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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,546 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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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Photo of SpdKilz
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a light chocolate color. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour. This dissipates relatively fast, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Not as prominent as I would have thought. Toasty malts, smoke, slight spices. As it warms some earthy tones come through, breadiness, and dark fruits.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Toasty malts up front combined with heavy caramel reach my palate first. Slight cocoa, smoke, and spicy hops come in next. It finishes with a slight bitterness, spics such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and a burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy overall, decent carbonation, finishes a bit dry/bitter.

Drinkability - For such a high ABV, quite high. Not overwhelmingly spicy for a winter warmer, so I could definitely see myself putting back a couple of these with no problem and getting some nice psychological warming from the high alcohol on a cold winter night.

Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a creamy thin tan head. Smells of buttered toast. Taste is an earthy phenolic beginning, with a toffee middle, and a piney, tart finish. Rich mouthfeel, slightly prickly carbonation. This beer is certainly a sipper, but I would definately get it again.

Photo of codewarrior
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz from a 6-pack. Poured into a snifter.

One of the last bottled non-large-format beers I expect to buy from Avery, as they are mid-switch to can-town, on the heels of Oskar Blues, Ska, Wynkoop and Upslope.

L: Walnut brown, little head. Looks a bit cloudy, but the pour is a touch cold ...

S: Cold, a little musty. Slight sweetness, slight dankness. Not much going on here all in all.

T: Smooth sweet into a raw meat center. Backs off into unabashed booziness. The 8.3% is more noticeable here than the 15% in Meph. 8.3% here is like tits on a bull.

F: Real thick, creamy. Avery always nails the feel for me.

D: Take it or leave it ... I'll leave it for the most part.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was probably the 2010 version. There is nothing on the bottle to indicate the year though. The label is a little different than the picture here; has the brewery logo at the bottom on the label.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown color, almost opaque. An inch head formed but quickly faded.

S - Overall a very light scent. Some malty smell...

T - There's a great balance between the malt and hops here. Neither really come out ahead, but they complement each other well. A short sweet finish. This is one of the few winter seasonals that I have had that does not have an array of the "Christmas spices" in its flavor. I like it.

M - Medium going toward heavy body. Almost no carbonation. A good weight for a winter warmer.

D - A good beer. I am enjoying sipping it on this (finally) cold night. I will probably have one more from the 6-pack and save the others for the next few years. Avery says that they can be cellared for a couple years so we will see if anything changes with time.

Photo of adam42381
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Edition.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark cherry wood color with ruby highlights and a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and earthy malts with a touch of fruit and spice. There's also a slight bitterness that I can't quite decipher. Aroma is a bit lighter than I expected.

Taste: Sweet malt up front followed by mild dark fruits in the middle and ending with an astringent dark leafy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter toasted malt. The flavor is not well-balanced, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The alcohol warmth is missing so I wouldn't consider this a winter warmer.

Drinkability: Okay drinkability. The harsh flavor keeps me from wanting another.

Overall: Average beer overall. There are better options available in this style.

Photo of stephiehefe
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer in my opinion. On a lazy day, I'm drinking it from the bottle...no glassware=no glass-washing. :) Honestly, I can say that the first sip is the best...full of robust chocolatey, malty yum-ness...but that flavor regresses a bit as I nursed the beer over an hour or so. Yeah, I know...who nurses a beer of such immediate yum-ness (again...too lazy to search for a good descriptive word!)...for an entire hour? Well, that's how I roll...especially while cooking delicious blend of roasted zucchini, bell pepper and red onion to go with my grilled chicken breast...for one.
Hey why not? The bf is out of town, and after work, it's a perfect way to "ho ho whoa" myself to sleep...to quote the Old Jub bottle itself :)...
so overall review? The beer is worth checking out...and I'm interested to see how it progresses over the next 1-3 years. A tiny gem among the Avery jewel chest.

Photo of stimulus
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear brown/amber with a beige head that leaves light lacing.
S: Sweet malts and hazelnut for sure.
T: Big, sweet, and malty, with smooth hazelnut, caramel, and toffee flavors. Not even a speck of alcohol throughout.
M: Medium carbonation and medium bodied.
D: This needed to warm up quite a bit, but it sure tastes great now. Quite a smooth, malty beer that can probably get better in a year or so.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep amber color with a small dierty white head.

S: Nose has roasted malt, spice

T: Taste is like the aroma with more bitterness than I was expecting. Chocolate, old molasses

M: Thin, light booze

D: Not the best Winter Warmer. I was expecting more from Avery.

Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a small snifter to be sipped and savored.

Pours an attractive mahogany with a finger of light tan head that builds and sticks despite the appropriately low level of carbonation.

Heavily caramelized sugar, figs, warm bread, toasted nuts and a very mild roast note form the broad malt spectrum. Hop bitterness balances admirably while an earthy punch of flavor hits harder than anticipated.

A very fine example of Old Ale. This one is pretty fresh and it's great as is, but would be just as interesting with some age on it. Old Jubilation is one of Avery's most overlooked and best put together beers. A perfect choice for sipping by the first fire of the year.

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

This one poured a nice dark red with slight hints of orange here and there. Upon it sat an...oatmeal colored head, very nice to look at.

Smell - malts first greet me. I'm used to IPA's so I was expecting a waft of hops. I forgot the style that I was drinking! Very nice malts...some sweetness, but no spices. I don't think any were added. Nor was it supposed to have any.

Taste - Definitely a winter warmer...reminds me of a stout/porter..but minus the coffee/chocolate. Maybe more of a barley wine.

Mouthfeel - full bodied mouthfeel, even more so when it warms up. The carbonation is just right for this style.

Drinkability - I think I could have a couple of these on a cold winter night. At 8% it'll be sure to keep you warm. Nice to see it that they make it all year around but I like to keep it special for the winter/holiday months!

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Argghhh! Some days are simply frustrating...

A deep ruby red in color, with a couple fingers of nice, soapy head. Leaves good lacing, but lacks good carbonation. Deep, sweet aromas of fig, ripe pineapple and some spices...Actually, smells a little like Swedish Glogg...Huge and delicious flavor profile. Really love the upfront blast of flavor. Lots of fig, spice, and even a little dark chocolate in the late middle, early finish. Some alcohol in the middle and especially in the finish, and it ultimately hurts the beer. This is like the girl that was way more wild than you first thought she would be. Like you went out on a third date to meet her friends, and they were some members of MS-13...Too late to just dump her ass, but way too much to deal with...Beautiful until the end...well-balanced, too...Great except for the alcohol finish...well-priced, too...

What I like most: The awesome, robust flavor.

What I like least: The alcohol in the finish.

Verdict: Very good and well-priced, worth finding and driking but beware the finish!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up tonight at Brewforia for $2.50ish... Boxing beer for a local buddy and wanted a nightcap.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

1 finger lite tan head... the brew is dark brown until held to a light and it shows beautiful deep ruby.

Nose seems a tad muted... toasty with hints of roasty malts.. even hints of smoke.

Flavor mirrors the nose with bits and pieces of something that I can only describe as nutty.. a tad astringent toward the finish.. the roasted malts move from cocoa toward char.. like a lite porter.. really pretty yummy... hops lend a spicy component that I am having a hard time pinpointing..

Medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation for my liking in such a big brew.... I feel hiccups coming on... Overall, "Winter Warmer" seems like a bad division.. It has a nice "English" quality to it.. Good complexities without ever verging on American balls to the wall massiveness. I may buy some of these to hang on to for a while.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4.5

Edit: No spices are used in this beer and I think that is skewing some of the ratings/palates..

Photo of PDXHops
2.21/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Deep mahogany body with intense ruby highlights. Modest head, but nice sticky lacing.

This has a distinct shortage of sweetness compared to a typical winter warmer. I'm usually the one complaining about a beer being too sweet, but the lack of it definitely hurts this style and this particular beer. Not a ton of punch to the nose, but the flavors are pretty interesting. Dry malt profile with a fair dose of burnt character and toasted wood, perhaps a little smoke. Bitterness aplenty, flirting with astringency. Hop flavors are quite earthy. As it warms, it gains sweetness that seems to be lacking a partner in crime. Finishes way too clean to be a proper "warmer". Decent brew, a little unfocused. A bit of aging might do this one some good.

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

looks....Almost red,a garnet color,rather clear. A frothy head forms and does not last long. At the end of the glassful, the lacing has left a trail up the full sides.

Aroma, rather pungent,earthy malts,some coffee,some slightly burnt toast,dark fruits, Prune,currant,breadiness,a suggestion of alcohol

taste Nice complexity with a rather distinctive flavor combo. There's a Coffee,a brief hint of English toffee,some fruitcake with brandy,a earthy/grain/roasty malt-yeast that's a bit different,seems sort of German,and a smooth end game where a hop finish eases in. The Hops don't bring a real Pine or citrus, but in a rather Euro fashion do the Bitter End without a specific flavor.

i noticed that there were some aspects that were a tad abrassive,as the dark coffee,some woody notes,some background sweets and the dry tasting euro hops clashed a bit. After it warmed more,those things merged a bit better.

this is a rather curious beer that brings the complexity of a big brandywine,at a nice price. They didn't QUITE nail it,but I found it interesting as a "change of pace" beer to explore further.

Mouthfeel is really pretty good. enough body and viscosity,a proper level of carbonation. The finish is a proper "Beer" ending,not lacking though not a sustained hop shot.

Drinkable- there's a whole lot of flavor combos and some get a bit heavy or quirky. My take is this is a One At a Time beer that is a nice 'changeup".

i don't think Avery quite nailed it,but I applaud the concept. This is full of unique and interesting things,even if not a style I tend to favor. there's some sort of Euro thing,maybe a yeast,that seems familiar and is not one I tend to like,but that's not too big of a part in this beer. here it shares the stage with many flavors.

This stuff is at a pretty reasonable price,is complex and worth pondering. Perhaps it is a beer that becomes an acquired taste?

Photo of nas5755
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown beer with a small head and some lacing

S- some dark fruit notes, very malty

T- leather notes, light tones of dark fruit, dark brown sugar, biscuit notes

M- medium carbonation

Overall, this is a decent beer nothing to complain about nothing to rave about.

Photo of ectomorph
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no best by or freshness dating... It's a winter warmer purchased in August, so it's anyone's guess.

A - Dark mahogany with dark ruby highlights and a light tan cap of dense foam 2 fingers thick.

S - Unsweet chocolate, light roast coffee, and a black fig malt impression. As it begins to warm, there is a roasted wood aroma.

T - Chocolate covered coffee beans is met with an assertive hop bitterness. Light cherry and smoking apple wood. Very nice.

M - Medium body and good carbonation. The brew clears the palate well, inviting the next sip in line.

D - For an ale of 8% ABV, very high. For a daily drinker? Moderate to low.

Another great Avery Brewing product at a great price.

Photo of ruckus232
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly clear medium/dark brown in color with a little bit of a tan head.

Smell: Toasted malted smell but almost to the point of having a burnt type scent.

Taste: Still has the toasted taste but without the burnt taste I noticed in the smell. The taste is actually more bitter then I would expect but the taste is not very complex and fades sort of fast.

Note: The taste is not bad but its nothing too exciting. It is however a lot better then the smell.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my snifter a nice deep dark ruby color with ample offwhite/tan head. Smells initially of caramel malts and some piney bitterness, with a spicy aftertone. Spiciness is more evident in the taste with the malts and pine notes finishing. Good feel with medium carbonation and smooth finish. Overall a nice winter beverage.

Photo of divineaudio
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of omnigrits
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber colour with a moderate head that fades quickly to leave a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The smell is immediately malt but with so many other elements in there. Toffee, caramel, even cognac.

The taste follows up with even more to enjoy. The hops in this one have faded a bit but there's still plenty of bitterness and hop flavour and a superbly bitter finish. An incredibly complex beer but not overdone.

Mouthfeel is good but not exceptional. Smooth but maybe lacking body a little for the style.

Really nice. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to G311 for this bottle as an extra. It is not a rarity, but you thought it was delicious, and now so do I. And that is a pure example of beer advocacy, if I do say so myself...

A - Pours deep black-walnut hue with a nice inch of tan head, some spotty lace.

S - I am getting strong vinous notes; Cognac, oak barrel, toffee, lemon-lime; much of the same aromatics as are found in other Avery brews, most notably The Beast Grand Cru, but in this case these characteristics are sublimely subdued.

T - Wow. I'm getting chocolate nuances upfront, and an impression a bit like this brew is The Beast Grand Cru Light. Just a very good beer, all-around. Bordering on fantastic. The taste is perhaps more like a hybrid BSDA-Winter Warmer, as the malt flavor is fairly mild despite being pronounced, and it favors dark-fruity nuances over malty sweetness.

M - Nice and velvety.

D - Having previously had this on-tap, I am surprised by the flavor in the bottle; it is much more potent in terms of flavor dynamics than the draft.

Update: it turns out this bottle was from 2008, so I would note that it ages superbly.

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

Pours a deep, rich, reddish-mahogany color, with some light brown foam resting on top. This is one of the better winter beers out there, with aromas of milk chocolate, caramel and hops. Pretty similar on the palate, with molasses and dark fruit added to the mix. A welcome addition to the fridge every November.

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

12oz bottle, picked up last Saturday in Colorado.

It pours a clear colour of mahogany with about an inch of foam. The foam is shrinking very slowly leaving a lot of sticky lacing.

The smell is both hoppy and malty. I get some sweetness and a bit of biscuit countered by, actually, a mild bitterness. The hops are restrained and that's fine by me.

The taste brings caramel sweetness, some biscuit, a touch of toffee, and some bitterish tones that bring good balance. Very tasty.

On the high end of medium bodied, with about a medium light amount of carbonation...pretty darned smooth mouthfeel. The foam is still here, about a half inch now, and lacing continues to impress me.

Drinkability? Good drinkability held back only by a slowly increasing amount of alcohol that's mostly present after the swallow. But at 8%, it's still not a chore to drink by any means. A very solid example of the style.

Photo of towersfall
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the ever ambiguos "Winter Warmer" style, if only i knew what that meant. Well this time it means dark copper color tone with good lacing with raisons, cherries, and spices galore with a very sweet tooth malt body with a bit of campfire smoke inside of a gently carbinated medium viscosity easy drinking top fermented ale.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.