Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
Georgious dark and auburn colours, lasting head. Moderate spicey aroma. Intense taste, well carbonated. Well to drink with spicey food. Good malts throughout to balance out the flavour, and noticeable hops. Dry finish. Citrus and cherry and vegetable aftertaste.
09-27-2005 23:01:26 | More by Sammy
3.2/5 rDev -16.9%
Pours a somewhat murky dark brown with a foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, slight cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a high level of roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and gritty mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a nice smell but the flavor is not all that good in my opinion.
11-15-2012 01:51:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.2/5 rDev -16.9%
Served in a Bruery tulip.
The color is a moderate brown with a crimson hue. Pours with a single-finger off-white head as well as some light lacing and a bit of bubbly lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose brings some light caramel, toffee, and citrus plus a bit of spicing.
The flavor brings some mild hops with a bit of earth and citrus as well as some caramel. There some slight spicing and a bit of booze in there as well. The body is nice with a bit of booze and is a bit thinner than expected, but has a good amount of carbonation to carry the flavors. Drinkability is decent. This is a well-made brew, but just doesn't really stand out in any direction.
11-28-2010 01:10:51 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Dusky crimson with brassy orange trim and tiny bits of yeast. The oatmeal colored head is firm and tight with gobs of delicate bubbles on its upper surface. A thick coat of generously pocked lace is beginning to coat the glass, sealing the deal on an attractive appearance.
The mega-malty nose reminds me of a robust porter or even a stout. It doesn't possess the dark fruitiness of a Baltic porter and it doesn't possess the licorice and molasses notes of a Russian Imperial stout. In spite of the less exotic scents of roasted barley and dark chocolate, this is a wonderfully aromatic winter warmer. No spices greet my nose, but then I know from the website than none have been added.
On the palate, Old Jubilation still reminds me of a big porter or a throttled-back stout. Malt is in charge here and multiple varieties have been used to great effect. The roasted maltiness is multi-dimensional in ways that I'm having fun exploring, especially as the beer warms. The thing that gives this beer its signature personality is that it tastes a little (only a little) like a barleywine or an old ale. The fact that Avery calls it an English strong ale is telling.
The beer is judiciously sweet, with more than enough bitterness to bring things into balance. An English variety of hop, Bullion, has been used; an atypical choice, one that I don't usually run across. If I had been told that one spice was used, I'd have guessed just a pinch of cinnamon. I can easily believe, however, that it's spice-free (as advertised).
I have no earthly idea how long I've had this bottle, but I'd guess that it's about one year old. Long enough, apparently, for the alcohol to have mellowed into a purring kitten. A little is apparent, but not much. The mouthfeel is closer to medium than to full, and is just a fraction too bubbled. Those are minor, nitpicky complaints since, overall, I like the mouthfeel just fine.
From the wintery label reminiscent of a Currier and Ives lithograph; to the deep, multi-faceted maltiness; to the warming sensation currently residing in my belly, Old Jubilation is a fine ale that was a pleasure to consume. Avery has brewed another winner that, thanks to its cellarability, can be enjoyed all year round. Well done.
02-19-2006 23:24:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Appearance: Deep cola brown with a nice head and relatively good lacing
Smell: Hazelnuts, caramel and some dark fruit; a nice fresh hops smell as well
Taste: Starts out with caramel, nuts and raisins and picks up some grapefruit hops in the middle; both sweet and bitter flavors battle it out to the finish but the hops ultimately are dominant.
Mouthfeel: Medium/thick bodied with good carbonation
Drinkability: Very satisfying with good complexity; I note from Avery's website that they consider this an English Strong Ale rather than a Winter Warmer
11-22-2004 22:38:53 | More by brentk56
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a nice medium foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of deep malt with some sweet dry fruits is really enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the sweet malt with some presence of dry fruits and a hoppy slightly bitter finish. Body is above average with a nice level of carbonation and no alcohol is discernable.
01-19-2007 18:36:14 | More by Phyl21ca
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
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.
08-05-2005 12:50:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.35/5 rDev +13%
12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass
A Poured a deep dark and hazy brown with a nice ruby colored tint coming through on the sides and bottom. A very nice three finger or more head of tan colored lace rose up across the top and stayed around for a good few minutes giving it a very full appearance and a very nice look overall. Some carbonation could be seen struggling to keep up on the sides of the glass.
S The aroma was very sweet, full of tons of caramel and sugar with a very nice winter like smell to it. Hints of earthy roasted malts and nuts with a very much caramelized coating were readily apparent, as was a touch of alcohol on the back end of it. This was a very nice and richly warm tone coming off of it. Some slight hoppiness could be picked up as well but nothing to extravagant.
T The flavor was wonderful, honestly just really well put together. The first thing to hit you was a wall of caramelized sugar taste mixed in with tons of earthy roasted malts and a really nice hint of nutmeg. This all rolled together very nicely and gave a very full complex flavor. Hints of a bourbon barrel like alcohol were also apparent but not too extreme. Just enough to let you know it could warm you up a bit if you needed it. Very smooth dry finish with a nice grassy sort of hop tinge to it. \
M Very smooth and creamy, this medium bodied ale was just about perfect here. The carbonation kept it from feeling slimy or syrup like and provided that extra little bit of liveliness to keep it going. Very nice profile.
D Almost as good as you can get as far as being a good sessionable winter beer. The flavors were sugary sweet and rich without being over the top. The abv was up there enough to let you know this was just a light lager, but mellowed enough to really be a fine session ale. Great carbonation and not an overall heavy feeling all added up to a really fantastic experience.
Overall this was easily my favorite of all the winter beers I have had so far this year. Almost perfectly created you really could not go wrong here. I would have gladly put down a few more of these, as they were just that good. A very solid offering and one that is sure to please. I would have to highly recommend this one.
12-27-2007 23:27:42 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
On Cask at Avery.
Pours dark brown with a nice off white head.
Nose, flavors and finish - all rich toast and nicely burnt coffee.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with nice balance and, as expected on cask, light carbonation and an "elegant" feel.
Cask really brings out the coffee and rich malty character, especially when it warms a bit. (Avery is "famous" for casks being a bit colder than "normal" cask servings. Nice to see a cask beer a bit colder and then experience it as it warms).
This is a complex drink that is sure to make a coffee lover drink as much as Avery will tap.
02-19-2011 16:18:12 | More by GRG1313
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
I'm somewhat shy about this whole 'Winter Warmer' category; a category filled with beers flavored with spices, bush berries, and twigs. Yet, as I've enjoyed the other Avery products I've tasted, I thought I'd give this one a try. Here we go!
Appearance: Pours a rich garnet hue with a modest, yet persistent tan head.
Aroma: Sniff! Gobs of sweet malty goodness upfront teamed with hints of caramel and mystery dark fruitiness. Also: a playful, leafy hop bouquet once you get past the malts.
Taste: Alright, let's jubilate! I get a Malt Mouth with light cocoa powder, caramel, and with a dash of light coffee thrown in. The hops lazily file in at the back of the line, allowing the beer to finish with a pleasant, albeit lingering hop flavor. There's also a tiny bit of smokiness to be found. The 8% alcohol goes undetected, and was well hidden within this brew. Delish! Just the right amount of sweetness for me.
Mouthfeel: I would say medium for the mouthfeel with this one, and there's a decent amount of carbonation, too. Smooth! Which leads us to...
Drinkability: Oh, its drinkable alright! Especially for the 8% alcohol. Absolutely a joy to drink, even without the spices, bush berries, and twigs present in so many of these seasonal offerings. A hefty brew, and certainly a tasty one, I am pleased to have given this Avery offering a try and look forward to the remainder of the six-pack. Way to go, Avery!
10-30-2005 23:30:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
This winter warmer pours out as a nice deep brown color with a tan colored head on top. The head fades with a light sticky lacing that grabs the glass. The smell of the beer was sweet and a little spicy on the nose as well. The taste of the beer gives of a little bit of warming spices along with some sweet malts. The mouthfeel of this brew was decent. I'd say it's about medium bodied. Overall this beer wasn't bad. I'd drink it again but it wasn't something I'd crave.
10-26-2011 23:30:39 | More by Knapp85
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
03-17-2004 01:29:04 | More by oberon
3.38/5 rDev -12.2%
Served in a snifter at The Firkin.
And our day at the Firk is nearing an end. Soon, we bottle some of our own beer! In the meantime, this one pours a dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light fennel, brown sugar, light maple syrup, and walnuts. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, light roasted malts, walnuts, and light maple syrup. There's a decidedly watered-down kind of feeling to everything. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, a decent Winter brew, but nothing I would heartily ask for or recommend. It's all just a bit watery for my liking.
11-25-2010 06:31:03 | More by TMoney2591
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, tan one-finger head. It leaves great lacing.
S - It smelled malt and hops.
T - It tasted very spicy. It was also fairly hoppy and had hints of dried fruits.
M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.
D - This is a very good winter warmer. A nice spicy/hoppy beer on a cold snowy night.
02-14-2007 16:57:26 | More by zeff80
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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