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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,550 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 53
Gots: 100 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Ratings: 1,550 | Reviews: 782
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a nice medium foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of deep malt with some sweet dry fruits is really enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the sweet malt with some presence of dry fruits and a hoppy slightly bitter finish. Body is above average with a nice level of carbonation and no alcohol is discernable.

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

Now that fall is over, and I'm basically done reviewing the pumpkin and harvest beers, its time for the winters. I plan to try to hit as many winter beers as I can this year as well. The first on the list for now, Old Jubilation from Avery.

A: Pours a huge 3 finger head with lots of fluff that takes its time fading, perhaps too long as I want to drink the damn thing. A toasty reddish brown color darkens as light passes through making it pretty dark in color, otherwise its pretty clear.

N: Mostly sweet malts. I get a slight fruit raspberry flavor, and some molasses syrup, a little bit of spices, but mostly just a dark sweet malt aroma. Some brown sugar also comes out.

T: Wow! Taste starts like a smoked porter. I get a lot of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and some smoked malt! Crazy. Its pretty creamy and roasted with some dark fruits, and great malt flavors. Some nutty flavors begin to rise but don't get far. A slight alcohol taste and warmth bites. After a few sips the smoked, roasted, and chocolate flavors seem to dissipate, or just blend in. The creamy flavors never seem to fade, and a slight bitterness creeps up. I think I even get some molasses flavor.

M: Semi thick, creamy, decent carbonation. A slight alcohol warmth.

F: Finishes slightly sweet with some lingering creamy flavors and chocolate malt, as well as roasted malts and dark fruits. A slight hop bitterness comes through on the finish, but its not very heavy. It finishes slightly clean, with a sticky feeling around the mouth that never really fades.

Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, plum, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, light roast, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, plum, brown sugar, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/spicy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and herbal/spicy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of THFCBeerBQ
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought 6-pack of bottles from Wegmans supermarkets. No date on bottle.

Poured semi-vigorously into an imperial pint glass.

A- Solid, dark brown color. Gives off an appearance of dark mahogany wood. Brownish head a little over an inch after the pour. Dissipates to a 1/4 inch head with good retention and excellent lacing on the edge of my glass

S- predominantly nutty smell with a strong scent of hazelnut. I can sense Toffee and Caramel as well (although I think the caramel is just a side effect of the toffee which is caramelized sugar and molasses) hints of mocha in there as well.

T- Taste follows the nose. Starts out sweet and nutty with a hazelnut and sweet caramel taste. The beer does balance out nicely with some earthy hops at the swallow but they struggle to overtake the sweetness from the malt. The aftertaste has hints of mocha and more than a little alcohol presence...which is understandable at 8.3% ABV

M- Light to medium body. I thought there would be more meat to this brew based upon the color and smell but it's unfortunately a bit thinner than I would like. It lends itself to the drinkability but subdues some of the flavors which could better hide the alcohol taste.

O- A solid winter seasonal brew. It has robust flavors and balances nicely. It also reminds you with every sip that it's a strong ale and should be consumed carefully. I'd recommend a fuller body to try and subdue some of that alcohol taste. I would definitely drink this again.

89/100

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 OhioLimoncello
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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 ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of malt, spicey, hint of smokeyness & nuttyness, caramel. Taste slight sweet cocoa, roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel.

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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 kohoutek
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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 gmcfarre
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Imperial Pint Glass

A - Dark ruby brown with a nice 1 1/2inch cream colored head that becomes slightly rocky over time. Lacing is thick when it appears. Overall a good lookin' brew.

S - Strong hop presence for a winter warmer, but a definitive malt backbone is also present. Hop floral bitterness comes at you first, with a nice brown sugary sweetness that follows. Slightly sour yeast(?) scent brings this down a notch.

T - Smooth and filling malt sweetness kicks things off with a mild carbonation. Interesting transition from malt to the hop bitter aftertaste that expands the complexity of this brew.

M - Mild carbonation and smooth accompaniment that turns into a drying finish.

D - A pleasant winter warmer that will most likely satisfy, but its high ABV can get to you after a few. For my money though, I would probably go with Odell Isolation over this beer, although they are both worth the money and time.

Photo of cooncat
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, poured into a 16 oz glass - review date of Jan. 18, 2007. No "Best by" date on the bottle, but bought during the holiday season, and with an 8% abv, I'm sure it's well within date.

A vigorous pour produced a prodigious creamy head that actually exceeded the head space in my glass .. very nice. The color is a wonderful deep burgundy, almost opaque it's so deep.

The nose, to me, highlights piney and citrus hoppiness. A small undercurrent of bready maltiness is there as well.

The taste is a magnificent balance of bready and dark fruit maltiness, with the hops taking the background. Fine carbonation feel wonderful on the tongue, and the mouthfeel is that of a rich, full bodied beer. Wonderful! Balance is superb, but I'm really enjoying the maltiness and mouthfeel. Each sip is an experience in satisfaction. Rings and sheets of lacing last through the entire glass, adding to the character of this huge beer.

Winter wamer? Yes, but much more. Drinkabililty is just too good for its 8 % abv ... could be dangerous in quantities. This is probably one of the best seasonals I've had this Winter, and I've had a LOT of them. Highly recommended, and I'll be looking for this one again myself.

Cheers!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table crystal clear deep amber with an extremely long lasting head which laced and almost coated the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty with camael and dark fruits and a very nice floral hop presence which was slightly citrusy. The alcohol content led to an estery component of the aroma.

The flavor was lightly spicy with a dark caramel and candy presence. The flavor had a nice malt backbone and a nice bittering component. The maltiness was deep and full of dark fruits.

The finish was just dry with lasting bittering lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full. The alcohol warming was present and appreciated...

Pint on tap at Bass Lake Draft House in Holly Springs, NC. Yee Haw! I don't know how this one got by the alcohol police in NC, but keep 'em coming...

Photo of Drew966
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 WholeLottaTricks
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Domingo
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of jwhancher
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from last fall. Label says cellarable upto 3 years. Pours clear mahogany with nice firm head with lacing that sticks to glass sides. Tastes of toffee, hazelnuts and mocha just like the label describes. Some alcohol warmth in the nose. Brown sugar & candied chocolate. Feels medium full. Ample bitterness with lingering sweetness. A very nice beer overall. Satisfying in the winter. A nice treat to sub as dessert in the warmer months.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.