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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,322 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,322
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 46 | 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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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

01-20-2010 04:38:43 | More by elgiacomo
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

02-16-2007 17:47:59 | More by Nipitato
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THFCBeerBQ

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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

11-20-2013 02:59:44 | More by THFCBeerBQ
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KevBrews

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

12-03-2006 02:12:50 | More by KevBrews
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everetends

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-19-2008 04:41:29 | More by everetends
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dragonWhale

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

12-08-2010 05:35:08 | More by dragonWhale
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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%

02-19-2006 01:48:16 | More by Riggsy
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danielharper

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-10-2008 03:24:00 | More by danielharper
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kinger

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-11-2008 03:08:44 | More by kinger
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hero27

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-14-2008 02:37:40 | More by hero27
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brurevu

Texas

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

11-18-2013 23:48:58 | More by brurevu
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humanawho

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev 0%

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

11-04-2008 02:27:38 | More by humanawho
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bob3701

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-01-2010 04:01:27 | More by bob3701
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev 0%

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.

09-29-2006 02:57:58 | More by kimcgolf
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FosterJM

California

3.85/5  rDev 0%

91st review on BA
bottle to pint

App- As the bottle states a very rich mahogany brown with a very suprising white 2 finger head.

Smell- A big earthy and nutty smell with some nice richer spices.

Taste- A very complex beer. Had the right amount of bitterness to make it wake up the palate and warm the mouth.

Mouth- After it warmed up a bit it had a nice creamy mouth feel with a more crisp bite.

Drink- A very good rep of the style. I need to go get another one to age it.

12-06-2010 03:08:20 | More by FosterJM
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Jesstyr

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Pours dark brown, lightly red glow. Two fingers of off-white head, but no real lacing. Nose is strong and sweet - like raisins and a heaping amount of sugar.

Taste is malty, but doesn't share the depth of the aroma. Light sugar and a bit of a chocolate to it, I guess some of the fig/raisin. Medium smooth body. Overall a decent beer.

01-01-2012 00:02:15 | More by Jesstyr
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Poured into standard pint glass, color is dark amber to brown, head is tan, nice thick presentation, some lacing.

Smell is nice, sweeter malts from the caramel and toasted malts, raisins, plums, toffee, mild, grassy hops.

Taste is very similar to the scent, caramel, toast, plums raisins, toffee, mild hop earthiness.

Mouthfeel is a little carbonated for the style, sweeter flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall, solid flavors, and good scent, but the mouthfeel is a bit harsh from the carbonation.

11-17-2013 01:02:32 | More by mvanaskie13
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gabe23

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev 0%

A - Clear, deep ruby red color with light tan head. Faded fast & didn't leave much lacing.

S - Mild aroma of sweet malt, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and cinnamon. A slight evergreen hops scent rests in the background.

T - Roasty malt & candied fruit at the start, with a spicy, hoppy bite following after. The finish has a fairly strong alcohol heat that lives up to the winter warmer name.

M - Creamy, full, and thick. Just right for a cold winter's night.

D - Very drinkable winter beer. Not something I'd drink all night due to the ABV, but perfect for sipping by the fire.

01-26-2009 02:39:44 | More by gabe23
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flagmantho

Washington

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, nutty brown hue with a good finger of pillowy ivory foam and a little bit of haze to the body. A nice looking beer.

Smell: biscuity, bready malt aroma with a bit of tartness quite a bit like an English porter. Wintry and a bit nutty as well, although this particular combination of malts isn't particularly my favorite; it's kind of a mix between a porter and a dry red ale.

Taste: much like the aroma but with a little bit of spiciness. There's a good hop bitterness right at the end, too, which I find surprisingly smooth. Flavor starts a bit like an English porter, then dries out a bit and some spices, nutmeg and grains-of-paradise maybe, set in. I'm liking this beer better than I thought I would.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprisingly good level of creaminess. It is perhaps a little bit over-attenuated, though; I would have expected more body in an 8.3% winter beer.

Overall: this is a very nice quaff on a chilly October evening. I'm sure it would be even better with a dusting of snow outside.

10-20-2011 03:51:15 | More by flagmantho
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jslot38

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Nearly white head over a black body. Head doesn't look to be staying around, which isn't expected given the 8% ABV.

Smell: A dirty earthy smell laced with pine, but very subtle in its general aroma.

Taste: Certainly lingers. Up front with a mixture of roasted barley and green hops. Very earthy, some pine and nuts too.

Mouthfeel: The best characteristic of this beer is the lingering tastes, the beer just sits there on the tongue. Well done.

Drinkability and Notes: A very nice holiday beer, reminded me of Anchor's production. Has that musty character.

01-10-2007 07:04:35 | More by jslot38
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev 0%

This Old Ale pours deep mahogany with crimson highlights, half an inch of tan colored head, and a decent lace. Smells like winter! Warming aromas of caramel, toffee, spice, hazelnuts and citrus create a wonderful bouquet. Malt flavors dominate at first, with caramel, toffee, and dark fruit bringing forth a sweetness that is eventually met with a hint of grapefruit that provides some bitterness that battles with the sweetness through the finish. Medium-full in body, this Avery brew is moderate in carbonation. Christmas is in the air!

Cheers!

12-23-2012 02:20:43 | More by phishsihq
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Pours a dark reddish brown with a short head. Spotty lacing.

Smell is dry, alcoholic, and with stone fruit and apples.

Taste is very dry, and a little sharp with alcohol. Hops are quite strong and bitter, but not unpleasantly so. I taste tart apricot on the finish, and there is a late lingering predominance of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little light for the style.

Fairly drinkable, but there is something curiously lacking here.

12-22-2006 22:44:44 | More by Georgiabeer
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mac56

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Found this at our small town muni. Will wonders never cease. No freshness date or anything like that, but it hasn't been in the cooler longer than about 2-3 weeks so I think we're okay.

A: A deep brownish-mahogany color in the glass. Full rocky head that subsides slowly, and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malt, a little bit of spice.

T: Oh my oh my oh my. Coffee, Chocolate. Spice. Little bit of citrusy astringency. Amazingly balanced.

M: Not syrupy at all, like many winter warmers can be. Slightly astringent on the front end, and then it gently glides away. Smooth and enticing.

D: Be mindful of the 8% alcohol. That also glides up on you. If you keep that thought in your head, it's plenty sessionable on a cold Minnesota night.

I'm delighted beyond words that our little muni decided to pick this up. I expect I'll be drinking a lot of this over the winter months.

12-02-2006 23:16:12 | More by mac56
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DarthMalt

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Wow! 8% a.b.v.? I find that hard to believe, since the entire beer hardly hints of anything alcoholic.

But this is certainly a Jingle Bells beer. The Currier-and-Ives looking label is very classy and gets you feeling all warm and fuzzy before the cap is even off. A nice dark-amber-red color looks warm and inviting.

Hops get the party started, however. There's a strong and "stanky" hop wiff just daring you to join in the fun. And you won't be disappointed, as an explosion of fruity hops, plum-like esters, and sugary crystal malts all jump in the pit and mosh heavily.

A smidge of roasted-toasted malts foil the fun, but you'd actually have to stop halfway through a chug to find them, which is not likely to happen with this beer.

Happy Holidays!

10-20-2002 20:24:22 | More by DarthMalt
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a handle-glass at J. Timothy's, Plainville, Conn.

A: Poured a dark brown with a reddish hue and a thin head of white foam. Fairly dark for a winter warner, in my opinion.

S: Smells rich a fruity; dark fruits like raisins and raspberries, but with a spicy hop note to it.

T: Those dark fruits come springing to the palate with a good dose of piney resin hops. Rich, robust, and a little spicy in the finish. A fairly big winter warmer.

M: Robust and deep mouthfeel, with a full, hoppy finish.

D: The 8% ABV would get the best of you eventually, or the full filling effect, but two of these would be an excellent end to any winter evening.

I haven't had too much experience with Avery brews, but their winter warmer was an excellent foray. If they hit home runs like this often, I might have to put them into my regular rotation.

12-01-2007 02:28:47 | More by Gambrinus1184
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,322 ratings.