1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Old JubilationOld Jubilation

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,333 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,333
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Old Jubilation Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,333 | Reviews: 756 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a deep, ruby color to it. A decent head leaves lots of lace. Slightly piney, grassy hops in the nose, with nutty malt and dark fruits. And spiced bread.

This is indeed a warmer. Dark fruit cake with nuts and some cocoa sprinkled on top. Piney are the hops. Some holiday spices in there too. Mouthfeel is thick, a little syrupy. Drinkability is limited by the youth of this beer. Better drinking in a month or two methinks.

8/29/06 Edit: Tastes much smoother, the various flavors have blended together. The hops are much milder, and the mouthfeel has thinned slightly, which is a good thing. Very drinkable, but drink now if you still have the 05. My new scores reflect this tasting.

Sephiroth, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of NCBeernut
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy head on top of a deep red amber body, near mahogany colored. Lots of lacing left behind. Smell reminds me of a robust beefy soup...odd but true. A touch spicy in the nose. Taste is supremely complex maltiness. The crazy thing is that the spiciness in this brew is accomplished with specialty malts - the highlight of Old Jubilation. Very nice winter beer. I like the approach they are taking with making a spicy winter warmer without throwing even a dash of spices in it. Slight hop bitterness complements the spiciness well. Alcohol is covered well but you still get that nice warming sensation. Not my favorite beer, but one of my favorites in the winter warmer category. I remember last year's (2007) being better.

Edit: Drink this with soup. Awesome.

6 month cellar note:
Really smooths out. Nose has gained subtle hints of dark fruits. The hops that were there have faded a bit, specialty malts have melded into a slightly spicy sweetness; not as messy as before, but still retained complexity. Alcohol is dangerously undetectable. Not a big beer anymore. If I didn't know the ABV I would say this is a session beer. Mouthfeel is smooth now. Definitely an improvement that deserves some extra points.

NCBeernut, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of jwhancher
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from last fall. Label says cellarable upto 3 years. Pours clear mahogany with nice firm head with lacing that sticks to glass sides. Tastes of toffee, hazelnuts and mocha just like the label describes. Some alcohol warmth in the nose. Brown sugar & candied chocolate. Feels medium full. Ample bitterness with lingering sweetness. A very nice beer overall. Satisfying in the winter. A nice treat to sub as dessert in the warmer months.

jwhancher, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of happygnome
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a clear brown color with about an inch of white head that dissapears kinda fast leaving a good amount of lacing
s: sweet toasted nut malts in the intial nose followed by a piny hop aroma that i find very inviting
t: toasted nut flavor followed by the sweet malts and hint of creamyness. Crisp with slight notes of pinny hop bitterness nicely balanced for style
m: medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

happygnome, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head lasts very well, with sticky lacing. Aroma is ample grains, little else, maybe the lightest of spicing. Taste is hearty maltiness, with light fruitiness and alcohol present as well, with the aftertaste a bit boozy. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pleasing. One of the better winter warmers I've had.

ppoitras, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Neehan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An interesting pour that starts as a medium-brown with tons of bubbles but quickly becomes a dark cola-like color with thin, but prevalent lacing. The smell is nice with dark roasted malts the most prevalent. The taste is smooth and sweet with a bitter, dark coffee-like finish. Noticeable taste of the alcohol as well. A weak-mild low carbonated mouthfeel. Will definitely warm the body. Solid choice.

Neehan, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Jubilation is a very tasty Old English Strong Ale. Not sure why it's listed as a Winter Warmer. It pours a clear, dark mahogany with a thick off white foamy head on top. The foam fades slowly down to a thick ring around the surface, leaving behind a lot of lace on the sides of the glass. A rich malty aroma of toasted and roasted malt, with just a hint of hops hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate. There's a nice moderate carbonated tingle on the sides of the tongue that helps bring out all the malty flavors. The taste is mainly sweet malt. Roasted, toasted and a hint of chocolate malt dominate each sip. Towards the middle there's some nuttiness and chocolate that comes through. It finishes with a floral hop flavor that helps balance out all the malt. Once gone, the roasted malt and a bit of hop bitterness remain behind.

This is a very tasty malty beer that hides its 8% alcohol very well. The mouthfeel was a tad bit thin, but otherwise I really enjoyed this beer. I look forward to getting more of it next year.

WanderingFool, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of candcholt
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared for 3 years. Poured into a goblet.

Beautiful rich dark amber color.

This is a nice winter ale, with a lot of depth of flavor. I like that there are no spices as some beers go a little overboard with this in their winter warmers.

I cannot note a discernable change over previous years, but it's till great.

It's easy drinking, not particularly heavy, so the 8.3% can sneak up on you.

candcholt, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $8.

A: red brown in color with a cream colored head, fairly dense, decent retention, fairly clear beer, not much carbonation moving around. decent lacing.

S: decent hop profile, nice malty kick, some spices to it as well. Smells somewhat roasty also. Bready. Not bad here.

T: Taste follows the nose, fairly malty up front, caramel, roast coffee, hoppy bitterness lingers in the back and there's a pretty distinguishable boozey flavor as well. Fairly tasty, has some notes of spices as well. Kind of muddled though, things blend together nicely, but nothing really stands out.

M: Medium to thick body, nice carbonation, nice alcohol warmth here.

D: Nice here, even at 8% this is easy to drink, this is the last bottle of the six pack, and I've enjoyed what I've drank of these. Nothing incredibly exciting, but definitely something to enjoy in the winter time.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of SteveO1231
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Label, a magenta framed winter landscape. No freshness indicated on bottle. Pours a dark caramel red, excellent fat light tan head that lasts. Creamy lacing inside the glass. Large hints of vanilla in the aroma, biscuity, as well as caramel, chocolate, some earthy/oak tones in the background, and bit of spicy/herbal hops. Medium to full bodied, light slickness in texture. Light caramel sweetness, a touch of dark chocolate. Earthy oak aged tastes in this beer, a tiny bit spicy and a pretty large hop profile in this winter warmer. The finish has a dry spicy/herbal bitter dryness and is very tasty. ABV really is not detected much through smell or taste but has a warming effect on the body around mid bottle. Really a good beer, I'm so glad it's available in CT now!

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny head, some lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, and caramel/toffee.

T - The taste is sweet and of caramel/toffee. Theres alittle bit of a warming feeling in the throat. Nice dry finish with a nice little bite.

M - Medium body. Well rounded brew.

D - Drinkable. I really like this one, very tasty, nice brew from Avery.

Wasatch, May 12, 2006
Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Sep 23, 2009. Pours reddish copper/brown, with a large light tan head in a wide-mouth glass. Beautiful pour, also leaves some sticky rings of lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts, candy, some hops especially early in the glass, some toffee, and a little bit of funk.

Flavor is malty, caramel, toffee, candy sweetness, some spice, and resinous piney hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is oily, low/medium carbonation.

Had this a couple of years ago but didn't take notes, I'm enjoying this years, although the first half of the glass was much better than the second. Fuller body, bigger flavors, especially the hops.

elgiacomo, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep ruby amber. Clear. Pours with a nice long lasting tan head.

S: A strong complex aroma. Surprisingly sharp hoppy notes predominate. Malty aromas also present but take a back seat to the hops. Smells of dried fruit and alcohol faintly present. No spicy notes.

T: Strong and rich roasty flavor. Dark chocolate like. Very nice bitter finish. Dried fruit flavor also recognizable.

MF: Medium body. Nearly slick on the palate. Alcohol warming noticeable.

D: This is one of the better winter warmers I have tried this season. Big bold flavors and alcohol do not get in the way of this beer's drinkability.

Nipitato, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of THFCBeerBQ
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought 6-pack of bottles from Wegmans supermarkets. No date on bottle.

Poured semi-vigorously into an imperial pint glass.

A- Solid, dark brown color. Gives off an appearance of dark mahogany wood. Brownish head a little over an inch after the pour. Dissipates to a 1/4 inch head with good retention and excellent lacing on the edge of my glass

S- predominantly nutty smell with a strong scent of hazelnut. I can sense Toffee and Caramel as well (although I think the caramel is just a side effect of the toffee which is caramelized sugar and molasses) hints of mocha in there as well.

T- Taste follows the nose. Starts out sweet and nutty with a hazelnut and sweet caramel taste. The beer does balance out nicely with some earthy hops at the swallow but they struggle to overtake the sweetness from the malt. The aftertaste has hints of mocha and more than a little alcohol presence...which is understandable at 8.3% ABV

M- Light to medium body. I thought there would be more meat to this brew based upon the color and smell but it's unfortunately a bit thinner than I would like. It lends itself to the drinkability but subdues some of the flavors which could better hide the alcohol taste.

O- A solid winter seasonal brew. It has robust flavors and balances nicely. It also reminds you with every sip that it's a strong ale and should be consumed carefully. I'd recommend a fuller body to try and subdue some of that alcohol taste. I would definitely drink this again.

89/100

THFCBeerBQ, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of KevBrews
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: reddish-brown; fairly opaque. Can only see through it if you hold it up to the light. Light tan head.

S: Some hops in the nose. Not as much as I would have expected, given how hoppy the taste is.

T: Spicy hop flavors dominate, with malty backdrop rounding it out. Bitter. Some roast and caramel tucked below hop flavor. (I seem to be the only reviewer knocked out by the hop flavors, but I truly belive that hops lead the flavor, not the malt.)

M: Full mouthfeel.

D: Nice seasonal beer. No spices, just a dark, malty backdrop for a hop explosion. Strong beer, but the alcohol sneaks up on you.

KevBrews, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I found at Showcase in Carrollton, GA. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice dark brown that lets a little red hue come through when light is held up. Poured a nice off white head that had some nice lacing that said, "I'm not going anywhere". The lace sticks and stays. Very nice.

S: Nice roasted malt, brown sugar, cream, bittersweet chocolate. Smells like Christmas.

T: Roasted malt comes out first, molasses and brown sugar are there also. A touch of cream and dried fruit (prune and dark grape). Dark chocolate also comes through. There is also just a touch of hops lingering in the background.

M: Creamy and almost chunky but still has a good amount of carbonation. The roasted malt really lingers in the aftertaste.

D: Pretty drinkable, not for the summer month I broke it out for, but still very nice. Really feels like winter in the blend of flavors.

everetends, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of dragonWhale
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I didn't buy this beer, but somehow I ended up with 4 of them. Fucking awesome. This is my fourth over a few days and I just found out the percentage when I stepped on to make a review. Oops!
Very malty, caramel and toasted, slight chocolate. There seems like there's something of a spice to it, but it may just be some long-chain alcohols throwing some scent. The chocolate is a nice competitor the slight sweetness. Nice pine hop supplement. Really enjoyable beer.

dragonWhale, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Riggsy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Pours a dark red / mahagony with little head even with aggressive pour and no signs of lacing

Aroma: Malty sweetness, aromas of dark fruits...raisins, maybe plum.

Taste: Overwhelming malty with little signs of hop bitterness or flavor.Caramel and toffee sweeetness come through with hints of raisin. The 8% alcohol is well hidden. Not complex but interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with even carbonation. Feels good on the tongue and goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability:This is a nice Winter brew. Goes down easily but you might want to watch yourself at 8%

Riggsy, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of danielharper
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First snowfall outside. Guess it's a good time for a winter warmer.

Appearance: Deep orange-red body, slightly hazy, with a thick foamy head that is so aggressive it jumps out of the glass. Pour very slowly on this one. Points knocked off for the too-aggressive foam.
Smell: Some spices, mostly coriander and orange rind. Slight notes of hops. Otherwise just a sweet maltiness.

Taste: Sweet fruits up-top, mostly apples and grapefruit with a touch of cherries. This is followed by a malt-heavy middle and a dry finish. The spices come out mainly in the aftertaste, lots of nutmeg and coriander and orange rind. Understated for the style, but that's pretty much the way I like it.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, considering the alcohol level. I'm usually not a huge fan of winter warmers, but this one is pretty damned good.

danielharper, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt amber color poured with a towering light tan head that remained 1/2" thick for the entire time (surprising considering the strong alcohol content). Powerful carbonation inside the glass. Drinkable and lightly warming. Only wish it were fuller, but it's still a hearty brew. Aroma has a thick malt scent with some grassy yeast. Taste is oh so slightly bitter at first soon mellowed by the thick malts with a tinge of alcohol burn. A touch of nuttiness. This one really gets bitter after a while, different but nice.

kinger, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of hero27
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark maple color with small, eggshell head.
Aroma of pine resin, nutmeg, and earthy, caramelized malts.
Some warming spice flavors come through in the flavor..heavy toasted malts blend with dark fruits to create what's almost like a robust apple cider. Very fitting for the upcoming season, i must say. A solid brew from Avery.

hero27, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of brurevu
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: The Old Jubilation was definitely big on the malt both in the sweet aroma and the initial caramel, dark chocolate taste. It was a nice big beer with a hint of booze that will easily keep you warm during these cold winter days. This beer leans more on the malty side and says it has no spices, which is a big plus for me. It is definitely a beer to look forward to each Holiday season.

brurevu, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of humanawho
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark copper color with a good dark cream head

S - nice sweet caramely, toffee aroma

T - strong caramel flavor with a slight alcohol taste on the finish, a little fig flavor

M - nice think mouthfeel

D - ok drinkablity for the high strength

humanawho, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of bob3701
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Great clear copper color with a thick stiff head that lingers for a while until it is a thick film. Has excellent lacing marking each sip. Hoppy floral and nutty aroma. High hopped taste but also very malty. Has a bitter sweet finish hints of toffee. Not a bad winter warmer. Also seems to be barrel aged since the hoppiness has a mellow character to it yet there is no mention anywhere that this is the case.

bob3701, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of kimcgolf
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown, with hints of ruby redwith good carbonation, and a medium tan head that lingers and then reduces to good lacing. The nose is a mild aroma of malty dark fruit, and the taste is a nice mixture of this malty sweetness and hop bitterness. The 8% alcohol creeps into both the aroma and taste at mid-glass, and leads to a sweet, warming finish. This bottle depicts a winter scene, and thgis may be better as a winter warmer, but I was not disappointed having it on a warm, early Fall evening.

kimcgolf, Sep 29, 2006
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,333 ratings.