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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, its like Yule fire and family.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2006
2004 bottle aging in my cellar, 12 ounce and served in my Rogue Santa glass: Pours a rich mahogany hue topped by a small but lasting beige head and okay lace, oily legs which is good sign. The nose detects lots of carmelized and toffee laden malts, oxidized English hops, over ripened crab-apple and starfruit, rich aromatic pipe tobacco, star anise and juniper berry, and a olde yeast ester, yummy and inviting!

The taste was heavy on the sweet malt at first but a clear cut of bitterness still shined through. Undertones of fruit and minor spice added to the palate depth. The oxidation characteristic is full proof of its tribute to the basic English Olden Ales, I found this to very true to to the style. The mouth feel is smooth and very drinkable, almost no note of alcohol detected.

What a wonderful beer indeed, spot on! I hope the other bottle ages as nicely, need to get some more. Shocking surprise and is that not what we want from this "hobby"?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5417) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 05 bottle. Quite a good brew. Appearance is dark red/brown. Chocolate, coffee, carmel, and fruit flavors with a nice balance of hops. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1376) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle. Dark red body. Caramel, Raisin, Coffee, and tobacco aromas. Nice and complex. Flavor is caramel and all spice. A pretty good offering!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2006
Complex flavor is present with the malts, caramels, chocolates, coffee, and hoppiness. Balanced flavor for the most part, except for the hops. I thought this brew was excessively bitter for a strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 7, 2006
05. Bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours a deep, dark amber / mahogany. Clear with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a layer of foam. Malty, carmelly, plummy, raisiny, slightly spicy aroma. Good, malty, but well balanced flavor. There is plenty of bitterness without very much hop flavor. What does it for me with this beer is the mouthfeel. Medium to thick, it surrounds your tongue with thick, smooth, creamy feel, with just the right amt. of carbonation, and then it goes down smooth and light. This is definitely one of my favorite winter beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 120z bottle. 2005. Ruby, brown hue. Hazy with a slight ring of tan head. Fruity nose with hints of cocoa and anise. Full and rich with a great silky texture. Long dry hop finish. Caramel and dark fruit. Middle is smooth and sweet. Bitter and long dry hop finish. Piney and resinous. 2006. 12oz bottle. Deep honey brown and sedimented. Large bubbled cola head. Sweet sugary nose. Brown sugar with a touch of red fruit. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Dry hops with a spicy flavor. Peppery zesty. Touch of syrupy honey sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Thanks to elnadeau for this one. Pours warm brown with a rich foamy head. Nose is sweet-cidery-malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouth is quite roasty with a coffee finish. A pretty good brew.

   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 (2492) - 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 (9505) - Ursel, 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 dont stamp their imprint on the taste. Theres 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 beers OK?

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