Sunday, February 24, 2013

February 24: Karl and the Tale of the Deschutes Jubelale

If you didn't come to party, don't bother knocking on Deschutes's door
Wild-Card Week is just about over, dear readers, and the good people from Deschutes would like to help us celebrate with Jubelale, their 25th anniversary brew. Deschutes rarely disappoints, and I would expect this winter warmer to continue the trend of quality beers hailing from Bend, Oregon. 25 years is quite an accomplishment, so I feel like it’s time to party like it’s 1999. It looks like the Revolution have already gathered on the label.
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to celebrate this thing called beer"
The beer pours an opaque, dark brown color that glows red when held up to the light. It’s topped by a half-finger light tan head that lasts through the beer. I pick up brown sugar, dark malts and some slight spice on the nose, and the beer has a stout-like first impression when it hits the tongue. There are some very complex dark malts that leave a variety of subtle flavors, including tobacco, chocolate and dark fruits, and this is balanced out by some bitter yet floral hops. The intricate flavors make the beer seem spiced without being spiced. The medium-high carbonation suits the lighter body, and it finishes spicy and dry. At just under 7%, it’s weaker than most of the winter warmers I’ve had lately, but it is also the easiest to drink. I could easy go for another of this very well rounded beer right now, but it seems the party is over and we’re out of time. Pick this up if you still see it around (I believe my 12oz bottle was <$2), or wait patiently for its release next winter.

Rating: B+

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