Jubilee
Reviewed by Jez on 01.02.14 in bottle
Overall:
55 / 100
(OK)
22oz bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours a slightly hazed, but pleasant deep orange amber, without a great deal of carbonation, and without much propagation of head, even when poured vigorously. Body looks pretty fluid, but what carbonation it has hides in a fine mesh when tilted, making it seem a bit thicker than it is. Looks decent enough.

Nose is quite spicy, and perhaps a bit woody: certainly with a little Old Ale-style oxidation to it. Some nutmeg and brown sugar, a touch of something a little sharper, perhaps cinnamon or allspice, even maybe a suggestion of dried ginger. It's interesting.

Taste is similar, but with a true lack of sweetness. This means that while there's more of that nutmeg and cinnamon richness on the front, the back just drops off, leaving the spices sitting exposed and astringent. It also makes it feel slightly solvent-y on the back: certainly sharper and weaker than it should be. Feels very dry on the finish, leaving nothing in the feel except a bit of heat and that prickle from the spices.

Overall, it's not bad, and there are certainly interesting things to it. But it doesn't work as a whole, and feels a bit harsh on the back. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of, but something I'm glad I experienced it once.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 2.75 | drinkability: 3.25