Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company
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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
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
16oz pint during the Denver Beer Week/GABF celebrations at the brewery in Boulder, Colorado. Apparently this must be referred to as 'Old Jube' when ordering.
This beer appears a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of island group lace around the glass as it gently recedes.
It smells of biscuity caramel malt, a mild fleshy nuttiness, aged dark fruit, ash, earthy, leafy hops, and a wee alcohol astringency. The taste is raisin-inflected caramel malt, toffee, cafe-au-lait, oily nuts, wet ash, earthy, weedy hops, and more simmering, tame booze notes.
The bubbles are rather soft and innocuous, the body a sturdy medium weight, with a thin metallic twinge, but generally smooth. It finishes more or less dry, with some lingering biscuit, cracker, coffee, and cocoa. A wee glow presents itself as things progress.
A decently well-rounded old ale, with winter warming aspects, that isn't too sweet. Complex and enjoyable, what with the elevated ABV keeping mostly to itself. I'm glad to be stateside, not in summertime, so that I finally get to try these kinds of offerings.
10-10-2013 18:14:46 | More by biboergosum
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
This bold holiday seasonal presents a deep, reddish-mahogany body topped by a frothy light-tan head that holds well and leaves some interesting Brussels lace throughout the glass. The nose is somewhat limited but reveals a sweet grainy malt, some dark fruitiness (raisins, prune), and a touch of floral hoppiness. The body is full with an exceptionally fine carbonation that caresses the tongue before becoming nicely creamy. The flavor is quite rich with a chocolatey note that's entwined with threads of soft dark fruit (raisins, plum, red grape) and balanced by an understated bitterness. The long finish lingers with residual semi-sweet & lightly chocolatey malt, a drying touch of alcohol, some thin hop flavor, and a light bitterness. Very nicely done with alot of character and a very good drinkability despite it's full maltiness and strength.
01-14-2003 18:56:54 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a clear dark brown with a creme head that rises and falls just about as fast. Nice caramel laiden sweet nose. Flavor profile is nice. Nice smooth sweet tones with woody after edges to it. Smooth liquid feel and a biting carbonation. Very easy to drink. A nice winter warmer.
01-15-2008 20:49:42 | More by RblWthACoz
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of spices, caramel, dark fruit and some hops.
T: The taste is malty but not too sweet with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and some spice. There's mild hops presence and a touch of smokiness in the background. The malt character is hearty and there's a little alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's a little strong than most beers in the style and worth drinking for a while, but there are others I would pick first.
03-14-2009 04:39:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
A - Nice sized, light brown head with good retention and an amber-brown body with good clarity.
S - Caramel malt with a strong molasses note. Nutty, no detectable hop aroma.
T - Nutty toffee, dry fruit, and some hop flavor. Bitterness creeps in during the finish along with some sherry like oxidized notes.
M - Low carbonation, moderately thick, creamy body, and some alcohol warmth in the finish.
D - Very significant caramel character. Nice example of the style, but the oxidized notes are a bit too much.
05-19-2008 05:34:58 | More by nickfl
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
I'm guessing this one is from last Christmas season, and at 8% abv and bottle conditioning if handled properly by the good folks at Vintage Cellar this beer should have survived. Bottle gives no dates or info about the brew. Appearance: Deep ruby brown colored body with nice sized tan head leaves perfect rings of lacing with close clusters of tiny patches clinging to the glass very nice. Aroma: Plum like over ripened sweetness with some deep piney hop character going down, a layer of bready yeast note all flows very well aromatically. Taste: Deep thickets of hop bitterness here a mild sweetness comes through with a bready yeast flavor a bit musty but suprisingly quaffable and interesting. Mouthfeel: Medium to full body mild carbonation goes down too easy at 8% abv. Drinkability: A bit complex to enjoy in session but a wonderful beer to sample and enjoy may track some more fresher bottles this coming winter.
10-10-2003 14:47:43 | More by WVbeergeek
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours an effervescent reddish chestnut with 3 fingers of tan colored head. Average lacing & good head retention
S: Fruitty (cherries & dates) & bready
T: Cakey with brown sugar & dryness upfront. Leafy hops & a bit of booze as this warms. Finishes with caramel, treacle, more leafy hops, more dryness & just a whisper of brown sugar
MF: Chewy with low/moderate carbonation
Drinks really good for the abv, makes me wish for some roast pork or goose. I do think the dryness would get to me before the abv,
10-27-2007 20:58:54 | More by russpowell
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
Color, tawny brown and clear, showing reddish at the bottom. Impressive head, fluffy, sturdy, pillowy, meringue-like.
Aroma: sweet, malty, caramel-accented, with notes of toffee and nuts, slowly warming and revealing alcohol.
Thick, plummy flavor makes an immediate presence on passing the lips, with nutty notes joining in later. Further on, the profile is overcome by a syrupy sweetness that goes so far, but never so far as to be cloying.
Very nice winter warmer/barleywine, enjoyed in the heat of July. And why not? Body is full, flavor ever-lasting, luscious, and lively!
Hats off to Gromit for getting us together!
09-12-2003 00:02:00 | More by feloniousmonk
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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