Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,506 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of BassAssassin
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

--2006 Vintage--

A: Amber in color, similar to maple syrup. Thick, almost tan head that stays until the last sip.

S: Sweet with strong aromas of plum, cherry, and raisin. The yeast adds a certain musty character that is very pleasant. It's hard to tell, but some diacetyl might be present, also.

T: Sweet, spicy, and fruity, much like the smell. Immediate alcohol warmth. Hints of diacetyl add character, rather than detract from this brew. Malt is definitely dominant. Finishes with a smoky hop bite that just barely keeps the malt in check.

M: Medium to full bodied. Smooth and round, but not cloying.

D: This could be my favorite winter warmer. Perfect sipping brew for a cold, snowy day. A definite "must buy" each winter season.

Photo of beerluvr
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh baby! A clingy and lacy ivory head, ultra deep rubine redness in the Sierra Nevada balloon glass. Intense heavy maltiness you can smell even before the glass is under your nose, with some dark fruitiness thrown in too. Deep fruity and malty flavors wash over the palate, unleashing bready/doughy notes as well. All balanced by a perfect hoppy bitterness. Wonderfully balanced between the malt and hop. The long delicious finish is teasingly bittersweet, just begs for another sip. Kick-ass!
Thanks, CRJM for this one!

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
I had this last Christmas and loved it. Put a few bottles in the 'cellar' and I'll try to wait.
appearance - tawny and clear, like an aged port.
smell - something I can't pin down....maybe the hazelnuts mentioned by Avery? Maybe the combo of 5 malts.
taste - delicious.
This is exactly what I want on a cold winter day. We don't have many of those in Ga. but it's pretty chilly and my bones are still thawing from a trip to a snow laden UK.
This is a nice brew from one of my fave breweries.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a vintage 2009 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep ochre, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A thick, pillowy ivory head settles at 1/4" high and remains.

Boozy, yeasty and malty, with caramel and burnt sugar aromas. There are also hints of figs in this beer.

Taste starts sweet, with definite alcohol and yeast, grapes, currants and other dark fruit, and raisins. Ends with a stripe of bitter down the middle of my tongue.

Buttery mouthfeel, this is a medium to full bodied brew.

Cellaring this beer for a year didn't hurt it one bit. My only disappointment was that I was not able to find a 2010 vintage (which was why I saved this from last year) to contemporaneously compare this to. Highly drinkable, this is an excellent winter warmer.

Photo of beerogre
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first encountered Old Jubilation last year, when I purchased it along with some Hibernation Ale, and I was immediately impressed by it as a very drinkable Winter Warmer, and as good as the Hibernation Ale was, I always slightly preferred this beer over it.

Towards the end of the Holiday Season last year, I decided to keep a bottle back, to see how it compared with the 2006 release, and I have to say that for those planning to get into cellaring, it really is worthwhile when you finally get to sample the goods.

This year's batch is every bit as good as I was expecting, but you really can taste the benefit the extra year has had on the 2005 version. It is just so much better in every way, the taste is richer, definitely sweeter and has acquired some sherry like aspects, and the mouthfeel is much smoother.

It makes me wonder how far you can go with this ageing process: If this is the result of my minor experiment with a good beer for one year, what about some of those great beers that are put down for several years or more?, They must be truely fantastic.

Interesting, very interesting.

Photo of mentaltraveller
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Sink in Boulder. Good chocolate smell. Very good flavor, chocolate, raisin and coffee. Not too carbonated and lighter than I expected. Very drinkable, and recommended. I need to get around to trying more Avery Brews. If you are looking for a nice dark brew that is not too intense, this is the ticket. They had Deep Purple In Rock playing; one of my favorite records and one that goes well with this brew.

Photo of tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby redish mahogany glows out of this dark glass of winter seasonal. Big froathy head of rosy beige color leaves a healthy layer over the beer along with sheety lace over the glass. Nose is pleasing. Aromas of light plummy flowers, aramel toffee, cocoa, offee, and hefty but soothing malts. Stout-like a bit. Taste shares the light delicate flavors and abundant malts with a more apparent roastiness and nice amount of hop bitterness. Slight alcohol kick becomes evident and is quite welcome. It fits with the hops and malt soaked fruits well. Though clearly bigger on the malts than the hops this pulls together and feels balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft save for mild carbonation and body is a light feeling full. Drinkability is great for what this beer is. The glass has rarely parted from my hand since I poured this. 'Winter Warmer indeed' I think with a smile.

I like that its not overly-spiced if at all. Perhaps a little different than the norm for this style but up on my list. Seems like it could somehow possibly (though not likely) be a sessionable full bodied winter beer.

Photo of Backer2004
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid less than $1.50 by purchasing a single in a six pack mix. What a deal! Pours fantastic, a great head and lacing that sat in the glass for a good while. Not sure about the 8% alcohol content - North Carolina still limits selling beer over 6% and I could not find out anything on this. Drinks great from start to finish. Would definitely go back and purchase this "winter warmer" again.

Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Old Jubilation is best served at warmer cellar (50-55°F) temperatures from a brandy snifter or pint glass. This popular seasonal offering from Avery pours up with an ample cream colored head that sits craggily atop a deep chestnut-mahogony brown body. The sweet, firm malty aroma is filled with a nice intermingling of fruity (Shropshire plums, figgy pudding, candied ginger) estery notes. There's also some notable alcoholic warmth along with some delectable treacle notes which is accenuated by the roastiness.The rich, saturated flavor starts off right with some chewy caramel maltiness that gives way to a slightly earthy, spicy hop influenced bitterness that carries into a slightly burnt finish with surreptitious alcoholic warmth. Avery's Old Jubilation adds a bit of color to one's cheeks and does a fine job at keeping Old Man Winter at bay. Here's to a nice, long...cold Winter!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of SpecialK088
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Deep amber with a nice red hint and a real nice good lingering head that laces all the way down the glass.

S-Malt, sweet fruit and an earth note as well.Good spicy smell

T-Cheers to my 1st winter warmer this year and its all I love them for. Sweet malty front with a nice earthy middle and a nice near sweet fruit like finish none of the notes are overbearing just blend together very nicely. Also the slice notes come through in every aspect of the beer

M-Medium to heavy body seems to be right down the middle of the road, great carbonation level.

D-This one will find its way to my fridge this winter more than once, very easy to drink.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a deep dark and hazy brown with a nice ruby colored tint coming through on the sides and bottom. A very nice three finger or more head of tan colored lace rose up across the top and stayed around for a good few minutes giving it a very full appearance and a very nice look overall. Some carbonation could be seen struggling to keep up on the sides of the glass.

S – The aroma was very sweet, full of tons of caramel and sugar with a very nice winter like smell to it. Hints of earthy roasted malts and nuts with a very much caramelized coating were readily apparent, as was a touch of alcohol on the back end of it. This was a very nice and richly warm tone coming off of it. Some slight hoppiness could be picked up as well but nothing to extravagant.

T – The flavor was wonderful, honestly just really well put together. The first thing to hit you was a wall of caramelized sugar taste mixed in with tons of earthy roasted malts and a really nice hint of nutmeg. This all rolled together very nicely and gave a very full complex flavor. Hints of a bourbon barrel like alcohol were also apparent but not too extreme. Just enough to let you know it could warm you up a bit if you needed it. Very smooth dry finish with a nice grassy sort of hop tinge to it. \

M – Very smooth and creamy, this medium bodied ale was just about perfect here. The carbonation kept it from feeling slimy or syrup like and provided that extra little bit of liveliness to keep it going. Very nice profile.

D – Almost as good as you can get as far as being a good sessionable winter beer. The flavors were sugary sweet and rich without being over the top. The abv was up there enough to let you know this was just a light lager, but mellowed enough to really be a fine session ale. Great carbonation and not an overall heavy feeling all added up to a really fantastic experience.

Overall this was easily my favorite of all the winter beers I have had so far this year. Almost perfectly created you really could not go wrong here. I would have gladly put down a few more of these, as they were just that good. A very solid offering and one that is sure to please. I would have to highly recommend this one.

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The annual Holiday/Winter offering from Avery presents their usual rich complex take on English Winter ale. A bittersweet chocolate profile, highlighted with orange citrus notes, with very substantial malts for support. This is despite its full strength and body, a very drinkable ale, An American craft recipe classic.

Photo of cdizinno
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mahogany, almost walnut colored.

S: Malty sweet, slightly caramel scent. Full bouquet of complex aromas.

T&M: Mildly sweet with a semi-dry aftertaste. Not bad. Simple but flavorful. No spiciness, but full bodied.

Notes: Never have I been disappointed by an Avery brew. This one is very good.

Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle thanks to CRJMellor's cooler of goodies at the West Mich. BA Gathering!

Pours a deep burgundy color then looks almost purple in a different light. Very unusualy color. Medium frothy yellow head leaves a bit quickly. Moderate lacing. Almost looks like a dark wine in the end.

Lots of toffee, plums in the aroma but they're matched by a grapefruit citrus hoppiness, as this one warms I start getting more alcohol.

The taste in this beer is awesome, esp as it warms. When it's a bit colder its a little too sweet and rough but when it gets to around room temp the flavors really come out and combine together. Very thick bodied beer. Sherry notes at first (maybe from some oxidation?). Malts are chocolate in sweetness and nutty underneath. Alcohol warmth is apparent but there aren't really any fusels in here. Finish brings a hoppy acidity that lingers.

Great mouthfeel in here, good lively beer with a nice thick body. The alcohol seems just right here. Unlike most Avery beers that show much more alcohol than they really have this one packs the perfect punch for what a Winter Warmer should be. I was actually kind of hoping for some fusel alcohol's since its so damn cold up here in Michigan and I thought I'd get that with an Avery, but this one surprised me. Very good. Thanks Craig!

Photo of bcray
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I started keeping notes several years ago this was the first beer I reviewed. It was also the first Winter Warmer I had ever tried. As an introduction to the style I'm sure I made the wrong choice. I graded this an F and found it "horribly undrinkable". Oh how the palate has changed! This example is a bit more hoppy than many of the winter warmers I've had since and is a very big beer. With that being said I'm a fan. You definitely taste every bit of the 8.0% alcohol but its balanced out by some beautiful toffee and caramel notes with just the right amount of spice present in the background. Still a "once in awhile" beer but a darn nice occasional sipper.

Photo of crc1935
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brown/black. opaque. fluffy tan head dissipates quickly.

S - nutty, sweet - brown sugar and toffee, light yeast, slightly candied.

T - malty with hints of caramel and vanilla. also - a little hazelnut.

M - very smooth. medium body. refreshing finish.

O - great stronger ale for late-fall/winter weather.

Served in a bottle

Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure this bottle is 2006 and has been sitting in the store for over 1 year before I purchased it. Let's see how it's held up.
Really low bottle fill, maybe up to a whole oz. short.
Dark winter style malts for aroma almost getting to dark fruit and close to dried fruit (like raisin), caramelized close to brunt too. Fair amount of depth and complexity. Slight hop character.
More brownish than red, fairly clear. Dark colored head that's small, but indefatigable.
Flavor holds even greater depth and richness than than the aroma. Again malt dominated. Nice fruity character that softer and sweeter up front and moves to heavier, fuller and richer before the mild bitterness pushes the flavor prior to the finishing dryness. Nice complexity and variety in each mouthful. Alcohol becomes more apparent with warming, and ends up adding nicely.
Heavy enough to move past moderate toward thick. Carbonation is balanced nicely and offers no distractions and rounds off the feel nicely.
This is what I think of when considering a winter warmer. Bold, rich, heavy, complex. Something to wander through and relish.
My 700th review! Good choice Gary. :)

Photo of hobbes2112
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a cola brown with large (three finger) head that has really long retention (6 minutes to reduce by 50%! ) Smell is very heavy on the malts which is understandable considering they used 5 different types to make it. Also noted are roast nuts and coffee. Taste is wonderful and a perfect way to start the cool season. For lack of a better term it started "woody" reminding me of raking leaves and stacking firewood. Malt is strong as suggested by the head, but surprisingly there is quite a hop presence that I didn't note at all in the smell. Nutty and dry finish.

Fantastic winter warmer, one more reason I love this time of year.

Photo of angelmonster
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a big 3 finger off white head. Body is a clear mahogany brown with lots of bubbles rising. Head retention is above average but the lacing is very good

Smell is of sweet roasted caramel malt and some herbal hops. Alcohol is also slightly detected. A bit underwhelming compared to taste

First taste reminds me of an english barleywine. Tons of malt come through ranging from flavors of brown sugar to smoked malt and even some copper. Hops are also there, slightly bitter but mostly floral and earthy. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth to the finish.

Mouth feel is good. Carbonation is sufficent, beer is medium bodied, about average consistency for a winter beer. Wish head contributed more to body, it died down towards last quarter of glass.

Drink ability was great. Rather session able strong ale. Very complex beer, almost flawless. Winter is my favorite season for beer and this one is one of the best seasonal beers around

Photo of mnapier
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Glassware, 8 ounce globe.

Appearance, is a nice deep reddish hue with some clarity. The head is a nice white foam, that recedes to reveal a tattered curtain of lace down the glass. Swirling this under the nose I detect sweetness, mild fruit, some nuttiness, and a some hop pineyness. Swallowing this roasted, with some raisins, provides a nice sweetness, with some honey and earthiness. On the mouth a weight that is medium almost mild to the swallow.

Overall a nice winter ale. Cheers

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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 asabreed
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark, dark amber / brown color with an off-white foamy head that slows up and goes down to about 1/2" and then stays there, thankfully, with lots of spotty lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell: Definitely a beer for winter, but this is enjoyable in the summer too, and I'm glad I didn't save it for the former. Lots of balanced, toasted, chocolate malts. The sweetness is there but is curbed and mellowed by the slight aroma of the hops. Some dark fruit, some berries and cherries. A bit of vanilla and maple sweetness also, and some caramel malts it seems also.

Taste: Damn, I'm pretty impressed by this. I get some marshmellow sweetness, some chocolate malt, caramel malt, honey, slight fruit like cherries and maybe some apple skin, a bit of graham cracker, vanilla, maple, and a finish that's fruity, toasty, malty, and finally lingers with some slightly bittering hops too bring it all back.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy and silky without a hint of being cloying, which is awesome. A lighter body than I thought it would be also.

Drinkability: 8% ABV? I don't see how it all. I may have to grab a case of this stuff next time it's released, which I imagine will be, well, you know when, and that's soon enough. Very delicious, not too heavy, and enough flavor and complexity to make it a delicious long sipper, so your bottles, if you choose to buy a few, will hopefully stay around for a while.

Photo of stumac
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my job. Pours up a mahogany clear coloration with an extremely nice off white head. Stayed with it throughout the entire ride. Good lacing. Reminds me of your mom. Aroma is malts and spices. Taste is the same but bigger, also caramel, some kind of nut, floral and slight citrus hops. Crispy carbo. Medium leaning light bodies. Easy, tasty, ive been a fan of Avery for many years now. I dig this winter brew

Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at 62 degrees (really important to note because this beer changes characteristics as the temp changes, I like it warm to bring out the malty, sweet goodness.)

A: A dark mahogany with a nice clingy lacing of the head. It travels well up the glass and looks like an old ale/winter ale should. Shimmer that lace in front of fireplace you will be in a really good place.

S: Roasted malty goodness. Not over the top but all about chocolate notes, none of the burnt smoky aroma. Not complex but if you love chocolate malt like I do it is perfect.

T: A drinkable beer for the specific gravity. It carries the chocolate lightly roasted taste well upfront. It trails off into a nice lighter carmel taste and ends with just a hint of hops (really just barely) on the tip of the tongue and the back of the roof of the mouth.

M: For a big sweet sticky beer this does a great job of making it feel less big and sticky. To the point that you can down a couple of these and your lips won't stick to the bar on the way to the floor.

O: If you are looking for a beer to ruminate about for hours on end about how it is like an onion that you peel and there is another layer then you ain't gonna dig this beer. If you are looking for an Old Ale/Winter Warmer that is all about comfort food like rich, sweet, malty goodness with a cleansing aftertaste then pull up a stool and grab a glass. This puppy is going to warm your tummy on a cold winter's night.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color with splotches of red hue around the corner of the pint glass. There was some bubbly head that slicked over the top, but nothing lasting. The smell was sweet caramel and toffee flavored. The taste was minimal in the hops department, but had plenty of sweet coffee, toffee and chocolate flavors. Good crisp mouthfeel. This is a great beer to sip while sitting next to a roaring fire.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.