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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,535 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 93 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Pours a ruby cola appearance with a vast community of floating specks. A small short lives bone colored head that fizzles down to a lizard skin cap.

S: Right away cherry NyQuil floods the nose. Dark fruits create a sweet sticky aroma, holiday fig pudding, dank grains, clove, hints of star anise and cola.

T/M: Lots of spice up front, roasted grains, astringent cherry booze, slight oxidation, dark fruit and bitter pears show up toward the finish. I also get some bubblegum, pomegranate, white grapes and under ripe persimmons that create that buttering chalky bite. Body is medium and a tad on the thin side with velvety carbonation. Once warmed the finish is similar to a box of crayons.

O: A great old ale in a six pack. I love that this isn't a pricey bomber and its well executed. Tons of figgy goodness with cherries, booze and spice. A nice holiday treat.

Photo of scriabin
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white hear that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark amber brown with little clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice laving down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, boozy, raisins, caramel, toffee, vanilla, honey, and possibly some bready notes.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, raisins, mild hop bitterness, boozy warm alcohol, sweet honey, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, boozy, a little dry, high carbonation, and light body feel.

Overall: A very enjoyable old ale beer. Sometimes it is good to refresh my tastes buds of this style I really don't see much of. Thanks Avery for bringing this back every year.

Photo of orion320
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a thin but persistent head.

Aromas of citrus and caramel. This rolls into a tea-like caramel/toffee malty flavor that has citrus, spice (cinnamon?), and chocolate around the edges - very, very good. For some reason a hint of mint (due to the hops & spice, if any spice is actually used?) appears in the finish - not a bad thing, and sets the flavor of this one apart. The alcohol is very well controlled. Nicely done.

Photo of cokes
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep scarlet hue with a lasting dense, frothy head. Smell of dark fruit and quite malty.
These scents materialize in the taste. A nice stab at an Old Ale. Raisin and other dark fruit tastes. Just enough floral hops to keep things evened out. Very enjoyable and drinkable for a brew of this magnitude. This one has been sitting on the shelf for several months and has the integration to prove it. Slightly sweet, alcoholic finish that brings with it a little warming sensation
Maybe a tad too thin for a brew of this strength, but this helps add to the overall drinkability.
Probably the best Avery Brew I have had to date.
A very nice seasonal.

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

This review is for a 2005 bottle of this beer.

This year-old Old Jubilation pours with a good amount of carbonation creating an off-white head that settles slowly to a collar of foam. The color is a sort of light to medium brown. The aroma is malty, with a touch of a nutty character. Very smooth mouthfeel. Starts with fruity, malty flavors; predominantly caramel malt flavors and some nuttiness. However, the roasted, coffee-like flavors detected in younger versions of this beer are quite muted. The finish is not nearly as bitter and the hops overall have diminished quite a bit and remain mostly in the background as compared to an early review. A very enjoyable old ale that holds up well to some aging.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours an attractive, slightly hazy reddish color with a thin, creamy beige head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Bready, malty, and spicy. A bit of an alcoholic tinge, a little unbalanced, and decent hop bitterness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Gah-damn is this hot!! The alcohol is out of control. And it's only 8%!! Other than that, this tastes damn fine. Sticky sweet malts, floral and earthy hops, and a nice spiciness really balancing the flavors out. Other than the alcohol. Prunes and figs come to mind, and the yeast flavor is obvious but tasty. The mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Alright, I'm in love. Basically. Let's compare this beer to a woman. You meet a girl, and she's amazing. Smart, funny, loves beer, sexy as all hell, everything you could ask for. Except she's hairier than you. If this beer were that woman, the alcohol would be the hair. Get it? Can't wait to see if this ages well.

Glass: Penn brewery Pint Glass
Music: "My World" by Illogic

Photo of HoustonTX
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation - Picked it up today, was on sale, so going to assume that it has been sitting around for a while. Rough estimate is about 1 year.

Pours a very dark amber, only the red hues appear when put up to the light. Awesome creamy white head, with excellent retention. Lacing is quite sticky as well. Smell is very reminiscent of the Christmas season. Chocolaty malts are the backbone, with undertones of light fruit, and toffee. Now on to the taste. Upfront a nice roasted mocha coffee taste. Strong and straight to the point. A nice chocolaty undertone helps with the balance, along with some nice fruits, and caramel malt. Taste overall is a malt lovers dream. This beer almost borderlines an RIS. Mouthfeel is creamy, and semi-coating. Drinkability is great.

An awesome beer to have in the Winter, or just about any time. Recommended.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany in color with a bit of reddish accent when held against the light. A fairly small, whitish head rises and falls rather quickly, leaving some nice footprints of lace on the glass.

Faint fruity esters appear in the nose along with a mild malt aroma of sugary molasses.

Somewhat full in body with a smooth yet nicely carbonated mouthfeel, this warmer brings to the palate full, uncloying malty sweetness, with strong notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and a surprising bite of resinous hop bitterness; alcohol presence is subdued but shows itself in the nice warming in the chest as it goes down. Finishes mildly hoppy with a sweetness that lingers long afterward.

The dry hoppiness offers a decent drinkability factor, but the high alcohol content shows itself after one drink, and more than two would most likely be a bit too much. Overall, though, a superb, complex, and characterful Winter Warmer.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, bordering on mahogony color. Good, lasting head, with pretty lacings.

Smells of hops slightly, but has a predominant roasted malts, with undertones of winter spices. A winter holiday beer aroma.

Tastes of deep malts, yet the dominant theme is the spices. Almost a little too aggressive, has a kind of disturbing end, but I'm still ok with it. Kind of reminds me of a barley wine, somehow. Body is thick, and somewhat too agressive of an alcohol tingle.

Photo of ranger7
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good. Dark, smooth and balanced. Tastes terrific paired with gingersnap cookies.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of r0nyn
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a dark reddish orange hue that's just barely transparent in the glass. Slight head that dissipates quickly leaving some loose spotty lacing. Little flecks of yeast can be seen suspended in the brew. Lazy strings of carbonation rise from the bottom to the top. Smell is of sweet malts with a lot of caramel nuances. Some fruity berries as well as some dark molasses in the mix too. There's an almost Belgian ale quality scent here, just not as aggressive. I like it.

A big malty presence to start, along with a fair bit of sweetness from a number of different flavors, including some licorice, dark fruits and caramel. As the beer washes over the tongue, there's a definite citrus component that is accompanied by the mildish hop bitterness that lingers at the end of the taste and into the aftertaste. It provides a solid balance with the initial flavors. Given a bit of warmth, a slight alcoholic tinge becomes evident. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some tingly carbonation. Good viscosity with a drying finish.

A beer with good drinkability for cold winter nights. I usually turn to a big old imperial stouts for comfort on a chilly evening, but I wouldn't mind knocking back one of these to mix things up. Not bad for my first winter warmer.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

Thin creamy oatmeal head. Trickling carbonation. Thin lacing that settles above the body. Dark brown beer with amber hues. 4

Malt heavy and reminiscent of an amber ale. Toffee and earthy hops. Sweetness prevails. Not particularly explosive with the aromas, but it's good. 3.75

Toffee heavy and sweet with biscuits and grass, earthy hop flavors. Caramel and vanilla are subtler but round the flavor out. 4

Pretty heavy on the carbonation, but smooth creaminess does a good job of offsetting it. Medium bitterness, dryer finish but no trace of alcohol burn. 4.25

Very good winter beer. I feel like it takes the Samuel Smith brew and keys in everywhere that needs to be keyed in until they got an even better beer. Well done.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a light chocolate color. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour. This dissipates relatively fast, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Not as prominent as I would have thought. Toasty malts, smoke, slight spices. As it warms some earthy tones come through, breadiness, and dark fruits.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Toasty malts up front combined with heavy caramel reach my palate first. Slight cocoa, smoke, and spicy hops come in next. It finishes with a slight bitterness, spics such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and a burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy overall, decent carbonation, finishes a bit dry/bitter.

Drinkability - For such a high ABV, quite high. Not overwhelmingly spicy for a winter warmer, so I could definitely see myself putting back a couple of these with no problem and getting some nice psychological warming from the high alcohol on a cold winter night.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, a friend gave a bottle of this to me a month or so ago so I assume it's from this past winter's batch. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a murky brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, nuts, and some chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some dark fruit, brown sugar and dark bread flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I liked this, it's good on a summer day and would probably be good on a winter's day too!

Photo of Tolnik
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this deep robust dark red into a pint glass. There was low foam at the beginning but it reduced to a large amount of lacing. Hints of juniper and cherry mix the aroma while the spices tickle the senses. Malt greets the mouth and gives the juniper and cherry mix in the palate of the mouth. Changing to the warmth of a winter beer and the spices that linger in the after taste.

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. 2010 vintage.

A - Pours a dark brown-copper with a 1-inch head of ivory foam that eventually settles to a slight haze. Leaves some spotty lacing.
S - Big, malty aromas of caramel, cocoa, roasted nuts, and just a hint of cinnamon. Very festive and warming.
T - More malty flavors of caramel and toffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts. I know no spices were added, but it has a definite "spicy" quality that relates nicely to the holiday season. Again, nice and warming on a cold day.
M - Smooth and creamy with a medium-full mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.
O - Really nice example of a Winter Warmer, I'll definitely look for this next Winter.

Photo of endincolorado
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, deep amber with some bubbles. Thick cream-white head with lots of bubbles of varying size. good head retention. Light lacing.

Smell- Really pleasant aromas of orange cream, faint spice, and some nice, bready malt.

Taste- More sweet malt, orange, subtle spices, and a nice, balanced hop presence to help balance. Really well-balanced for the style.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body with a pleasant creaminess that complements the flavors. Appropriate, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Another great brew by avery, this beer's flavors are focused and not overpowering like many winter warmers can be.

Photo of towersfall
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this old ass bottle up in the Bruisin' Ales 15% box. Dusty as all hell and it seemed like it had been in storage for a while. Had this a few months to a year back and wasn't too impressed, but aged this beer is delicious!

Appearance: A rich mahogany with a marshmallow white head sitting like a pile of fluff on top of the brew. Lacing trickles down the glass all the way to the last sip.

Smell: A nice blend of malts with a slight caramel/toffee touch. Little notice of hops but a decent booze scent. Nothing over the top, but it has a nice smell to it.

Taste: A nice toffee/dark fruit blend with a slight hoppy finish. The age of the beer really did a lot for this brew as far as flavor goes. I remember feeling a fresh batch was too watery.

Mouthfeel: A sticky feeling is left in the mouth but the aftertaste is great.

Drinkability: Old Jubilation isn't too sweet and doesn't really show it's ABV% at all except in the smell, thus it's extremely drinkable.

Photo of Tifore
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A - Pours a deep carmel amber color with some slight red hues. Must not have much carbonation because it only poured a small 1/4 finger head that was slightly off white in color. Head was gone fast but left a nice thick cap to it.

S - Smells like a malt bomb and from reading the bottle, I think this is what they may have been going for. I smell lots of roasted malts, some smokey malts, some carmel and sweet malts and just some more malts. I also get some slight pine hops as well but those are pretty subdued.

T - Very smooth from the start, no big hop or bitter punch. Gets sweet after the first taste and the malts come creeping slowly and then dissapate slowly. A real slow moving under the radar brew. There is quite a bit of alcohol hitting the tongue and throat though which is suprising to me since this isn't exactly a high ABV beer.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty heavy from all the malts and complexities. Theres not much carbonation as I expected which is a bit of a downer. I think a bit more carbonation would really do this beer good.

T - A very drinkable beer. Unfortunately I only have this one left plus one in the cellar so I won't be having more any time soon as I'm curious what the malts will do over a six month period or so.

Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.