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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,313 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 45 | 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)
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Joe92580


1/5  rDev -74%

12-06-2012 04:27:33 | More by Joe92580
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schellsbeer

Minnesota

1.35/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got this for about $1.50 in a mixed 6 pack. Worth a shot. Hope I like it.

A - Brown to almost a black purple but light passes right through it. Strange color. Small white head that lasts about 2 seconds. Lacing is small to nothing.

S - Fruit. Dates, raisins, and some nuts....just not sure what type. Smells like it would go great with a beef dinner but haven't tasted it yet. This is soon to be determined. Molasses and brown sugar. Dark, very dark smelling. Light the night before Christmas should smell. Bold but sweet.

T - Smokey but Fruity...Not really sure what is going on here. Tastes like a beef dinner instead of going with beef. Wow....very strong flavors but all the wrong kinds... Really don't like this at all. Meaty. Burnt. Like the bottom of the stove burnt. Sitting for some time in the bottom of a roaster. I know....Sunday dinner when mom put roast in the pan before you went to church and then you would come home and eat this dinner that had been cooking for the past 5 hours in a roaster....that horrible cooked carrot smell and taste. Carrots that sat in the beef juices and were overcooked all morning long. Not pleasant. Wow.

M - Really can't get past the taste. Sorry. Low marks again.

D - Nope!!! I don't think so. Maybe on the grandma sleigh to someplace really warm. No place where I want to go. See Ya.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 05:37:18 | More by schellsbeer
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

1.88/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear brown with a rapidly fading head. The aroma has hints of roasted nuts, chocolate, and raisins. The flavor has a mix of toast, brandy, and a coffee note and a bit of brandy. It's got a creamy full mouthfeel and a warming feeling as it goes down. Avery Old Jubilation is a good representative of the style, a bit too much like brandy. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:36:34 | More by B967ierhunter177
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leinie13

Ohio

2/5  rDev -48.1%

12-06-2011 00:18:36 | More by leinie13
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TerrapinWakenBake

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.1%

11-18-2012 20:05:21 | More by TerrapinWakenBake
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.17/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Deep mahogany body with intense ruby highlights. Modest head, but nice sticky lacing.

This has a distinct shortage of sweetness compared to a typical winter warmer. I'm usually the one complaining about a beer being too sweet, but the lack of it definitely hurts this style and this particular beer. Not a ton of punch to the nose, but the flavors are pretty interesting. Dry malt profile with a fair dose of burnt character and toasted wood, perhaps a little smoke. Bitterness aplenty, flirting with astringency. Hop flavors are quite earthy. As it warms, it gains sweetness that seems to be lacking a partner in crime. Finishes way too clean to be a proper "warmer". Decent brew, a little unfocused. A bit of aging might do this one some good.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:50:26 | More by PDXHops
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maxwelldeux

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

06-03-2013 01:23:46 | More by maxwelldeux
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a fairly clear dark brown with nice amber highlights and a thin off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty; roasty, some dark fruit, fruity esters and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is rather sour; moderately malty-some roast and dark fruit. There is a also a bit of an alcohol bite and medium-low bitterness. The body and carbonation are medium. The overly sour nature of the beer leads to low drinkability. Overall I could not get past the sour flavor. I think the bottle may have been a bad one, but I’ve had old/oxidized beer before and that is not the case here. A disappointment from a brewery that has satisfied me in the past.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:50:52 | More by uwmgdman
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rkf1976

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

04-28-2013 23:58:15 | More by rkf1976
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a dark brown color with two finger soapy off-white head. Left some minimal lace.

S- Sweet aroma, breadiness, kind of faint aroma. It does smell like some beer bread I made a couple months ago.

T- Sweet maltiness, breadiness, barley, and medicinal flavors. Alcohol taste is pretty strong.

M- Syrupy, very little carbonation, quite a bit of heat and alcohol

O- Overall a pretty boozy beer with heavy medicinal flavors. Not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:33:32 | More by Hoptometrist
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sacfly

Maryland

2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz, no date
Pours a dull semi-clear brown with a very thin head. Aroma is sweet, dark brown sugar. Taste has a bit of the brown sugar, but more overripe fruit. Fruit rapidly gives way to a very alcoholic, solvent finish. A bit of harshly astringent (hops?) flavors come out as it warms. Not enjoyable. I'll pass on this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 17:03:04 | More by sacfly
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apintofknowledge

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a deep brown, with a thin tan head. The aroma reminded me of sour milk, with mild fumes of alcohol coming through.

The taste overall was overpowered by the very bitter hops, which were extremely present in the finish. The alcohol came through as well. Some notes of toasted nuts, malt and unsweetened chocolate were somewhere in there, but at times muddled in the hops and alcohol. I couldn't taste any spices often associated with winter warmers.

I can see why some might enjoy this, but for one who enjoys more malty & spiced winter warmers, this isn't my beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 18:31:40 | More by apintofknowledge
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deonreds

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

03-18-2012 05:24:28 | More by deonreds
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

01-19-2014 19:37:30 | More by mmulebarn
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany in color. Head isn't exciting, but a film does stay throughout.

Bready malts and some faint spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) along with a little molasses on the nose.

Tastes quite dry. The toffee note is noticeable...almost comes across as a caramel apple. Finishes short; only a little alcohol warmth and a faint bitterness barely lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is more or less average, if not a little lacking.

Overall this one's OK. Wouldn't purchase it again, but nice enough to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:06:13 | More by jbertsch
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

on tap at the dirty truth

clear, dark brown with ruby sparkles. no head, but cavernously cascading lace lingers in lascivious layers. aroma is plum weird. speaking of plums, they're there.. plus grapes. something creamy like an artificial vanilla milkshake complements an almond nutty waft. confusing, not really appetizing. scotch aley at first, then the grape takes over followed by scratchy hop earthiness. sorely lacking in a resiny juiciness which would provide some balance and cover the sweet astringency here. unbalanced and existing blandly between strong ale styles. fails to define itself with substance or spice. there might be some bitterness like raw nutmeg or cinnamon stick, but it's not flavorful. will not repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2007 16:20:58 | More by goodbyeohio
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Bottle picked up at Vintage Estate, poured into my Church Brew Works pint glass.

A: Ruby Red, trending towards "light brown", with a pleasant 1-fingers worth off-white head on top that stuck around well and left nice lacing on my glass.

S: Very malty. Barley sweetness. Maybe a twinge of nutmeg? Whatever it is, the predominant smell I'm picking up on reminds me of a scotch ale.

T: Tastes like scotch ale, too. Sweet. Very sweet. Lots barley and bready sweetness. A touch of holiday spice underneath. I'm not sure if it's the standard "cinnamon and nutmeg" or not, but that's my best guess. Alcohol is mildly detectable near the middle of the taste.

I want to give this beer a fair shake, but I have to admit, almost immediately, that this is not "my style" of beer. "Malt bomb" would be the phrase that comes to mind if I were being derogatory. Sweet. Sweet sweet sweet. Cloyingly sweet. The breadiness doesn't "balance it out" for me. The spice is the one redeeming quality that's helping me from really docking this beer.

M: Mouthfeel is very good. I'd like a touch more carbonation (which held me back from giving it a 4.5), but CO2 is present, and this beer does cream up nicely in the mouth, and leaves a lot of dry sticky flavors behind on the finish.

D/O: I guess I'm just a beer drinker who likes/wants either big hop/citrus/floral/pine/bitter flavors, or big dark roasted/coffee flavors (and sometimes both of those together), or something "belgian". This beer is none of those things. My gut is telling me that, for what this is (with my limited experience with such styles, as based on my preferences, I generally avoid beers like this), this is fairly good. It's just not good FOR ME.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 23:10:16 | More by psuKinger
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JDV

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark ruby colored pour. Smell is slightly chocolately malt but not a rich roasty chocolate smell. Taste is the same, except with an unpleasant alcohol taste to finish. No need for this to taste as alcoholic as it does, and it really detracts from the decent flavor. Still, overall it's thin, boring and the alcohol doesn't fit well. Unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 19:18:06 | More by JDV
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codewarrior

New York

2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz from a 6-pack. Poured into a snifter.

One of the last bottled non-large-format beers I expect to buy from Avery, as they are mid-switch to can-town, on the heels of Oskar Blues, Ska, Wynkoop and Upslope.

L: Walnut brown, little head. Looks a bit cloudy, but the pour is a touch cold ...

S: Cold, a little musty. Slight sweetness, slight dankness. Not much going on here all in all.

T: Smooth sweet into a raw meat center. Backs off into unabashed booziness. The 8.3% is more noticeable here than the 15% in Meph. 8.3% here is like tits on a bull.

F: Real thick, creamy. Avery always nails the feel for me.

D: Take it or leave it ... I'll leave it for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 07:04:59 | More by codewarrior
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Cyrano41

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a orangey-brown with a half-finger of head, there was light lacing. The smell was nutty and pleasant enough but the taste was surprisingly aggressive and bitter, especially the finish. I wanted to like this because I like their other offerings, but I didn't even finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:16:33 | More by Cyrano41
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Jonathan2291

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

04-04-2014 01:57:42 | More by Jonathan2291
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siddhartha

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

11-21-2012 02:11:14 | More by siddhartha
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

10-22-2012 21:01:27 | More by sendbeer
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rspauldi

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

06-02-2014 20:57:48 | More by rspauldi
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

01-18-2014 22:15:04 | More by Lehighace06
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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,313 ratings.