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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,320 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,320
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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KroMagnon

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Nice brown-amber color but the head was virtually non-existent. The aroma was dominated by sweet caramel and molasses along with some slight piney hops - rather nice, though perhaps a bit subdued. The flavor was definitely spicy overall - a nice blending of the sweet complex malt flavors suggested by the aroma along with maybe a hint of a roasted character, overlaid with spicy hops that finished with a slightly harsh character. Overall, strikes me as more of an IPA than a winter warmer - but delightful anyway! thanks to my Secret Santa for this one.

03-24-2005 03:02:25 | More by KroMagnon
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Hell, yeah... Everything I look for in a winter warmer, this has got it.

Nice dark color, pretty head.. good lacing. Looks good.

Nice dark fruity aroma, smells very sweet.

Wonderful malty fruity taste. Not as sweet as I was expecting which is a good thing but definitely very malty. It's actually a very good balance of fruit/malt and right at the tail end, you get a kick of hops that bitters the finish up.

Best winter warmer yet. There are other seasonals that I like better, but for the style, this is it. Wish I had bought more than one bottle.

12-27-2007 15:09:13 | More by Tilley4
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Pencible

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev 0%

A: This poured a clear mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like creamy vanilla and nutty malt, with some roasted barley and nutmeg and copper.
T: It tasted like orange and vanilla, with some nutty malt and roasted barley and copper. It had a partially clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent winter warmer. It had cream-sickle character, which was nice, but it could have been better executed. Alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink and enjoy, but not a really great beer overall.

12-31-2011 23:02:35 | More by Pencible
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Summits, Snellville, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, ruby-brown beer with a half-finger of sticky tan head with good staying power. As it fades, it leaves a few columns of sticky, runny lacing. Nice.

Aroma: Very green, if that makes sense, with lots of piney, sprucey notes. The toasty malt notes here meld well with hints of fir and fruit to lend a very festive atmosphere. Give it time to warm, though - it's rather nondescript early on.

Taste: Huge maltiness, but not too heavy - it's crystal-like, crisp, toasty, but with plenty of residual sugar, including some faintly sweet chocolate notes. A mild, juniper-berry bitterness pervades, and faint spicy and fruity notes, nondescript, but festive nonetheless are present throughout.

Mouthfeel: Even, well-carbonated, fairly heavy bodied, though not syrupy or cloying.

Drinkability: A solid, enjoyable winter warmer. Very crisp, bright, and festive, with very well hidden alcohol. Dunno if I'd make it a seasonal go-to beer, but I'm definitely glad I tried it.

11-24-2008 17:09:00 | More by CrellMoset
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance: Nice bubbly head, the color is a dark reddish-brown that, when held up to the light, retains most of the same color.

Smell: Nice malt, hops, with a bit of dark sugar.

Taste: Malt, dark sugar, some citrus hops on the finish, burnt coffee at the back of the tongue. The alcohol is present, it is not fully integrated.

Mouthfeel: Heavy with only a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Not a bad by for the winter, however, the burnt taste is strong and the alcohol present, it is not a beer for multiple consumption.

01-11-2010 23:01:15 | More by ianjsullivan
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

This was poured from a bottle into a glass. This brew was deceptively high in alcohol content. A winter ale among the tops of the rank. Hearty. Slight foamy head. Dark brown complexion. Great taste, sweet, dark, roasted malt taste. Slight hint of hazelnuts with mocha and toffee.

Appearantly this beer is cellarable for 3+ years. This blend from colorado only uses Rocky moutain water which lends to its pureness.

12-27-2010 02:22:00 | More by Ryanm1
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Dave412

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Came as part of a mix 12 pack that I got for Christmas.

A. Simple brown color, average head
S. Slight chocolate, more like mocha, raisin.
T. Same comes through on taste. Sweet w/ long finish, dry bitter aftertaste. Alcohol taste.
D. Packs an alcohol punch. Good taste but a tad on the harsh side and wouldn't go looking to down two or more of these. However, I thought this was a good winter warmer and increased my appreciation for this style.

01-27-2010 02:20:59 | More by Dave412
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the thiquid is brown with soso carbonation. The head is a very small pad of tan that fades to a ring fast.

The smell is nice a roasty malt and noticeable hops.

The taste follows the roasty malt is quite good and is evenly balanced with the good earthy hops.

The Mouthfeel is also nice, close to medium body and the carbonation feel right.

The drinkability is just fine the is a good Winter Warmer for me as I don't go for the spice much. Prosit, MK

09-02-2008 02:57:25 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark caramel brown liquid with good clarity, about a half inch bone white head, good retention, as it settles leaves a covering of foam on the sides of the glass and a thin layer of foam on the surface, leaves good lacing as it is slowly consumed.

S & T = Sweet malt flavors, some dried grassy flavors like rooibos tea, caramel, earthy scents, some spiciness of hops.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, light frothy carbonation that makes the liquid very smooth on the tongue.

D = This drinks well, but only as a slow sipper.

12-03-2009 00:08:19 | More by Traquairlover
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Nugganooch

California

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle dated purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA
*Notes taken on 12/26/13 to my Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Dark mocha brown body dense with some visible carbonation and a few floaties present. There forms a thin film of khaki across the top that dissipates out to a small swirl in short time. Some small dotting and a few splashes of lace adhere to the glass upon each drink.

S: Caramel malts with light chocolate hazelnut and a bit of dark cherry fruit. The nose has a touch of earthy roast to it and a dash of alcohol spice coming through as well. All in all a very nice malt complexity to the aroma.

T: Tastes malty and rich with caramelized fig, candied prunes, dark toffee, spiced chocolate, and just a hint of roast coffee bean. There is some earthy root flavors coming through with more dark berry and hints of tobacco. The beer is somewhat sweet but drying with a moderate peppery bitterness across the palate. Alcohol is well disguised with only a minor warming sensed. Pretty solid stuff.

M: Moderately filling the beer is actually a touch on the thinner side. Lightened by the bitterness and drying lift towards the finish. Mild alcohol warmth and a clean exit.

D: I do like me a good warmer and this is a fairly nice one. Has some great robust layers of malty goodness while maintaining a lighter more sessionable body. Would have again.

01-03-2014 22:34:07 | More by Nugganooch
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Atlas1

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Well, it's almost springtime weather here in Washington, so I better polish off my winter beers before it gets too warm.

Poured from the bottle to a regular old 12-oz pint glass. Nice deep amber brown color with some orange tint when held up to the light. Good looking, thick and creamy head settles on top, and leaves a nice lace as the beer recedes. The aroma is a dull, muted malt scent. Nothing special, but definitely more malty than hoppy. It does mellow out a bit as the beer warms to room temperature, and reveals some fruitier tones. The taste is quite good. Rich malt flavor with notes of caramel, plum, and coffee. Possesses a nice hoppy balance, even the hops are not terribly prominent. Very nice beer, here. Mouthfeel is sturdy, but a bit thinner than I might expect from a warmer. The high ABV is masked neatly by a slew of quality ingredients and excellent brewing. More high marks for Avery.

03-14-2007 00:32:23 | More by Atlas1
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PrAndo

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

I got this bottle as part of a "mystery" six-pack from the local store. I've got to say that it's a fine surprise.

A - nice thick off white head and a deep orange/medium brown, clear, body.

S - sweet malt.

T - sweet malt with a beautiful bitter hop finish.

M - a little watery and full of flavor yet not heavey.

D - solid. Perfect for three or four pints on a fall evening.

04-30-2009 02:06:11 | More by PrAndo
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Beerzebub

California

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Deep brownish red color, modicum of frothy beige head, bits of lace.

Smells like doughy malt with sweet fruity solvent a bit like golden apple, cocoa, Chinese bean paste, vanilla, and some earthy, piny hops.

Tastes mainly of sweet doughy caramelized malt, and appley plummy whiskeylike solvent. Some balancing hop flavor and bitterness, but solventy fusel alcohol and/or esters dominates the finish. Certainly warming, and oddly alluring, but in an Edgar Allan Poe way, not a "jubilation" way.

12-06-2007 02:39:28 | More by Beerzebub
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Slynger

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Well, I was doing some spring cleaning of the beer fridge and saw that I had missed this winter warmer. Whoops. Old Jubilation pours a deep, clear, reddish-amber color, with hints of orange and a pretty creamy light tan lid. Quite sweet and malty nose with lots of plum and red grape fruitiness, and hints of spice. The flavor is chocolatey malts at first, with a nice fruitiness and a lightly bitter and spicy lingering along with a touch of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is soft, pleasant and creamy. This stuff is pretty good, but not really stand-outish. Maybe I'm just not in the mood for the style though.

04-16-2008 03:59:12 | More by Slynger
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

2005 vintage, poured early 2009 at Papago Brewing.

Darker brown middle area of the glass, with bronze outer edges all around. Served with a minimal cap of tan foam. What's there retains well, and leaves some spotty lacing. Clearly the carbonation has receded significantly.

The nose is meant to be malty, but unusually enough for an old beer, the hops have stuck around pretty well. This is mainly at first, when still cold - with warming the caramel malt comes in hard, along with a bit of roasted barley, and even a hint of chocolate.

The palate is an interesting mix of dark and sweet beers: there are elements of a roasted, porter-style ale, but at first blush it could almost pass for an aged American barleywine. There is plenty of sweet caramel malt, but it's also got some English style fruit jam-and-toast character. Remarkably complex in some sense, but also a little lackluster in terms of "interest"-ing me.

The peppery, citric hops have definitely mellowed out - in my imagination, this was a hum-dinger when it was fresh - but still impart enough citrus to maintain balance and complexity, with a moderate amount of alpha acid content. I'm attributing the cinnamon, currant, and allspice spiciness to the hops, especially since the brewer claims that no spices were harmed in the making of this beer. Remarkable use of an interesting hop.

Alcohol is mellow, but decidedly apparent, especially with the hops having faded a bit, there is a strong note of pepper that must be the alcohol. Lots of fine bubbles that scrub at first when it's chilled, but later are more creamy, if not massaging. Mouthfeel is decent, but a hair thin. Still, I like it quite a lot.

01-09-2009 16:26:39 | More by BretSikkink
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jorg2619

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Is a dark beer, pours a tan head fairly clear smells complex at first but my nose rested on wet dog. The taste is bitter but good with a nutty beginning and a citrus hop ending. I am impressed with how the 8% alcohol does not overpower this beer.

I like Old Jubilation but not enough to buy a case or anything.

12-27-2009 19:51:17 | More by jorg2619
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

A - pours a deep reddish brown with little foam that quickly disappeared

S - malt aromas with hints of caramel

T - roasted malt and fruitiness with a nice hoppy bite ending with a strong alcohol heat

M/D - Nice winter warmer and something i'd like to try again, I just don't think i'd go out of my way to find it. Overall though a good example, but far from the best.

02-03-2009 19:10:22 | More by mikereaser
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Though under-whelmed with another recent Avery offer, my trusty beer sherpa (Gomers in Parkville, Mo.) pointed me to this mountain of holiday joy. He noted that it was a hoppy, masterful way to welcome the holiday season. Given the label, it looks like we'll be having company for dinner this evening - it's a good thing we've got beer.

Deep amber, like thick syrup, is the predominant color, dusted by a quickly fading head, and high lace.

A well-balanced combination of hops, toasty malts, a bit of nutiness, and a drop of citrus, making you breathe in and out through your nose, continuously recyclying each flavor again and again. Much like the snow in a snowglobe, I can imagine it blowing from the back of my mouth, across its roof, and back atop the tongue. Undertones of cinnamon and spices tie it all together, making it an exceptional way to warm through the winter.

12-15-2008 21:53:17 | More by mdcrouser
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alli4051

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark mahogany with about a finger of light tan head. Head is fizzy and disappears quicker than I expected leaving a trace of lacing. Scent is pretty malt forward, with some roastiness and dark fruits. Taste is again lots of malt with some chocolate and roasty notes as well and just enough earthy hops to provide some balance. Didn't have the spiciness I expected for a winter warmer but quite frankly it was fantastic even without it. Alcohol is well hidden making this quite a drinkable beer.

11-28-2010 05:37:56 | More by alli4051
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tonistruth

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

A- deep copper, 1 finger of off white foam, good retention and soapy/silky lacing

S- dark grain bread, chocolate, holiday spices, citric hops

T- dark chocolate, toasted chocolate malts, dark grain bread, rich chocolate flavors warming citrus at finish, hops come about with some warmth

M- medium with a warming hop felt finish

D- nicely balanced though hoppy for style (not complaining), a winter warmer for the hop loving crowd, worth a drink

01-26-2008 08:24:36 | More by tonistruth
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mjl21

California

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No abv info or bottling info is present.

A-Pours a really nice brownish red color that shines in the light. It has a one finger off white head that has some nice retention. Leaves nice streaks of lace.

S-Nothing spectacular. It has some subtle roast flavors, some toasted pale malt, and a little bit of sweetness.

T-It begins with a mixture of sweet and roast malt flavor definite coffee flavor. Toasted pale malt also is detected. There is some bitterness at the end. As it warms I pick up on some orange rind. Sweetness lingers in between sips.

M-Medium bodied, a little sticky, and well carbonated.

D-Nice winter warmer. Apparently they use no spices, which I prefer. They also use hazelnuts and I was unable to discern any flavor from them.

A nice winter warmer that will appeal to those who aren't fans of spiced winter beers.

01-03-2010 22:44:13 | More by mjl21
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chrisgn

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Beautiful mahogany color, but very little head, lacing, or carbonation.

S- Sweet smell of cherries.

T- Rich and syrupy sweet with some roasted malt flavors. I taste hazelnuts and again cherries. Some hops flavors on the back end.

M- Low carbonation. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

D- 8% and very sweet. This is probably a one and done beer for me on a cold night.

All in all a decent warmer. This beer improves with warmth. Don't drink right out of the fridge.

11-15-2010 02:27:55 | More by chrisgn
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, not much of a head, minor lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like rasin, plum, fig. Sugars, caramel. Malts, smoke, cherry and a little vanilla.

Taste - Plenty of malts mixed with some hops, spices, and alcohol. Nice mix of cherry, caramel, apples, plum, and even a little hint of vanilla and coffee.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets hit with malts, and lots of sugary flavors. Palette gets alot of bitterness from the hops, and alcohol. Aftertaste is dry, bitter but not long lasting.

Overall - Decent, a little to much booze up front and maybe a little unbalanced to be truly great. Its worth a drink but not world class by any means.

12-10-2011 23:39:01 | More by wvsabbath
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -1%

12oz Bottle from the Tampa FL Total Wine for $3

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, anise, leather, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and dark fruits. There is also a little bit of a smokey/burnt flavour and some anise.

Overall - A solid example of an old ale. And it seems to be still drinking great even after 10+months. A wouldn't mind a touch more sweetness and a little less earthiness, but still a beer I'd drink again.

09-18-2013 00:58:56 | More by spinrsx
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

A: a rich chestnut hue with ambers and deep orange. When viewed from afar it looks fairly dark, even porter like. Head is a dingy white blob and foamy. Random spattering specks of lacing. A neat and tidy beer, looks like a winter warmer should

S: nose is rich full of life. Malty, slab of toffee, dark fruits, and a pinch of crusty hops. Booze is starting to gather force and conquer the nose

T: the palate holds raisins, figs, and a ripe plum. Plenty of sweet malty characters going on. Light leafy tea-like hop notes hang with a dash of cocoa powder within each sip. One concern is the boozy notes. Does finish slightly bitter

M: smooth and slick, kinda sticky. The body is a good medium in feel

D: moderately complex and pretty tasty. If any quarrels exist I would say that the alcohol notes are a little too exciting, but not unwelcoming

11-20-2010 01:20:37 | More by Magpie14
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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