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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,550 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 53
Gots: 100 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Ratings: 1,550 | Reviews: 782
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Now that fall is over, and I'm basically done reviewing the pumpkin and harvest beers, its time for the winters. I plan to try to hit as many winter beers as I can this year as well. The first on the list for now, Old Jubilation from Avery.

A: Pours a huge 3 finger head with lots of fluff that takes its time fading, perhaps too long as I want to drink the damn thing. A toasty reddish brown color darkens as light passes through making it pretty dark in color, otherwise its pretty clear.

N: Mostly sweet malts. I get a slight fruit raspberry flavor, and some molasses syrup, a little bit of spices, but mostly just a dark sweet malt aroma. Some brown sugar also comes out.

T: Wow! Taste starts like a smoked porter. I get a lot of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and some smoked malt! Crazy. Its pretty creamy and roasted with some dark fruits, and great malt flavors. Some nutty flavors begin to rise but don't get far. A slight alcohol taste and warmth bites. After a few sips the smoked, roasted, and chocolate flavors seem to dissipate, or just blend in. The creamy flavors never seem to fade, and a slight bitterness creeps up. I think I even get some molasses flavor.

M: Semi thick, creamy, decent carbonation. A slight alcohol warmth.

F: Finishes slightly sweet with some lingering creamy flavors and chocolate malt, as well as roasted malts and dark fruits. A slight hop bitterness comes through on the finish, but its not very heavy. It finishes slightly clean, with a sticky feeling around the mouth that never really fades.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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,

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack of this for $5.99 on clearance at the beer store across the street (not the usual one)

I knew this beer is a year old but knew it was 8% ABV so it would hold up well, but I'm not sure how it was stored. It was very foamy on the pour.. indicating a little bit of "lack of freshness" to the beer. Anywho, I thought it just an above average beer. For 8% it isn't harsh by any means and goes down easy, but I find it lacking in taste and aroma. Both seem to be a bit subdued especially for this style.. not sure if it's related to the oldness of it. But, I'd try a fresh one again for sure.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/1/11 notes. Had on tap at the Chuurchkey Avery tap takeover event. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a dark transparent amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of dark fruits, sweet fruit, apples, alcohol, caramel malts, light vanilla, light toasted malts. Alcohol is a little strong, but still nice.

t - Tastes of apples, sweet dark fruit, caramel malts, light vanilla, light roasted notes.

m -Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice old ale. Lots going on and lots of fruit. Alcohol was present in the nsoe but not really in the taste. Something I'd certainly have again.

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style. 8.3% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger khaki/light tan colour head of nice cream, thickness, and retention. I'd estimate retention time to be about four minutes - pretty impressive at this high an ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper-amber. Not particularly vibrant, but nonetheless appealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy toasted malt character, caramel, biscuit malt, some cream, hazelnut, toffee, and minimal hopping. A mild strength, subtle aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Heavy toasted malt dominates the climax, with some emergent caramel. It's definitely malt-centric, with minimal hopping coming through. Biscuit malt is certainly present. Well layered and balanced, but lacking multiple dimensions. It comes off simple - especially for the style. Some toffee and hazelnut help lend it needed character, but it still comes off lacking. An evocative and interesting brew that feels held back by its simplicity. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick. Good carbonation. No problems here. Suits the flavours nicely. A bit chewy. Very smack-your-lips luscious.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the well-hidden ABV. It feels like more of an underspiced winter warmer than an old ale. I like it, but it's not great for the style. I'd have it on-draught. I could definitely drink this repeatedly over the course of a night. A solid offering from Avery, but it does need work.

B-

Photo of smcolw
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good initial head, but it dissipates to a single layer. The lace is spotty and light. The color is a deep brown where the light still shines through.

Mostly malty aroma with lots of crystal; this brings out a caramel smell. The hop is present but in the background.

Tastes like a hoppy barley wine although the flavors are two-dimensional. The malt is neither overly sweet nor dry. The finish leaves a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very rich body.

Not a complex beer but it is also well-balanced and full flavored.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.