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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,313 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 45 | 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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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-29-2012 15:55:51 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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Williaar

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-28-2014 04:54:18 | More by Williaar
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red-brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a minute or two. Pretty good lacing.

S: Coffee and nuts.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Toasted malt, chocolate and nuts. Alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and warm going down.

O: Good example of an Old Ale. The taste was less complex than I was hoping for, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 00:14:59 | More by SolipsismalCat
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

A - Pours a very deep mahogany, just enough hint of red in it to keep it relatively see-through. There is a good amount of chunky floaties suspended mid-glass. Only about a finger's worth of head with fairly low retention. Lacing is a cascade curtain effect, cover a nice amount of real estate.

S - The nose is essentially all malt, giving it a decadent and rich aroma. Fairly sweet, but also has a good tinge of bitterness. Lots of chocolate for sure, as well as some roast. A bit of dark fruit, but not a whole lot. Quite enticing.

T - The taste follows nicely behind the build-up of the nose. Starts with a nice shot of roasty bitterness, before mellowing into a bittersweet dark chocolate. Not much going on in terms of dark fruits in this regard. Almost a bit smokey as well, and maybe even some woody notes. This is a malt showcase and the walk through their characteristics is a joy.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and slick-feeling. Some lingering bitterness compliments of the roast.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I enjoyed this one much more than I was expecting. While BeerAdvocate lists it as a Winter Warmer, the Avery site itself designates this as an English Old Ale, and I can definitely get that immediately after sipping it. The roast is something not typically seen in an old ale, and I think it works great here.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 05:30:01 | More by nhindian
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RyanAU

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-17-2012 02:21:53 | More by RyanAU
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Was a dark reddish brown with a thin light brown head that lasted a very long time. Aroma was slightly sweet, slightly syrupy with a small spicy hints. Taste was fairly subtle to begin with. Grew to a spicy tangy sweetness over time. Felt great in the mouth. Coated extremely well, just the way a winter warmer should, with a good amount of carbonation. A pleasure to drink, not a session beer, but a solid sipper that made me want more.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 00:33:41 | More by mountdew1
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giblet

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured nicely with about three quarters inch of head. medium reddish brown color. smells of rich roasted malt and fruit. tasted sweet of roasted malts. this beer tastes good but i was disappointed in the lack of carbonation. good lacing in my glass as a drank.

would have gotten all fours had it had a lil bit more carbonation.

suckem up and movem out

giblet

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 10:00:34 | More by giblet
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jakecattleco

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-11-2013 18:49:24 | More by jakecattleco
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 02:26:03 | More by jwhancher
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-28-2013 00:27:39 | More by Mark5252
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ffshore545

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-03-2014 14:50:36 | More by ffshore545
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bboven

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with tints of orange-red at the edges. Clear with a small head and nearly no lacing.

Smells of sweet malt with a little bit of dark fruit and alcohol.

Lots of malt and raisiny and grape flavor, no alcohol that I can taste, which means they did a great job hiding the 8% ABV.

Low carbonation wresults in a smooth sip that sticks to your palate just long enough without becoming sticky. Perfect, perfect mouthfeel.

This one is dangerously drinkable. I'll definitely be buying more of this during the season. Awesome example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 02:16:05 | More by bboven
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-15-2013 14:30:44 | More by ROBSTARR
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freed

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 04:32:37 | More by freed
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours an attractive, slightly hazy reddish color with a thin, creamy beige head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Bready, malty, and spicy. A bit of an alcoholic tinge, a little unbalanced, and decent hop bitterness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Gah-damn is this hot!! The alcohol is out of control. And it's only 8%!! Other than that, this tastes damn fine. Sticky sweet malts, floral and earthy hops, and a nice spiciness really balancing the flavors out. Other than the alcohol. Prunes and figs come to mind, and the yeast flavor is obvious but tasty. The mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Alright, I'm in love. Basically. Let's compare this beer to a woman. You meet a girl, and she's amazing. Smart, funny, loves beer, sexy as all hell, everything you could ask for. Except she's hairier than you. If this beer were that woman, the alcohol would be the hair. Get it? Can't wait to see if this ages well.

Glass: Penn brewery Pint Glass
Music: "My World" by Illogic

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 21:58:06 | More by santoslhalper
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Magpie14

Michigan

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

A: a rich chestnut hue with ambers and deep orange. When viewed from afar it looks fairly dark, even porter like. Head is a dingy white blob and foamy. Random spattering specks of lacing. A neat and tidy beer, looks like a winter warmer should

S: nose is rich full of life. Malty, slab of toffee, dark fruits, and a pinch of crusty hops. Booze is starting to gather force and conquer the nose

T: the palate holds raisins, figs, and a ripe plum. Plenty of sweet malty characters going on. Light leafy tea-like hop notes hang with a dash of cocoa powder within each sip. One concern is the boozy notes. Does finish slightly bitter

M: smooth and slick, kinda sticky. The body is a good medium in feel

D: moderately complex and pretty tasty. If any quarrels exist I would say that the alcohol notes are a little too exciting, but not unwelcoming

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:20:37 | More by Magpie14
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a modest 1 finger head. Color is dark ruby brown. Average head retention, and just a little lacing.

S. Molasses, caramel, dark fruit, raisins, caramel malt. Overall a pretty sweet smell.

T. Molasses, caramel, raisins, some dark fruit. Taste is very similar to the smell.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/low carbonation.

D. Pretty drinkable. This is a good winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 02:43:07 | More by siradmiralnelson
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Higravity

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red shade of brown with a decent head but poor lacing. Smell of caramel and raisin with a hint of floral. The taste is really raisin like to me, seem there is some nice dark malt flavors with sweetness and a little spice. Nice full mouth and a easy drinker at 8%. Would turn it down, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 15:47:36 | More by Higravity
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philbertk

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Old Jubilation Ale

1998--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. Winter Ale. (3.0 / 5.0)

2005--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Arctic Liquor Beer of the Month Club Selection December 2005. Thin lacy head. Clear dark bronze color. Mild roasted floral hop cinnamon malt spice front. Dry sweet burnt crisp toffee caramel spice thin rich body. Crisp Winter spice roasted hoppy end. Sampled 4/18/2006.

2006--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Mild lacy head. No sediment. Clear dark bronze color. Mild hop big malt front. Crisp tangy tart sweet toasted toffee clove nutmeg malty body. Hot malt spice mild EtOH hop clean dry sweet end. Big & balanced. Sampled 6/12/2007.

2007--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale. 6-Pack $8.99. Perfect Label. No sediment. Rich lacy off white head. Clear thin dark bronze color. Toasted malt spice smoky mince meat mild hop front. Crusty roasted burnt nutmeg toffee caramel body. Cloying sweet smooth mild hop lingering malt spice roasted nutty end. Sampled 10/13/2008.

2008 12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Big foamy lacy head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Mild hop toasted malt spice front. Mild coffee toffee rich malty no added spice nutty hint body. Mild hop hot EtOH tangy malt spice boisterious malt end. Sampled 12/10/2008. 6-Pack $9.99.

Avery Brewing Company--Old Jubilation Ale--Limited Release 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 30 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Old Ale? Lacy dense tan 1/2" head. Clear dark ruby walnut color. Mild hop malty toasted dark fruit front. Creamy smooth rich doughy malty toffee raison dark mellow fruit mildly crusty sweet body. Clean mild hop hot EtOH hint dark fruit malty end. Too rich. Sampled 2/21/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $9.99 at The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 10/27/2010.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:50:47 | More by philbertk
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-23-2013 01:04:59 | More by In_Control_Mike
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-26-2013 17:56:48 | More by dhbiker0889
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bconsidine

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-05-2012 17:22:59 | More by bconsidine
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-13-2013 04:10:02 | More by ChrisKayler
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seavercm

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-26-2013 01:00:36 | More by seavercm
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A-Deep, dark copper beer, nearly brown, with a mottled appearance. Frothy tan head on top, attractive with moderate to low retention.

S-Fruity esters and light chocolate, with hints of caramel malts. I sensed some hop aroma in there somewhere. Also, some alcohol in the nose.

T-Assertive hop flavor (earthy, herbal) moves to a thick malty-sweet character, with some slight chocolate in the background. A bready malt character tries to make itself known. A slight alcohol arises right before the finish with a smooth but assertive flavor, mixing with an old ale characteristic.

M-Medium carbonation, chewey and thick-bodied beer. Alcohol provides some feel in the mouth with a nice, subtle warmth in the belly.

D-I couldn't think of a better brew to enjoy while warming up after cross-country skiing. This beer features a multi-faceted flavor that shows more of itself with every sip. With that, this beer is also not difficult to consume.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 22:14:40 | More by CHSLBrew
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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