Yulefest Christmas Ale | Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Brewed by:
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2003

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the brewer, made with Galena and Mt. Hood hops. Dark, clear reddish brown in the pint shaker. Modest foam that doeosn't stick around too long, but seems to have adequate fizz in the mouth where it counts.

Lots of caramel malt. A really pleasant hoppy flavor that doesn't scream bitterness. Malty with an edge of tartness, fruity flavors, pomegranate, and red plums. Grainy, dark taste and some moderate bitterness finally from the quite aromatic hops. On tap at the brewery in Seattle. [notes from Nov. 20, 2013 visit]

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Photo of youradhere
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.

Pours black with no head, a thin lacing of large bubbles cling to one side of the glass. Smell is very faint bourbon vanilla, chocolate malt, and coffee. Taste is very similar, in fact almost the same. Very pleasant and mellow, the flavors show what a year of aging can do. Carbonation is near cask strength, if not less; mouthfeel is crisp and light, to match the flavor profile. A damn good warmer, and a dangerous one given how smooth.

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewpub, Yulefest is very dark garnet with a dark tan head that leaves light lace rings.

Smell is on the sweeter side, limes, an aroma I was getting from some of their IPAs.

Taste is very good, I really like the dark malts, chocolaty, stout like with a bit of roast.

Mouthfeel is drier, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good, I really prefer a porter/stout style winter ale then the amber winter warmers, and this one was darn tasty. I'll have another, thank you.

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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always something of a crapshoot when you order a seasonal beer with no proper title. What is it and what is it supposed to be? With no definitive handle I'd just call this a strong ale or a winter warmer, though the closest taste pattern I'd assign it is a mild stout with IPA hop elements.

Yulefest is opaque ruddy brown with a soapy head of tan lather trailing lace everywhere. It has brown malt flavor, a sultry body, and an intriguing complexity of bitter chocolate with herbaceous hop ornament. Curious, refined, and fun.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Time's Yulefest is a distinctive winter warmer, mahogany in color with a light tan head that didn't have much retention and left heavy lacing along the glass. The smell was reminiscent of German Munich beers with a primarily malty aroma. The taste was mostly malty caramel with some darker fruity esters, though not at all Belgian-styled. There was a toffee note in the taste. It was not particularly spicy as some other winter warmers. There is a medium long finish and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel which was helped by the hand pump and cask conditioning.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very hoppy aroma, piney with some citrus but mostly spicy/piney. Very little up front malt aroma. Hops definitely dominate.

Color is deep ruby, nice thick lasting head. (The more I looked and smelled this beer before I tasted it, I kept thinking this looks and smells like a dead ringer for a well know brew from San Marcos, CA.)

Flavor is very bitter at the start but then moves into nice malt sweetness mid-palate. I get some honey flavor and caramel and just a hint of diacetyl (not distracting, just a touch of richness, kind of like toffee.) The aftertaste is lingering hop oil flavor, bitter but not over-the-top. Very nice well balanced flavor profile. About halfway through the pint I started to taste a smokey or woody flavor, another layer that wasn't there when it was really cold.

Body is on the high end of medium, but not quite full. It's slightly warming but I don't detect any hot alcohol in the aroma or flavor. Medium carbonation level.

Really a pretty solid beer. Nice to drink and spicey and strong enough as a good winter warmer.

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Yulefest Christmas Ale from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 8 ratings