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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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1,319 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 46 | 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.

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Photo of russpowell


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours an effervescent reddish chestnut with 3 fingers of tan colored head. Average lacing & good head retention

S: Fruitty (cherries & dates) & bready

T: Cakey with brown sugar & dryness upfront. Leafy hops & a bit of booze as this warms. Finishes with caramel, treacle, more leafy hops, more dryness & just a whisper of brown sugar

MF: Chewy with low/moderate carbonation

Drinks really good for the abv, makes me wish for some roast pork or goose. I do think the dryness would get to me before the abv,

10-27-2007 20:58:54 | More by russpowell
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured a very dark brown color into a pint glass with next to no head. A little white foam appeared around the edge of the glass.

Not a very pungent nose. Faint hops, maybe some carmel and holiday spices. Like nutmeg maybe, but it is very faint.

The flavor is both hoppy and malty. Carmel flavor is more apparent. The holiday spices are present in the flavor. This is a nice winter beer. It is almost a shame I drink it on October 23th and it was 80 degrees.

Slightly watery mouthfeel, and oddly enough, as the beer warmed, it became more creamy.

I really liked this beer. Nothing really stands out, but nothing really detracts from it either. It is solid and enjoyable.

10-24-2007 02:08:31 | More by brantadid
Photo of genog


3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

Had this at Z Cucina with Adam Avery. It was an amazing evening of pairing delicious food with two amazing beers at each course.

Pours a rich brownish, red color with a nice frothy off white head. Smell is sweet, with a bready, doughy type aroma too. Sweet caramel malt as well. Taste is dried, fruits, and some viney grape flavors. A little watery, with some light carbonation.

10-23-2007 00:33:30 | More by genog
Photo of froggyfrog


4.63/5  rDev +20.3%

Avery calls this an English Strong Ale. Here it be known as Winter Warmer. Either way, the moderately chilled, thick mahogany liquid currently gracing my snifter has already begun to hypnotize this writer with its charm.

This brawny beverage is already showing three times the character of the Russian Imperial Stout that last filled this snifter's bowl and we have yet to get started.

Mad chewy.

I could stop the review right there. That two-word declaration sums up the character of this beer to a T. However, the huge presence of the body simply serves as a carrier for all sorts of other good stuff.

At first whiff I could almost be certain that this beer is brewed with juniper berry additions. Avery assures us that this is not the case. They would tell us that the flavors in this beer are derived from a mash of 5 types of grain and from Bullion hops and yeast. (Oh and let's not forget the all important "Rocky Mountain water".)

In taste and bouquet we find the apparitional juniper berries paired with a bundle of musty fall fruits. Cinnamon and ginger; leather and clover; brown sugar and butter, all of these are also in attendance without genuinely being present.

A big brown maltiness envelops all of this and holds the spicy alcohol flavors in balance. Wrapped up deep with in this beer is a barely discernable metallic-ness.

Drinkable and enjoyable even when the weather hasn't yet turned cold. Avery pleases once again.

09-27-2007 05:37:49 | More by froggyfrog
Photo of Floydster


3/5  rDev -22.1%

12 ounce bottle from Hollingshead's in Orange during their Christmas in July celebration

Very dark with a sweet chocolately smell

Not my favorite of Avery's beers, but then again all their beer is good

Very strong and thick which makes it harder to drink than most other winter beers

Aged well with the seven or eight months it has been in the bottle

Worth checking out!

09-04-2007 06:46:11 | More by Floydster
Photo of hellcatsjg


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Good three fingers of head which drops down to about 1/2 fingers worth. Decent looking beer.

Smell: Lots of caramel. A bit of spice, coffee, and chocolates.

Taste: Sweet malty flavor in the front of each sip. Slowly gives way to a mild spicy flavor that comes at the end and sticks around for a while. Sweetness and spicyness improve as the beer warms. There is also a bit of alcohol warmth that increases as the temperature rises as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. What you would expect.

Drinkability: Perhaps not the most drinkable on a 90 degree day, but this would improve come fall and winter. Would not want another on a hot night, should come back to review this winter to see if this changes. Good beer, just not a good hot summer night brew.

09-02-2007 00:17:35 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of Halcyondays


4/5  rDev +3.9%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a good white, almost silvery tan head.

S: The smell is enticing, with a lot of malt sweetness, and a hint of holiday spices. Smells a lot like a holiday oven filled with baked goods.

T: Very good, big malt notes upfront, I don't think this ale is spiced, but there are definitely some nutmeg and ginger notes, probably from the malt complexity though. Can't taste much in the way of hops, though there is a slightly stannic quality about the beer, maybe this is a hop effect, I am not sure.

M: Smooth, slightly viscous and syrupy, but not cloying.

D: Another good Winter Warmer, I enjoyed it even though it is 80 degrees out here everyday on the coast, one of Avery's better brews in my opinion.

08-30-2007 16:38:12 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of billybob


4.72/5  rDev +22.6%

pours a very dark brown color with a one inch light tan head that holds well and a good amount of lacing. fresh coffee smell along with some fruity notes. taste, again fresh brewed mild coffee with ripe fruit in the background some kind of melon maybe? also slightly sweet tasting. mouthfeel is light, very smooth, and light to medium carbonation. overall a nice fall, winter very drinkable beer.

08-29-2007 03:06:08 | More by billybob
Photo of Blupoet03


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours brown with a foamy tan head to a pint glass. It smells of roasted malt and hips with a whiff of both toffee and yeast.

The taste is complex, giving tones of coffee maltiness, a pleasant bitterness, and sweetness on the tail. Mouth feel is prickly and tart.

Overall, it is a very peasant blend of flavors, and I can imagine it tasting great in the winter, but since the pint glass I was drinking from was sweating profusely, I wont comment too much on the seasonality of it.

I did feel that it was perfect in terms of drinkability. I was commenting that it must be a lower alcohol, thinking of an English Bitter, allowing you to drink several in a short amount of time - but was wrong. I still think you could easily drink several of these in a night, but you will be feeling it!

07-27-2007 02:27:50 | More by Blupoet03
Photo of schoolboy


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

OK, I just bought some of this on close out - half price (it's July). It had not been kept cold all the time. This does not seem to have damaged the brew. Not much smell. Pretty dark. Good taste, mouthfeel and drinkability (but you can tell that if you have more than 3 or 4 you will have to pay the piper). SInce it is July, I'm glad it's not flavored, but around the holidays, I do like something with a little special flavor, which this does not have - it's just a nice, well-balanced, slightly malty strong ale.

Drinking a fresh one in 2011, it is not as well behaved on the mouthfeel. The taste also is a bit harsh, needing mellowing, so aging a few months apparently helps. It smells much better, though - a 4+.

07-21-2007 21:48:56 | More by schoolboy
Photo of gmfessen


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a dark amber-brown color with a thin, creamy-looking head. Beer has a sweet malty presence with vanilla and caramel notes. Smells like candy. The taste is also quite sweet, there is an amber/caramel maltyness and the alcohol is pretty well covered. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly creamy finish. Drinkability is decent, not a quaffer though.

07-05-2007 02:20:17 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Cascadia


3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

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.


06-29-2007 04:21:49 | More by Cascadia
Photo of Contra

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

My friend recommended this as we were beer shopping, so I decided to try it. Glad I did.

Old Jubilation pours out into monstrous head, which eventually turns into uneven foam. Very dark brown, darker than maple syrup. The flavor is robust - reminds me of roasted chestnuts. I'm sure some of that might be the artwork on the label, but it has that smoked taste that is perfect for the style. Very bourbon-like, but nowhere near as overpowering. Still, at 8% abv, this is no light-weight.

Overall, this is a nice change from what I'm used to. Nothing too unusual, mind you, but nice malty beer.

06-24-2007 22:40:00 | More by Contra
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Deep mahogony with nice tan head.

Smells sweet and of dark fruit; cherries and dates.

On the palatte I notice roasted coffee, some caramel and toffee flavors with a good hop finish.

There is a nice soft mouthfeel to this warming brew. This is a good winter warmer, tastes like an Amber Imp Stout maybe, to throw words together.

05-11-2007 16:09:10 | More by BeerZack
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

This beer has been sitting I my fridge since it was seasonal. I’d better get to it…

This beer pours a rich, brown and burgundy color with a nice frothed milk tan head.

I’m enticed by the wholesome sweetness of the smell. There are definitely gingersnaps and molasses cookies here, heavy on the ginger, with a peach, honey pastries (baklava?) and caramel sweetness beneath. Green grapes too? It goes on and on. Truly a pleasure.

The flavor starts similar to the smell but is oriented more around the green grape and caramel along with a big sticky barley. The ginger is missing. It then transitions into a smoky coffee that caught me off guard. This did help the beer finish a lot more cleanly that expected.

Feels only slightly viscous but surprisingly clean. The carbonation is an afterthought off in the distance. Again, I’m impressed by how clean this feels.

Nice. I regret not opening this one sooner.

05-02-2007 21:48:04 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of rallison


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

2005 Vintage.

A: Dark, slightly cloudy brown with a 1 finger off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Prunes, dark fruits and lots of malt. Nice.

T: Again, lots of the prunes and dark fruits. A tiny bit of sourness and a touch of oxidation (but still far from being undrinkable). Good, sweet-ish caramel malt body to back it up.

M: Relatively full for the style, with a nice bit of carbonation. No alcohol noticeable. This is 8%?!?

D: Very drinkable.

I still think I like this best fresh, but it is not bad aged. Recommended.

04-29-2007 08:51:29 | More by rallison
Photo of mattd017


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

12oz bottle poured into an an english pint glass.

Deep, dark brown with a good, thick, creamy white head that takes minutes to settle. Smells of toffee, chocolate, piney hops. Tastes of sweet malts, slight hop presence, end with an alcohol bite. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet, very syrupy. Good beer, Nice warmer.

04-24-2007 22:01:39 | More by mattd017
Photo of jbsteiny


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a dark mahogany, with a tan head that dies down but swirls on the top and leaves rings on the pint glass most of the way down. Smells wonderfull, but very unlike a typical warmer -- more like a double. Plum, fig, cherry ride over a chocolate-caramel malt with none of the spiciness that I associate with winter beers. A delectable dessert. Tastes much the same, but less pleasurable for whatever reason. Like some malty fruitcake, it's got a creamy mouthfeel and a suprisingly dry finish. It masks the 8% very well, just the warmth makes it through, not the fire. It is more drinkable than most dubbels, actually, but compared to other warmers, I think it's too sweet to drink more than one unless you've got a real craving. Look forward to picking these up again next year...

04-23-2007 20:38:46 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of udubdawg


3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

12 oz bottle

pours a dark reddish brown, with a large frothy light tan head. Very good retention, and quite a bit of clumpy lacing.

Smells interesting - from the aroma I don't think I could identify the style. Some dark fruit, but I wouldn't call it defining. Some roasty malt and chocolate, but again light. Decent complexity.

I was going to call this spicy, but on second sip I believe it's just some interesting bitterness that works well with the high level of sweetness in the beer. Not as complex as I thought from the nose, but there is some raisin and plum and quite a bit of chocolate mixed into this caramelly malt-driven concoction. The finish is somewhat dry, and I'm finding myself less than enamoured of the lingering malty and lightly bitter aftertaste when combined with this dryness.

This has a decent medium body, a smooth character, and a pleasant light carbonation level...the parts are there, and I don't know why I'm really not digging their sum.

Alcohol? Where is it? Great job of hiding the high ABV, and with just a few tweaks this could be great. I could drink a few.

04-12-2007 00:35:19 | More by udubdawg
Photo of keoki182


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

04-10-2007 21:01:08 | More by keoki182
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

A - Deep auburn wiht a medium sized head and only small splotches of lacing.

S - A light fruity cherry with some dates and strong (dominant) toffee. A touch of chocolate malt. Alcohol is very faint, but detectable . . . at leas tif you are looking for it (I for one have a tendancy to figure out how intense the abv is every Avery beer, since often it has proven overbearing).

T - Coffee and toffee with a strong nutty flavor. A touch of chocolate, but not much, sort of a hazelnut praline sort of flavor. The aftertaste is burnt and nutty. Good flavor overall.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, very refreshing.

D - Okay. It is an enjoyable beer, component by component there isn't much to complain about, but the gestalt of the beer just didn't click with me for some reason. I might try it again and find it more enjoyable at a later date.

04-07-2007 05:11:17 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of Atlas1


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

03-14-2007 00:32:23 | More by Atlas1
Photo of mcallister


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Another winter offering courtesy of my buddy bierguy5.

Dark mahagony/ruby pour. Thick bubbled tannish head fades quckly and leaves very little lacing. There is a nicely bubbled ring showing in the aftermath of the head.

If the nose is an indicator than balance will be the winner of this contest. Caramel and toffee crystal malt, mingle like threes company with the slightly citrus, pine ridden floral hop. Dried figs with a hints of alcohol, and some nutty combinations. Enticing too say the least.

Solid beer here with a great mid palate. Rich and creamy, saturated with toffee malt. Hops lean more towards piney with vast variety of dried fig and berries. Roasted nut flavors transcend the entire spectrum of the palate and help with a long finish. Moderate carbonation that fits the beer well with a slight burn in the chest from alcohol.

Very good and easy too drink.

03-02-2007 00:23:22 | More by mcallister
Photo of cbn


4/5  rDev +3.9%

12 oz. brown bottle with a nice winter horse and carriage estate label.
no date,''06 production. opened and reviewed Feb. 28, 07.

Pours beautiful clear garnet-brown, thick off-white head with good retention leaving pillowy, chunky islands of foam.

Floral hops and sweet molasses malt greet the nose as i open this bottle that has been waiting patiently in my closet for weeks.

Molasses, brown sugar, apricots,carmel,bright and bitter hops accompanied by generous carbonation bite the tongue, velvety smooth malt coats the mouth, slight alcohol burn.

smooth, rich and complex, this is my favorite winter warmer selection this year.

03-01-2007 05:11:59 | More by cbn
Photo of Damian


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Mall Discount Liquors, Cambridge, MA

Poured a dark copper-mahogany with a huge, light tan, sea foam head that slowly faded to a thick film. Large blankets of lacing left ridges all the way down the glass.

Not much happening with the aroma initially. Possibly some malty sweetness and cold coffee. As the beer warmed, the smell became drastically more pronounced. Sweet malts were noticeable along with spices, brown sugar, maple syrup and some vanilla notes.

Taste was intense and similar to the nose. Malty rich, very oaky and spicy (allspice) up front with a sharp alcohol bite following. Finish was very dry and hoppy with an intense alcohol punch.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very "big" winter warmer (big on both taste and alcohol). While I enjoyed this beer, I felt the alcohol overshadowed many of its better aspects. Nevertheless, I would definitely prefer this to many of the more typical examples of the style.

02-21-2007 21:48:40 | More by Damian
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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