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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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87
very good

790 Reviews
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Reviews: 790
Hads: 1,635
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 59
Gots: 143 | FT: 5
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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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: 790 | Hads: 1,635
Photo of JayS2629
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one had a year of age on it which could have altered and mellowed things.

Poured a dark ruby with a thin head that stuck around for a while and had nice lacing.

The aroma was of caramel, hazelnut, toffee, a touch of cocoa and some earthy elements.

Nice balance, slightly warming, toffee, caramel, nutty notes, and toasted breads. Some earthy notes balance things out.

Good medium body, smooth, warming, and enjoyable. Very good beer.

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Photo of karst
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear mahogany brown color- ruby if held to a bright winter sun, the head rose 2 fingers or more of good light tan foam, the lace a filmy sheet persisted and finally receeded to the edge in a ring. The floral-citrus aroma of the hops and sweet malt blend with a hint of alcohol. I reminesse of brandy like on tap brews tasted at Schlafly's 2005 Winter Beer Fest that I found thickly malted and tangy with great mouthfeel and returned to again and again. Jubilation finishes with a big acidic feeland the hop spiciness, dry and lingering goodbye.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this one. At first, it was alittle bit too hoppy for me, but then the hoppiness "calmed" down. The color was a deep amber with a nice frothy creamy head. The head lasted a little bit and then went down to a thick laceing. The smell was quite malty, mixed with a beefy and fruity body. The taste was similar to the smell, but more on the semi-fruity side. Mouthfeel was creamy/bubbly and balanced out pretty well. All in all a good offering from Avery. The first brew from them that I have had, and most likely not the last.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, off white small head, leaves to disk fast. Some clingy lacing.

S - Deep bready malt and some spice.

T - Full bodied rounded malt taste with some spice added.

M - Round, good balance. Nice carb. Pretty thick, too.

D - For the style, would take some to get tired.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Avery Old Jubliation

A careful pour yields a healthy white head atop the sea of deep, clear crimson. Aroma is full of malt and I kept getting hits of gingerbread. Taste is surprisingly and pleasingly balanced coming from Avery. Starts sweet and finishes with slight tartness. Mouthfeel is fairly full and slightly creamy. The carbonation is soft and the alcohol is barely noticable in the taste. Good drinkability for an 8% brew. I could enjoy a few of these without too much protest on a chilly winter night.

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Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rich O's Public House. Pours a medium brown color with a tall head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has lots of citrus hops but also has a nice malty backbone. The flavor has a great caramel malt character, but is joined by the citrus hop flavors. More hoppy than expected, but very well balanced. Very enjoyable. Drinkability is great for an 8% brew.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice version of a Winter Warmer from Avery.

This one pours without much head, but leaves a good ring. Brown body with orange edges.

Candy sugar aromas, with a slightly rich/thick caramel malt ... sort of 'scotch ale like'.

Rich and thick on the palate, with some toffee coming throuh, mocha in the back, and boy does it stick to you.

Mouthfeel is very scotch-ale-like ... lower in carbonation, relatively thick and rich.

This one was pretty easy to finish - and esp good for those who enjoy their beer on the sweeter side of the equation.

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Photo of jpro
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at the Beer Exchange (Charleston, that is) over the weekend... decided to drink a few and save a few til next year (or beyond?)...

A: A rough pour into a snifter yields a deep mahogany beer with a one-finger, almond head that recedes quickly to a wispy layer of foam and leaves virtually no lace; held to light, the beer is definitely redder and is quite translucent.

S: Lots of good, scrumptious malt aroma... hazelnut, rich caramel, toffee and some praline; some earthy hops in the mix, too.

T: Pretty tasty... nothing in your face, but overall, simply complex and satisfying. Nutty, lightly roasted malts give way to a mild hop bitterness. Also, some toast and notes reminiscent of belgian spice / candi sugar...

M: Medium-bodied; carbonation is low, but there is a touch of zing on the finish; has a nice warming character... mmmm.

D: Very drinkable considering the abv... wow, the alcohol is well hidden on this one. A great winter warmer... one of my favorites for sure... similar to an old ale. I look forward to this one every winter - seems like its always gone too early.

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Photo of Maestro
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice suprise. The big, bubbly head turns into a thick, whipped lacing. The color is dark red/brown and only allows a small bit of light to shine through. The nose is a sweet, malty sensation that lets the slightest breath of hops come through. The first taste reveals all sorts of flavors...chocolate, raisin, fig and apple come to mind. The "Jubilation" is evident as the alcohol makes itself known rather quickly. Definitely a sipper. The flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. This is a great winter warmer!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bold holiday seasonal presents a deep, reddish-mahogany body topped by a frothy light-tan head that holds well and leaves some interesting Brussels lace throughout the glass. The nose is somewhat limited but reveals a sweet grainy malt, some dark fruitiness (raisins, prune), and a touch of floral hoppiness. The body is full with an exceptionally fine carbonation that caresses the tongue before becoming nicely creamy. The flavor is quite rich with a chocolatey note that's entwined with threads of soft dark fruit (raisins, plum, red grape) and balanced by an understated bitterness. The long finish lingers with residual semi-sweet & lightly chocolatey malt, a drying touch of alcohol, some thin hop flavor, and a light bitterness. Very nicely done with alot of character and a very good drinkability despite it's full maltiness and strength.

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

Now this is one I could drink all darn day! Beautiful. Pours with a nice head. Head doesn't hold that long which invites a lot of swirling of the glass. The nose is exquisite. Spicy, sweet, a real nice blend of aromas.

On to the good stuff, the taste! Wonderful, bold, and quite complex. Very balanced between hop, malt and yeasts. This is one smooth brew. Did I say great color? Well it's richly dark and mysterious. I'll be buying more of this stuff.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Old ale, huh? Thick, viscous, dark mahogany colored with short-lasting sticky opaque white head. Winter spices, nice drinkability, full flavored with an above-average abv. Probably would go well with warm chestnuts....

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.