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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,309 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 44 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a light chocolate color. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour. This dissipates relatively fast, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Not as prominent as I would have thought. Toasty malts, smoke, slight spices. As it warms some earthy tones come through, breadiness, and dark fruits.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Toasty malts up front combined with heavy caramel reach my palate first. Slight cocoa, smoke, and spicy hops come in next. It finishes with a slight bitterness, spics such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and a burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy overall, decent carbonation, finishes a bit dry/bitter.

Drinkability - For such a high ABV, quite high. Not overwhelmingly spicy for a winter warmer, so I could definitely see myself putting back a couple of these with no problem and getting some nice psychological warming from the high alcohol on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 02:55:04 | More by SpdKilz
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, a friend gave a bottle of this to me a month or so ago so I assume it's from this past winter's batch. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a murky brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, nuts, and some chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some dark fruit, brown sugar and dark bread flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I liked this, it's good on a summer day and would probably be good on a winter's day too!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 00:44:16 | More by bluejacket74
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Tolnik

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this deep robust dark red into a pint glass. There was low foam at the beginning but it reduced to a large amount of lacing. Hints of juniper and cherry mix the aroma while the spices tickle the senses. Malt greets the mouth and gives the juniper and cherry mix in the palate of the mouth. Changing to the warmth of a winter beer and the spices that linger in the after taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 05:52:56 | More by Tolnik
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jsanford

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. 2010 vintage.

A - Pours a dark brown-copper with a 1-inch head of ivory foam that eventually settles to a slight haze. Leaves some spotty lacing.
S - Big, malty aromas of caramel, cocoa, roasted nuts, and just a hint of cinnamon. Very festive and warming.
T - More malty flavors of caramel and toffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts. I know no spices were added, but it has a definite "spicy" quality that relates nicely to the holiday season. Again, nice and warming on a cold day.
M - Smooth and creamy with a medium-full mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.
O - Really nice example of a Winter Warmer, I'll definitely look for this next Winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 03:59:17 | More by jsanford
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours an attractive, slightly hazy reddish color with a thin, creamy beige head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Bready, malty, and spicy. A bit of an alcoholic tinge, a little unbalanced, and decent hop bitterness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Gah-damn is this hot!! The alcohol is out of control. And it's only 8%!! Other than that, this tastes damn fine. Sticky sweet malts, floral and earthy hops, and a nice spiciness really balancing the flavors out. Other than the alcohol. Prunes and figs come to mind, and the yeast flavor is obvious but tasty. The mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Alright, I'm in love. Basically. Let's compare this beer to a woman. You meet a girl, and she's amazing. Smart, funny, loves beer, sexy as all hell, everything you could ask for. Except she's hairier than you. If this beer were that woman, the alcohol would be the hair. Get it? Can't wait to see if this ages well.

Glass: Penn brewery Pint Glass
Music: "My World" by Illogic

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 21:58:06 | More by santoslhalper
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation - Picked it up today, was on sale, so going to assume that it has been sitting around for a while. Rough estimate is about 1 year.

Pours a very dark amber, only the red hues appear when put up to the light. Awesome creamy white head, with excellent retention. Lacing is quite sticky as well. Smell is very reminiscent of the Christmas season. Chocolaty malts are the backbone, with undertones of light fruit, and toffee. Now on to the taste. Upfront a nice roasted mocha coffee taste. Strong and straight to the point. A nice chocolaty undertone helps with the balance, along with some nice fruits, and caramel malt. Taste overall is a malt lovers dream. This beer almost borderlines an RIS. Mouthfeel is creamy, and semi-coating. Drinkability is great.

An awesome beer to have in the Winter, or just about any time. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 21:38:52 | More by HoustonTX
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endincolorado

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, deep amber with some bubbles. Thick cream-white head with lots of bubbles of varying size. good head retention. Light lacing.

Smell- Really pleasant aromas of orange cream, faint spice, and some nice, bready malt.

Taste- More sweet malt, orange, subtle spices, and a nice, balanced hop presence to help balance. Really well-balanced for the style.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body with a pleasant creaminess that complements the flavors. Appropriate, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Another great brew by avery, this beer's flavors are focused and not overpowering like many winter warmers can be.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 02:17:06 | More by endincolorado
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towersfall

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this old ass bottle up in the Bruisin' Ales 15% box. Dusty as all hell and it seemed like it had been in storage for a while. Had this a few months to a year back and wasn't too impressed, but aged this beer is delicious!

Appearance: A rich mahogany with a marshmallow white head sitting like a pile of fluff on top of the brew. Lacing trickles down the glass all the way to the last sip.

Smell: A nice blend of malts with a slight caramel/toffee touch. Little notice of hops but a decent booze scent. Nothing over the top, but it has a nice smell to it.

Taste: A nice toffee/dark fruit blend with a slight hoppy finish. The age of the beer really did a lot for this brew as far as flavor goes. I remember feeling a fresh batch was too watery.

Mouthfeel: A sticky feeling is left in the mouth but the aftertaste is great.

Drinkability: Old Jubilation isn't too sweet and doesn't really show it's ABV% at all except in the smell, thus it's extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 04:07:23 | More by towersfall
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Tifore

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A - Pours a deep carmel amber color with some slight red hues. Must not have much carbonation because it only poured a small 1/4 finger head that was slightly off white in color. Head was gone fast but left a nice thick cap to it.

S - Smells like a malt bomb and from reading the bottle, I think this is what they may have been going for. I smell lots of roasted malts, some smokey malts, some carmel and sweet malts and just some more malts. I also get some slight pine hops as well but those are pretty subdued.

T - Very smooth from the start, no big hop or bitter punch. Gets sweet after the first taste and the malts come creeping slowly and then dissapate slowly. A real slow moving under the radar brew. There is quite a bit of alcohol hitting the tongue and throat though which is suprising to me since this isn't exactly a high ABV beer.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty heavy from all the malts and complexities. Theres not much carbonation as I expected which is a bit of a downer. I think a bit more carbonation would really do this beer good.

T - A very drinkable beer. Unfortunately I only have this one left plus one in the cellar so I won't be having more any time soon as I'm curious what the malts will do over a six month period or so.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 03:50:17 | More by Tifore
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Ohiovania

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel ruby red in hue.

Tons of ripe fruits, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight heat

Musty oranges, slight grapefruits, buttery malts, 8% abv is noticable, with a bitter after taste that almost doesn't take off for me. It's in between good and great for me but it isn't something I'm gonna freak out about when i see it next time.

It paired very well with stella fontinella cheese.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:26:57 | More by Ohiovania
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, bordering on mahogony color. Good, lasting head, with pretty lacings.

Smells of hops slightly, but has a predominant roasted malts, with undertones of winter spices. A winter holiday beer aroma.

Tastes of deep malts, yet the dominant theme is the spices. Almost a little too aggressive, has a kind of disturbing end, but I'm still ok with it. Kind of reminds me of a barley wine, somehow. Body is thick, and somewhat too agressive of an alcohol tingle.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 21:11:05 | More by objectivemonkey
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

A - Pours a very deep mahogany, just enough hint of red in it to keep it relatively see-through. There is a good amount of chunky floaties suspended mid-glass. Only about a finger's worth of head with fairly low retention. Lacing is a cascade curtain effect, cover a nice amount of real estate.

S - The nose is essentially all malt, giving it a decadent and rich aroma. Fairly sweet, but also has a good tinge of bitterness. Lots of chocolate for sure, as well as some roast. A bit of dark fruit, but not a whole lot. Quite enticing.

T - The taste follows nicely behind the build-up of the nose. Starts with a nice shot of roasty bitterness, before mellowing into a bittersweet dark chocolate. Not much going on in terms of dark fruits in this regard. Almost a bit smokey as well, and maybe even some woody notes. This is a malt showcase and the walk through their characteristics is a joy.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and slick-feeling. Some lingering bitterness compliments of the roast.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I enjoyed this one much more than I was expecting. While BeerAdvocate lists it as a Winter Warmer, the Avery site itself designates this as an English Old Ale, and I can definitely get that immediately after sipping it. The roast is something not typically seen in an old ale, and I think it works great here.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 05:30:01 | More by nhindian
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark ruby reddish purple, little light passes through, thin white head that leaves lots of lacing

S: rich caramel malts followed by dark fruits, a lot of sweet and fruity notes are present on the malt profile. Just enough hop bitterness to balance things out, but nothing that noticeable on the hop profile.

T: bready grains, caramel, toffee, sweetness, slight hop bitterness on the finish. Very well balanced

MF: medium body, medium carbonation... seems on par for the style

D: the abv is extremely well hidden in this well balanced winter warmer. Definitely worth the try!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 02:34:59 | More by homebrew311
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Radome

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Very attractive beer. It is a deep dark amber and perfectly clear. The head is off-white and fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

S - Aroma is delicious sweet malt and alcohol. Some faint roasted, burnt notes and woody, Bourbon notes.

T - Taste is similar to aroma. Sweet malt with some chocolate and roasted barley, but those are in the background. There is a smooth alcohol flavor in the middle, followed by a sudden sharp almost dusty bite of grain and hops that gives a dry finish.

M - Medium to heavy body, no carbonation fizz. Mouthcoating sweetness that counteracts the dry grainy finish. Some hops bitterness.

D - A very drinkable beer for one that is so complex. Great for sipping by the fire in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 06:03:12 | More by Radome
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blackjack000

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very dark amber with a creamy eggshell head that leaves a pleasant tiering and splattering.

Smell: Thick, syrupy smell with some grassy hops in the background. Melted brown sugar and liquorice also present.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Chewy caramel and molasses with some spicy hops present. The mouthfeel is nice and thick and smooth.

Drinkability: A contenting drink, but doesn't beckon to be followed with another. One is fulfilling enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 20:53:32 | More by blackjack000
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a murky brown color with a half finger of sticky foam. Aroma is very malty, gingerbread, graham cracker.

Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. But the malt asserts itself as it warms, countering the harsh bitter flavor. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. Nice. Alcohol is well hidden for an 8% beer. Reminds me of Oskar Blues Old Chub in a few ways.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:10:20 | More by FickleBeast
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: ok so this beer doesn't have a great head, but the color i s dark and appealing and the head isn't bad just not large
s: i am poor at picking at aroma notes sometimes this being one time, however i enjoy this aroma and find it inviting to the eventual taste
t: the taste almost seems to have some chocolate notes in it with some very vague fruit its a good beer with a well balanced taste. nothing insane, nothing too mellow, just around good

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 04:02:09 | More by Redwood21
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afdempse

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby/chestnut colored ale. Frothy yellowish-tan head clings to the glass nicely.

Aroma of bread crust, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Delicate floral hop aromas come forward as the beer warms.

Flavor: Dark freshly roasted malts and bitter grain husk meld nicely with a bitter hop backbone. Crystal malt sweetness and brown sugar notes, with warming alcohol to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied, keeps things light on the palate for a beer of this strength. Almost too dry, but I'd rather that than too sweet. Very drinkable. Finishes semi-dry with clean lingering hop notes.

Overall, a nice change of pace to the standard "holiday beer". A solid Old Ale that I will continue to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:06:25 | More by afdempse
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whartontallboy

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown pour, medium-sized head that could have lasted a little longer.

The smell is what you'd expect from Avery's winter warmer, and I like it! It's a cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness on top of a doughy malt, but then there's a much more substantial hop aroma giving some citric bitterness to the smell. Nice.

Velvety, creamy flavor where the bready malt mixes well with the baking spices, a slight orange-peel/lemon flavor, and a little bit of a hint of bitterness from the hoppiness.

Overall: Very nice winter warmer. Not cloying or overly-spiced and with a few new twists. A new favorite in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 04:05:53 | More by whartontallboy
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slyke

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation is dark ruby color with an off-white rocky head. Some lacing.

Smell is dominated by caramel and alcohol some woodiness is present as well.

Taste is big. Big dry roasty malt and big hops (that I didn't detect in the aroma).

Mouthfeel is creamy and coats the mouth. A good feel for this style of beer.

This is a very drinkable beer but not sessionable due to the alcohol content. It is, however, a pretty good sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 22:40:41 | More by slyke
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budsboy

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, clear deep ruby color with a frothy, generous white head and lacing aplenty.

Carmel and roasted malt aroma with strong presence of dark fruit, spice and a hint of alcohol.

Nice mix of dark fruit sweetness, and a lot of it, and a tangy bitterness. Spice flavor leans toward nutmeg. Finishes with a decidedly bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied and clean, mellow carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable winter warmer. Another fine Avery offer. May be lacking in the mouthfeel dept., but I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 21:17:43 | More by budsboy
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Contra

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend recommended this as we were beer shopping, so I decided to try it. Glad I did.

Old Jubilation pours out into monstrous head, which eventually turns into uneven foam. Very dark brown, darker than maple syrup. The flavor is robust - reminds me of roasted chestnuts. I'm sure some of that might be the artwork on the label, but it has that smoked taste that is perfect for the style. Very bourbon-like, but nowhere near as overpowering. Still, at 8% abv, this is no light-weight.

Overall, this is a nice change from what I'm used to. Nothing too unusual, mind you, but nice malty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 22:40:00 | More by Contra
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a modest 1 finger head. Color is dark ruby brown. Average head retention, and just a little lacing.

S. Molasses, caramel, dark fruit, raisins, caramel malt. Overall a pretty sweet smell.

T. Molasses, caramel, raisins, some dark fruit. Taste is very similar to the smell.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/low carbonation.

D. Pretty drinkable. This is a good winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 02:43:07 | More by siradmiralnelson
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scriabin

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mmmm, winter warmer - the Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors make this perfect for the holiday season. Even so, the "winter warmer" name for this category is a bit of a misnomer -- I'd much rather have a room temperature stout to warm me up on a cold winter day. But back to the Old Jubilation -- this has a great dark amber color, and has a wonderful mix of spices, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a rich flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:24:29 | More by scriabin
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AmitC

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Limited release.

Brown color inside the glass. About one finger thick tan colored dust like head. Excellent retention. Super lacing. Some ruby hues. Hazy appearance.

Aroma is a little subdued in strength. Some faint malt flavors and somewhat more strong caramel notes. Not much warmth or booze in the nose.

Taste is better. Strong alcohol burst for a 8.3% ABV brew. Good warmth. A good amount of hops that are very well suppressed by hops. Hops are still apparent somewhat may be due to booze and carbonation, which has not died yet. Caramel and light roasted smell.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with a little more carbonation than there should be in old ale. Warm and solid. Nothing really exciting about this brew.

Very average stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 22:42:13 | More by AmitC
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.