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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

1,352 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 50 | 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 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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

bconsidine, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jheezee, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of sjones5045
4/5  rDev +3.9%

sjones5045, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +3.9%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of marcobrau
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

marcobrau, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of GFish
4/5  rDev +3.9%

GFish, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of MrBananahands
4/5  rDev +3.9%

MrBananahands, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.