Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,504 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 86 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with an off white thick head.

Big smell is a cherry like malty delight. MMM

Taste is a smooth, biscuity, sweet and fruity.

Very creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. alcohol is not prevalent at all.

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

Pours a dark copper with a thick off white head with great retention. Foam sticks to the sides as it recedes to a foam cap.

Aroma is malty and sweet, somewhat fruity. Where is the spice profile of a winter warmer...? Aroma is pleasant, though.

Taste...malty, slightly hoppy at the end, I detect some chocolate. Some amounts of roasted flavors..all going together well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth. For the ABV, this is a highly drinkable beer. Alcohol taste is fairly subdued.

Recommended

Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this one every year. Dark and subdued in the nose compared to the amount of flavor it packs, this one shows a chocolate malt presence as well as a generous hops and dark fruits like plums and chocolate cherries. Nicely welded together with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and a big shot of warm cider. The booze is faintly present and warming which is appreciated. Nice lacing, mouthfeel is full, luscious and sudsy with understated carbonation.

Photo of Thur123
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok so, the color of this brew is a deep garnet color, with a moderate and slow carbonation. The head was almost nonexistent, but I would expect anything else from this style. The nose is a tasty malt profile with both a bread toast like smell, but with a lot of sweetness. The odor of spices and an alcohol sting are faint but present.

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Hits first with a bready flavor with a super creamy texture, this then develops into cookie-like malt sweetness with just a bit of hop bitterness, to fill out the flavor a bit it seems. The alcohol is slightly present on the backend but it's not harsh, just slightly warming. The moth feel is smooth and full on this and the taste seems to have a light taste of cream, or maybe vanilla, and definitely a kind of warm honey like flavor involved. Over all this is delicious and pretty drinkable for its 8% booze. My first winter on BA and I'm looking forward to the styles.

Photo of Cheers
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark copper/amber with a white head that quickly dissipates to some decent lacing.

S - Smells predominately of hops with malty undertones.

T - A semi-sweet malty ale with strong hop notes and faint taste of prunes followed by a slight burnt alcohol flavor.

M - A thick ale that coats the mouth. A bit heavy on the carbonation for my liking.

D - For a winter warmer this is a pretty sessionable ale that is not weighed down with a large amount of spices.

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

This brew is a thick coppery brown too deep to see through. A brownish, thick, dense head sits around for a little while and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing behind.
The aroma is strongly malty with dark fruits and none of the spices one gets from the typical winter warmer. There's a bit of hops in here as well.
Hops presence is stronger than one might expect behind a firm malt backbone. A light sweetness is contributed. There's just a hint of a nutty flavor and a very subtle sort of roasted astringency that's just light enough for that tinge not to harm the flavor.
The body is medium and carbonation is light to moderate. There's a crisp bite in an otherwise pretty smooth feel.
This may not be what one would expect from a winter warmer (being a very ambiguous "style"), but it's nicely-crafted and a good beer.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my quasi fluted glass,nice ruby red color.nice head retention and lacing.nose has sweet malt and dark cherries.

taste has dark fruit,bit of spice, chocolate,some roasted notes,somewhat sweet but finishes with nice bitterness.pretty drinkable.somewhat thin,but good.

not overly spiced like most winter warmers.

Photo of avalon07
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and clear texture. There was a large amount of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A very understated aroma of malt and some spices.

T: Tasted of toasted malt, spices, maybe a little caramel. Alcohol was noticable, but not overbearing. A solid taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A nice, well-balanced, drinkable Winter Warmer.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: caramel in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation


Smell: toffee and mocha

Taste: toasted malt, spices, nuts, sweet fruit, and a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium/light bodied, high carbonation, very sweet at the end

Drinkability: An above average winter warmer with a slightly off aftertaste. I would have this again, but only once per sitting.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - body= the color of dates or plums, creamy head, minimal but sticky. leaves some lace and looks heavy.

S - chocolate, roasted malt, smells like a hefty porter. very malt forward w/ earthy hops and notes of fresh ground coffee beans.

T - bitter, slightly citrus w/ heavy dark malt profile. ever-so slight smoke and curious nutty notes. alcohol isn't completely hidden but doesn't come through in too strong a manner.

MF - full bodied and carbonation somewhere in the middle but leaning toward the lower side.

D - on a cold night by the fire? 5.5! a sixer of this would go great w/ a game of poker with friends on a chilly winter eve. this is a sipper w/ a ton of malt. overall not bad, not greatness either. However I appreciate Avery's diversity and ability to craft so many different styles w/ such success and consistency.

Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Amber/copper in color with a big, two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Malt and subtle spices
Taste-Caramel malt, spiciness, definite hop profile balances out the sweetness
Overall, a nice holiday ale-not overpowering on spices, nicely balanced and drinkable for the strength.

Photo of chaz410
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Avery so I had to grab some of this holiday treat!
Appearance is brownish red body with a very thick froathy tan head.
Smell is sweet and brightly malted with some subtle earthy hop character and slight dark spice hints
The taste is layered with spice, subtle yet obvious. No obvious spice rings out but I get some corriander, ginger, and a little cinnamon. Sweet malt notes layer throughout and a nice hop finish rounds out with the swallow. Very pleasant and bright but not overly spiced at all.
Very crisp moutfeel.
Easily drunk by most, good to age for a litte bit, and easy for 8% abv

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The annual Holiday/Winter offering from Avery presents their usual rich complex take on English Winter ale. A bittersweet chocolate profile, highlighted with orange citrus notes, with very substantial malts for support. This is despite its full strength and body, a very drinkable ale, An American craft recipe classic.

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- 330 bottle

A-- Poured a dark reddish brown color. One finger head, good lacing and it died quick.

S-- Sweet roasted malts and some carmel.

T-- Bitter at first and then a warming sensation. Nice combination I think.

M-- A little carbonation, a bit heavy. The hops are a bit big but good and you get a little bit of sweet also. Finishes well.

D-- ABV is there in the warming but a very nice winter warmer on a cold night in front of a fire. A little bigger at 8% but a good beer.

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

taste- semi-sweet roasted malt

color- red copper

clarity- clear with suspended sediment

smell- roasted malt

body- medium-full, slight bitter finish

appearance- nice color, slight off-white head

overall impression- liked the body, sweet malt flavor, and bittering hops

notes- still not what i'm looking for in my christmas beer although it's the best example i've tasted thus far. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

Photo of hwwty4
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, stored at 42 degrees in my kegerator since I've bought it this December.

Old Jubilation pours a dark coffee bean brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. With a normal pour, this beer produces an immaculate 3 inch latte beige head that leaves just a slight bit of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is immense. Notes of caramel, coffee, and burnt malts dominate with dark fruits finishing. The flavor follows suit but much more complex. Hazelnut is right there, with caramel, toffee, roasted malts, toast, dates, and just a bit of vanilla. This is really a great tasting beer. I don't know if its the fact its been sitting for close to 6 months now and has really come together or it is that great. I think I'll have to re review when it comes out again in November. The mouthfeel is full, leaving a latte froth creaminess lingering on the palate. This is a very good beer. I find Avery beers really hit and miss. This would definitly fall under the hit moniker.

Photo of Riccymon
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is 2008 vintage.

Pours from the bottle dark brown with a small cap of short-lived brown head. Smell is subtle West Coast hops, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses; nothing too lively or interesting

Taste is sweet--syrup, toffee--with a touch of pleasant spices--nutmeg, orange peel. Just the ghost of alcohol around the edges of each sip. Seems well-crafted and styled just the way I like winter warmers-- not too much booze, not too much spice. Mouthfeel is full in body with a spicy, drying finish.

A well-rounded, easy to drink beer.

Photo of njmoons
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Winter and Old Ales, and Old Jubilation may be my favorite.

The beer pours a reddish brown with a relatively good head of foam that hold up well.

The aroma is tart cherry, currents, malt, and a wisp of alcohol. A great smelling beer.

The Cherry and Currents in the aroma take of the beginning of the taste, and remain for quite a while, then you pick up a good dose of malt, and the taste ends with a mild burn (as would be expected in a Winter Warmer), and a good dose of bittering hops. Wow

Mouthfeel and Drinkability are what you would expect from a quality brewed strong Ale.

Over all outstanding!

Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this stashed away for a while. Feels a bit cold enough to give it a crack.

Pours a nice brownish-red color with a two-finger head that fades down, leaving lacing in my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of raisin, spice and cream in the nose. Interesting mix. Seems good.

Taste is full of raisin, mild spice and not much else. Alcohol is still present but somewhat muted. Not volatile and a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering raisin, spice and alcohol heat. Somewhat thin for the style.

It's still quite drinkable but otherwise, i don't see much to rave about here. A solid winter warmer worth your consideration.

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 wnh
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep reddish-brown, opaque with some light coming through around the edges. One finger of creamy, off-white head that diminshes rather quickly into a slightly chunky film across the surface. Leaves a decent bit of lacing in spots.

Nose is sweet, spiced malt with notes of brown sugar and dark fruit. A hint of roasty aroma in the background, lightly reminiscent of coffee. Taste is sweet malt with a quick sort of astringency. Warming alcohol in the finish that lingers. There's an earthy quality that comes in fairly quickly on each sip and stays through the finish. Well balanced on the whole. Medium to heavy bodied, with a good bit of stickiness. Certainly a sipping beer.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep ruby colored ale that pours smooth with a bit of foamy/creamy head. Thick rings of lacing.

S: A heavy spicy malt aroma with cinnamon and cardamom coming to the front.

T: Malts and some light hops fill the mouth. As I roll the flavor around, I find cascade hops and caramel malts. The spices are also evident, but more muted than they are in many winter warmers. A bit too mild of a taste, at least for my preference.

M/D: Thick and syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Masks the alcohol well. The beer just lacks a striking and unique character, so I am not compelled to keep drinking.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is aged about 8 months, 2008 vintage. Pours a pretty clear reddish-amber color with an impressive pillow of tan foam that has good retention and average lacing.

This smells mighty tasty, a complex myriad of aromas. Heavily sweetened peanut brittle, maple syrup, overripe figs, molasses, sour cherries and citric hops...wow!

The taste does not disappoint, as raw vanilla beans, oak staves and dark chocolaty maltiness assault the tastebuds. All this with no spices? That is a mighty feat indeed. Malty goodness with a nice hop balance. This is a fine winter warmer from Avery.

Photo of srandycarter
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, off white small head, leaves to disk fast. Some clingy lacing.

S - Deep bready malt and some spice.

T - Full bodied rounded malt taste with some spice added.

M - Round, good balance. Nice carb. Pretty thick, too.

D - For the style, would take some to get tired.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter warmer without cloying Xmas spices? Sign me up!

Clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Sticky snowfall lace and thin, but persistant, retention. Drab wintry bottle label that makes me not want to drink this.

Smells like molasses, hazelnut, woody hop, mild charcoal and liquid malt extract. Primarily hazelnut and LME though.

Prominant hazelnut and brown sugar flavors. Tastes like a very solid brown ale without any indication of a 8% abv. Mouthfeel is wet and full.

Aged very well as when I first had one this winter I hated it. Now I really like it.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.