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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,275 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1275
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%


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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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: caramel in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation


Smell: toffee and mocha

Taste: toasted malt, spices, nuts, sweet fruit, and a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium/light bodied, high carbonation, very sweet at the end

Drinkability: An above average winter warmer with a slightly off aftertaste. I would have this again, but only once per sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 22:16:14 | More by tigg924
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RJLarse

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Swamp Tavern. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a nut brown colcor and clear. No head (served that way).

Smell is a bit of an earthy peat aroma.

Taste is a light scotch ale flavor. Caramel and bourbon flavors. A little bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a little alcohol heat.

Drinkable but not great. The taste is a bit off, and I don't care much for the scotch ale style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 04:30:42 | More by RJLarse
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LennyV

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at halftime.

Pours a dark mahogany into my triple karmeliet glass small 1 finger head little to no lacing.

Smells malty sweet with cherrys.

Taste of malt with some cherrys and chocolate. Nice hoppy bitter ending with some alcohol warming.

Full bodied and heavey like a winter warmer shoudl be.

Nice brew but I would not seek it out.

Serving type: growler

02-05-2009 02:17:14 | More by LennyV
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage, poured early 2009 at Papago Brewing.

Darker brown middle area of the glass, with bronze outer edges all around. Served with a minimal cap of tan foam. What's there retains well, and leaves some spotty lacing. Clearly the carbonation has receded significantly.

The nose is meant to be malty, but unusually enough for an old beer, the hops have stuck around pretty well. This is mainly at first, when still cold - with warming the caramel malt comes in hard, along with a bit of roasted barley, and even a hint of chocolate.

The palate is an interesting mix of dark and sweet beers: there are elements of a roasted, porter-style ale, but at first blush it could almost pass for an aged American barleywine. There is plenty of sweet caramel malt, but it's also got some English style fruit jam-and-toast character. Remarkably complex in some sense, but also a little lackluster in terms of "interest"-ing me.

The peppery, citric hops have definitely mellowed out - in my imagination, this was a hum-dinger when it was fresh - but still impart enough citrus to maintain balance and complexity, with a moderate amount of alpha acid content. I'm attributing the cinnamon, currant, and allspice spiciness to the hops, especially since the brewer claims that no spices were harmed in the making of this beer. Remarkable use of an interesting hop.

Alcohol is mellow, but decidedly apparent, especially with the hops having faded a bit, there is a strong note of pepper that must be the alcohol. Lots of fine bubbles that scrub at first when it's chilled, but later are more creamy, if not massaging. Mouthfeel is decent, but a hair thin. Still, I like it quite a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 16:26:39 | More by BretSikkink
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice large head and good lace. Brownish amber color. I claim an aroma sensory handicap due to sinus problems. With that, I can't smell a lot going on with this beer. Taste is way bigger though. Yum! Very malty, dark fruits, earth, leather, and a bit of toffee. Some booziness. Not really a session beer. Good for a cold snowy night. Pass the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 01:18:46 | More by drpimento
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cjgator3

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with a large light tan colored head that sticks around forever and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is very nice and perfect for the holidays. There is a lot of dark fruits, hints of spices and brown sugar and a touch of alcohol as well.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of dark fruits, malt, spicy and some booze in the warming finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Old Jubilation is a solid beer to enjoy on a cool night. The higher ABV limits the sessionability, but it is a solid brew that is worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2008 04:44:51 | More by cjgator3
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap...

A- Dark muddy brown/amber color. Creamy off white tan head. This head was really wavy and hilly with lots of nooks and crannies. Lacing, yeah it was there, but not a ton. Nice looking beer.

S- Smell was of chocolate and spice. This beer was surprisngly sweet smelling, but in a really good way. It wasn't cloying, it wasn't artificial, it was just pleasant. You could tell that this one was going to be malty as hell.

T- Just as I suspected, this is a malt bomb. Absolutely terrific taste. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, cream, spice, and toffee. Really balanced. Nothing too sweet or over the top.

M- Rich, thick, creamy, sticky.

D- Well, this one is really filling. I could drink one or two but thats it. The flavors and ABV will kick your ass.

I loved this one...

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2008 19:46:23 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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ruckzuck

Georgia

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

Had on tap last night. Good thing I had it when I did as it ran out later in the evening!

A - lovely red color, nice head

S - citrus, sweet, pine from hops

T - malty sweetness up front, a bit of hoppiness

M - medium bodied, smooth yet nicely carbonated

D - really enjoyable; too bad it wasn't a bid colder out last night for this winter warmer! I could definitely see hunkering down in the pub and rocking a few of these though; it wasn't available in bottles around here (hardly anything from Avery is it seems like) but I would've picked it up

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2008 21:02:15 | More by ruckzuck
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woemad

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pint at The Elk in Spokane for $4.25.

Dark brown color with an off-white head that left lots of lace.

The nose was malty and, especially, boozy, in a bourbon-y sort of way. Some spiciness was detectable as well, but the boozy scent was definitely the most dominant component of this beer's scent.

The taste started out with a dark fruit flavor reminiscent of prunes and raisins, then was joined by the warming alcohol noted above and a peppery spiciness. There was a mild dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

Due to it's high abv and resultant "heat", this beer comes closer to truly being a winter warmer that any other beer I've had this season. For that reason, I'd probably decline several of them at a sitting. But as a night cap or a beer to revivify meself with after being out in the cold, I'd happily quaff this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 08:31:58 | More by woemad
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Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: On-tap at the Lionheart in Albany. Body is dark amber with a bubbly off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

S: Not terribly strong on the nose, especially at first -- inhaling deeply I get a bit of fruity malt and some floral, spicy hops. As it warms I get more malt and a bit of alcohol.

T: Fruity malt early in the sip -- plums and raisins come to mind. There's a bit of spice and what I described as a "bite" to it, and it finishes somewhat hot from the alcohol. A bitterness sneaks in there from somewhere as a lingering aftertaste, serves to balance it nicely.

M: Heavy in weight, but there's a real good feel to this one -- fine bubbles give it an almost spritzy feel in the mouth, resulting in a nice clean, dry finish. Oddly enough, this seems to become even more pronounced as it warms.

D: Pretty good. For a pretty heavy offering, I didn't feel myself getting bogged down.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2007 21:16:24 | More by Kendo
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another winter warmer to get my holiday juices flowing. This one pours a very dark woody brown with some ruby highlights. The off-white head holds decently well and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

The aroma is well pronounced and very attractive. Fruity, sweet and primarily malty. Some sweet toffee notes are present as well as toasty caramel. There is a bit of a vinous quality along with citrus, apple, and dark fruit. Very appetizing and increases the anticipation.

Very much what the nose implied. Sharp and sweet with some light, toffee, roasted malt. Good floral hops are prevalent. Also lots of fruit; again citrus and dark fruit. Complex and very flavorful. A good warmth in the finish rounds out the whole experience. One of the better examples of the style I've had; probably the best this season. Nicely done.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel initially with a nice warm finish. Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation. The carbonation and the fruity finish make for a refreshing example of a winter warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2007 05:36:38 | More by letsgopens
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep auburn wiht a medium sized head and only small splotches of lacing.

S - A light fruity cherry with some dates and strong (dominant) toffee. A touch of chocolate malt. Alcohol is very faint, but detectable . . . at leas tif you are looking for it (I for one have a tendancy to figure out how intense the abv is every Avery beer, since often it has proven overbearing).

T - Coffee and toffee with a strong nutty flavor. A touch of chocolate, but not much, sort of a hazelnut praline sort of flavor. The aftertaste is burnt and nutty. Good flavor overall.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, very refreshing.

D - Okay. It is an enjoyable beer, component by component there isn't much to complain about, but the gestalt of the beer just didn't click with me for some reason. I might try it again and find it more enjoyable at a later date.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2007 05:11:17 | More by mrasskicktastic
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

on tap at the dirty truth

clear, dark brown with ruby sparkles. no head, but cavernously cascading lace lingers in lascivious layers. aroma is plum weird. speaking of plums, they're there.. plus grapes. something creamy like an artificial vanilla milkshake complements an almond nutty waft. confusing, not really appetizing. scotch aley at first, then the grape takes over followed by scratchy hop earthiness. sorely lacking in a resiny juiciness which would provide some balance and cover the sweet astringency here. unbalanced and existing blandly between strong ale styles. fails to define itself with substance or spice. there might be some bitterness like raw nutmeg or cinnamon stick, but it's not flavorful. will not repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2007 16:20:58 | More by goodbyeohio
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morayeel

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one should be among one of the best BIG Daddy Ales. Pours a very dark amber color with a very frothy thick head over the ale.

You receive a nice hint of the malts in your nose with a sugar and spice accent

Very nice sweet smooth taste up front with the spice flavoring hitting you at the end. I thought this ale might have been to sweet at first but after further review its perfectly balanced.

The mouth feel is very nice medium to full with a very little hit of dryness at the end.

Over all this is one of the more perfectly balanced ales, the balance of malts and sweetness keeps you coming back for more. The brewing was very well done you could not ask for anything better. This is the perfect ale for the holiday season. I would recommend this to everyone.

Ale style: Strong English Ale
Hop Varity: Bullion
Malt Varity: Two row barley, special roast, black, chocolate, vistory
OG: 1.074
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
IBU’s: 30
Color: Very dark Amber

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2006 10:30:59 | More by morayeel
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

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

The initial impression is of prominent hops. Drinking blindfolded, you might take this as an IPA at first. But the beer's alluring, dark appearance tips you off that there's more going on. After a few sips, malt flavors leap out...mostly a dry, semi-sweet chocolate, but also some coffee flavors. There's a slight impression of spices, but not nearly as much spice flavor as many other winter seasonals.

This is a nice entry into the winter beer field.
(Swigged at McMenamin's in Philly's Mt. Airy section.)

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2005 15:41:15 | More by GnomeKing
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GABF Weekend '08
This is the cask version offered up at the Falling Rock Taproom. For me this beer has always been a hit or miss, but on cask the flavors round out extremely well and the hops take on a fragrant, herbal character and blend well with the malt forward beer. The softer carbonation makes the beer a touch heavier, creamier, and very smooth. The cask is where this beer belongs.

08-05-05
Tried this one before, I didn't remember it tasting so well. It has a full body evident in the toasty aroma and sweet body. Very malty and complex with dates, nuts, barley, caramel, toffee, and slight roastedness. The higher amounts of hop flavoring and sweet alcohol get your attention toward the finish. A little bready and tartness shows in the aftertaste although remaining quited sweet. This is a good beer.

Serving type: cask

08-05-2005 12:50:25 | More by BEERchitect
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dim prune mahogany hued with a 1/4" dark khaki head, peppered with bubbles rising. Despite being dark, some light wisps through the pour, with lace 'o plenty scattered across the surface.

Some non-descript scents of malty candi fruit that, with a few swirls evoked a Vodka like aroma.

First Swigs: Dark fruit. BArk woody & some dry sort of hop flavor balance. This strong ABV leads to awl-kee-hawl detectable taste. Marascino cherry and fig fruit. Malty dry Fig Newton aftertaste. Brown sugar and rum cake with maltiness.

Medium feel and body at best. Sugary, and a buttery coating of tacky lolipop.

Last swigs: Sherry awl-kee-hawl with maybe whiskey malt? This would be good by the fireplace going. Vodka in a carrot cake.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2005 20:05:44 | More by blitheringidiot
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rich O's Public House. Pours a medium brown color with a tall head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has lots of citrus hops but also has a nice malty backbone. The flavor has a great caramel malt character, but is joined by the citrus hop flavors. More hoppy than expected, but very well balanced. Very enjoyable. Drinkability is great for an 8% brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2005 23:28:34 | More by clvand0
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep brown-red color with two fingers of head. There is no lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty, with a touch of chocolate and some candied plums. The taste is fairly light. Nice and sweet with more dark fruit and just a hint of caramel as well. The mouthfeel was fairly nice and strong. The drinkability was unlike anything I've ever seen from Avery. This is an 8% beer, and it drinks like it's under 4%. I could easily have a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2005 06:01:15 | More by SheepNutz
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep ruby brown color with a small head that didn't have much retention at all. Citrusy and spicey hops dominated the aroma, with a sweet caramel background in there as well. The flavor was much the same as the aroma, wtih sweet citrusy hop and nice spicey hop laying over a nice caramel backdrop. The feel was moderate to thick. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. IT was very smooth and I could easily have had a full 20 oz pint.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2005 16:44:02 | More by kmpitz2
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oracle

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear deep brown color. Large head that practially coated the glass with lacing.

Smell largely hops, with a unusual spiceness and sweetness to it.

This is a pretty well hopped beer, yet for all those hops there is a really unusual spicyness to it that makes it absolutely wonderful.
Slightly sweet, but not cloying or overpoweringly sweet.

A fantastics example of the winter warmer style

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2004 16:49:09 | More by oracle
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2004 23:20:53 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

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

This beer came to me a rich mahogany red color that was crystal clear, and well carbonated. The head that was created was a light tan/beige color, creamy and bubbly in consistency, and it lasted fairly well considering it sat at the bar for a few moments before it made its way to me. The lace that was produced was fairly intricate and present all throughout the glass down to the last sip. The aromas that came forth were on the non-complex side, sweet malts, grains, dark fruits (raisons, prunes, plums), some earth notes as it warmed, hops and some alcohol notes. The flavors showed more complexity then the aromas, notes of chocolate malts (tad bitter), dark fruits (raisons, plums, prunes), which complimented the bitter chocolate, light hops (spice) tad on the alcohol and hops throughout. If finished on the slight bitter side (chocolate malts) with slight spice and on the dry side. Body was on the fuller side. Again one of those beers that become more complex as it warms. A good seasonal beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2004 11:56:31 | More by Jarod
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maybrick

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is one I could drink all darn day! Beautiful. Pours with a nice head. Head doesn't hold that long which invites a lot of swirling of the glass. The nose is exquisite. Spicy, sweet, a real nice blend of aromas.

On to the good stuff, the taste! Wonderful, bold, and quite complex. Very balanced between hop, malt and yeasts. This is one smooth brew. Did I say great color? Well it's richly dark and mysterious. I'll be buying more of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2003 14:50:29 | More by maybrick
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filabrazilia

Colorado

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

This beer is a beautiful root beer brown. It allows light to penetrate its darkness to create an impressive spectrum of browns and deep reds. A small light brown head adorns the crown of this attractive beer.

A faint smell of alcohol and spice waft from the mug to my nose which gave my nose a slight burn. Oddly enough, this was a good thing.

There is a muted roasted malt flavor in the taste that is not at all overpowering. The taste is sweet and mellow and very very smooth with a light spice presence that balances the malt nicely.

This beer is easy on the mouth. There are no strong flavors that assault the taste buds. The beauty in this beer is that it is exceptionally mellow and smooth. At 8.5% alcohol, there is no hint of its strength.

This is a very drinkable beer. However, the concealed alcohol power could leave you floored after a couple.

This is a good beer that I will definitely try again.

Serving type: cask

12-02-2003 15:59:20 | More by filabrazilia
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.