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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,415 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 47
Gots: 63 | 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 budsboy
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, clear deep ruby color with a frothy, generous white head and lacing aplenty.

Carmel and roasted malt aroma with strong presence of dark fruit, spice and a hint of alcohol.

Nice mix of dark fruit sweetness, and a lot of it, and a tangy bitterness. Spice flavor leans toward nutmeg. Finishes with a decidedly bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied and clean, mellow carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable winter warmer. Another fine Avery offer. May be lacking in the mouthfeel dept., but I'd recommend it.

budsboy, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poures a nice light brown with a touch of haziness and a touch of off white head.

Smell is dominated by a nutti malt aroma.

Taste starts out with a nice slightly sweet toasted malt flavor with a strong nuttiness to it, then it finishes with a suprisingly solid hoppiness that balances this beer out quite well.

Mouthfeel has a nice medium body to it with some good lingering carbonation in there as well.

Drinkability is decent, overall a pretty solid offering from avery.

bashiba, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of nickss
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-ruby brown hue with a generous cap of chunky foam. Lots of lacing... looks brilliant.

Strong smells of cloves and spice in this one, with a hint of nuttiness in the background.

Very nutty taste, with a generous smattering of cloves and malt. Leaves something to be desired, however, in the complexity realm.

Very watery mouthfeel for a winter warmer, and very active on the tongue. Not what I was looking for here.

The 8% abv is well hidden in this one.. quite a drinkable brew, although not one of my favorites.

nickss, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is dark brown with a ruby glow. The light brown head is large, thick, and creamy. Retention is very good. The aroma is that of rich, dark malts. Flavors of sweet chocolate stand out with notes of coffee. The taste is fantastic, many different flavors come together to create an excellent winter warmer. Rich, sweet malts stand out at first. Sweet chocolate tastes are most notable, with a touch of dark, bitter chocolate in the mix. A mild roastiness compliments the dominating flavors nicely, and a burst of dark fruit flavor towards the middle of a sip is a great touch. Hop bitterness is notable along with a mild dry hop flavor towards the finish. A trace of alcohol flavor rounds out a sip. I haven't had very many winter warmers, but, to date, this has to be my favorite. Highly recommended.

Gagnonsux, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one goes into my glass colored deep crimson brown with a fat head and amazing lace. Great presentation, label included.

The nose is full of Christmas related aromas: gingerbread, cinnamon, English malt, biscuits, toffee. Rather like OSA in some regards minus the intense spicing.

The taste is akin to a strong brown ale with a rather nasty metallic penny/battery hop bite. The alcohol makes its presence known strongly in the mouth as well. Reminds me of a dark wheat lager or a strongly boozed brown ale...and sort of like Stone's 8th Anniversary ale.

There are just too many elements awry here that I can't praise this...brash, boozy, and weirdly metallic.

GreenWBush, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of GnomeKing
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The initial impression is of prominent hops. Drinking blindfolded, you might take this as an IPA at first. But the beer's alluring, dark appearance tips you off that there's more going on. After a few sips, malt flavors leap out...mostly a dry, semi-sweet chocolate, but also some coffee flavors. There's a slight impression of spices, but not nearly as much spice flavor as many other winter seasonals.

This is a nice entry into the winter beer field.
(Swigged at McMenamin's in Philly's Mt. Airy section.)

GnomeKing, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown glass bottle.
Appearance: Dark maroon, iced tea appearance, with a couple bubbles escaping to the surface. Head is initially large, creamy white, which fades to a small frothy layer.

Smell: Fruity and spicy, roasty malts, hops are evident.

Taste: Strong yet very smooth, with almost no harsh bite. Roasted malt notes linger after the beer is gone, very nice. Alcohol provides a nice warming feeling.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full, very creamy, alcohol provides just a slight burning.

Drinkability: I could drink this one all night, after a cold day of being outside all day, it really hits the spot.

TastyTaste, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of battlekow
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing three winter warmers that we just got in at the store: this, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and Anderson Valley Winter Solstice.

Old Jubilation has the biggest, rockiest head of the three. It fades pretty quickly and leaves a lot of soapy residue on the sides of the glass. It's also the darkest in body, a porterish dark brown with ruby highlights. It's the most generous on hops of the three, with strong floral notes in the smell and taste. Also present in the both smell and taste is some nice chocolate and some fruitiness. This actually seems to have more in common with the Great Divide Hibernation Ale, classed as an American Strong Ale, than the other two Winter Warmers, considering its lack of spicedness.

Overall, Old Jubilation is a great biggish beer. All of these beers have done a great job of hiding their higher-than-average ABV; on second thought, perhaps it's the rapid consumption of several beers high in alcohol that's disguising the booze.

battlekow, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite the winter warmer! Wow, a hot toddy for a cold evening by the fire, but……

Good start – deep caramel (root beer) pour with a sticky tan head. And those fall spice malts in the aroma were enticing. The quaff had a sugar cane sweet start, and finished with a proper hop kick. But……… the alcohol was very noticeable, and it came with a cherry medicine after burner. Just too tad too hot for a good drinker brew.

Vancer, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a deep, ruby color to it. A decent head leaves lots of lace. Slightly piney, grassy hops in the nose, with nutty malt and dark fruits. And spiced bread.

This is indeed a warmer. Dark fruit cake with nuts and some cocoa sprinkled on top. Piney are the hops. Some holiday spices in there too. Mouthfeel is thick, a little syrupy. Drinkability is limited by the youth of this beer. Better drinking in a month or two methinks.

8/29/06 Edit: Tastes much smoother, the various flavors have blended together. The hops are much milder, and the mouthfeel has thinned slightly, which is a good thing. Very drinkable, but drink now if you still have the 05. My new scores reflect this tasting.

Sephiroth, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of 2ndstage
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark ruby brown color with a light tannish head. Keeps a fairly tight but small head throughout the glass. Initial smell was a burst of floral hops but on second investigation nice malty tones abound. Alcohol presence is definately there but does not rear its head nearly as much as most of Avery's stronger brews. Actually it fits in quite well with this one. Slightly sweet malt flavor with a few raison and currant notes. Drinkability is much too high for this beer. It just goes down way too easy. A very nice warmer from Avery not over the top with sweetness and spices that many winter warmers seem to go overboard on.

Definately a beer to grab if you can find it.

2ndstage, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of kosmoraios
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed every Avery product so far, and was in the mood for a seasonal, so I picked up a 6 of this. Pours a deep nutty brown color with a hint of red. The head bubbled to two fingers, decent for a slow pour, a foamy tan that laced well. Smell was nutty and malty-sweet, with some cocoa and plum. Taste was excellent, deep and rich, with hazlenut, cocoa, dark fruit and black tea, with a just-right hoppy finish. Not so thick as to be too filling, extremely drinkable.

kosmoraios, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm somewhat shy about this whole 'Winter Warmer' category; a category filled with beers flavored with spices, bush berries, and twigs. Yet, as I've enjoyed the other Avery products I've tasted, I thought I'd give this one a try. Here we go!

Appearance: Pours a rich garnet hue with a modest, yet persistent tan head.

Aroma: Sniff! Gobs of sweet malty goodness upfront teamed with hints of caramel and mystery dark fruitiness. Also: a playful, leafy hop bouquet once you get past the malts.

Taste: Alright, let's jubilate! I get a Malt Mouth with light cocoa powder, caramel, and with a dash of light coffee thrown in. The hops lazily file in at the back of the line, allowing the beer to finish with a pleasant, albeit lingering hop flavor. There's also a tiny bit of smokiness to be found. The 8% alcohol goes undetected, and was well hidden within this brew. Delish! Just the right amount of sweetness for me.

Mouthfeel: I would say medium for the mouthfeel with this one, and there's a decent amount of carbonation, too. Smooth! Which leads us to...

Drinkability: Oh, its drinkable alright! Especially for the 8% alcohol. Absolutely a joy to drink, even without the spices, bush berries, and twigs present in so many of these seasonal offerings. A hefty brew, and certainly a tasty one, I am pleased to have given this Avery offering a try and look forward to the remainder of the six-pack. Way to go, Avery!

ChainGangGuy, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown/dark amber with a 1 finger head and good lace. Heavy malt aroma - chocolate, coffee and nutty. Good roasted malt taste mixed with coffee, chocolate and a hop as well as roasted bitterness. Slightly alcoholic and warming. Raisin and plum flavors noted. Higher than normal carbonation. A good complex brew but a bit harsh still. I think I will let the other 5 sit for a bit and try one again when it gets closer to Christmas - it should smooth out some.

sabrills70, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the latest effects of the change in the ABV limit law in Georgia in 2004 is the major increase in availability of good domestic micro brewed beers, one of which I poured in my oversized wine glass tonight. Avery Old Jubilation came is a longneck brown bottle with a wintry scene on the label. The poured beer looked clear, chestnut brown, with a tinge of red. The head was dark beige, and formed quite nicely to a one finger thick foamy consistency before fading away to a covering of bubbles. The aroma was accentuating the malts in a big way with a sweet, musty, roasty smell. The hops were there as well, but provided more of a floral background smell. The taste was much more of a balance between hops and malt, with a stronger than anticipated leafy bitterness reminiscent of tobacco juice. The malt was a mix of brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, nuts, peat smoke, and dates. The mouthfeel was silky smooth and rich with a sticky quality to it. The aftertaste was like a lingering peat flavored candy. The alcohol content was well hidden behind the subterfuge of all this complex layering, with no noticeable burn. A good seasonal offering from the Colorado brewery who can do big beer right most of the time, and this is one of those times.

rajendra82, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of walleye
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this bottle in the single section. from the bottle. poured a mahogany with a off white head that left a small amount of lacing. aroma, caramel, apples, brown sugar, with just a hint of alcohol. flavor there is the hazelnuts, toffee, malts, chocolate, alcohol. this was a good beer.

walleye, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This was a deep brown beer that showed its true ruby highlights when held up to the light. The almost-white head rose up to under one finger. It thinned out quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles on top of the brew for quite awhile. There was some nice lacing left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: A thick, doughy malt aroma with hints of roasted crackers made up the bulk of the nose. Not too sweet smelling, which is good. Hints of hops, alcohol, and cherries bit at the nose. Light vegetal overtones detracted somewhat from the smell, but they weren't too strong. As the beer really started to warm up, the cherries and alcohol became the strongest aromas.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied for the style, though it did have some chewiness to it. Smooth upfront, picking up some carbonation on the back of the tongue. It had a light numbing effect from the alcohol.

Taste: A nutty, husky malt flavor emerged upfront. Like the aroma, there wasn't much sweetness to it. The nuttiness lingered and mixed with some vanilla in the middle. The finish saw the rise of a cherry flavor that was medicinal and reminded me of cough syrup, especially late in the aftertaste. A light, spirit-like alcohol flavor was evident on the finish, but it wasn't overpowering.

Quaffer, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of TripelJ
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Avery Old Jubliation

A careful pour yields a healthy white head atop the sea of deep, clear crimson. Aroma is full of malt and I kept getting hits of gingerbread. Taste is surprisingly and pleasingly balanced coming from Avery. Starts sweet and finishes with slight tartness. Mouthfeel is fairly full and slightly creamy. The carbonation is soft and the alcohol is barely noticable in the taste. Good drinkability for an 8% brew. I could enjoy a few of these without too much protest on a chilly winter night.

TripelJ, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transluscent cola color with a thick, frothy beige head that retains well, nice looking beer. The aroma is very hoppy (citrus and some pine resin), slightly spicy (nutmeg and allspice) and a light toasted bread scent. The flavor is initially quite hoppy like their IPA (citrus, floral and some pine) followed by a spiced character (nutmeg and allspice), some chocolate, toasted bread and some warming alcohol notes. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth and the drinkability is pretty good. A very tasty winter warmer, definately a new school craft beer interpretation of a traditional english style but interesting and delicious all the same.

silver0rlead, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Georgious dark and auburn colours, lasting head. Moderate spicey aroma. Intense taste, well carbonated. Well to drink with spicey food. Good malts throughout to balance out the flavour, and noticeable hops. Dry finish. Citrus and cherry and vegetable aftertaste.

Sammy, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with hues of red, two fingers of a beige head that quickly subsides to a small cap,and some great lacing. Aroma was sweet molasses, caramel, plums, and other dark fruits with a nice dose of grapefruit hops coming through, an indication of what is to come. Taste has a nice sweet complexity upfront, with hints of figs, prunes, roasted malt, nuts, and toffee followed by a big dose of piney resinous hops and a slight alcohol taste on the finish. This is a lot more hopped than most Winter Warmers I've had, and in this case it really turns out well, since the balance is right on. Medium bodied and very drinkable for it's alcohol level. I'll have to pick one up in season to compare against this one.

cubedbee, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GABF Weekend '08
This is the cask version offered up at the Falling Rock Taproom. For me this beer has always been a hit or miss, but on cask the flavors round out extremely well and the hops take on a fragrant, herbal character and blend well with the malt forward beer. The softer carbonation makes the beer a touch heavier, creamier, and very smooth. The cask is where this beer belongs.

08-05-05
Tried this one before, I didn't remember it tasting so well. It has a full body evident in the toasty aroma and sweet body. Very malty and complex with dates, nuts, barley, caramel, toffee, and slight roastedness. The higher amounts of hop flavoring and sweet alcohol get your attention toward the finish. A little bready and tartness shows in the aftertaste although remaining quited sweet. This is a good beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours an invitingly clear deep mahogany color with a thick 1/2 inch head made up of mixed size bubbles. This head fell within about 5 minutes to leave a small ring around the edge of the glass. There are some bubbles rising to maintain the head. It leaves a thick lace on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of toast and caramel going on in the aroma. There is a bit of alcohol noticeable in the aroma, adding a rich plum character to it.

Taste: Some darker caramel notes are noticeable at first...then some roast grains hit you pretty hard a few seconds into the profile (most likely Special B). There are some assertive bittering hops that mix with these intense roast grains to finally take over the malt and finish balanced pretty subtly toward the bitter. This is a medium bodied beer that crosses the palate pretty boldly. There is some noticeable alcoholic warming that you get from this beer, and this makes it seem a bit lighter bodied than it is.

Opinion: I think that this is a very enjoyable beer, and I like to keep some around to sample throughout the year. It is one that keeps well, so that's why I am reviewing a winter seasonal near the first of August. This beer is big and bold with a whole bunch of flavor. It is very close to a British Stock Ale in flavor and strength, though with a bit much hops for both styles. It is a really tasty brew, and one that I will be getting as regularly as it is released.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head is brown, thick and strong as concrete, straw colored. Good nose with lots of C(itrussy)-hops that do their work fine as making this a very fresh and fruity brew, are there further orange peals used? Certainly tastes like it. Underneath this wall of citrus there is some maltarome mostly chocolate/roast and some caramellic notes. Impressive and wel dosed arome's with maybe litle overdone dryhopping but alltogether a wonderfull adchiefment. Tasting this is also something, roasted nuts in orangejuice with wodka is a way to discripe this warming, fresh & fruity and bitter barleybrew. Woww maybe litle to much for time and wheather( sunny and round 85-90 outside at 1:30 pm) but most welcome to my tasting buds! Maybe litle overdone( on roasty and alcoholic side) so drinking gets tougher but well done Avery!

paterlodie, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin, light brown colored head looks dead. Deep mahogany colored beer with a ruby hue. My nose clogged up and all I can smell is a vinuous malty sweetness. I was thinking big malty sweet beer, and it is a bit sweet up front, but oh look out for them hops. The flavor kicks in midway through, and by the end you've got a big ball of chewy piney hops in your mouth. It's pretty bitter towards the end, but not overwhelmingly so. After a few sips my stomach is nice and warm. A tasty, interesting brew that redeemed itself after the pour.

HappyHourHero, May 31, 2005
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.