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RATINGS: 1255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our winter ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. Cellarable for 3+ years.

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4.1
mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
12 oz bottle cellared for a year (or has it been two? Maybe they should put a vintage on the label, or I should date my beers when I cellar them...). Pours very bright and clear with color of amber resin and beige plush half-inch head that leaves lacing. Aroma is bready and doughy with a rich portion of molasses, as well as a clove note. There’s rich dark fruit on nose, followed by toffee and sweetbread flavors (reminiscent of British yeast contributions plus specialty malts like Victory) as well as flour (from oxidation?) ; alcohol presents itself mid-palate, which then melds with hefty balance note of bittering hop finish with some drying. Like a lean old ale, reminds me a of a leaner and much meaner London Pride).

3.9
TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2015
12oz bottle poured into an English pint. Old Jubilation pours a deep mahogany to burgundy with a fairly thin creamy tan brown head that lasts a solid 30 seconds. The aroma is caramel, molasses and a bit nutty. The flavor is milk, caramel, molasses, licorice, hazelnut, spices and a bit smokey. Overall this is a solid brew.

4.3
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Draft, Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Deep brown color with slight beige head. Aromas of dark caramel/toffee, raisins, slightly sour malt, chalk, toffee, coffee, and chocolate malt. Flavors of all of the above, with a very smooth and full palate and a nice chalky-grain focus on the sweet malt, though with enough bitterness and alcohol warmth to be completely balanced. Though there’s no mention of hops in the commercial description, the bitterness throughout this beer was very nice, and I assume it is coming from some substantial hops. The slightest bit of a plasticy sweet note in the finish, which I enjoyed. Very nice indeed.

3.4
mcmisko (358) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Pours brown with tan bubbles, not much of a head. Smell is toasty. Taste toasty and slightly sweet, some hazelnut and toast. Super smooth, low carbonation, med bodied. Pleasant lasting after taste.

3.4
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at Craftsman Ale House. Dark chocolate color. No head. Slight spice aroma. Full bodied but slightly bitter start. Smooth finish. Drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Notes from Thursday, October 03 2010 On tap at Avery tap house. Ar: Toffee, chocolate dominate along with some hazelnut. Ap: Medium brown-red, little head, medium lace. T: Lots of hazelnut with a bit of toffee. Lightly hoppy finish. P: Medium body, medium carbonation. O: Highly enjoyable strong ale.

4
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2004
This beer poured a brownish red color with a spotty tall head and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was very malty and had a fruity smell as well, but I can't pinpoint what fruits. The flavor was big on malts with some citrus notes. Very easy to drink and a nice full bodied beer.

4.3
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Didn’t have much idea about what to expect on this one.... Actually thought it was going to lean more toward the golden side of things but turned out to be an English style ale. Low carbonation, and a head that didn’t last longer than a sneeze. Nice mouthfeel, not too smooth. Good amount of hops, kind of like an old war wound. They just stick around. There’s plenty of independent notes to this ale, which makes it the character deep. The only note that didn’t feel right was the copper one while it was on the tongue. I could see how this would be excellent aged. The score would probably go up higher then.

3.6
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle, pours medium reddish color, with noticable lightness around the edges. and a medium sized tan head. Aroma is a complex blend of malts, molasses, and spice. The flavor has a nice malty almost caramel cookie-like turn to it, with some fruits. great drinking for an August evening, would even be better in December or January.

3.9
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
The best holiday ale I've had so far. Nice full body, and nothing too weird about it. Color is a nice clear, deep copper-amber-brown (mahogony?). Aroma has some spicy notes to it, but again, not too crazy. Mouthfeel is full. Nice malty flavor with a spicy finish. It's the balance and the full body that I like about this.


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