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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 775
Hads: 1,568
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 57
Gots: 110 | FT: 4
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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: 1,568
Photo of surfer4life
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass

A - Pours Very Dark Copper, with a decent size head. minimal lacing.

S - Raisins, cherries, delicious caramel malts, vanilla and some nuttiness.

T - Taste the cherries and raisins. Small hoppiness to balance it just right, Chocolate and caramel come through in the end.

M - Fairly heavy bodies with low carbonation, alcohol warms the mouth perfectly.

D - This is another highly drinkable beer from avery. Bottoms up! (462 characters)

Photo of exparte
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately sweet and earthy aroma of licorice, caramel and wood. Gorgeous deep reddish brown color with a thick, rocky head that lasts beyond the final drop. Substantial lacing. Medium sweetness with hints of nuts. Substantial alcohol warmth. Full body with a hefty mouthfeel. Lively carbonation with a lasting sweet malt finish. This is a big winner. Highly recommended for those cold winter nights, or anytime, really. (420 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle, served in a bulbed chalice glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark ruby tint, with a small creamy head of froth.

Aroma: Lot of malt in the aroma, slightly roasted.

Flavor/Body: Huge malt up front (chocolate, roasted caramel, some nutty notes). Rich fruit tones (raisin, perhaps plum). Hop bitterness balances the malt quite well; hop flavor is very low, and bitterness doesn't overwhelm. Body is high, and texture is oily. Long warm finish.

Very good strong autumn beer. Now that I've finished reviewing it, I have a plate of Borough Market farmhouse stilton that I think should go perfect with it. Mmmm. (623 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cola brown with garnet highlights against the light. Quite cloudy. Small head with nearly no retention and flecks of lacing left on the glass.

Ample caramel/toffee malt with notes of dried dark fruit, cinnamon, wood, leather and tobacco/earthy hops. Alcohol is evident but complements the aroma.

Toffee and brown sugar malt with prunes and dried cherries. Hops are earthy with tobacco and pine, bitterness is mild with a bit of anise and coffee grounds in the aftertaste.

Alcohol is pretty well hidden and complements the flavors well. Body is a bit more sessionable for an old ale and medium/active carbonation helps it along. Surprisingly has some nice drying to the finish.

Not the most complex or layered old ale but it is balanced, flavorful and sessionable despite the ABV. My only regret is not having tried it sooner, good one Avery. (846 characters)

Photo of thespaceman
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany in color, decent size head with very good retention and sticky lacing.

Smell: A deep malt characteristic that is muted by a decent hop bite in the front, a bit of dark fruit (plum) and some buttered toastiness in the backround.

Taste: Didn't expect such a good roasted characteristic from the smell but WOW. This one is nice and roasty and malty. A subtle richness blended with some chocolate hue, caramel, toffee, honey and nut. Nice malt to hop combination, none overpowers the other.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth and decadent. This one has decent carbonation, the body stays right in tact. For a warmer this one has just the right amount of thickness to make it a pretty enjoyable to session.

Drinkability: I love how sessionable this one is, it's got great flavoring with the mix of spices and malt, yet the hops aren't muted too much, still prevalent to make it a bit bitter but boisterous on the tongue. An excellent winter warmer at 8.00ABV that nails down exactly what a good warmer should be like. Kudos to Avery. (1,049 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm somewhat shy about this whole 'Winter Warmer' category; a category filled with beers flavored with spices, bush berries, and twigs. Yet, as I've enjoyed the other Avery products I've tasted, I thought I'd give this one a try. Here we go!

Appearance: Pours a rich garnet hue with a modest, yet persistent tan head.

Aroma: Sniff! Gobs of sweet malty goodness upfront teamed with hints of caramel and mystery dark fruitiness. Also: a playful, leafy hop bouquet once you get past the malts.

Taste: Alright, let's jubilate! I get a Malt Mouth with light cocoa powder, caramel, and with a dash of light coffee thrown in. The hops lazily file in at the back of the line, allowing the beer to finish with a pleasant, albeit lingering hop flavor. There's also a tiny bit of smokiness to be found. The 8% alcohol goes undetected, and was well hidden within this brew. Delish! Just the right amount of sweetness for me.

Mouthfeel: I would say medium for the mouthfeel with this one, and there's a decent amount of carbonation, too. Smooth! Which leads us to...

Drinkability: Oh, its drinkable alright! Especially for the 8% alcohol. Absolutely a joy to drink, even without the spices, bush berries, and twigs present in so many of these seasonal offerings. A hefty brew, and certainly a tasty one, I am pleased to have given this Avery offering a try and look forward to the remainder of the six-pack. Way to go, Avery! (1,427 characters)

Photo of BrewMan13
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the finer alternatives to the spiced winter warmers, and its new to my neck of the woods. Its sorta similar to Great Divide Hibernation: both are fairly malty, un-spiced, similar abv's and tasty. This one is a tad less hoppy though.
The pour was a thing of beauty: I poured fairly aggressively and got a ~2.5 finger tan-colored head (very similar to the pic on their site, only mine didnt go above the rim of the glass) which was slow to dissipate, with some remaining for the whole duration of the drinking. Substanital lace as well. Body was a clear but dark ruby-brown.
Taste is a well-blended array of malts...hard to really discern the individual flavors...hints of caramel, chocolate and in the finish, a hint of roastiness and a very slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is just right as well...a very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Not full bodied, but a solid medium. Very nice.
Very enjoyable...one for the malt-fans. Glad we finally got Avery stuff here in Albany. I've got The Czar and The Reverand yet to try in my basement...should be good. (1,054 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark mahogany color with a good-sized tan head. The head retains for most of the beers life and leaves rings of lace around the glass that melt away. Sweet malts are in the air with this, dark fruits, caramel and molasses are the main contributors to this sweet aroma. There is also slight earthy hop notes appearing here and there as this one was put down. Taste mimics the aroma in most ways with the sweetness hitting you first and strongest with the same fruity and caramel malt flavors with an earthy hop tone keeping it from being overly sweet. As this one warms and you consume more subtle complexities start coming out with various spices and flavors coming forward. There is a slight bitterness to the finish and a pleasant lingering taste as well. Excellent mouthfeel here with every sip covering your mouth with a thick, rich and creamy taste. Drinkability is high as well as only trace signs of the high alcohol content can be found in this. Highly recommend for the strong ale lovers out there. Another surprisingly great brew from Avery, but at this point in not as much a surprise. (1,113 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Palisade Liquors in Jersey City...
Appearance: Dark-brown, light-purple, maroon pour with an enormous frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Smell: Thick malts in the nose, with hints of caramel spices...
Taste: This is what a true winter-warmer should be... Thick, rich flavor, with hints of caramel, ginger spices, nutmeg, and cinnamon...
Very thick, full-bodied mouthfeel with a great level of drinkability to match for a hefty 8% ABV...
Recommended... (515 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, stored at 42 degrees in my kegerator since I've bought it this December.

Old Jubilation pours a dark coffee bean brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. With a normal pour, this beer produces an immaculate 3 inch latte beige head that leaves just a slight bit of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is immense. Notes of caramel, coffee, and burnt malts dominate with dark fruits finishing. The flavor follows suit but much more complex. Hazelnut is right there, with caramel, toffee, roasted malts, toast, dates, and just a bit of vanilla. This is really a great tasting beer. I don't know if its the fact its been sitting for close to 6 months now and has really come together or it is that great. I think I'll have to re review when it comes out again in November. The mouthfeel is full, leaving a latte froth creaminess lingering on the palate. This is a very good beer. I find Avery beers really hit and miss. This would definitly fall under the hit moniker. (1,008 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark brown beer. Has a nice creamy beige head and leaves good lace. The aroma has a nice sweet spice character. With a sweet toffee note and a good backbone of spice. As it warms notes of cinnamon, allspice and clove wander through the aroma. As the beer hits your mouth it is filled with flavor. Sweet toffee, spices, coffee and tobacco all run all over your tongue. Then there is a nice dry hop bitterness on the finish. This is a great winter treat. (460 characters)

Photo of ricke49
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been enjoying this beer through several 6-packs since Christmas Eve. Odd that the bottle doesn't state what variety it is or ABV.

None the less, I've found it to be a wonderful full-malt winter warmer with delicious flavors of prunes, plums, raisens and figs....and enough of an alcohol warmth (perfectly in the background) to provide an almost perfect Winter Warmth....and just a hint of hops deep and late in the taste experience.

Of all the wineer warmers I've tried/enjoyed, including some that are a bit too hoppy to provide that soft, wide warmth that is so nice on a cold day, this is one of the best. Can't wait until next winter!! (648 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
Another great beer I’ve only had in bottles, so it’s always nice to sample the Tap/Cask versions, and it was with great anticipation I sampled this excellent beer from one of America’s best breweries.

On the pour a transparent bruin with a majestic crown of creamy head that is a beauteous beige color and the lace an all encompassing sheet to obscure the glass. The hop floral aroma greets you first, followed by the fresh and slightly earthy malt sweetness; also a fine brandy like top also present in this magnificent nose, start is ambrosial, rich in malt, with the top middling to full in its feel. Finish is moderate in acidity, the hops forceful in their spicy presence, bittersweet aftertaste ends this great work of the brewer’s art, with each new beer I sample from this brewery, my admiration grows by leaps and bounds. (855 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with ruby highlights and a fingers worth of cream head

S-rich malt, caramel, light dark fruit of cherries and plums, and getting some light chocolate notes

T-taste matches the smell very well. Malt is dominant with caramel. Getting some dark fruits as the beer warms and light hop bitterness to finish it out.

M-very nice mouthfeel, solid medium body and good carbonation

Overall even though this beer isn't classified as a winter warmer, to me this is what all winter warmers should taste like. Really nice drinkable beer. (545 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. 2012 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A deep malty and nutty aroma. Toasted malts with big hints of bready biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, and some chocolate and hazelnut. A fair amount of brown sugar. Subtle undertones of fruits including citrus orange and dark figs and raisin. A little hint of smoke along with some earthy hops. Not really any spices, just a good malt aroma.

Taste: It the smell indicates, a good mix of baked bready malt flavors. Toasted malts with a good taste of baked biscuit, toast, yeast, caramel, toffee, and hazelnuts with some nice notes of cocoa. Mild sweet presence of brown sugar and some subtle smoke. Some fruit undertones with some light citrus orange and a good dose of raisin, fig, and prune. Moderate amount of earthy hops adds some drying bitterness in the finish. Its the bready malts that shine the most.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, toasty, and fairly drying in the finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good winter beer. Really nice use of malts that give a complex mix of flavors. Sweetness and body is just right. (1,351 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark, dark amber / brown color with an off-white foamy head that slows up and goes down to about 1/2" and then stays there, thankfully, with lots of spotty lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell: Definitely a beer for winter, but this is enjoyable in the summer too, and I'm glad I didn't save it for the former. Lots of balanced, toasted, chocolate malts. The sweetness is there but is curbed and mellowed by the slight aroma of the hops. Some dark fruit, some berries and cherries. A bit of vanilla and maple sweetness also, and some caramel malts it seems also.

Taste: Damn, I'm pretty impressed by this. I get some marshmellow sweetness, some chocolate malt, caramel malt, honey, slight fruit like cherries and maybe some apple skin, a bit of graham cracker, vanilla, maple, and a finish that's fruity, toasty, malty, and finally lingers with some slightly bittering hops too bring it all back.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy and silky without a hint of being cloying, which is awesome. A lighter body than I thought it would be also.

Drinkability: 8% ABV? I don't see how it all. I may have to grab a case of this stuff next time it's released, which I imagine will be, well, you know when, and that's soon enough. Very delicious, not too heavy, and enough flavor and complexity to make it a delicious long sipper, so your bottles, if you choose to buy a few, will hopefully stay around for a while. (1,467 characters)

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The annual Holiday/Winter offering from Avery presents their usual rich complex take on English Winter ale. A bittersweet chocolate profile, highlighted with orange citrus notes, with very substantial malts for support. This is despite its full strength and body, a very drinkable ale, An American craft recipe classic. (319 characters)

Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at 62 degrees (really important to note because this beer changes characteristics as the temp changes, I like it warm to bring out the malty, sweet goodness.)

A: A dark mahogany with a nice clingy lacing of the head. It travels well up the glass and looks like an old ale/winter ale should. Shimmer that lace in front of fireplace you will be in a really good place.

S: Roasted malty goodness. Not over the top but all about chocolate notes, none of the burnt smoky aroma. Not complex but if you love chocolate malt like I do it is perfect.

T: A drinkable beer for the specific gravity. It carries the chocolate lightly roasted taste well upfront. It trails off into a nice lighter carmel taste and ends with just a hint of hops (really just barely) on the tip of the tongue and the back of the roof of the mouth.

M: For a big sweet sticky beer this does a great job of making it feel less big and sticky. To the point that you can down a couple of these and your lips won't stick to the bar on the way to the floor.

O: If you are looking for a beer to ruminate about for hours on end about how it is like an onion that you peel and there is another layer then you ain't gonna dig this beer. If you are looking for an Old Ale/Winter Warmer that is all about comfort food like rich, sweet, malty goodness with a cleansing aftertaste then pull up a stool and grab a glass. This puppy is going to warm your tummy on a cold winter's night. (1,481 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color with splotches of red hue around the corner of the pint glass. There was some bubbly head that slicked over the top, but nothing lasting. The smell was sweet caramel and toffee flavored. The taste was minimal in the hops department, but had plenty of sweet coffee, toffee and chocolate flavors. Good crisp mouthfeel. This is a great beer to sip while sitting next to a roaring fire. (408 characters)

Photo of battlekow
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing three winter warmers that we just got in at the store: this, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and Anderson Valley Winter Solstice.

Old Jubilation has the biggest, rockiest head of the three. It fades pretty quickly and leaves a lot of soapy residue on the sides of the glass. It's also the darkest in body, a porterish dark brown with ruby highlights. It's the most generous on hops of the three, with strong floral notes in the smell and taste. Also present in the both smell and taste is some nice chocolate and some fruitiness. This actually seems to have more in common with the Great Divide Hibernation Ale, classed as an American Strong Ale, than the other two Winter Warmers, considering its lack of spicedness.

Overall, Old Jubilation is a great biggish beer. All of these beers have done a great job of hiding their higher-than-average ABV; on second thought, perhaps it's the rapid consumption of several beers high in alcohol that's disguising the booze. (980 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: As per the picture in the BA Database, this is a 12 ounce tall thin brown glass bottle, purchased as a single from a broken 6-Pack. The one obverse label has a snow covered Xmas scene. Strangely it has the words “Yeah, It Is!” in the bottom right hand corner – what’s all that about then? No freshness date or strength listed – but the Website states this is an 8% Seasonal beer.

Appearance: Served in my thick based old McEwan’s Scotch Goblet, it has a chestnut brown body, yet it portrayed a deep auburn body, with a deep rich red mahogany hue when held to the light. Lucid yet dark. The head strangely only started to appear half way through the restrained pour. A beige head that slowly disappeared and laced well, still, the beautifully rich deep color of the beer made up for the lack of a decent head at the end. Excellent conditioning in the body of the beer. I chose a fitting glass selection, because at times this looked like a strong Scotch Ale!

Nose: Deeply malty with a hint of hops. Apparently 5 different malts are utilized in this beer – I am no expert – but I would say that they all, to varying extents perhaps, shine through in the nose. Some dark fruits in the bottom of the glass at the end.

Taste: Lovely rich malt beginning. Hints of chocolate hazelnut spread and dark chocolate covered raisins in the middle peak through. The middle is still dominated by malts, but the latter third slowly exhibits some light bitterness, with a limited hoppy feel that feels bigger than it really is. Dark fruits occasionally peep through, more so as the beer warms. A clever beer, not complex – but very interesting nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Solid levels of dissolved carbonation are superbly balanced with great poise and lend a smooth creamy feel on the tongue, and do a good job of holding the 8% off. In fact the alcohol rarely comes through in this beer at all. Smooth, rich chocolate malts are enticing yet never overpowering.

Drinkability: I easily finished this one, and its 1:39am (I can’t sleep) – but it’s a good job I don’t have a 6-pack of this stuff, it’s very quaffable. A very good example of a Strong Ale.

Overall: Fantastic, very reminiscent of some English Strong Ales that I drank in the UK. I must return to the beer store where I found this offering standing on its own, and pick up a whole 6-Pack if I can. Avery has yet to disappoint me. (2,417 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Where did my beer go? Where is it? Oh, there it is... it's the same color as the bar -- mahogany, that is. Big bubbles form a billowing, rocky head that doesn't hang around terribly long but doesn't disappoint either. Smells like the outside of a not-quite-sealed bag of chocolate malt, some prunes, and some very light spices. Great taste! Very smooth and easy to drink. Malty sweetness with a tofee kick. I could see a latte lover enjoying this beer -- but tell mom not to get the "grande" size with this one. So drinkable despite it's abv. Very good beer. (558 characters)

Photo of keoki182
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid medium brown pour with yellow/brown head. Head held at about 3/4 inch until dissolving to a thin lacing on surface of beer and around glass. Smells barleywine-sweetish, notes of fruit (strawberry?) and some generic licorice. First sip impressions: bitter! strong, full mouthfeel. Toffee flavor, more berry. Wow, is this stuff good. Very rich, amazing feel on the palate. I just got some old school bubblegum, you know the rock hard sticks of bubblegum that came in Topps baseball card packs in the late 80s? That is the prevailing aftertaste right now. A nice, almost spicy bitter cocoa comes through quite soon in the pint. This is a fantastic English Strong Ale. (670 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep ruby brown color with a small head that didn't have much retention at all. Citrusy and spicey hops dominated the aroma, with a sweet caramel background in there as well. The flavor was much the same as the aroma, wtih sweet citrusy hop and nice spicey hop laying over a nice caramel backdrop. The feel was moderate to thick. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. IT was very smooth and I could easily have had a full 20 oz pint. (444 characters)

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusty copper color with a deep almost brown quality with some darker tan head.
Smell is basically malty like chocolates with a great roasted quality.
Taste is very smooth, it's got some boozey malt throughout the front and finishes warmly.
Finish is fantastic with hints of warm booze, malt, and roasted morning.
Drinks great, while there is a boozey quality it really just adds to the warmer's flavor and this drinks great! (432 characters)

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