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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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87
very good

775 Reviews
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Reviews: 775
Hads: 1,568
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 57
Gots: 110 | FT: 4
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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Photo of beerdrifter
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this from my brother-in-law years ago and just came across it in my cellar. Dark mahogany-brown pour with a creamy two finger white head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is malt forward with hints of brown bread, raisins, toffee, subtle smoke, and a bit of booze. The taste is nutty and malty with the smoke emerging even more. Hints of toffee, raisins, brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, subtle cocoa, and a touch of black pepper on the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and pretty chewy with light carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this has really held up well and is a nice interpretation of the style. (642 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive been sitting on this bottle for quite a few years in my cellar. At least 4 years aging down there. Im pouring a cellar temp 12 oz bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a fairly clear mahogany color with some ruby highlights. There is some small particulate floating in the beer. Frothy beige head fades to a bubbly edge layer very quickly after the pour.
Aroma is malty and kind of sweet with dark fruit and toffee. Some raisins and plums make up the fruit profile.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with very mild carbonation. Texture is a little sticky and coats my palate after each sip.
Flavor is similar to the nose and is malty through and through, with toffee and brown sugar mixing with some plums and raisins. There is a bit of warming booze at the end of each sip. A sweet sticky flavor lingers after the swallow.
Actually fairly easy drinking for a bigger beer even with a little warmth on the finish. Might be able to sneak up on you if you drink it too quickly. A very enjoyable old ale and well made and interesting. Worth a shot if you like the style. (1,084 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Malty aroma has fruity and subtle woody and nutty notes. Pours a clear chocolate brown with a fairly thick light cinnamon-tan head that doesn’t stick around too long but leaves some good lacing. Flavor has a malty core and nutty, caramel and woody hops notes plus a hint of sweet chocolate. Smooth texture has good body and fizz, quite lively. Start the party! (362 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear reddish brown body with a thin cap of head. Overall impression of appearance is true to style, quite nice. Scents of rich, sweet malt with notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, raisin and fruitcake in the foreground, supported by aromas of nutty malt, hazelnuts and coffee in the background with a mild warm alcohol also present. Overall impression of aroma is of a true to form, very complex example of an Old Ale. Malty, rich and warming. Very well done. Flavor begins malty sweet with notes of hazelnut, caramel and molasses upfront with medium-low levels of vinous and sweet fruity esters and a light roasted malt and chocolate presence. Middle continues these flavors, picking up more pronounced notes of raisins and hazelnuts, alongside a slight warming alcohol. Finish is sweet with notes of raisins, vinous flavors, caramel, molasses, light nuttiness and medium-light bitterness from roasted malt contributing flavors of coffee and chocolate and a light warming alcohol. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and nutty with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hazelnuts. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice Old Ale, one that fits well to style, with just a touch higher bitterness than is usual. Still a good example of the style and quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy, with low carbonation and a sticky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very true to style Old Ale. Overall this is a fantastic Old Ale. It has a pleasant aroma and a very nice flavor, aided by a pleasing mouthfeel. A very nice Winter ale, one of the better examples of the style. (1,606 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September 24th 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick.

a: Clear dark copper/ruby with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild ripe dark fruit.

t: Caramel malt under ripe dark fruit notes. Light hop bite, sweet to dry finish.

m: Smooth medium plus with very good body and good carbonation tingle.

o; A very fine holiday and cold weather brew, pleasant, tasty and satisfying. (481 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Poured an extremely dark, almost opaque brown color with no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Malty and bready up front, like toasted English muffins. Some notes of black pepper, brown sugar and hops.

Taste: Delicious!! Tons of malt and freshly baked dark bread, like pumpernickel, followed by some notes of roasted nuts, black pepper, and some toffee-like sweetness. Some notes of dried fruit as well, dates, prunes, cherries. Good fruitcake in a glass.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth, with no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.3%, there is quite the presence of pleasing alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is a great beer! I love the toffee and the malt and the nuttiness. Simply an outstanding Christmas ale! Highly recommended! (813 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: dark reddish-brown with plenty of streaming carbonation. Pours a 1" cream colored head that falls pretty fast with some lacing left behind.

Aroma: rich aroma of toffee, dark roasted barley, earthy and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly astringent, with a dry finish and a lingering alcohol burn.

Flavor: complex mixture of rich roasted barley, cocoa, toffee, some tangy citrus and herbal hops and a definite alcohol presence.

Overall: a hearty and tasty brew, this definitely fits the definition of a "winter warmer". Excellent to sip on a frigid winter night. (632 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown to dark brown with a fair amount of light still permeating the glass. A fingernail of beige head coats the top almost entirely. I smell caramel and toffee. I taste caramel and mocha in this rich winter warmer. The body is chewy and lightly sticky. (257 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Color was a rich brown, average head, not a ton of lacing. The flavor had a pretty strong boozy finish after notes of brown sugar and malt. The mouthfeel was smooth, very pleasant. Not bad. (240 characters)

Photo of VTR
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My experience with Old Ales is limited but from what I have experienced I found this beer to be very well done. In my opinion the nose was not off the chart but the real experience is when I began to sip it. The beer poured very dark and looked appealing from the get go. It had a good amount of carbonation and mouthfeel to make it enjoyable and lively. The malts kept this beer at a enjoyable sweetness level without pushing it into a desert beer category. I did not think the alcohol was "hot" and was masked by the beer. The beer changed in a favorable way for me as the beer warmed. The bitterness was very mild. Normally I am disappointed by some seasonable/holiday brews but what started as a single bottle turned into a trip for a six pack for me. Very well done! (780 characters)

Photo of --Dom--
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

I was very whelmed with this beer.... just whelmed. It's a pretty decent example of an old ale. In my opinion, nothing really stands out about this beer. Maybe I'm just expecting too much out of the style/my palate is spoiled by so many good RIS's...... It just needed to have a bit more punch for me. If it were a bit cheaper I think I'd be a little less critical but I've mostly seen all Avery beer checking in at around $10-11 a six. I've been unimpressed with all the Avery offerings that come in a pack and not a bomber, just my honest opinion. (549 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +3.4%

The nose is a healthy dose of malt with an tinge of alcohol. I get a bit of dark fruit like raisin and a sweetness of purple grapes.

This is a malt bomb, which I love. It has a bold barley maltiness, caramel malt, nuttiness and fruit cake. There's is some additional sweetness in a purple grape flavor with a tiny hint of booze.

This is rather dry and definitely warming to the chest. Depending on your particular taste this is a very good winter warmer. (456 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours translucent dark copper. The thin khaki head fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell is of roasted malt, toffee, caramel, a hint of booze and a vague herbal presence.

The taste is of bread, caramel and molasses.

The texture is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Simplicity at its finest. (330 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

This is typically a favorite style for me so I had some expectation coming in. I was disappointed, there was something that just did not work. The beer just did not seem balanced. It did improve a little as it warmed which saved it from a lower rating. Okay, but nothing special. (283 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (350 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

Thin creamy oatmeal head. Trickling carbonation. Thin lacing that settles above the body. Dark brown beer with amber hues. 4

Malt heavy and reminiscent of an amber ale. Toffee and earthy hops. Sweetness prevails. Not particularly explosive with the aromas, but it's good. 3.75

Toffee heavy and sweet with biscuits and grass, earthy hop flavors. Caramel and vanilla are subtler but round the flavor out. 4

Pretty heavy on the carbonation, but smooth creaminess does a good job of offsetting it. Medium bitterness, dryer finish but no trace of alcohol burn. 4.25

Very good winter beer. I feel like it takes the Samuel Smith brew and keys in everywhere that needs to be keyed in until they got an even better beer. Well done. (763 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOD 267/14. Dark amber pour with a very deep dark ruby cast. Below average head, lacing and retention. Subtle, but nice, nose of dark fruit (plums, figs) over a biscuit like sweet base with strong caramel notes. Almost medium body with a slickness that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Above average carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, very complex and well balanced until the finish. It begins with a smooth blend of flavors that tend to cascade to the forefront. Sweet biscuit and caramel begin, then yield to the dark fruit over a very mild toffee note. The middle is mildly bitter with a citric rind like note that fades into bitter dark chocolate. The long finish is where the alcohol comes to the forefront, but is somewhat masked by a residual sweetness. A grain alcohol like aftertaste lingers. (872 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a really nice winter warmer. Had it on a cold night with a buffalo burger and it paired very nicely. 8.3% is a little high for the alcohol content, but Avery seems to like that sort of thing, so I went with it. Nice and dark and roasty, not at all bitter despite the 45 IBUs, but not overly sweetened by the malts. Definitely a fan of this one, and it's among Avery's best beers. (391 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

A: dark brown amber a beam of light shines through.

S: dark fruit!

T: salted caramel, nuts, biscuit, plums and raisins, pinot noir, some hazel. Very pleased.

M: fairly full and velvetty. Lovely on the palate!

O: definitely deserves a better rating. This is a wonderfully made beer. (285 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Nose: dark bread, nuts, dark dried fruit
Pours brilliant garnet under a 1" quickly dissipating off-white foam cap.
Palate: bread, grainy malts, nuts, dark dried fruit, light bitter hop accent on the finish. Long lingering aftertaste of malt and hop. Dried fruit flavors not as well developed as the malt flavors.
Full body, medium low carbonation. (348 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2013 more than likely.

Comes out with a classic caramel brown in the bottle, filling the body with a much darker almost garnet deep red color. Head is a creamy colored vanilla with a hint of faint mocha brown in it. Settles slowly with a good thick collar of creamed bubbles, almost flat whip cream consistency. Lipped up leopard and patchy linked lacing on the glass too.

Light nose. Hints of cherry like fruit but with a lighter quality. Nutmeg and clove spice with a mellow fruit quality of dark plum taking over. Hints a little wet and juiced sour cherry. Some weed and woody like hop faded quality. Quite nice and interesting.

Palate comes real nicely. Good mellow sweetness of cinnamon and spiced warmth. Really seems like a classic winter warmer flavor. Cherry sweetness a bit with a lighter hint of darker fruit without strong raisin character, that plum just keeps jumping in my head. Good warmth and finish of dry nutmeg and spiced clove hinted on the nose, warm hard caramel.

It comes off like a stock winter warmer barleywine, and love the classic integrated winter warmer sensing flavors and character. Somewhere in between, real memorable and nice. Great to go back to these old classics. (1,260 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, a friend gave a bottle of this to me a month or so ago so I assume it's from this past winter's batch. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a murky brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, nuts, and some chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some dark fruit, brown sugar and dark bread flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I liked this, it's good on a summer day and would probably be good on a winter's day too! (669 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting take on the style. Not as dense and oily as some but has a nice, crisp mouthfeel. More carbonated than I expected. Color is a dark nutty brown. Scent is toffee, caramel, and honey. I'm surprised it's not rated higher here. It's a big, flavorful beer that's surprisingly drinkable for an old ale. I'd love to have this after a fall day raking leaves. (364 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (441 characters)

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.