Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,560 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 54
Gots: 106 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of accordselux
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2011 vintage bottle into a small tulip glass. A really nice mahogany color that is very appealing. Not much in the way of a head or lacing on the glass.

Smells like toffee, caramel, a little nuttiness and spice.

Taste was similar. A little bit of floral/medicinal hop notes on the end.

Mouthfeel was good- there was ample carbonation throughout the glass.

Overall- decent. I am not pressured to buy more and see how aging the recommended period affects the beer- perhaps because I have good beers I have to get through already.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no apparent dating on it. Into a standard pint glass. Pours a rich mahogany with about one finger of foam that simmers down to a thin cap on the beer. Respectable lacing.

Smells of roasted nuts, toffee or caramel, and a slight hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is rich and malty. Again, roasted nuts (hazelnuts according to Avery), toffee, caramel, a little butterscotch, a bit of chocolate, and a lot of booze on the finish.

Mouthfeel is substantial and smooth. Somewhat slick as well. There is some alcohol heat thrown off towards the end.

Overall, this is a nice non-spiced Christmas beer with a very boozy warming quality.

Photo of psuKinger
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Bottle picked up at Vintage Estate, poured into my Church Brew Works pint glass.

A: Ruby Red, trending towards "light brown", with a pleasant 1-fingers worth off-white head on top that stuck around well and left nice lacing on my glass.

S: Very malty. Barley sweetness. Maybe a twinge of nutmeg? Whatever it is, the predominant smell I'm picking up on reminds me of a scotch ale.

T: Tastes like scotch ale, too. Sweet. Very sweet. Lots barley and bready sweetness. A touch of holiday spice underneath. I'm not sure if it's the standard "cinnamon and nutmeg" or not, but that's my best guess. Alcohol is mildly detectable near the middle of the taste.

I want to give this beer a fair shake, but I have to admit, almost immediately, that this is not "my style" of beer. "Malt bomb" would be the phrase that comes to mind if I were being derogatory. Sweet. Sweet sweet sweet. Cloyingly sweet. The breadiness doesn't "balance it out" for me. The spice is the one redeeming quality that's helping me from really docking this beer.

M: Mouthfeel is very good. I'd like a touch more carbonation (which held me back from giving it a 4.5), but CO2 is present, and this beer does cream up nicely in the mouth, and leaves a lot of dry sticky flavors behind on the finish.

D/O: I guess I'm just a beer drinker who likes/wants either big hop/citrus/floral/pine/bitter flavors, or big dark roasted/coffee flavors (and sometimes both of those together), or something "belgian". This beer is none of those things. My gut is telling me that, for what this is (with my limited experience with such styles, as based on my preferences, I generally avoid beers like this), this is fairly good. It's just not good FOR ME.

Photo of afdempse
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby/chestnut colored ale. Frothy yellowish-tan head clings to the glass nicely.

Aroma of bread crust, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Delicate floral hop aromas come forward as the beer warms.

Flavor: Dark freshly roasted malts and bitter grain husk meld nicely with a bitter hop backbone. Crystal malt sweetness and brown sugar notes, with warming alcohol to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied, keeps things light on the palate for a beer of this strength. Almost too dry, but I'd rather that than too sweet. Very drinkable. Finishes semi-dry with clean lingering hop notes.

Overall, a nice change of pace to the standard "holiday beer". A solid Old Ale that I will continue to seek out.

Photo of djbreezy
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - transparent ruby/brown, frothy head that dissipates quickly with not much retention but good lacing

smell - malts and maybe some chocolate and fig notes

taste - huge malt body, roasty malts, chocolate malts

mouthfeel - oily, a bit on the thin side for 8.3 abv, medium carbonation, some bite

overall - flavor leaves a bit to be desired coupled with a weak mouthfeel, strength is probably the unique flavor profile if you're into trying new brews

Photo of phantomwyse
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a woody brown, like table finished in dark brown veneer. On the edges there are more caramel colored highlights. Slimmish of white head leaves patches behind.

S: Aromas of light roast coffee, milk chocolate, the icing that goes on top of cheap crumpets, and molasses cookies…so, malty.

T: More assertive than the smell leads on to…black coffee, crème brulee, toffee. An astringent black strap rum tails in on the end.

M: Medium bodied that starts of a bit soft and then finishes with a quick sharpness/

O: Another massive malty winter brew. I’m appreciating this turn on winter seasonal - -stripped down and not dressed up with any outside spices and flavors. Just beer being beer. A good hefty winter beer that reminds you of a wool coat.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow this beer is pretty thick with a deep reddish amber color and a quarter inch of head that quickly turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells chock full of cherry and spices maybe some dark fruits like plums and cinnamon. A very nice hop presence keeps it all in check.

T - Strongest flavors I am getting are mostly oak and some toffee, rolling around my tongue the bitterness of the oaky hops really covers most of the spices but I do get some nice cherry tartness in the middle. Pretty good.

M - Well for an Old ale it had a pretty good medium to thick body but it drinks thinner.

Overall - Definitely not a bad winter warmer, since it had the thick body and smooth ABV I wanted but the oak and bitterness of hops was a bit cloying. Still a decent Old ale.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, not much of a head, minor lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like rasin, plum, fig. Sugars, caramel. Malts, smoke, cherry and a little vanilla.

Taste - Plenty of malts mixed with some hops, spices, and alcohol. Nice mix of cherry, caramel, apples, plum, and even a little hint of vanilla and coffee.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets hit with malts, and lots of sugary flavors. Palette gets alot of bitterness from the hops, and alcohol. Aftertaste is dry, bitter but not long lasting.

Overall - Decent, a little to much booze up front and maybe a little unbalanced to be truly great. Its worth a drink but not world class by any means.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 11-19-11

A - a deep mahogany body with a small and delicate white head. A pretty color, and very wintery

S - Rich caramel and dark fruits, vanilla, dry and smoked meats. pretty nice complexity, decent balance.

T - Pretty malty, bitter, and dry, some dark fruity sweetness and caramel. I can see this improving with some age.

M - Smooth and full. A bit warming.

O - this is pretty good, an interesting and complex beer. Could use some time to mellow out, I think.

Photo of Stunner97
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark dark brown with thick foamy tan head and small amounts of carbonation to be seen streaming slowly up the glass

Smell- very nice mix of malty sweet nose with faint hop kick at the end, candied chocolate sweet nose

Taste- wow i really absolutely enjoyed the flavor profile of this beer it starts off very sweet and malty, with chocolate malt tones up front but this finish has nice hop bitterness and drying nature keeping it so nicely inn check, lovely balance

Mouthfeel- medium to heavy bodied with crisp drying finish

Drinkability/overall- i very much did enjoy this beer you appreciate the dryness as it build up more and more as you go, this is overall a very nice beer with great balance, i think i have to now start searching out many more old ales as right now this style of beer is just hitting me so perfect this winter

Photo of soulfly1492
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very sweet. Worty. Mildly spicy. Dark roasty malts. Can smell that caramel / roasty malt sweetness from 2' away.

Appearance: Dark brown color. Pours a two finger light brown head. Hard to see through due to the color, but also seems to be a bit cloudy. Lots of lacing.

Flavor: Sweet malts, not as worty as the aroma suggested. Immediately turns mildly bitter from the hops. Mild English malts almost reminiscent of a brown ale for a brief moment. Mild pine bitterness. Some honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Very mild carbonation. Warming from the high ABV. Nice and oily regardless of the high alcohol content.

Overall: Easy drinking. Bold, pleasant brew. One of the better seasonals this winter.

Photo of Paincane
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany brown colored beer produces a thin off-white head when poured into pint glass. Leaves a thin rim of lace with some clinginess to glass.
S: Nutty, malty, caramel and boozy aromas are all present.
T: Malt, caramel, hazelnut, toffee up front. The ethanol adds a warm middle and there is a slight bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A bit syrupy at first. It certainly does not hide its 8.3% ABV.
O: A good but not great beer. Enjoyed it, but will not seek it out in the future. Glad I tried it.

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

Bought a 12 FL OZ bottle of this & added it to my Mix-A-Six Pack @ Naked Vine in Chesterfield, MO for $9.99. Poured from the "Old Winter Scened" bottle w/ a sleigh on the front & "LIMITED RELEASE" below Avery Brewing Company into a Clear 16oz Christmas Seidel Glass. Has also "HO, HO WHOA!" on the bottom & 11252B1 on the top of the bottle (any date or freshness hints of some sort?).

Aroma- Has a tons of malt and caramel aroma with a bit of alcohol in the background. Not much else... Wish there was more complexity and character here.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that lasts for an average time. Has a dark brown colored body that is clear. Leaves only sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- This brew starts with an extreme malty character and then has a bit of alcohol and booze behind it. Winter Warmer type of characteristics and then a light-medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Light tasting and tad watered down and then has an alcohol hint at the finish.

Overall Impression- Enjoyable but would I drink this by the fire on a cold winter's night? Probably not. Not as much body and attribute as I wanted or was scoping out. This brew says its an "Old Ale" but more the most part, it was an Ellis' Brown Ale w/ a bit more ABV and malt and no caramel character. Not sure what to think. Still an above average brew but many other fantastic winter ale's I would go for before returning to this one.

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

Caramel ruby red in hue.

Tons of ripe fruits, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight heat

Musty oranges, slight grapefruits, buttery malts, 8% abv is noticable, with a bitter after taste that almost doesn't take off for me. It's in between good and great for me but it isn't something I'm gonna freak out about when i see it next time.

It paired very well with stella fontinella cheese.

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/1/11 notes. Had on tap at the Chuurchkey Avery tap takeover event. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a dark transparent amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of dark fruits, sweet fruit, apples, alcohol, caramel malts, light vanilla, light toasted malts. Alcohol is a little strong, but still nice.

t - Tastes of apples, sweet dark fruit, caramel malts, light vanilla, light roasted notes.

m -Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice old ale. Lots going on and lots of fruit. Alcohol was present in the nsoe but not really in the taste. Something I'd certainly have again.

Photo of znichols
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark ruby color that is nearly opaque. Superbly clean, no hazyness at all. Small head that quickly disappears and not a ton of lacing. Looks like there isnt much carbonation. Curious to try this one and figure it out.

S- A hint of alcohol on the nose followed by cherries, figs, spice, english toffee, and a little vanilla. This beer smells pretty good. Not a massive aroma, mind you, but theres a lot of different stuff in there.

T- The flavor starts with dark fruit and vanilla and works its way to a little spicy hops. There is a good amount of sweet malt in there and maybe some nuttyness. Slight alcohol on the back end with a lingering spice flavor. Not quite a "christmas"flavored ale, but has some nice qualities to battle the cold months.

M- This beer is somewhat lighter than expected, but the moderate to low amount of carbonation keeps it from getting to fizzy. Lighter bodied but enjoyable.

O- This beer really shows good flavors of vanilla, cherries, dates, some chocolate, almonds, and a touch of spicy hops. It isn't quite a holiday spiced beer, but it is still one to enjoy by the fireside. I recommend a sixer to get through the winter.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up recently to start off the holiday season, now that I'm done with the fall beers. I thought this would be too strong but the alcohol wasn't detectable and this went down easier than I thought. Like most Old Ales, this wasn't hoppy but the roasted malts more than made up for it and this was certainly worthy of being offered during the holiday season!

This poured a deep brown with just a hint of lacing and an average head to match. The carbonation was nice and the roasted nature of this beer was complemented nicely by the leather and peat aspects of this. As much as this felt like an Old Ale, this reminded me of a Winter Warmer without the spice or a Scotch Ale. I probably don't have a enough experience with this style but given how aggressive the alcohol was, it's obvious that this is something to be savored slowly.

For a cold day, I supposed this would be a decent choice since the alcohol could warm up anyone who polished off a bottle of this. There's not enough flavor and uplifting aspects to this to justify enjoying this often but once in a while, this would be a good beer to down without much thought. This is a relatively quiet old ale and for anyone who can get past the amount of booze in this, this is a sufficient beer for this time of the year.

Photo of Cyrano41
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a orangey-brown with a half-finger of head, there was light lacing. The smell was nutty and pleasant enough but the taste was surprisingly aggressive and bitter, especially the finish. I wanted to like this because I like their other offerings, but I didn't even finish this one.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Thanksgiving 2011-

A- Pours a dark brown w/ a one finger cocoa head that quickly disappears. Good lacing on the side of my snifter glass.

S- Malt, chocolate, barley, hops... Definitely on the weak side in the smell department, but pleasant for the style.

T- Taste is not bad- a step up from the nose. The hops really come out in the flavor, as well as the malt and barley. Good for the style.

M- Medium light in feel, and somewhat dry. It almost feels like a light barleywine. Nice malt/hops aftertaste.

O- Nice beer for the style. I'd pick this up again if I was in the mood for it. Nothing spectacular, but a solid brew.

Photo of Vashtar
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The appearance wasn't very clear.

The smell was average

The taste was hoppy and aggressive. It wasn't that great though. It wasn't a relaxing Christmas taste.

The mouthfeel was nice, but I didn't take many notes about it.

Overall, it wasn't enjoyable because of the taste. I like Avery Brewing Company. Why can't they do better than this?

Photo of harrymel
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Edition

A: dark pecan ale with some orange hues. a finger of off-tan foam falls to a sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Spot lace.
S: Sweet, slightly molasses malts are nice. No real hop presence here for me.
T: The alcohol is evident here initially (off-putting for me). Some pecan flavors. Some licorice (so faint).
M: thin with moderate carb and semi dry finish.
O: Decent beer. I like it as the third or fourth for the night, a little unrefined for the premier drink.

Photo of isualum12
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My score might seem low but this beer is really nice. My first time having a bottle and my 4th or 5th Avery.

Appearance- black with a little light showing through. Heavy good looking head. The head holds the side of the glass very nicely.

Smell- not really there. There is not a neg. smell but not a positive either. Very low.

Taste- is nice. It is about average. There is not a big hit flavor but it is refreshing. I could drink several of these in an evening.

Overall this is a quality beer. I am planning a holiday beer party and this will make the list.

Photo of dcook11
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red hue that you can see through when held up to direct light. Two finger white head, spider web lacing. The smell is odd at first. I get a faint unpleasent odor that fades as the beer warms. From then on, just chocolate and vanilla. Possible oxidation? The taste is far better than the smell. I detect hops, chocolate, vanilla, and an over all sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. A good beer for the holidays. Must try.

Photo of gatorbreath
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to pint glass, brown hue, minimal head of tan color, smells of malt and slightly of hazelnut, taste is malty, through and through, and only slight variations thereof do i detect, mouthfeel is surprisingly fuller- bodied that i expected and overall, not bad, don't know if it is a session beer but definitely one to have/enjoy while you sit back and soak in the holiday season

enjoy!

Photo of fatmusic14
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle, drank from the bottle

Explodes with flavors of roasted malt and and hint of caramel. Alcohol content of 8.3% but tastes like a 6.0%, high drinkability. Emanates a sense of comfort until the end.

One Con: mouthfeel is a little lacking, almost coats the mouth with a type of waxy feel, like eating a handful of sprinkles with ice cream.

Recommendation: Get one

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.