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

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
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595
Reviews:
337
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
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119
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234
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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark, but translucent reddish brown with a tan head that lasts a while, leaving lots of lacing.

Strong aromas of roasted malt, dark fruit, cherries and white pepper.

Tastes follow the nose with big roasty malt flavors, milk chocolate, figs, cherries, and some dry, piney hops in the finish and white pepper

Body is medium and a liitle carbonation is just enough to give this a creamy mouthfeel--but only if you drink it quickly after pouring from the bottle--gets flat quick.

The 10% ABV is evident, more on the barleywine side.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark appearance of dark body and a beige soapy head. Leaves good amount of lace.Aroma and toasty aromas. Creamy mouthfeel, taste like a strong brown. Elements of vanilla and caramel. Boozy this one. In a word, pleasant and nicely drinkable.Thanks JMBSH for hooking me up.

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Photo of alexgash
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Dark maple syrup amber to cola brown body. Finger of tight, creamy, light khaki head. Some lacing. Gooey caramel and toffee malts on the nose. Nice vinous oak presence as well, with notes of vanilla and blackberries. Light roasted malt as well. Nice.

Toasted malts up front. Singed caramel and herbal hop bitterness are there as well. Sweetish caramel and toffee cookie dough malt swell mid-palate. Tannin-rich, oaky edge to it all. Notes of wood, vanilla, and sherry. Old ale-ish, with some solid malt sweetness. Some oaky tannin bitterness in the finish along with lingering caramel-toffee. Medium-full body with a creamy feel, low-carbonation feel. Can't wait for Jubel 2020!

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Photo of maximum12
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed over our vacation last week, split with my wife & mother in the comfort of Cabin #8 after a hard day of fishing, reading, & lounging.

Pours pitch red with quiet rumours of brown. Smell is excellent: big, black cherries, in the LifeSavers mold. Sweeet.

Taste doesn't live up to the promise of the nose. The sweet black cherries turn to cherries of a vaguely acidic, vinegary, almost sour persuasion. Sweet malt drowns the off-taste quickly, but there's also a drip or two of oxidation creeping into the aftertaste. Already? Really? A bit thin. As it warms, the oxidation drops noticeably & the cherries start to grow on my a bit more.

Decent enough beer but one & done for me. This simply didn't live up to the Reserve Series from a top-notch brewery.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although the label admonishes that this beer is "best" after early 2011 I'm going to give it a whirl now.

It's the last day of spring and the sun is strong but not powerful enough to penetrate this very nice looking dark brew. The caramel colored head is small. There is some lacing.

Malt and dark fruits in the aroma with some toffee noted also.

Deschutes has done it again. This is a delicious ale. Malt at first with dark fruits and some toffee notes just like the aroma. The alcohol is very well hidden. A very smooth drinker with a big mouthfeel to match the flavor. Not a lot of bitterness,in fact, a nice sweetness contributing to a fine flavor that endures from beginning to end.

I'll be looking for another bottle soon and I'm thinking I won't be able to resist opening it long before the dead of winter.

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Photo of hayesez
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ladd for leaving this in my cooler after a long day at Dark Lord Day. It found its way to my fridge where it has been chilling ever since. Figured I break it out tonight and share with Ridgley and Kate. First time trying it for all of us. Split between three in the poker room.

Poured into my Portsmouth snifter. Dark translucent brown flow. I expected it to be a bit darker and thicker and was a bit surprised when first pouring it. Once sitting in the glass, it took on a dark cola appearance with a thick mocha head. This settled down quickly and left a bubbled ring around the edge. Small amounts of lace were left behind.

I must say that I was more impressed with this beer in about every aspect than I figured I would be. I'm not really sure why I thought I was going to be underwhelmed, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. I am a huge fan of the Abyss, and was reminded of that fine brew both on the nose and the palate. The smell was very malty and sugary. Dark ripe fruits with syrup or molasses. I'm not generally overly impressed with beers that tend toward sweetness, but this one smells excellent!

The taste impresses just as much as I had hoped given the smell. Starts out with a sweet chocolate malty taste, almost like cocoa that cycles all the way to a slightly hoppy bitter finish. The first drink I took of this beer had a very distinct berry taste at the end. It was quite odd and the other two were not totally convinced I knew what I was tasting. I'm not talking about dark or overripe fruits which are also in there and remain throughout the session, but rather a sweet berry. Not a flavor that repeated itself, but it was definitely there in the beginning. The only detracting part of this beer was a slightly "off" bitterness at the end - maybe it's the 10% alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd prefer - medium bodied with little carbonation...I wish there was just a bit more to it.

Very pleasantly surprised with the Jubel 10. I only got a third of a bottle, but was definitely looking for some more when I had finished mine. I'm leaving in a few days for a road trip back to Montana and will definitely see if there is still some available out there. Yet another great brew by Deschutes.

Consumed: 6/16/2010

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Photo of vkv822
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into snifter.
Best After Date: 01/29/11 . . I'm a little early.

It pours a very dark brown, bordering on black color, with beautiful burgundy hues, and a thick toffee colored head with fair carbonation. The aroma is of mostly dark fruits with some leather notes as well as roasted malt. The dark fruit and light leather notes make themselves present first in the flavor, but are soon followed by some nice bitter notes, and then a sweet caramel malt finish. The balance provided by the variance of rich, bitter and sweet flavors is very enjoyable, though as it warms, the dark fruit becomes much more dominant, and a warming boozy feel becomes more present as well.
The mouthfeel is a nice full to medium body with active, yet unobtrusive carbonation, it is a very palatable feel.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bomber came to me via waltonc, an appreciated trade. The label recommends not opening until 2011 but here I am drinking it in June 2010.

The beer pours a dark reddish color, clear but strongly tinted, with a thin tan head that never quite disappears. The aroma is sweet and sugary, malty like an American barleywine but also smelling of wood, apparently pinot noir barrels. It comes together well, if you like American barleywines then you'll like the smell of this beer.

It tastes strong, lots of caramel and toffee in the malts, some noticeable alcohol, and an aftertaste not too different from the barrel notes of Consecration. Dark fruits like plums and raisins, giving an overall impression of a rum cake. If I had my way I'd classify this as something other than an ASA, probably an ABW. The body is thickish, not Dark Lord thick but definitely on the high side, further proof of the big malt bill. Very good stuff, a little goes a long way but still nice.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A leathery brown liquid with some red highlights. The light brown head is thin and bubbly, but has some good retention.

S- Raisins, vanilla, tobacco, and molasses. Smells sweet, malty, and a little young.

T- Raisins, molasses, vanilla, and some orange rind. The alcohol makes its poresence known at the tail end after it has cut through the sweetness.

M- Sweet and smooth with the warming alcohol presence at the end. There is a residual numbing aspect as well as some long lasting flavors.

D- It is a bit much at its young age. But give this a year in the bottle and it will be an excellent desert beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was thrilled to find this on tap at The Firehouse in Sunnyvale, CA. It's a dark mahogany color with a decent off-white cover and meager lace. The aroma brings thick licorice malt and brandy, full and luscious. The flavor follows with thick scotch malt in a medium plus bodied brew with meager carbonation, a slick, smooth feel with raisin and toffee highlights. Very drinkable for such a flavorful style. Highly enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of afausser
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a rich, plum tinted dark brown the color of dark chocolate, with about a finger of creamy uneven head with mocha highlights. The head is somewhat fleeting, which I guess is to be expected with the high ABV. Leaves a thin ring of lacing around the side of the glass. What's left on the top is a fluffy cloud reminiscent of seafoam. Fine streams of carbonation flow up the side of the glass, hugging the curve of the glass. Slight caramel tones show through at the top of the glass when the light comes through.

Smell: Smells sticky, sugary, and chewy, with toffee and caramel as the dominant notes. Rum soaked raisins and spice. Very sweet with a slight hint of spice. Malty, and as it warms in particular stands out with creme brulee notes.

Taste: Piney, chewy, and caramel notes are heavy. The caramel and pine play with one another rather nicely. Slight vanilla notes blend with dark fruits--alcohol soaked plums and raisins. As it warms, comes across with something reminiscent of sugarplums in sort of a cinnamon-oak-plum-vanilla blend.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp but unabrasive, and smooth. It manages to be somewhat low without feeling undercarbonated. Not much of an aftertaste, but leaves behind a distinct film on the mouth and the teeth, which I find somewhat annoying.

Drinkability: Slight heat. Highly drinkable for the ABV, but not such that I want to drink it at any more than a very leisurely pace.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. waxed bottle from madhomebrewer - many thanks! Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy-tinged, dirty cocoa rosewater, nearly entirely opaque, brackish really, without a very attractive hue - this one more impresses me on a process level than a substance level. That is, the lacing and the collar and the head - at least, vis a vis the alcohol level and the barrel aging - are all fairly impressive. A huge amount of thin but crispy lacing - wispy and dancing along the sides of the snifter - dances over what is initially a good finger of creamy, mocha khaki head but tapers down to a thin dusting and a uniform dense collar fairly quickly.

Aroma: Faint, hoppy, with a few light touches of wine and tannins. It's sort of like a barrel aged Arrogant Bastard or something - that is, a little abrasive underneath, but tempered (somewhat unevenly) with the high, wispy esters of the wine.

Taste: A strong ale ... aged in pinot noir barrels. The underlying beer is fairly strongly hopped - it's piney, slightly citrusy, and pretty minty/earthy/leafy, showcasing juniper, tons of heavy, red grapefruit, tobacco ... and a nice amount of healthy red grapes, the juiciness of which suggest pineapple, mango, and plums. The underlying malt base isn't as prominent as the overtones, but contributes a nice amount of roast, toffee, faint toasted astringencies, light caramel, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy so as to weigh down the brightness of the fruit notes and wine barrel addition but with a fair amount of embedded carbonation to keep the base beer from coming across as too sugary or cloying. Probably a little on the thicker side on the whole than it should be, particularly when the carbonation begins to die down (and it will - this one's a sipper), but it's not too distracting.

Drinkability: It's a well made beer, but not one I was absolutely blown away by. I find wine barrel aging to be more hit and miss than spirit barrel aging, and I think it works - on the whole - with fewer styles and examples of beer than the latter. Still though, this is one of the better examples I've tried, even if it wasn't spot on. As I mentioned above, it's a sipper at 10%, but an enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of Darien
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a small 1 finger thick head and almost no lacing around the glass as I drink. Very deep amber-brownish olor. Upon first smell you can smell plenty of malty sweetness mixed with hints of orange zest combined with a slight caramel hint in the background. Tastes awesome, very sweet and malty upfront with a citrusy and hopy aftertaste. There are a few other flavors in there that I can't quite put a finger on but they work well here. This beer is medium bodied with low carbonation. This beer has huge drinkabilty points, considering it's abv the alcohol is really well hidden behind the sweetness of the beer which I love. A great beer and I'm happy I tried it.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Beauiful deep ruby color. Not alot of carbonation. A few bubbles around the rim. Leaves great legs on the glass.

S-Lots af malty sweetness. Not overbearing but too sweet for me. Still fresh though and I realize this. Has lots of dark fruit smells. I can't wait to try this in another year.

T-Carmel and molasses, dark fruits, maybe a little woody. Pretty complex and just plain good. Nothing boring about it.

M-Medium to full body. Low carbonation. A dry finish with a little alcolol presence.

D-At 10% it's very easy drinking. I like all the flavors that come through I just hope some of the sweetness goes away. Another impressive Deschutes Brew.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

two generous traders sent me bottles of this one as extras, so thanks to Bill and Traver. cool looking 22oz black waxed bomber.

a- pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held to light. a film and collar of sand colored head that sticks around

s- heavy dark malt sweetness with a bit of booze and a large vinous presence. some figs/raisons as well.

t- big caramel and molasses. a constant moderate sweetness that is at no time overwhelming. a nice mix of woodiness and vinous/port qualities. a very minimal alchohol presence. the aging has done this one well.

m- a medium/full body. low-moderate carbonation. finishes dry with a little bit of warming alcohol.

d- really an exceptionally smooth 10% beer. great flavors that never overwhelm. little alcohol presence.

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

Finally got this one out after about 6 months of sitting on it. Pours a Coke brown with a half inch of tan head. Smells like a tripel or quadrupel: raisins and figs, and that's what it tastes like, plus some other fruits in there I can't place. On the sweet side. Maybe some black cherries and other berries, but it's a great mix of flavor. The alcohol makes itself felt, but that's not a bad thing. All in all, an excellent beer.

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Photo of velosuds
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Update 10-24-2010: Just had this again after 5 months from the first taste. My appreciation for this beer has changed. I think I was too hung up by my expectation that Jubel 2010 be an imperial version of Jubelale. This is an excellent American Strong Ale that clearly has improved with age. In all fairness, the label still indicates best after 1/29/11. I hope to have this again several more times.

Prior comments:

From a waxed dipped bomber. Not quite sure what to make of this. Smells like a barleywine, tastes like a barleywine, therefore, must be a barleywine? This is the 4th of Deschutes' Reserve Series I have tried. Loved the Abyss and Black Butte XXI. Enjoyed Mirror Mirror.

I was expecting a bigger version of Jubelale. Not sure this hits the mark. To be fair, best after 1/29/11.

A-poured a deep burgundy with a two-finger, rich creamy head. Only modest lacing.

S-Rich, sweet malt aroma with a slight alcohol presence. Faint smell from the oak Pinot wine barrels. Not as much winter warmer spice as I would expect.

T-Like an ordinary barleywine. It's good, just not great. Definite sweet malts reminiscent of dark dried fruits like dates and raisins. A slight alcohol noted in the taste and bitterness in the finish.

M-Exceedingly smooth for such a big beer at 10% ABV.

D-I enjoyed this. It just wasn't everything I hoped for and at $11.99 a bomber, there are better offerings available, especially the Abyss and Black Butte XXI. Big fan of Deschutes, but this was a bit of a let down.

5-24-10 4.5/4.0/3.5/4.5/4.0

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Photo of DaveHS
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of dark stained wood, with
cherry-colored highlights. An inch of eggshell white
head. Leaves decent lacing on the glass. The nose is
mouth-watering. Dark, sticky fruit, oak, vanilla,
caramel, fresh baked bread, and dark chocolate.
Very low carbonation. Heavy and thick mouthfeel.
Flavors of plum, heavy cream, wine grapes, toasted
malts and chocolate. The finish is oaky, and hangs
around for awhile. As of May 2010, this needs a lot more time in the bottle. Not necessarily the full ten years suggested, but at least another year.

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Photo of Elendinn
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Deschutes Pub in Portland. Served in a Deschutes snifter.

Appearance -- nearly black with a light brown head reminiscent of brown sugar that dissipates quickly, but not completely. When held up to the light, the edges are illuminated with a dark, ominous crimson.

Smell -- in a word: sweet. Malty, with hints of burnt sugar, molasses, caramel. Reminds me of a freshly-torched creme brulee.

Taste -- molasses, caramel, and port-like raisin/plum flavors that would otherwise seem too sweet if not for the malty, warm alcohol that balances the beer quite nicely.

Mouthfeel -- full-bodied, mildly carbonated, and very smooth.

Drinkability -- very drinkable, though potentially too robust for some. An excellent sipping beer. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
Black Wax
Best After: 1/29/11

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy/creamy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind, also some nice small islands and oil slicks. The nose is mostly malty, very slight hop note, chocolate/toffee, figs, raisins, plums. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop note, nice touch of chocolate/toffe, with some dark fruits thrown in. Full/Medium body, a very nice smooth/creamy brew, ABV is hidden very well. I say this sucker is just fine right now. Very Drinkable, WOW! what a tasty brew, nothing like a Stone AB.

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

A: poured a dark syrupy brown with a half finger tan head a a little lacing sticking to the glass

S: sweet sugars and molasses aromas upfront with dark fruits oak and carmel in the mixture. After a couple whiffs I also got plenty of booze in this one as well.

T: lots of molasses caramel and brown sugar flavors with plenty of booze like the nose.

M: medium to full body with little carbonation that goes well in this robust brew.

D: pretty sweet and boozy beer and would not wanna take one down by myelf. This is great dessert beer after dinner.

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Photo of Buebie
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Managed to pick up another bottle of this today. So I can finally drink one and keep one in the cellar. Just went for a run, how bout a beer?

Bottle presented with a black wax dip, brown bomber. Poured into an oversized snifter off a rigorous pour.
A little less then half an inch of tan head forms up. Receding somewhat quickly and leaving a collar with some bubble islands across the surface.
A good swirl brings back the head, this time with longer staying power.
Color appears black with no light penetration. Holding to light reveals a deep dark mahogany glow.

Aroma is sweet with purfume grade booze soaked dark fruit. Loads of malt here with toffee and burnt sugars. Cereal grains alos present, but hiding well. A hint of chocolate grain aroma. Its definatly bready though with a sweet abundance of malt and caramel.

Mouthfeel is full and slick coating all of my mouth. Mild carbonation here creating a very nice feel.

Taste is very good, sweet overwhelming aroma is now not so in taste. Yes, it is sweet, but not overwhelming.
Sweet with caramel upfront and more of the dark fruit, malt, toffee and wisp of chocolate grain/ roasted grain.
Into the swallow is wood soaked in what I can only compare to vanilla maple syrup. The syrup being unfermented. Leaving behind an aftertaste of 100% real maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and non toasted virgin wood. Finishing with mild hop bitters.

Drinkability might cut by the significant 'BIG' character of this beer for others. Although it is easy for me to sip on this and I find it very drinkable. Mild alcohol warmth off each swallow, this is not hot or clying for the alcohol content.
Terrific brew. Lets see what 10 years does to it.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark burgundy color with one finger of creamy off white head.

Scent of sweet candied malts, sugar, a hint of spicy hops, oak and dark fruit. Not a very complex scent, but a good one.

Taste of sweet oak, molasses, roasted malts, butter hops, grass, caramel and a warming alcohol. A beer with the taste of dignity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and spicy with a pinching carbonation

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Photo of cavedave
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to sirdrinknp for yet another superlative Oregon brew.

A dark beige, thin cap of foam relaxes to a persistent skim atop a cordovan, nearly opaque, beauty of a beer.

What an aroma! Hints of citrus and floral notes dance atop dark caramel, rounded yeast, vanilla, very light hints of stone fruit, and a very subtle spiciness from the alcohol. Hard to pry my nose from the edge of the snifter.

Very full flavor, astoundingly delicious. All the flavors of the nose appear in varying proportions as the beer warms, and they are joined in the mouth by some nice herbal bitter which wraps the finish in a drying kiss that absolutely is stunning on the palate. Very complex, that rare taste that morphs to different profiles as the beer nears room temp., and which offers a changing balance that marks the true art of brewing. This beer is beyond delicious, it is a drinkable masterpiece.

The mouthfeel is perfection. Low carb., very viscous, light in the mouth, and a finish that is the wet dream of every home brewer in the country.

Drinkability is off the charts. If I had an unlimited supply of this, my heirs would certainly discuss its contributive value at my funeral.

Impression: I am presently seeking trades for as much of this as my wallet will allow. With a year on it this may be the best beer ever brewed.

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

Bought one to ship home and save as long as humanly possible, and one to try relatively fresh (4 months after bottling). Pours a deep, soupy, milky redwood color. The head is foamy and thick at first, a big tan monster that dwindles down to a little bit of a thing quickly, then just a crown. It's 10%, so I'll forgive it.

Big aroma comes with some big alcohol. Sherry-like and bold, but not unappealing, and the big dark fruits that come with it are wonderful: fig, date, raisin. Shades of milk chocolate pass by. There's a bit of a vinous quality, although it's a beastlier mutation of the most bad-ass red wine I've ever smelled, if anything. More like gluwein (spiced Germany holiday wine).

That spiced wine thing comes into the flavor, with the darker fruits also riding through, especially fig and raisin. Touch of very dark toffee, a little milk chocolate, sherry, port, barely detectable grassy hops. Lots of wonderful flashes, although something doesn't totally coalesce like it probably will in a year or so. Did I like it though? Good god yes.

Wasn't into the texture at first, seemed a little too slick and thin...but then it really started to develop, and delivered the big bold flavor in a kind, gentler way than some of your thicker, chewier big American ales. A buoyant creaminess comes into shape, as does just a bit of stick, and it really meshes well with the bigger, more demanding flavors.

A slow sipper, and one that clearly will develop over time...and one that probably can't be understood immediately. Complex and even somewhat elusive, I really look forward to trying this in a year, and will probably want to take notes on that one too, just to see how it compares with this younger tasting.

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Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from Deschutes Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 595 ratings.
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