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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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Reviews: 775
Hads: 1,569
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 58
Gots: 114 | FT: 4
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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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Reviews: 775 | Hads: 1,569
Photo of 99bottles
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark reddish brown color with a tiny tan head of lace that disappears after the first few quaffs. This beer smells of sweet malts and light choco with some fluttery hops in the end. The taste was somewhat thin. No real discernible spice addings, which I expected from the scenic winter label. Sweet bread like malts, medium somewhat chewy mouthfeel, sweet caramelized sugars, and light phenolic fruit. Tiniest hint at rum or brandy, but only behind the heavy sweetness. The hop blend seems to have wimped out in my bottle. I don't doubt the prescence, but there was no real oomph. Not quite what I think of when I hear American Strong / Ole Ale. Try a Stone AB, I think it holds more interest. Not bad, the 8% is cloaked well, but not one I'll be seeking out again.

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Photo of drewbage
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle with a high gloss label, but no freshness date.

Beer pours into the glass a deep ruby red brown with virtual no head (very little white big bubbles hanging on the edge of the surface.)

Nose is all malt, but with a leather and just faintly roasty character that makes it seem like a roasted chocolate peanut butter cup.

Flavor is ruby caramel with a deep roast burn. Nuttiness returns in the flavor and focuses back to a peanut butter touch.Finishes goes to a strong sugar and just a slight acidity and a smoky molasses zing.

Not bad.. just a little wrapup of alcohol and a run of warmth down to the gut.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a deep blood red with a fluffy, tight bubbled, head. It is very clear and the head leaves a very sticky lace.

Smell: Sweet malts, burnt raisins are upfront. Caramel is there which is all brought up with a strong alcohol presence.

Taste: Very malty. I can taste the raisins and caramel with a little bit of molasses. The hops leave a nice little bite to bring everything together and then the alcohol is very evident and leaves you dry. The aftertaste is sweet and leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Chewy. Very chewy mouthfeel that coats your mouth. Carbonation is very subtle and could be kicked up a notch.

A very good brew. Definitely one that could warm you up and be your friend during the cold winter nights.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours depp red and brown, no real head on the pour and no lace as the beer is consumed.
Aroma of sweet caramel, cinnamon and some dark fruits and maybe a hint of chocolate
Flavor is rich and smooth caramel, hint of roasted coffee and chocolate with just a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg.
Mouthfeel starts smooth and moves to a very sweet, almost tart then into a moderate bitter middle and finishes with a dry, spicy section.
Drinkability is pretty good, could see myself downing another.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark amber in color -- almost red, actually. Head is a spotty, dirty white. Nice aroma -- molassess with a slight fruitiness and a floral hop bouquet. Rich in flavor -- brown sugar with a somewhat burnt malt taste. Unsweetened chocolate, raisins and other dark fruit. Finish is pleasantly bitter with a light smokiness to the aftertaste. Full bodied but well carbonated and balanced-seeming in terms of flavor. Good stuff, no less than what I'd expect from Avery!

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson color with not much head to speak of,aroma is on the malty side oranjy with some hints of chocolate but a hint of leafy hop that lingers.Taste has a light soapy quality with nice complexity dry biscuit malt with fruity estures big hit of hops comes thru though in the finish.True to the style a nice balanced complex old ale a very unexpected find here in North Carolina with the alcohol laws the way they are.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - sampled in a Belgian glass, a beautiful ruby red color when held to a strong light and viewed from below. Thin covering of bubbles on top.

Aroma - not much there. A touch of chocolate malt and fruit, and that's it.

Taste - malty start with a hint of cocoa, then moves quickly to a solid but not aggressive hop bite. Finishes with some of the malt flavor returning, a nice balanced ending. Not all that complex, but right tasty.

Mouthfeel - medium to slightly heavy body. Carbonation keeps it in check, allows the flavor to coat the mouth without syrupiness.

Drinkability - a little high in the abv, but a great beer and easily worth multiple orders in a paced out session.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Murky dark brown in color with a nice brown head that went down slowly and pooled on top of the liquid.

Smell – I couldn’t get much from this until it sat, but the aroma is malty in nature with a big cocoa powder influence. There’s some (kind of minty) spicing in there and some serious sugar of sorts. Also, I’d swear there were some big time hops in this brew.

Taste – The peppermint comes out more at the taste, nicely complimenting the huge, darkish malt backbone. There definitely is a hop balance here, strongly supported by some quality raw sugars.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and a bit fluffy in the mouth. This one is a bit over medium and actually has a touch of dryness (somehow – don’t ask me).

Drinkability – This has “winter warmer” written all over it. It harkens back to memories of log fires, Christmas trees, and frosty window panes. You’ll want to sip this hearty ale for sure.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep translucent firey glowing brown color, thin sandy colored head thats firm and crusty only to fade somewhat quickly to a semi-fluffy thick collar, lace in minimal strings and spots. Aroma is quite roasty, dry and coffeeish with a nice malt tone thats a touch sweet. Which becomes more evident as it sits, plus some alcoholic warmth seeps through as well once it warms; quite nice with a bit of added dried floral hop notes too. Taste has a warm roasty maltiness thats a tad sweet, touches of spice, molasses, and a favorable little coffee-like dryness and mild dried leafy hoppyness. The only thing is thats its a wee bit flat and doesn't last for very long. The finish has a nice light effect of sweetening dryness. Feel is just shy of medium body with a thinner side to its creamyness. If this weren't 8% this could be one fine dandy session of an Old Ale, but that detours it a bit from being so, other then that its still fairly drinkable. Not bad actually, just a bit short lived.

Thanks goes to Gusler for the sample of Avery brews!

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Photo of Chsyhkr
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An American interpretation of strong or old ale. Well hopped from beginning to end. Pours clear and a strong aroma of crystal malt and toffee. Aroma includes some oxidation, my bottle was underfilled. The cardboard aroma does not carry over to the taste which is slap full of west coast style hops.

Chewy and slighty nutty, yeast? The bottle says keep refrigerated, but I could not see any ring in the bottom, so I am not sure if this is live or not.

A well made beer that is sadly illegal in North Carolina. I'll have to make it myself.

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Photo of lou91
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured picture perfect into my chimay glass with a 1/4 in head with tight bubbles and a wonderful hoppy/malty nose. The taste is so beautifully balanced with elegant hop flavors and a hearty malt backbone. It is sweet like a Mackeson’s stout and just as light and drinkable. Nice hints of roasted coffee/bittersweet chocolate. Good cold as it is when it warms. Got it at the stuffed sandwich in san Gabriel.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is murky brown with a small beige/tan head of foam. The aromas are very hoppy and malts all at the same time. This is what a strong/old ale is supposed to smell like....wonderful! The taste is malty and strong, but the alcohol is well integrated in this brew and the hops that hit hard on the finish round things out nicely. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy and the drinkability is excellent as well. A great strong brew...

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Photo of ElGordo
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, translucent red with a light creamy head. At first, the nose is full of robust malt aroma, progressing towards a sweeter, more herbal nose with noticeable alcohol as it warms. A number of flavors jump out of a thick, warming body: sweet malt, allspice, honey, and molasses. The bitter, malty finish lingers on the palate for quite a while. A good winter warmer, with emphasis on the warm. For >6% alcohol, it still packs a punch.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice deep garnet color, and it is quite clear when held up to the light. It has a nice fruity, lightly spiced and hoppy aroma. This beer has a nice hop contribution, for some reason I was not expecting this, but it is good. The taste has some fruity - cherry notes as well as some light subtle spice character (as I understand it this is all done without the use of any real spices). The finish is slightly astringent, and is accompanied by a light sweetness. There is a bitter hop finish as well, though not IPA like but it is quite pleasing.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The small, off-white head is filmy, leaving tiny little spots. Dark, dark, clear mahogany liquid. Nose is nutty with toffee (almost like peanut butter in burnt toffee). Dark chocolate toffee is joined by bold hops in the front. A thick chocolate malty middle finishes hoppy bitter. Yum! Aftertaste is just a little metallic, but only when cold. This one needs to warm up to show itself off. This is a very good, aggressive Christmas beer. Kind of like a maltier version of the New World Porter. I could drink lots of this!

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Photo of maxpower
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown color with a decent off-white head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, fruity and malty aromas. Smooth nutty and chocolate flavors, full bodied with mild carbonation, full creamy and smooth mouthfeel, finishes kind of dry, alcohol well hidden until it warms, a solid winter ale.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this 12oz. bottle as part of a round-robin holiday beer exchange during the Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port about three weeks ago. Old Jubilation had a deep, dark brown color and a firm ¼" off-white head that dwindled down to a small collar and left no lace.
The smell had an earthy malt aroma and lots of herbal hops notes. Very mild spices, nutmeg was most prominant, were only barely present in the nose. The taste had an early push of caramel malt and toffee. A slight nutty flavor coursed across mid-range and a citrusy, spicy hops bite latched on to the back of the tongue at the finish. The alcohol, not noted anywhere on the label, was well disguised and you wouldn't guess it was coming in at 8.0% ABV. The feel was full, kind of chewy, and had a bit of dryness in the finish.
This brew went down quite smoothly and in pretty short order. No one characteristic overwhelms any other, giving Old Jubilation a nice balance. Worth trying out if you see it.

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Photo of Loki
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with the ABV% conveniently missing.

Appearance: Dark mahogany color with a big off-white, whipped head. Fades quickly to a 1/8 inch covering. Sticky, mountainscape bands of lacing cling to the glass.

Smell: Malt, minerals, and very, very subtle spice maybe nutmeg and allspice.

Taste: Sweet malt, minerals, slightly bitter hops, and more subtle spice that is present, but hard to discern. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Unpleasantly sticky and fairly dry. Better mouthfeel as it warms.

Drinkability: Not what I expected. The mouthfeel makes this fairly undrinkable for my tastes. I was really looking forward to this and may have built it up to much. The stickiness fades some as it warms.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Old Jubilation poured a dark reddish-brown with a medium head that quickly went down to a nice lacing and collar. It had a very appealing citrusy, malt smell. It had a big malt taste with some citrus tones that was nicely balanced with a slightly hoppy finish. Overall, a very nice, highly drinkable holiday brew.

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Photo of hyuga
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep mahogany brew rests in my glass, topped with a creamy, sticky head of cream-color. The nose suggests Christmastime spices, but the website suggests that they used no spices whatsoever in the brewing of this ale, apart from, of course, our friends the hops. A woody and nutty aroma with hop crispness is present moreso than the aforementioned, however. It's very crisp on the tongue as well, but also deep and malty in a warming way. A well-placed hop bite at the beginning, balanced in the middle by thick grain and caramel malt with a nutty and woody character. Leafy at the back, leading to a crisp finish. Subtly creamy mouthfeel. A fine beer, perfect for a winter night with a book or other form of quiet enjoyment.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Ripe Bing cherries top a whiff of dark malt. Overall, a very mild smell, but I started out with the beer fairly cold.
Appearance: Dark brown with flashes of ruby edges. Slight haze with a short lived off white head. Some lacing slowly slipped down the glass and a fresh burst of carbonation fed a halo of foam with every sip.
Flavor: Interesting. Only hints of any fruits and the hops really come out, but don’t bitter. A very nice balance that highlights the hops, but lets some dark malt show off as well. I get the slightest hints of some spices, but they are so mild that I can’t identify them. This is close to their barley wine, but I’d need another sample of it to compare and contrast.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a good chew. Some alcohol drying at the finish and a slight hop pucker.
Overall Impression: Very tasty. Big brew that hides it’s alcohol well, and tames a generous dose of hops. The spice taste is so mild that it's hard to call a Christmas beer, but who cares? It's good! I'll be grabbing a few more for the cellar, if you see some, give it a try!

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Photo of proc
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice winter offering from Avery.

Pours out to a a dark amber in the glass with a very slight head. The aroma is somewhat fruity with some fresh malt thrown in. The taste is good, with a nice malty, slightly sweet mouthfeel giving way to a light, yet tasty hop dose on the finish. A very, very drinkable beer and one that masks the 8% ABV very well. This breweries offerings have been readily available in my area (Detroit) for awhile. I'll be exploring their other beers soon.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well-rounded winter ale. Dark garnet red color and spicy aroma. Big malt, with faint pear essence and carbernet wine. Hops are well balanced against the malt, giving a beefy finish to the beer. The high abv is woven into the flavor and not at all prominent. Overall, a very "traditional" sort of strong ale, and a very nice seasonal offering.

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Photo of maybrick
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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