Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Appearance is a deep brown/dark violet tint. Head is easy to control and a careful pour yields a 1/2 to 1 finger head, though the consistency of the head itself is thick and creamy; off-white, thick bubbles dot the surface, a replenishing lacing persisting. Seems to be right in the middle for the style. Since WWs are generally mildly hopped, I'll put the not-too-large head to a lack of carbonation, which could be from a number of things.
Chocolate and crystal malts. There may be roasted barley, though it plays not second, but third fiddle to the other ingredients. Truly the crystal pervades in abundance. Hop/malt balance gives off aromas of grapefruit, dark cherry, malt (as in milkshakes), wine-like alcohol though not astringent which is pleasant, and light chocolate notes. Hops themselves are bready and I guess are Fuggle mixed with some other English hop. Very decent aroma, though very much bread, overpowering other aromas. Perhaps it mellows in the taste...
Butterscotch alcohol upfront, tart and very bitter. In the back is a ton of crystal malt and an almost overlooked chocolate malt quality. Gone is fruit and chocolate. Bread is there, though it transforms into a pumpernickel from a light wheat. I'm disappointed in the alcohol taste, though not bad for and 8% abv. Still, alcohol overpowers flavors previously found in the nose.
Consistency is fine, but a lack of carbonation bite waters it out a little.
A fine WW, but falls flat in a few key areas. To recap:
1) Alcohol more present than in the nose.
2) Lackluster mouthfeel.
3) Potentially great flavors masked by crystal malt and alcohol.
A few tweaks of this recipe would do it for me, but as it is I certainly appreciate this un-sweetened, un-spiced winter brew.
UPDATE! It is now 2010, 2 years after this review was written and here is my follow-up. Still very bitter. Great malt profile and maybe it is my age, but I don't mind the less than average carbonation and actually I think it fits the style pretty well, so I will change my mouthfeel score.
01-28-2008 03:13:44 | More by tapman
4/5 rDev +3.9%
12oz bottle into a tulip. bottle has no date, but the case states a bottled on date of 9/15/09.
pours a deep garnet color with a big fluffy tan head. retention is good - i get a thin cap that leaves some nice sticky lacing.
smells sort of like carmel with notes of raisin and grape. also has a bit of funk, a nutmeg-like spiciness and a slight alcohol presence.
taste is far more complex than i was expecting. spiciness hits first followed by carmel malt sweetness. the fruity notes then make an appearance just before a wave of hop character and bitterness hits the tongue. more spiciness after that followed by a long bittersweet finish. alcohol presence is noticeable, but blends well with the other flavors.
mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.
pretty drinkable, but the abv does catch up with you. for being just shy of a year old, this beer seems to have lost nothing. would be great to save for the cold weather months.
07-13-2010 23:08:31 | More by divineaudio
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
Appearance- dark dark brown with thick foamy tan head and small amounts of carbonation to be seen streaming slowly up the glass
Smell- very nice mix of malty sweet nose with faint hop kick at the end, candied chocolate sweet nose
Taste- wow i really absolutely enjoyed the flavor profile of this beer it starts off very sweet and malty, with chocolate malt tones up front but this finish has nice hop bitterness and drying nature keeping it so nicely inn check, lovely balance
Mouthfeel- medium to heavy bodied with crisp drying finish
Drinkability/overall- i very much did enjoy this beer you appreciate the dryness as it build up more and more as you go, this is overall a very nice beer with great balance, i think i have to now start searching out many more old ales as right now this style of beer is just hitting me so perfect this winter
12-09-2011 05:25:11 | More by Stunner97
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Clear auburn brown witn a nice off-white head, good lacing.
Not much on the nose, but dark malts are there.
Really finely balanced between some sweetish malts and enough hops to balance. Tastes like a malty Oktoberfest type beer, leaning toward a dopplebock but not quite, very intriguing.
Just well done on the carbonation and heaviness, no sign of the abv, well hidden.
Great winter warmer, easy to go down and want another. A keeper for the winter.
12-15-2008 20:26:17 | More by robbyc1
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
12-19-2012 04:24:06 | More by chanokokoro
4.53/5 rDev +17.7%
Man... this beer is impressive on the pour.
It pours a lushous clear, deep, ruby reddish maroon color with a creamy medium tan head that dissapates quikly with some pretty strong lacing.
The aroma is strong but gentle with spicy hops and notes of dark fruits like, figs and prunes. Strong roasty notes come through. A little licorice as it warms. Some chocolate and coffee too. It seems like it has too much going on but they all play very well together. A little alcohol way in the back.
The flavor is of spiced dark fruits. Roastiness lends a nice acsent to the sweet fruits. Just the right alcohol warmth, it's not stingy at all. Some earthy hops in the back. Solid amount of balancing bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel... Oh so smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Man this is good. I don't want it to end.
Very drinkable. Go and get yourself some of this great beer. Drink it on a cold and rainy or snowy day.
12-23-2008 06:18:25 | More by hoplover82
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
11-10-2009 10:13:49 | More by kshankar
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
03-08-2008 01:22:50 | More by blakesell
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-19-2005 22:53:50 | More by Quaffer
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-11-2007 16:09:10 | More by BeerZack
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
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!
01-22-2005 04:47:44 | More by BeerAngel
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
12-25-2005 20:01:29 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
09-05-2005 17:55:45 | More by cubedbee
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
12-18-2006 00:16:05 | More by orfeu
3.38/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
10-29-2005 23:41:05 | More by sabrills70
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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