PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Toronado. I was told by the bartender that this was the super rare, retired "lost and found" pinot noir barrel edition of Jubel that was discovered while searching for other vintage kegs. He said no more then a few were made in the pinot barrels. Pour is a dark crimson with small head and medium spotty lacing. Aromas of heavy malt, brandy, rich candy sugar, dark grapes. Taste is sweet caramel, smokey hops, vinous pinot notes, and tons of strong barley. Amazingly layered American strong.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahh, what sort of barrel will we age things in next? Thankfully this beer is pulled off artfully, the wine barrel does the Jubel justice and then some. The beer is clear and copper colored with a slight tan head that fades quickly leaving little lacing. Grape, oak and dry tannic aromas seem to be distinct in the nose. Quite a pleasant blend of beer and an Oregon Pinot Noir. Medium bodied. The Pinot is all over the flavor profile of this beer, but rather than detracting it adds a layer that is quite pleasing. Dry and woody. Very nice.