Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It has been quite a while since i had the Jubilation, but this is a really nice cherry beer that has alcohol flavors from barrel aging. The color is rich and the head is thick. This is a belly warmer that is perfect for the winter season. New Glarus still tops the fruit beer list, but this is one you shouldn’t miss.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
FoBAB 07. my biggest disappointment in 06 was realizing i’d missed this. it wasn’t that great though. jolly pumpkin flavor with cherries. milky texture and flat though i liked that. lots of wood.
drewbeerme (3902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at FoBAB V: pours reddish brown with small head. nose is oaky and cherries. flavor is sweet cherries, musty, vanilla. mouth feel is thin. smooth finish. this was nice but i think i liked the version they had last year better.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBAB 06, Jubilation 2000: The beer is a reddish brown hue with a small ring of foam. Wow! Tart cherry and raspberry with a french oak vapour up front supported by a light amount of brett and funk. Additionally there is an earthy and fresh aromatics character which made my mouth water before I even took the first sip!!
The taste is classic Flemish sour with a tart refreshing tartness balanced by mellow roasted malt and a note of sharp rye. Midsection displays a quick sweeter side of toffee and sweet bread. The finish is light smoked wood, mild cinnamon, juniper berry, and a aftertaste is bony dry and tannic. Wonderful stuff this is, done just right...there was bourbon in the oak? I would not have ever guessed without already knowing.
The mouth feel is crisp, sharp, and even more mouth watering. Man this rocks!! Among the finest Brown Sour Ales made here or anywhere.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, non-translucent and dark mahogany in color with a caramel-amber accent. Only a few pinpoints of lace line the edges. Aroma is spectacular. Peaches, boysenberries and jovial red raspberries brightly careen the nose. Red and black currant meet in the middle and dance with a lactic blackberry tartness that proves its solid existence. Souring compounds keep building as the black currant glides on black rye sourdough. This is a savoring experience. Black raspberry kernels multiply amidst the black raspberry cobbler in its most tart profession. Definitely originally flavored, with a tart, burnt pumpernickel tendency that transitions toward a flame-liked oak profession. Brittle chocolate toffee weaves delicately through burnt rye chips and black raspberry danishes. Brett dances with scorched blueberries as a trickle of lime interjects for the prominent, souring rye compound. Beautiful.
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2006. 2000 vintage. Light chocolate color with no head. Sweet chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and fruit aromas. Fruits dominated the flavor with cranberry and cherry flavors that were sweet and sour. Finish sour, very sour apple like and oaky. I really enjoyed this one.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 told me that we might be looking at a 4 or better for the Jubilation 2000 (what it was called at FoBAB), and I naturally assumed he’sd been hitting the Impys too hard. It poured a deep brown with a beige halo, not a great look. But the aroma - a funky twist to sour cherries, dark cherries, iron and wood. (Where’s the Bourbon?) Actually the barreling seemed to mellow out the brew, blending all together nicely with caramel and the addition of vanilla, smokey wood, and brown spices. Nice puckering sour & tart finish. Damn. BBB63 was right!
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frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating for "Jubilation 2000" A small head ends as a skinny, tan halo & half skin above a dark, caramel-colored base. Entertaining yeasts add a funkadelic twist to the base aroma of fruity cherriness. There is a hint of vinousness that surprises me considering this was aged in a bourbon barrel. Flavor finds an acid-blast before a wooden assault making me think that barrel was too young. Fruity, no doubt, but outside of the tart, raw persona, I can’t offer it an excessively rave review.
<font size=-4>Sampled at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve IV, Nov. 4, 2006</font>
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBAB. Boy was I impressed by this. Even my non beer drinking friends thought this one of the best beers of the day. Notes of Montmorency cherries and cinammon with orange and sherry and lots of caramel. Lovely finish blending cherry, wood, and spice.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at FoBAB 4. This 2000 batch was just spot on... and a surprise hit at the festival. Poured very deep brown with just a ring of light beige head. Tart cherries provide an excellent first impression that was accented by sweet vanilla, mild bourbon sugars, and perhaps some light spicing. Excellent balance in the flavor between tart, puckering cherry vinegar and the sweet barrel influence of mild bourbon and vanilla bean. The bourbon was expertly-placed in the background. Long, tart finish. Loved it!