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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

1,313 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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kshankar

District of Columbia

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

Pours a dark copper with a thick off white head with great retention. Foam sticks to the sides as it recedes to a foam cap.

Aroma is malty and sweet, somewhat fruity. Where is the spice profile of a winter warmer...? Aroma is pleasant, though.

Taste...malty, slightly hoppy at the end, I detect some chocolate. Some amounts of roasted flavors..all going together well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth. For the ABV, this is a highly drinkable beer. Alcohol taste is fairly subdued.

Recommended

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 10:13:49 | More by kshankar
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blakesell

Ohio

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian Chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear amber with a half finger thick head that quickly dissipates into a film of head over the top that has small bacterial looking bubbles over the top. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass and there are slight legs from the alcohol. Surprising as this beer is a mere 8.0%.

Smell- If I was blindfolded and given this beer to smell I would tell them that this is aged Heavy Seas Winter Storm. That said this is quite hoppy with ample Xmas spices lingering. Cinnamon, ample malts of medium toast giving the beer enough body to make it a hearty brew. Spruce, and mulling spices. Hops and honey are the main scents that the 2 brews have in common.

Taste- Balanced, spiced, malty, and nicely hoppy. Something I would hope for from Avery and get in abundance. Cinnamon, spruce, mulling spices, C hops, and a smooth sweet creamy character. Honey is present in the flavor as well but not overly sweet. A bit of chocolate in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium-full bodied, and fully carbonated. A light chewiness is present as well. Not very warming.

Drinkability- Looks like this one is 4's across the board. Not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination. Well spiced with the American touch that would be expected of Avery. A nice winter warmer for a blizzard, which is just what I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 01:22:50 | More by blakesell
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bmoney

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-16-2011 00:46:29 | More by bmoney
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chanokokoro

Illinois

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an Avery Brewing branded snifter

Pours deep, dark amber accented with copper highlights and capped with a fluffy off-white one and a half finger head. Average retention and some light lacing evident. Light cocoa, toffee, malt, and dark fruit on the nose. Fairly complex, caramel, molasses, raisins, plum, some anise, and finishes with a citric note and a note of warming alcohol. Semi-dry, medium bodied, smooth with a hint of syrup. Moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 04:24:06 | More by chanokokoro
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This was a deep brown beer that showed its true ruby highlights when held up to the light. The almost-white head rose up to under one finger. It thinned out quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles on top of the brew for quite awhile. There was some nice lacing left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: A thick, doughy malt aroma with hints of roasted crackers made up the bulk of the nose. Not too sweet smelling, which is good. Hints of hops, alcohol, and cherries bit at the nose. Light vegetal overtones detracted somewhat from the smell, but they weren't too strong. As the beer really started to warm up, the cherries and alcohol became the strongest aromas.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied for the style, though it did have some chewiness to it. Smooth upfront, picking up some carbonation on the back of the tongue. It had a light numbing effect from the alcohol.

Taste: A nutty, husky malt flavor emerged upfront. Like the aroma, there wasn't much sweetness to it. The nuttiness lingered and mixed with some vanilla in the middle. The finish saw the rise of a cherry flavor that was medicinal and reminded me of cough syrup, especially late in the aftertaste. A light, spirit-like alcohol flavor was evident on the finish, but it wasn't overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 22:53:50 | More by Quaffer
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BeerZack

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogony with nice tan head.

Smells sweet and of dark fruit; cherries and dates.

On the palatte I notice roasted coffee, some caramel and toffee flavors with a good hop finish.

There is a nice soft mouthfeel to this warming brew. This is a good winter warmer, tastes like an Amber Imp Stout maybe, to throw words together.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 16:09:10 | More by BeerZack
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DudMan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-10-2013 19:05:08 | More by DudMan
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BeerAngel

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown yet clear color with a very modest, but dense light tan head. The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, and buttery diacetyl. At first the diacetyl was overwhelming, but after sitting for a bit, the smell improved. The taste is a very creamy smooth repeat of the aroma (although a better balance of the buttery flavor) along with a nice blend of hops taking a backseat to the malts. This smooth beer is a medium to heavy bodied beer that drinks down really well for the ABV. Very likeable beer! Thanks to pineywoodsrooter for this one! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 04:47:44 | More by BeerAngel
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-24-2012 03:53:37 | More by poppyjohn
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1/4" beige head on top of a dark brown - mahogany beer. The head retains well as a cap. Some lace.

S - Malt up front. Light chocolate. Tangy hops. Unique orange juice aroma mixes in there nicely.

T - Rich, earthy malt. Some caramel as it warms. Juicy piney hop flavor. Nutty in finish. Fruit (orange, cherry). Nice balance of rich malt, tangy hops and a bitter finish. Alcohol.

M - Slick, full mouthfeel.

D - Very good drinkability. Nice complex winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 20:01:29 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with hues of red, two fingers of a beige head that quickly subsides to a small cap,and some great lacing. Aroma was sweet molasses, caramel, plums, and other dark fruits with a nice dose of grapefruit hops coming through, an indication of what is to come. Taste has a nice sweet complexity upfront, with hints of figs, prunes, roasted malt, nuts, and toffee followed by a big dose of piney resinous hops and a slight alcohol taste on the finish. This is a lot more hopped than most Winter Warmers I've had, and in this case it really turns out well, since the balance is right on. Medium bodied and very drinkable for it's alcohol level. I'll have to pick one up in season to compare against this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 17:55:45 | More by cubedbee
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orfeu

New Mexico

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, clear garnet-brown with a massive undulating cloud of khaki-cream foam; killer frothy lacing. First whiffs are faint and of rasin-studded poundcake; then a huskier grain mash aroma settles in, providing chocolate and slightly overripe apple notes. There's a surprising vinous quality to the flavor, with black cherries, plum juice, and a slight cinnamon bitterness at the back. A noticeable alcoholic sharpness finishes the swallow, all angular-like, leaving a woody-earthy-vegetal kiwi fruit dryness in the aftertaste. Substantial abv (8%) lends a decidedly slick quality to the mouthfeel. A very slight peppery sensation as it goes down. This is a fine brew, but it leaves me somewhat puzzled and unmoved. I'm really going out of my way this year to try as many winter seasonals as I can, and I must say I still am having trouble getting my head around what "Winter Warmer" means stylistically speaking. That said, I will revisit this beer to see if it grows on me anymore.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 00:16:05 | More by orfeu
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown/dark amber with a 1 finger head and good lace. Heavy malt aroma - chocolate, coffee and nutty. Good roasted malt taste mixed with coffee, chocolate and a hop as well as roasted bitterness. Slightly alcoholic and warming. Raisin and plum flavors noted. Higher than normal carbonation. A good complex brew but a bit harsh still. I think I will let the other 5 sit for a bit and try one again when it gets closer to Christmas - it should smooth out some.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 23:41:05 | More by sabrills70
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T_Hass

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-26-2014 01:37:18 | More by T_Hass
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yeaprolly

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-12-2014 23:50:23 | More by yeaprolly
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Pillowburn

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-19-2012 21:44:12 | More by Pillowburn
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raffy313

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-19-2013 03:00:39 | More by raffy313
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wingman14

Ohio

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

Pours a mahogony with a tan head. Smell is hoppy with some sweet notes, very inviting. The taste is layered and good. It starts hoppy with a bitter bite, but not harsh. It is smooth with a sweet subtle chocolate finish, and a tiny hint of a burnt aftertaste. This beer has a great balance, and I question why it is a winter beer because I could enjoy these all year round. This beer has multiple personalities but treats them all very well. The 8% ABV is not even noticible, I would have never guessed. This is a well rounded beer with many positive attributes. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 05:44:38 | More by wingman14
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-04-2013 23:50:23 | More by taylor714914
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TexAggie011

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-09-2012 04:58:56 | More by TexAggie011
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-20-2013 23:43:19 | More by JasonTaverner
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful deep brown color that at first reminded me of dark caramel. The bottle says it's mahogany. No argument here. Not much of a head at all.

S: Not as much on the nose as expected. Faint smells of hazelnut.

T: Simple at first, but the complexities of a well crafted brew come out as it explores your tongue. An excellent balance of malted barley and hops and alcohol resulting in a very pleasurable winter beer. The alcohol, while noticeable, is warming and not distracting from the balance.

M: Nice carbonation level, maybe not what I expected from a wintery beer, but I find that it works.

D: I could certainly knock several of these back despite the high ABV. Just an excellent balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 05:37:14 | More by chodinheaven
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

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

Another winter warmer to get my holiday juices flowing. This one pours a very dark woody brown with some ruby highlights. The off-white head holds decently well and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

The aroma is well pronounced and very attractive. Fruity, sweet and primarily malty. Some sweet toffee notes are present as well as toasty caramel. There is a bit of a vinous quality along with citrus, apple, and dark fruit. Very appetizing and increases the anticipation.

Very much what the nose implied. Sharp and sweet with some light, toffee, roasted malt. Good floral hops are prevalent. Also lots of fruit; again citrus and dark fruit. Complex and very flavorful. A good warmth in the finish rounds out the whole experience. One of the better examples of the style I've had; probably the best this season. Nicely done.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel initially with a nice warm finish. Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation. The carbonation and the fruity finish make for a refreshing example of a winter warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2007 05:36:38 | More by letsgopens
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-31-2014 01:53:47 | More by kkmiller76
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icehawk

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-13-2011 22:14:37 | More by icehawk
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,313 ratings.