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RATINGS: 1076   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   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, itís like Yule fire and family.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Clear mahogany color with a small tan head. An aroma of caramel and toffee malt along with a touch of pine. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Flavors of caramel and toffee that finish with a gentle hop sensation. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
2004 bottle. Gorgeous ruby coloured beer with 1" of lasting foamy head on top. Creamy texture. Warm bready aroma, sweet caramel malts with a light hop spiciness and resin. Also baking spices and a touch of sweet fruitiness. Nice sweet caramel and toffee flavour up front before tasting candied fruit, a nice bready yeast flavour, spice and a long lasting bitter finish. There is also a light toastiness near the end of the finish. This is a great winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2004
This wasnít bad. Dark reddish copper body under a small beige head. The aroma was a nice blend of malt, hops, citrus, pine. Good body. The taste was a rewarding blend of malt and hops. Good robust English ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2004
í04 bottle. What a great looking beer! Very dark brown brown/purple body with a dense foamy head that leaves thick lacing. Nutty, flower petal aroma with a caramel background. Overall this is a dry beer. Stout-like with its coffee bean start, but honey doughnuts and molasses help to round it out some. The finish has some hizops, letís call them "grassily spicy". A pretty good beer in the end. The dry malt and spicy hops work well together, and the dark sweet malts make it into a richer, more satisfying drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Thanks to BŁck Dich for this one! This is a beautiful beer. Tall, off white head that sits on a clear garnet beer. Lots of caramel and some yeasty notes in the aroma. Smooth body that delivers a lightly sweet nutty brew that has a nice dryness in the finish. Iíd like a bit more body, but this is a real nice winter treat. I could drink another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Ah nuts... Like I have a bowl of nuts in front of me, and this looks most like the color of a filbert. I wistfully smell cardamom among the "pine and spruce," and warm biscuits in a seasoned 12" cast iron skillet. Doink. Jubelale is "characterized by a large malt body balanced with hop bitterness derived from a variety of American and European hops." I donít know -- that sounds like Santa on a salad diet. The picture I get as I guzzle to buzzle my calabuzza is bit thin: Itís like I live a quarter mile from my nearest neighbor so I focus a telescope on his dining room and see a fat guy sitting at the table eating a box of brachís chocolate-covered cherries on a wood table decorated with pine boughs. Whooppee, an average "Santamas" beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Deep mahigany color with a medium beige head. Spicy malt aroma. Nutmeg, corriander, malt, honey and hops flavors. Slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2008 2004 Bottle. Ruby red with a brown head. Malt and hops in good balance. Smooth on the tongue, and smooth going down. Tinge of sweetness. This is just what it wants to be...a great winter ale. 2006 Bottle. Same color as before. Nose of hops and fruit. I have tasted a lot of beers since the first time I rated this. I can only say I still like it. 2008 bottle. Seem like I get this every two years. Same as ever, which is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Bottle pours dark cherry, large frothy sand colored head, wonderful lacing, with very light carbonation. † Subtle hop aroma, traces of malt. † Sharp bitterness up front, quickly gives way to a decent balance of roasted malts and hops. † Body and mouthfeel are rather average, at least compared to earlier years. † Subtle malts and hops on the finish... slight sweetness with a bit of biscuit.   yawn....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 2004- Dark Amber with a tan head. Aromas and flavors of allspice and nutmeg. Very dry mouthfeel. 2005-Dark Amber with Tan head. Malty aroma with some fruits. Sharp, cardboard, and prune flavor. Dusty finish.

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