Saturday, December 31, 2011
Deschutes Jubel 2010 Once A Decade Ale
Deschutes Jubel 2010 Once A Decade Ale, the self-described limited Imperial release of Deschutes Jubelale Deschutes Brewing does once every ten years, is the first beer I purchased for the intent of aging (I purchased this mid-February of 2010) and has a "Best After" date of 1/29/11. Originally slated to be one of my first beers (I'd already held on to it for almost a year...), I decided early this year this ale should be the final entry for 2011 for a number of reasons. So here we are!
Deschutes Jubel 2010 Ale poured almost black in the glass, but when held to light it demonstrated deep crimson and orange hues beneath an almost immediately non-existent beige head. The nose carried spruce, gradd, dark chocolate, and the smallest hint of dried cherries in the background.
Deschutes Jubel 2010 opened with a one-two combo of sweet cherries and peppery alcohol that both mellowed into dark, sugary malt notes of licorice, maple, and burnt caramel. Dry, roasted notes careened against a semi-sweet black-strap molasses and licorice fade. There were a lot of almost there flavors that likely had their time in the forefront during the extended aging process, but the ale was mostly notable and defined by the sweet, dark malting.
Deschutes Jubel 2010 is a heck of a way to end the 2011 year of beer- the dark, sweet malts stand out significantly more than they did at the original release, and the ale truly tastes more settled and mature (likely nearing the end of its "Best After" date given how little hops and carbonation remained).