Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 794 | Ratings: 1,650
Photo of gatorbreath
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to pint glass, brown hue, minimal head of tan color, smells of malt and slightly of hazelnut, taste is malty, through and through, and only slight variations thereof do i detect, mouthfeel is surprisingly fuller- bodied that i expected and overall, not bad, don't know if it is a session beer but definitely one to have/enjoy while you sit back and soak in the holiday season

enjoy!

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby with foamy head.

S: Cocoa nibs, maple syrup, cherry cola.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, nibs, molasses, some hop snap.

M: Sweet, but not over sweet. Warming, a little boozy. Similar to a stout, but that hoppy element knocks it on its side.

O: Is it a stout, a winter warmer, or some strange hybrid? Who knows, but it is delicious.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at crosscut pizza in nederland co in a pint glass
pours a deep amber brown and somewhat opaque with a thin off white head that stuck around the whole beer and left some minor lacing on the glass
smell is complex notes of fruit, caramel nutmeg and sweetness
taste is similar sweet fruity with caramel notes and a tangy aftertaste
feel is chewy viscous and very warming
overall solid except for the tangy aftertaste
would have again

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Photo of kingjames1
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark amber with a fine head, that dissipates into a consistent and enduring lacing. Looks good.

Smells of caramel, burnt malts, and spices (typical of winter warmers - nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon). Hops are also present, as well as alcohol.

The taste is richer, with strong malt presence (bready, yeasty, and fruity), some chocolate hints, a certain woody-ness and a stronger hops finish (floral). A very nice winter warmer. Maybe my favorite this season. Mouthfeel is solid, and is very drinkable. Good stuff. Worth seeking out imo.

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Photo of stouty1
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color witha 2 finger of-white creamy head. Head hung around with lacing, sticky, and milky clinging to the rim. A nice malty chocolate smell overwhelms my senses. Nuts galore with more chocolate. My wife almost took a drink!

Initial flow over the palette was an attack of fruit (apple and raisin) with a malty, hop finish. It took about three sip to actually adjust to the high amount of fruitiness. Half way through and now I get a a smooth dark, malty, chocolatiness that flows over my tongue with a sweet nice dry finish. It is becoming very drinkable and enjoyable the more I drink.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

No yeast at the bottom. $7.99 for a sixer. Served at fridge temp.

A: Dark, ashen ruby. Bright red when viewed through light, but when left to hide under its cap, the color is replaced by darkness. An aggressive pour forms a two-and-a-half-finger, eggshell foam head, with varying bubble sizes. This beer globs itself onto the sides. Hazy, doesn’t let you see through. Head falls to a cream, and it tries briefly to cling to the side, but doesn’t leave any lacing.

S: Very malty and hoppy. Biscuity breadiness….. Raisins and figs, all subdued. Grains, wheat, a sliver of banana. Just not much going on. Woody. Nutmeg.

T: really bitter, and hot, too. Fusels and phenols. Bandaid. Cherry, cinnamon, walnut. A bit rough.

M: Dry and astringent. High carbonation, medium body.

D: Low. I don’t want a second bottle. C-.

Interestingly, there are no hops, but only bullion hops, known for their distinctive black currant flavor.

I've never tasted bullion hops, but I get a hot, piney flavor, like that of an evil pineapple. In a way, it reminds me of Chinook, as it has some grapefruit and a distinctive note that I can only describe as cat piss.

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Photo of mbudner
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear amber with a 2-finger white head. On the frothy side, but not quite there.

S- Some coppery malts, honey, adjunct-like scent (very off-putting).

T- Sweet, honey maltiness, spruce, maybe some clove spicing, but not much. A lot of cloying booziness in the finish, very unwelcome. Chemical-like (poison) bitterness in the finish as well, as distinguished from a good roasted malt or hoppy bitterness.

M- Probably the best part of this beer, though not very good. Medium body, slight stickiness, decent amount of carbonation.

D- Not terrible for 8%, but definitely one of the worst offerings I've had from Avery. Drank this after a homebrew spiced ale given to me by a relatively new hombrewer, which significantly beat out Old Jubilation.

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Photo of scriabin
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mmmm, winter warmer - the Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors make this perfect for the holiday season. Even so, the "winter warmer" name for this category is a bit of a misnomer -- I'd much rather have a room temperature stout to warm me up on a cold winter day. But back to the Old Jubilation -- this has a great dark amber color, and has a wonderful mix of spices, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a rich flavor.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure when this was bottled but I've been holding it personally for at least a year and 3 months, so it's at least 15 months old. Never had it before, but I figure with a bit of time on it is a good way to go with this moderately-high-strength old ale. Served between cellar and room temperature.

Pours a gorgeously-deep ruby red that appears to be very close to brown-black until held to light. Head is slightly tan and builds up to a solid 3-4 fingers before falling to about one-and-a-half, leaving behind adequate sheets of lace as it evaporates. Quite nice looking.

Nose is very deep and evocative with molasses, earthy tobacco, dark treacle, roasted nuts, toffee and bourbon-like notes. Kind of like the definitive "strong dark beer" sampler without much in the way of typical "roasty" malt character (not much coffee, chocolate or acridity for instance), all in one beer. Very, very nutty. Hazelnut is notable, as the label foretold, but I also get roasted chestnut and almond as well. Apropos of the winter season, which we are thankfully about to leave behind, hopefully for good this time.

Some chocolate on the tongue, but it's mainly swept away by residual sugar notes of blackstrap molasses, slight fig or prune-based jam/dark fruit, a wisp of smokiness and a dusty yeast note. Less nutty on the palate, instead opting for a more traditional malty English strong ale focus. Quite warming as expected; this is basically like an "enhanced Winter Warmer" with no spices and more deft malt composition to make up for the lack of adjunct flavors. In that sense, this is very nice.

Light carbonation with medium-heavy body. Slightly oily and viscous; pretty chewy and carries itself across the tongue well. Not dry but not watery or too thick either. A nice middling palate that lingers with tobacco and earthy tones until the very end.

Turns out this is quite good with some time on it. Glad I randomly saved a bottle I got. I don't think I've ever had it fresh, so I'll add that to my requirements for the 2016/2017 winter season!

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Photo of VTR
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My experience with Old Ales is limited but from what I have experienced I found this beer to be very well done. In my opinion the nose was not off the chart but the real experience is when I began to sip it. The beer poured very dark and looked appealing from the get go. It had a good amount of carbonation and mouthfeel to make it enjoyable and lively. The malts kept this beer at a enjoyable sweetness level without pushing it into a desert beer category. I did not think the alcohol was "hot" and was masked by the beer. The beer changed in a favorable way for me as the beer warmed. The bitterness was very mild. Normally I am disappointed by some seasonable/holiday brews but what started as a single bottle turned into a trip for a six pack for me. Very well done!

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Photo of biking4beer
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 edition.

Deep crimson in color. Pours a big tan head that quickly dissipates to a few big bubbles.

Spicy, caramel, raisin, alcohol, and a slight floral hop touch. Smells really good. Caramel comes to the front as it warms.

Toffee, dark fruits, clove, and a peppery bitterness at the end. A touch earthy and dirt taste (not as bad as it sounds).

Syrupy with fairly low carbonation. Just a touch thin

I like this beer. Enjoyed the full glass, but that funky bitterness at the end becomes a touch overwhelming. Definitely worth a try, but I'm not drinking more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of znichols
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark ruby color that is nearly opaque. Superbly clean, no hazyness at all. Small head that quickly disappears and not a ton of lacing. Looks like there isnt much carbonation. Curious to try this one and figure it out.

S- A hint of alcohol on the nose followed by cherries, figs, spice, english toffee, and a little vanilla. This beer smells pretty good. Not a massive aroma, mind you, but theres a lot of different stuff in there.

T- The flavor starts with dark fruit and vanilla and works its way to a little spicy hops. There is a good amount of sweet malt in there and maybe some nuttyness. Slight alcohol on the back end with a lingering spice flavor. Not quite a "christmas"flavored ale, but has some nice qualities to battle the cold months.

M- This beer is somewhat lighter than expected, but the moderate to low amount of carbonation keeps it from getting to fizzy. Lighter bodied but enjoyable.

O- This beer really shows good flavors of vanilla, cherries, dates, some chocolate, almonds, and a touch of spicy hops. It isn't quite a holiday spiced beer, but it is still one to enjoy by the fireside. I recommend a sixer to get through the winter.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark cherry color with a nice creamy head. The beer has very strong oak and fruit smells and flavors, that are very well balanced. Each sip finishes off with a nice bitter bite from the hops, but nothing too overpowering. The hops blend very well with the toasted malt, to form a caramel type flavor. This is a very good beer, too bad it is only available at winter.

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Photo of mastodonj
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a complex ale that I always look forward to, year after year.
This review is based on recent on-tap and cask versions that
I've had in the last few days at the Avery tap room.

It's a very dark, porter-ish color with extensive lacing and a dark creamy white head.

The aromas are complex also. The smokiness is very prevalent; maybe from the malts or what. There is almost a coffee smell as well. And, of course, plenty of spice to meet its "winter seasonal" designation.

All the smells come through in the flavor; the smokiness smooths everything out while the spice livens things up. And, like a lot of
Avery ales, the hops keeps the bitterness at the front of the tongue.

The creamy head and the smoothness already mentioned, followed by the hoppy bitterness makes this one of my favorite winter seasonals. The alcohol adds to the overall complexity; great for any cold evening.

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Photo of klkatz
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LIke you'd expect from a winter brew- it's dark... reddish - celebrate the dark color and enjoy the dark malts

Smell is nutty, malty, coffee-like...

taste has hints of coffee - a bit of chocolate

moutfeel - more crisp then you'd expect.

well done.

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Photo of humanawho
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark copper color with a good dark cream head

S - nice sweet caramely, toffee aroma

T - strong caramel flavor with a slight alcohol taste on the finish, a little fig flavor

M - nice think mouthfeel

D - ok drinkablity for the high strength

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Photo of OldYoda
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a mixed six at Al's of Hampden recently. Poured out a dark ruby brown from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Modest head with little retention and a bit of lacing evident.

Smell is malty and sweet, not much hops evident but not overwhelming "fruity" either.

Taste is a smoky malt with a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and thick with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability would be limited on this one for me - one at the end of the evening is ok.

Not my favorite style by far but this is certainly a well made beer.

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The annual Holiday/Winter offering from Avery presents their usual rich complex take on English Winter ale. A bittersweet chocolate profile, highlighted with orange citrus notes, with very substantial malts for support. This is despite its full strength and body, a very drinkable ale, An American craft recipe classic.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a nice tan head. When held up to light, it was dark ruby red. It looked like the red light district in amsterdam at around 3AM, pretty cool. Smelled sweet and malty, some hints of christmas flair-type spicing around the borders of my smell capabilities. The taste was very malt forward, with hoppy bitterness on the finish. Thick and gooey, the flavor got more interesting as the beer warmed. You defintely knew the alcohol was there the entire time, but it wasn't too overbearing. I am not a fan of the majority of christmas beers out there and this didn't break from that trend. Better then most holiday brews though and on a cold winter night, I could see sipping on one of these for an hour or so.

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Photo of cbn
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle with a nice winter horse and carriage estate label.
no date,''06 production. opened and reviewed Feb. 28, 07.

Pours beautiful clear garnet-brown, thick off-white head with good retention leaving pillowy, chunky islands of foam.

Floral hops and sweet molasses malt greet the nose as i open this bottle that has been waiting patiently in my closet for weeks.

Molasses, brown sugar, apricots,carmel,bright and bitter hops accompanied by generous carbonation bite the tongue, velvety smooth malt coats the mouth, slight alcohol burn.

smooth, rich and complex, this is my favorite winter warmer selection this year.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Sink in Boulder. Good chocolate smell. Very good flavor, chocolate, raisin and coffee. Not too carbonated and lighter than I expected. Very drinkable, and recommended. I need to get around to trying more Avery Brews. If you are looking for a nice dark brew that is not too intense, this is the ticket. They had Deep Purple In Rock playing; one of my favorite records and one that goes well with this brew.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Triple Karmeliet tulip.

Appearance: ruby auburn with thick off-white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: chocolate, caramel and spices.

Flavor: coffee, toffee, almonds and dry, tangy after taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: bland, average winter warmer. wouldn't drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of maybrick
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is one I could drink all darn day! Beautiful. Pours with a nice head. Head doesn't hold that long which invites a lot of swirling of the glass. The nose is exquisite. Spicy, sweet, a real nice blend of aromas.

On to the good stuff, the taste! Wonderful, bold, and quite complex. Very balanced between hop, malt and yeasts. This is one smooth brew. Did I say great color? Well it's richly dark and mysterious. I'll be buying more of this stuff.

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Photo of Tifore
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A - Pours a deep carmel amber color with some slight red hues. Must not have much carbonation because it only poured a small 1/4 finger head that was slightly off white in color. Head was gone fast but left a nice thick cap to it.

S - Smells like a malt bomb and from reading the bottle, I think this is what they may have been going for. I smell lots of roasted malts, some smokey malts, some carmel and sweet malts and just some more malts. I also get some slight pine hops as well but those are pretty subdued.

T - Very smooth from the start, no big hop or bitter punch. Gets sweet after the first taste and the malts come creeping slowly and then dissapate slowly. A real slow moving under the radar brew. There is quite a bit of alcohol hitting the tongue and throat though which is suprising to me since this isn't exactly a high ABV beer.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty heavy from all the malts and complexities. Theres not much carbonation as I expected which is a bit of a downer. I think a bit more carbonation would really do this beer good.

T - A very drinkable beer. Unfortunately I only have this one left plus one in the cellar so I won't be having more any time soon as I'm curious what the malts will do over a six month period or so.

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Photo of kleffman
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Old Guardian glass.

Dark brown appearance with ruby red highlights when held to the light with a pillowy white head that lingers. Smells of malts, toffee and spices. Maybe a hint of cinnamon, fruity esters and some citrus hops. Tastes malty, pretty sweet and a definite hop presence that isn't overwhelming but was unexpected. A little alcoholic but I couldn't really tell it was 8%. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation and mouthfeel. One of those beers that is kind of a sipper because of all the flavor but you can't take it away from your mouth so the drinkability is above average for the style. Would definitely buy again.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.