Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,560 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 54
Gots: 106 | FT: 4
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: 1,560 | Reviews: 783
Reviews by beermanbrian:
Photo of beermanbrian
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown in color with some bronze tints. Thin head that leaves no lacing. Not much to look at. Things start looking up at the first sniff. Roasted maltyness, nuts and some booze burn. Taste falls right into line with the smell. The taste is nice and solid but in the end it comes across somewhat subdued. Nothing really stands out and gives that wow sensation. Finishes dry with no aftertaste. Overall a solid beer that is worth trying but it didn't knock my socks off.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson color with not much head to speak of,aroma is on the malty side oranjy with some hints of chocolate but a hint of leafy hop that lingers.Taste has a light soapy quality with nice complexity dry biscuit malt with fruity estures big hit of hops comes thru though in the finish.True to the style a nice balanced complex old ale a very unexpected find here in North Carolina with the alcohol laws the way they are.

Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, cherry mahogany body with a small, but persistent beige head. Sticky, patch lace is all over the glass as the contents slowly disappear. Even near the finish, the small tan head can be rejuvenated with a slight swirl of the glass.

Aroma is of major maltiness up front. Molasses and dark fruits are all over the place. Figs and dates, some chestnut nuttiness, and some woodsy hops add complexity. An unusual, but pleasant, hops variety is going on here, in the background.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy. Very coating.

Taste is dominated by molasses and dark fruits. Some tart apples and cherries make an occasional foray into the flavor profile. There is a distinct woodsy and earthy character to this, that seems to derive more from the hops than the yeast. There are hints of spruce and allspice in the woodsy background scenery. Enormous complexity here, as each new sip unveils additional and complimentary flavors. Alcohol is noticed only in the aftereffect. The finish is caramel apple, dipped in spiced rum.

Extraordinary complexity of flavors. This strong old ale begs for your friendship, and your time. Spend a pleasant evening with this "ole fellar", and sip the night away with an American classic.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep cola brown with a nice head and relatively good lacing

Smell: Hazelnuts, caramel and some dark fruit; a nice fresh hops smell as well

Taste: Starts out with caramel, nuts and raisins and picks up some grapefruit hops in the middle; both sweet and bitter flavors battle it out to the finish but the hops ultimately are dominant.

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: Very satisfying with good complexity; I note from Avery's website that they consider this an English Strong Ale rather than a Winter Warmer

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Murky dark brown in color with a nice brown head that went down slowly and pooled on top of the liquid.

Smell – I couldn’t get much from this until it sat, but the aroma is malty in nature with a big cocoa powder influence. There’s some (kind of minty) spicing in there and some serious sugar of sorts. Also, I’d swear there were some big time hops in this brew.

Taste – The peppermint comes out more at the taste, nicely complimenting the huge, darkish malt backbone. There definitely is a hop balance here, strongly supported by some quality raw sugars.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and a bit fluffy in the mouth. This one is a bit over medium and actually has a touch of dryness (somehow – don’t ask me).

Drinkability – This has “winter warmer” written all over it. It harkens back to memories of log fires, Christmas trees, and frosty window panes. You’ll want to sip this hearty ale for sure.

Photo of JMD71
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled & reviewed 2/18/07:

Ap: Nice ruby red to deep brown with tasty tannish head. Light lacing on glass as head recedes. Light to medium carbonation.

Ar: Caramel, figs, prunes, raisins. Slight alcohol notes, but minor under the fruitiness. Brandy butter & fruit cake.

Ta: Sweet body with the rich, earthy fruits noted in the aroma. Solid bitterness right up front that fades in the finish. ABV noticeable, but not overpowering. Warming...

Mo: Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated so ABV is tempered. Strong bitterness leaves palette clean without puckering aftertaste.

Dr: This is a sipper for a cold night. The bitterness detracts a bit IMO. The ABV demands respect.

Comments: This would be a nice one to accompany a rich, warm dessrt like a christmas pudding & brandy butter.

Photo of warnerry
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fantastic clear red/mahogany withone finger f creamy off-white head. Head has very good retention but doesn't leave much lacing.

S - Very malty, with caramel, toffee and chocolate. Very slight bubblegum aroma. Bottle says there are no spices, but I do get a small spice aroma as well.

T - Taste is similarly malty, though with an oaky dryness both up front and on the finish. Lots of dark chocolate and toffee. Some hops that were hop apparent in the aroma. Has a bitterness that doesn't really seem to work.

M - Medium mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for the style. Finishes dry and bitter.

O - A pretty good brew, but probably not one I'd come back to. Has elements of and old ale, but I don't think I would have thought of it as such with a blind tasting.

Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a thin but persistent head.

Aromas of citrus and caramel. This rolls into a tea-like caramel/toffee malty flavor that has citrus, spice (cinnamon?), and chocolate around the edges - very, very good. For some reason a hint of mint (due to the hops & spice, if any spice is actually used?) appears in the finish - not a bad thing, and sets the flavor of this one apart. The alcohol is very well controlled. Nicely done.

Photo of Beaver13
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Old Jubilation poured a dark reddish-brown with a medium head that quickly went down to a nice lacing and collar. It had a very appealing citrusy, malt smell. It had a big malt taste with some citrus tones that was nicely balanced with a slightly hoppy finish. Overall, a very nice, highly drinkable holiday brew.

Photo of shapudding
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating. Poured out a clear and dark, rubied at the edge with just a dusting of light, white cloudiness floating across the top and edges. Dark scents of coffee, chocolate, and hoppiness. Perfect amount of carbination IMHO, just a bit of it in there. Tastes of burnt toast, black coffee, dark chocolate. Nice hoppiness to it. Darkness, dark caramelly sweetness... .very good. Leaves tons of flavor in your mouth after each sip. Nicely drinkable for those who head to the beers with alot of flavor, stout/porter lovers. Very enjoyable one.

Chosen from the list of "beers for men" at the FlatRock in Manyunk, how freakin' funny!

Photo of Doomcifer
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coca-cola like color with a nice creamy/frothy tan head that retains well.

Smells of ripe fruits, raisins, maltiness, tad bit of spices.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, some hoppiness, dry finish with alcohol present.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. I can take down a few of these relatively easily.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. Pours very dark almond, clear, dark tan head, tiny bubbles , frothy, well dispersed sticky lacing. Nose is malty, spicy, oats. Rich,creamy solid mouthfeel. Bold malty body, some winter spice picked up, nutmeg,cinimon,ginger. Tasty and warming with alcohol well in background. 2 or 3 of these and I'll be seeing two old Saint Nicks! Fine winter warmer, seek and enjoy.

Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: caramel in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation


Smell: toffee and mocha

Taste: toasted malt, spices, nuts, sweet fruit, and a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium/light bodied, high carbonation, very sweet at the end

Drinkability: An above average winter warmer with a slightly off aftertaste. I would have this again, but only once per sitting.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, toffee and some nutmeg. The flavor is more complex. I get some chocolate and toffee, but I also get anise, coffee, cinnamon, roasted malt and some alcohol. Full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice winter warmer.

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark amber with thin tan head and light lacing lines.

Smell: Big English malt smell: semi-sweet caramel and dark fruit predominately, with a slight touch of English hops.

Taste: Very malty and slightly sweet upfront with caramel and dark fruit evident. The English hop bitterness builds and lets its presence known long after each sip. Some alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium somewhat creamy body, with a very dry English finish.

Drinkability: Overall, a big, full flavored beer that is a showcase for both English malts and English hops.

Photo of Prospero
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A winter warmer without spices done in the tradition of a English Strong (Old) Ale style. This beer is dark brown color (deep ruby when held to the light), fairly low carbonation with only about a finger of head. Aroma is dominated by the roasted nutty malts and mild earthy hops. The flavor lacked the balance of the aroma though. I thought the roasted malts took over and had quite a bit of bitterness in the taste. It's a good refined medium bodied beer, but lacks the drinkability of other winter warmers I've had.

Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Someone spilled their Scotch Ale in my English Strong Ale. Pours dark mahogany with a tiny tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is nutty and full of roasted malts. But, this tastes a lot like a stronger black and tan or Scotch Ale. Very malty, very nutty, and a big finish of toffee and roasted malts. Almost too flavor without the alcohol you would expect. In the end, its still a good beer

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown bottle crimped long neck.
This is the other Avery beer sent by Sudsdog.

Clear deep ruby red,a thick,creamy light mocha head,as tall as you want it to be,good retention leaving a pillow of foam on top of the beer. A thick ring of foam around the top of the glass.

Very complex aroma,very malty,also spicy,fruity. Malty notes of sweet carmell,roasty,nutty,a slight burnt smell. Aromas of dates/figs a bit of a winey smell,alcohol? It seems like the aroma of this beer is always changing.

The taste not as complex as the aroma,very chocolaty like unsweeten chocolate,a strong black coffee taste,lots of spicyness,some of it bitter.
Finishes with a sharp,tart,lingering bitterness. Seems to get more complexity as it warms.

A medium to thick mouthfeel very creamy.The taste was so interesting,I didn't realize how fast the beer went down. I couldn't drink a lot of this one,but I did enjoy it enough to try a few more.

I'd recomend giving this beer a try,this was a hard one for me to really describe in detail. I'd would love drink this beer again though.
Overall,a very good winter beer.

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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Nose: dark bread, nuts, dark dried fruit
Pours brilliant garnet under a 1" quickly dissipating off-white foam cap.
Palate: bread, grainy malts, nuts, dark dried fruit, light bitter hop accent on the finish. Long lingering aftertaste of malt and hop. Dried fruit flavors not as well developed as the malt flavors.
Full body, medium low carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a dark brown amber bronze color. awesome looking fluffy off white head with some amazing retention. some really nice sticky lacing as well. lots of fine little bubbles rushing to the top.

nice sweet caramel malt aroma thats balanced by some bitter aromas from the hops.

nice complex taste making this prolly one of my favorite winter seasonals. starts off with sweet caramel chocolate malts, roasted malts. some fruity taste i cant quite put my finger on, maybe some sort of citrus flavor. finishs hoppy bitter with a little of that sweet malt still lingering.

has a medium body, fine carbonation. very drinkable, wouldve definately thought this was around 5 or 6%. get this if you can, one of the better winter seasonals out

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. 2012 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A deep malty and nutty aroma. Toasted malts with big hints of bready biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, and some chocolate and hazelnut. A fair amount of brown sugar. Subtle undertones of fruits including citrus orange and dark figs and raisin. A little hint of smoke along with some earthy hops. Not really any spices, just a good malt aroma.

Taste: It the smell indicates, a good mix of baked bready malt flavors. Toasted malts with a good taste of baked biscuit, toast, yeast, caramel, toffee, and hazelnuts with some nice notes of cocoa. Mild sweet presence of brown sugar and some subtle smoke. Some fruit undertones with some light citrus orange and a good dose of raisin, fig, and prune. Moderate amount of earthy hops adds some drying bitterness in the finish. Its the bready malts that shine the most.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, toasty, and fairly drying in the finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good winter beer. Really nice use of malts that give a complex mix of flavors. Sweetness and body is just right.

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with a finely bubbled head of thick foam that rises up a half-inch and leaves nice fingers of lace running up the glass as it recedes.

Rich aroma of toasted malt, caramel, bits of cocoa, and raisin.

Tangy tounguefeel upfront, has a rich flavor, but almost burnt malt or cocoa, perhaps accentuated by the alcohol. Other flavors of brown sugar and ripe fruit and oak mix in and out, tangy cherry and raisin rides in the finish, and a tart, again almost burnt, flavor sits in the back of the throat.

Rich mouthfeel, tingly on the tongue, full in the cheeks, slightly warming in the finish.

Photo of kingjames1
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark amber with a fine head, that dissipates into a consistent and enduring lacing. Looks good.

Smells of caramel, burnt malts, and spices (typical of winter warmers - nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon). Hops are also present, as well as alcohol.

The taste is richer, with strong malt presence (bready, yeasty, and fruity), some chocolate hints, a certain woody-ness and a stronger hops finish (floral). A very nice winter warmer. Maybe my favorite this season. Mouthfeel is solid, and is very drinkable. Good stuff. Worth seeking out imo.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, slight ruby appearance to it. Head and lacing were nothing special. Aroma is nutty, warming alcohol presence.

Taste, alcohol presence is not big now, nutty roast flavor, potential for a tinge of cocoa in this one, cinnamon. Maltbombesque. A decent hop mouthfeel comes on later than keeps this only in the -esque category when it comes to malt bombs.

Not my favorite offering from Avery, too reminiscient of Deschutes winter beer.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.