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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,333 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | 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 jackorain
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark borwn with ruby highlights. 1 inch head fell to splotchy coat and very tall collar while I took these notes.

Smells of bready and biscuit malts, dough and yeast. There is also a mild green hop fragrance.

Taste is similar with the doughy malts prevailing, almost like short bread dough. Nice bitter green hoppy finish.

Full body, warming alcohol and really nice creamy carb.

nice drinkability

jackorain, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Anthony1, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of danielharper
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First snowfall outside. Guess it's a good time for a winter warmer.

Appearance: Deep orange-red body, slightly hazy, with a thick foamy head that is so aggressive it jumps out of the glass. Pour very slowly on this one. Points knocked off for the too-aggressive foam.
Smell: Some spices, mostly coriander and orange rind. Slight notes of hops. Otherwise just a sweet maltiness.

Taste: Sweet fruits up-top, mostly apples and grapefruit with a touch of cherries. This is followed by a malt-heavy middle and a dry finish. The spices come out mainly in the aftertaste, lots of nutmeg and coriander and orange rind. Understated for the style, but that's pretty much the way I like it.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, considering the alcohol level. I'm usually not a huge fan of winter warmers, but this one is pretty damned good.

danielharper, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of JandJMD
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JandJMD, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

DudMan, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of CypherEnigma
4/5  rDev +3.9%

CypherEnigma, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of yeaprolly
4/5  rDev +3.9%

yeaprolly, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of davet100
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

davet100, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a pretty clear brown with red hues to it, a thin tan head built up on top, thin head built up then fell back down

S- coffee type smells

T- Smooth maltinee, dark malts. clean finish, strong malts, but it leaves the malts in the forefront.

M- heavy body, light carbonation

D- pretty solid

Atron67, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of djbreezy
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - transparent ruby/brown, frothy head that dissipates quickly with not much retention but good lacing

smell - malts and maybe some chocolate and fig notes

taste - huge malt body, roasty malts, chocolate malts

mouthfeel - oily, a bit on the thin side for 8.3 abv, medium carbonation, some bite

overall - flavor leaves a bit to be desired coupled with a weak mouthfeel, strength is probably the unique flavor profile if you're into trying new brews

djbreezy, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of capnamerica
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

capnamerica, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of harrylee773
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

harrylee773, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of marcobrau
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This review is for a 2005 bottle of this beer.

This year-old Old Jubilation pours with a good amount of carbonation creating an off-white head that settles slowly to a collar of foam. The color is a sort of light to medium brown. The aroma is malty, with a touch of a nutty character. Very smooth mouthfeel. Starts with fruity, malty flavors; predominantly caramel malt flavors and some nuttiness. However, the roasted, coffee-like flavors detected in younger versions of this beer are quite muted. The finish is not nearly as bitter and the hops overall have diminished quite a bit and remain mostly in the background as compared to an early review. A very enjoyable old ale that holds up well to some aging.

marcobrau, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of tmm313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tmm313, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of tonistruth
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep copper, 1 finger of off white foam, good retention and soapy/silky lacing

S- dark grain bread, chocolate, holiday spices, citric hops

T- dark chocolate, toasted chocolate malts, dark grain bread, rich chocolate flavors warming citrus at finish, hops come about with some warmth

M- medium with a warming hop felt finish

D- nicely balanced though hoppy for style (not complaining), a winter warmer for the hop loving crowd, worth a drink

tonistruth, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of obrike
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack at Round Rock Specs for about 10 bucks.

Appearance is brownish/mahogany...almost looks like a dark iced tea. A fairly small head but the lacing is quite pronounced. Looks good.

Smell is grainy and malty. Almost a mix of adjunct and scotch ale...weird, but not bad.

Taste is malty but not super sweet. I like. Assault of almost peaty malt on the frontside, followed by a unique hop bite on the backend. Finishes just a bit sweet and smokey. Very unusual. I like the smoothness of this one too. Goes down really easy...dangerously drinkable for an old ale/winter warmer style.

This is a good beer...one to drink on a cold winter's night. Nice job as usual Avery.

obrike, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of ColdWaffles
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith's curved pint (to seemingly no detriment) from a 12 oz

Appearance: Bottle doesn't factor into ratings but it is appropriate for this brew and rather nice looking. A painting of a snowy rural mansion and pseudo-cursive font. Logo unfortunately stands out on this otherwise classy bottle. Whatever, like the painting.

Poured a standard looking head that didn't stick around too long. Lacing lined the bottle. Color is between "amber" and brown. Not bad looking despite the glass.

Smell: Some beers are a looker. This one is a smeller. Alcohol comes first (sadly) but afterward you're left with a candle worthy scent of sweet and bready malts, assorted dry fruits and a very very slight cinnamon undertone. (Weird because the bottle says it's not spiced). Get on it, Yankee.

Taste: I love an old ale, but they often taste a bit strong. I'd recommend this as a "session" old ale if that wouldn't knock people off their rockers. Sweet malts and dried fruit (figs?) up front, bready taste afterwards. Dangerously drinkable for the style, almost reminds me of a fig newton.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-medium with appropriate moderate-to-light carbonation.

I immediately wanted another. This was pretty great, especially on a particularly brisk fall day in Philadelphia.

ColdWaffles, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Atlas1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's almost springtime weather here in Washington, so I better polish off my winter beers before it gets too warm.

Poured from the bottle to a regular old 12-oz pint glass. Nice deep amber brown color with some orange tint when held up to the light. Good looking, thick and creamy head settles on top, and leaves a nice lace as the beer recedes. The aroma is a dull, muted malt scent. Nothing special, but definitely more malty than hoppy. It does mellow out a bit as the beer warms to room temperature, and reveals some fruitier tones. The taste is quite good. Rich malt flavor with notes of caramel, plum, and coffee. Possesses a nice hoppy balance, even the hops are not terribly prominent. Very nice beer, here. Mouthfeel is sturdy, but a bit thinner than I might expect from a warmer. The high ABV is masked neatly by a slew of quality ingredients and excellent brewing. More high marks for Avery.

Atlas1, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of taylor714914
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

taylor714914, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kiki3drt292, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Getalegup
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Getalegup, May 23, 2014
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Deep chestnut brown with a ruby shimmer. Body is very clear with a sticky beige head that scatters fairly quickly. Looks delicious.

S-Heavy spice kick dominated by nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Just about perfect for a true winter beer.

T&M-Again, spices are the dominant force here. The spiciness of the nutmeg runs through the entire sip. The high abv also shines and puts a little too much burn on the mouth. I love the spices but at times, they can come on a bit cloying and I think that it should be balanced a little better. The bittering hops definately come through on the finish, but again seem a little out of place.

D-I would have liked this to come on a little stronger in the malt field to come across as a huge, full-bodied, winter brew, but was a little overdone by the spices and hops. Probably great after sitting a year.

ALESwhatCURESya, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale appears dark red with a small tan head.

It smells slightly citrusy, a little grassy, and a little bit caramel like.

It tastes initially a bit of dry malts; there is a slight caramel flavor. A nice mild citrus flavor is also present; there is also a mild chocolate taste as well. The taste ends with a nice subdued bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate low.

Drinkability is really good. I could drink a few of these.

This is not a complex beer but it is really good and is a great beer to drink by a fire.

chumba526, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of BierReise
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle No Date. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick head that is very foamy. Aroma is excellent with caramel, toffy, nuts and a slight sweetness. Slight metallic in the aroma as well.The body on this is also excellent. Very soft and full with low carbonation. Quite smooth and very drinkable. And the flavor does not dissapoint. Nice and sweet with a fantastic blend of malts with a chocolate note and a mild hoppiness in the background. Overall this is a fantastic brew.

BierReise, Apr 16, 2004
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,333 ratings.