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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,557 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,557
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 104 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Ratings: 1,557 | Reviews: 784
Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive been sitting on this bottle for quite a few years in my cellar. At least 4 years aging down there. Im pouring a cellar temp 12 oz bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a fairly clear mahogany color with some ruby highlights. There is some small particulate floating in the beer. Frothy beige head fades to a bubbly edge layer very quickly after the pour.
Aroma is malty and kind of sweet with dark fruit and toffee. Some raisins and plums make up the fruit profile.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with very mild carbonation. Texture is a little sticky and coats my palate after each sip.
Flavor is similar to the nose and is malty through and through, with toffee and brown sugar mixing with some plums and raisins. There is a bit of warming booze at the end of each sip. A sweet sticky flavor lingers after the swallow.
Actually fairly easy drinking for a bigger beer even with a little warmth on the finish. Might be able to sneak up on you if you drink it too quickly. A very enjoyable old ale and well made and interesting. Worth a shot if you like the style.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Malty aroma has fruity and subtle woody and nutty notes. Pours a clear chocolate brown with a fairly thick light cinnamon-tan head that doesn’t stick around too long but leaves some good lacing. Flavor has a malty core and nutty, caramel and woody hops notes plus a hint of sweet chocolate. Smooth texture has good body and fizz, quite lively. Start the party!

Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear reddish brown body with a thin cap of head. Overall impression of appearance is true to style, quite nice. Scents of rich, sweet malt with notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, raisin and fruitcake in the foreground, supported by aromas of nutty malt, hazelnuts and coffee in the background with a mild warm alcohol also present. Overall impression of aroma is of a true to form, very complex example of an Old Ale. Malty, rich and warming. Very well done. Flavor begins malty sweet with notes of hazelnut, caramel and molasses upfront with medium-low levels of vinous and sweet fruity esters and a light roasted malt and chocolate presence. Middle continues these flavors, picking up more pronounced notes of raisins and hazelnuts, alongside a slight warming alcohol. Finish is sweet with notes of raisins, vinous flavors, caramel, molasses, light nuttiness and medium-light bitterness from roasted malt contributing flavors of coffee and chocolate and a light warming alcohol. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and nutty with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hazelnuts. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice Old Ale, one that fits well to style, with just a touch higher bitterness than is usual. Still a good example of the style and quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy, with low carbonation and a sticky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very true to style Old Ale. Overall this is a fantastic Old Ale. It has a pleasant aroma and a very nice flavor, aided by a pleasing mouthfeel. A very nice Winter ale, one of the better examples of the style.

Photo of scotorum
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September 24th 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick.

a: Clear dark copper/ruby with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild ripe dark fruit.

t: Caramel malt under ripe dark fruit notes. Light hop bite, sweet to dry finish.

m: Smooth medium plus with very good body and good carbonation tingle.

o; A very fine holiday and cold weather brew, pleasant, tasty and satisfying.

Photo of Chug-a-lug
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The high alcohol content dominates the taste for me.

Photo of BIA_BrewMasta
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very aggressive malty finish that definitely encapsulates and old style ale. Perfect body and great drinkability

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Poured an extremely dark, almost opaque brown color with no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Malty and bready up front, like toasted English muffins. Some notes of black pepper, brown sugar and hops.

Taste: Delicious!! Tons of malt and freshly baked dark bread, like pumpernickel, followed by some notes of roasted nuts, black pepper, and some toffee-like sweetness. Some notes of dried fruit as well, dates, prunes, cherries. Good fruitcake in a glass.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth, with no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.3%, there is quite the presence of pleasing alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is a great beer! I love the toffee and the malt and the nuttiness. Simply an outstanding Christmas ale! Highly recommended!

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of malt, spicey, hint of smokeyness & nuttyness, caramel. Taste slight sweet cocoa, roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel.

Photo of Foyle
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: dark reddish-brown with plenty of streaming carbonation. Pours a 1" cream colored head that falls pretty fast with some lacing left behind.

Aroma: rich aroma of toffee, dark roasted barley, earthy and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly astringent, with a dry finish and a lingering alcohol burn.

Flavor: complex mixture of rich roasted barley, cocoa, toffee, some tangy citrus and herbal hops and a definite alcohol presence.

Overall: a hearty and tasty brew, this definitely fits the definition of a "winter warmer". Excellent to sip on a frigid winter night.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown to dark brown with a fair amount of light still permeating the glass. A fingernail of beige head coats the top almost entirely. I smell caramel and toffee. I taste caramel and mocha in this rich winter warmer. The body is chewy and lightly sticky.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Color was a rich brown, average head, not a ton of lacing. The flavor had a pretty strong boozy finish after notes of brown sugar and malt. The mouthfeel was smooth, very pleasant. Not bad.

Photo of ranger7
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good. Dark, smooth and balanced. Tastes terrific paired with gingersnap cookies.

Photo of VTR
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My experience with Old Ales is limited but from what I have experienced I found this beer to be very well done. In my opinion the nose was not off the chart but the real experience is when I began to sip it. The beer poured very dark and looked appealing from the get go. It had a good amount of carbonation and mouthfeel to make it enjoyable and lively. The malts kept this beer at a enjoyable sweetness level without pushing it into a desert beer category. I did not think the alcohol was "hot" and was masked by the beer. The beer changed in a favorable way for me as the beer warmed. The bitterness was very mild. Normally I am disappointed by some seasonable/holiday brews but what started as a single bottle turned into a trip for a six pack for me. Very well done!

Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gets better as it warms. Had to come back to re-rate it.

Photo of --Dom--
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

I was very whelmed with this beer.... just whelmed. It's a pretty decent example of an old ale. In my opinion, nothing really stands out about this beer. Maybe I'm just expecting too much out of the style/my palate is spoiled by so many good RIS's...... It just needed to have a bit more punch for me. If it were a bit cheaper I think I'd be a little less critical but I've mostly seen all Avery beer checking in at around $10-11 a six. I've been unimpressed with all the Avery offerings that come in a pack and not a bomber, just my honest opinion.

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +3.9%

The nose is a healthy dose of malt with an tinge of alcohol. I get a bit of dark fruit like raisin and a sweetness of purple grapes.

This is a malt bomb, which I love. It has a bold barley maltiness, caramel malt, nuttiness and fruit cake. There's is some additional sweetness in a purple grape flavor with a tiny hint of booze.

This is rather dry and definitely warming to the chest. Depending on your particular taste this is a very good winter warmer.

Photo of PottstownBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Solid "go to" winter warmer. Gotta have at least a sixer every December!

Photo of MidloRapid
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Nice it warmed up it was pretty smooth. Good choice for a cold night

Photo of ILuvBeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Not as good as Finch's "Nuclear Winter"; why haven't you hyped this beer?

Photo of Furlinator
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours translucent dark copper. The thin khaki head fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell is of roasted malt, toffee, caramel, a hint of booze and a vague herbal presence.

The taste is of bread, caramel and molasses.

The texture is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Simplicity at its finest.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.58/5  rDev -7%

This is typically a favorite style for me so I had some expectation coming in. I was disappointed, there was something that just did not work. The beer just did not seem balanced. It did improve a little as it warmed which saved it from a lower rating. Okay, but nothing special.

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice beer. Just the thing for a chilly day when a stout is a little more than you're looking for.

Photo of dank203
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

really nicely balanced, slightly sweet with cherry like malt. a little spice like a winter warmer. definitely a good winter beer and not cloying, or overly sweet, spicy or anything. not all that nutmeg cinnamon nonsense. considered an Old Ale. not really that hoppy like an American old ale. maybe more like an English old ale? not really sure

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

Thin creamy oatmeal head. Trickling carbonation. Thin lacing that settles above the body. Dark brown beer with amber hues. 4

Malt heavy and reminiscent of an amber ale. Toffee and earthy hops. Sweetness prevails. Not particularly explosive with the aromas, but it's good. 3.75

Toffee heavy and sweet with biscuits and grass, earthy hop flavors. Caramel and vanilla are subtler but round the flavor out. 4

Pretty heavy on the carbonation, but smooth creaminess does a good job of offsetting it. Medium bitterness, dryer finish but no trace of alcohol burn. 4.25

Very good winter beer. I feel like it takes the Samuel Smith brew and keys in everywhere that needs to be keyed in until they got an even better beer. Well done.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear and beautiful garnet brown with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, then dies down to a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Spots of lace are few and far between.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes toffee, caramel, chocolate and light roasty nuttiness. Hints of earthy and metallic undertones.

Taste - Follows the nose. Starts with a toffee and caramel base with hints of chocolate and hazelnut. Faint metallic undertone. Nutty character strengthens toward the finish, delivering an earthy, nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Close to full in body with fair, lightly prickly carbonation. Slick texture that goes down a bit too easy.

Overall - It's no North Coast Old Stock, but few brews are! It's enjoyable as is; a laid back, well-attuned brew that's easier to drink than that 8.3% label would have one believe. I bought a single, but I'm seriously considering picking up a sixer before season's end.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,557 ratings.