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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,484 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 50
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, picked up last Saturday in Colorado.

It pours a clear colour of mahogany with about an inch of foam. The foam is shrinking very slowly leaving a lot of sticky lacing.

The smell is both hoppy and malty. I get some sweetness and a bit of biscuit countered by, actually, a mild bitterness. The hops are restrained and that's fine by me.

The taste brings caramel sweetness, some biscuit, a touch of toffee, and some bitterish tones that bring good balance. Very tasty.

On the high end of medium bodied, with about a medium light amount of carbonation...pretty darned smooth mouthfeel. The foam is still here, about a half inch now, and lacing continues to impress me.

Drinkability? Good drinkability held back only by a slowly increasing amount of alcohol that's mostly present after the swallow. But at 8%, it's still not a chore to drink by any means. A very solid example of the style.

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Brennan's

This one used to slip through the cracks in the pre-pop the cap days in NC...remember having it on draft at 42nd street and bottled from 6-12. Drank a few in south bend last winter too.

appearance: a rich and dark mahogany, with wonderful ruby highlights...my eyes keep seeing some purple, but perhaps its the lighting...fluffy and creamy tan-beige head, pretty good lacing

smell: deep and sweet, red grapes, full malt sweetness aromas, nutty similar to an old ale, touch of caramel, syrupy

taste: full flavored, full malt backbone, sweet and fruity...grapes, plums, raisins. strong hop bitterness present, molasses, licorice, sugary, very woody, alcohol definitely present, rich with brown sugar, a touch of cinnamon, and a pinch of peppermint...pretty strong winter warmer

mouthfeel: medium-full, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable, but a full flavored beer

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

Appearance- Poured a small, biscuity head that had very minimal retention. No visible lacing through thhis russet brown and tawny color.

Smell- A subdued toasty malt aroma with a sharp hop backbone.

Taste- Starts off with a small whip-crack of hops that leads into a roasted malt flavor bearing a few nuances of Christmas with it like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel- A pleasant mix of christmas, malt, and hops danced around my mouth, but all subdued. I had to pay close attention to my beer to conjure these flavors. A medium bodied beer bordering on slightly heavy.

This beer was alright, but nothing I will probably buy again. Not to say its a bad beer, but this beer had no qualities that make it special.

Photo of avalon07
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and clear texture. There was a large amount of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A very understated aroma of malt and some spices.

T: Tasted of toasted malt, spices, maybe a little caramel. Alcohol was noticable, but not overbearing. A solid taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A nice, well-balanced, drinkable Winter Warmer.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass. No date or info.

A - The clear beer has a changing color of yellow-orange to crisp amber and dark brown. The one-finger head comprised of dense bubbles sank slowly leaving a full coating of lace.

S - Deep toasted malt nose of amber and caramel varieties with a bready aroma, grassy, earthy hops, and a mellow spiciness. The complex nose is subtle but don't mistake it for being shallow.

T - Like the nose before it, the flavor is mellow but deep with complexities. Lots of roasted nuances of toast and flaky biscuit with a toffee hint and well-balanced earthy, grassy hop flavor. Mild spice probably comes from the yeast.

M - Smooth feeling and soft with a mild carbonation level and delicate sweet and bitter balance with an underlying dryness.

D - A good winter warmer that hides the alcohol level well, it's almost worth getting more singles and aging to see how much more it smooths out. Tasty and well-balanced.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark color with ruby highlights at the edges. Pours a thick 3 finger tan head. Thick, even lacing.

S: Sweet malts, dark fruits. Citrus and pine hop aromas.

T: Nice blaance of sweet and bitter malts underneath the big fruity flavor. Cirtrus and pine finish.

M: Medium body, but lighter than might be expected. Very smooth and warming. Carbonation was in balance.

D: Very drinkable for all the flavors and big malt and fruit tastes.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow this beer is pretty thick with a deep reddish amber color and a quarter inch of head that quickly turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells chock full of cherry and spices maybe some dark fruits like plums and cinnamon. A very nice hop presence keeps it all in check.

T - Strongest flavors I am getting are mostly oak and some toffee, rolling around my tongue the bitterness of the oaky hops really covers most of the spices but I do get some nice cherry tartness in the middle. Pretty good.

M - Well for an Old ale it had a pretty good medium to thick body but it drinks thinner.

Overall - Definitely not a bad winter warmer, since it had the thick body and smooth ABV I wanted but the oak and bitterness of hops was a bit cloying. Still a decent Old ale.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, a friend gave a bottle of this to me a month or so ago so I assume it's from this past winter's batch. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a murky brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, nuts, and some chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some dark fruit, brown sugar and dark bread flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I liked this, it's good on a summer day and would probably be good on a winter's day too!

Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Tampa FL Total Wine for $3

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, anise, leather, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and dark fruits. There is also a little bit of a smokey/burnt flavour and some anise.

Overall - A solid example of an old ale. And it seems to be still drinking great even after 10+months. A wouldn't mind a touch more sweetness and a little less earthiness, but still a beer I'd drink again.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from last years release, cellared a year and poured into my snifter as I work out.

A: Pours a clear ruby red with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to a disk leaving some patch lace. Clarity is great, and the carbonation is in plenty

S: On the nose, there is some spice - cinnamon sugar, nutmeg, dark honey, some floral notes and orange zest. Not much malt sweetness, this one is solid

T: On the palate, some oxidation is evident with some sherry-like notes to contrast/clash with the spices.Some booze/rum is apparent, otherwise, this is fairly ordinary on the palate, nothing much to get excited about. Rather dry on the finish with some mild spiciness

M: Fairly light with ample carbonation and a nice drying finish

D: I'll try to drink this fresh but this is fairly solid.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is aged about 8 months, 2008 vintage. Pours a pretty clear reddish-amber color with an impressive pillow of tan foam that has good retention and average lacing.

This smells mighty tasty, a complex myriad of aromas. Heavily sweetened peanut brittle, maple syrup, overripe figs, molasses, sour cherries and citric hops...wow!

The taste does not disappoint, as raw vanilla beans, oak staves and dark chocolaty maltiness assault the tastebuds. All this with no spices? That is a mighty feat indeed. Malty goodness with a nice hop balance. This is a fine winter warmer from Avery.

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Found at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. Avery's brews have all been pretty good so far and this is no exception. This is a pretty good seasonal ale to boot. Pours a pretty amber color with a medium thin beige head. Spicey aroma of connamon and hops. The flavor was a mixture of malts, brown sugar, cinnamon etc and was surprisingly rich. Good stuff!

Photo of cjgator3
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep amber/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg spices. In the taste, primarily cinnamon and nutmeg spices. A spicy bite in the mouthfeel and a semi dry cinnamon spice in the aftertaste. Big in cinnamon, very nice, yet nothing to out of the ordinary for a winter beer.

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

The color of this holiday brew is a semi-transparent dark brown with a fair tan head and good lacing. And placing a finger aside of my nose, I detect a mild evergreen aroma over a stout-like charcoal malt. There’s a near cherry spritz to it. Pretty decent. The palate finds deep licorice malt and more evergreen. It blends nicely with a unique herbal sweetness. This may not be everyone’s favorite but I’m liking it. It’s medium to full bodied with very subtle but effective carbonation, resulting in a heavy, near chewy feel. This is pretty impressive. Not a session beer but it goes down readily considering the style and ABV of 8.3. Very enjoyable and recommended for your holiday pleasure, or a cool June night like tonight.

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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

Copper, auburn color with a nice tan head that leaves good lace. A hoppy malty balanced aroma and taste. Piney and sprucey aromas from the hops (?) Hard to tell if this is spiced or not ... Full bodied (leans medium) and creamy with a bitter finish.

Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice old ale....great nose of raisens/dark fruits and some floral hops....reddish borwn with a nifty little tan lace that rims the glass....great maltiness on the buds...has a bit of a Barley Wine flavor to it...dark fruits and also some nutty characteristic...the floral hop finish is wonderfull....some alcohol is evident but it is 8 %...pretty easy drinking...very solid overall

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,484 ratings.