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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

1,359 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 51 | 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 gopens44
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

gopens44, Jan 03, 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 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 Hopswagger
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JasonTaverner, Nov 20, 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 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 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
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
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
Photo of arguemaniac
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with a rich, foamy head that leaves a sticky, well-sustained lace. Hops with some roastiness in the nose. The flavor features a decent balance between hop and malt: a nice, crisp hop bitterness complemented by a slightly more dominant variety of burnt and roasted flavors, including chocolate, bitter coffee, and toasted caramel. There is also a fairly noticeable roasted grain flavor, especially in the finish.

Not bad, but there are better/more interesting winter warmers out there. Still, this one is worth a try. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 WilliamPhilaPa
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

kkmiller76, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Gyle41386
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

jhartley, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Zekenyce, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of tapman
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,359 ratings.