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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) - Deschutes Brewery

Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale)Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale)

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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Released February 2010. This is, according to the brewer at the Portland Pub, the same recipe as 'Super Jubel', but was aged in pinot noir barrels for 13-months before the release.

Approx. 500 BBL produced.

10% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
55 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-27-2010)
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SilentBob2u2

California

3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful ruby red/amber/copper color.

Smell is funky, musty, grape, boozy, sweet, spicy and earthy

Mouthfeel is very very thin, surprisingly thin

Taste is sweet, funky, winey, metallic, slight spice or every so slight burn from alcohol.

Overall: keeping this review pretty simple and to the point: it's just okay. Not great, not horrible. If this is supposed to be aged for 10 years, I don't see it happening. In my opinion, it's on the downward slope, but maybe it's on the upswing in a few years. Overall, slightly disappointed, but certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:25:17 | More by SilentBob2u2
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vfgccp

New York

3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 2010, opened Nov 2013.

A - Coca cola black brown with cranberry highlights. Mixed, light khaki head. Low retention. Light lace.

S - Huge, sweet brown syrup nose with licorice, plum jam, cherry wood, tootsie roll, and a touch of smoke.

T - Molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, tootsie rolls, buckwheat honey, chestnuts, raisins, burnt caramel.

M - Medium-full body, appropriately light carbonation, syrupy finish.

O - Incredibly sweet, but otherwise complex. Drinks like a fortified port.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 02:58:44 | More by vfgccp
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lsummers

California

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich dark brown with a nice one finger tall cocoa coloured head that dissipates shortly. Reminds me of a lot of common English barleywines in colour.

Smells of dark fruits with a rich complex blend between brown sugar, molasses, burnt cookie, and some charred oak.

Tastes come through similarly as the smell. Lots of burnt brown sugar/caramel with a nice raisin/prune character. Sweetness of molasses paired with the malty roasted nutty character.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and has a syrup quality that coats the tongue. Medium amount of carbonation helps it from feeling too viscous. A great sipper.

Overall, this is a fantastic once a decade beer. Great smell, flavours, and feel that all comes together to create a rememberable beer. Definitely glad to have tried this one and I would recommend this to anyone who really enjoys English barlywines and American strong ales. Celebration ale indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:25:06 | More by lsummers
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened on my 2nd wedding anniversary, ~June 2012. Wrote the review on paper for lack of internet access, and am just getting around to putting it down here.

Appears dark int he glass, but bursts into a fiery crimson ruby when backlit. Small 1/2 finger of dense, light tan head. Poured into a Swiss wine snifter. Look about as good as any beer can in my book.

Fantastic aroma. Dark dried berries in a cookie crust, deeply baked bread (like smelling the loaf right out of the oven when the crust is dark brown). The hops have melded into a rather warm firelight sort of aroma.

The flavor is layered and dynamic- still packs weight. Starts with substantial bitterness from the fading hops. One can almost taste their slow transformation into molasses and burnt caramel. The malts are coming through with serious form. Richly layered and deep: Free from the meaty notes that tarnish some aged beers, but present in the sweet glory that seldom is seen in aged beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Alcohol burn is nowhere to be found.

I wonder, will this aged like the classic English barleywines? Time will tell. I am scheduled to open another on our 5th anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 16:56:37 | More by allforbetterbeer
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled January 2012
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an initially three-finger thick, pale-brown / amber tinged, tan colored head. The head leaves some nice, open lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as it subsides. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber-brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-juice-red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a rich, sweet, but complex, concentrated malt character to it that almost approaches a savory quality. Deeply rich, brown bread, toasty grain aromatics also play a dominant role here. The sweet, deeply caramelized malt notes that are found here in the nose almost have a red-wine and oak like character to it; in fact, the red wine character seems to be where most of the sweetness is coming from. The deeply caramelized, Maillard rich brown maltiness is really what dominates the nose though. There is a lot of toasted character to this beer, it is not just malt though, after recognizing it in the flavor, the oak also contributes to the toasted character in the aroma as well.

As the beer first hits my palate it is not that sweet, it has more of a toasted, brown grain character to it, but it does pick up some rich sweetness as it rolls across the palate. The finish has a bitterness / astringency to it that seems a mix of alcohol, hops and dark malt; it even gets a touch more aggressively, almost harshly bitter than I was expecting. Rich, brown bread flavors, mix with brown caramelized malt, a husky whole grain quality, and even some brown cracker like notes; there is a fair amount of almost spicy, whole grain character that usually is contributed by caramelized malts. Ah, I just got it, this beer has been oaked, which explain the astringency and alcohol enhancing spiciness that is in the finish. The oak also contributes a toasted character to it as well as a touch of woody-oak flavors. As the beer warms up a soft fruitiness really becomes more noticeable, this contributes notes of berry like red wine, some concentrated current notes and even some fresh, dark skinned, tannic, red wine grape fruit flavors. There is an almost roasted quality to this beer that seems to be brought out by the toasty malt and the toasted oak character. As the beer warms up it gets less harsh, and quite a bit smoother in the finish. The body is certainly rich and viscous, though I wouldn’t call it overly heavy or anything near cloying (this assumes you were expecting a rich beer to begin with though); this is most definitely a sipping brew, but finishing off this bottle over a slow, long evening is not a chore. There is something about the alcohol and a certain smoothness to the malt character (especially as this warms up significantly) that reminds me of a huge Bock; it isn’t nearly as simplistic as young Samichlause (as there is a lot more complex, toasted, malt character here)

This is quite a bit tastier than I was expecting, for some reason I was resisting cracking this beer open since its release. I don’t know how much it has changed since it was younger, but it certainly hasn’t picked up any noticeable oxidation yet; I can see this ageing quite well, and even doing well with some oxidation.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:17:04 | More by Gueuzedude
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kaseydad

California

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best after 1/29/11. Me thinks today is as good as any day for consuming. Was a little troubled by the posts about this and it may have turned, etc....I press on.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown colored ale with a still decent one finger beige head. Touch of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is very fruit forward. Grapes, raspberries and dates. Whiffs of alcohol.

Taste - The taste is still nicely hoppy with a fruity and touch of booze on each sip. Getting some good plum juiciness. Minor lip numbing. A touch of oxidation is present but ever so slightly.

Mouthfeel - Decent. Still pretty full-bodied and carbonated.

Overall - I think this is about the time to drink this. I had one about a year after the release and followed it up two years later. Not a ton of difference from what I remember but still a complex brew worthy of cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:42:12 | More by kaseydad
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears a mahogany color with a khaki cream colored topping. 2 fingers worth of froth appear and slowly fade leaving a full wall of lace. Some ruby coloration is noted when held to the light.

The aromatics are caramel to candy-like with some citrus and fruity notes faintly like alcohol. Some mild toasty grain inclusion is also present. As it warms up, it gets raisony with a mild oxidative note somewhat like cardboard.

The taste includes the previously mentioned notes of raison mixed with a bit of milk chocolate which was not expected. More sips reveal some cardboard oxidation along with a backing of bready to biscuit grains. Somewhat fruity to floral alcohol tries to tie things back together towards the finish. Overall, this is a mild brew for 10%.

This is medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. It is not terrible by any means but is really lacking in complexity. To put it bluntly, it is mediocre to lackluster. Perhaps if you were looking for a simple, easy drinking 10% brew you might love this. However, to label a beer as the once a decade ale and then package it with wax and a "best after date" you would think this would have held up a little better after only 3 years.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 18:34:22 | More by stakem
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decided to finally crack open my bottle after seeing the thread that this is going downhill really fast. Never tried it fresh and traded for it >6 months ago. Poured into Lawson's tulip, served at cellar temparature.

A- Pours a dark but translucent ruby red/mahogony brown with about a half finger of brownish/yellowish slightly yeasty looking off-white head that has about average retention and recedes to a flat top leaving some light spotty lacing. Not overly carbonated, but nice consistency.

S- Dark fruits of cherries, raspberries, plums, grapes, chardonnay, and a nice rich malt backbone. Fairly aromatic and smells fairly pleasant with absolutely no alcohol present. For a strong ale the nose on this is fantastic.

T- Dark fruits, cherries, plums, molasses, raisins, dark malts, finishes with cherries and plums with a hint of alcohol and a faint presence of oxidation. I never had this fresh, but I can't imagine this has gone downhill too much since being released. All the flavors were still nicely pronounced and the slight oxidation didn't detract too much from the beer.

M- Very smooth for a strong ale, medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, light syrupiness that doesn't impede drinkability at all.

O- I decided to finally crack this open after never having had it fresh and I wasn't dissapointed at all. There was a hint of oxidation but plenty of flavor (especially in the nose) of dark fruits, molasses, etc.- pretty much everything that I love in a strong ale. It might just be personal preference, but I don't mind a bit of oxidation. This beer is still definitely worth checking out but I don't think it will improve much.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 22:22:59 | More by jaasen64
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with some nice red at the edges and topped with almost a finger of orange-tan head.

Smell. Caramel, red wine, a little cherry and chocolate.

Taste. Caramel, raisins, coffee, red wine and dark berries, woody vanilla, slight oxidation.

Mouthfeel. Fuller body, sticky on the lips, low carbonation.

Overall. This one was a little oxidized. I thought it was built for the long haul, but I'm glad I didn't wait any longer to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 03:27:24 | More by Rutager
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 3.2.13
Best after 01/29/11

A - Pours a super dark amber, almost brown with a soapy dark tan head with good retention.

S - Toffee, dark fruit, maybe a touch oxidized.

T - Carmel, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, ripe fruits.

D - Lower carbonation with a surprisingly thin body.

O - A bit past it's prime, but still drinkable and fun.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 16:53:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- pours a very dark red, nearly black, with a paper thin offwhite head that looks pretty much nonexistent. Disappointing

S- booze. Just straight booze. Even at two years out, this smells hot as hell

T- cherries, red wine, tobacco. Not exactly exploding with flavor, but it's clearly a very nuanced beer that may have sat for a little too long.

M- medium bodied. Body isn't as thick as I'd expect. Nice

O- this beer confuses me. I don't know what it wants to be, but then again, the generic "strong ale" category lets it be whatever it wants for the mostpart

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 00:54:59 | More by bigfnjoe
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter

A - Dark ruby red. Very little to no head.

S - Pretty darn good. Chocolate, cherries, barrel, wine. Somebody below wrote about it smelling like cough syrup in a good way, I see what they mean. Pretty unique smell.

T - Liquor soaked black cherries with chocolate. I have no idea what it was like fresh, but everything is well blended together 2 years out. Lots of subtle flavors, with the dark cherry being the only stand out. I like it quite a bit.

M - Solid. Just on the thicker side of medium, very low carb.

O - This does not remind me of jubelale at all. Havent done a side by side, but 2010 seems significantly different. Great unique beer. I'm not a huge fan of wine barrel treatments, but I really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 18:00:57 | More by Beerandboards
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with black wax. Poured into a 10oz tulip
Best after date of 1/29/11. Batch #0938K
Sampled 14SEP12

Received a while back from my first trade. Thanks Drezz77.

[A] A semi-vigorous pour garners one finger and a half of head. Moderate density, around medium light in color. Retention is well above average and the thick creamy collar looks like it will be around for a while. The body is an opaque, dark amber brown and takes on a murky chestnut hue when backlit.

[S] Old, musty leather. Wet cardboard. Molasses. Dark dried fruit aromas of prune & raisin - and grilled fig to a lesser extent.

[T] Some lighter vinous/red grape flavors seep through shortly after the pour, then become indistinguishable as the beer opens up. Hearty grain, soily earth with a layer of semi sweet, dark fruits to pull it all together. Bitterness and sweetness are equals.

[M] Well attenuated. The body of this beer is on the thinner side for 10% but this bottle has been sitting for almost 30 months at this point. A fine level of carbonation let's the beer roll across the tongue with ease. Body is just above medium; the finish somewhat prolonged.

[O] A buddy opened this bottle about 8 months ago - and it was a little better then. This beer, at this age, hit the spot for an airy September night. Lower temperatures, however, would have called for a thicker, chewier beer - but I enjoyed sipping on this one today.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 14:42:13 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured info a Founders snifter on 12/26/12

Best after: 01/29/11

Thanks to PDXHops

Pours a chestnut brown but settles much darker. At a glance it looks pretty close to black. The two finger head is fizzy and short lived, dropping to a soapy layer across the top. Tilting the glass to smell the beer leaves large trails of lace.

The aroma explodes with depth and complexity. Notes of figs, port, rum cake, molasses, raisins, black cherry, chocolate, bran muffins, toffee, caramel and hints of leather and black walnuts. This is bold without smelling overly sugary or boozy.

The flavors are layered less than the aromas. Baked bread, notions of spice cake, figs, raisins, dark fruit notions, tobacco, toasted sugars and hints of burnt chocolate. Slight hop kick on the back end. Moderate alcohol heat - definitely several steps up from the aroma.

The body is full and slow-moving though it is far from sluggish. There is some residual sugar stickiness and the aforementioned alcohol; there is also a gritty undercurrent. These two characteristics are held in balance by moderate carbonation.

This is a great cold weather sipper. I figured the night of the "blizzard" that came through earlier today would make as good a night as any. No disappointments here. Thanks, Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 05:28:12 | More by Ryan011235
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woemad

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $12.99 when it first came out. According to the label, this is “Best After: 01/29/11”, so it should be safe from the perils of too-early consumption. I’m drinking this in honor of the end of the 2012 Eastern Washington University season, and the continuing success of the Seattle Seahawks season.

Pours a very dark brown, with a half finger of tan foam that dropped after a couple of minutes.

Big aroma of dark chocolate, slightly sour cherries, oak, figs, booze and brown sugar. Rather complex smelling.

Surprisingly sweet in the taste. Quite a bit of alcohol heat. The sour cherries stand out more than the dark chocolate flavor. Subordinate in the taste department is the brown sugar flavor. There’s also a wine-like flavor that stands out in the taste more than it did in the scent. I’m presuming that’s from the pinot noir barrells. There’s a voluptuous bourbon-flavord cloak wrapped around everything. Hops are only noticeable at the slightly dry swallow.

Not as full bodied as I expected this to be for a beer this complex tasting. The mouthfeel is creamy and rather sticky.

An outstanding dessert beer. Nothing I’d want to session, but it’s working rather well after dinner on a cold night. I kinda wish I’d tried one of these when it was fresh to see what’s changed, but what I’m really regretting is that at the time I bought this, I only had the funds for one bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:39:49 | More by woemad
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dresden. Best after 1/29/11.

A - Dark brown; almost opaque with only a slight dark ruby hue along the bottle of the glass. A thin layer of light brown head.

S - Big oak aroma up front with a huge sweet malt presence providing toffee, dark caramel and brown sugar. No hop profile at all, which is not surprising given the tow years of age of this one.

T - Dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee create a very sweet flavour profile where the malt base shines. The oak is present but is secondary, unlike in the nose. Very sweet overall with well hidden ABV.

M - Medium body with a big chew. Light carbonation.

O - A nice beer. I wish I had tried this one fresh to compare the differences.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:46:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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gonzowestwood

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle. Date says best after 01/29/11

A- very dark brown rust, thin lingering head
S- booze, rasin, and a touch of molasses
T- dark fruits, maple, a touch of oak and booze
M- think this is the best part of the beer. Real nice and Smooth
O- a very nice beer but a real boozer. Doesn't hide the 10% at all. Nice to sip on but not worth the ten year wait.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 07:38:04 | More by gonzowestwood
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks pat

Pours a clouded dark amber color with a thin coating of bubbled graham cracker brown head. Fades into a collar of retention, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of dark fruit in the nose - raisin and dates with some candied and burnt sugar notes. Touches of chocolate and nuttiness with a warming alcohol sensation. A few touches of vinous red wine and oak.

Warm and sweet up front with a healthy helping of candied dark fruits. Dates, figs and plums with some sugary tones. Roasted malts with touches of chocolate and nuts creating a dark sweetness. Red wine, crushed grapes and charred oak with a very soft hint of tobacco. Finishes warm and boozy with a oak tannins and some residual dark fruit.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and slightly chewy on the tongue. Another winner here for Deschutes, plain and simple - I wish they would make this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 01:23:14 | More by xnicknj
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember if I got this in a trade or if my buddy Jeff brought it back for me, but hey, I guess it doesn't matter. Review is from notes taken on 9/2/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: The pour looks like a lot of strong ales -- nice dark, caramel brown with some ruby highlights and lighter mahogany hints on the sides where the light penetrates a little bit; starts with a short, light tan 1/4 finger head that fades to a thin wisp in the center; body is dark and murky, nearly opaque; moderately strong carbonation bubbling up near the sides;

Smell: Lots of dark fruitiness - overripe and of the fig/raisin variety; a bit of some sweet and bread-like yeast and maltiness; definite whiff of alcohol; reminiscent of a good strong ale blended with a dark red wine -- it's got some bitter tannin scent in ther.

Taste: Really nails the smell -- it's got a nice sweet maltiness with aspects of caramel and some light chocolate notes with a touch of earthy roastiness; bitter/tart fruitiness, not like an infection or anything but really more like a deep red wine holds some bitterness to it; definite presence of alcohol. Overall, it's pretty good, and more complex than I was expecting -- kudos to Deschutes (not that they don't know that they kick ass anyway).

Mouthfeel: Body is medium weight, a little slick but still leaves a nice thin stickiness behind; carbonation is solid and lively, but not sharp; carbonation brings about plenty of life along with the warming alcohol that leaves the gums tingly and belly quite warm. I love a big beer that does all of this.

Overall: It's a very good beer -- once a decade, I don't know about that, but it's definitely worthy of at least an every-other-year kind of bottling. I'm also just glad that it wasn't infected like the last couple of beers from Deschutes I've cracked. Definitely a sipper since it weighs in at 10%, but it's worth drinking a 22 on your own, but it's probably never bad to share -- I'm just greedy like that.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:42:33 | More by bamadog
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with a bit of ruby around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark caramel malts and dark fruits with some brown sugar, oak, red grapes, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark fruit and dark caramel malts with a bit of licorice and vanilla. Through the middle, some more raisin and other dark fruits come through with some red wine grapes, oak, and brown sugar. Finish is a mix of molasses, dark fruit, dark caramel malts, oak, red wine grape, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice overall balance. The barrel adds some nice character next to the malty base beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 04:25:42 | More by ngeunit1
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warnerry

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear deep garnet with one finger of tan head. Fades to a thin cap and leaves some pretty good lacing.

S - Lots of dark fruits and toffee, with some caramel, roasted malt. A bit of brown sugar and anise. Very appealing aroma.

T - Similar to smell there is a big presence of dark, dried fruits, mostly raisin and fig, and toffee. Caramelized brown sugar, anise, some spice, and faint wine notes. Finish has some oaky tannins. The flavors seem well blended. I never had this fresh, so I don't know how it compares, but it is smooth and easy drinking for a strong ale at this point.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel is a bit sticky initially, but finishes dry and oaky.

O - Very nice. There is definite sweetness, but it never gets overpowering. The wine barrel aging adds a nice aspect to this. Alcohol presence is quite faint.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 01:10:03 | More by warnerry
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impending

California

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-

2010 22oz into a tulip. Pours a motor oil brown, opaque in the glass. Minor head subsides quickly, minor lacing.

Strong aroma, heavy of charred malts, mollasses and minor anise, oaky over ripened dark fruits.

Big taste, very long lasting aftertaste. The barrel is obvious. Sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitter and conversely as well. The alcohol is appropriately warm. Full bodied viscous mouthfeel.

A slow sipper, tasty. If you awoke the next morn and found some remained in a glass, the taste would remain as you remembered it from the night before.
excellent at room temp
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 23:52:26 | More by impending
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark red with a complimentary caramel head.
Smell: quite complex. Buttery malts and dark fruit like dates or raisins.
Taste: very much like the nose. Complex and balanced. Alcohol well hidden. Buttery and rich. Raisins come to mind.
Overall: Outstanding brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 20:43:40 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich copper with a small brown head and pretty good lacing.

Lots of sugary sweet caramel and toffee with some dark fruits and a touch of booze. Maybe a bit of oxidation at this point, but the other aromas still shine through.

Similar flavors as the aroma. Sweet without being a malt bomb. Loads of caramel and toffee goodness. Don't really detect any of the pinot barrel as the dark fruits aren't quite as present in the taste. Just a touch of booze, but pretty well hidden. A rich buttery sweetness and texture comes out at the end which is kind of weird, but again with the flavors just kind of ends up tasting like caramel corn and doesn't harm the profile.

Medium to thick bodied with carbonation on the low side.

Maybe I'm just in the mood for this type of beer, but I thought it was well done. Borderline too sweet although it managed to not get cloying and the flavor profile is interesting. It appears time did some good to this one as it's much less hot than upon release.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 21:37:38 | More by jmarsh123
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger light brown had. Dissipates rather quickly. Still looks impressive.

Aroma of chocolate, malts.

Taste has chocolate, dark malts, caramel, bourbon and some hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:02:14 | More by atigerlife
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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.