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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,329 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | 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.

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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. :)

garymuchow, Apr 08, 2008
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.

hobbes2112, Oct 10, 2004
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

angelmonster, Dec 01, 2009
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

mnapier, Dec 11, 2007
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.

MattyG85, Dec 23, 2012
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.

asabreed, Jun 29, 2006
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

stumac, Nov 13, 2012
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.

weeheavybutdieting, Nov 19, 2012
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.

GreatPondBrewer, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of battlekow
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing three winter warmers that we just got in at the store: this, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and Anderson Valley Winter Solstice.

Old Jubilation has the biggest, rockiest head of the three. It fades pretty quickly and leaves a lot of soapy residue on the sides of the glass. It's also the darkest in body, a porterish dark brown with ruby highlights. It's the most generous on hops of the three, with strong floral notes in the smell and taste. Also present in the both smell and taste is some nice chocolate and some fruitiness. This actually seems to have more in common with the Great Divide Hibernation Ale, classed as an American Strong Ale, than the other two Winter Warmers, considering its lack of spicedness.

Overall, Old Jubilation is a great biggish beer. All of these beers have done a great job of hiding their higher-than-average ABV; on second thought, perhaps it's the rapid consumption of several beers high in alcohol that's disguising the booze.

battlekow, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: As per the picture in the BA Database, this is a 12 ounce tall thin brown glass bottle, purchased as a single from a broken 6-Pack. The one obverse label has a snow covered Xmas scene. Strangely it has the words “Yeah, It Is!” in the bottom right hand corner – what’s all that about then? No freshness date or strength listed – but the Website states this is an 8% Seasonal beer.

Appearance: Served in my thick based old McEwan’s Scotch Goblet, it has a chestnut brown body, yet it portrayed a deep auburn body, with a deep rich red mahogany hue when held to the light. Lucid yet dark. The head strangely only started to appear half way through the restrained pour. A beige head that slowly disappeared and laced well, still, the beautifully rich deep color of the beer made up for the lack of a decent head at the end. Excellent conditioning in the body of the beer. I chose a fitting glass selection, because at times this looked like a strong Scotch Ale!

Nose: Deeply malty with a hint of hops. Apparently 5 different malts are utilized in this beer – I am no expert – but I would say that they all, to varying extents perhaps, shine through in the nose. Some dark fruits in the bottom of the glass at the end.

Taste: Lovely rich malt beginning. Hints of chocolate hazelnut spread and dark chocolate covered raisins in the middle peak through. The middle is still dominated by malts, but the latter third slowly exhibits some light bitterness, with a limited hoppy feel that feels bigger than it really is. Dark fruits occasionally peep through, more so as the beer warms. A clever beer, not complex – but very interesting nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Solid levels of dissolved carbonation are superbly balanced with great poise and lend a smooth creamy feel on the tongue, and do a good job of holding the 8% off. In fact the alcohol rarely comes through in this beer at all. Smooth, rich chocolate malts are enticing yet never overpowering.

Drinkability: I easily finished this one, and its 1:39am (I can’t sleep) – but it’s a good job I don’t have a 6-pack of this stuff, it’s very quaffable. A very good example of a Strong Ale.

Overall: Fantastic, very reminiscent of some English Strong Ales that I drank in the UK. I must return to the beer store where I found this offering standing on its own, and pick up a whole 6-Pack if I can. Avery has yet to disappoint me.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of ChrisA
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark carmel color. Two inch head. Fruity nose of plums? Excellent mouthfeel, very drinkable for an 8.0 beer, although the alcohol is resonent but very nice.

Picked these up for Thanksgiving and I am continuing to give thanks. The label is very nice although a bit fancy. Seems a little to good for an average joe like me.

This is my first Avey brew and I am not dissapointed.

ChrisA, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Stunner97
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark dark brown with thick foamy tan head and small amounts of carbonation to be seen streaming slowly up the glass

Smell- very nice mix of malty sweet nose with faint hop kick at the end, candied chocolate sweet nose

Taste- wow i really absolutely enjoyed the flavor profile of this beer it starts off very sweet and malty, with chocolate malt tones up front but this finish has nice hop bitterness and drying nature keeping it so nicely inn check, lovely balance

Mouthfeel- medium to heavy bodied with crisp drying finish

Drinkability/overall- i very much did enjoy this beer you appreciate the dryness as it build up more and more as you go, this is overall a very nice beer with great balance, i think i have to now start searching out many more old ales as right now this style of beer is just hitting me so perfect this winter

Stunner97, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of John1985
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ale pours a deep brown with a three quarters inch snow-cap head that laces down the mug. Aroma is of molasses and brown sugar- it reminds me of my Mom's Christmas cookies. Sweet malt flavor dominates with some plum like flavors. A light sting of hops balances with some warming alcohol on the finish. It has a substantial body which is appropriate for the style.

The ale despite its size slides down very easily and could result in an unintended nap. I really had to pace myself to make it through the playoff game.

John1985, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of marburg
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Where did my beer go? Where is it? Oh, there it is... it's the same color as the bar -- mahogany, that is. Big bubbles form a billowing, rocky head that doesn't hang around terribly long but doesn't disappoint either. Smells like the outside of a not-quite-sealed bag of chocolate malt, some prunes, and some very light spices. Great taste! Very smooth and easy to drink. Malty sweetness with a tofee kick. I could see a latte lover enjoying this beer -- but tell mom not to get the "grande" size with this one. So drinkable despite it's abv. Very good beer.

marburg, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of keoki182
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid medium brown pour with yellow/brown head. Head held at about 3/4 inch until dissolving to a thin lacing on surface of beer and around glass. Smells barleywine-sweetish, notes of fruit (strawberry?) and some generic licorice. First sip impressions: bitter! strong, full mouthfeel. Toffee flavor, more berry. Wow, is this stuff good. Very rich, amazing feel on the palate. I just got some old school bubblegum, you know the rock hard sticks of bubblegum that came in Topps baseball card packs in the late 80s? That is the prevailing aftertaste right now. A nice, almost spicy bitter cocoa comes through quite soon in the pint. This is a fantastic English Strong Ale.

keoki182, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep ruby brown color with a small head that didn't have much retention at all. Citrusy and spicey hops dominated the aroma, with a sweet caramel background in there as well. The flavor was much the same as the aroma, wtih sweet citrusy hop and nice spicey hop laying over a nice caramel backdrop. The feel was moderate to thick. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. IT was very smooth and I could easily have had a full 20 oz pint.

kmpitz2, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusty copper color with a deep almost brown quality with some darker tan head.
Smell is basically malty like chocolates with a great roasted quality.
Taste is very smooth, it's got some boozey malt throughout the front and finishes warmly.
Finish is fantastic with hints of warm booze, malt, and roasted morning.
Drinks great, while there is a boozey quality it really just adds to the warmer's flavor and this drinks great!

ThaBobfather, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of denjen
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 6pack
Dennis: If you considered this a winter warmer, I'd have to say it was the best of it's class. Rich and warm, with the chalky chocolate hints you'd expect, this comes across best about 1/2 through the bottle. A slight hop tartness really compliments the 8% alcohol and help drives it home. Over all a great beer that further solidifies Avery's reputation.
Jen: Yummy! Just what I look for in a winter ale. This has a nice blend of malts with a dry coffee and toffee and a mild bittersweet chocolate taste. It has a nice medium mouthfeel with slightly hoppy, yet sweet and toasty aftertaste. This is worth the $$, and it will be purchased again.

denjen, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Amber/copper in color with a big, two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Malt and subtle spices
Taste-Caramel malt, spiciness, definite hop profile balances out the sweetness
Overall, a nice holiday ale-not overpowering on spices, nicely balanced and drinkable for the strength.

hosehead83, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of NitroGen
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 oz. Longneck Brown Bottle

A: Pours a maple syrup brown color with a finger of intense foam head that quickly lowers to a scant cover with lacing.

S: Sweet raisins and crisp hit of of roasted grains.

T: Brown sugar, raisins, feint roasted barley with just a hint of bitter hops at the end.

M: Very well balanced, subtle and smooth with a slight tinge of alcohol in the mouth at the end. A real treat that I enjoy.

D: This is one to remember and offer to guests not wanting a dark beer but will put a glow in there bellies! Glad I have more!

After typing this review I saw that the style is a 'winter warmer', and by gosh it certainly is!!
Anyone looking to try and cellar this I recommend as this was a 2006.

NitroGen, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of jtw5877
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one heck of a solid holiday beer, as I am getting tired of Holiday Ales with cinnamon and spice. This is an old school old ale. Nice strong maltiness toffeeish caramel tones. I love it. a nice warming brew for cold winter months. I'd recommend this to anybody.

jtw5877, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of aristeros
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm fond of several Avery brews and was interested in trying this one.

Pours a cola brown with ruby highlights, yieldingh one finger of head and mild carbonation present. Decent retention and lacing on the head. Smells of caramel, with light coffee and rum notes. No hops in the nose.

Toasted caramel and creamed coffee up front, with some cocoa notes. Medium-bodied with a 'chewy' texture. There's a little hop bitterness, about on par with an ESB, and a dry finish. There are a few warm alcohol notes on the back end.

Excellent drinkability for the style. Moderate alcohol presence is somewhat masked, and a six pack of these would make for a nice, relaxing evening indeed. The beer has character, though I was expecting something sweeter, darker, and even heavier.

aristeros, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bold holiday seasonal presents a deep, reddish-mahogany body topped by a frothy light-tan head that holds well and leaves some interesting Brussels lace throughout the glass. The nose is somewhat limited but reveals a sweet grainy malt, some dark fruitiness (raisins, prune), and a touch of floral hoppiness. The body is full with an exceptionally fine carbonation that caresses the tongue before becoming nicely creamy. The flavor is quite rich with a chocolatey note that's entwined with threads of soft dark fruit (raisins, plum, red grape) and balanced by an understated bitterness. The long finish lingers with residual semi-sweet & lightly chocolatey malt, a drying touch of alcohol, some thin hop flavor, and a light bitterness. Very nicely done with alot of character and a very good drinkability despite it's full maltiness and strength.

NeroFiddled, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of BrewMan13
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the finer alternatives to the spiced winter warmers, and its new to my neck of the woods. Its sorta similar to Great Divide Hibernation: both are fairly malty, un-spiced, similar abv's and tasty. This one is a tad less hoppy though.
The pour was a thing of beauty: I poured fairly aggressively and got a ~2.5 finger tan-colored head (very similar to the pic on their site, only mine didnt go above the rim of the glass) which was slow to dissipate, with some remaining for the whole duration of the drinking. Substanital lace as well. Body was a clear but dark ruby-brown.
Taste is a well-blended array of malts...hard to really discern the individual flavors...hints of caramel, chocolate and in the finish, a hint of roastiness and a very slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is just right as well...a very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Not full bodied, but a solid medium. Very nice.
Very enjoyable...one for the malt-fans. Glad we finally got Avery stuff here in Albany. I've got The Czar and The Reverand yet to try in my basement...should be good.

BrewMan13, Mar 06, 2006
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.