Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +3.9%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a dark brown, with a good white, almost silvery tan head.
S: The smell is enticing, with a lot of malt sweetness, and a hint of holiday spices. Smells a lot like a holiday oven filled with baked goods.
T: Very good, big malt notes upfront, I don't think this ale is spiced, but there are definitely some nutmeg and ginger notes, probably from the malt complexity though. Can't taste much in the way of hops, though there is a slightly stannic quality about the beer, maybe this is a hop effect, I am not sure.
M: Smooth, slightly viscous and syrupy, but not cloying.
D: Another good Winter Warmer, I enjoyed it even though it is 80 degrees out here everyday on the coast, one of Avery's better brews in my opinion.
08-30-2007 16:38:12 | More by Halcyondays
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Nice bronze color with a 1" head. Strong lacing forms on the glass during the session. The aroma is of malt, raisins, and a hint of spice. The flavor has many flavor components such as malt, plum, raisin, caramel, nice bitterness, and mild chocolate tones. Medium bodied and for a winter ale it seemed slightly thin.
The start was smooth with a mildly crisp finish. Alcohol was barely noticeable. The caramel seemed to ride the tongue the longest after swallowing. Since this is not overboard with strong flavors, I found this to be quite enjoyably drinkable - more than one can easily be quaffed.
11-20-2004 22:51:02 | More by Gavage
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
11-11-2012 04:21:06 | More by kojevergas
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
01/14/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.
Presentation- 12oz bottle. No freshness info noted. Poured into a chalice type glass.
Appearance- Brown-amber, a bit headed towards red in color. Medium sized 1/2 inch head. A small ring remains. Light streaks of lace on the inside of the glass.
Smell- Very burnt malt in the nose. Hint of sweetness from a dark fruit source.
Taste- Dark, maybe a tad smokey. Ultra burnt malts. Light plum and date flavor makes the malt on the sweeter side. Small hop aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. Medium to heavier mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Pretty good winter warmer. Worked on an actual cool day in the Arizona valley.
01-14-2006 23:08:39 | More by GClarkage
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
10-28-2008 00:37:09 | More by oriolesfan4
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
A great looking bee with nice head and retention. A light tan head on ruby and brown body. Smells almost smokey with a mix of herbs and caramel malt. Taste expands with strong malt flavor of fruit and candy. This is followed expectantly by citrus hops and decent bitterness. That sure is different. It drinks just a bit hot, but still faily smooth considering the bitterness. Call it a winter warmer for the BA that cant drink without hops.
UPDATE 1/4/11: Just had a two-year old bottle. While I wouldn't let it go any longer (oxidation was starting to creep in), this was a fantastic beer with a great mix of cocoa, fruit and subtle earthy spices.
01-17-2007 19:55:30 | More by tempest
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
A: Poured a deep amber color with a small dierty white head.
S: Nose has roasted malt, spice
T: Taste is like the aroma with more bitterness than I was expecting. Chocolate, old molasses
M: Thin, light booze
D: Not the best Winter Warmer. I was expecting more from Avery.
11-02-2010 03:17:53 | More by barleywinefiend
3.85/5 rDev 0%
Pours a dark reddish brown with a short head. Spotty lacing.
Smell is dry, alcoholic, and with stone fruit and apples.
Taste is very dry, and a little sharp with alcohol. Hops are quite strong and bitter, but not unpleasantly so. I taste tart apricot on the finish, and there is a late lingering predominance of spicy hops.
Mouthfeel is dry and a little light for the style.
Fairly drinkable, but there is something curiously lacking here.
12-22-2006 22:44:44 | More by Georgiabeer
4.08/5 rDev +6%
12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. Pours very dark almond, clear, dark tan head, tiny bubbles , frothy, well dispersed sticky lacing. Nose is malty, spicy, oats. Rich,creamy solid mouthfeel. Bold malty body, some winter spice picked up, nutmeg,cinimon,ginger. Tasty and warming with alcohol well in background. 2 or 3 of these and I'll be seeing two old Saint Nicks! Fine winter warmer, seek and enjoy.
12-24-2004 15:17:57 | More by Billolick
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
A: Pours a hazy dark amber in color with some lighter reddish orange highlights and some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness with some lighter aromas of nuts and earthy hops. There are moderate winter spice aromas as well.
T: Moderate to strong flavors of caramelized malts along with some brown sugar sweetness. Moderate flavors of earthy hops along with some lighter notes of nuts and winter spices (nutmeg in particular stands out). Light notes of oak like the beer had some small amount of barrel aging.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O: This is an enjoyable and pretty easy to drink winter beer, though I would recommend sipping this beer rather than drinking it more quickly. Nice complexity to the flavors and smells as the beer warms up.
11-23-2012 23:40:02 | More by dbrauneis
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
(Served in a half pint glass)
A- This beer has a soapy light tan head with a warm deep brown body with just a touch of opaqueness to it. There was a very gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- This beer has a soft toasted malt and pale malt smell with a faint green hop hint in the finish.
T- The taste of dry biscuit malt had a nutty quality to it with a faint dry spice note in the finish. There was also a bitter hop note in the finish aswell. The light sweetness of malt came through more as it warmed along with a note of chocolate malt in the background.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.
D- This beer has a slight sweetness from the malt that blends into a bitterness from the hops that don't really work with each other.
12-14-2006 18:25:05 | More by rhoadsrage
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours with a one-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied. Nose is malty. Medium carbonation. Starts with a mix of malt and hops but as it warms more maltiness comes through. Different from other winter wamers - no spices, very warm finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.
10-22-2004 23:11:06 | More by jdhilt
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.
This is a clear dark brown colored beer with a good light brown head. The appearance is a lot like coke in the glass.
Smell is sweet malt and spicy. Lots of cinnamon and ginger in the aroma and a nice woody base aroma. Vanilla and chocolate are nice and strong here and there is a slight scent of menthol or mint.
Taste is medium sweet and very malty at the start along with a strong hit of dark roasted malt that comes through as chocolate. This ale stings the tongue a little bit from what I interpret to be ginger; I am mildly allergic to ginger so your sensation might differ some. Good warming sensation from this ale which is sort of the point of a beer called a "Winter Warmer." Spicy and woody with a decent amount of bitterness the hop level is about perfect here. Spices are vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and a little orange peel. Good amount of chocolate flavor here and just a trace of scorched sugar.
Mouthfeel is good.
A mighty and tasty beer here that is among the best of the winter warmers. The main feature of this beer is it is perfectly in balance with all its parts. A tasty beer that isn't overly sweet, bitter, spiced or dumbed down to suit the Budweiser fans. One of the better beers that Avery makes probably the best one in fact.
12-19-2006 04:37:57 | More by Zorro
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
12 ounce bottle served with a pork chop dinner, on to the beer:
1/2 inch thick creamy head on top a body of dark orangish amber. The beer has a fruity aroma of oranges, a kick of anise, more orange, and more spice. Into the mouth it goes, the beer knocks down the door with a kick. Strong malty flavor upfront. Burnt sugar, syrupy, passionfruit...and what's that spice called I'm tasting? Piney too. I like this winter warmer...once you get passed how strong it is.
12-20-2008 03:19:37 | More by DoubleJ
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
12oz bottle into a heavy mug, changing it up a bit. Could not find a date on the bottle.
A- Avery Old Jubilation pours a standard copper color with brown highlights with a very impressive white- beige head from to hard a pour. Once it died it left a slice of lace with excellent lacing on the inside of the glass
S- Is pretty one sided with a bunch of roasted malts giving off a caramel scent pretty standard to the style. Maybe some dark fruits as it comes to room temp. Not sensing much in the way of hops. Very standard.
T- Follows the smell with caramel up front with some fruity esters coming along for the ride. I get a tiny hint of chocolate and cinnamon when i look for it. Lots of roasted malt flavor, no denying that. The hops are there but are blinded by the malt dominate profile. Would have liked more spices.
M- I'm getting a warming sensation as i get towards the end of this beer which is a plus. Overall this has a decent thin to medium mouthfeel with some carb, but nothing mind blowing. Alcohol shows up a bit.
D- A good effort by Avery but not something i will look for again with so many choices. The taste and mouthfeel were on the lacking side. I got through this 12oz with ease but also glad I only bought one bottle. Just not my cup of beer.
I have yet to find a Avery brew that has wowed me sadly.
01-24-2009 02:54:17 | More by BARFLYB
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
A - Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny head, some lacing throughout the drink.
S - Scents of malts, and caramel/toffee.
T - The taste is sweet and of caramel/toffee. Theres alittle bit of a warming feeling in the throat. Nice dry finish with a nice little bite.
M - Medium body. Well rounded brew.
D - Drinkable. I really like this one, very tasty, nice brew from Avery.
05-12-2006 22:32:28 | More by Wasatch
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, plum, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, light roast, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, plum, brown sugar, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/spicy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and herbal/spicy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
02-06-2014 00:05:13 | More by superspak
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head lasts very well, with sticky lacing. Aroma is ample grains, little else, maybe the lightest of spicing. Taste is hearty maltiness, with light fruitiness and alcohol present as well, with the aftertaste a bit boozy. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pleasing. One of the better winter warmers I've had.
01-29-2006 19:20:33 | More by ppoitras
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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