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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

1,490 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 51
Gots: 85 | 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 TexPederson
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of JackieTH
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany, translucent, with a half inch of khaki foam that recedes slowly leaving copious lacing. Smell is thoroughly caramel sweet malt and dark dried fruits with pervasive chocolate. Taste is caramel and dark chocolate malt, mildly sweet throughout but reigned in, finishing dry, subtle hop bitterness. Is there some coffee in here too?  Chocolate on the finish too. Mouthfeel is silly and well crafted. Perfect carbonation.  Very, very good. I added this bottle at random to a make your own six pack.  I'll definitely revisit it in the future. Jubilation indeed. 

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of nsabo
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oct. 2009 bottle opened in Dec. 2011.
Tastes like a creamier version of a scotch ale: very sweet, nutty in a brown ale kinda way. Caramel With winter warmers, I expect heavy malts and some variation of spice: the malts aren’t particularly heavy here and there are absolutely no spices. It’s not bad, but there aren’t any memorable qualities, either. Medium-thin mouthfeel.
I picked up a few packs of this 2 years ago and have been sampling it at different intervals since then. While still very drinkable and carbonated, at 2 years this feels past its prime. I remember thinking it was outstanding between 1-1 ½ years (sorry, didn’t take notes, all I remember was that the nose was wonderfully bready and the hops were still fairly present).

A final note: I've always known this as a winter warmer. BA labels it as an Old Ale, while Avery's website calls it an Old Strong Ale. Hmm

Photo of matt062286
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Marti403
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown color. The medium-sized, frothy head is light tan in color. Retention is good, and some nice rings of sticky lacing adhere to the glass.

S: Very malty aroma. Heavy doses of sticky caramel/toffee. Lesser notes of roasty, earthy malt contribute nicely. Notes of dark orchard fruit and raisins are present in the background. Lightly leafy hop notes are barely detectable. Some alcoholic spiciness and zestiness is apparent.

T: Chewy, sticky maltiness up front. Big doses of caramel and toffee followed by a roasted, earthy malt presence. Fruity (plum and raisin) notes mesh well with a medium, somewhat leafy hop bitterness. Faint coffee notes are also present. Alcohol is somewhat evident towards the finish, but it's nicely integrated into the beer.

M: Rather full-bodied. Carbonation is medium-light. The finish is a touch drier and more alcoholic than I'd prefer. It's not hotly boozy, but it is noticeably alcoholic.

D: A very nice old ale that's perfectly appropriate as a winter seasonal. Robust and quite malty, with a measured hop bitterness that manages to stay out of the spotlight while bringing good balance overall.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of dcellis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If I remember correctly this used to be categorized as a winter warmer, but old ale is definitely more fitting.

Pours a dark amber, it is translucent when held to the light. Very bubbly off-white head retains well at about a half finger.

Smell is extremely malty, lots of dark fruit, plum, caramel. Good strength.

Taste follows suit mostly, there's more to it than the scent. Big caramel malts up front like you'd expect in an old ale, dark fruits, slight leather, molasses, some hop bitterness and dark chocolate.

Nice thickness and low carbonation, bitterness grows a bit with warmth. A tiny bit of alcohol warmth.

Pretty good, but also a little too standard, nothing much makes it stick out.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from a 2010 edition into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep brown/black color with a nice 1.5 finger deep thick dark cream colo with decent retention and lacing.

S - Disappointing aroma in that there isn't much at all. Very mild roasted aroma, though I was not impressed. For a winter warmer an aroma profile isn't jumping down your face but I've had better aroma.

T/M - While the aroma was disappointing I really enjoyed the flavor the beer brings. It starts mild and then quikly transitions to a malty medium. Not overly carbonated and medium to full profile.

D - yes, very.

Overall I am embarassed it took so long to try this beer. It is in my top 2 winter warmers and I am glad I cellared a few this year.

EDIT: I am a little suprised the rating didn't eclipse the A mark so I cracked another again and I stand by the review. A lot of exceptional qualities such as a complex flavor and mouthfeel though severly lacking in aroma which is so limited. I would recommend this beer hands down but I find myself looking for a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-25-2011 04:00:03
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Photo of david18
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan. Not a bad old ale, a style you don't see very often, but I had hoped it would have been better.

Color was a draft brown with a very small amount of carbonation.

Aroma was toasty/roasty. Not too much in the way of hops but a pretty good smell overall.

Flavor was a little hot, especially for the abv. Also a lot of dark fruit. No real bitterness to speak of but also not too sweet.

Overall a decent beer. Just not a real standout.

Photo of bostonbluenose
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mhjets
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of JayAre46
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/2010 vintage pours a very deep mahogany with ruby hues very striking color. with a creamy head sitting on top showing minimal retention and spotty lace. the aroma very sweet, caramel, dark fruit, figs with a touch of heat. the taste is a mellow caramel malt, with some and nuttiness and toffee sweetness that play a complimenting balance. alcohol is slightly present and warming. the mouth feel is nice and the carbonation is moderate. easy beer to drink and enjoy on cool evenings. overall i wouldn't have minded having this with a fresh one but i haven't seen it around. enjoyable brew for the season. ho-ho whoa! i don't know why i felt obligated to type that, forgive me and move on. thank you.

Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from "Lifesource" S.Salem. $1.99 I havent rated the beers I have had from Avery very highly maybe this will change as it is one of my favourite styles. Tawny red ale with a small light tan head and plenty lace. Aroma of milky bar chocolate and some caramel, some nuts,,hazelnuts, Smooth taste of coffee and cream, hazelnuts,white chocolate,figs and some whisky fudge. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, gives the impression of fullness but its actually very drinkable I liked it but again its not as good as i wanted it t be. Maybe the bottles just dont travel to Oregon very well

Photo of JGuill
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of cmuir24
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Dark brown poured into the glass, with a light brown lacing.

Nuts, toffee, but nothing really complex.

Nice body. Goes down quick. Can't tell it is 8.3%.

It was on draft at Mad Mex for $2.75 for 16 ounces at Happy Hour. Really can't beat the price. But I'd never buy a case.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,490 ratings.