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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,413 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,413
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 47
Gots: 63 | 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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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
Photo of froggyfrog
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
Photo of IntriqKen
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
Photo of oracle
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
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

jono0101, May 14, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Nose: dark bread, nuts, dark dried fruit
Pours brilliant garnet under a 1" quickly dissipating off-white foam cap.
Palate: bread, grainy malts, nuts, dark dried fruit, light bitter hop accent on the finish. Long lingering aftertaste of malt and hop. Dried fruit flavors not as well developed as the malt flavors.
Full body, medium low carbonation.

pat61, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Drew88
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Drew88, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass.

A- Pours a medium brown color with an 1/8 inch light tan head then settles at a thin ring that outlines that glass and a moderate amount of surface foam. Extremely resilient spackled lacing.

S- Bold, semi-musty roast with milk chocolate notes. Alcohol makes its way through the aroma bringing a sherry-like characteristic. Caramel sweetness.

T- Roasted malt that's not so heavy and works well with the booze that's also not so heavy which leads to a very comforting flavor in the taste and feeling. Slightly bitter with notes of caramel, milk chocolate and a bit of honey. Tastes almost like a toned down barleywine which I like.

M- Creamy and viscous while providing that thick afterfeel of residue on the tongue. Medium carbonation and a lofty body.

O- I've been seeking this one out for a while and, now that I've found it, the waiting was all worth it. Such a smooth, balanced old ale with complexity and a subtle sweetness that makes this an excellent example of the style for me.

Immortale25, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of kkmiller76
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

kkmiller76, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

pathman, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of 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.

mastodonj, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of bhudlow23
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

bhudlow23, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

A: dark brown amber a beam of light shines through.

S: dark fruit!

T: salted caramel, nuts, biscuit, plums and raisins, pinot noir, some hazel. Very pleased.

M: fairly full and velvetty. Lovely on the palate!

O: definitely deserves a better rating. This is a wonderfully made beer.

titty_mcbitty, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of baseballrock
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark drown, almost black in color. Sort of a mahogany color. The head is fairly light, it seams as though the beer is not as big and as bad as it really is.

S- the aroma is nutty with the aroma of roasted malts and barley. Notes of vanilla are detected.

T- super balanced across the board. I taste a balanced malt flavor. Toasty and fresh. It taste dry and the alcohol sort of sneaks up on you. The hops are present, but are not up front.

M- very balanced. I have had many beers in the past that I have said are balanced. This beer is awsome. Not many beers are as complex and balanced as this one.

D- delicious.

baseballrock, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

harrylee773, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

mychalg9, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep almost opaque ruby body. Good retention and lace. Full range of bubbles in the light brown head.
Strong sweet malts, burnt caramel and mild hops make up a very pleasant smell.
Strong chocolate and caramel malts almost burning sweet but well balanced once into the aftertaste of caramel malts and powerful hops. Quite tasty.
Moderate to full body, smooth and good coating. Dry finish.
This is one very drinkable winter brew.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of matt062286
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

matt062286, Feb 10, 2012
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.