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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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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 Smurf2055
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Chimay glass.

Pours a dark mahogany with very minimal head.

Can detect faint hints of cherry in the aroma.

Mostly fruit. Rich, full flavor. Malty backbone. Almost nutty flavor.

Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall, a very good winter ale.

Photo of whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, slightly hazy brown brew with a creamy tan head that disipates to just a ring fairly quickly but does manage some lacing.

The aroma is malty, spicy, with hints of caramel and vanilla.

The taste is slightly sweet, richly malty, spicy with a touch of chocolate, raisins, toffee, cream, caramel and vanilla. The finish is spicy, almost peppery, smoky with a definite alcohol warmth.

Medium/heavy bodied, filling, but smooth and easy to drink. A very nice winter drink, especially after a holiday meal.

Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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

2005 Vintage.

A: Dark, slightly cloudy brown with a 1 finger off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Prunes, dark fruits and lots of malt. Nice.

T: Again, lots of the prunes and dark fruits. A tiny bit of sourness and a touch of oxidation (but still far from being undrinkable). Good, sweet-ish caramel malt body to back it up.

M: Relatively full for the style, with a nice bit of carbonation. No alcohol noticeable. This is 8%?!?

D: Very drinkable.

I still think I like this best fresh, but it is not bad aged. Recommended.

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

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass.

Deep crimson, almost brown under a finger of light tan. Decent retention with spotted lace.

The nose is very malty with sweet caramel dipped biscuits that are made with rye. Oats and spices towards the back. Interesting.

The taste follows along the same lines with a good dose of malts upfront that are sweet, slightly roasted and earthy. A hint of grain into a growing spice and hop finish. The bitterness from the hops builds until just after the finish. The spices linger a bit and taste of nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon.

Full mouth that stays smoothe. One of the better Winter Warmers out there.

Photo of JSchock7
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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

Pours a brown color with ruby tones to it. Big foamy off-white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Spicy hops in the aroma.

Hoppy and slightly bitter on the tongue. Then a nice malt taste comes in with a lingering slight sweetness on the tongue. Finishes with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Full mouthfeel, nice.

Very easy drinking winter warmer, recommended.

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of aorloski
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Getalegup
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of walleye
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this bottle in the single section. from the bottle. poured a mahogany with a off white head that left a small amount of lacing. aroma, caramel, apples, brown sugar, with just a hint of alcohol. flavor there is the hazelnuts, toffee, malts, chocolate, alcohol. this was a good beer.

Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of karst
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear mahogany brown color- ruby if held to a bright winter sun, the head rose 2 fingers or more of good light tan foam, the lace a filmy sheet persisted and finally receeded to the edge in a ring. The floral-citrus aroma of the hops and sweet malt blend with a hint of alcohol. I reminesse of brandy like on tap brews tasted at Schlafly's 2005 Winter Beer Fest that I found thickly malted and tangy with great mouthfeel and returned to again and again. Jubilation finishes with a big acidic feeland the hop spiciness, dry and lingering goodbye.

Photo of appetiteforparis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Deep mahogany in color, with a centimeter-thick off white head that produces great lacing. Head retention is quite good as well and carbonation is very light.

S: This beer us quite sweet on the nose, with notes of toffee, dried fruits, and honey. Some toasted grain character lingers in the backround, along with a faint herbal hop aroma.

T: Taste is more balanced than the smell. Sweet notes of caramel, honey, and dark fruits blend nicely with flavors of toast and herbal hops. Alcohol lends a nice warming feel.

Notes: Old Jubilation starts sweet, and finishes dry. This full-bodied brew has the balance, along with the strength. A true winter warmer by any means. Avery continues to impress, once again.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Jubilation pours out a nice dark reddish mahogany tinted brown...can you picture that? It has a nice and creamy two finger light tan head that leaves chunky lacing.

Sweet and spicy aroma. I get some chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, a little vanilla, caramel, and some pine/cedar hop notes way in the back.

Roasted dark chocolate malts beginning and end with a bit of caramel, toffee, pine and alcohol in the middle.

Medium body with active carbonation...almost too active for a winter warmer IMO. Nice brew to have around the holidays, but if it only could match it appearance it would outstanding.

Photo of CesarLopes
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of drmcleod10
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of carln26
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with mahogany highlights, and topped by a light, short lasting tan colored head. A delicate lace is left on the side of the glass as I drink the beer. The nose is reminiscent of a belgian dubbel. It has layers of dark fruit. Dates, figs, mild dark berry are blended well with some mild spice. The flavor echoes the nose well. More of the dark fruit. The date really comes across strongly. Spice is milder than I expected. The finish has a lingering bitterness. Hard to characterize. The spice does not meld well with the citrus hops. Still, this is a nice winter warming beer. The mouth feel is full, and smooth. Good drinkability.

Photo of Risser09
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass - Served at cellar temp

Appearance: This ale pours dark brown in color with a light tan head that rises to about 1 inch. It doesn't have much of a shelf life and gives way to the beer below. Sticky lace gets left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, Sugary sweet, Plum, dark fruit, raisin, and pipe tobacco. Overripe cherries perhaps with chocolate.

Taste: Sugary and deeply malted. A slight hop bite, but everything else is malt dominant. Candied raisins, plum, beet, cherry, blood orange and fig. Lots of dark fruit. Alcohol makes itself known in the flavor and in the warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with plenty of sugar to go around. Quite a treat of candy. Alcohol is nice and warming down to the belly. Lingering bitterness, hops?

Drinkability: This is probably the best winter warmer I have ever had, and I'm not a big fan of the style. In fact, it's probably my least favoritre style. So for a beer like this to impress me, is seldom seen. Overall, thebest winter warmer I've had. Nice for Xmas Eve. Worth trying, and possibly aging, to calm the lingering bitterness. Will age my other bottle.

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

Pours an amberish red

Smells a festive almost squash/pumpkin smell.

A tasty warm malt, warm hops, low key alcohol taste.

A hearty sweet malty, spiced up holiday beer.

I love that Avery can brew this holiday beer. I am slowly gaining more and more respect for Avery brewery.

Photo of billybob
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown color with a one inch light tan head that holds well and a good amount of lacing. fresh coffee smell along with some fruity notes. taste, again fresh brewed mild coffee with ripe fruit in the background some kind of melon maybe? also slightly sweet tasting. mouthfeel is light, very smooth, and light to medium carbonation. overall a nice fall, winter very drinkable beer.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a murky brown color with a half finger of sticky foam. Aroma is very malty, gingerbread, graham cracker.

Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. But the malt asserts itself as it warms, countering the harsh bitter flavor. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. Nice. Alcohol is well hidden for an 8% beer. Reminds me of Oskar Blues Old Chub in a few ways.

Photo of RedHaze
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

Pours a dark walnut brown with a thick two finger head. The foam settles slowly to a very thick cap that leaves behind a solid sheet of lace.

Smell; piney hops are the first to hit me, with little bit of citrus mixed in. There's dark roasted malts that come off as a bit burnt, but also with some chocolate and caramel.

Taste; the dark chocolate, caramel and roasted malts come to the fore in the flavor. The pine and citric hops are there, they just take mare of a complimentary role instead of a dominant one as they did in the aroma. The hops and roasted flavors mix very well with a bit of a spicy alcohol presence in the finish, making for a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very smooth, with a bit of alcohol in the finish giving it a bit of a drying character. Drinkability is really good, especially if you like lots of roasted malt flavors.

Photo of gshak
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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