Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,504 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 88 | 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 WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Deep mahogany in color, with a centimeter-thick off white head that produces great lacing. Head retention is quite good as well and carbonation is very light.

S: This beer us quite sweet on the nose, with notes of toffee, dried fruits, and honey. Some toasted grain character lingers in the backround, along with a faint herbal hop aroma.

T: Taste is more balanced than the smell. Sweet notes of caramel, honey, and dark fruits blend nicely with flavors of toast and herbal hops. Alcohol lends a nice warming feel.

Notes: Old Jubilation starts sweet, and finishes dry. This full-bodied brew has the balance, along with the strength. A true winter warmer by any means. Avery continues to impress, once again.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - lightly hazed deep amber color with a beige head that settled to a thin layer leaving a fair amount of lacing behind.
S - sweet caramel malt and dark fruit aroma.
T - sweet tea taste upfront with a malty middle and light bittering on the dry finish.
F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.
D - goes down smooth and easy.

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/1/11 notes. Had on tap at the Chuurchkey Avery tap takeover event. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a dark transparent amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of dark fruits, sweet fruit, apples, alcohol, caramel malts, light vanilla, light toasted malts. Alcohol is a little strong, but still nice.

t - Tastes of apples, sweet dark fruit, caramel malts, light vanilla, light roasted notes.

m -Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice old ale. Lots going on and lots of fruit. Alcohol was present in the nsoe but not really in the taste. Something I'd certainly have again.

Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkened brick. Roasty, malt accented aromas, with hints of hazelnut, raisin and caramel, along with a hint of black currant, which I believe is from the Bullion. Soft feel. Complex malt flavor, with hints of chocolate and coffee, raisins and plums and perhaps a bit of toffee. All about the malt, presented in a classy way. I’ve always liked this beer from Avery.

Photo of pasdachuri
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/brown color with medium off-white head. Good lacing.

Very sweet malty scents. Some dark fruits, perhaps raisin, a little bit of chocolate, and a nice after thought of alcohol.

Sweet malts up front, with an earthy bittering finish. Not overwhelmingly sweet, very nice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and mellow.

Drinkability is good. Hop bitterness balances well with this brews caramelly sweetness and the 8.00% ABV is well hidden.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an american take on an old ale. pours nearly black, not thick, but no light is passing hardly. theres a two inch head lacey and sticky, with good retention. the nose is quite alcoholic. lots of dark roasty malt, that birch syrup flavor is there a little too, akin to sierra nevada life and limb. flavor is curiously dark malts, they are sweet, but dont seem to have any of that bitterness that comes from such dark roasting. also curiously devoid of smoke flavor. the feel is a little thin in body, which lends drinkablility and makes this beer not feel as big as it is. carbonation if mellow but adequate, and the alcohol only really comes out in taste when it warms. this is a beast of a winter beer, perfect for slow fireside sipping, but a 6pack would do you in. one of my favorite avery seasonals.

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my quasi fluted glass,nice ruby red color.nice head retention and lacing.nose has sweet malt and dark cherries.

taste has dark fruit,bit of spice, chocolate,some roasted notes,somewhat sweet but finishes with nice bitterness.pretty drinkable.somewhat thin,but good.

not overly spiced like most winter warmers.

Photo of maxpower
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown color with a decent off-white head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, fruity and malty aromas. Smooth nutty and chocolate flavors, full bodied with mild carbonation, full creamy and smooth mouthfeel, finishes kind of dry, alcohol well hidden until it warms, a solid winter ale.

Photo of Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a deep, ruby color to it. A decent head leaves lots of lace. Slightly piney, grassy hops in the nose, with nutty malt and dark fruits. And spiced bread.

This is indeed a warmer. Dark fruit cake with nuts and some cocoa sprinkled on top. Piney are the hops. Some holiday spices in there too. Mouthfeel is thick, a little syrupy. Drinkability is limited by the youth of this beer. Better drinking in a month or two methinks.

8/29/06 Edit: Tastes much smoother, the various flavors have blended together. The hops are much milder, and the mouthfeel has thinned slightly, which is a good thing. Very drinkable, but drink now if you still have the 05. My new scores reflect this tasting.

Photo of NCBeernut
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy head on top of a deep red amber body, near mahogany colored. Lots of lacing left behind. Smell reminds me of a robust beefy soup...odd but true. A touch spicy in the nose. Taste is supremely complex maltiness. The crazy thing is that the spiciness in this brew is accomplished with specialty malts - the highlight of Old Jubilation. Very nice winter beer. I like the approach they are taking with making a spicy winter warmer without throwing even a dash of spices in it. Slight hop bitterness complements the spiciness well. Alcohol is covered well but you still get that nice warming sensation. Not my favorite beer, but one of my favorites in the winter warmer category. I remember last year's (2007) being better.

Edit: Drink this with soup. Awesome.

6 month cellar note:
Really smooths out. Nose has gained subtle hints of dark fruits. The hops that were there have faded a bit, specialty malts have melded into a slightly spicy sweetness; not as messy as before, but still retained complexity. Alcohol is dangerously undetectable. Not a big beer anymore. If I didn't know the ABV I would say this is a session beer. Mouthfeel is smooth now. Definitely an improvement that deserves some extra points.

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of pottergator
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Hopper163
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear and beautiful garnet brown with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, then dies down to a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Spots of lace are few and far between.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes toffee, caramel, chocolate and light roasty nuttiness. Hints of earthy and metallic undertones.

Taste - Follows the nose. Starts with a toffee and caramel base with hints of chocolate and hazelnut. Faint metallic undertone. Nutty character strengthens toward the finish, delivering an earthy, nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Close to full in body with fair, lightly prickly carbonation. Slick texture that goes down a bit too easy.

Overall - It's no North Coast Old Stock, but few brews are! It's enjoyable as is; a laid back, well-attuned brew that's easier to drink than that 8.3% label would have one believe. I bought a single, but I'm seriously considering picking up a sixer before season's end.

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Brennan's

This one used to slip through the cracks in the pre-pop the cap days in NC...remember having it on draft at 42nd street and bottled from 6-12. Drank a few in south bend last winter too.

appearance: a rich and dark mahogany, with wonderful ruby highlights...my eyes keep seeing some purple, but perhaps its the lighting...fluffy and creamy tan-beige head, pretty good lacing

smell: deep and sweet, red grapes, full malt sweetness aromas, nutty similar to an old ale, touch of caramel, syrupy

taste: full flavored, full malt backbone, sweet and fruity...grapes, plums, raisins. strong hop bitterness present, molasses, licorice, sugary, very woody, alcohol definitely present, rich with brown sugar, a touch of cinnamon, and a pinch of peppermint...pretty strong winter warmer

mouthfeel: medium-full, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable, but a full flavored beer

Photo of stouty1
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color witha 2 finger of-white creamy head. Head hung around with lacing, sticky, and milky clinging to the rim. A nice malty chocolate smell overwhelms my senses. Nuts galore with more chocolate. My wife almost took a drink!

Initial flow over the palette was an attack of fruit (apple and raisin) with a malty, hop finish. It took about three sip to actually adjust to the high amount of fruitiness. Half way through and now I get a a smooth dark, malty, chocolatiness that flows over my tongue with a sweet nice dry finish. It is becoming very drinkable and enjoyable the more I drink.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass. No date or info.

A - The clear beer has a changing color of yellow-orange to crisp amber and dark brown. The one-finger head comprised of dense bubbles sank slowly leaving a full coating of lace.

S - Deep toasted malt nose of amber and caramel varieties with a bready aroma, grassy, earthy hops, and a mellow spiciness. The complex nose is subtle but don't mistake it for being shallow.

T - Like the nose before it, the flavor is mellow but deep with complexities. Lots of roasted nuances of toast and flaky biscuit with a toffee hint and well-balanced earthy, grassy hop flavor. Mild spice probably comes from the yeast.

M - Smooth feeling and soft with a mild carbonation level and delicate sweet and bitter balance with an underlying dryness.

D - A good winter warmer that hides the alcohol level well, it's almost worth getting more singles and aging to see how much more it smooths out. Tasty and well-balanced.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep ruby brown, with a moderate head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is actually not strong, surprisingly so. Not bad, just not there. Dark colored fruits (plums, cherries, dates) are the main components.

Flavor is quite decent for the style. The aromas of fruits follow though, somewhat sweet, but with an astringency from a hop finish. Alcohol burn is a little stronger than I like, telling me that they haven't hidden it as well as I think they should. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full, and drinkability is decent, although I wouldn't want a lot of this style at all.

Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brownish with orange and ruby tones to it. There is little head to this offering and the nose has only a subtle malty presence to it. There is a distinct malt flavor upfront and this offering finishes with a nice roasted character to it. To me this tastes like a tuned-up ESB. In any case, it paired well with my pork and feta burrito.

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, deep red/purple color with a big, off white head, that laces and sticks around all day.

Smells of caramel malt, chinook, chalky/spicy hops, slight yeast ester/fruit notes.

Taste is toasty up front that fades into a smooth sweetness and ends on a dark fruit/sugar/fig note...woah, the finish on this one is where the bitter hop spice and interest comes in. Complex, smooth, and spicy.

Lighter to medium body with medium to low carbonation make this one a nice drinker...not too heavy.

This is a damned fine Winter beer that has spice, hop, and caramel malt characteristics and is easy to drink given the abv.

Edit: Woah!!! I did a side-by-side of this fresh v one-year old, and the year-old version is simply amazing. Has a lot of barleywine characters...sweet, not hoppy like the fresh release. Age this beer.

Photo of champ103
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy reddish/brown color. A large white head rises to over two finger. Good retention, and leaves rings of sticky lace.
S: A good malty aroma. Caramel, grain, and cereal. Some cinnamon and spiciness as well. Some soapy and oily hops linger.
T: Again, a good malty flavor. Almost meaty. Some spicy flavors that follow the nose. There is also a nice hop bitterness.
M/D: A medium to full body that is well carbonated. Creamy and smooth. At 8%, it is a sipping beer. Though the alcohol is hard to notice.

Another good beer from Avery. It is a good representation of the style. I enjoy it, and get some every year. This is something I would recommend.

Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep Ruby-brown color with a thick, creamy, tan head…intricate lace: this is a nice-looking brew. The aroma has a lot going on: toasted malts, spice, fresh-cut wood, dark chocolate, and just a little ethanol. The taste is enjoyable, with a very dry wood-like charter. At times it seems a little astringent. The alcohol is hidden fairly well. Chocolate and roasted malts form the under-belly of the beer. Finished dry, with a lingering hop bitterness. Well crafted, and very enjoyable.

Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the "...ation" Winter beers from Colorado.
Pours a reddish brown color that's more dense than it looks. It seems thin and red at first, but there's an abyss of brown in the middle.
The flavor is of a prototypical Winter warmer. Really hearty biscuity malts, burnt sugar, pine-y hops to balance it out. There are a few berry-like fruit notes in there, too. The flavor reminds me of a bigger, bolder Fat Tire. I think it might be the malts used, but I couldn't help but think of that beer.
It has a little heat, but I wouldn't have guessed it was an 8% beer.
I'd say it's a definite style benchmark contender.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.