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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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very good

779 Reviews
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Reviews: 779
Hads: 1,586
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 15.25%
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: 779 | Hads: 1,586
Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.98/5  rDev -23%
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 -22.7%
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 -22.7%
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 -22.5%
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 -22.5%
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 -22%
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 -20.9%
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 -20.2%
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 -19.9%
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 -19.4%
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 -18.9%
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 -18.6%
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 -18.3%
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 -17.8%
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 -17.8%
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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Photo of zac16125
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a small snifter
2012 vintage

A: Pours a dark mahoghany with reddish hues when held to light and just under 1 fingers width of light khaki colored head that leaves a good amount of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass.

S: Some dark fruits, an astrigent anise like aroma, caramel malts, smokey, faint hints of sugary sweetness.

T: Smokey flavor and roasted malts. Some spicy bitterness on the finish. As it warms the spice become a little more prominent and hints of bakers chocolate comes out, but really not much going on here, at all.

M/D: Pretty thin feeling. Carbonation moderate, but on the higher end for the style, ABV is well restrained and drinkability is good. Leaves a weird film coating the palate (and yes the glass is clean).

O: Overall, probably the biggest disappointment of the season so far. Not bad, but not much of an old ale. Mainly just roasted malt with a little bit of hop bitterness on the finish, more of an extra roasty brown ale than an old ale in my book, which is disappointing. Its not bad, but with so many great winter seasonals I dont think this is one I would have again.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: dark brown almost black. reddish hues around the edges. pretty opaque. small tannish head that leaves a little lacing behind

Smell: light roasted malts. lots of fruitiness. alcohol and an earthy hoppiness.

Taste: a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. dark fruitiness. and some booze in the background. and earth hoppiness as well

Mouthfeel: a little bit bitter and fairly sticky

Overall: I am a big fan of the old ales. but the flavors in this one just don't suit me. not enough malty sweetness.

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Photo of david18
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan. Not a bad old ale, a style you don't see very often, but I had hoped it would have been better.

Color was a draft brown with a very small amount of carbonation.

Aroma was toasty/roasty. Not too much in the way of hops but a pretty good smell overall.

Flavor was a little hot, especially for the abv. Also a lot of dark fruit. No real bitterness to speak of but also not too sweet.

Overall a decent beer. Just not a real standout.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Amber-brown in colour, creamy and rich beige coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is malty, chalky, some chocolate, plums, high sweetness. The aroma is malty, rich, sweet with lots of fruit and some chocolate. Sweet but still some bitterness in the mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes sweet, fruity and malty but dries out at the end.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A copper color ale with a smallish off white head which laced nicely. Clear but with some sediment floating about. Aroma is malty but lite. Taste finds this beer rich and malty. A suggestion of toffee. Its smooth but gritty, too gritty for me. Drinkable yes but with loads of grit or something almost to the point of undrinkability.

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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is that of an average amber, nice red hough highlighted around the edges. Nice pillow of pale yellow/ white head that fades quikly to just more than lacing.

Smell has soft hop note with some citrus, spice, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is heavy as expected but fairly smooth. Too much carbontaion for my liking but for the style it's good but sticky.

Taste finds itself meandering around my tongue and mouth. Creamy mellow base of yeast, vanilla, and spice split between a slight hop citrus bitterness.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a very dark mahogany with about a finger of light khaki head. Aroma is rather subdued, some malts, piney hops, some spices and a bit of alcohol. Taste is fairly malty throughout. Midway through the taste I begin to detect some spices and alcohol. A solid piney hop character is present throughout but begins to build up and becomes very prominent in the finish. Mouthfeel is ok with medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty average. Overall I found this beer to be rather pedestrian with too much alcohol presence. I really didn't enjoy it all that much.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint

bright chestnut brew with a really creamy white head that won't go away. beer-stache alert! Caking on the glass all the way down.

smells of roasted nuts and fresh bread yeast

a little "beerier" than I anticipated with a dominant nutty malt bill. Some semi-spicy hops are tossed in so you can tell where the malt ends. Some coffee-like toastiness and comforting heat on the tail end.

A tad heavy, but not overwhelming. Very malty without being too sweet and sticky.

Decent, but not an immediate must-have-more bottle. A palate warmup before I delve into some 10%abv+ beers with more going on.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one goes into my glass colored deep crimson brown with a fat head and amazing lace. Great presentation, label included.

The nose is full of Christmas related aromas: gingerbread, cinnamon, English malt, biscuits, toffee. Rather like OSA in some regards minus the intense spicing.

The taste is akin to a strong brown ale with a rather nasty metallic penny/battery hop bite. The alcohol makes its presence known strongly in the mouth as well. Reminds me of a dark wheat lager or a strongly boozed brown ale...and sort of like Stone's 8th Anniversary ale.

There are just too many elements awry here that I can't praise this...brash, boozy, and weirdly metallic.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip.

The color is a moderate brown with a crimson hue. Pours with a single-finger off-white head as well as some light lacing and a bit of bubbly lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose brings some light caramel, toffee, and citrus plus a bit of spicing.

The flavor brings some mild hops with a bit of earth and citrus as well as some caramel. There some slight spicing and a bit of booze in there as well. The body is nice with a bit of booze and is a bit thinner than expected, but has a good amount of carbonation to carry the flavors. Drinkability is decent. This is a well-made brew, but just doesn't really stand out in any direction.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.