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RATINGS: 1162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A dark, malty celebration ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping. Jubelale pours deep garnet in color, medium bodied, with notes of chicory, earth, spice and fruit. To beer lovers, its like Yule fire and family.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 14, 2008
2008 Bottle. Pours with a light brown, smallish head that leaves decent lacing, and a clearish, dark amber body. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, plums and some brandy (essence, not alocohol). Taste is bitter with wood, some nutts, toffee and slightly metalic. Creamish mouthfeel, light bubbles.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Pours dark brown in color with little head. Taste is spicy, what I would expect from a winter ale. Slightly bitter, lot of caramel and cinnamon. It’s a decent beer just not something I would usually drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jacobp51 (5) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008 does not count
2008 bottle compliments of my good buddy Andrew - thanks! Pours a deep brown/red with a tan head. Aroma is subdued, but the hops and spices are apparent. The taste is bitter, but not unpleasant for a winter brew. The malts are complimented by notes of cinnamon and the citrus hop flavor. Easy to drink and left me wanting more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 2008 edition. Pours a rich mahogony from the bottle with a tan/yellow head -- much like a scottish ale. Smells of hops, cherry, and cinnamon with creamy malts, caramel, and additional hops in the flavor. Warm with alcohol and prime for holiday drinking. 2005 bottle from ajm -- many thanks. Ages incredibly well. Full of black cherry, blackberries, coffee grounds, and red licorice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2008
2008 batch. Dark brown with red highlights. Two finger long-lasting tan head and fair amount of lacings. Piney-citrus aroma. Orange grapefruit hops, plenty of roasted malts makes this a smooth winter ale. Slight alcohol taste evident. From a 12 ounce bottle. Handsome label art.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2008
Courtesy of ibrew2or3. ’07 bottle. Pours cloudy brown, with brownish/beige head. Aroma has this nice wintery feel to it. Cherry, malty caramel. Taste malty, hoppy, fruit notes and caramel. Very sweet, warm, medium carb, filled with some nice flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4863) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark mahogany body with a small, bubbly, off-white head. Smell: Spicy-scented caramel malt nose with a slight note of pine. Taste: Sweet caramel maltiness sprinkled with spices. Drop of molasses. Floral overtones, along with a taste of pine needles, though only a mild balancing bitterness. Dry, lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Why, it’s downright tolerable! A decent, stand-up member of the winter warmer league.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 15, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Will totally have this again. Beautiful complex nose and flavor featuring cinnamon, mincemeat (heavily), apple and dark malt. I was very surprised and pleased. Re-rate 9/25/08: a 2005 bottle. Was wandering around in Beverage House in Thatcher, AZ (google it and be floored) and found a sixer of 2005. Thick black licorice, brownie and black currant in nose and flavor. Additional flavors include spice, prune, and burnt toffee. Totally exceptional.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11516) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2008
Pours a lovely chocolate brown with white head and a glassfull of web-and-dot lacing. Aroma, initially very delightful, still malty and spicey as it airs out. Taste is chocolate, more thick initially and then middling. Dry taste, a bit of an old ale, but never drying. Rich and interesting. 2007 version. Thanks Dr. Jay.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tuohyam (14) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2008
A very impressive winter seasonal. Great taste. Only overshadowed in my mind by the Pyramid Snowcap in terms of west coast beers.


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