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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

1,328 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 755
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 taylor714914
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

taylor714914, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Hopswagger
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%

P: Pours a ruby cola appearance with a vast community of floating specks. A small short lives bone colored head that fizzles down to a lizard skin cap.

S: Right away cherry NyQuil floods the nose. Dark fruits create a sweet sticky aroma, holiday fig pudding, dank grains, clove, hints of star anise and cola.

T/M: Lots of spice up front, roasted grains, astringent cherry booze, slight oxidation, dark fruit and bitter pears show up toward the finish. I also get some bubblegum, pomegranate, white grapes and under ripe persimmons that create that buttering chalky bite. Body is medium and a tad on the thin side with velvety carbonation. Once warmed the finish is similar to a box of crayons.

O: A great old ale in a six pack. I love that this isn't a pricey bomber and its well executed. Tons of figgy goodness with cherries, booze and spice. A nice holiday treat.

Hopswagger, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Keananmichael5
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Keananmichael5, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that recedes to a longlasting surface skim, and there is excellent lacing. Body is a red tinted medium brown. Looks really good.

Smell - hearty aroma of caramel and malt toast, and malt biscuits. Very simple, but mouthwatering.

Taste - pretty much like the smell, but with a spicy tingle. There is caramel, malt toast, and malt biscuits, all spiced with ginger and black pepper. On the finish, there is some bitterness combined with cherries. Very interesting, and very good.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, and " fluffy " ( like when you are eating puffed grain cereal ) .

Drinkability - this is very good ale, and only the high abv suppresses sessionability. This is very hearty, and I wish it was a year round option.

ultralarry2006, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

gopens44, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a nice deep garnet color with a decent lasting, frothy, dense, tan head. On the nose the aroma was of caramel malts, and slight floral hop aroma. On the palate the flavors consisted of caramel malt, slight roastiness, slight dark fruity flavors, nice sweetness, nuttiness, and brown sugar. The alcohol is not over done, and hardly detected, very drinkable seasonal winter brew…

WilliamPhilaPa, Dec 22, 2002
Photo of dragonWhale
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

First off, I didn't buy this beer, but somehow I ended up with 4 of them. Fucking awesome. This is my fourth over a few days and I just found out the percentage when I stepped on to make a review. Oops!
Very malty, caramel and toasted, slight chocolate. There seems like there's something of a spice to it, but it may just be some long-chain alcohols throwing some scent. The chocolate is a nice competitor the slight sweetness. Nice pine hop supplement. Really enjoyable beer.

dragonWhale, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish color with a finger of rich off-white foam. Retention is good, and foam sticks nicely.

Sweet nose. Sweet malts, maybe lightly toasted as well. Caramel, too.

Flavor follows. Sweet malts up front, with an earthy bittering finish.

Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy texture. ABV is never detectable, and it's an easy drinker.

Gyle41386, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +3.9%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of tapman
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.

tapman, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

StubFaceJoe, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of divineaudio
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.

divineaudio, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
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

Stunner97, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of robbyc1
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.

robbyc1, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of chanokokoro
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.

chanokokoro, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of hoplover82
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.

hoplover82, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of MickeyHops
4/5  rDev +3.9%

MickeyHops, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of kshankar
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.

Recommended

kshankar, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of blakesell
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.

blakesell, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +3.9%

bmoney, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Quaffer
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.

Quaffer, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of BeerZack
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.

BeerZack, May 11, 2007
Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JasonTaverner, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of BeerAngel
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!

BeerAngel, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

poppyjohn, Jan 24, 2012
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.