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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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1,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,325
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of goodbyeohio


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
Photo of kirok1999


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
Photo of jslot38


3.85/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Nearly white head over a black body. Head doesn't look to be staying around, which isn't expected given the 8% ABV.

Smell: A dirty earthy smell laced with pine, but very subtle in its general aroma.

Taste: Certainly lingers. Up front with a mixture of roasted barley and green hops. Very earthy, some pine and nuts too.

Mouthfeel: The best characteristic of this beer is the lingering tastes, the beer just sits there on the tongue. Well done.

Drinkability and Notes: A very nice holiday beer, reminded me of Anchor's production. Has that musty character.

01-10-2007 07:04:35 | More by jslot38
Photo of Oxymoron


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

As apposed to New Jubilation? The pour is a rich and dark brown color with good clarity. A decent white head that hides to the side but never goes away.

A good nose as well with a complex malt aroma. Some crystal and roasted malt flavors mix with a lighter woody aroma. Some lighter plum and a touch of phenolic value as well. A nice spicy hop essence as well.

The taste is rich with malt as well. The malt has a variety of flavors with the roasted malts coming out a little more then the nose first indicated. Some caramel and bit of bready flavors are perceived as well. There is a light vanilla flavor that boarders woodiness. Some sweeter flavors and a phenolic brown sugar taste as well.

The body is good and supports the complex malty flavor. Good carbonation. One deterrent is the phenolic flavor that leaves a harsh alcoholic after taste. Although this is not obnoxious it still is there. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and very nice warming flavors on a cold winter night.

01-06-2007 08:13:04 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of Imstillthegman


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Old Jubilation pours out a nice dark reddish mahogany tinted brown...can you picture that? It has a nice and creamy two finger light tan head that leaves chunky lacing.

Sweet and spicy aroma. I get some chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, a little vanilla, caramel, and some pine/cedar hop notes way in the back.

Roasted dark chocolate malts beginning and end with a bit of caramel, toffee, pine and alcohol in the middle.

Medium body with active carbonation...almost too active for a winter warmer IMO. Nice brew to have around the holidays, but if it only could match it appearance it would outstanding.

01-02-2007 19:59:08 | More by Imstillthegman
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3.58/5  rDev -7%

12oz. bottle. 2006 vintage if relevant.

Clear, deep mahogany/cherrywood color. Large, rocky, light tan head.

Hops are 1st impression - grassy and herbal. Some roasted malt makes an appearance. An almost Belgian scent of barnyard/earthiness comes across as well. As the beer warmed, a caramel scent comes out.

Taste pretty similar to aroma, initially. Hops come out first, then as the beer warms, the malt takes a bigger role. Definately sweeter than at the start. Bitter chocolate and roast as well.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Somewhat drying.

Good beer, but not really sessionable in my opinion. 2 or 3 would probably do the trick. I would prefer a bit more hops and/or spices to liven it up a little.

01-02-2007 18:26:22 | More by
Photo of WanderingFool


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Old Jubilation is a very tasty Old English Strong Ale. Not sure why it's listed as a Winter Warmer. It pours a clear, dark mahogany with a thick off white foamy head on top. The foam fades slowly down to a thick ring around the surface, leaving behind a lot of lace on the sides of the glass. A rich malty aroma of toasted and roasted malt, with just a hint of hops hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate. There's a nice moderate carbonated tingle on the sides of the tongue that helps bring out all the malty flavors. The taste is mainly sweet malt. Roasted, toasted and a hint of chocolate malt dominate each sip. Towards the middle there's some nuttiness and chocolate that comes through. It finishes with a floral hop flavor that helps balance out all the malt. Once gone, the roasted malt and a bit of hop bitterness remain behind.

This is a very tasty malty beer that hides its 8% alcohol very well. The mouthfeel was a tad bit thin, but otherwise I really enjoyed this beer. I look forward to getting more of it next year.

12-29-2006 19:49:10 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of fank2788


4.08/5  rDev +6%

This beer pours dark brown to black and shows deep red when held up to a light. There is a nice dirty white head that shows good head retention and ample lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is of roasted dark malts with a bit of grainyness, cinnamon, ginger and fresh cut pine. The taste is much like the smell with the spices very present but not overwhelming, this is a well done spiced beer. I prefer a spiced ale to have enough spice for you to really taste it or what is the reason for doing it? Anyway the mouthfeel is maybe a bit too highly carbonated for my taste but still nice and full. Drinkability is tough, because of the fairly high level of spice and flavor I couldn't see myself drinking a bunch of them but I definitely enjoy drinking one.
A very good winter warmer the alcohol level is high enough that you get good warming qualities and the spices remind me of the best days of winter. A great choice for any special day in the season
Merry Christmas

12-26-2006 00:30:28 | More by fank2788
Photo of gpcollen1


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a gorgeous dark amber into my imperial pint. Pour gives rise to a wonderful 1 inch head that slowly fades to a smear. Aromas are roasty – holiday roasty like something is going on in there – but no real spice to speak of.

Fine carbonation and the dark malts really hit the tongue – almost like a porter junior – but not really. Rides a nice little bit of hops toward the end with a touch of coffee/toffee/candy.

This beer is awesome and quite nice as compared to some of the spice bombs you get in a winter seasonal. I will drink this again for certain.

12-23-2006 22:24:42 | More by gpcollen1
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.85/5  rDev 0%

Pours a dark reddish brown with a short head. Spotty lacing.

Smell is dry, alcoholic, and with stone fruit and apples.

Taste is very dry, and a little sharp with alcohol. Hops are quite strong and bitter, but not unpleasantly so. I taste tart apricot on the finish, and there is a late lingering predominance of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little light for the style.

Fairly drinkable, but there is something curiously lacking here.

12-22-2006 22:44:44 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Zorro


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.

This is a clear dark brown colored beer with a good light brown head. The appearance is a lot like coke in the glass.

Smell is sweet malt and spicy. Lots of cinnamon and ginger in the aroma and a nice woody base aroma. Vanilla and chocolate are nice and strong here and there is a slight scent of menthol or mint.

Taste is medium sweet and very malty at the start along with a strong hit of dark roasted malt that comes through as chocolate. This ale stings the tongue a little bit from what I interpret to be ginger; I am mildly allergic to ginger so your sensation might differ some. Good warming sensation from this ale which is sort of the point of a beer called a "Winter Warmer." Spicy and woody with a decent amount of bitterness the hop level is about perfect here. Spices are vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and a little orange peel. Good amount of chocolate flavor here and just a trace of scorched sugar.

Mouthfeel is good.

A mighty and tasty beer here that is among the best of the winter warmers. The main feature of this beer is it is perfectly in balance with all its parts. A tasty beer that isn't overly sweet, bitter, spiced or dumbed down to suit the Budweiser fans. One of the better beers that Avery makes probably the best one in fact.

12-19-2006 04:37:57 | More by Zorro
Photo of gunnerman


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into a pint glass, pours a amazing dark murky brownish black with a serious thick head that leaves some big time lace on the mug, this is one fine looking brew and one of the best I have ever seen. Smell is of some dark roasted malty yeasty smells with a bit of some hop presents. Taste is of a malty good time, I can taste about 4 different malt flavors in there like roasted chocolate and figs and nuts, this taste as awesome as it smells. This is a fine drink to behold and one that goes well with that holiday mood, Happy Holidays!!

12-18-2006 23:50:14 | More by gunnerman
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Deep, clear garnet-brown with a massive undulating cloud of khaki-cream foam; killer frothy lacing. First whiffs are faint and of rasin-studded poundcake; then a huskier grain mash aroma settles in, providing chocolate and slightly overripe apple notes. There's a surprising vinous quality to the flavor, with black cherries, plum juice, and a slight cinnamon bitterness at the back. A noticeable alcoholic sharpness finishes the swallow, all angular-like, leaving a woody-earthy-vegetal kiwi fruit dryness in the aftertaste. Substantial abv (8%) lends a decidedly slick quality to the mouthfeel. A very slight peppery sensation as it goes down. This is a fine brew, but it leaves me somewhat puzzled and unmoved. I'm really going out of my way this year to try as many winter seasonals as I can, and I must say I still am having trouble getting my head around what "Winter Warmer" means stylistically speaking. That said, I will revisit this beer to see if it grows on me anymore.

12-18-2006 00:16:05 | More by orfeu
Photo of MVassar


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Elegant dark brown and ruby color, with a lush tan head and sticky lacing. Very appealing.

Faint spicy aroma, with hints of malt, caramel, black tea, and Christmas candy.

Dark roasted malt, with layers of creamy caramel, citrus peel, and a tinge of bitter hops in the finish. Good balance.

Medium body, ample carbonation, with a nice creaminess. Sturdy texture without feeling heavy.

A very likable beer, and a real pleasure to drink. Impressive.

12-17-2006 22:44:42 | More by MVassar
Photo of beerogre

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

I first encountered Old Jubilation last year, when I purchased it along with some Hibernation Ale, and I was immediately impressed by it as a very drinkable Winter Warmer, and as good as the Hibernation Ale was, I always slightly preferred this beer over it.

Towards the end of the Holiday Season last year, I decided to keep a bottle back, to see how it compared with the 2006 release, and I have to say that for those planning to get into cellaring, it really is worthwhile when you finally get to sample the goods.

This year's batch is every bit as good as I was expecting, but you really can taste the benefit the extra year has had on the 2005 version. It is just so much better in every way, the taste is richer, definitely sweeter and has acquired some sherry like aspects, and the mouthfeel is much smoother.

It makes me wonder how far you can go with this ageing process: If this is the result of my minor experiment with a good beer for one year, what about some of those great beers that are put down for several years or more?, They must be truely fantastic.

Interesting, very interesting.

12-17-2006 02:26:00 | More by beerogre
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

(Served in a half pint glass)

A- This beer has a soapy light tan head with a warm deep brown body with just a touch of opaqueness to it. There was a very gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft toasted malt and pale malt smell with a faint green hop hint in the finish.

T- The taste of dry biscuit malt had a nutty quality to it with a faint dry spice note in the finish. There was also a bitter hop note in the finish aswell. The light sweetness of malt came through more as it warmed along with a note of chocolate malt in the background.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- This beer has a slight sweetness from the malt that blends into a bitterness from the hops that don't really work with each other.

12-14-2006 18:25:05 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

A: Garnett cola color with a stupendous rocky oatmeal colored head inches tall. Body is very clear and very still.

S: Soapy red fruits, caramel with an oak kick.

T: Begins with burnt caramel with toasted hazelnuts and a huge doughy hit to the tip of the tongue. Candied red fruits, apricots and peach adds a fruity personality. Finishes with toast and preserves. Mild roastedness and a dirty bitterness polishes off the beer, a poor ending to a decent brew.

M: Medium body with an average mouthfeel. Just a touch of sting

D: Well, if that dirty flavor hadn't popped up, I think I would have rated this beer much higher. It is what it is.

12-14-2006 05:15:30 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of slyke


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Old Jubilation is dark ruby color with an off-white rocky head. Some lacing.

Smell is dominated by caramel and alcohol some woodiness is present as well.

Taste is big. Big dry roasty malt and big hops (that I didn't detect in the aroma).

Mouthfeel is creamy and coats the mouth. A good feel for this style of beer.

This is a very drinkable beer but not sessionable due to the alcohol content. It is, however, a pretty good sipper.

12-13-2006 22:40:41 | More by slyke
Photo of NEhophead


3.58/5  rDev -7%

12 oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.
No best before date.

Very dark oak in color; near opaque. Rocky, off-white foam about a half-inch high that plasters the sides of the pint glass after a few moments to settle. Ringed lacing down half of the glass with good durability.

Creamy, sweet molasses and caramel-flavored malt character. Noticeable alcohol aroma intertwined with dark fruit: plum, red grape, and fig. A mild oak whaff that gives a somewhat stiff mustiness. Pleasant, subtle aromatics.

Dry, roasted malt character; earthen tones along with hints of milk chocolate and caramel. There's a very big presence of dried, roasted nuts and oak that make for quite a big bitterness. Notes of alcohol-soaked fruit: plum, red apple, and grape. The aftertaste is rich, dry, and robust.

A heavy, medium in body; dry and even chewy for most of the sip, but spots of slickness on account of the abv and vinous fruit.

Reminds me of a min-barleywine in some respects, but rather mild in flavor. An interesting Winter Warmer to try, but one I probably won't be going back to.

12-12-2006 13:56:11 | More by NEhophead
Photo of pmcadamis


4.63/5  rDev +20.3%

A - Deep mahogony brew that is dark purple in the light with a solid 1 finger head and tons of great looking sticky lace.

S - Roasty and smokey chocolate malt with hints of caramel and wood. No trace of any "winter spices." And that IMO is a good thing!

T - Nutty and extremely malty. Rich milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee with cream and sugar. Very nice finish with a lingering aftertaste of chocolate and a tiny bit of alcohol (and no real residual bitterness for such a "stouty" beer). This is quite exeptional.

M - Thick, fullbodied, and creamy. A little bit slick and sugary...excellent desert brew.

D - Pretty damn good. The extrra full body and the sweetness may hinder sessionability, but that's not the point with this beer. Sip slowly and enjoy this wonderful winter warmer!

12-12-2006 04:01:33 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of SteveO1231


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz brown bottle. Label, a magenta framed winter landscape. No freshness indicated on bottle. Pours a dark caramel red, excellent fat light tan head that lasts. Creamy lacing inside the glass. Large hints of vanilla in the aroma, biscuity, as well as caramel, chocolate, some earthy/oak tones in the background, and bit of spicy/herbal hops. Medium to full bodied, light slickness in texture. Light caramel sweetness, a touch of dark chocolate. Earthy oak aged tastes in this beer, a tiny bit spicy and a pretty large hop profile in this winter warmer. The finish has a dry spicy/herbal bitter dryness and is very tasty. ABV really is not detected much through smell or taste but has a warming effect on the body around mid bottle. Really a good beer, I'm so glad it's available in CT now!


12-11-2006 04:49:43 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of msubulldog25


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured this 12 oz. bottle to a handy Chimay goblet. Rather I should say it was poured by my lovely wife, while I struggled with stringing lights on the Christmas tree. Label shows a classic 'script' version of the beer name above a snowy landscape, with a horse-drawn sleigh nearing a huge mansion. Little other info on the bottle besides the recycling and government text...but for that odd little "YEAH IT IS" in the lower right corner. I have no clue what that means...

A: Deep chestnut brown with rosy/golden highlights. Creamy ivory head, about 1/2 finger. A creamy film lingers, kept full by the streams of bubbles rising from the etched symbol at the bottom of the goblet. Nice lace.

S: Appropriately spiced and warm. Sugar candy, raisins, sweet oranges, tea, wood, husked grain, smoke and traces of alcohol. Tantalizing.

T: Tastes as fine as the smell. Dark roasted malts and a spicy, smokiness. Followed by a perfect amount of hop bitterness, piney and citrus. Sweet flavors of sugared fruit, toffee, raisins and bittersweet chocolate. Rich flavors and well-balanced.

M: Has a velvety slick quality, medium to full in the mouth. A little tingle from spice and light carbonation at first, then thins to a warming, pleasing smoothness. Alcohol is tucked away nicely.

D: A nice example of the style. Satisfying blend of flavors and aroma, easy to drink. When my wife poured it, tasted and brought it over, saying, "oh, I KNOW you'll like this...", how could I go wrong?

12-06-2006 20:46:14 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of joedon


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Rocky tan head with lots of sticky lace. Smell is mild with notes of raisins, port wine and alcohol.
Nice warming taste. Good hop bitterness and lots of dark malt flavor. Tastes of brown sugar and molasses with a bit of fruit and chocolate.
Mouthfeel has lots of body; big and oily. About as drinkable as you could expect for a winter warmer.
Pretty good effort by Avery but there are better examples of the style available.

12-06-2006 01:32:41 | More by joedon
Photo of amstelcat


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

The beer guy at my local store said this is his favorite holiday ale. Let's see....

Dark brown color with some coppery hues in the light. Not a lot of head but it stays dense and apparent til the bottom of the glass. Some molasses on the nose and tongue. Hops are there somewhere but seem beaten down by the malt and alcohol. More alcohol bite as it warms. When it was colder it tasted a bit like a porter.

Overall a good beer, not great. Probably not my favorite of the style.

12-06-2006 00:48:44 | More by amstelcat
Photo of Umbra


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Brown, thick opaque brew with reddish highlights. Came out with a thin light brown head with limited retention and lacing.

Hoppy/malty nose.

The first thing on the tongue is some spicy hops. The middle and end are definitely all malt sweetness, though. Roasted caramel leads the way, but it seemed less complex than I expected for the winter seasonal. It was much less bitter and full flavored than I expected with an Avery.
Overall expected something spicier. Came off more of an old ale type brew. ETOH snuck up on me either way.

12-04-2006 16:32:54 | More by Umbra
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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