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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,415 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 47
Gots: 63 | 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 FenwaySquid
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find (I got this a year ago, though) but a very picturesque label all the same, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark mahagony brown color, almost colopetely opaque. The head formed a tan 1 finger thick and faded into a thin layer with some lacing.

Aroma: Caramel and brown sugar sweetness along with roasted malts and some coffee, dark cherries linger in the background. Very complex.

Taste: Sweet caramel up front, then the roasted and coffee flavors take over in the middle. The finish is mostly coffee with some dark fruity flavors lingering as well.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick and chewy. The alcohol showed through a little more than I expected for a 8% brew. The carbonation was subdued and balanced well.

Overall: A very good winter beer, lots of flavor and warms you up nicely on a cold night.

FenwaySquid, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Drew966
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Jubillation pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I mostly notice the hops in the aroma, alcohol is definitely there too. There's a chocolate note that is quite nice that dominates the flavor, hops are also quite noticeable. The alcohol really isn't noticeable in the flavor. Pretty good overall.

Drew966, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of nrbw23
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice rich amber color. Fair amount of head on this one that goes away rather quickly and leaves a nice coating on top. Spotty lacing but pretty decent.

S- Could easily pick up the pine and spice smells. A bit of cinnamon also with something sweet can't put my finger on it.

T- Caramelized malt, fruit and hops. More hops than I expected but very nice

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

D- Very nice brew. Maybe a bit more of a sipper and would like to have again.

nrbw23, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep chestnut colored bre with good clarity and a fair amount of carbonation. Off-white head has OK retention, but didn't leave any lace behind.

S: An interesting combination of burnt oak, baker's chocolate and lemon.

T: Burnt malts up front give way to a well balanced citrus bitterness. The oak and chocolate theme from the nose carries through nicely into the taste. The citrus flavors of lemon and a hint of grapefruit overtake the oak and chocolate fairly quickly. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body feels syrupy and iis a bit too fizzy.

D: Nicely done. I still have a couple more Winter Warmers to go through for 2008, but this one of the best I've had this year.

Rayek, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Deep amber/mahogany color. Very full head, heavy, slow to fall. Nice sheets of lacing.
S: Woody, earthy, chocolate malts. Tiny bit of hops, and some leafy/grassy scents.
T: Soft chocolate malts, earthy at first. Middle is tingly but not too sweet, kinda bland. Finish is soft, with some hints of spices and sugar. I think the flavors are too subtle for me to detect and describe, but the overall effect is pretty tasty.
M: Tiny hop nip, but otherwise smooth. Malty finish, but not too cloying.
D: Pretty good. No alcohol taste/feel.

LeftyBWS, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, slightly hazy brown brew with a creamy tan head that disipates to just a ring fairly quickly but does manage some lacing.

The aroma is malty, spicy, with hints of caramel and vanilla.

The taste is slightly sweet, richly malty, spicy with a touch of chocolate, raisins, toffee, cream, caramel and vanilla. The finish is spicy, almost peppery, smoky with a definite alcohol warmth.

Medium/heavy bodied, filling, but smooth and easy to drink. A very nice winter drink, especially after a holiday meal.

whynot44, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Mongrel
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice ruby-brown with really good clarity and a half-finger of off-white head.

S - cherry cola, ginger bread and brown sugar. Smells sweet, but still bright.

T - toffee, cherries, prunes, burnt sugar, vanilla, honey and roasted malts. Cool around the edges, like ginger. Floral, piney hops - really well balanced. Tastes big, but not boozy. Really impressive that Avery achieved the spiced winter warmer flavor profile without the use of spices. There's lasting sweetness, but a nice, cool, dry finish.

M - this beer pours thinner than expected, but mouthfeel is surprisingly big and full. Nice lasting roasty sweetness.

Mongrel, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Bobby12many
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish brown with minimal head that dissipates rather quickly. Hazy and nearly opaque.

S - Musty and dank smelling with some rich malty notes and a hint of hazelnut. Just a slight reminder of the ABV in the sinuses. The nose isn't very appealing to me at all.

T - Thankfully the smell of this one is forgiven as soon as I take a sip.... Malty sweetness up front, followed by a roasted bitterness on the back end. Very well balanced for being so malty. Just a hint of hops can be picked up in the finish along with dark chocolate and toffee notes that linger well after each sip. Quite a complex mix of flavors that work very well together. Sweet, Malty, and Bitter all at once.... I really enjoy the flavor profile of this one.

M - Big bodied and smooth with a slightly creamy texture that works harmoniously with the complex malt flavors.

D - Ho Ho WOAH!!?! This beer is 8.3% ABV? Absolutely nothing about this beer hints of that kind of strength. Utterly drinkable for how big it is. A truly wonderful Winter Seasonal that I will certainly enjoy again. This one really surprised me, and is now going to be a beer that I seek out annually during the Holidays.

Bobby12many, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up tonight at Brewforia for $2.50ish... Boxing beer for a local buddy and wanted a nightcap.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

1 finger lite tan head... the brew is dark brown until held to a light and it shows beautiful deep ruby.

Nose seems a tad muted... toasty with hints of roasty malts.. even hints of smoke.

Flavor mirrors the nose with bits and pieces of something that I can only describe as nutty.. a tad astringent toward the finish.. the roasted malts move from cocoa toward char.. like a lite porter.. really pretty yummy... hops lend a spicy component that I am having a hard time pinpointing..

Medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation for my liking in such a big brew.... I feel hiccups coming on... Overall, "Winter Warmer" seems like a bad division.. It has a nice "English" quality to it.. Good complexities without ever verging on American balls to the wall massiveness. I may buy some of these to hang on to for a while.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4.5

Edit: No spices are used in this beer and I think that is skewing some of the ratings/palates..

JohnGalt1, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber, nice thick head and some lacing. Mild to medium dark fruits and light malt start with hoppy middle and finish. Hops dominate finish. Somewhat like a mild barley wine. Medium mouth feel, creamy. Avery nice winter warmer.

LiquidAmber, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of riored4v
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/6/10 Bottling date - Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, dense, khaki colored head. Dark brown, transparent body with notes of red.

Aroma was malty, sweet and caramely. Some bready notes and earthy hop notes. Dark fruit.

Flavor was very nice. Chocolate and dark fruit notes upfront. Good caramel and malt presence. Light toffee and roast. Somewhat earthy hop presence. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, low carb. Fairly dense, chewy body but did finish fair crisp.

Overall this was a nice beer. The aging rounding it off nicely, although the fresh version is almost equally as good.

riored4v, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

rkarimi, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of kohoutek
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased on 3/20 at Hiller's. *This beer could be anywhere from 6 to 9 months old. It was stored completely in the cooler.

Lately I have been intrigued by beers that flirt boldy with the boundaries of dark garnet to brown/black. This is a territory that is less frequently explored these days. I have been homebrewing beers that are not brown, but incorporate some of the roast characteristics of porters and stouts. A difficult thing to do.

Avery has done a fine job with this beer.

It appears, as do all Avery beers, that this beer has been subjected to the over filtration that plagues breweries who are attempting to extend the shelf-life in search of greater regional/national distribution and market share. This beer is perfectly clear. As a result the head sucks. The yeast character is dulled into a soda-like presentation. I think a BA article is in the works to address this phenomenon. *

The beer pours a deep amber color. Not brown, but incorporating nice roast into the flavor/aroma profile. *The age/filtration issue has created some oxidation that is present in the nose. This, with the special roast creates a soy sauce experience mixed with cardboard. However, the other aromatic/flavor qualities of this brew are stellar and dominate the flaws. Grainy Graham crackers, oaken casks, a rich 70% dark cocoa spine. A wonderful, rich malty experience

This beer has a nice neutral hop profile that cleanses the palate and integrates all of the rich, warm malts.

This beer drinks well. I can't wait to try a fresh version at the pub. I think "my minds eye" might be inflating the score on his one.

kohoutek, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of cancino45
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great mahogany color with very little head. Taste was good with a bit of a hoppy finish but a straight forward approach to the general style. Lacks a bit of alcohol to truly fulfill my expectations of a warmer. The added advantage is that its one of the few brews offered in a 12 oz with so much punch/flavor.

cancino45, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: On-tap at the Lionheart in Albany. Body is dark amber with a bubbly off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

S: Not terribly strong on the nose, especially at first -- inhaling deeply I get a bit of fruity malt and some floral, spicy hops. As it warms I get more malt and a bit of alcohol.

T: Fruity malt early in the sip -- plums and raisins come to mind. There's a bit of spice and what I described as a "bite" to it, and it finishes somewhat hot from the alcohol. A bitterness sneaks in there from somewhere as a lingering aftertaste, serves to balance it nicely.

M: Heavy in weight, but there's a real good feel to this one -- fine bubbles give it an almost spritzy feel in the mouth, resulting in a nice clean, dry finish. Oddly enough, this seems to become even more pronounced as it warms.

D: Pretty good. For a pretty heavy offering, I didn't feel myself getting bogged down.

Kendo, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured nicely with about three quarters inch of head. medium reddish brown color. smells of rich roasted malt and fruit. tasted sweet of roasted malts. this beer tastes good but i was disappointed in the lack of carbonation. good lacing in my glass as a drank.

would have gotten all fours had it had a lil bit more carbonation.

suckem up and movem out

giblet

giblet, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of BlindPig
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thin light tan head. Deep clear amber body.
S- Lots of spices fill the nose. Also maybe some dark fruits? Some citrus and floral hops. With some malt backing and a alcohol smell.
T- Some toffee flavor with a lot of spices. Spices really linger in the after taste. Some alcohol taste along with some mixture of hops comes through too. The toffee malts and spices linger in the aftertaste pretty strong. Also get a light warming from alcohol. Has a light underlying bitterness also to keep it all in balance.
M- Pretty decent body but not full but getting there. Light carbonation that is leaning towards medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. First real winter warmer. Is very decent though. Can't wait to try more.

BlindPig, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark red with a massive tan head on a soft pour

S- more hops than i would expect for something thats about a year old. rich sweet malts there also. toffee mostly.

T- roasty and sweet with the faintest hop finish. very well balanced.

M- very high carbonation. creamy and thick

D- the year this has sat in the cellar has worked out in this ones favors. ill be interested to find out what else happens to it. ill try this one again.

jwinship83, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice deep dark mahagony color with caramely highlights. Cream colored lacy ring around edge of glass with a super thin coat on face of beer. Not the spicy aroma I was expecting for winter beer. Very deep malty aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt very evident. A little bit of coffee. Very sweet start. Moderate carbonation, continues throughout entire drink, always brings head with a swirl. Not super heavy. A little bit of a candied sweetness. Coffee malt becomes more evident at end. Dry finish, not astrigently dry. Slight alcohol warming at end of swallow. Very nice winter beer not using any spices. Drinkable and not super heavy.

despainmakesbeer, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of brewcast6
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter

Aroma:Sweet malty aroma, with underlying fruity esters, slight caramel aroma, very subtle hop aroma

Appearance: Dark brown with a creamy tan head with some retention, a little bit cloudy

Flavor: highly complex malt flavor with undertones of lightly roasted malt , chocolate, slight hop flavor, slightly dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some alcohol warmth, low carbonation,

Overall impression: very complex and well rounded beer with a great alcohol warmth very enjoyable on a cold night!!

brewcast6, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of naterock
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep red, obvious winter seasonal. two finger head and nice lacing

smells of toffee, chocolate and spice. a good malt nose is present.

taste is soo sweet and spicy. I really taste a lot of english toffee and caramel.

mouth is medium, nice carbonation. goes down easy and smooth, such a start to the winter season of beer

naterock, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of rajendra82
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the latest effects of the change in the ABV limit law in Georgia in 2004 is the major increase in availability of good domestic micro brewed beers, one of which I poured in my oversized wine glass tonight. Avery Old Jubilation came is a longneck brown bottle with a wintry scene on the label. The poured beer looked clear, chestnut brown, with a tinge of red. The head was dark beige, and formed quite nicely to a one finger thick foamy consistency before fading away to a covering of bubbles. The aroma was accentuating the malts in a big way with a sweet, musty, roasty smell. The hops were there as well, but provided more of a floral background smell. The taste was much more of a balance between hops and malt, with a stronger than anticipated leafy bitterness reminiscent of tobacco juice. The malt was a mix of brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, nuts, peat smoke, and dates. The mouthfeel was silky smooth and rich with a sticky quality to it. The aftertaste was like a lingering peat flavored candy. The alcohol content was well hidden behind the subterfuge of all this complex layering, with no noticeable burn. A good seasonal offering from the Colorado brewery who can do big beer right most of the time, and this is one of those times.

rajendra82, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of gatorbreath
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to pint glass, brown hue, minimal head of tan color, smells of malt and slightly of hazelnut, taste is malty, through and through, and only slight variations thereof do i detect, mouthfeel is surprisingly fuller- bodied that i expected and overall, not bad, don't know if it is a session beer but definitely one to have/enjoy while you sit back and soak in the holiday season

enjoy!

gatorbreath, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of dank203
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

really nicely balanced, slightly sweet with cherry like malt. a little spice like a winter warmer. definitely a good winter beer and not cloying, or overly sweet, spicy or anything. not all that nutmeg cinnamon nonsense. considered an Old Ale. not really that hoppy like an American old ale. maybe more like an English old ale? not really sure

dank203, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark orange-amber and smells of dates and dried fruits. Mouthfeel is quite nice with appropriate carbonation. The taste is where this beer shines. An excellent example of the old ale style with heavy malt and a dark fruity taste. Overall, I enjoy this beer quite a bit.

Kramerbarthomer, Oct 23, 2013
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.