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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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Reviews: 775
Hads: 1,570
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 57
Gots: 114 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 775 | Hads: 1,570
Photo of codewarrior
2.69/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of JDV
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of Cyrano41
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Photo of Vashtar
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The appearance wasn't very clear.

The smell was average

The taste was hoppy and aggressive. It wasn't that great though. It wasn't a relaxing Christmas taste.

The mouthfeel was nice, but I didn't take many notes about it.

Overall, it wasn't enjoyable because of the taste. I like Avery Brewing Company. Why can't they do better than this?

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Photo of harrymel
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Edition

A: dark pecan ale with some orange hues. a finger of off-tan foam falls to a sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Spot lace.
S: Sweet, slightly molasses malts are nice. No real hop presence here for me.
T: The alcohol is evident here initially (off-putting for me). Some pecan flavors. Some licorice (so faint).
M: thin with moderate carb and semi dry finish.
O: Decent beer. I like it as the third or fourth for the night, a little unrefined for the premier drink.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

old jubilation
3.5 murky brown with a crazy big pillowy head
3.5 smells of citrus, sweet toasted malt, and some sort of odd alcoholic varnishy scent
2.5 roasty up tops, some citrus hops on the tongue, but overall more numbing than tasty. a vague sweetness builds up as the glass is gradually emptied. the roastiness becomes more and more disconnected, as does the hoppiness.
3 overcarbonated medium+ body
2.5 on the positive side, there are some things going on. but they don't come together harmoniously. this definitely reminds me of one of my old homebrew experiments that went a bit awry. i've had every bottle of a sixpack over the course of several months, and still can't figure out why this beer is rated so well.

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Photo of adam42381
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Edition.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark cherry wood color with ruby highlights and a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and earthy malts with a touch of fruit and spice. There's also a slight bitterness that I can't quite decipher. Aroma is a bit lighter than I expected.

Taste: Sweet malt up front followed by mild dark fruits in the middle and ending with an astringent dark leafy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter toasted malt. The flavor is not well-balanced, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The alcohol warmth is missing so I wouldn't consider this a winter warmer.

Drinkability: Okay drinkability. The harsh flavor keeps me from wanting another.

Overall: Average beer overall. There are better options available in this style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is deep ruby red, transparent, with a tan head and fair bit of lacing. Nose is salty and meaty. A bit of berry and malt sweetness, slightly oxidized in back. Taste is more sweet, tinge of alcohol, faint herbal hop. Seems a hint sugary with some brown sugar and caramel lingering. Medium body, soft carbonation, a hint slick.

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Photo of claspada
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of intense malt, super dark fruit, very sweet and candy like, lots of caramel and molasses. The alcohol adds to the sweetness. Dry, floral overtone from the hops.

Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. Way way way too astringent and roasty. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. It has a medium body that is more on the heavier side of medium. Has a little bit of a chewy quality to it. It has a creamy quality to it, and warms the mouth. Not balanced enough to revisit in my opinion, will not revisit.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is not a "Winter Warmer" according to style guidelines, though I do not doubt that it could warm one up on a cold winters day. This, according to Avery's website, is an English Strong Ale (much more suitable if you ask me). Let's see, what else do they reveal about this beer? They used Bullion hops, which is an interesting choice...mostly a bittering hop. Malts included are 2-row barley, special roast, black, chocolate and victory. THERE ARE NO SPICES ADDED. OG: 1.074 IBU: 30

I served this beer in a standard pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, though I bought this beer in the fall of 2008.

A: Very nice head! Thick, three fingers worth of soapy, sudsy, cream-colored head. The body was a rich mahogany in color with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. The clarity was good enough so that one could see the moderate stream of carbonation. The lacing was ok, but not good.

S: Served cold, the aromas here are extremely subdued. This beer needs to be warmed up a bit before the aromas come out. It starts off smelling weakly of serious malts...and then, once it is warm enough, becomes a wonderful envelope of different characters. There is a nutty, almond-like malt aroma which is supported by a soft, dank hop smell. Just barely noticeable is the alcohol in the nose. There are interesting fruit notes from the yeast, like mango, ripened blueberries and some banana bread.

T: The flavor profile is lacking. It is mostly covered up by a strong alcohol presence. This may not actually be the case, but the way I end up perceiving the beers flavor is all up front. To make it more clear, it is like taking a drink where everything is normal until you swallow, which is when you realize that you can't taste anything past a certain point in your mouth. The back of your tongue and way back on the roof of your mouth is just craving some sensation, but alas, it gets none. Very frustrating... I am going to blame it on the strong alcohol presence, for the front is where it creates its slow burn sensation, and maybe this is like an illusion of flavor. The bitterness from the hops is minimal and it contributes no perceivable flavor. Mostly, as it warms and as it begins to coat the whole mouth more, I am able to get a better sense for the caramel malt sweetness. Hints of raisins and sweet cherries are in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, coating, with a big contribution from the alcohol, which leaves a nice warming burn on the front half of the tongue. There is a good amount of excitable carbonation. I wish that it felt more even though.

D: Not all bad. I would think that aging this beer for several years would help to cool the alcohol down. However, I would never buy a case, or even a six pack of this stuff again. There are just too many beers out there to try and this doesn't make the cut for a repeat performance in my book.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Avery Old Jubilation is sweet, sticky, and smooth.

It poured very dark copper with no head. It left a clear glass. The smell and flavor had strong brown sugar and molasses-like sweetness. There was a slight stinging metallic aftertaste. The ale was smooth and watery, leaving only a sticky feeling on the lips and tongue adding to the similarities between it and licorice-flavored hard candy.

Avery Old Jubilation has the look, flavor, and feel of flat root beer.

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Photo of morimech
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a red tint. The head is minimal and had poor retention. Just spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt, chocolate, spice, citrus, and alcohol.

Taste: Dominated by the sweet malt. Some spice and hops are noted. Overall the taste is weak. Some alcohol warming is experienced.

Mouthfeel: Seems thin for a winter warmer. Carbonation is low.

Drinkability: A disapointment all around. No need to visit this beer again.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very aggressive head forms and is as thick as 3+ fingers. Very creamy and excellent retention. A deep ruby/amber color with excellent clarity and no visible carbonation. Clumpy lacing everywhere.

Aroma is a little muddy, earthy, grain like and a hint of cherry.

What's funny (not really) is that the muddy earthy aroma is also front and center to the flavor. Deep malt flavors, a touch of dark fruit. Not quite yeasty, just dirty and earthy. (these are not off flavors.... Perhaps grainy as well.

Lots of A bit grainy and the ABV is present.

Gotta say, glad I only bought one bottle to sample. This will be the last one of these that I have.

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Photo of OldYoda
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a mixed six at Al's of Hampden recently. Poured out a dark ruby brown from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Modest head with little retention and a bit of lacing evident.

Smell is malty and sweet, not much hops evident but not overwhelming "fruity" either.

Taste is a smoky malt with a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and thick with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability would be limited on this one for me - one at the end of the evening is ok.

Not my favorite style by far but this is certainly a well made beer.

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Photo of nas5755
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown beer with a small head and some lacing

S- some dark fruit notes, very malty

T- leather notes, light tones of dark fruit, dark brown sugar, biscuit notes

M- medium carbonation

Overall, this is a decent beer nothing to complain about nothing to rave about.

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Photo of Floydster
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle from Hollingshead's in Orange during their Christmas in July celebration

Very dark with a sweet chocolately smell

Not my favorite of Avery's beers, but then again all their beer is good

Very strong and thick which makes it harder to drink than most other winter beers

Aged well with the seven or eight months it has been in the bottle

Worth checking out!

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The snifter glass fills with a gem clear dark amber to chestnut beer, with a bone white frothy head that deposits crazy lacing.

Here we go again with the soapy, sour off putting aromas. There is some mocha and roasted nuts, but it really smells like kitchen cleaner. Maybe this bottle was mistreated.

The flavors are sharp and bitter, with some milk chocolate. The astringency is difficult to get passed, but there is a light acidity. There is little to no sweetness and a long finish.

Old Jubilation is dry with a medium body and fizzy carbonation. There is little presence of alcohol, or maybe it is masked by the astringency and metallic notes.

This demands to be consumed with something, preferably with a strong aroma and texture. Others seem to view this far more positively then I do, so I'll try another next year, and amend my review if it proves to be better.

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Photo of mbudner
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear amber with a 2-finger white head. On the frothy side, but not quite there.

S- Some coppery malts, honey, adjunct-like scent (very off-putting).

T- Sweet, honey maltiness, spruce, maybe some clove spicing, but not much. A lot of cloying booziness in the finish, very unwelcome. Chemical-like (poison) bitterness in the finish as well, as distinguished from a good roasted malt or hoppy bitterness.

M- Probably the best part of this beer, though not very good. Medium body, slight stickiness, decent amount of carbonation.

D- Not terrible for 8%, but definitely one of the worst offerings I've had from Avery. Drank this after a homebrew spiced ale given to me by a relatively new hombrewer, which significantly beat out Old Jubilation.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is dark, nut brown with a light white head on top. Not much retention. Nose is sweetly malty with nut elements and some hints of roast.

Flavour carries the smell over in the form of nutty malts. Spices are present in the form of cinnamon. A light citrus twang from the hops. Decent.

The mouth on this is about average, some hop action, a decent but not remarkable body. Drinkability, also around the average mark, I like certain types of Winter Warmer, and while this has some of the spices I'm looking for, I tend to find beers with fairly large cinnamon presence to be a touch on the abrasive side, which is the case here. I probably won't rebuy this, though it's not bad.

The bottom line: A serviceable warmer, but not what I prefer in the style. Low on my list of potential rebuys, and not something that I will likely have again.

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Photo of joepais
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice produced fingers of tan head that goes to a sparse lace on top of a dark mahogany

Aromas of malts, candy sugar and spices filled my nose

This beer is rather hot (alcohol) and bitter which is a surprise to me because of its nose

The mouthfeel is not as rich as I would like on this one but it is smooth on the palette

It's an ok warmer but one at a time is enough

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer. I do think that it's confused though.

A: nice redish brown with a light tan head. The head is fed for a qhile from the carbonation. The beer looks nice except it seems to look dirty. Either this is an unfiltered offering, which I doubt or it seems to have specs of things clinging to the glass as carbonation bubbles past. Don't inspect closely for a good looking beer.

S and T: This I'm going to review together because they are very similar and complex. There is a strong sense of dark cherries and raisins. A hint of molasses and alcohol. The alcohol is definitely more apparent in the taste, which is why it got a lower score. I think the alcohol is too dominant to get a good rating for a style that seems to have to have that flavor there.

M: Medium body beer that sits very gently on the tongue. No heavy residue left as it passes over the tongue.

O: I think this beer would be well enjoyed in place of a hot chocolate on a very cold day when you are just getting back inside. It will remind you of the sweetness of life and jolt your senses back to life with the alcohol.

I think this would be best enjoyed with a cheesey meal to off set it's bitterness of alcohol.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown hint of amber. Small amount of head but the retention is stable.

Fresh ground toasted grain along with caramel and milky chocolate. Some rich fruity spice notes.

Flavor is pungent molasses and dark fruits (figs) and some plum. Some dark grains linger with a mild hop dryness. The malt, mild fruit and spice really cut through this beer. Almost too much.

Thick body but the heavy flavors make it a definite sipping beer.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glass: Tulip

Appears dark brown with some red throughout. Not much head but a thin ring, looks nice though.

Smells of intense malt, super dark fruit, very sweet and candy like, lots of caramel and molasses. The alcohol adds to the sweetness. Dry, floral overtone from the hops.

I cant figure out if it's the hops or the alcohol that gives it it's light dryness, probably both. It's got a somewhat syrupy mouth-feel and the heat on the back-end is at least prominent enough for you to take notice.

The flavors are complex but it's a simple complexity, if that makes any sense. Floral tones fall over a huge deep malt profile mixed with some alcohol. Candy-like dates, fig, lickerish, grape, a hint of chocolate and of course, caramel.

Overall, i'm not liking this too much. It seems that the flavors don't fall into place as they should and just isn't all that pleasant to drink. That's not to say it's bad though. I'm glad i tried it but i'll probably not be getting it again.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Served in a pint glass. Three inches of tan head. Copper colored and clear.

S - I get some cherry/plum smell along with burnt toast. Whiffs of alcohol come and go.

T - Alcohol hits me right off the bat. I get some plum in the middle and an almost metallic bitterness at the end.

M - It feels slick in my mouth.

D - Between the strong alcohol presence up front and the bitterness on the end, I wasn't impressed with this beer. That aftertaste is the last thing I have to remember and it's making me not want to try another one.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with some reddish highlights. White head that fades quickly. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with both fruity and nutty scents. A slight floral hop scent is also present.

Sweet and malty upfront with some fruity and light roasted flavors. A slight floral hop taste and bitterness presents itself midway and lingers as it finishes rather dry.

Mild carbonation, thin body.

It's pretty easy to drink, but also easy to forget. Another one of these omni-style "winter warmers" that strives for mediocrity - and achieves it.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.