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RATINGS: 1246   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2005
My first Jubilation of the season...Yum! I forgot how good this ale is. Pours a crystal mahogany with a slight head. Lacing is there but not a ton of legs to it. My first impression of this is that of a Scotch "Light" Ale...both in aroma and taste. Maybe not...could be certain grains that are common between these two styles but they are distinct. ABV is pretty high but hidden well. This one will bring cheer to the season for certain.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a deep ruby- brownish color with a nice thick head. Aroma of malty nuts, fruit,chocolate, and alcohol. Smooth body with hints of carbonation. This is a great winter brew. Smooth enough, tasy enough, and very warming.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
12 0z bottle. Deep brown with smell of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is primarily the same as the smell -- minimal hop presence to balance the malt. Not a bad beer, but needs more hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Roasty malt aroma. Not sweet, but roasty. Nice brown color with good sized tan head. Body is a little thin at first, but malt soon makes it's presence known. Very little hops in this beer. Finishes surprisingly clean, yet alcohol is apparent as well. Not bad, not great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopbag (159) - - DEC 27, 2014
Aroma has current and sugar. Not spiced, not too sweet. Dark caramel malt, maybe some roast or chocolate in small quantities. Trailing coffee bitterness. Nicely balanced. Neutral yeast. Definitely a sipper, as the bitterness coated my palate after a few sips. Hides the alcohol well. Really nice winter brew, would try again. Curious how it would age.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 rhus C, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2006
Rich, sweet and malty aroma with some sour notes and hints of caramel. Dark amber colour with off-white head. Nice lacings. Sweet, rich taste with some hops bitterness. Disguises the alcohol totally. Medium to full body with a creamy mouth feel. Overall a very good winter ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2005
I picked up a single 12 oz. bottle in the refrigerated section of the beer store. I smell apple and caramel and cinnamon. The color is a rich brown with a light brown head. Has a sweet taste. Fruit and honey. I detect a bit of alcohol taste, but not too strong. Some nut in the flavor too. This is definitely more sweet than hoppy. Not too sweet, but if I drank a lot of these in a row I might change my opinion on that. Overall, It is refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
A bit thin in the flavor dept. Nice solid ale, glad its not trying to be overly something.... Very drinkable! and thats good!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Mahogany color with a small off-white head. Really sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel and toffee. Flavor is roasty,nutty, malty, and a little chocolatey. Complex. Palate is smooth and round, low carbonation. Finish is long and fairly bitter. Overall very good winter beer. Definitely would drink this again.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2004
12oz bottle. Very impressive! This has a fantastic aroma that just begs for attention; a hoppy nose with malt backing. Looks great, a deep red brown with a thin head. The flavor is great; a nice rich malty complexity, with a perfect hop taste to close. I bought this without really knowing much about it, so without any preconceptions, this stuff blew me away.


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