Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +6%
Old Jubilation is one of my favorite holday seasonal and the 2010 while a little more roasty than previous years doesn't dissapoint.
It pours a deep brown with nice amber highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is dominated with rich toffee and molasses notes that are lifted into you nostrils on a cloud of ethanol vapors.
01-20-2011 03:31:57 | More by wajacobs
3.13/5 rDev -18.7%
Very dark brown hint of amber. Small amount of head but the retention is stable.
Fresh ground toasted grain along with caramel and milky chocolate. Some rich fruity spice notes.
Flavor is pungent molasses and dark fruits (figs) and some plum. Some dark grains linger with a mild hop dryness. The malt, mild fruit and spice really cut through this beer. Almost too much.
Thick body but the heavy flavors make it a definite sipping beer.
01-20-2011 02:19:20 | More by DrinkingDrake
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
A: Pours a beautiful deep brown color that at first reminded me of dark caramel. The bottle says it's mahogany. No argument here. Not much of a head at all.
S: Not as much on the nose as expected. Faint smells of hazelnut.
T: Simple at first, but the complexities of a well crafted brew come out as it explores your tongue. An excellent balance of malted barley and hops and alcohol resulting in a very pleasurable winter beer. The alcohol, while noticeable, is warming and not distracting from the balance.
M: Nice carbonation level, maybe not what I expected from a wintery beer, but I find that it works.
D: I could certainly knock several of these back despite the high ABV. Just an excellent balanced beer.
01-18-2011 05:37:14 | More by chodinheaven
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
Poured from a vintage 2009 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep ochre, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A thick, pillowy ivory head settles at 1/4" high and remains.
Boozy, yeasty and malty, with caramel and burnt sugar aromas. There are also hints of figs in this beer.
Taste starts sweet, with definite alcohol and yeast, grapes, currants and other dark fruit, and raisins. Ends with a stripe of bitter down the middle of my tongue.
Buttery mouthfeel, this is a medium to full bodied brew.
Cellaring this beer for a year didn't hurt it one bit. My only disappointment was that I was not able to find a 2010 vintage (which was why I saved this from last year) to contemporaneously compare this to. Highly drinkable, this is an excellent winter warmer.
01-07-2011 02:42:17 | More by TheHoppiest
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours blackened amber with red edges and a white head that disappears. Weak aroma of spices, dark fruit, slight chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of maple syrup, brown sugar, grains, caramel, hop bitterness towards the finish but it is still overwhelmed by the dark malts. Medium carbonation in a medium bodied brew. The booze is hidden well behind this syrupy malt bomb but an enjoyable winter warmer all around.
01-05-2011 03:54:09 | More by JRed
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my DFH Snifter.
A - Pours a deep carmel amber color with some slight red hues. Must not have much carbonation because it only poured a small 1/4 finger head that was slightly off white in color. Head was gone fast but left a nice thick cap to it.
S - Smells like a malt bomb and from reading the bottle, I think this is what they may have been going for. I smell lots of roasted malts, some smokey malts, some carmel and sweet malts and just some more malts. I also get some slight pine hops as well but those are pretty subdued.
T - Very smooth from the start, no big hop or bitter punch. Gets sweet after the first taste and the malts come creeping slowly and then dissapate slowly. A real slow moving under the radar brew. There is quite a bit of alcohol hitting the tongue and throat though which is suprising to me since this isn't exactly a high ABV beer.
M - Mouthfeel is pretty heavy from all the malts and complexities. Theres not much carbonation as I expected which is a bit of a downer. I think a bit more carbonation would really do this beer good.
T - A very drinkable beer. Unfortunately I only have this one left plus one in the cellar so I won't be having more any time soon as I'm curious what the malts will do over a six month period or so.
01-05-2011 03:50:17 | More by Tifore
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
Clear, layered dark amber to mahogany on the bottom with a medium tan frothy/foamy head with good retention and lacing. Malty spice aroma. Robust chocolate with roasted malt and toffee with a slightly off finish (that begins to go away after a bit) and light alcohol. Chewy and smooth with low carbonation.
Cellerable for 3 years? Interesting, might be worth it. As is, a slightly above average taste with a nice malt profile for cellar potential and it does have a great mouthfeel.
01-05-2011 00:07:10 | More by Bfarr
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brownish-red w/ nice foamy head and nice lacing. Faint scents of hops, fruits, malts, breads. The taste is very harmonious w/ all of the flavors, it's pretty sweet w/ a mixture of dark and sweet fruits, caramel, spices, and hops; very balanced. Mouthfeel is nice, rich and creamy. Full-bodied but not heavy. Drinkability is great, alcohol is completely hidden, very easy to drink.
Great winter time brew, I always look forward to Old Jubilation. The flavors aren't in your face, just subtle and tasty. Recommended.
01-04-2011 20:36:14 | More by BB1313
2.55/5 rDev -33.8%
Dark mahogany in color. Head isn't exciting, but a film does stay throughout.
Bready malts and some faint spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) along with a little molasses on the nose.
Tastes quite dry. The toffee note is noticeable...almost comes across as a caramel apple. Finishes short; only a little alcohol warmth and a faint bitterness barely lingers.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is more or less average, if not a little lacking.
Overall this one's OK. Wouldn't purchase it again, but nice enough to try.
01-04-2011 03:06:13 | More by jbertsch
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.
A: Dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving lots of dry sticky residue behind. Plenty more spider web lacing remains as you drink it down.
S: Malt nose with the customary winter spices.
T: Pungent, roasted, baked bread malt. Some Italian spice in there. A subtle sweetness.
M: Heavy and robust body. Pungency in the front, with a dry peaty finish.
D: This is definitely a sipping experience.
Atmosphere is pretty solid. Rich dark brown appearance, with a frothy head and plenty of lacing. Nose is a nice combination of malt with the customary winter spices. Flavor is heavy and rich malt with a lot of pungency. Overall, this is a good quaff.
01-01-2011 04:48:05 | More by bmwats
2.8/5 rDev -27.3%
Aromas of intense malt, super dark fruit, very sweet and candy like, lots of caramel and molasses. The alcohol adds to the sweetness. Dry, floral overtone from the hops.
Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. Way way way too astringent and roasty. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.
Thick chewy mouthfeel. It has a medium body that is more on the heavier side of medium. Has a little bit of a chewy quality to it. It has a creamy quality to it, and warms the mouth. Not balanced enough to revisit in my opinion, will not revisit.
12-30-2010 06:15:24 | More by claspada
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
This was poured from a bottle into a glass. This brew was deceptively high in alcohol content. A winter ale among the tops of the rank. Hearty. Slight foamy head. Dark brown complexion. Great taste, sweet, dark, roasted malt taste. Slight hint of hazelnuts with mocha and toffee.
Appearantly this beer is cellarable for 3+ years. This blend from colorado only uses Rocky moutain water which lends to its pureness.
12-27-2010 02:22:00 | More by Ryanm1
4/5 rDev +3.9%
a - poured a 1/2 finger thick eggshell-colored head into a snifter that settled quickly into a thin ring. the body was a dark reddish-purple.
s - light chocolate malts, raisins.
t - huge malt profile most like dark fruits with some faint hops in the finish. really smooths out in the finish as well.
m - thin to medium.
d - really great winter warmer and goes down easily.
12-25-2010 13:33:31 | More by GPHarris
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.
Pours a dark reddish orange hue that's just barely transparent in the glass. Slight head that dissipates quickly leaving some loose spotty lacing. Little flecks of yeast can be seen suspended in the brew. Lazy strings of carbonation rise from the bottom to the top. Smell is of sweet malts with a lot of caramel nuances. Some fruity berries as well as some dark molasses in the mix too. There's an almost Belgian ale quality scent here, just not as aggressive. I like it.
A big malty presence to start, along with a fair bit of sweetness from a number of different flavors, including some licorice, dark fruits and caramel. As the beer washes over the tongue, there's a definite citrus component that is accompanied by the mildish hop bitterness that lingers at the end of the taste and into the aftertaste. It provides a solid balance with the initial flavors. Given a bit of warmth, a slight alcoholic tinge becomes evident. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some tingly carbonation. Good viscosity with a drying finish.
A beer with good drinkability for cold winter nights. I usually turn to a big old imperial stouts for comfort on a chilly evening, but I wouldn't mind knocking back one of these to mix things up. Not bad for my first winter warmer.
12-23-2010 04:19:41 | More by r0nyn
4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
A - A dark, reddish amber. Some head, and leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass. What I like the best is the floating particles that are present.
S - Amazing. Very sweet smelling. I can't quite capture the fruits that I smell providing the sweet aromas.
T - It tastes similar to the smell. A slight burnt smell that is overpowered by the sweet taste. But a mild sweetness, not overwhelming.
M - Full bodied. Medium carbonation.
D - Very high. The alcohol taste is present, but not as much as you would expect from a higher ABV beer. It is masked pretty well. I will be buying this one again.
12-23-2010 03:18:02 | More by BeerDawgs
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
A - Pours a deep amber, almost red. About a half inch of head with some lacing.
S - Good full smell, nice sweet nutty smell, almost a hazelnut scent.
T - Full earthy taste, good amount of malt in there. A bit chocolatey even. The smell of nuts in the beer flourishes in the taste as well. A little bit of a bold coffee finish.
M - Coats the mouth well. Sort of 'preps' the mouth for the next sip. Little carbonation
D - Wooo, be careful ladies and gents. This 8.3% goes down well. It's just on the verge of being able to taste the alcohol in it, but the fullness of the flavors do a great job of masking it. I sit here typing this, looking at my glass, and seeing it's half-empty already.
Overall - A pretty solid winter warmer. I've had beers that do a better job 'warming', but this is a great beer to sit in front of a fire with. Very full smell and taste. Bravo.
12-17-2010 21:15:05 | More by BeerBuckeye
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
A: very nice mahogany red color very clear and nice and dark with an off white head
S: slightly sweet with a red berry presence
T: malty sweet and spice alcohol is masked well
M: med mouth with med carbonation
D: very drinkable
overall: smell was not very good in this one but everything else was very enjoyable.
12-17-2010 05:23:14 | More by JamisonM
4/5 rDev +3.9%
This ale appears dark red with a small tan head.
It smells slightly citrusy, a little grassy, and a little bit caramel like.
It tastes initially a bit of dry malts; there is a slight caramel flavor. A nice mild citrus flavor is also present; there is also a mild chocolate taste as well. The taste ends with a nice subdued bitterness.
The carbonation is moderate low.
Drinkability is really good. I could drink a few of these.
This is not a complex beer but it is really good and is a great beer to drink by a fire.
12-16-2010 02:38:59 | More by chumba526
4.35/5 rDev +13%
Had this one on tap at the Sink in Boulder. Good chocolate smell. Very good flavor, chocolate, raisin and coffee. Not too carbonated and lighter than I expected. Very drinkable, and recommended. I need to get around to trying more Avery Brews. If you are looking for a nice dark brew that is not too intense, this is the ticket. They had Deep Purple In Rock playing; one of my favorite records and one that goes well with this brew.
12-16-2010 01:40:48 | More by mentaltraveller
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
I'm fond of several Avery brews and was interested in trying this one.
Pours a cola brown with ruby highlights, yieldingh one finger of head and mild carbonation present. Decent retention and lacing on the head. Smells of caramel, with light coffee and rum notes. No hops in the nose.
Toasted caramel and creamed coffee up front, with some cocoa notes. Medium-bodied with a 'chewy' texture. There's a little hop bitterness, about on par with an ESB, and a dry finish. There are a few warm alcohol notes on the back end.
Excellent drinkability for the style. Moderate alcohol presence is somewhat masked, and a six pack of these would make for a nice, relaxing evening indeed. The beer has character, though I was expecting something sweeter, darker, and even heavier.
12-12-2010 02:39:44 | More by aristeros
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
A - A fingers worth of crisp tightly packed slightly off white head... Solid retention gives way to a full creamy lacing and thick collar... The color is a translucent medium to dark brown with some faint ruby hues... A decent bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation rises deep within... A decent bit of lacing clings to the glass...
S - Coffee... Cocoa powder... Caramelized sugars... Perhaps a faint whiff of cinnamon... Some hops are buried deep beneath the surface... Slightly understated, but still rather effective...
T - Lightly roasted malts... Subtle dark roast coffee... Cocoa... Nutmeg... A touch of licorice... A very enjoyable mix of citrus and piney hops appear on the finish and add wonderful depth and complexity...
M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Modest carbonation... A not so subtle chalky finish...
D - A hearty Winter Warmer with a stronger roasted malt profile than most... Assertive and enjoyable... Not my favorite winter offering, but a unique take on the style that I had no problem finishing...
12-10-2010 03:03:49 | More by philbe311
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Picked up a sixer at the Beer Exchange (Charleston, that is) over the weekend... decided to drink a few and save a few til next year (or beyond?)...
A: A rough pour into a snifter yields a deep mahogany beer with a one-finger, almond head that recedes quickly to a wispy layer of foam and leaves virtually no lace; held to light, the beer is definitely redder and is quite translucent.
S: Lots of good, scrumptious malt aroma... hazelnut, rich caramel, toffee and some praline; some earthy hops in the mix, too.
T: Pretty tasty... nothing in your face, but overall, simply complex and satisfying. Nutty, lightly roasted malts give way to a mild hop bitterness. Also, some toast and notes reminiscent of belgian spice / candi sugar...
M: Medium-bodied; carbonation is low, but there is a touch of zing on the finish; has a nice warming character... mmmm.
D: Very drinkable considering the abv... wow, the alcohol is well hidden on this one. A great winter warmer... one of my favorites for sure... similar to an old ale. I look forward to this one every winter - seems like its always gone too early.
12-10-2010 01:57:56 | More by jpro
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
A winter warmer without spices done in the tradition of a English Strong (Old) Ale style. This beer is dark brown color (deep ruby when held to the light), fairly low carbonation with only about a finger of head. Aroma is dominated by the roasted nutty malts and mild earthy hops. The flavor lacked the balance of the aroma though. I thought the roasted malts took over and had quite a bit of bitterness in the taste. It's a good refined medium bodied beer, but lacks the drinkability of other winter warmers I've had.
12-08-2010 20:14:07 | More by Prospero
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
First off, I didn't buy this beer, but somehow I ended up with 4 of them. Fucking awesome. This is my fourth over a few days and I just found out the percentage when I stepped on to make a review. Oops!
Very malty, caramel and toasted, slight chocolate. There seems like there's something of a spice to it, but it may just be some long-chain alcohols throwing some scent. The chocolate is a nice competitor the slight sweetness. Nice pine hop supplement. Really enjoyable beer.
12-08-2010 05:35:08 | More by dragonWhale
3.85/5 rDev 0%
91st review on BA
bottle to pint
App- As the bottle states a very rich mahogany brown with a very suprising white 2 finger head.
Smell- A big earthy and nutty smell with some nice richer spices.
Taste- A very complex beer. Had the right amount of bitterness to make it wake up the palate and warm the mouth.
Mouth- After it warmed up a bit it had a nice creamy mouth feel with a more crisp bite.
Drink- A very good rep of the style. I need to go get another one to age it.
12-06-2010 03:08:20 | More by FosterJM
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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