Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) | Deschutes Brewery

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

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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)

Added by msubulldog25 on 01-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Moose90
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from 22oz bottle

A — Pours a deep ruby amber hue, there is a puffy cream colored head on it, spotty lacing left behind.

S — Smells of rich and sugary dark fruits, plums, figs, dates, raisins, sugary sweet malts.

T — Exceedingly sweet and rich, lots of dark fruits and candy sugar. Bitter sweet coffee, but just a lot of sweet dark fruits.

M — Full bodied, long finish, lingering.

O — OK overall, may be a bit past its prime in 2015, but just came across as super sweet to me.

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Photo of unionturf
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought this beer in Las Vegas back in 2010...have sat on it till today. Been hitting my cellar since I drain poured by 2010 Dark Lord last year and decided not to keep beers so long.

This pours very murky and very dark ruby I poured it fairly aggressively so I had a good head and some decent lacing. Smells and taste of raisins and prunes...very sweet. To me the aftertaste is all raisin every sip. Since I only got one bottle of this nothing to compare it to...

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Photo of Phocion
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. wax-sealed bomber split between a pair of snifters. Purchased in 2011 on a West Coast trip and held at cellar temperature ever since. "Best after" January 29, 2011 and poured on January 21, 2015.

Dark hazy mahogony with a small and short-lived creamy beige head.

Aroma is heavy barleywine-like brown sugar malts. Dark fruit esters (raisins, plums) and wood. Light hint of spice.

The aroma is mostly dominated by thick, sweet malts, but the flavor is a little more complex. There's still a healthy amount of brown sugar, but the barrel flavors come out a little better with cherry, oak, and vanilla. A bit estery and some moderate alcohol flavors. Almost dessert wine-like with a touch of oxidized sherry. Warm and sweet, but neither cloying nor too hot.

Full body and low carbonation. Thick and chewy mouthfeel.

Perhaps a little past its prime. Resembles an English barleywine that's been aged in wine barrels. The complexity is sadly lacking.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany red with a mocha ring of head.

S: Dark candied fruits, vanilla, oak and bready malt in the nose.

T: Oak, vanilla, dark candied fruits, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon.

M: Full bodied and smooth with a touch of alcohol burn.

O: Not as good as expected, but it was good. Perhaps a touch better than Jubelale.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 2010. Best after 29 January 2011.

A: Dark, impenetrable ruby. No head.

S: Sweet, boozy fruits. Spicy and dark. Loads of brown sugars. A little oxidized.

T: A bit flat, honestly. Old and mehhh. Strongly and pleasantly bitter (coffee? hops? alcohol?). It never really improves, but it is pleasant. Bright fruit and sharp alcohol.

M: Kind of flat and boring.

O: Disappointing after so many years, but not un-bad. Old ale-y.

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Photo of SilentBob2u2
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of lsummers
4.16/5  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.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Review from 5th anniversary year (opened on 09/01/2015) I got married in 2010, and bought three of these to opened on my 2nd, 5th, and 10th anniversaries, and have kept them at 53 degrees since then. I missed drinking on my anniversary earlier this summer, but it is my birthday today so that serves as reason enough to pop it late. Enjoyed with my wife (who is growing to like old beer :) I never tried this fresh, but at 2 years it was astoundingly superb.

Smells like fig jam, under-baked raisin bread, a hint of leather chair, stewed plums, and sherry. Wowie... reminds me of Thomas Hardy's Ale.

Tastes remarkable. More of the sherry and stewed plums in the flavor, with less fig and raisin. Moderate sweetness balanced by substantial bitterness, almost like bitter dark chocolate. The bitterness gets a little out of control in the aftertaste and does detract from the overall experience.

My big question at 2 years was: Will this age like the best English Barleywines? It sure reminded me of them at that age. Now I see that it probably won't last like Thomas Hardy's does, as it is starting to show signs of decline. It is however very good and well worth waiting this long to find out. The mouthfeel is still lush and thick, and the carbonation is nearly what it was at 2 years. It could go longer, but I doubt it will get better after 5 years. I bet 2-3 years is optimal for my personal preference, but it is pretty damn unique at this age too.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
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

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Loved this beer. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean beach, CA.

Rich and with bold character, hops sprinkled throughout, then warm bourbon and dark fruits hit- like you should be sipping by a fire. Chocolate and vanilla wafers (almost like a kit-kat), oak, a touch of hop bite/citrus, a touch of toffee/caramel, finishing with more bourbon/oaky warmth. A bigger, perhaps more regal pour of the Jubelale. A delicious, richly flavored and balanced beer, I would drink again and again.


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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of woemad
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of gonzowestwood
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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