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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,533 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,533
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 93 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Atlas1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PrAndo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Slynger
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jorg2619
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikereaser
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of alli4051
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tonistruth
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mjl21
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chrisgn
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Casterbridge
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DLS168
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jxc5
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of humanawho
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark copper color with a good dark cream head

S - nice sweet caramely, toffee aroma

T - strong caramel flavor with a slight alcohol taste on the finish, a little fig flavor

M - nice think mouthfeel

D - ok drinkablity for the high strength

Photo of bob3701
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Great clear copper color with a thick stiff head that lingers for a while until it is a thick film. Has excellent lacing marking each sip. Hoppy floral and nutty aroma. High hopped taste but also very malty. Has a bitter sweet finish hints of toffee. Not a bad winter warmer. Also seems to be barrel aged since the hoppiness has a mellow character to it yet there is no mention anywhere that this is the case.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown, with hints of ruby redwith good carbonation, and a medium tan head that lingers and then reduces to good lacing. The nose is a mild aroma of malty dark fruit, and the taste is a nice mixture of this malty sweetness and hop bitterness. The 8% alcohol creeps into both the aroma and taste at mid-glass, and leads to a sweet, warming finish. This bottle depicts a winter scene, and thgis may be better as a winter warmer, but I was not disappointed having it on a warm, early Fall evening.

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

91st review on BA
bottle to pint

App- As the bottle states a very rich mahogany brown with a very suprising white 2 finger head.

Smell- A big earthy and nutty smell with some nice richer spices.

Taste- A very complex beer. Had the right amount of bitterness to make it wake up the palate and warm the mouth.

Mouth- After it warmed up a bit it had a nice creamy mouth feel with a more crisp bite.

Drink- A very good rep of the style. I need to go get another one to age it.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, lightly red glow. Two fingers of off-white head, but no real lacing. Nose is strong and sweet - like raisins and a heaping amount of sugar.

Taste is malty, but doesn't share the depth of the aroma. Light sugar and a bit of a chocolate to it, I guess some of the fig/raisin. Medium smooth body. Overall a decent beer.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard pint glass, color is dark amber to brown, head is tan, nice thick presentation, some lacing.

Smell is nice, sweeter malts from the caramel and toasted malts, raisins, plums, toffee, mild, grassy hops.

Taste is very similar to the scent, caramel, toast, plums raisins, toffee, mild hop earthiness.

Mouthfeel is a little carbonated for the style, sweeter flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall, solid flavors, and good scent, but the mouthfeel is a bit harsh from the carbonation.

Photo of gabe23
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, deep ruby red color with light tan head. Faded fast & didn't leave much lacing.

S - Mild aroma of sweet malt, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and cinnamon. A slight evergreen hops scent rests in the background.

T - Roasty malt & candied fruit at the start, with a spicy, hoppy bite following after. The finish has a fairly strong alcohol heat that lives up to the winter warmer name.

M - Creamy, full, and thick. Just right for a cold winter's night.

D - Very drinkable winter beer. Not something I'd drink all night due to the ABV, but perfect for sipping by the fire.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.