Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by shapudding:
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
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!
01-09-2005 20:46:33 | More by shapudding
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4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
03-17-2004 01:29:04 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Appearance Murky dark brown in color with a nice brown head that went down slowly and pooled on top of the liquid.
Smell I couldnt get much from this until it sat, but the aroma is malty in nature with a big cocoa powder influence. Theres some (kind of minty) spicing in there and some serious sugar of sorts. Also, Id 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 dont 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. Youll want to sip this hearty ale for sure.
02-27-2004 03:14:07 | More by RoyalT
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
02-18-2007 23:01:47 | More by JMD71
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
12-22-2011 22:35:20 | More by warnerry
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
01-02-2003 12:25:39 | More by sponberg
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
12-28-2003 05:51:57 | More by Beaver13
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
11-10-2006 18:54:20 | More by Doomcifer
4.68/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
06-07-2004 02:39:01 | More by merlin48
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
12-24-2004 15:17:57 | More by Billolick
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
10-31-2009 22:16:14 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
12-05-2010 03:39:38 | More by Mora2000
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
11-19-2009 04:00:47 | More by bsp77
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
12-08-2010 20:14:07 | More by Prospero
3.58/5 rDev -7%
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
12-04-2008 23:47:05 | More by magictrokini
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
01-17-2007 03:59:04 | More by jcdiflorio
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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