Jubilation Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
S: 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Glass.
A: Reddish-brown with a thick slightly brown head that fades quickly though it leaves nice lacing on the glass when swirled. When held to the light, the color becomes Santa Claus red and steady carbonation can be seen.
S: Raisins, cinnamon, malt.
T: Fruity, lots of raisins, floral, and nuts. It reminds me of the noel from Carlous, however, it is not as strong.
M: I expected it to be heavy, yet, it manages to seem decently light. The heavy carbonation plays a role in this not doubt. It becomes creamier towards the finish.
D: Though it is done in the Noel style, which means heavier, darker, more alcohol, and complexity, it still fare well due to the light mouth-feel. Also, the flavors are not as strong or extreme as in some Noels.
Overall: I've been pretty happy with the two Baird beers I have consumed. Flavor is present, however, their beers seem more subtle than American counterparts. I have had quite a few of Hitachino's Nest as well and it seems to be the case with some of their beers as well. It is important to remember that subtle does not mean bad. Indeed, many of these beers seem more elegant because of their restraint.
02-18-2010 21:19:18 | More by ianjsullivan
4/5 rDev +7.8%
633ml, 6.5% ABV. Celebratory, I assume, for the winter season, one from which we here in Alberta are trying very hard to escape this year...
This beer pours a hazy dark burnt amber colour, with two fingers of creamy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a low seaward landmass of lace around the glass as it slowly settles.
It smells of sweet caramel malt, slightly metallic cinnamon, ginger, fruity fig (more the earthy sort than our more recognizable Newton), and a mildly fruity citrus zing. The taste is bready malt, pithy citrus and savoury cinnamon, followed by some lesser earthy fruit (hard to say if it's fig or pumpkin from my North American palate), a somewhat funky mustiness, and an increasingly noticeable, but still mostly sedate booze warming.
The carbonation is generally on the low side, and more or less unobtrusive, the body medium weight, and smooth as can be, amongst a pithy, slightly tacky character. It finishes off-dry - a truly level contest amongst restrained autumn vegetables, germ-inclusive sliced bread, and drying alcohol/hop offsets.
As I've spent a number of weeks now forsaking the notion of winter, since, as previously noted, we here have had our fill, my appreciation of this offering may be just a wee bit underwhelming in the proclaimed warming department. That said, I can appreciate the similarity to heartening local offerings, enjoyed back when the snow fell in October(!!!). Shipping time from Japan observed, red tape bullshit satisfied, and bingo, we still have a winner.
04-16-2011 03:46:54 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured from a 25.4 oz. bomber into a Hennepin flute.
A--Nice creamy eggshell cap, maybe two fingers, that laces well with excellent retention. The body is a hazy reddish burnt caramel. Looks like the inside of a plum.
S--Pretty straightforward, but not in a bad way. More plummy or raisiny than figgy, I'd say. Just not that rich, but then again, I've never had a Japanese fig. Cinnamon coats the edges of the nose, and warms the fruitiness up. Smells like it will be sweet, with considerable caramel pulling through, too.
T--Oh wow, good winter warmer. The restraint here is welcome. The spiciness is gentle, refined, not whack you over the head with a 2x4. You get, essentially, a wisp of cinnamon that tugs clear through the middle of the profile. Any fig flavor remains subdued, and I'm not getting much in the way of those plums or raisins on the tongue, either, which is a shame. Back end of the flavor profile is essentially a brown ale, with some cocoa powder, nuttiness, and hop bitterness packed in there. Kind of like a Belgian Dark without the esters--take away the clove and medicinal qualities, and you have this beer.
M&D--Both are good. I juiced the drinkability on this because, for a winter warmer, this isn't overly spicy or overly boozy, so you could throw back a few no problem.
Interesting spicy amber/brown take on the winter warmer style, if a bit simple. A little like a stripped down Rare Vos.
01-04-2010 01:14:56 | More by TheycallmeTim
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
Had this on tap at Baird Beer Nakameguro Taproom in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan - http://bairdbeer.com/en/taproom/nakameguro-taproom
A - Tapped an amber red hue with a pretty head in a taster glass (4)
S - On the nose were malts along with a certain fruity phenolic astringency (4)
T - Phenolic fruity notes of figs and plums upfront with a nice strong malt background in the middle; the finish is malty, fruity and just very slightly bitter (4)
M - Light to medium bodied with an apt amount of carbonation and a foamy smooth texture going down really easy (4.5)
D - Very drinkable due to the delectable flavors and very good feel. Tasty and very refreshing. (4.5)
This was the first of 3 beers I sampled at Baird's Nakameguro Taproom. The other 2 beers I had were the Dark Sky Imperial Stout and the West Coast Wheat Wine
02-02-2011 15:16:54 | More by basica
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours copper with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet rich malt, with dried fruit and golden syrup showing through.
Flavours are equally sweet but quite complex. Hints of eucalyptus, dried fruits and some spices. Pretty interesting (in a good way).
Body feels too syrupy.
11-17-2012 23:54:21 | More by CrazyDavros
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A dull amber and cloudy brown body giving a faint off white and caramel head with barely two fingers on the pour and no head left to speak of.
Nose is a real pungent brown cinnamon and fruit persimmon. Great mix of persimmon and fig like dark fruit sense, melds nicely with the cinnamon. Feels like a refreshing punch or Asian big soda only bolder.
Palate sort of falls apart. Weak bodied, and not giving much of the flavor hinted from the nose. Watery malt presence doesn't match the sweetness hinted, or give any density either. It's not too bad in feel, but also has a strange faint metallic tinge on the aftertaste.
Overall it's not horrible, but it's not that great either.
06-24-2012 23:07:28 | More by smakawhat
3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
My wife picked this up for me about a week or two ago.
Appearance- dark amber color, thin head that dissipated quickly
Smell- sweet malt
Taste- light flavor, sweet flavor after warming for a minute or two, dark fruits, not bad
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I liked it. It was pretty good. Well balanced.
12-10-2011 23:16:19 | More by jeffjeff1
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
From a 633 ml brown bottle, abv. listed as 6.5%. Pours out a deeply hazed dark amber/chestnut hue, with a short creamy off-white head that holds a lengthy retention.
Sweet yet dry malt on the aroma, somewhere between caramel and bready, with mild dry earthy and grassy hops. Very faint spice in the background.
Flavour is dry overall. Wafer-like cocoa malt up front, dark fruit sweetness punctuated with some earthy cinnamon sweetness in the middle, with a bit of a sticky, tart finish and a lingering astringent aftertaste similar to tannin.
Full-bodied mouthfeel, quite thick and chewy in texture at times, moderate carbonation.
A curious twist on the style, I'm assuming it's the Japanese fig added that is providing the more unique characteristic to this. Yet something is definitely contributing to a runaway tannic astringency that is detracting from the overall enjoyment, and lingering on as an unwelcome aftertaste. Aside from that it's quite enjoyable and worth giving a try.
05-09-2011 04:56:54 | More by IronDjinn
4/5 rDev +7.8%
A- pours a deep hazy amber with large pieces of sediment. It has a rocky tan head very good retention and very nice lacing.
S- Rich sweet malt with strong notes of spice. Hints of raisin, fig, and chocolate.
T- sweet malt and toasted pecan. There are touches of spice in the mid-palate. The finish is slightly bitter.
M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels dry on the back end, and there is a definite warming sensation from the alcohol.
O- Strange, delicious.
05-27-2013 17:55:49 | More by silverking
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Medium copper pour, respectable lingering film on the top of the beer. Big dark fruit malt on the nose, caramel too. A little astringency in the background. LME and dark fruit in the taste, a bit of cinnamon dryness in aftertaste. Well balanced. Medium light MF, taste doesn't linger much.
As a regular malty ale this is actually pretty good. Easy drinking MF, pleasant not overly powerful malt- makes for a nice strong amber. As a winter warmer though it kind of lacks, as it lacks the usual spicing that I expect from a winter warmer. A good beer none the less, one I would happily make a ready staple of my fridge door were it not for the price ($10/bomber).
01-07-2011 03:19:39 | More by Ghenna
4.38/5 rDev +18.1%
Bought this bottle at the Barrel and Bottle on a whim. Sounded intriguing, boy was this a pleasant surprise! Review from notes.
I will state that while very different from the average winter warmer, this was a wonderful seasonal brew, and likely my second favorite now after GLBC Christmas Ale.
A - Hazed, glowing blood orange color. There was a tall foamy head of light sandy color, though there was a faint red tinge to it. Good head retention, spotted lace, though it was dense and thick.
S - Very soft smelling, rose petals and sweet sake, Merlot grapes, tart cherries, and white rice. All with a mild sour sweetness to it.
T - Honey, light cinnamon, figs did come through on the flavor, orange, and sweetened brown rice. There's a Belgian bite to the beer, though I think it's fermented with sake yeast. Candied sugar notes. This reminded me of a sweet dark quad. Very interesting and unique.
M - Well carbonated, lots of light, soft bubbles. Very smooth. Medium bodied.
D - Highly enjoyable - quaffable in fact. This was a beer I will seek out again, and one that my wife thoroughly enjoyed as well. Splitting a bomber was a good idea, because the sweetness would make multiple glasses a bit much.
01-19-2011 20:28:07 | More by Spider889
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
Baird Brewery /Taproom
(Brewed with Japanese Figs and Cinnamon)
LOOK: Pours a sediment ridden copper with a white foam cap that recedes to a fine ring. Chunks floating, unavoidable. It is safe to say its unfiltered.
SMELL: Sweet and malty, with a small accent of dark fruits.
TASTE: Raisin, fig and even apple are in the taste, as well as a semi strong presence of alcohol. Light dry cinnamon and spicyness.
FEEL: Medium bodied, decently carbonated, but the yeast and proteins in the beer coat the palate giving off a slick chalky feel.
OVERALL: An interesting beer that has its strong suits, but still falls short in a few catagories.
12-15-2012 00:25:04 | More by Stinkypuss
2.55/5 rDev -31.3%
Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic glass at a tasting. 7% ABV. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, but merely decent retention. Yeast is plainly visible. Body colour is a textbook auburn. Nontransparent.
Sm: Cinnamon. Light fig when I look for it. Pale and biscuit malts. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.
T: Lots of imbalanced fig. Messy pale and biscuit malts. Cinnamon spice throughout is nicely subtle. Decently built and pleasant to drink. Limited hop content.
Mf: Coarse throughout, but just wet enough. Suits the flavour okay, but it's inconsistent.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great. Hides its ABV well.
01-24-2013 21:41:50 | More by kojevergas
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Where the western cultures rarely honor the holiday season of Europe or the Americas, Barid brewers create a truly jubilatory ale in honor of the family get-togethers, holidays and general time off.
With rusty hues and a hazy reddish brown cast, Jubilation ale settles in with a cap of sand-colored foam. Its long retention blankets the beer coast to coast with broken rings and specks of lace that trails behind.
Fruit and spice fills the nose with the hearty sugary scent of brown sugar, singed toffee, light coffee and faint chocolate. Its counterpart of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice balances the malt and wraps around fruit notes of dates, figs and raisins for a highly "fruit cake"-like medley.
Its taste is chocked full of coffee cake as the biscuity sweetness of malt weaves in brown sugar, molasses and a toasty toffee flavor that brings out the more savory components of malt. But as the sugars seep into the taste buds, spicier balances come about- the common "Christmas" spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are the usual suspects that combat the ale's sheer sweetness. But the savory richness of dates, figs, raisins, prune and cherry all take turns teasing the palate with its savory flavor. As the flavors melange in aftertaste, a sense of spiced rum and coffee cake remain.
Medium-full in body, the ale's heightened carbonation lifts the sugars and highlights the ales spicy taste. Still yet, the ale eventually settles and allows its residual sweetness to be felt. Its long draw in the middle is spicy and sweet, warming incrementally along the way. Its final heated evaporation leaves behind cinnamon, rum and malty-dry heat.
Jubilation Ale is the epitome of "Winter Warmer". Its dense, rich, spicy, fruity and warm- much like desserts of fruit cake, rum cake, or coffee cake- except with the backing of alcohol. Its perfect with prosciutto, bacon wrapped dates and baklava.
01-15-2014 07:39:53 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +7.8%
The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It's appears thin with a nice cinnamon and fig aroma. This is a "celebratory beer" as the bottle states and it definately has a holiday/winter warmer feel to it. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth taste that goes down dry and finishes with a touch of fig flavor and cinnamon spice. It's 7% abv., yet it's not a heavy drinker. The alcohol is hidden nicely as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I'm not really sure what to make of it. It's not your typical holiday brew, but it's well brewed and easy drinking. I do admit that their beers are highly overpriced for the quality of the product.
01-02-2009 01:16:14 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Presentation: Poured from 21.4oz brown glass bottle (what an odd size) into Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a medium brown color, when held to light it is a deep orange in appearance. Really pretty color. Lacing on the glass is superb, 1 finger head that's gone in about 60 seconds.
S: The bottle indicated this is brewed with Japanese figs and cinnamon, but I'm not sure I detect either in the smell. There isn't much to be smelled here to be honest. Trust of the matter is I just can't detect any smells here except some of the malt which is sweet. It's not bad, but not strong either.
T: The taste is however pretty distinct. There is a nice chocolatey malt up front which is delicious. Lingering bitterness indicates the presence of some hops, but isn't bad at all. Quite nice actually and never gets in the way of the malt. The yeast profile reminds me almost of the complexity of a Belgian beer, but not quite. Pretty well balanced.
M: Maybe the most perfectly carbonated beer I've had yet, the tiny bubbles dance across my tongue unlike any beer I've had yet. Weight of the beer is a little thinner than I'd prefer, but the carbonation being so good keeps its score really high.
D: Very high, I could drink a lot of this. Nothing cloying, bitter or bad in any way.
Highly recommended. I'm not sure the cinnamon or fig ever show their presence, but this is a good beer and you should try to find it.
06-10-2009 03:16:00 | More by thirdeye11
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Cloudy chestnut-violet with off white film.
Sweet raisin toast nose.
Brown sugar, a speck of chocolate, dark fruit, cherry stones, a banana yeast hit and winter spice.
Woody finish and cedar linger.
Medium, creamy, clean.
Yawn. I get the figs and cinnamon, but those notes would be in a winter warmer without any adjuncts. Nothing new here.
Disappointing intro to Baird.
03-30-2013 01:47:48 | More by StJamesGate
Jubilation Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
84 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.