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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,329 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | 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 rallison
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rallison, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of mattd017
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mattd017, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

jbsteiny, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

udubdawg, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of keoki182
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

keoki182, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

mrasskicktastic, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Atlas1, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

mcallister, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of cbn
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

cbn, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Damian, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of JMD71
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

JMD71, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Nipitato, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of BassAssassin
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

--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.

BassAssassin, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of BeefyMee
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeefyMee, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

penguinjive7, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hibernator, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RedHaze, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of AltBock
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

AltBock, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of velo343
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

velo343, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of SuperSpy
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

SuperSpy, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

cabsandking, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of cooncat
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

cooncat, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ultralarry2006, Jan 18, 2007
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.