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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,411 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,411
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 47
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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horrorspecialty, Nov 16, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +24.7%

MyNameIsKennyP, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of surlyseth
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like Avery offerings.
A: Dark..Red to purple highlights.
S: Earthy? Definitely something kind of funky. But in a good way.
T&M: It took me a couple sixers to really appreciate this one. Malty sweet, but enough of everything to go around.
D: A fantastic sipper. Even if it gets to room teperature.

surlyseth, Nov 25, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

larryarms847, Dec 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

wollefdoogylloj, Jul 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

robertmitchum, May 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

G-Hawk, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

lsiberian, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of billybob
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown color with a one inch light tan head that holds well and a good amount of lacing. fresh coffee smell along with some fruity notes. taste, again fresh brewed mild coffee with ripe fruit in the background some kind of melon maybe? also slightly sweet tasting. mouthfeel is light, very smooth, and light to medium carbonation. overall a nice fall, winter very drinkable beer.

billybob, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

merlin48, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 2011 vintage on 11-25-12. What a difference a year makes! This is a totally different beer from when I purchased a year ago. The strong coffee and anise flavors meld nicy together into brown sugar and caramel. Do your self a favor and buy a six pack for 2013/2014.

barbellsNbeers, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of pmcadamis
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep mahogony brew that is dark purple in the light with a solid 1 finger head and tons of great looking sticky lace.

S - Roasty and smokey chocolate malt with hints of caramel and wood. No trace of any "winter spices." And that IMO is a good thing!

T - Nutty and extremely malty. Rich milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee with cream and sugar. Very nice finish with a lingering aftertaste of chocolate and a tiny bit of alcohol (and no real residual bitterness for such a "stouty" beer). This is quite exeptional.

M - Thick, fullbodied, and creamy. A little bit slick and sugary...excellent desert brew.

D - Pretty damn good. The extrra full body and the sweetness may hinder sessionability, but that's not the point with this beer. Sip slowly and enjoy this wonderful winter warmer!

pmcadamis, Dec 12, 2006
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4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery calls this an English Strong Ale. Here it be known as Winter Warmer. Either way, the moderately chilled, thick mahogany liquid currently gracing my snifter has already begun to hypnotize this writer with its charm.

This brawny beverage is already showing three times the character of the Russian Imperial Stout that last filled this snifter's bowl and we have yet to get started.

Mad chewy.

I could stop the review right there. That two-word declaration sums up the character of this beer to a T. However, the huge presence of the body simply serves as a carrier for all sorts of other good stuff.

At first whiff I could almost be certain that this beer is brewed with juniper berry additions. Avery assures us that this is not the case. They would tell us that the flavors in this beer are derived from a mash of 5 types of grain and from Bullion hops and yeast. (Oh and let's not forget the all important "Rocky Mountain water".)

In taste and bouquet we find the apparitional juniper berries paired with a bundle of musty fall fruits. Cinnamon and ginger; leather and clover; brown sugar and butter, all of these are also in attendance without genuinely being present.

A big brown maltiness envelops all of this and holds the spicy alcohol flavors in balance. Wrapped up deep with in this beer is a barely discernable metallic-ness.

Drinkable and enjoyable even when the weather hasn't yet turned cold. Avery pleases once again.

froggyfrog, Sep 27, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

FINALLY, I am reviewing this fresh and it is a different brew.
Pour has a very agressive 2 finger off white head that melts to very sticky lacing.
Aromas are fresh coffee, nuts, and a little alcohol.
The taste is wonderful fresh....dark chocolate but not bitter....black coffee, but not bitter....nuts and a wonderful citrus hops bitterness right where it belongs on the end.
I love this beer...Last year I didn't discover it until the bottles were 6 months old and loved it then.
This year, at less than a month old this beer is heaven.
I definately have to stock up to last me through the year.

IntriqKen, Nov 23, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear deep brown color. Large head that practially coated the glass with lacing.

Smell largely hops, with a unusual spiceness and sweetness to it.

This is a pretty well hopped beer, yet for all those hops there is a really unusual spicyness to it that makes it absolutely wonderful.
Slightly sweet, but not cloying or overpoweringly sweet.

A fantastics example of the winter warmer style

oracle, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of ColdWaffles
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith's curved pint (to seemingly no detriment) from a 12 oz

Appearance: Bottle doesn't factor into ratings but it is appropriate for this brew and rather nice looking. A painting of a snowy rural mansion and pseudo-cursive font. Logo unfortunately stands out on this otherwise classy bottle. Whatever, like the painting.

Poured a standard looking head that didn't stick around too long. Lacing lined the bottle. Color is between "amber" and brown. Not bad looking despite the glass.

Smell: Some beers are a looker. This one is a smeller. Alcohol comes first (sadly) but afterward you're left with a candle worthy scent of sweet and bready malts, assorted dry fruits and a very very slight cinnamon undertone. (Weird because the bottle says it's not spiced). Get on it, Yankee.

Taste: I love an old ale, but they often taste a bit strong. I'd recommend this as a "session" old ale if that wouldn't knock people off their rockers. Sweet malts and dried fruit (figs?) up front, bready taste afterwards. Dangerously drinkable for the style, almost reminds me of a fig newton.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-medium with appropriate moderate-to-light carbonation.

I immediately wanted another. This was pretty great, especially on a particularly brisk fall day in Philadelphia.

ColdWaffles, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of BeerGodz
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Chestnut color, fluffy head, sticky lacing

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, toffee

Taste: Up Front: caramel, dried fruit, slight pine
Finish: toffee, earthy, hops creep up at the end

Mouthfeel: Sticky and dry

Drinkability: It's almost like eating caramel or toffee candy, but not as sweet.
I could quaff 1or 2 and be in a happy place!

Overall Impression: I like this style of beer this time of year (Feb). Avery is a solid brew, hearty and fulfilling, it hits my QCB spot!

BeerGodz, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into tulip: from notes> Winter 2010/2011 release.
A: A deep brown body, with slight clarity has medium levels of visible carbonation. The head is a very light tan in color. The head formation is nice and holds well through the entire glass. Lacing is present and left in a frothy wave pattern.

S: Aroma hints at rich European malts and a touch of imported hop profiles. While the aroma has a medium intensity, it is well balanced for style. Very dry and earthy. Better aroma than most for this style.

T/M: The upfront taste is a smooth and creamy English malt backbone with a touch of hops that give it a dirty and herbal note. A malt sweetness dominates the palate, with a blast of dark malts and a nice touch of candy sugar. NO spice presence found. Mouthfeel is silky and has a hint of a milky creaminess, very well rounded brew.

O: This has been one of my favorite winter offering for a long time, and really enjoy to give it the proper respect that it deserves here on BA. As it is well balanced and an all around great brew, my most found memories of this brew are when I got back from a week long backcounty ski tour in the south-eastern San Juan mountains of Colorado (with not a drop of beer), sitting at home and kicking up my feet with this brew had truly made a deep connection. Great beer, one of the seasons best offerings.

GDBEERMAN, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to G311 for this bottle as an extra. It is not a rarity, but you thought it was delicious, and now so do I. And that is a pure example of beer advocacy, if I do say so myself...

A - Pours deep black-walnut hue with a nice inch of tan head, some spotty lace.

S - I am getting strong vinous notes; Cognac, oak barrel, toffee, lemon-lime; much of the same aromatics as are found in other Avery brews, most notably The Beast Grand Cru, but in this case these characteristics are sublimely subdued.

T - Wow. I'm getting chocolate nuances upfront, and an impression a bit like this brew is The Beast Grand Cru Light. Just a very good beer, all-around. Bordering on fantastic. The taste is perhaps more like a hybrid BSDA-Winter Warmer, as the malt flavor is fairly mild despite being pronounced, and it favors dark-fruity nuances over malty sweetness.

M - Nice and velvety.

D - Having previously had this on-tap, I am surprised by the flavor in the bottle; it is much more potent in terms of flavor dynamics than the draft.

Update: it turns out this bottle was from 2008, so I would note that it ages superbly.

ktrillionaire, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man... this beer is impressive on the pour.

It pours a lushous clear, deep, ruby reddish maroon color with a creamy medium tan head that dissapates quikly with some pretty strong lacing.

The aroma is strong but gentle with spicy hops and notes of dark fruits like, figs and prunes. Strong roasty notes come through. A little licorice as it warms. Some chocolate and coffee too. It seems like it has too much going on but they all play very well together. A little alcohol way in the back.

The flavor is of spiced dark fruits. Roastiness lends a nice acsent to the sweet fruits. Just the right alcohol warmth, it's not stingy at all. Some earthy hops in the back. Solid amount of balancing bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel... Oh so smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Man this is good. I don't want it to end.

Very drinkable. Go and get yourself some of this great beer. Drink it on a cold and rainy or snowy day.

hoplover82, Dec 23, 2008
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,411 ratings.