Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by mastodonj:
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is a complex ale that I always look forward to, year after year.
This review is based on recent on-tap and cask versions that
I've had in the last few days at the Avery tap room.
It's a very dark, porter-ish color with extensive lacing and a dark creamy white head.
The aromas are complex also. The smokiness is very prevalent; maybe from the malts or what. There is almost a coffee smell as well. And, of course, plenty of spice to meet its "winter seasonal" designation.
All the smells come through in the flavor; the smokiness smooths everything out while the spice livens things up. And, like a lot of
Avery ales, the hops keeps the bitterness at the front of the tongue.
The creamy head and the smoothness already mentioned, followed by the hoppy bitterness makes this one of my favorite winter seasonals. The alcohol adds to the overall complexity; great for any cold evening.
Serving type: on-tap
10-09-2011 01:14:25 | More by mastodonj
More User Reviews:
4.06/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle cellared for one year.
A: Pours a muddled brown color with lighter burnt Siena hues. Somewhat murky. Khaki colored head settles quickly. Spotty lacing.
S: crust, toast, dark caramel, pinch of cocoa. Very earthy with hop scents of pine, spicy garden herbs, and wet leaves.
T: Caramel. Lots of dark toast and crust. Cocoa and nutty chocolatey tastes build. Pitted fruits, such as dates and plums. Hops are assertive and bring spicy herbal notes, pine, and an overall earthy tone. Flash of citrus. Cocoa, chocolate, and nutty tastes mingle with earthy and oily hops on the long finish.
M: Medium thick body. Rich and creamy with a bit of heft in the mouth. Surprisingly high hop astringency, though it isn't a bother. Comforting alcohol warmth.
O: The assertive hopping was a bit of a surprise, but a welcome one. This beer perfectly fits its winter seasonal role. Rich, robust, and warming. No need to kill a beer like this with spices. A pleasure to sip, and an excellent buy at an approachable price in the six pack. Cellars very well to boot.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 17:01:40 | More by ryan1788a5
2.9/5 rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pour is deep ruby red, transparent, with a tan head and fair bit of lacing. Nose is salty and meaty. A bit of berry and malt sweetness, slightly oxidized in back. Taste is more sweet, tinge of alcohol, faint herbal hop. Seems a hint sugary with some brown sugar and caramel lingering. Medium body, soft carbonation, a hint slick.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 01:23:11 | More by cpetrone84
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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