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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,323 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,323
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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Atlas1

Texas

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
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mcallister

Ohio

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
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cbn

Florida

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
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Damian

Massachusetts

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
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Sampled & reviewed 2/18/07:

Ap: Nice ruby red to deep brown with tasty tannish head. Light lacing on glass as head recedes. Light to medium carbonation.

Ar: Caramel, figs, prunes, raisins. Slight alcohol notes, but minor under the fruitiness. Brandy butter & fruit cake.

Ta: Sweet body with the rich, earthy fruits noted in the aroma. Solid bitterness right up front that fades in the finish. ABV noticeable, but not overpowering. Warming...

Mo: Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated so ABV is tempered. Strong bitterness leaves palette clean without puckering aftertaste.

Dr: This is a sipper for a cold night. The bitterness detracts a bit IMO. The ABV demands respect.

Comments: This would be a nice one to accompany a rich, warm dessrt like a christmas pudding & brandy butter.

02-18-2007 23:01:47 | More by JMD71
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep ruby amber. Clear. Pours with a nice long lasting tan head.

S: A strong complex aroma. Surprisingly sharp hoppy notes predominate. Malty aromas also present but take a back seat to the hops. Smells of dried fruit and alcohol faintly present. No spicy notes.

T: Strong and rich roasty flavor. Dark chocolate like. Very nice bitter finish. Dried fruit flavor also recognizable.

MF: Medium body. Nearly slick on the palate. Alcohol warming noticeable.

D: This is one of the better winter warmers I have tried this season. Big bold flavors and alcohol do not get in the way of this beer's drinkability.

02-16-2007 17:47:59 | More by Nipitato
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BassAssassin

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

--2006 Vintage--

A: Amber in color, similar to maple syrup. Thick, almost tan head that stays until the last sip.

S: Sweet with strong aromas of plum, cherry, and raisin. The yeast adds a certain musty character that is very pleasant. It's hard to tell, but some diacetyl might be present, also.

T: Sweet, spicy, and fruity, much like the smell. Immediate alcohol warmth. Hints of diacetyl add character, rather than detract from this brew. Malt is definitely dominant. Finishes with a smoky hop bite that just barely keeps the malt in check.

M: Medium to full bodied. Smooth and round, but not cloying.

D: This could be my favorite winter warmer. Perfect sipping brew for a cold, snowy day. A definite "must buy" each winter season.

02-16-2007 17:43:36 | More by BassAssassin
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: Nice pillowy head and lacing. Very dark brownish red body turning brilliantly translucent in the light.

Smell: Floral hoppiness upfront with some brown sugar/molasses in the background.

Taste: A good dose of piney hops hits the back of the throat but is not overpowering. An underlying sweetness of molasses and some pumpkin plays throughout, even into the hop dominated aftertaste, but never comes to the forefront.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and leaves my mouth feeling dry.

Drinkability: Very good especially for such high abv. I see no reason why 3 or 4 of these would be a bad idea over the course of a night.

Beef Notes: I'm certainly glad I picked up this holiday offering. I'll be looking for it next year.

02-15-2007 01:52:00 | More by BeefyMee
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penguinjive7

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a nice black/extremely dark mahogany with two fingers of head. Excellent lacing for quite a while.

Smells actually rather fruity with a bit of dark roasted coffee cutting through.

Tastes of a dark fruity almost prune-like flavor with a very hoppy finish. Hoppy and spicier than I expected from a winter warmer. Many complex flavors, too much for my novice taste buds to pick up.

Overall an excellent brew, and was a great way to warm up after coming inside in an Ithaca blizzard. Warms me right up. Probably could be a little less hoppy, but that's just my taste.

02-14-2007 22:12:31 | More by penguinjive7
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zeff80

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, tan one-finger head. It leaves great lacing.

S - It smelled malt and hops.

T - It tasted very spicy. It was also fairly hoppy and had hints of dried fruits.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a very good winter warmer. A nice spicy/hoppy beer on a cold snowy night.

02-14-2007 16:57:26 | More by zeff80
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Avery Old Jubilation
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a rustic chestnut brown with a mountainous head on top. Trails upon trails of fluffy, sticky lacings cling to the sides of the glass.

Whiffs of sweet malts, sugars and chalk grinds.

Heavy malt backbone showcasing flavors of mocha, juicy plums, milk chocolate and toffee. A hint of cinnamon, but more caramel malt than anything with a nice biting hop presence.

I gotta be honest, this is super malty and smooth. I like.

02-10-2007 02:02:32 | More by Hibernator
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

Pours a dark walnut brown with a thick two finger head. The foam settles slowly to a very thick cap that leaves behind a solid sheet of lace.

Smell; piney hops are the first to hit me, with little bit of citrus mixed in. There's dark roasted malts that come off as a bit burnt, but also with some chocolate and caramel.

Taste; the dark chocolate, caramel and roasted malts come to the fore in the flavor. The pine and citric hops are there, they just take mare of a complimentary role instead of a dominant one as they did in the aroma. The hops and roasted flavors mix very well with a bit of a spicy alcohol presence in the finish, making for a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very smooth, with a bit of alcohol in the finish giving it a bit of a drying character. Drinkability is really good, especially if you like lots of roasted malt flavors.

02-03-2007 00:47:56 | More by RedHaze
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AltBock

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

12 oz. bottle with a label that just screams out Christmas! It's this beautiful painting (couldn't find the name of the painter) of a mid 19th century moonlit Christmas night in where 2 people are on a horse drawn sleigh going to this big Southern style home to spend Christmas night and morning with the relatives. I just noticed that there are 2 people running beside the horse drawn sleigh. Either they don't want to be on it or the 2 people on it can't control it and those 2 people running by it jumped off ASAP, so that they don't get mangled in the sleigh accident. In front of the house it looks like the rest of the family has arrived to spend the night. No need to worry because that house can house the entire family and the whole US Army at the same time. It's that big. On the far left of the picture is a small house that I guessing is used to house the farm equipment or the servants. On the outskirts of the label to the right is the barcode and Government warning and to the left is just the address of Avery Brewing. What I couldn't explain was that at the bottom of the label is the words "Yeah, it is." I have no idea what that means or why it's even there. Avery didn't ask any questions on the label, so why is that there? It makes no sense right now. There is no back label or neck label that gives any information about the beer or any kind of brewing or best before date for that matter. I guess the picture is made to say it all, "drink it with family members during Christmas and you express great joy."

Appearance: The beer looked so nice in an Avery pint glass on their website, that I too had to put it in a standard American pint glass. I didn't have an Avery pint glass, so I had to use a Bell's Brewery pint glass. Same thing, different label. The beer looks much nicer in real life than on a website page. The beer was a dark mahogany brown with plenty of cranberry red highlights all through out the beer. If that wasn't enough, it had a long lasting beige head of foam that left tons of beige colored sticky lace around the glass. The beer looked just as nice as the label on the bottle did.

Smell: At first I noticed that it had a strange aroma of rusted barley with some citrus hops in the background. When it warmed up a bit, the rusted barley dissipated and turned itself into roasted malts. Quite a change. After the roasted malts left, some juicy fruits, citrus hops, and a pinch of coffee beans and caramel came through. It was pretty good, but that first aroma of rusted barley ruined it for me.

Taste: I'm glad that no rusted barley made it's appearance in the taste. That would have been bad. The first of the aroma to come through was some dark roasted malts. Then after that was the dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, nuts, bitter citrus hops, a splash of toffee, and just a tiny hint of caramel and alcohol at the end. Tons and tons of roasted flavors in this beers. If you like roasted flavors in your Winter Warmer, then you need to drink this beer immediately. For some reason I was expecting this beer to be something different than roasted flavors, but let's just say that I'm pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel: This one was medium bodied, smooth, and with an aftertaste of those many dark roasted flavors that were the main staple of the taste. I couldn't taste or feel any of the alcohol here. The only time I noticed it was here was at the end of the taste and even that was on the small end.

Drinkability: A great label on the bottle doesn't make for a great beer, but this one did. The dark roasted flavors can warm you up on a very cold day. Would I drink this again? I sure would, even in the summer time I could drink this beer. Is this another good Avery beer? Yeah, it is! If you like malty roasty winter warmers, then this is the beer you should pick up.

02-01-2007 21:12:21 | More by AltBock
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velo343

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance - A deep brown with a thick beige head.

Smell - A caramel sweetness. There is some deep fruitiness, such as apricots, partly due to the sweetness of the malts and also the hops, which have a touch of pine.

Taste - Lots of toasty, roasted malt flavor that is accentuated by the tartness of the hops. Contrary to the smell, there really isn't too much sweetness in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy. The hops dry out the finish a bit, preventing the beer from feeling too syrupy.

Drinkability - While nothing in this beer stood out to me as being exceptional (ok, the smell was really good), I'm very drawn to this beer. It just has a nice, comfortable feeling that, well, does a good job of warming you up, just like it's supposed to. Not at all over the top, a quality beer.

02-01-2007 02:52:04 | More by velo343
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SuperSpy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

Dark amber with ruby highlights, a rocky tan head and wonderful lacing.

The aroma is of sweet malts, dark fruit and a hint of piney hops. As it warms there is also a slight metallic smell that I can't place and will have to knock off points for.

The taste is an understated sweetness that immediately goes to a spicy flavor of earthy hops and black pepper, among others. As this rolls across your tounge you know it's a heavy beer, but one you will find yourself coming back to again and again.

01-29-2007 02:34:09 | More by SuperSpy
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cabsandking

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a dark hazelnut color and red hues up to the light. Nice creamy off white head and good retention and lacing to the end. Nutty malt nose and wafting bright fruit notes. Nice rich malt complexities, charred espresso, slight alcohol burn, roasty caramel, light molasses, and some faint licorice notes. Complimentary spicy hop balance that is bitter but not overpowering. Roasted woody finish. Medium carbonation and a thin and watery mouthfeel with just a little fizz around the edges that gets a little silkier as the glass goes down. This is a good beer to have on a cold night by the fire

01-20-2007 19:34:37 | More by cabsandking
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a nice medium foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of deep malt with some sweet dry fruits is really enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the sweet malt with some presence of dry fruits and a hoppy slightly bitter finish. Body is above average with a nice level of carbonation and no alcohol is discernable.

01-19-2007 18:36:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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cooncat

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, poured into a 16 oz glass - review date of Jan. 18, 2007. No "Best by" date on the bottle, but bought during the holiday season, and with an 8% abv, I'm sure it's well within date.

A vigorous pour produced a prodigious creamy head that actually exceeded the head space in my glass .. very nice. The color is a wonderful deep burgundy, almost opaque it's so deep.

The nose, to me, highlights piney and citrus hoppiness. A small undercurrent of bready maltiness is there as well.

The taste is a magnificent balance of bready and dark fruit maltiness, with the hops taking the background. Fine carbonation feel wonderful on the tongue, and the mouthfeel is that of a rich, full bodied beer. Wonderful! Balance is superb, but I'm really enjoying the maltiness and mouthfeel. Each sip is an experience in satisfaction. Rings and sheets of lacing last through the entire glass, adding to the character of this huge beer.

Winter wamer? Yes, but much more. Drinkabililty is just too good for its 8 % abv ... could be dangerous in quantities. This is probably one of the best seasonals I've had this Winter, and I've had a LOT of them. Highly recommended, and I'll be looking for this one again myself.

Cheers!

01-18-2007 22:50:38 | More by cooncat
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that recedes to a longlasting surface skim, and there is excellent lacing. Body is a red tinted medium brown. Looks really good.

Smell - hearty aroma of caramel and malt toast, and malt biscuits. Very simple, but mouthwatering.

Taste - pretty much like the smell, but with a spicy tingle. There is caramel, malt toast, and malt biscuits, all spiced with ginger and black pepper. On the finish, there is some bitterness combined with cherries. Very interesting, and very good.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, and " fluffy " ( like when you are eating puffed grain cereal ) .

Drinkability - this is very good ale, and only the high abv suppresses sessionability. This is very hearty, and I wish it was a year round option.

01-18-2007 20:04:42 | More by ultralarry2006
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

A great looking bee with nice head and retention. A light tan head on ruby and brown body. Smells almost smokey with a mix of herbs and caramel malt. Taste expands with strong malt flavor of fruit and candy. This is followed expectantly by citrus hops and decent bitterness. That sure is different. It drinks just a bit hot, but still faily smooth considering the bitterness. Call it a winter warmer for the BA that cant drink without hops.

UPDATE 1/4/11: Just had a two-year old bottle. While I wouldn't let it go any longer (oxidation was starting to creep in), this was a fantastic beer with a great mix of cocoa, fruit and subtle earthy spices.

01-17-2007 19:55:30 | More by tempest
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown bottle crimped long neck.
This is the other Avery beer sent by Sudsdog.

Clear deep ruby red,a thick,creamy light mocha head,as tall as you want it to be,good retention leaving a pillow of foam on top of the beer. A thick ring of foam around the top of the glass.

Very complex aroma,very malty,also spicy,fruity. Malty notes of sweet carmell,roasty,nutty,a slight burnt smell. Aromas of dates/figs a bit of a winey smell,alcohol? It seems like the aroma of this beer is always changing.

The taste not as complex as the aroma,very chocolaty like unsweeten chocolate,a strong black coffee taste,lots of spicyness,some of it bitter.
Finishes with a sharp,tart,lingering bitterness. Seems to get more complexity as it warms.

A medium to thick mouthfeel very creamy.The taste was so interesting,I didn't realize how fast the beer went down. I couldn't drink a lot of this one,but I did enjoy it enough to try a few more.

I'd recomend giving this beer a try,this was a hard one for me to really describe in detail. I'd would love drink this beer again though.
Overall,a very good winter beer.

01-17-2007 03:59:04 | More by jcdiflorio
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gmcfarre

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz bottle poured into Imperial Pint Glass

A - Dark ruby brown with a nice 1 1/2inch cream colored head that becomes slightly rocky over time. Lacing is thick when it appears. Overall a good lookin' brew.

S - Strong hop presence for a winter warmer, but a definitive malt backbone is also present. Hop floral bitterness comes at you first, with a nice brown sugary sweetness that follows. Slightly sour yeast(?) scent brings this down a notch.

T - Smooth and filling malt sweetness kicks things off with a mild carbonation. Interesting transition from malt to the hop bitter aftertaste that expands the complexity of this brew.

M - Mild carbonation and smooth accompaniment that turns into a drying finish.

D - A pleasant winter warmer that will most likely satisfy, but its high ABV can get to you after a few. For my money though, I would probably go with Odell Isolation over this beer, although they are both worth the money and time.

01-15-2007 23:26:17 | More by gmcfarre
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +13%

Avery Old Jubilation is best served at warmer cellar (50-55°F) temperatures from a brandy snifter or pint glass. This popular seasonal offering from Avery pours up with an ample cream colored head that sits craggily atop a deep chestnut-mahogony brown body. The sweet, firm malty aroma is filled with a nice intermingling of fruity (Shropshire plums, figgy pudding, candied ginger) estery notes. There's also some notable alcoholic warmth along with some delectable treacle notes which is accenuated by the roastiness.The rich, saturated flavor starts off right with some chewy caramel maltiness that gives way to a slightly earthy, spicy hop influenced bitterness that carries into a slightly burnt finish with surreptitious alcoholic warmth. Avery's Old Jubilation adds a bit of color to one's cheeks and does a fine job at keeping Old Man Winter at bay. Here's to a nice, long...cold Winter!

CHEERS! Beertracker

01-13-2007 06:08:30 | More by Beertracker
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -31.7%

on tap at the dirty truth

clear, dark brown with ruby sparkles. no head, but cavernously cascading lace lingers in lascivious layers. aroma is plum weird. speaking of plums, they're there.. plus grapes. something creamy like an artificial vanilla milkshake complements an almond nutty waft. confusing, not really appetizing. scotch aley at first, then the grape takes over followed by scratchy hop earthiness. sorely lacking in a resiny juiciness which would provide some balance and cover the sweet astringency here. unbalanced and existing blandly between strong ale styles. fails to define itself with substance or spice. there might be some bitterness like raw nutmeg or cinnamon stick, but it's not flavorful. will not repeat.

01-12-2007 16:20:58 | More by goodbyeohio
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kirok1999

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a very dark copper/brown, nice biege head that lingers on the edges.
Smells very malty, earthy and dark
Taste is a knockout of malts, earth, green hops, slight spicy notes of allspice. This is definitely a warmer, best sipped by a warm fire on a cold night. Dense bubbly mouthfeel, lingering aftertaste of wood and earth.
Nicely crafted brew that fits it's style very well. I'd buy more.

01-11-2007 02:04:07 | More by kirok1999
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,323 ratings.