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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,346 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,346
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 49 | 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 donaldchapman
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

donaldchapman, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is a dark brown bodied beer with an average off white head.

Smell- It is sweet and roasty. It smells of honey infused malt.

Taste- I felt that this is a good basic winter beer. There are a lot of good flavors in this beer but they are all pretty basic. It is spicy but not overdone, yeasty and has a little bit of bread like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full and thick.

Drinkability- It is a good beer for the season, especially with desserts. "Cakes and pies"

MTNboy, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle purchased at Little Raven Vineyards; thanks for the great suggestions Peter.

A- Dark mahogany with a vibrant ruby hue when light passes over. Little head, reduced to a very thin skim with decent lacing.

S- Sweet malt and earthy grains. Almost smells like the spent grains from a mash tun.

T- Crystal malt caramel sweetness with a bready depth and slight alcohol hint. Caught a small amount of hop bitterness twords the end.

M- Thick, high viscosity with a decent amount of gas dissolved in the brew.

D- Eh... one seems to be enough for me. This is a big beer with some nice complexities. I tend to sip this one and relax. Given I am tasting this in July, might be able to pack more away in the depths of December.

MinorThreat, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of giblet
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured nicely with about three quarters inch of head. medium reddish brown color. smells of rich roasted malt and fruit. tasted sweet of roasted malts. this beer tastes good but i was disappointed in the lack of carbonation. good lacing in my glass as a drank.

would have gotten all fours had it had a lil bit more carbonation.

suckem up and movem out

giblet

giblet, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I found at Showcase in Carrollton, GA. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice dark brown that lets a little red hue come through when light is held up. Poured a nice off white head that had some nice lacing that said, "I'm not going anywhere". The lace sticks and stays. Very nice.

S: Nice roasted malt, brown sugar, cream, bittersweet chocolate. Smells like Christmas.

T: Roasted malt comes out first, molasses and brown sugar are there also. A touch of cream and dried fruit (prune and dark grape). Dark chocolate also comes through. There is also just a touch of hops lingering in the background.

M: Creamy and almost chunky but still has a good amount of carbonation. The roasted malt really lingers in the aftertaste.

D: Pretty drinkable, not for the summer month I broke it out for, but still very nice. Really feels like winter in the blend of flavors.

everetends, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with slight haze. Cannot see through when held to light. Thin light brown head.

Nose has a very pleasant cocoa malt profile. Very appetizing nose.

Palate is a nice blend of rich roasted malt, espresso bitterness/sharpness, and a medium long finish.

Above average for a winter ale.

yemenmocha, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish color with a small white head. Looks like lots of carbonation.

Very malty smell with a mild hoppy note. Smells sweet too.

Hoppy notes at first with a sweet malty finish. Nice and smooth taste, no alcohol warmth.

Smooth and not too heavy, nor too light. Good level of carbonation.

I would drink this beer again and wish I could get it here in Michigan.

toolbrew, May 31, 2008
Photo of blackjack000
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very dark amber with a creamy eggshell head that leaves a pleasant tiering and splattering.

Smell: Thick, syrupy smell with some grassy hops in the background. Melted brown sugar and liquorice also present.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Chewy caramel and molasses with some spicy hops present. The mouthfeel is nice and thick and smooth.

Drinkability: A contenting drink, but doesn't beckon to be followed with another. One is fulfilling enough for me.

blackjack000, May 20, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice sized, light brown head with good retention and an amber-brown body with good clarity.

S - Caramel malt with a strong molasses note. Nutty, no detectable hop aroma.

T - Nutty toffee, dry fruit, and some hop flavor. Bitterness creeps in during the finish along with some sherry like oxidized notes.

M - Low carbonation, moderately thick, creamy body, and some alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - Very significant caramel character. Nice example of the style, but the oxidized notes are a bit too much.

nickfl, May 19, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep clear red amber with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, brown sugar, and dark ripe fruits.

Big taste of sweet caramelized malts, dark ripe fruits, and hints of spice. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, sweet and smooth, and lightly carbonated.

A nice winter warmer and pretty easy to drink. Definitely one for the colder months.

Monkeyknife, May 11, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I was doing some spring cleaning of the beer fridge and saw that I had missed this winter warmer. Whoops. Old Jubilation pours a deep, clear, reddish-amber color, with hints of orange and a pretty creamy light tan lid. Quite sweet and malty nose with lots of plum and red grape fruitiness, and hints of spice. The flavor is chocolatey malts at first, with a nice fruitiness and a lightly bitter and spicy lingering along with a touch of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is soft, pleasant and creamy. This stuff is pretty good, but not really stand-outish. Maybe I'm just not in the mood for the style though.

Slynger, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure this bottle is 2006 and has been sitting in the store for over 1 year before I purchased it. Let's see how it's held up.
Really low bottle fill, maybe up to a whole oz. short.
Dark winter style malts for aroma almost getting to dark fruit and close to dried fruit (like raisin), caramelized close to brunt too. Fair amount of depth and complexity. Slight hop character.
More brownish than red, fairly clear. Dark colored head that's small, but indefatigable.
Flavor holds even greater depth and richness than than the aroma. Again malt dominated. Nice fruity character that softer and sweeter up front and moves to heavier, fuller and richer before the mild bitterness pushes the flavor prior to the finishing dryness. Nice complexity and variety in each mouthful. Alcohol becomes more apparent with warming, and ends up adding nicely.
Heavy enough to move past moderate toward thick. Carbonation is balanced nicely and offers no distractions and rounds off the feel nicely.
This is what I think of when considering a winter warmer. Bold, rich, heavy, complex. Something to wander through and relish.
My 700th review! Good choice Gary. :)

garymuchow, Apr 08, 2008
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 nrbw23
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice rich amber color. Fair amount of head on this one that goes away rather quickly and leaves a nice coating on top. Spotty lacing but pretty decent.

S- Could easily pick up the pine and spice smells. A bit of cinnamon also with something sweet can't put my finger on it.

T- Caramelized malt, fruit and hops. More hops than I expected but very nice

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

D- Very nice brew. Maybe a bit more of a sipper and would like to have again.

nrbw23, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of jackorain
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark borwn with ruby highlights. 1 inch head fell to splotchy coat and very tall collar while I took these notes.

Smells of bready and biscuit malts, dough and yeast. There is also a mild green hop fragrance.

Taste is similar with the doughy malts prevailing, almost like short bread dough. Nice bitter green hoppy finish.

Full body, warming alcohol and really nice creamy carb.

nice drinkability

jackorain, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of timmlimestone
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - I would hve to say middle of the road. Not too amazin, but definitely dark, and obviously not too heavy on excess sugars.

Smell - Sort of timid. But what whiff you get is good.

Taste - Great old ale taste. This is what you would expect from a very good winter beer. Warming sweet malt notes. Chestnuts are roasting baby.

Mouthfeel - Slightly warming alcoholic feel. But not too bad.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Good thing we picked this up righ before Wisonsin got 16 inches in MARCH.

Overall - I liked it a lot. Smooth and alcoholic. Warming and and sweet. A good winter ale and a nice smooth olde.

timmlimestone, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark ruby colored pour. Smell is slightly chocolately malt but not a rich roasty chocolate smell. Taste is the same, except with an unpleasant alcohol taste to finish. No need for this to taste as alcoholic as it does, and it really detracts from the decent flavor. Still, overall it's thin, boring and the alcohol doesn't fit well. Unimpressed.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice produced fingers of tan head that goes to a sparse lace on top of a dark mahogany

Aromas of malts, candy sugar and spices filled my nose

This beer is rather hot (alcohol) and bitter which is a surprise to me because of its nose

The mouthfeel is not as rich as I would like on this one but it is smooth on the palette

It's an ok warmer but one at a time is enough

joepais, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good initial head, but it dissipates to a single layer. The lace is spotty and light. The color is a deep brown where the light still shines through.

Mostly malty aroma with lots of crystal; this brings out a caramel smell. The hop is present but in the background.

Tastes like a hoppy barley wine although the flavors are two-dimensional. The malt is neither overly sweet nor dry. The finish leaves a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very rich body.

Not a complex beer but it is also well-balanced and full flavored.

smcolw, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 rye726
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with a silky tan head. Good lacing and retention. Smell is of dark dried fruits and sweet malts. A faint hop presence adds some spice. Taste is very malty with some molasses, plums, figs, caramel and earthy hops. Good fullbody with medium carbonation. A nice example of the style.

rye726, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of sacfly
2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz, no date
Pours a dull semi-clear brown with a very thin head. Aroma is sweet, dark brown sugar. Taste has a bit of the brown sugar, but more overripe fruit. Fruit rapidly gives way to a very alcoholic, solvent finish. A bit of harshly astringent (hops?) flavors come out as it warms. Not enjoyable. I'll pass on this one next time.

sacfly, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of CortexBomb
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is dark, nut brown with a light white head on top. Not much retention. Nose is sweetly malty with nut elements and some hints of roast.

Flavour carries the smell over in the form of nutty malts. Spices are present in the form of cinnamon. A light citrus twang from the hops. Decent.

The mouth on this is about average, some hop action, a decent but not remarkable body. Drinkability, also around the average mark, I like certain types of Winter Warmer, and while this has some of the spices I'm looking for, I tend to find beers with fairly large cinnamon presence to be a touch on the abrasive side, which is the case here. I probably won't rebuy this, though it's not bad.

The bottom line: A serviceable warmer, but not what I prefer in the style. Low on my list of potential rebuys, and not something that I will likely have again.

CortexBomb, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown with lighter amber showing through. Nice, thick off-white head that leaves significant lacing.

S-Chocolate and spice with a nice dose of hops. BAckground notes of dark fruit and sweet malt.

T-Much like a hoppy liquid fruitcake....good but all of the flavors fight with each other and do not meld into a nice solid flavor. I like it but it does get a knock for this.

M-Medium body with medium carbonation. Very solid feeling brew.

D-After it warms a bit the flavors start to meld better. Becomes a tasty brew....but not one that I could sit and enjoy all night long. A solid effort.

Deuane, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to ilovedarkbeer (on ratebeer). Smells sweet and fruity with cookie malts, cherries and hazlenut. Beautiful dark red-brown color with some small particles floating around. There is a small creamy head with excellent lacing. Taste is of chocolate malts and is somewhat bitter at the end. Taste reminds me of a Porter a bit. Medium to full body with a dry mouthfeel and a bit too fizzy carbonation. Overall very good!

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,346 ratings.