamy, dryish feel. Good winter warmer, but could improve with some aging. The malt richness is lacking a bit leading the hops to dominate more than I would like. Nothing spectacular, but well done beer for the cold months in Colorado.
after4ever (6563) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz, ’06. Pours a deep ruddy brown with a swirl of tannish head that falls to film pretty much by the time you walk to wherever you’re going to sit and drink the thing. Nice toasty malt on the nose--this carries through to the palate in a big way. Medium body, low-medium carb. On the palate, there’s that toasty malt again, maybe a little very subdued toffeeishness. Mostly just crisp roasty flavors, though. Enormously appealing. The finish hookslides into a big bubble of earth and herbal bitterness. I dig what unclemattie’s saying about tobacco, but that wouldn’t have been the first word I’d’ve used to describe it. This is a really fine effort, and I honestly can’t remember past vintages well enough to know if this one’s different. Regardless, cheers to Deschutes for another solid achievement.
unclemattie (4350) - Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gift from asteele8. 2006 Vinage. Dark reddish-brown in color. Impressive almond colored head. Aroma of malts, nuts, caramel, some pine. Very smooth texture and a balanced palate. Very sweet. Light flavors of choclate, tobacco. Great ale to just sit back and enjoy a sweet maduro cigar with.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber. Aroma is flowery and spicy hops with caramel and hints of chocolate and darker fruits. Unlike most of their other ’English’ beers, this one felt much more English... but not 100% genuine either.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 12 oz bottle. Pours a nice red brown with a creamy head. Aroma has hints of chocolate, spices, hops, and coffee. Flavor is very similiar in addition to sweet toasted carmel notes. Nice dry hop finish. 2006 Jubelale far exceeds previous years attempts.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 This is a nice Strong amber ale, very malty and smooth. Mix of holiday spices with some summer fruit elements that do very well in masking a somewhat strong alcohol bite. Can taste some pine tree notes in there as well. Liked the hop kick too. Strong, complex malt essence. Another fine offering from what is becoming one of my favorite brewers.
Re-rating a 2006 I have had sitting around for 1+ year now. Absolutely incredible. Flavors have softened but become richer and more indecernable. Excellent drink.
TheLeadDog (101) - Kent, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
To me this is a Brown Ale as it looks and tastes that way. Great rich flavor of chocolate, carmel, toffee and roasted malt. Thick rich head that lasts a long time. I look forward to anything Deschutes puts out, seasonal or otherwise.
benpickens (425) - Camarillo, California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a long lasting creamy light brown head and light carb. Smells great: cola, roots, tobacoo, caramel. Malty taste with a late hop dryness in the finish.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. My first seasonal winter beer I have gotten to try in the PNW. I am looking forward to all the different ones from the PNW. Pours a dark amber color (mostly red making it dark) with a nice light tan head on top. Aroma is malt backbone through and through. Caramel, toffee, holiday spices, gingerbread, and vanilla hit the nose. Flavor is hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, and gingerbread. Hops come in nicely at the end of the taste to give a nice bite. A good winter ale to start off with.