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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,329 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,329
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.

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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
Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

FosterJM, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jesstyr, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

mvanaskie13, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of gabe23
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

gabe23, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

flagmantho, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of jslot38
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jslot38, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of phishsihq
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

phishsihq, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Georgiabeer, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of mac56
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mac56, Dec 02, 2006
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.