‘Last’ beer of the year

That’s a complete lie. Soon I’ll be heading up to Tokyo and celebrating the end of 2007 with my fair share of draft Asahi.
Baird’s Jubilation Ale 2007 is my last new beer of 2007, though. I’d heard good things from this beer, but it still beat my expectations. As you begin to pour the beer the color strikes of melted caramel with a creamy, firm head standing proudly on top. besides having heard it was a “good” beer I had nothing else to go on. Reports of similarities to Anchor’s Our Special Ale were rampant, but so was “yea, but it’s different.” The wonderfully inviting aroma was full of malty goodness, caramel apples, chcolate, milk, and spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. The caramel apples were something that took me off-guard, but had me yearning for that first sip. The caramel apple takes a back-seat in the flavor of this beer, leaving the sweet malts, milk chocolate, nutmeg and cinnamon with all the glory. The finish arrives with the spices showing themselves to be a powerful player, as well as some saltiness that requires you to go back for more. The smooth and creamy body only enhances the enjoyment of the Jubilation as it is very easily drinkable. At 6.5% alcohol, trying to make a session of this may be a rough (yet tasty) test. I can’t think of a better way to send out 2007. I’m looking forward to what 2008 brings me.


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