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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,346 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,346
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 49 | 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 Bill235
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Bill235, May 13, 2013
Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent brew. Has almost porter-like texture. Very malty upfront but unlike a lot of other porters I've had, very hoppy at the end. Interesting I'd say. Lots of roasted chocolate malts and bitter sweet tangy hops. Very quaffable. First Avery I've ever had and won't be the last.

bigdeuce, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of Keananmichael5
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Keananmichael5, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of jakecattleco
3/5  rDev -22.1%

jakecattleco, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, medium brown with a respectable head that reduced to a thick skin. The aroma was hop citrus. The taste was a nice, almost maple syrupy, malt sweetness hitting the tongue first, and then the hop juice kicked in. The feel was full bodied with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good, a second bottle would be fine but the 8.00 ABV would make any more risky. Overall, Old Jubilation had a well balanced flavor that reminded me of an APA, more so than winter warmer. Solid beer.

kegger22, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +3.9%

archero, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

crob3888, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of gshak
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

gshak, May 01, 2013
Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at the Beer Exchange (Charleston, that is) over the weekend... decided to drink a few and save a few til next year (or beyond?)...

A: A rough pour into a snifter yields a deep mahogany beer with a one-finger, almond head that recedes quickly to a wispy layer of foam and leaves virtually no lace; held to light, the beer is definitely redder and is quite translucent.

S: Lots of good, scrumptious malt aroma... hazelnut, rich caramel, toffee and some praline; some earthy hops in the mix, too.

T: Pretty tasty... nothing in your face, but overall, simply complex and satisfying. Nutty, lightly roasted malts give way to a mild hop bitterness. Also, some toast and notes reminiscent of belgian spice / candi sugar...

M: Medium-bodied; carbonation is low, but there is a touch of zing on the finish; has a nice warming character... mmmm.

D: Very drinkable considering the abv... wow, the alcohol is well hidden on this one. A great winter warmer... one of my favorites for sure... similar to an old ale. I look forward to this one every winter - seems like its always gone too early.

jpro, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of confer
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown/red color with a small tan head, lots of lacing . Smokey malt aroma. The flavor is also smokey, and earthy and fairly bitter but not a hop bitterness. Thankfully no cinnamin or other seasonal spices that are used on plenty of 'Winter' beers. It has a nice thick feel. For me this beer is best as a night closer. The last beer of the night after a few lesser beers.

confer, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Slynger
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I was doing some spring cleaning of the beer fridge and saw that I had missed this winter warmer. Whoops. Old Jubilation pours a deep, clear, reddish-amber color, with hints of orange and a pretty creamy light tan lid. Quite sweet and malty nose with lots of plum and red grape fruitiness, and hints of spice. The flavor is chocolatey malts at first, with a nice fruitiness and a lightly bitter and spicy lingering along with a touch of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is soft, pleasant and creamy. This stuff is pretty good, but not really stand-outish. Maybe I'm just not in the mood for the style though.

Slynger, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of capuchinpilates
4/5  rDev +3.9%

capuchinpilates, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of matty
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head that remains on top as a thin film.Aroma is faint caramel.Taste is malt, biscuit and alcohol.A pretty darn good beer that leaves a small warmth behind.Recommended for the winter months and this issomething I would buy again.

matty, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown and pretty clear. The head is white and about an inch thick but does not hold very well. Gobs of web are left as it fades

S: Very sweet smelling with caramel and brown sugar the dominant aromas. Not much in terms of spice or hops just sweetness

T: Heavily sweet with the caramel dominating before the brown sugar. Their is a bit of roastiness present as well which is enjoyable, but it feels like it is missing something. Also a minor pine hop notes is detectable n the finish

M: Decent amount of body, no booze, but i would have liked it to be a bit creamier

D: I m glad to have try this but would only want one and dont need to go back again anytime soon

mikey711, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Ohiovania
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel ruby red in hue.

Tons of ripe fruits, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight heat

Musty oranges, slight grapefruits, buttery malts, 8% abv is noticable, with a bitter after taste that almost doesn't take off for me. It's in between good and great for me but it isn't something I'm gonna freak out about when i see it next time.

It paired very well with stella fontinella cheese.

Ohiovania, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the ever ambiguos "Winter Warmer" style, if only i knew what that meant. Well this time it means dark copper color tone with good lacing with raisons, cherries, and spices galore with a very sweet tooth malt body with a bit of campfire smoke inside of a gently carbinated medium viscosity easy drinking top fermented ale.

ChadQuest, Apr 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

dt_gbpackersfan, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of freed
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, my wife took this beer before I could get it, but managed to snag a sizable sample while she was preoccupied. Here's what I surmised.

Rich red hints around the deep molasses body. Low carbonation provides a slight head, it dies with time, leaving little lace. Rich warm spiced flavors, a heavenly malt syrup that will certainly show up on my rain season table. Is this the answer to SAD? Who'd have guessed it comes from a place that has plenty of winter options that don't require an umbrella.

freed, Oct 03, 2003
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

DoctorDog, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep mahogany color. Good amount of carbonation rising up to the top. Beige color head, looks fairly creamy.

Aroma:
Deep malty aroma. Sweet, hazelnut, dark fruit, faint chocolate.

Taste:
Bready, toasted, caramel, nutty. Alcohol is present, almost rum like. Hop bitterness is mild-medium. Dark roasted finish. Body is full, warmth, semi-dry, easy drinking.

mjurney, Dec 25, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A dark burgundy color with smallish off-white head. Laces decently.

S- A really nice blend of citrus, apples, raisins, spices, some alcohol. Some hazelnut comes and goes too. Smells pretty good.

T- Some of the dark fruit go away at first as resinous hops start the taste. The initial burst of hops fades to some spices--cinnamon and the like. A bit of the alcohol and raisins comes out on the finish.

M- Medium bodied with perfect carbonation for my tastes. Warming as it goes down.

D- This is delicious and dangerously enjoyable. 8% ABV makes it a sipper, but a welcome one at that.

LordAdmNelson, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of jwhancher
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from last fall. Label says cellarable upto 3 years. Pours clear mahogany with nice firm head with lacing that sticks to glass sides. Tastes of toffee, hazelnuts and mocha just like the label describes. Some alcohol warmth in the nose. Brown sugar & candied chocolate. Feels medium full. Ample bitterness with lingering sweetness. A very nice beer overall. Satisfying in the winter. A nice treat to sub as dessert in the warmer months.

jwhancher, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of climax
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Jubilation poured a mahogany brown with ruby highlights. The head was fairly tall and faded slow and even.

The aroma was full of toffee, ripe cherries, wood aged cognac, and warming alcohol. The hop balance was pretty good, adding a floral and resiny dimension to an already substantial nose.

The flavor is very smooth. The alcohol is hidden quite well, and no particular flavor takes control. Nice balance between sweet brown sugar and ripe fruit esters and dry hopping.

The body was good and robust, very mouth-coating. The carbonation kept just enough crispness as it slid down. Considering the hardy body and 8% ABV, it's very easy to quaff.

climax, Mar 21, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard brown with a good amount of bubbles rising up it. Nice sized head frothy like merenue, yet spongy at the same time. Kind of sticks together instead of leaving a lot of lacing. Nice smell of malt and spices, but nothing outstanding.

First impressions: rich, slightly burnt malts, with winter spicing taking a back seat at first, yet after the beer goes down it's the spices and hops that linger on the palate, the hop bitterness stays for a bit. Yes, there's a nice hop presence for balance, nothing to extreme, but good to see considering a lot of winter warmers don't seem to care about hops. That's one thing I notice, the other thing is that it seems a lot fuller than other winter warmers. It's not thin at all, a nice rounded-out medium bodied beer. The carbonation helps promote a nice slick mouthfeel, slides right down the palate. The only thing I have against it is that while some hops are nice for balance, this one seems a little too hopped by my tastes, and for me, that takes away a bit from the drinkability. Keep in mind though, I love malt bombs and am less big on IPAs, so a lot of you folks will probably appreciate that quality more than I. I have to say, I didn't notice it was 8% ABV until I was halfway through the pint and looked at the top of the review page. The alcohol hotness doesn't really stands out, but blends with the bitterness a bit. Still, one of the better winter warmers out there it seems, and while not spectacular, not a bad brew during the long cold months.

damienblack, Jan 08, 2009
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,346 ratings.