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RATINGS: 1100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
2005, draught. Malty, spicy aroma, plenty of brown sugary sweetness, gentle spices and some apple buttery fruitiness, perhaps some slight banana esters along with gentle hints of cotton candy, berry and woodsy hop. Pretty sweet, overall. Hazy dark amber-copper color, with a fine, lasting light tan head and nicely stippled lacing. Bitter and roasty to start, not nearly as sweet as anticipated, with an influx of green, leafy, earthy hops before a spicy, moderately bitter, cinnamon, nutmeg and dry cocoa finish, perhaps some lasting hints of pear. Some background caramel, fruit and bread, but fairly well balanced, toasty, spicy and hoppy. Substantive mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a medium-full body. Worthwhile and hearty winter seasonal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2005
2005 Bottle: A cloudy mahogany color with a light brown head that is quite frothy. It diminishes a bit but then remains a nice layer of fuzz all the way to the bottom. The lacing is ultra sticky and remains all over the glass until you clean it. The wonderful aromas are so strong that you can pick them up at a distance -- aromas of spicy malts balanced with hops. Tastes are similar adding a nutty flavor as well. It has a nice bitter aftertaste. The feel is almost thick with average carbonation. Indeed, this one is a festive winter ale. This is one reason why I am glad its getting colder outside.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Bottle, 2005 edition. Deep, stained mahogany in color with ruby highlights showing through, clear. Tannish head forms and fades to a ring leaving pretty nice lacing behind. Aroma is malty and hop balanced nicely. Caramel, toffee, slight nutty aromas blend with light earthy hops. Lighter medium bodied. Tends to feel thin in the mouth. Caramel flavors with some nuts and then a very generous hop bitterness, not overwhelming. Decently done, probably better when consumed warmed.

2006 bottle Oct. 06. Ultraclear, garnet colored when backlit, brownish under normal light. Nice tannish head that fades a touch too quickly. Decent lacing. Chocolate and nutty aroma, medium bodied. Smooth chocolate flavor with some vanilla, suprisingly strong hop presence, lasting bitterness. Quite tasty this year! 8/3/8/4/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5169) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2005
2005 is out and ready to drink. This is a great beer. Dark reddish brown color with a huge head and a great overall aroma. The hint of smokyness with a light hopps flavor and a huge malt presence make this a great winter warmer. I will be getting more for the deep winter months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle poured a dark red amber with a huge thick brownish head. Rich, sweet malt aroma. Flavor is malt and hops, light smoke, chocolate with a light bitter malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2611) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Malty sweet and caramel aromas. Body held to light had a ruby red color to it. Foamy tan head that was decent but disipated. Left good lacing on the glass. Sweet and spicy malts with a good hop balance. Smooth and warm on palate. An enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6070) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2005
On cask at Humpy’s Alaskan Ale House in Anchorage 7/6/05: Dark crimson with a heavy pine sap flavor. Heavy alcohol. It was way too warm in Anchorage for this one, but it is a decent winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
Couleur presque rubis, mousse blanche concassée adhérant bien à la paroi du verre. Arômes plutôt complexe et d’un bel équilibre affichant malt chocolat, foin, feuille de laurier jumelé à quelques notes de raisins bleus et à une touche boisée. Corps plutôt mince, faible carbonatation semblant plutôt effacé du portrait. Un peu plus de corps serait certainement approprié.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Sweet, grapey, spicy, marzipan aroma with some earthy, woody and roasty notes. Hazy reddish-brown with decent off-white head that recedes to ring and partial cover with some lace. Chocolate and brown malt flavours with some mild bitterness and some berry-like fruits. Medium body with low carbonation. Bottle (Secret Santa, Dec. 2004) enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere. Thanks, Tchrome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
The Lure:
Roasted malts and earthy chocolate combine in a mild but interesting aroma. Cherry fruitiness thrives within, there are some good ingredients in here.

The Festivities:
Roasted malt bitterness is immediately felt, accompanied by berries and grapes. An ample body of chocolate and caramel malts leeks onto a bed of ashes or burnt pie crust.

Hearty cooking will always get me.

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