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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,322 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,322
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 46 | 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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Contra

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

03-14-2013 22:42:13 | More by AmitC
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%

P: Pours a ruby cola appearance with a vast community of floating specks. A small short lives bone colored head that fizzles down to a lizard skin cap.

S: Right away cherry NyQuil floods the nose. Dark fruits create a sweet sticky aroma, holiday fig pudding, dank grains, clove, hints of star anise and cola.

T/M: Lots of spice up front, roasted grains, astringent cherry booze, slight oxidation, dark fruit and bitter pears show up toward the finish. I also get some bubblegum, pomegranate, white grapes and under ripe persimmons that create that buttering chalky bite. Body is medium and a tad on the thin side with velvety carbonation. Once warmed the finish is similar to a box of crayons.

O: A great old ale in a six pack. I love that this isn't a pricey bomber and its well executed. Tons of figgy goodness with cherries, booze and spice. A nice holiday treat.

02-12-2014 22:19:01 | More by Hopswagger
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%

Served in a snifter at The Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white hear that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark amber brown with little clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice laving down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, boozy, raisins, caramel, toffee, vanilla, honey, and possibly some bready notes.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, raisins, mild hop bitterness, boozy warm alcohol, sweet honey, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, boozy, a little dry, high carbonation, and light body feel.

Overall: A very enjoyable old ale beer. Sometimes it is good to refresh my tastes buds of this style I really don't see much of. Thanks Avery for bringing this back every year.

12-11-2013 01:32:30 | More by Flounder57
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-06-2014 21:33:06 | More by bulldogg915
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sponberg

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Nice copper color with a thin but persistent head.

Aromas of citrus and caramel. This rolls into a tea-like caramel/toffee malty flavor that has citrus, spice (cinnamon?), and chocolate around the edges - very, very good. For some reason a hint of mint (due to the hops & spice, if any spice is actually used?) appears in the finish - not a bad thing, and sets the flavor of this one apart. The alcohol is very well controlled. Nicely done.

01-02-2003 12:25:39 | More by sponberg
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-30-2013 09:51:12 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-18-2013 15:43:04 | More by Jason
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-20-2014 23:11:07 | More by henryclay_
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, toffee and some nutmeg. The flavor is more complex. I get some chocolate and toffee, but I also get anise, coffee, cinnamon, roasted malt and some alcohol. Full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice winter warmer.

12-05-2010 03:39:38 | More by Mora2000
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Tabni

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-14-2011 15:17:12 | More by Tabni
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-08-2012 00:38:40 | More by williamjbauer
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-26-2011 23:30:17 | More by richkrull
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BraveMountie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-10-2014 00:30:44 | More by BraveMountie
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Brenden

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

This brew is a thick coppery brown too deep to see through. A brownish, thick, dense head sits around for a little while and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing behind.
The aroma is strongly malty with dark fruits and none of the spices one gets from the typical winter warmer. There's a bit of hops in here as well.
Hops presence is stronger than one might expect behind a firm malt backbone. A light sweetness is contributed. There's just a hint of a nutty flavor and a very subtle sort of roasted astringency that's just light enough for that tinge not to harm the flavor.
The body is medium and carbonation is light to moderate. There's a crisp bite in an otherwise pretty smooth feel.
This may not be what one would expect from a winter warmer (being a very ambiguous "style"), but it's nicely-crafted and a good beer.

11-08-2009 02:31:00 | More by Brenden
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-26-2012 17:55:35 | More by ltdantheman
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hsus0225

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2013 19:51:32 | More by hsus0225
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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2012 05:05:47 | More by cliff1066
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bconsidine

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-05-2012 17:22:59 | More by bconsidine
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-16-2011 00:43:09 | More by jheezee
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sjones5045

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-09-2013 14:00:30 | More by sjones5045
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dumptruck81

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-20-2012 01:17:30 | More by dumptruck81
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marcobrau

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

This review is for a 2005 bottle of this beer.

This year-old Old Jubilation pours with a good amount of carbonation creating an off-white head that settles slowly to a collar of foam. The color is a sort of light to medium brown. The aroma is malty, with a touch of a nutty character. Very smooth mouthfeel. Starts with fruity, malty flavors; predominantly caramel malt flavors and some nuttiness. However, the roasted, coffee-like flavors detected in younger versions of this beer are quite muted. The finish is not nearly as bitter and the hops overall have diminished quite a bit and remain mostly in the background as compared to an early review. A very enjoyable old ale that holds up well to some aging.

09-20-2006 02:58:36 | More by marcobrau
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,322 ratings.