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 arizcards
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a waxed bomber from AJ's in late February 2010 for $12.99. Been sitting on this in my wine fridge since then. Looking forward to this one!

Beer poured a cola brown with a one finger head that has been reduced to floatsam in quick fashion.

Nose is wonderful; red wine, raisons, and mocha are quite pungent.

Taste is dark fruit, dark cocoa, and a nice malt base balanced by a nice compliment of northwest hops. Alcohol was only present on the first sip, and at that it was not of taste but my physical reaction of my ears warming (don't laugh, it sometimes happens with bigger beers!)

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth.

Overall this brew is a souped up version of Jubelale which is one of my alltime holiday ale favorites. It is everything i hoped it would be. I have another bottle that i will try to save for a couple of years.

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Photo of shoky01
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz wax top bottle poured into stemless red wine glasses. Been waiting a long time for this, wanted to drink something special for New Years.

A: A very dark brown, lots of carbonation. Minimal lacing but no head to speak of. Looks almost like a coke.

S: Smells of fruit, grapes or raisins. Maybe some cherry. Also burbony. Reminds me of DFH Raison D'extra.

T: Follows the smell but has a bit bitter almost coffee like taste. Waiting for it to warm up...This is fairly complex. Different layers of fruit, spice, hint of bitter or coffee. Mostly get raisins.

MF: bubbly, little sticky.

OA: Its not one of my favorites but it is good. It really reminds me of Raison D'extra but less raisins.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on Christmas while watching the Clipper's opening game. Lets go Clippers!

Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby hues and a one finger khaki head that dissipates almost immediately. There is no lace to be had...

S - Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, a good amount of alcohol, and some tart notes...

T - Caramel, toffee, chocolate, and a hint of figs. A little vanilla/oak also make an appearance. Finishes with some lingering chocolate, figs, and a smooth alcohol warmth. Alcohol comes across alot smoother than I was expecting from the scent. Also not picking up any of the tart flavors I detected in the smell. Delicious...

M - Nice and creamy medium bodied feel. Carbonation is on the lower side...

O - Was going to sit this one for a while longer, but i'm glad I decided to open it. Drinking very well right now. Deschutes comes through with another top notch special release...


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Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to smacoly for this beer!

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small golden/tan head on top. Not much retention and spotty lacing.

S: Some vanilla and caramel, a little bit of brown sugar and molasses with hints of dark fruit.

T: Upfront some nice caramel and brown sugar and a little toffee. The back has more of a chocolate and dark fruit flavor, quite nice.

M: Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very faint heat from the alcohol, hits when the liquid is in my stomach.

O: A really nice beer. Glad I have another bottle to sit on and see what happens to it.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slowly I have collected up 4 bottles of this beer from Bifs, and extras in trades. Thanks to my Secret Santa 2011 Mulder1010 and Crushedevol for sending these bottles my way. Sadly my memory fails me and I cannot remember who else sent me a bottle. Anyhow thanks guys!

This beer was chilled and was served in a wide mouth goblet. A bit too cold to begin with but after a few minutes its ready to rock.

A- The body is a murky dark brown. The head of the beer is light tan coloration. No real retention and doesnt withstand my mustache. No lacing noted.

S- Vinous notes waft across my olfactory senses. Vanilla, caramel, nugget, burnt caramel, toffee, molasses and brown sugar ride into an undertow of dark undefined fruityness.

T- Very sweet push of burnt sugar, caramel dipped red grapes perhaps even some beet sugaryness. A little astringency similar to vermouth or a gin like after taste. A bit of alcohol but not much else.

M- Full bodied low carbonation but works well with the body. The alcohol is a little hot but not bad in the least.

O- The beer is sweet but not cloying. Not bad but its missing something to my taste. Perhaps a little more time in the bottle will aid this beer.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deschutes doesn't provide much info on this brew -- apparently it was aged in pinot barrels? it is a swarthy, earthy, malty brew -- and i associate this type of beer with belgian styles.... but alas, it is an AMERICAN STRONG ALE. i wonder what yeast strain was used hear...

the pour was a bit disappointing, with little effervescence, only yielding a thin little tan foam that dissipated rapidly. the look of the ale is heavy -- dark brown, tint of amber, opaque. not unappealing, just not exciting.

the smell is not extraordinary, but i do get a hint of the barrel aging that has occurred.

the flavor is excellent. slightly spicy, maybe from the barrel aging, and a very deep complex and malty brew is revealed. there is a very nice hop bite, even at a year+, complementing the wonderful, apple/molasses/piney malt base with a dose of raisins and dried cherries.

i wish i had a regular jubelale to compare it to, but i still haven't seen it around this year.

100% worth the try if you get a chance .

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Photo of iadler
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into two tulips. Part of the first tasting partners bif haul.

A- Pours a fairly dark brown with some red highlights. A nice off white head slowly dissipates, leaving a thin cap. Little lacing is left behind.

S- Sweetness is upfront with notes of caramel, toffee, molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits follow with raisin, fig and black cherry. Hints of oak, roasted malt sweet booze.

T- Plenty of sweetness with caramel, toffee, molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits emerge again with oak, vanilla and roasted malt. Finishes with notes of red grapes. (Perhaps from the pinot barrel aging?)

M- Medium carbonation and a rich syrupy body. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Has a slightly sweet and dry finish.

O- Age has mellowed out this beer, with the alcohol not being too noticeable. The pinot barrel aging treatment wasn't too noticeable and it gets a little too sweet after a while, but overall I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of drpimento
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, incredible stuff! I let it warm a bit out of the fridge and then poured a glass of huge thick, foamy, frothy, sudsy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a very cloudy orange brown. Aroma is heavy on dark ripe fruit, yeast, toffee, malt. and a hint of cocoa. Flavor is similar to nose, but in some odd way, more muted and balanced; all of those characteristics are there but in a seamless whole. Body is voluptuous and carbonation is spot on. Finish is like flavor, with an emphasis on yeast, longish, and without much alcohol. Good and gnarly.

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Photo of mjyoung
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A murky, dark brown color that's almost entirely lacking in head. That's all I've got to say 'bout that.

S: Whoa! I've been sitting on this bottle since it's release hoping it would cool down. It hasn't. Almost overwhelmingly boozy but and with a dark undercurrent of fruit and malt. I'm gonna wait for it to warm up a bit before continuing.

Ah. Much better. A nice deep, dark pool with fruit, caramel, and a hint of bourbon. Also a bit of oak coming through as well.

T: A sugary combination of caramel and toffee(?). Definitely the slightest hint of roasted something hiding in the back, but it's got a lot of that dark sugar and plum. Definitely still some booze, but better now than when I had it fresh.

M: Good body, and nicely smooth (aside from the heat of course).

O: A really good beer, typical of the reserve series. That said, it can use another year and it's ever-so-slightly on the boozy side for me.

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Photo of bbb099
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjyoung for sharing this one! Reviewed on 11/11/11.

A - Almost jet black with only a slight brown coloration. Thin layer of light tan colored head.

S - Incredibly strong scent of molasses and roasted malt. You can smell the alcohol a little as well it seems like.

T - Soft bitter cocoa and coffee flavor of roasted malt mostly. Hints of plum and bourbon. Not as harsh as I was expecting since it has been aged for about a year.

M - Slightly watery, which was kind of a disappointment. Low amount of carbonation.

O - A great strong ale, still, just slightly disappointing because it is not as thick and flavorful as I was expecting.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cola brown with garnet highlights and a finger of light khaki head. Gentle aroma of nutmeg and spice, caramel, and fig.

Moderate carbonation and a full, very creamy mouthfeel. Dark fruit and toffee biscuit up front followed by oaky vanilla with some light tannin bitterness, mild earthy spice, and a little bit of warming booze.

Always been a fan of regular Jubelale and this one was certainly a special treat -- a touch sweet but with a nice complexity and well-balanced flavors. Really nice brew!

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

Bottle of Jubel 2010, poured into a wine glass. Thanks Greg !

Appearance is dark brown w/ a small off-white head. Its` nose contains raisins, carmel, spices, malt. The taste is a mix of toffee, molasses, roasted malts and dried fruits. It is a very enjoyable taste, without being overpowering in any aspect. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a medium carbonation level to it. Jubel 2010 was a very good beer and I am glad that I had the opportunity to enjoy it.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – A very dark amber red. Head is a finger thick, and disappears after a few minutes.

Smell – Unusually sweet for a strong ale. Not quite brown sugar, molasses, or honey; maybe a sweet bourbon or port with caramel. Definitely some oaky red wine notes as well.

Taste – A sweet bourbon is the first thing I notice. Also some oaky red wine. A bitter bite is also present that I’m not fond of, which remains in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – A light burn from the 10% abv. Creamy and very lightly carbonated. Very syrupy if swooshed in your mouth.

Drinkability – A decent strong ale, but a bitter aftertaste detracts from the drinkability.

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

A - Dark amber beer with honey colored head. Quickly subsiding head

S - Dark fruit aroma with alot of plum and fig. Vanilla, oak and maple syrup coming through.

T - Plum and custard sweetness. Tartness of the pinot comes through in the back. Medium body, with a juniper-like bitterness.

M - Medium body with alot of tannin. A delicate carbonation is here, leaving you to desire the next sip.

O - Interesting beer. Very tasty. So many contrasts here make the beer desirable.

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

Much thanks to DmanGTR for sending me this bottle.

A: Pours a medium amber, in the glass it is deep amber color with a nice medium tan colored head.

S: Maple, molasses and oak. Theere is a nice fruitiness to this as well. Some nice caramel scents as well.

T: Burnt sugar notes, and a very interesting bitterness. There is a touch of pine perhaps juniper, or citrus. Sweet and tart at the same time. The aftertaste has a bit of a dark fruit flavor. There is almost a cherry cider note to the finish, slightly astringent.

M: Medium in body with decent carbonation, if anything the carbonation feels a tad low to me, but perhaps that is just personal preference.

O: Overall good, although perhaps not great. The aftertaste leaves a lingering bitterness that I am not really a fan of. This is certainly a very interesting beer. Something that almost has too many flavors to quantify at one time.

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

Best after 1/29/11, served at cellar temperature

A_Pours a very dark brown with a light beige two finger head. This settles down after a couple of minutes to nice wispy cap.

S_Potent, you can smell this from 8 feet away. The alcohol leads into a deep dark chocolate smokey aroma. The complex aroma reveals molasses and some dark fruits. Plums, dark cherries and blackberries. The only slight flaw is a bit too much alcohol. I am sure this would tame itself after a couple of years.

T_A bracing soft but aggressive carbonation pushes this sweet fruity liquid throughout the mouth. Lots of the same note as in the aroma come through here. The aftertaste is particularly interesting as there is a nice bitterness, reminiscent of dark chocolate. It lingers on the palate and invites another sip.

M_See above for the initial feel. The aftertaste lingers on the mouth with a medium thickness and slight trace of oil.

D_Very well done. This is a beer I am very lucky to have had and well done at a warmer temperature. Complex and thoughtful. Would love one of these next to a roaring fire on a snowy night.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany with a very modest head that dissolves to a ringlet though it leaves some legs and dots of lace

Smell: Bourbon-soaked prune, Pinot Noir (cherry-nuanced grape) and caramel, with undertones of fusel alcohol

Taste: The Bourbon-soaked prune and Pinot Noir flavors jump out at the forefront and are joined by the caramel before that hops appear, at mid-palate, to add some balance; after the swallow, the alcohol becomes more apparent, as does the caramel, which lingers, in conjunction with the fruit flavors into the finish and beyond

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: A lot of complexity that befits an ale brewed once in a decade; still tastes a bit young so it will be interesting to see how it develops over the next few years, though I don't have a spare bottle to make that judgment myself

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

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a strong light tan head with large and small bubbles mixed.

S: Aroma of candied plums, dark fruit and cherries mixing with brown sugar and figs along with toffee. Some barrel aromas are also clearly present.

T: Wow, a great English barleywine / strong ale with tons of caramel. This is much less bittered than I may have anticipated. Lots of sweet caramelized sugars, belgian candy sugar flavors and a basket full of dark fruits most strongly of which I pick up are black cherries. The finish is really sweet, but there is no puckering bitterness that I may have been expecting from the darker color and possibly an aggressive hopping.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body that is full.

O: This just tastes like a very well aged barleywine and it is not even a year old at this point. Clearly the wine barrel aging had a lot to do with this and I am really enjoying this beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy Lunch and whitebricke for sending me these as a part of a past trade! This one was shared by me at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured ruby red with a one finger light tan head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, caramel, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, subtle sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing really awe-inspiring going on in this one. The caramel I got in this one was definitely the dominant factor in this one. The dark fruit I got in the flavor tried to balance this out some, but seemed to fall short in my opinion. Glad I got to try it, but doubt I wouild seek it out again.

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Photo of meatyard
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, ruby/brown with a shortish, light brown, head that fall fairly quickly to a cover with some splotchy lace. This is the weakest point of this beer.

The smell is cooked plums and some sweet maltiness. Oak shows up as it warms.

The taste is more cooked dark fruits (plums and cherries) with a nice and pleasant dose of oak. There is just a hint of alcohol in the end but nothing to indicate 10% ABV. Taste is complex, lots going on here.

Mouthfeel is medium tending full without any carbonation to notice.

Overall: Seems like it was a good idea to hold onto this for a while. This actually feels more like a Barleywine than anything else at this point. It's different from what I expected yet is interesting in most all aspects.

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

Been saving this one and was glad to share it with my brother.

A - Pours a dark ruby colour, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Rich toffee and licorice with a touch of dark fruit and yeast esters.

T - Very rich on the tongue with some very sweet toffee and caramel flavours. A touch of licorice, leather and burnt coffee comes through on the finish.

M - A tad thick with medium carbonation that comes across a tad syropy.

O - Certainly glad I aged this one, since the ABV was very well hidden, but it offered up some great bold flavours. Reminiscent of a dark Belgian style ale but surprisingly easily drinkable. If you've been cellaring a bottle, it's definitely primed up and ready to drink!

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

Served at cellar temp in a stemmed wine glass

A - pours handsome deep ruby red, almost brown. Light brown cappuccino head.

S - rich scent of reduced, stewed cherries. Cracked black pepper and crisp, fresh green pepper. Oak.

T - sweet creme sherry and deep red cherries. Figs, prunes, sweet red wine.

M - even calm carbonation when cool, smooth silky carbonation as warms. Medium body and easy sipper.

O - wow. Sherry baby. Fantastic sipper beer. Enjoyed while at the in-laws on a Friday eve.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: bad appearance, very cloudy and murky, no head whatsoever, bland orange and brown color

S: the nose starts with assertive maltiness followed by oak, acid, and dry wine grapes 3.5

T: mellow grapes and sweet malts start this thing off with characters of molasses, sweetness balance with dashed of spice and a slightly tart finish

Mf: thick body, bit of burn on the end

O: lots going on here, I'm having some ambivalence on this one. The detractors seem to overshadow the good qualities of this brew.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from NewGeneric many moons ago. Thanks man. She sat in my parents' basement for over a year, but it was well worth the wait.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Best After 29 January 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, light brown head with very good retention. Seal brown in color with next to zero carbonation. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking.

SMELL: Lots of caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar and dark fruit on the nose. Raisins and dates perhaps, with quite a bit of spicy yeast notes in there as well. Touches of oak and vanilla show up, with some chocolate nuances as well. Bold, complex, and very inviting.

TASTE: Lives up to the nose. Spicy and sweet up front. Caramel malt, toffee for sure, and some brown sugar. Lots of spicy yeast through the middle and into a sweet, fruity and earthy finish. Some raisins and oaky vanilla flavors in there, with a touch of bitter chocolate and sweet molasses all lingering forever on the palate. Bold and persistent aftertaste just won’t quit. Very nice flavors, complex and interesting.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a it of a burn at the swallow and finishes rather sticky on the palate. A touch too much heat at this point perhaps, but still a solid body to support the flavors.

OVERALL: This is a wonderful brew. Deschutes never ceases to impress with their special release stuff. Great nose and wonderful flavors, this one is well worth tracking down if Deschutes doesn’t find its way to your area. If Deschutes is in your area, why aren’t you drinking this right now? Worth getting one to put away for a while, as this one will age very gracefully. Will it age well for 10 years? Worth finding out if you ask me. Thanks again for this bottle NewGeneric. Recommended.

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

Opened my "BEST AFTER 1/29/11" bottle of Jubel 2010 after letting is sit for the past 9 months and was not disappointed.

THE APPEARANCE was nearly perfect. The body is a ruby-maroon, brown topped with thick, goopy khaki-colored foam. There is great lacing and you can tell this was barrel aged just from looking at.

THE SMELL truly was without flaw in my opinion. The strongest aromas I picked up were the bourbon (i.e. banana, vanilla, toffee), buttered popcorn and sweet cherry. There is a faint bit of hops, but the smell is mostly sweet and rich.

THE TASTE was interestingly identical to the smell. Yes, it is very sweet and malty, but it is surprisingly complex given that this was based upon Deschutes' winter warmer—a fairly sweet beer to begin with. The flavors progressed like this for me: butterscotch → caramel → cherry and vanilla → bourbon and hops. The taste of alcohol, bourbon, and cola were present from start to finish with each sip. I can understand why some might hate on this beer because it is indeed sweet, but knocking it for that reason seems pretty uninformed and more of just a preference. This is without a doubt Deschutes' sweetest bottled, aged beer but it's entirely appropriate for the style and is well executed.

THE FEEL of the Jubel 2010 was extremely hot from the alcohol. The resulting burn in the throat wasn't unpleasant, just surprising since it's 'only' 10%. This is definitely the hottest "big ale" I've had. Overall, this beer is creamy and full, plus smooth and drinkable.

CONCLUSION: Another winner from Deschutes. Sweetness is only conceivable flaw, but I think that will just come down to your preference. I would rank this as a tie with "Mirror Mirror" in terms of Deschutes' best big, aged brew. Good luck finding either one though!

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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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