Deschutes Brewery

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #11
Ranked #11,464
3.95 | pDev: 11.9%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 6.7%
IBUs: 60

Cocoa, dried fruit, and toffee notes. A robust ale with a warming spice.

Bottle conditioned for quality. Live yeast added to the bottle allows this beer to age gracefully and stay fresher, longer. Keep bottles upright, and away from light & heat.

216 calories per 12 oz serving

Label artwork changes annually.
Reviews: 989 | Ratings: 2,945 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SmoothOverEverything from Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heavy winter warmer or bourbon taste. Needs to be a little sweeter, maybe add a hint cinnamon. Kind of flat tasting. Very bitter finish. One of the lower rated Deschutes beers I've had.

Apr 03, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jubelale is crystal clear and a deep, sullen ruby colored ale. Thin streams of CO2 support a rocky, cream colored head with good retention and lots of lace.
My first impression of Jubelale’s aroma is that it’s deeply malty with hints of dark, dried fruit. Malt and dark fruit lead into a center where I find a roasted coffee somewhere between coffee and cocoa powder. Yeah, definitely leans more towards the cocoa. There’s also an overall spiciness to the aroma, lending structure and complexity to the aromas of malt and dark fruit. Finally, I pick up a hint of sweetness taking the edge off an aroma that would otherwise be overly intense.
On the tongue, Jubelale is smooth, full bodied, and robust with a notable roasted quality. Malt flavors take the form of dark, dried fruit. Very reminiscent of dates up front with hints of coffee and roasted grains lending support. As with the nose, there’s a residual sweetness that helps take the edge off of Jubelale’s more intense roasted quality. The finish is short and dry.
It’s a big, bold, malty beer and yet it’s balanced and drinkable. In other beers the maltiness and roasted flavors would make Jubelale something that could only be sipped at. Instead, the sweet notes in the center and the beer’s overall smoothness make Jubelale totally quaffable. Christmas or no Christmas, I could picture myself enjoying this beer on a cold winter night.

Apr 01, 2021
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oldcrustie from Canada (BC)

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an under appreciated, world class US beer. Usually, I have to cross the border, into Washington, to score my annual stock, but with the border closed this year I was happy to see that some managed to be distributed into BC. Malty with perfectly balanced hops and spice so subtle that it could be confused with the spicyness of the Tettnang hops. Brewed with a very fine hand on the throttle.

Mar 26, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear reddish brown color with a nice thick light brown head. Scent is primarily of roasted malts, with a touch of spice. Mouth is similar, with the roasted malts coming through.

Feb 21, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a very nice amber color & appears dark ruby when held up to the light, accompanied by a thin beige head.
S: Super malty upfront, spices, molasses, brown sugar, faint amount of hops.
T: Taste very much follows the nose, also has a banana bread flavor, great malt/hops balance.
F: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, sticky on the tongue, warming.
O: A very interesting brew to say at the least, certainly worth the try. Cheers!

Feb 13, 2021
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite holiday beer. It pours a very dark amber with a tan head that lasts for a few minutes. What I like mostly about this beer is the rich maltiness. It is supposedly brewed with some sweet spices but I can't taste them, which is the second favorite thing I like about the beer. I can taste something extra in it that is complimentary to the malt, but it's not sweet spices.

Dec 21, 2020
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2020 Edition 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

L - Pours a dark brown with copper hue in the light, about a finger of tan-colored head that dissipates quick leaving a fair amount of lacing. Maybe comparable to a Newcastle brown ale.

S - Dark brown bread, raisins/dried fruit, banana, cocoa, toffee, cinnamon and nutmeg, slight malt and earthy pine, syrupy sweet in a way.

T - Follows the nose at the beginning with lots of dried fruit sweetness (cherry, raisins, prunes), dark brown bread, sticky toffee, a very distinct roasty coffee and biscuity malt presence that I really like but fades too quickly throughout the session, slightly astringent alcohol bite towards the end. More on the bitter end but the malty sweetness balances it out fairly nicely.

F - Medium bodied, thinner for a winter warmer but with moderate carbonation and a good warming feeling, slightly sticky from the sweetness and full-bodied characteristics. Sessionable over a winter evening, for sure.

O - A nice seasonal offering from one of my favorite breweries I have a soft spot for. I especially like the standout roasted malty flavor, it leans more sweet but has enough bitterness so it's not overpowering. Much like the score: it's very good.

Dec 17, 2020
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hbeimers from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To me this feels like a cross between a pale ale and a stout. Some hop bitterness, but mostly it relies on roasted and spicy flavors. Long finish. Similar bitterness and ABV to an IPA, but this just has a lot more subtlety.

Dec 09, 2020
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laketang from Arizona

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours deep copper, clear with a minimal head.
Notes of caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon with toffee upfront.
Spiciness on the tongue with a nice bitterness, then picking up the toffee thru the Spiciness. Medium chewy feel.

Dec 05, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown – red when held to light – with a fast-forming head that settles to a lid, leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Warm brown bread, dried dark fruits, wafts of chocolate, toffee, some nutmeg, earthy notes, and sweet dark malt
Taste: Brown bread, raisins, prunes, toffee, and chocolate all melded together strike first, followed by spice notes and earthiness. Chocolate hangs on as the flavor fades and finishes with more dark bready malt, a little bite, and toffee
Mouthfeel: Full, silky at times, medium-high carbonation, and a soft finish that is cut into somewhat from the earthy hop bite
Overall: Delicious as always. One of the O.G. winter warmers up here in the Pacific NW and easy to see [taste] why it’s still made and not reworked or reformulated. A great blend of dark malt, light spice notes, chocolate, and dark fruit with an earthy hop kick and plenty of warmth garnered while drinking it. Super tasty and definitely recommended

Dec 03, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

dark brown body, tan head with moderate retention that leaves patches of sticky lacing as it settles to a murky cap

aroma is rich toffee and chocolate malt and dark fruit, dashes of holiday spice and faint shades of fresh smelling pine

taste is chewy toffee with chocolate notes, dark fruit covered in burnt brown sugar and holiday spice, and earthy pine hop dryness

moderate carbonation and medium bodied; finishes with slight hop dryness

classic. could knock these back all night. look forward to these yearly!
as a side note, this is less intense on the pine and chewiness exp'd with the Angry Santa, but it also doesn't taste like an extract malt batch...much more natural feeling and tasting.

Dec 01, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass a dark tan head of 2F settles quickly with some clinging lace. Beer is a dark brown and about 90% opaque.

Nose is hit with a scent of molasses, brown sugar, banana bread, and light green hops.

Taste is roasted barley, molasses, brown sugar, light black coffee and banana with some light hop dryness. Some woody bark like cinnamon appears on the finish. The beer is not bitter or sweet really.

Mouthfeel is slick and medium in body with very light carbonation. While it is non astringent and not heavy it does have a hint of alcohol taste on the finish.

This beer reminds me of a stout and a brown ale. Lighter than stout and less malty than brown ale. I am not sure if it is the yeast giving me the banana bread notes or some unknown spice. A nice lighter winter beer that is quite enjoyable.

Nov 22, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOK - deep brown with a reddish hue - 1 finger head....recedes quickly...lacing band foam ring carries on
SMELL - slight woodsy notes - nutty
TASTE - slight bitterness....hops....and roasted grains - Rich caramel and some fruit - some spices and pine
FEEL - medium bodied but seems thin dot a winter warmer
OVERALL - decent winter ale - could be a bit thicker and richer

Nov 15, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 month old bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice off white frothy head atop a surprisingly dark mahogany color that is mostly clear. The smell is distinctively "winter holiday spice"... dried fruit, a hint of cocao, and mulling spices. The taste follows suit, albeit a more noticeable vigor. Beginning with dried fruit cake and plum pudding up front, this ale transitions into some faint cocao notes, ending on a mulling spices and a distinct holiday driven cranberry jam note. The body is especially rich and not-so dry, which is understandable for a winter ale such as this.

This is an outstanding spiced holiday ale, and it nails that intangible flavor profile exceptionally well.

Nov 11, 2020
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RedBalloon from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated 9/15/20 poured into a goblet.

2.5" off-white head with big bubbles. Dark amber color, almost black with redness peeking through the edges.

Aromas are cocoa, caramel, and very light cinnamon spice.

Tastes like sweet caramel, bitter cocoa, some booze and red ale flavors. Reminds me of my favorite Scotch ale, but lighter.

Medium bodied, smooth, a bit sticky and sugary on the tongue.

This is a lighter version of a Scotch ale. Very sweet but not overly so. There's some complexity in the spicy, peaty character which comes out more as it warms.

Oct 26, 2020
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just1cho from California

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

The look on this beer was a dark amber-brown which was cloudy with a tan colored finger thick head. The head had a nice diversity of rocky and micro bubbles, but it had poor retention to it as it dissipated pretty quickly. A lacing was left around my glass once the head disappeared.

Upfront, I got a bit of a papery oxidized aroma, which was slightly unpleasant but it didn't completely ruin the aroma for me. Regardless, I found that this beer showed a nice balance between the yeast and the malt on the nose, giving me a bit of a caramel covered banana vibe to it. I also found that the aroma was a bit spicy as well, giving me some cracked black pepper notes as well as a touch of cloves.

The taste follows the nose for the most part, but most notably, it didn't have the paperiness that I got from the aroma. It was definitely more malty than what the aroma might suggest, as I got big notes of caramel, toffee, and a tinge of cocoa throughout while also getting notes of bread and toast in the finish and aftertaste. I found that the yeast characters were a bit more subtle on the taste, but the same notes of banana and cloves were still perceived.

This beer left a bit of a drying feeling inside of my mouth and I definitely found the feel of this beer to be dry from start to finish. Being a full bodied beer, I found this to be really smooth and easy-drinking with only a tiny bit of alcohol perceived in the taste.

Overall, a very malty and smooth beer fit to drink for any occasion. Other than the papery aroma that I got, I generally found this to be a pretty good beer.

Jun 26, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Notes from 5/2/2020.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is brown with a small cap that quickly dissipates.
The intensity of the aroma is medium. There are notes of spices, and a hint of chocolate.
The intensity of the taste is slightly above medium. The flavors are milk chocolate, and some spices. the moderately bitter finish balances out the light chocolate and spices.
The feel is somewhat thick, slightly creamy, and has a medium-high astringent finish. The astringency level is overkill and out of balance.
Overall, the medium-high astringency ruins this beer. Every beer I have had by Deschutes has had an overdone aspect that makes it unpleasant. I will no longer buy their beer.

May 05, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Brown in color with a large tan head and good lacing. Smells of malt and dark fruit. Taste of roasted grain, dark fruit, and bread.

May 01, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2010 batch, aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels.
Thick, fine bubbled tan head. Opaque dark brown which has a reddish auburn hue when held next to light bulb. Spiced caramel with a tiny toasted floral hop in the aroma. Raisin, prune & molasses without most of the sweetness with some of the heavily roasted grain coming through during taste. A smooth, spiced dried fruit finish, with a full mouthfeel. Very good.

Apr 02, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 9/26/19. Opened 3/6/20.
Brownish-red with decent clarity and a 1 finger sand-colored head with good retention.
Nose is a mix of fruity (cherry, banana) and light caramel/toffee notes. Some floral aromas as well. Expressive dried fruit and malt aroma.
The fruit is toned way down in the flavor. More of an English style malt and herbal hop flavor comes through.
Dried fruit and a bitter/herbal hop on the palate. Expected spicy finish is there but it also take on a dried note...not a bad thing, it's a fairly complex malt aroma and flavor that isn't the norm. Bitter cocoa and dried fruit. Did I say dried? I think that's appropriate.
Medium body and low to medium carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry.
Very good at almost 6 months.

Mar 07, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the 2019 version is big & Bold. the malty caramel notes are less 'tame' than usual, and they coat the palate surprisingly. so too with the dark fruit vibe, a spiced fig-plum feel. carbonation stronger than norm, but not too much. i love a balanced malt profile, and this just nails it. have been drinking jubel for 15 yrs now, and this years is among the all-time best.

Jan 01, 2020
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Vixie from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really nice ruby red with a decent sized tan head.

Smell is mostly malty, with hints of cocoa and caramel.

Somewhat sweet up front, decent amount of malt with caramel and toffee notes. There is a good amount of bittersweet cocoa backing it all up, leaving a lingering bitterness. Also quite a bit of spice, makes this very much a winter warmer.

Pretty hot and tingling feeling on the tongue.

This is one beer that definitely lives up to the style. It is very warming, reminds me a bit of a chili beer, but with more restrained heat. This is a nice choice for a cold night, will help keep you warm.

Jan 01, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle packaged on 09/26/19 (3 months ago) poured into a becher glass at just above fridge temp 6.7% ABV 65 IBU. The beer pours bright medium brown in color with red highlights and khaki head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is cocoa powder, spice and a bit of malt. The taste is cocoa laced, toasted & caramel malt with a mildly bitter, spicy backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. One of the better winter warmers I've tried. The spice is subtle and complementary of the malt & hops.

Dec 28, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Label is marked 'PACKAGED ON 10/29/19'.
Clear dark amber colored body. Just a skiff of off white head. Leaves some rings and spots of lacing.
Aroma of toasted malt and cocoa.
Taste is super malty with toffee and cocoa. This first part is sweet enough but the last part turns more bitter and spicy, and adds notes such as leather and allspice. Joined by dark fruit flavors. In the after taste the tongue gives off the nutmeg, coriander, and cloves.
Thinner than medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
This is a holiday bread type beer. Only during the holidays will a beer be welcome that tastes like a dark bread having dark fruit bits, cocoa, and earthy spices.

Dec 27, 2019
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FireMedk from California

3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A "festive" beer that screams Christmas without a mention of it. Besides that, it has a smell that hints of dark fruit. Roasted malt is a bit overwhelming and too much for me personally but the APV 6.7% helps balance that out.

Dec 24, 2019
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