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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,329 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of Redwood21
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

Redwood21, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of afdempse
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.

afdempse, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
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.

whartontallboy, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of slyke
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.

slyke, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of budsboy
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.

budsboy, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of Contra
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.

Contra, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of siradmiralnelson
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.

siradmiralnelson, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of scriabin
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.

scriabin, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of AmitC
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.

AmitC, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Hopswagger
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hopswagger, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Flounder57, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev +3.9%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of sponberg
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

sponberg, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4/5  rDev +3.9%

BuckeyeSlim, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jason, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +3.9%

henryclay_, May 21, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Tabni
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Tabni, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

williamjbauer, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +3.9%

richkrull, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of BraveMountie
4/5  rDev +3.9%

BraveMountie, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

ltdantheman, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of hsus0225
4/5  rDev +3.9%

hsus0225, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +3.9%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.