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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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very good

778 Reviews
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Reviews: 778
Hads: 1,582
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 60
Gots: 123 | 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: 778 | Hads: 1,582
Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a heavy mug, changing it up a bit. Could not find a date on the bottle.

A- Avery Old Jubilation pours a standard copper color with brown highlights with a very impressive white- beige head from to hard a pour. Once it died it left a slice of lace with excellent lacing on the inside of the glass

S- Is pretty one sided with a bunch of roasted malts giving off a caramel scent pretty standard to the style. Maybe some dark fruits as it comes to room temp. Not sensing much in the way of hops. Very standard.

T- Follows the smell with caramel up front with some fruity esters coming along for the ride. I get a tiny hint of chocolate and cinnamon when i look for it. Lots of roasted malt flavor, no denying that. The hops are there but are blinded by the malt dominate profile. Would have liked more spices.

M- I'm getting a warming sensation as i get towards the end of this beer which is a plus. Overall this has a decent thin to medium mouthfeel with some carb, but nothing mind blowing. Alcohol shows up a bit.

D- A good effort by Avery but not something i will look for again with so many choices. The taste and mouthfeel were on the lacking side. I got through this 12oz with ease but also glad I only bought one bottle. Just not my cup of beer.

I have yet to find a Avery brew that has wowed me sadly.

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Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poures a nice light brown with a touch of haziness and a touch of off white head.

Smell is dominated by a nutti malt aroma.

Taste starts out with a nice slightly sweet toasted malt flavor with a strong nuttiness to it, then it finishes with a suprisingly solid hoppiness that balances this beer out quite well.

Mouthfeel has a nice medium body to it with some good lingering carbonation in there as well.

Drinkability is decent, overall a pretty solid offering from avery.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from "Lifesource" S.Salem. $1.99 I havent rated the beers I have had from Avery very highly maybe this will change as it is one of my favourite styles. Tawny red ale with a small light tan head and plenty lace. Aroma of milky bar chocolate and some caramel, some nuts,,hazelnuts, Smooth taste of coffee and cream, hazelnuts,white chocolate,figs and some whisky fudge. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, gives the impression of fullness but its actually very drinkable I liked it but again its not as good as i wanted it t be. Maybe the bottles just dont travel to Oregon very well

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Photo of Umbra
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown, thick opaque brew with reddish highlights. Came out with a thin light brown head with limited retention and lacing.

Hoppy/malty nose.

The first thing on the tongue is some spicy hops. The middle and end are definitely all malt sweetness, though. Roasted caramel leads the way, but it seemed less complex than I expected for the winter seasonal. It was much less bitter and full flavored than I expected with an Avery.
Overall expected something spicier. Came off more of an old ale type brew. ETOH snuck up on me either way.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance- Poured a deep mahogany-brown color with a small off white head. The head faded fast with very little lacing left behind.

Smell – Sweet aromas of dried fruit and molasses mixed with a very light slightly roasty aroma of malt.

Taste – Up front there is a malty flavor with a good dose of sweet sugary flavor . These flavors form a base for the rest of the flavors to end and leave from. Right after the initial flavor a slightly nutty flavor comes to the tongue. This leaves soon after it arrives, allowing for roasty notes to come to the tongue. Toward the end the malty roast and sweet flavors mix with some light spice flavors and an ever so light bitterness. While they are slightly bitter they by no means tame the sweeter flavors of the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the above average creamy side with the carbonation on the lower side. Good for the sugary and roasty flavors and higher abv of the beer.

Overall – It has some nice flavors and a good blend of sweet and roastiness. A good and drinkable brew but nothing too fantastic.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with a large light tan colored head that sticks around forever and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is very nice and perfect for the holidays. There is a lot of dark fruits, hints of spices and brown sugar and a touch of alcohol as well.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of dark fruits, malt, spicy and some booze in the warming finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Old Jubilation is a solid beer to enjoy on a cool night. The higher ABV limits the sessionability, but it is a solid brew that is worth a shot.

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Photo of theruckus33
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a chestnut brown color. 1/2 inch head quickly dissipates and, slight lacing around the edge of glass.

S: Disappointing. Slight mustiness from the hops with a faint smell of toasted malt. Nothing to coomplex

T: Heavy alcohol taste right off the bat. Followed by a dry hops flavor - no citrus overtones, just that classic bittering hops flavor. Concluded with a toasted toffee malt flavor. Overall taste not that bad.

M: Thick, heavy, subtle carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, just average. I am not sure I would buy this beer again but I wouldn't discourage the purchase.

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Photo of Prospero
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A winter warmer without spices done in the tradition of a English Strong (Old) Ale style. This beer is dark brown color (deep ruby when held to the light), fairly low carbonation with only about a finger of head. Aroma is dominated by the roasted nutty malts and mild earthy hops. The flavor lacked the balance of the aroma though. I thought the roasted malts took over and had quite a bit of bitterness in the taste. It's a good refined medium bodied beer, but lacks the drinkability of other winter warmers I've had.

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Photo of stephendr
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle- color of brownish red, with a tan colored head - nose of hops, dried vegetation, and red cherries – taste of hops, sweet, lime zest, alcohol, and syrup- body is medium, and robust , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of red fruit, citrus zest, and hops

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Argghhh! Some days are simply frustrating...

A deep ruby red in color, with a couple fingers of nice, soapy head. Leaves good lacing, but lacks good carbonation. Deep, sweet aromas of fig, ripe pineapple and some spices...Actually, smells a little like Swedish Glogg...Huge and delicious flavor profile. Really love the upfront blast of flavor. Lots of fig, spice, and even a little dark chocolate in the late middle, early finish. Some alcohol in the middle and especially in the finish, and it ultimately hurts the beer. This is like the girl that was way more wild than you first thought she would be. Like you went out on a third date to meet her friends, and they were some members of MS-13...Too late to just dump her ass, but way too much to deal with...Beautiful until the end...well-balanced, too...Great except for the alcohol finish...well-priced, too...

What I like most: The awesome, robust flavor.

What I like least: The alcohol in the finish.

Verdict: Very good and well-priced, worth finding and driking but beware the finish!

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Photo of mscudder
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a mug.

A - Rich chocolate amber hue with a few finger ivory head. Great retention and fair lacing.

S - Christmas spices, alcohol, dark chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Strong taste like an old ale to start, with a heavy warmth. Some sugary notes follow, mostly caramelized sugars. Soft notes follow which were detected in the nose. Sadly, the alcohol drowns out the better part of those tastes, leaving it as a sweet boozy brew.

M - Medium- body with below average carbonation.

O - I really wanted to love this one and I just couldn't find it in me. It is fairly drinkable for a winter warmer, yet the beer is just to intense for me and overwhelms some of its complexities.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, caramel, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is malty but not too sweet with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and some spice. There's mild hops presence and a touch of smokiness in the background. The malt character is hearty and there's a little alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's a little strong than most beers in the style and worth drinking for a while, but there are others I would pick first.

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Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving lots of dry sticky residue behind. Plenty more spider web lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Malt nose with the customary winter spices.

T: Pungent, roasted, baked bread malt. Some Italian spice in there. A subtle sweetness.

M: Heavy and robust body. Pungency in the front, with a dry peaty finish.

D: This is definitely a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Rich dark brown appearance, with a frothy head and plenty of lacing. Nose is a nice combination of malt with the customary winter spices. Flavor is heavy and rich malt with a lot of pungency. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of skizziks
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Huge huge rocky dark tan head. I couldn't pour it all in one go. Head recedes to a still rocky half inch. Thick lacing in rings around the glass. Beer is a deep amber with ruby highlights.

Aroma is malt and a little molasses. Not too strong. It is really a very nice aroma and I wish there were more of it.

Flavor of brown sugar and malt. Enough bitterness to keep it drinkable. Rich, smooth, nice. Medium to full body, thick and sticky on the tongue. Hop bitterness finishes it but the malt never really goes away, hanging on the back of the tongue. One of the best winter beers I've had this year and one of the most suited for a cold evening.

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Photo of cooch69
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep ruby brown with a small but lacy head.

Nose of roasted malts, grassy and piney hops and some dark fruits (figs).

Taste shows a decent amount of grass and pine hops up front followed by a rich caramel breadiness and some dark fruits. Pretty dry beer all the way through. Alcohol shows through even as I started the beer out at a cold temperature.

It's got a nice creamy texture, and a long lasting foamy cap.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Garnett cola color with a stupendous rocky oatmeal colored head inches tall. Body is very clear and very still.

S: Soapy red fruits, caramel with an oak kick.

T: Begins with burnt caramel with toasted hazelnuts and a huge doughy hit to the tip of the tongue. Candied red fruits, apricots and peach adds a fruity personality. Finishes with toast and preserves. Mild roastedness and a dirty bitterness polishes off the beer, a poor ending to a decent brew.

M: Medium body with an average mouthfeel. Just a touch of sting

D: Well, if that dirty flavor hadn't popped up, I think I would have rated this beer much higher. It is what it is.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack of this for $5.99 on clearance at the beer store across the street (not the usual one)

I knew this beer is a year old but knew it was 8% ABV so it would hold up well, but I'm not sure how it was stored. It was very foamy on the pour.. indicating a little bit of "lack of freshness" to the beer. Anywho, I thought it just an above average beer. For 8% it isn't harsh by any means and goes down easy, but I find it lacking in taste and aroma. Both seem to be a bit subdued especially for this style.. not sure if it's related to the oldness of it. But, I'd try a fresh one again for sure.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish-brown with ruby highlights. Thin tan head, Not much lacing. Smells of malty molasses and caramel.

Fruity and richly malty. Plum and caramel. some decent hops in the finish. Sticky with hints of the alcohol. Not overly complex but a good winter warmer.

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Photo of swid
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #9 (of 13) from my beer purchase in Indiana.

Avery Old Jubilation pours a dark amber color into my pint glass. Atop the partially opaque liquid sits a 1/2" cream-colored head, which quickly collapses into a soapy ring. Low carbonation, lots of delicate lacing. The smell is made up of several malt-derived aromas: caramel, coffee, plum and alcohol. Hop aroma is virtually nonexistant. The strength of the alcohol in the aroma was surprising; I've had several stronger beers that had nowhere near the level of alcohol aroma as this beer has. Anyway, onward...

The taste of this beer is just what the smell promises: Malt, malt and more malt. Flavors to be had include caramel, plum, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. After a little bit, a hint of pine hop bitterness shows up, but only barely. The mouthfeel is very thick; almost syrupy, for that matter. Finishes with a slightly dry and mostly sweet aftertaste.

This beer is tasty enough, but it's hard to say anything more of it than "Yep, it's thick" and "Yep, it has a high ABV". That being said, it's a very appropriate beer for a blustery January night in Nebraska.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is brown, high in clarity with not much foam. Smell is roasty, of sweet malts, chocolate, and raisins. Taste is very sweet. Toasty, nutty chocolate flavors are present initially, the finish is unremarkable, however, lacking the bitterness to even things out. It has a nice medium body but felt a little flat. Overall a good malt flavor here, but not enough balance and low carbonation keep this brew only slightly above average.

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Photo of JMD71
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled & reviewed 2/18/07:

Ap: Nice ruby red to deep brown with tasty tannish head. Light lacing on glass as head recedes. Light to medium carbonation.

Ar: Caramel, figs, prunes, raisins. Slight alcohol notes, but minor under the fruitiness. Brandy butter & fruit cake.

Ta: Sweet body with the rich, earthy fruits noted in the aroma. Solid bitterness right up front that fades in the finish. ABV noticeable, but not overpowering. Warming...

Mo: Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated so ABV is tempered. Strong bitterness leaves palette clean without puckering aftertaste.

Dr: This is a sipper for a cold night. The bitterness detracts a bit IMO. The ABV demands respect.

Comments: This would be a nice one to accompany a rich, warm dessrt like a christmas pudding & brandy butter.

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Photo of teromous
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly dark shade of brown, allowing some light to show good clarity and carbonation. Thick fluffy white head, with decent lacing.

S: The malt scents definitely come through. I get roasted nuts, a kind-of caramel smell that you get when you bake brownies. Not caramel or chocolate, just that slightly burnt baked desert smell. Lots of malt. No hops smell, or alcohol.

T: There's the predominantly malty taste, with some malt bitterness coming mostly from its roasted character...akin to burnt popcorn. Some of the hops come through, which are slightly resinous and pine-like. The hops take a background to the roasted character of the beer. The roasted character of the beer develops more on the palate the more you drink the beer.

M: It's surprisingly light in the mouth, but I'd say it's about a medium mouthfeel. It's not heavy at all despite the appearance. It is refreshing and wet, with light bitterness. A very easy drinker. Lots of carbonation. It could probably have a much fuller mouthfeel.

O: Seasonal beers can be very interpretative. I would recommend this beer for people who enjoy beers with a more roasted and malty character. A person who enjoys Rauchbiers or Stouts would undoubtedly like this. It would go well with seared meats or sharp cheddar cheeses. I enjoyed the beer, especially because it was a different take on a Christmas beer. I felt that it could have been a little bit thicker on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of jletts
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber-garnet with a rich, creamy head. Smelled of whole-grain bread and sunflower seeds with some nice fruity esters and hop bitterness. Flavors of whole grain bread mingled with a hop bite and metallic undertones; some nice, sharp, fruity hop layers occupy the taste buds for the majority of the taste. The alcohol is late in coming and doesn’t taste as strong as it really is, noticeable only after a few sips as it begins to warm the insides. The low point of this beer was the distracting metallic aftertaste. But eventually the 8% ABV takes over and warms the insides. All is forgotten.

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Photo of dcook11
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red hue that you can see through when held up to direct light. Two finger white head, spider web lacing. The smell is odd at first. I get a faint unpleasent odor that fades as the beer warms. From then on, just chocolate and vanilla. Possible oxidation? The taste is far better than the smell. I detect hops, chocolate, vanilla, and an over all sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. A good beer for the holidays. Must try.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle purchased at Little Raven Vineyards; thanks for the great suggestions Peter.

A- Dark mahogany with a vibrant ruby hue when light passes over. Little head, reduced to a very thin skim with decent lacing.

S- Sweet malt and earthy grains. Almost smells like the spent grains from a mash tun.

T- Crystal malt caramel sweetness with a bready depth and slight alcohol hint. Caught a small amount of hop bitterness twords the end.

M- Thick, high viscosity with a decent amount of gas dissolved in the brew.

D- Eh... one seems to be enough for me. This is a big beer with some nice complexities. I tend to sip this one and relax. Given I am tasting this in July, might be able to pack more away in the depths of December.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.