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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,535 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 93 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of velo343
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of SuperSpy
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of cabsandking
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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.

Photo of cooncat
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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.

Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jslot38
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of fank2788
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of gpcollen1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

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!!

Photo of orfeu
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MVassar
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beerogre
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.