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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

790 Reviews
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Reviews: 790
Hads: 1,635
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 59
Gots: 143 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Old Ale | 8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 790 | Hads: 1,635
Photo of redmagik99
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured almost black but not quite. not much head. smelled like a lot of hops and a little spicy, some plum-like fruittyness. i havent had many of the winter warmer style, but this brew was a lot hoppier than i expected. to the ipa level even. this is not a bad thing, as i love hops, but while the beer was still cold the spices were barely detectable at all. as it warmed a bit of cinnamon emerged, and thats about all. tasted like a victory hop devil but with a more snappy spice taste. regardless, though, this one was real tasty. effectively hidden alcohol, low carbonation, and a medium body makes it dangerously drinkable. wish i picked up a 6 pack instead of a single 12 oz. recommended.

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Photo of jorg2619
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is a dark beer, pours a tan head fairly clear smells complex at first but my nose rested on wet dog. The taste is bitter but good with a nutty beginning and a citrus hop ending. I am impressed with how the 8% alcohol does not overpower this beer.

I like Old Jubilation but not enough to buy a case or anything.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark carmel color. Two inch head. Fruity nose of plums? Excellent mouthfeel, very drinkable for an 8.0 beer, although the alcohol is resonent but very nice.

Picked these up for Thanksgiving and I am continuing to give thanks. The label is very nice although a bit fancy. Seems a little to good for an average joe like me.

This is my first Avey brew and I am not dissapointed.

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Photo of chrisgn
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Beautiful mahogany color, but very little head, lacing, or carbonation.

S- Sweet smell of cherries.

T- Rich and syrupy sweet with some roasted malt flavors. I taste hazelnuts and again cherries. Some hops flavors on the back end.

M- Low carbonation. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

D- 8% and very sweet. This is probably a one and done beer for me on a cold night.

All in all a decent warmer. This beer improves with warmth. Don't drink right out of the fridge.

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Photo of fatmusic14
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle, drank from the bottle

Explodes with flavors of roasted malt and and hint of caramel. Alcohol content of 8.3% but tastes like a 6.0%, high drinkability. Emanates a sense of comfort until the end.

One Con: mouthfeel is a little lacking, almost coats the mouth with a type of waxy feel, like eating a handful of sprinkles with ice cream.

Recommendation: Get one

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Photo of Cascadia
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good color and appearance, nice dark brown with decent retention. Smells malty with a burning alcohol finish. Tastes more balenced than I thought it would, good strong bitterness to match the malts and carmel notes. Good mouthfeel and clean, dry finish. Good solid winter warmer and a nice change up to the usual Jubales I've been drinking. Avery is turning out good, consistant brews.

Cheers!

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Photo of Chsyhkr
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An American interpretation of strong or old ale. Well hopped from beginning to end. Pours clear and a strong aroma of crystal malt and toffee. Aroma includes some oxidation, my bottle was underfilled. The cardboard aroma does not carry over to the taste which is slap full of west coast style hops.

Chewy and slighty nutty, yeast? The bottle says keep refrigerated, but I could not see any ring in the bottom, so I am not sure if this is live or not.

A well made beer that is sadly illegal in North Carolina. I'll have to make it myself.

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Photo of MarcGetty
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My local beer store gave me a free six pack of Old Jubilation for the trouble they caused me by screwing up my keg special order (different beer) for two weeks straight. I mentioned that I liked Avery's The Reverend, thus I got this for free to try.

I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but this is pretty good.

Little to no head to speak of, but that is okay with me. Little to no smell, but that is okay with me too. For a thick dark beer it drinks okay as well.

I would not buy another six pack, but then again, this is not my thing. If you like hoppy beers, I would definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of kohoutek
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased on 3/20 at Hiller's. *This beer could be anywhere from 6 to 9 months old. It was stored completely in the cooler.

Lately I have been intrigued by beers that flirt boldy with the boundaries of dark garnet to brown/black. This is a territory that is less frequently explored these days. I have been homebrewing beers that are not brown, but incorporate some of the roast characteristics of porters and stouts. A difficult thing to do.

Avery has done a fine job with this beer.

It appears, as do all Avery beers, that this beer has been subjected to the over filtration that plagues breweries who are attempting to extend the shelf-life in search of greater regional/national distribution and market share. This beer is perfectly clear. As a result the head sucks. The yeast character is dulled into a soda-like presentation. I think a BA article is in the works to address this phenomenon. *

The beer pours a deep amber color. Not brown, but incorporating nice roast into the flavor/aroma profile. *The age/filtration issue has created some oxidation that is present in the nose. This, with the special roast creates a soy sauce experience mixed with cardboard. However, the other aromatic/flavor qualities of this brew are stellar and dominate the flaws. Grainy Graham crackers, oaken casks, a rich 70% dark cocoa spine. A wonderful, rich malty experience

This beer has a nice neutral hop profile that cleanses the palate and integrates all of the rich, warm malts.

This beer drinks well. I can't wait to try a fresh version at the pub. I think "my minds eye" might be inflating the score on his one.

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Photo of jletts
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber-garnet with a rich, creamy head. Smelled of whole-grain bread and sunflower seeds with some nice fruity esters and hop bitterness. Flavors of whole grain bread mingled with a hop bite and metallic undertones; some nice, sharp, fruity hop layers occupy the taste buds for the majority of the taste. The alcohol is late in coming and doesn’t taste as strong as it really is, noticeable only after a few sips as it begins to warm the insides. The low point of this beer was the distracting metallic aftertaste. But eventually the 8% ABV takes over and warms the insides. All is forgotten.

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Photo of righlander
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow! This stuff really does have a warming effect...It's 48 degrees outside and in Florida That's a wet cold. Pours a mean clear brown with a respectable head. Sticky lacing. Smells of rich deep malt with some oily hop bitter. Taste is great, Rich toasty matly with a nice hop bitter. The hops are not overly dominating in the after taste. Caramel, Toffee, Toasted bread. Maybe oak chips. Very interesting flavor. Mouth feel is perfect, for sure full bodied to the max! Drinkability, hmm... I could probably hammer down like 3 of these then switch to a macro that way I don't get too drunk way too fast!

All in all an excellent winter warmer

I will surely buy this again.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a 22 oz working glass.

Pours a clear red-tinted amber capped with a fluffy tanish head that settles slowly and leaves decent lace. The nose has a bit plum like sweetness and plenty of spicy, piney hops. Alcohol comes through in the nose. On the palate malt sweetness is short-lived before giving way to the strong hops flavors and medium-high bitterness. Alcohol has a definite, biting presence and sticks in the mouth for the short, bitter finish. Medium and light carbonation mouthfeel with large alcohol presence. Drinks fairly easily for the ABV, but makes a nice sipper. The high bittering and alcohol keep it from being greatly sessionable, but a few of these would certainly warm a cold winter night.

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Photo of awall422
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful deep red with an inch head that had good staying power and left nice lacing all the way down the pint. Aroma was failry sweet. Initial taste is almost, but not quite cloyingly sweet, with hints of raisins and prunes on the finish. The alcohol shows itself just a bit in heat, but just enough to make this a real "warming" winter ale. One of the best winter beers I've had, must find more!

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Photo of donaldchapman
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vertical tasting at Avery 15 year anniversary.
2007
A - Dary Ruby Color with long lasting head.
S - Nice hop aroma followed by some malty chocolate aromas.
T - Chocolate malt, with a caramel backing and a medium high level of bitterness.
M - Good full bodied feel with a nice alcohol warming.

2006
A - Remains about the same as the 2007.
S - Hops begin to fade and the malt aromas begin to dominate.
T - Malt flavors are complex and mix well with the lower level of bitterness.
M - Full bodied and alcohol warmth is smoother.

2004
A - Color remains the same, a slight more haze due to age.
S - huge malty caramel smell in the nose, very little hops.
T - Chocolate malt flavors have given way to more roast flavors.
M - Full bodied and a smooth alcohol warmth.

This beer seems to age pretty well, I thought the 2006 was the best. The 2006 had a great balance between hop bitterness and flavor of malt. The 2004 had a better malt aroma, but was lacking in the flavor.

Good beer.

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Photo of LennyV
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at halftime.

Pours a dark mahogany into my triple karmeliet glass small 1 finger head little to no lacing.

Smells malty sweet with cherrys.

Taste of malt with some cherrys and chocolate. Nice hoppy bitter ending with some alcohol warming.

Full bodied and heavey like a winter warmer shoudl be.

Nice brew but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of jacobdunne
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The light mocha taste was a nice change of pace. I got this beer free for going to Avery Brewery on cheesy Christmas sweater night, and I was not disappointed! Good holiday beer.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

--2006 Vintage--

A: Amber in color, similar to maple syrup. Thick, almost tan head that stays until the last sip.

S: Sweet with strong aromas of plum, cherry, and raisin. The yeast adds a certain musty character that is very pleasant. It's hard to tell, but some diacetyl might be present, also.

T: Sweet, spicy, and fruity, much like the smell. Immediate alcohol warmth. Hints of diacetyl add character, rather than detract from this brew. Malt is definitely dominant. Finishes with a smoky hop bite that just barely keeps the malt in check.

M: Medium to full bodied. Smooth and round, but not cloying.

D: This could be my favorite winter warmer. Perfect sipping brew for a cold, snowy day. A definite "must buy" each winter season.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint

bright chestnut brew with a really creamy white head that won't go away. beer-stache alert! Caking on the glass all the way down.

smells of roasted nuts and fresh bread yeast

a little "beerier" than I anticipated with a dominant nutty malt bill. Some semi-spicy hops are tossed in so you can tell where the malt ends. Some coffee-like toastiness and comforting heat on the tail end.

A tad heavy, but not overwhelming. Very malty without being too sweet and sticky.

Decent, but not an immediate must-have-more bottle. A palate warmup before I delve into some 10%abv+ beers with more going on.

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Photo of ksbrainard
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark garnet colored and not at all hazy. It is nearly black. There's a good head on there which slowly fades to a thin coating.

Smell: Musty and "brown". Whoah, I can smell alcohol very strongly. Behind that, or in between it, there may be some lightly browned caramel and some roasted grain. Man the alcohol is almost a nail polish remover smell.

Taste: Thick alcohol cough syrup is my first impression. The alcohol is warming my mouth down my throat all the way to my stomach. I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. It has a dark pruney flavor, with some bitter chocolate notes. But it is really hard to taste past the alcohol - and this is only 8%? This thing definitely has an imperial taste to it, and it is very heavy. It is a deep complex mix, and I feel as though I am missing something. I will cellar a few and they should mellow for next year.

Mouthfeel: I still feel like there's some in my mouth (but there is not). This beer is as thick as can be. It is really a little too much for me in the mouthfeel department.

Drinkability: Sit by the fire and realx, it might take you a while to finish this one. With its heavy alcohol presence and thick mouthfeel, this is a very enjoyable sipping beer. I might try it with a rich smoked chipotle barbeque dish, or maybe a spicy Chinese food. But it might be best by itself after dinner.

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Photo of candcholt
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared for 3 years. Poured into a goblet.

Beautiful rich dark amber color.

This is a nice winter ale, with a lot of depth of flavor. I like that there are no spices as some beers go a little overboard with this in their winter warmers.

I cannot note a discernable change over previous years, but it's till great.

It's easy drinking, not particularly heavy, so the 8.3% can sneak up on you.

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Photo of towersfall
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this old ass bottle up in the Bruisin' Ales 15% box. Dusty as all hell and it seemed like it had been in storage for a while. Had this a few months to a year back and wasn't too impressed, but aged this beer is delicious!

Appearance: A rich mahogany with a marshmallow white head sitting like a pile of fluff on top of the brew. Lacing trickles down the glass all the way to the last sip.

Smell: A nice blend of malts with a slight caramel/toffee touch. Little notice of hops but a decent booze scent. Nothing over the top, but it has a nice smell to it.

Taste: A nice toffee/dark fruit blend with a slight hoppy finish. The age of the beer really did a lot for this brew as far as flavor goes. I remember feeling a fresh batch was too watery.

Mouthfeel: A sticky feeling is left in the mouth but the aftertaste is great.

Drinkability: Old Jubilation isn't too sweet and doesn't really show it's ABV% at all except in the smell, thus it's extremely drinkable.

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Photo of MVassar
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elegant dark brown and ruby color, with a lush tan head and sticky lacing. Very appealing.

Faint spicy aroma, with hints of malt, caramel, black tea, and Christmas candy.

Dark roasted malt, with layers of creamy caramel, citrus peel, and a tinge of bitter hops in the finish. Good balance.

Medium body, ample carbonation, with a nice creaminess. Sturdy texture without feeling heavy.

A very likable beer, and a real pleasure to drink. Impressive.

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Photo of velo343
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A deep brown with a thick beige head.

Smell - A caramel sweetness. There is some deep fruitiness, such as apricots, partly due to the sweetness of the malts and also the hops, which have a touch of pine.

Taste - Lots of toasty, roasted malt flavor that is accentuated by the tartness of the hops. Contrary to the smell, there really isn't too much sweetness in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy. The hops dry out the finish a bit, preventing the beer from feeling too syrupy.

Drinkability - While nothing in this beer stood out to me as being exceptional (ok, the smell was really good), I'm very drawn to this beer. It just has a nice, comfortable feeling that, well, does a good job of warming you up, just like it's supposed to. Not at all over the top, a quality beer.

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Photo of keoki182
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid medium brown pour with yellow/brown head. Head held at about 3/4 inch until dissolving to a thin lacing on surface of beer and around glass. Smells barleywine-sweetish, notes of fruit (strawberry?) and some generic licorice. First sip impressions: bitter! strong, full mouthfeel. Toffee flavor, more berry. Wow, is this stuff good. Very rich, amazing feel on the palate. I just got some old school bubblegum, you know the rock hard sticks of bubblegum that came in Topps baseball card packs in the late 80s? That is the prevailing aftertaste right now. A nice, almost spicy bitter cocoa comes through quite soon in the pint. This is a fantastic English Strong Ale.

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Photo of accordselux
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2011 vintage bottle into a small tulip glass. A really nice mahogany color that is very appealing. Not much in the way of a head or lacing on the glass.

Smells like toffee, caramel, a little nuttiness and spice.

Taste was similar. A little bit of floral/medicinal hop notes on the end.

Mouthfeel was good- there was ample carbonation throughout the glass.

Overall- decent. I am not pressured to buy more and see how aging the recommended period affects the beer- perhaps because I have good beers I have to get through already.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.