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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,484 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 50
Gots: 82 | 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 ROBSTARR
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pottergator
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of freed
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, my wife took this beer before I could get it, but managed to snag a sizable sample while she was preoccupied. Here's what I surmised.

Rich red hints around the deep molasses body. Low carbonation provides a slight head, it dies with time, leaving little lace. Rich warm spiced flavors, a heavenly malt syrup that will certainly show up on my rain season table. Is this the answer to SAD? Who'd have guessed it comes from a place that has plenty of winter options that don't require an umbrella.

Photo of DoctorDog
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of mjl21
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No abv info or bottling info is present.

A-Pours a really nice brownish red color that shines in the light. It has a one finger off white head that has some nice retention. Leaves nice streaks of lace.

S-Nothing spectacular. It has some subtle roast flavors, some toasted pale malt, and a little bit of sweetness.

T-It begins with a mixture of sweet and roast malt flavor definite coffee flavor. Toasted pale malt also is detected. There is some bitterness at the end. As it warms I pick up on some orange rind. Sweetness lingers in between sips.

M-Medium bodied, a little sticky, and well carbonated.

D-Nice winter warmer. Apparently they use no spices, which I prefer. They also use hazelnuts and I was unable to discern any flavor from them.

A nice winter warmer that will appeal to those who aren't fans of spiced winter beers.

Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of qcghost
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A dark burgundy color with smallish off-white head. Laces decently.

S- A really nice blend of citrus, apples, raisins, spices, some alcohol. Some hazelnut comes and goes too. Smells pretty good.

T- Some of the dark fruit go away at first as resinous hops start the taste. The initial burst of hops fades to some spices--cinnamon and the like. A bit of the alcohol and raisins comes out on the finish.

M- Medium bodied with perfect carbonation for my tastes. Warming as it goes down.

D- This is delicious and dangerously enjoyable. 8% ABV makes it a sipper, but a welcome one at that.

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

Old Jubilation poured a mahogany brown with ruby highlights. The head was fairly tall and faded slow and even.

The aroma was full of toffee, ripe cherries, wood aged cognac, and warming alcohol. The hop balance was pretty good, adding a floral and resiny dimension to an already substantial nose.

The flavor is very smooth. The alcohol is hidden quite well, and no particular flavor takes control. Nice balance between sweet brown sugar and ripe fruit esters and dry hopping.

The body was good and robust, very mouth-coating. The carbonation kept just enough crispness as it slid down. Considering the hardy body and 8% ABV, it's very easy to quaff.

Photo of damienblack
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard brown with a good amount of bubbles rising up it. Nice sized head frothy like merenue, yet spongy at the same time. Kind of sticks together instead of leaving a lot of lacing. Nice smell of malt and spices, but nothing outstanding.

First impressions: rich, slightly burnt malts, with winter spicing taking a back seat at first, yet after the beer goes down it's the spices and hops that linger on the palate, the hop bitterness stays for a bit. Yes, there's a nice hop presence for balance, nothing to extreme, but good to see considering a lot of winter warmers don't seem to care about hops. That's one thing I notice, the other thing is that it seems a lot fuller than other winter warmers. It's not thin at all, a nice rounded-out medium bodied beer. The carbonation helps promote a nice slick mouthfeel, slides right down the palate. The only thing I have against it is that while some hops are nice for balance, this one seems a little too hopped by my tastes, and for me, that takes away a bit from the drinkability. Keep in mind though, I love malt bombs and am less big on IPAs, so a lot of you folks will probably appreciate that quality more than I. I have to say, I didn't notice it was 8% ABV until I was halfway through the pint and looked at the top of the review page. The alcohol hotness doesn't really stands out, but blends with the bitterness a bit. Still, one of the better winter warmers out there it seems, and while not spectacular, not a bad brew during the long cold months.

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of irishgreensoda
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of happygnome
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a clear brown color with about an inch of white head that dissapears kinda fast leaving a good amount of lacing
s: sweet toasted nut malts in the intial nose followed by a piny hop aroma that i find very inviting
t: toasted nut flavor followed by the sweet malts and hint of creamyness. Crisp with slight notes of pinny hop bitterness nicely balanced for style
m: medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is an off white head around a finger thick. Beneath that is a deep amber beer with some light copper hues.

Aroma: Very bready in the nose with a good touch of toffee. Raisins, dark fruit, twinges of citrus in the back.

Taste: Lots of toffee notes sticky mouthfeel. Molasses in the front, notes of licorice, very malty backbone.

Notes: A great malty backbone mixed in with good drinkabilty and quite good for a cold night. Cheers.

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into tulip: from notes> Winter 2010/2011 release.
A: A deep brown body, with slight clarity has medium levels of visible carbonation. The head is a very light tan in color. The head formation is nice and holds well through the entire glass. Lacing is present and left in a frothy wave pattern.

S: Aroma hints at rich European malts and a touch of imported hop profiles. While the aroma has a medium intensity, it is well balanced for style. Very dry and earthy. Better aroma than most for this style.

T/M: The upfront taste is a smooth and creamy English malt backbone with a touch of hops that give it a dirty and herbal note. A malt sweetness dominates the palate, with a blast of dark malts and a nice touch of candy sugar. NO spice presence found. Mouthfeel is silky and has a hint of a milky creaminess, very well rounded brew.

O: This has been one of my favorite winter offering for a long time, and really enjoy to give it the proper respect that it deserves here on BA. As it is well balanced and an all around great brew, my most found memories of this brew are when I got back from a week long backcounty ski tour in the south-eastern San Juan mountains of Colorado (with not a drop of beer), sitting at home and kicking up my feet with this brew had truly made a deep connection. Great beer, one of the seasons best offerings.

Photo of mountdew1
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Was a dark reddish brown with a thin light brown head that lasted a very long time. Aroma was slightly sweet, slightly syrupy with a small spicy hints. Taste was fairly subtle to begin with. Grew to a spicy tangy sweetness over time. Felt great in the mouth. Coated extremely well, just the way a winter warmer should, with a good amount of carbonation. A pleasure to drink, not a session beer, but a solid sipper that made me want more.

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

A: snifter. pours a clear mahogany color. light tan head. moderate retention level and decent lacing.

S: pears, fig, some spices, mostly clove, and some plums.

T: big caramel notes, with some fig, plums, some cinnamon and clove. very malty brew. delicious.

M: big full bodied brew. solid carbonation level. very nice palate.

D: ABV appears to be high, noticed in the flavor. solid beer for the holiday season. wonderful brew. about two of these should warm you up.

Photo of phisig137
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful shade of mahogany or dark stained cherry wood. Looks like expensive furniture stain. Head dissapates quickly, but does leave a nice lacing on the glass. As far as I can tell, the aroma does not offer a great amount... a hint of hops, and some dryness, but fairly subdued. The flavor on the otherhand is a veritible explosion of goodness. the best way to describe this I think is a heavily roasted, slightly spiced porter. The roasted malt flavor is phenomenal, and finishes out the palate without being overly dry. A very light amount of spice can be detected, but very mild, coriander, and perhaps cardamom. Finishes dry, with a slight bite that lingers for a few minutes. One of Avery's better 12 oz. beers I think, and it does quite a nice job of hiding it's 8% alcohol too.

Photo of davet100
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one goes into my glass colored deep crimson brown with a fat head and amazing lace. Great presentation, label included.

The nose is full of Christmas related aromas: gingerbread, cinnamon, English malt, biscuits, toffee. Rather like OSA in some regards minus the intense spicing.

The taste is akin to a strong brown ale with a rather nasty metallic penny/battery hop bite. The alcohol makes its presence known strongly in the mouth as well. Reminds me of a dark wheat lager or a strongly boozed brown ale...and sort of like Stone's 8th Anniversary ale.

There are just too many elements awry here that I can't praise this...brash, boozy, and weirdly metallic.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red-brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a minute or two. Pretty good lacing.

S: Coffee and nuts.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Toasted malt, chocolate and nuts. Alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and warm going down.

O: Good example of an Old Ale. The taste was less complex than I was hoping for, but not bad.

Photo of nhindian
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

A - Pours a very deep mahogany, just enough hint of red in it to keep it relatively see-through. There is a good amount of chunky floaties suspended mid-glass. Only about a finger's worth of head with fairly low retention. Lacing is a cascade curtain effect, cover a nice amount of real estate.

S - The nose is essentially all malt, giving it a decadent and rich aroma. Fairly sweet, but also has a good tinge of bitterness. Lots of chocolate for sure, as well as some roast. A bit of dark fruit, but not a whole lot. Quite enticing.

T - The taste follows nicely behind the build-up of the nose. Starts with a nice shot of roasty bitterness, before mellowing into a bittersweet dark chocolate. Not much going on in terms of dark fruits in this regard. Almost a bit smokey as well, and maybe even some woody notes. This is a malt showcase and the walk through their characteristics is a joy.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and slick-feeling. Some lingering bitterness compliments of the roast.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I enjoyed this one much more than I was expecting. While BeerAdvocate lists it as a Winter Warmer, the Avery site itself designates this as an English Old Ale, and I can definitely get that immediately after sipping it. The roast is something not typically seen in an old ale, and I think it works great here.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,484 ratings.