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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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Photo of nhindian
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

A - Pours a very deep mahogany, just enough hint of red in it to keep it relatively see-through. There is a good amount of chunky floaties suspended mid-glass. Only about a finger's worth of head with fairly low retention. Lacing is a cascade curtain effect, cover a nice amount of real estate.

S - The nose is essentially all malt, giving it a decadent and rich aroma. Fairly sweet, but also has a good tinge of bitterness. Lots of chocolate for sure, as well as some roast. A bit of dark fruit, but not a whole lot. Quite enticing.

T - The taste follows nicely behind the build-up of the nose. Starts with a nice shot of roasty bitterness, before mellowing into a bittersweet dark chocolate. Not much going on in terms of dark fruits in this regard. Almost a bit smokey as well, and maybe even some woody notes. This is a malt showcase and the walk through their characteristics is a joy.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and slick-feeling. Some lingering bitterness compliments of the roast.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I enjoyed this one much more than I was expecting. While BeerAdvocate lists it as a Winter Warmer, the Avery site itself designates this as an English Old Ale, and I can definitely get that immediately after sipping it. The roast is something not typically seen in an old ale, and I think it works great here.

nhindian, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark ruby reddish purple, little light passes through, thin white head that leaves lots of lacing

S: rich caramel malts followed by dark fruits, a lot of sweet and fruity notes are present on the malt profile. Just enough hop bitterness to balance things out, but nothing that noticeable on the hop profile.

T: bready grains, caramel, toffee, sweetness, slight hop bitterness on the finish. Very well balanced

MF: medium body, medium carbonation... seems on par for the style

D: the abv is extremely well hidden in this well balanced winter warmer. Definitely worth the try!

homebrew311, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Radome
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Very attractive beer. It is a deep dark amber and perfectly clear. The head is off-white and fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

S - Aroma is delicious sweet malt and alcohol. Some faint roasted, burnt notes and woody, Bourbon notes.

T - Taste is similar to aroma. Sweet malt with some chocolate and roasted barley, but those are in the background. There is a smooth alcohol flavor in the middle, followed by a sudden sharp almost dusty bite of grain and hops that gives a dry finish.

M - Medium to heavy body, no carbonation fizz. Mouthcoating sweetness that counteracts the dry grainy finish. Some hops bitterness.

D - A very drinkable beer for one that is so complex. Great for sipping by the fire in the winter.

Radome, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of blackjack000
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very dark amber with a creamy eggshell head that leaves a pleasant tiering and splattering.

Smell: Thick, syrupy smell with some grassy hops in the background. Melted brown sugar and liquorice also present.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Chewy caramel and molasses with some spicy hops present. The mouthfeel is nice and thick and smooth.

Drinkability: A contenting drink, but doesn't beckon to be followed with another. One is fulfilling enough for me.

blackjack000, May 20, 2008
Photo of FickleBeast
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a murky brown color with a half finger of sticky foam. Aroma is very malty, gingerbread, graham cracker.

Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. But the malt asserts itself as it warms, countering the harsh bitter flavor. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. Nice. Alcohol is well hidden for an 8% beer. Reminds me of Oskar Blues Old Chub in a few ways.

FickleBeast, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Redwood21
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: ok so this beer doesn't have a great head, but the color i s dark and appealing and the head isn't bad just not large
s: i am poor at picking at aroma notes sometimes this being one time, however i enjoy this aroma and find it inviting to the eventual taste
t: the taste almost seems to have some chocolate notes in it with some very vague fruit its a good beer with a well balanced taste. nothing insane, nothing too mellow, just around good

Redwood21, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of afdempse
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby/chestnut colored ale. Frothy yellowish-tan head clings to the glass nicely.

Aroma of bread crust, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Delicate floral hop aromas come forward as the beer warms.

Flavor: Dark freshly roasted malts and bitter grain husk meld nicely with a bitter hop backbone. Crystal malt sweetness and brown sugar notes, with warming alcohol to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied, keeps things light on the palate for a beer of this strength. Almost too dry, but I'd rather that than too sweet. Very drinkable. Finishes semi-dry with clean lingering hop notes.

Overall, a nice change of pace to the standard "holiday beer". A solid Old Ale that I will continue to seek out.

afdempse, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown pour, medium-sized head that could have lasted a little longer.

The smell is what you'd expect from Avery's winter warmer, and I like it! It's a cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness on top of a doughy malt, but then there's a much more substantial hop aroma giving some citric bitterness to the smell. Nice.

Velvety, creamy flavor where the bready malt mixes well with the baking spices, a slight orange-peel/lemon flavor, and a little bit of a hint of bitterness from the hoppiness.

Overall: Very nice winter warmer. Not cloying or overly-spiced and with a few new twists. A new favorite in the style.

whartontallboy, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of slyke
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation is dark ruby color with an off-white rocky head. Some lacing.

Smell is dominated by caramel and alcohol some woodiness is present as well.

Taste is big. Big dry roasty malt and big hops (that I didn't detect in the aroma).

Mouthfeel is creamy and coats the mouth. A good feel for this style of beer.

This is a very drinkable beer but not sessionable due to the alcohol content. It is, however, a pretty good sipper.

slyke, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of budsboy
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, clear deep ruby color with a frothy, generous white head and lacing aplenty.

Carmel and roasted malt aroma with strong presence of dark fruit, spice and a hint of alcohol.

Nice mix of dark fruit sweetness, and a lot of it, and a tangy bitterness. Spice flavor leans toward nutmeg. Finishes with a decidedly bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied and clean, mellow carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable winter warmer. Another fine Avery offer. May be lacking in the mouthfeel dept., but I'd recommend it.

budsboy, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of Contra
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend recommended this as we were beer shopping, so I decided to try it. Glad I did.

Old Jubilation pours out into monstrous head, which eventually turns into uneven foam. Very dark brown, darker than maple syrup. The flavor is robust - reminds me of roasted chestnuts. I'm sure some of that might be the artwork on the label, but it has that smoked taste that is perfect for the style. Very bourbon-like, but nowhere near as overpowering. Still, at 8% abv, this is no light-weight.

Overall, this is a nice change from what I'm used to. Nothing too unusual, mind you, but nice malty beer.

Contra, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a modest 1 finger head. Color is dark ruby brown. Average head retention, and just a little lacing.

S. Molasses, caramel, dark fruit, raisins, caramel malt. Overall a pretty sweet smell.

T. Molasses, caramel, raisins, some dark fruit. Taste is very similar to the smell.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/low carbonation.

D. Pretty drinkable. This is a good winter warmer.

siradmiralnelson, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of scriabin
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mmmm, winter warmer - the Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors make this perfect for the holiday season. Even so, the "winter warmer" name for this category is a bit of a misnomer -- I'd much rather have a room temperature stout to warm me up on a cold winter day. But back to the Old Jubilation -- this has a great dark amber color, and has a wonderful mix of spices, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a rich flavor.

scriabin, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of AmitC
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Limited release.

Brown color inside the glass. About one finger thick tan colored dust like head. Excellent retention. Super lacing. Some ruby hues. Hazy appearance.

Aroma is a little subdued in strength. Some faint malt flavors and somewhat more strong caramel notes. Not much warmth or booze in the nose.

Taste is better. Strong alcohol burst for a 8.3% ABV brew. Good warmth. A good amount of hops that are very well suppressed by hops. Hops are still apparent somewhat may be due to booze and carbonation, which has not died yet. Caramel and light roasted smell.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with a little more carbonation than there should be in old ale. Warm and solid. Nothing really exciting about this brew.

Very average stuff.

AmitC, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of dank203
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

really nicely balanced, slightly sweet with cherry like malt. a little spice like a winter warmer. definitely a good winter beer and not cloying, or overly sweet, spicy or anything. not all that nutmeg cinnamon nonsense. considered an Old Ale. not really that hoppy like an American old ale. maybe more like an English old ale? not really sure

dank203, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark orange-amber and smells of dates and dried fruits. Mouthfeel is quite nice with appropriate carbonation. The taste is where this beer shines. An excellent example of the old ale style with heavy malt and a dark fruity taste. Overall, I enjoy this beer quite a bit.

Kramerbarthomer, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Or80rowley
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No problem finding Avery brewing Co. here, I'm glad!

A. Mahogany color, 1/4 finger head

S. Hint of dark fruit, raisin, malt

T. Light coco, nutty, raisin and apple skin, sweet finish

M. Feels slightly chewy, medium mouth coat, dry

O. Great beer, good price, makes me proud to be an American!

Or80rowley, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Bobby12many
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish brown with minimal head that dissipates rather quickly. Hazy and nearly opaque.

S - Musty and dank smelling with some rich malty notes and a hint of hazelnut. Just a slight reminder of the ABV in the sinuses. The nose isn't very appealing to me at all.

T - Thankfully the smell of this one is forgiven as soon as I take a sip.... Malty sweetness up front, followed by a roasted bitterness on the back end. Very well balanced for being so malty. Just a hint of hops can be picked up in the finish along with dark chocolate and toffee notes that linger well after each sip. Quite a complex mix of flavors that work very well together. Sweet, Malty, and Bitter all at once.... I really enjoy the flavor profile of this one.

M - Big bodied and smooth with a slightly creamy texture that works harmoniously with the complex malt flavors.

D - Ho Ho WOAH!!?! This beer is 8.3% ABV? Absolutely nothing about this beer hints of that kind of strength. Utterly drinkable for how big it is. A truly wonderful Winter Seasonal that I will certainly enjoy again. This one really surprised me, and is now going to be a beer that I seek out annually during the Holidays.

Bobby12many, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up tonight at Brewforia for $2.50ish... Boxing beer for a local buddy and wanted a nightcap.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

1 finger lite tan head... the brew is dark brown until held to a light and it shows beautiful deep ruby.

Nose seems a tad muted... toasty with hints of roasty malts.. even hints of smoke.

Flavor mirrors the nose with bits and pieces of something that I can only describe as nutty.. a tad astringent toward the finish.. the roasted malts move from cocoa toward char.. like a lite porter.. really pretty yummy... hops lend a spicy component that I am having a hard time pinpointing..

Medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation for my liking in such a big brew.... I feel hiccups coming on... Overall, "Winter Warmer" seems like a bad division.. It has a nice "English" quality to it.. Good complexities without ever verging on American balls to the wall massiveness. I may buy some of these to hang on to for a while.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4.5

Edit: No spices are used in this beer and I think that is skewing some of the ratings/palates..

JohnGalt1, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber, nice thick head and some lacing. Mild to medium dark fruits and light malt start with hoppy middle and finish. Hops dominate finish. Somewhat like a mild barley wine. Medium mouth feel, creamy. Avery nice winter warmer.

LiquidAmber, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of riored4v
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/6/10 Bottling date - Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, dense, khaki colored head. Dark brown, transparent body with notes of red.

Aroma was malty, sweet and caramely. Some bready notes and earthy hop notes. Dark fruit.

Flavor was very nice. Chocolate and dark fruit notes upfront. Good caramel and malt presence. Light toffee and roast. Somewhat earthy hop presence. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, low carb. Fairly dense, chewy body but did finish fair crisp.

Overall this was a nice beer. The aging rounding it off nicely, although the fresh version is almost equally as good.

riored4v, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

rkarimi, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of kohoutek
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased on 3/20 at Hiller's. *This beer could be anywhere from 6 to 9 months old. It was stored completely in the cooler.

Lately I have been intrigued by beers that flirt boldy with the boundaries of dark garnet to brown/black. This is a territory that is less frequently explored these days. I have been homebrewing beers that are not brown, but incorporate some of the roast characteristics of porters and stouts. A difficult thing to do.

Avery has done a fine job with this beer.

It appears, as do all Avery beers, that this beer has been subjected to the over filtration that plagues breweries who are attempting to extend the shelf-life in search of greater regional/national distribution and market share. This beer is perfectly clear. As a result the head sucks. The yeast character is dulled into a soda-like presentation. I think a BA article is in the works to address this phenomenon. *

The beer pours a deep amber color. Not brown, but incorporating nice roast into the flavor/aroma profile. *The age/filtration issue has created some oxidation that is present in the nose. This, with the special roast creates a soy sauce experience mixed with cardboard. However, the other aromatic/flavor qualities of this brew are stellar and dominate the flaws. Grainy Graham crackers, oaken casks, a rich 70% dark cocoa spine. A wonderful, rich malty experience

This beer has a nice neutral hop profile that cleanses the palate and integrates all of the rich, warm malts.

This beer drinks well. I can't wait to try a fresh version at the pub. I think "my minds eye" might be inflating the score on his one.

kohoutek, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of cancino45
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great mahogany color with very little head. Taste was good with a bit of a hoppy finish but a straight forward approach to the general style. Lacks a bit of alcohol to truly fulfill my expectations of a warmer. The added advantage is that its one of the few brews offered in a 12 oz with so much punch/flavor.

cancino45, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: On-tap at the Lionheart in Albany. Body is dark amber with a bubbly off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

S: Not terribly strong on the nose, especially at first -- inhaling deeply I get a bit of fruity malt and some floral, spicy hops. As it warms I get more malt and a bit of alcohol.

T: Fruity malt early in the sip -- plums and raisins come to mind. There's a bit of spice and what I described as a "bite" to it, and it finishes somewhat hot from the alcohol. A bitterness sneaks in there from somewhere as a lingering aftertaste, serves to balance it nicely.

M: Heavy in weight, but there's a real good feel to this one -- fine bubbles give it an almost spritzy feel in the mouth, resulting in a nice clean, dry finish. Oddly enough, this seems to become even more pronounced as it warms.

D: Pretty good. For a pretty heavy offering, I didn't feel myself getting bogged down.

Kendo, Dec 20, 2007
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,411 ratings.