5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, somewhat of a dark red, cloudy and dirty, moderate off-white head, frothy, with
spotty lacing.   Lots of dark pitted fruit on the nose.   Not real heavy, but it seems like dates, figs, and
raisins.   Golden raisins to be more exact.   On the tongue it certainly carries that dark pitted fruit
aspect.   The body is light, meaning its not like a dubbel.   The backside has a very dull cinnamon aspect.
Now I know its nothing like a Dubbel.   I wished this was a bit more full bodied, and sweet.   Seems to
come across as a weak Dubbel with some other spices.   Not bad, but needs a little more body and brightness. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Appearance: deep garnet and cherry woods. A khaki head fades into a thin collar of lingering bubbles which try to crawl up the sides of my glass. Swirls thicker.
DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Nose: dark fruit forward with cinnamon in the back; meaty and moist. Crisp along the edges – apple skins. Dried figs and prunes. Earthen wood and fire in the background. Cinnamon is very subtle. Mulling spices and apples.
Palate: ooh – yummy. Medium weight, soft, bready. Fruitiest in the middle – figs, prunes, and pressed apples. Brisk. Essence of fall leaves, apple peel, and cinnamon sticks. Dry along the edges – fall leaves, earth, dirt. Not overly complex but damn good. Silky mouthfeel. Pears join the apples – juicy. Clean finish. Figs in the middle with dried raisins and prunes. Cinnamon is an essence.
Final Thoughts: wow. Baird Brewing always impresses. Always. I think part of that for me is the indigenous aspect – many flavor profiles are totally new and therefore totally intriguing, puzzling, and thrilling all at the same time. A fantastic beer.
22 ounce bottle purchased at Ledger’s Liquors. BevMo in Natomas also has this beer. The aroma on this seems a little old and lightly oxidized with some cardboard hints. I have no clue if this is an old bottle or not. Ledger’s is known for that sometimes. Behind this, there is a strange herbal complexity, which is kind of sweet in one sniff and a little spicy in the next sniff. I guess that would be the sweetness of the figs and the spiciness of the cinnamon, although I would have difficulty putting a finger on them if not for help from the description. This has a slightly hazy amber-copper body with a smallish, quickly dissipating off-yellowish head. There could be some chill haze, here seeing I had this in the freezer. Starts a little herbal, before this becomes a little fruity and sweet, which is then followed by some light spiciness and a little bitterness. Finishes a little sweet. Very low carbonation in this beer, which works a little against this. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2012
633ml bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
pintbypint (3831) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a rather clouded, dark copper body with a small-sized head of yellowish foam.
Smell: Fruity, sherry accented aroma with a generous dose of spicy er... spices. Also, some sugary caramel, herbs, fragrant orange bitters, and yeast cake.
Taste: A sweet sip of bready caramel maltiness followed closely by figs, orange blossom, golden raisins, and a shot of cooking sherry. Pinch of ground cinnamon, but also a slice of piquant ginger. Current of yeastiness throughout. Herbal, leafy hops with some bitterness noted. Continued fruitiness with a sprinkling of candied almond on the back half. Spicy-sweetish finish with a lingering heat on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s sweet, spicy, heated, though overall just okay for me.
633ml brown bottle. Amber pour, hazy. Has a thin whitish cap with creamy edges. Nose is fruity, lots of marmalade notes, smells like a sweet amber ale. In the mouth ther is cinnamon spiciness, fruity and caramel malts, finishes with a light suggestion of hops. A hint of bitterness in the aftertaste but lots of spice, and slight woody notes. Decent.
Stew41 (2081) - Phuket, THAILAND - APR 29, 2012
Would have picked as an off-beat pale ale if drunk blind. Very well made; balanced and elegant in the extreme, even if the ABV is only 6.5%. Clean hops keep the beer zingy and sharp but there’s an unusual farmyard biscuity finish that I can only assume comes from the cinnamon and figs. Great session beer. Dogbrick (13777) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
This brew is a cloudy brown color with a medium thin white head that dissipates quickly to a wispy film. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit and malt. Medium body with flavors of sweet malt, fruit and spices. The finish is sweet with a dark fruity aftertaste. Decent overall. shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
GenDV138 (7702) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4/28/2011: Baird Jubilation Ale (Japanese Ale Brewed
with Figs and Cinnamon)... Aroma: Sugary and fruity maltiness; fig
definitely comes through in the aroma; smells VERY malty. Appearance:
Hazy orange complexion with a frothy off-white head; soft visible
carbonation; minimal lacing. Flavor: Sweet and fruity in the front
with figs in the middle with fig and honey sweetness in the middle
with just a subtle touch of spice; dry pear-like fruitiness and
alcohol though the finish. Palate: Medium; very mellow and smooth;
seems a bit thin at times. Overall: Interesting... Not great, not
1 PT 5.4 FL OZ bottle (7% ALC/VOL) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom!
Rating #106 for this beer.
Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark caramel brown color with almost a finger of off-white head. Aromas of apples, dark fruit, light spices. Tasting notes of dark fruit, spices, slightly bitter bread. Medium-light body, dry finish. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2015
633ml bottle, from Dutch’s.. Labeled 7%. An older vintage, not sure which though. Shared with friends. Clear red amber color. Thin off-white bubbly head. Dots and bits of lace. Figs, touch cinnamon, touch toasty, and some mild flavor of oxidization up front, some caramel malt. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. More drying finish in the end. Moderate sweet taste, kind of a tang, light bitterness. Pretty tasty, aside from the touch of oxidization. Held up reasonably well for what it is.