Deschutes Jubel 2015

I found this gem at Norm’s Beer and Wine in Vienna. It was a couple of weeks ago, so I’m sure they don’t have any more. This year they created a “Super Jubel,” meant to be released only every 10 years, but they only waited five this time. This one was barrel aged 50% in pinot noir and new Oregon oak barrels for 12 months. Not surprisingly it pours a deep, dark brown with a thin off white head. The aromas are filled with wine, dark fruit and toffee. The flavor jumps out at you with waves of complexity. There is an immediate malty sweetness, followed by a whisky-like booziness. That in turn gives way to red wine with a little raisin and plum. The finish is slightly chocolate. This mixture combines beautifully inside a lush bodied beer. It does pack a little bit of a whollop at 10.4% ABV, but I would actually have expected a beer like this to be higher. There was a little booziness, but it was not overpowering. I really liked this beer. Five out of five proper pints.

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