Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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1,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 86 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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?

Photo of joedon
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of amstelcat
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Umbra
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

A: reddish-brown; fairly opaque. Can only see through it if you hold it up to the light. Light tan head.

S: Some hops in the nose. Not as much as I would have expected, given how hoppy the taste is.

T: Spicy hop flavors dominate, with malty backdrop rounding it out. Bitter. Some roast and caramel tucked below hop flavor. (I seem to be the only reviewer knocked out by the hop flavors, but I truly belive that hops lead the flavor, not the malt.)

M: Full mouthfeel.

D: Nice seasonal beer. No spices, just a dark, malty backdrop for a hop explosion. Strong beer, but the alcohol sneaks up on you.

Photo of mac56
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at our small town muni. Will wonders never cease. No freshness date or anything like that, but it hasn't been in the cooler longer than about 2-3 weeks so I think we're okay.

A: A deep brownish-mahogany color in the glass. Full rocky head that subsides slowly, and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malt, a little bit of spice.

T: Oh my oh my oh my. Coffee, Chocolate. Spice. Little bit of citrusy astringency. Amazingly balanced.

M: Not syrupy at all, like many winter warmers can be. Slightly astringent on the front end, and then it gently glides away. Smooth and enticing.

D: Be mindful of the 8% alcohol. That also glides up on you. If you keep that thought in your head, it's plenty sessionable on a cold Minnesota night.

I'm delighted beyond words that our little muni decided to pick this up. I expect I'll be drinking a lot of this over the winter months.

Photo of Shaw
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep mahogany in color with a large head that reduces to a nice dollop of foam in my glass.

It smells of caramel, roasted malts, and even a little smoky. A complex aroma, for sure.

The taste is excellent. Sweet flavors combine with just the right amount of coffee and astringent qualities to create the perfect balance. It's not a syrupy mouthful, like some of Avery's other brews.

The body is wonderfully smooth and glasslike. It just glides over my tongue.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of Avery's best. It's also inexpensive, which is an added bonus. A great seasonal beer and well worth seeking out.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, bubbly and light yellow/brown. Dark reddish brown color, about 85% opaque. Nice carbonation, but hard to see.

Light to medium bodied taste. Dark fruit malt aromas. Ripe grape. Flowery American hop bouquet. Little alcohol. Toasted malt. Almost a wheaty bread vibe. Light light caramel and chocholate/roasted vibes.

Rich and fruity, in a dark ripe fruit sort-of-way. Nice hop bouquet.

Low to moderate oral formation. Very mild carbonation sting.

Very drinkable. Quite refreshing. Rich and sharp Winter Warmer taste and feel. Nice blend of malt and hop.

Photo of morayeel
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one should be among one of the best BIG Daddy Ales. Pours a very dark amber color with a very frothy thick head over the ale.

You receive a nice hint of the malts in your nose with a sugar and spice accent

Very nice sweet smooth taste up front with the spice flavoring hitting you at the end. I thought this ale might have been to sweet at first but after further review its perfectly balanced.

The mouth feel is very nice medium to full with a very little hit of dryness at the end.

Over all this is one of the more perfectly balanced ales, the balance of malts and sweetness keeps you coming back for more. The brewing was very well done you could not ask for anything better. This is the perfect ale for the holiday season. I would recommend this to everyone.

Ale style: Strong English Ale
Hop Varity: Bullion
Malt Varity: Two row barley, special roast, black, chocolate, vistory
OG: 1.074
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
IBU’s: 30
Color: Very dark Amber

Photo of Drew966
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Jubillation pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I mostly notice the hops in the aroma, alcohol is definitely there too. There's a chocolate note that is quite nice that dominates the flavor, hops are also quite noticeable. The alcohol really isn't noticeable in the flavor. Pretty good overall.

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

A - Clear deep brown color, nice thick brown head.

S - Malty, bready. Dark fruit.

T - Very nice hoppiness, caramel, coffee. Interesting pairing of the malty sweetness with the hops.

M - Medium-light, very clean and crisp, effervescent.

D - Quite drinkable. I could drink this all winter.

Photo of psinderson
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown and clear, very little light passes through. Huge caramel colored head that wouldn't dissipate. I had to "coax" it a little. Great stickiness to the glass.

Smell: Malty sweet and bready. Definite caramel aroma with some peppery undertones.

Taste: Big malt sweetness up front, strong roasty hop bitterness in the end. The bitterness is not unpleasant but it sticks around long after you finish. Good hop flavor throughout. This beer hides the ABV well with only a hint of alcohol as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but nice and smooth.

Drinkability: This brew suffers a tad with drinkability only because the bitter aftertaste. I like the aftertaste, but it slows you down a bit.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

FINALLY, I am reviewing this fresh and it is a different brew.
Pour has a very agressive 2 finger off white head that melts to very sticky lacing.
Aromas are fresh coffee, nuts, and a little alcohol.
The taste is wonderful fresh....dark chocolate but not bitter....black coffee, but not bitter....nuts and a wonderful citrus hops bitterness right where it belongs on the end.
I love this beer...Last year I didn't discover it until the bottles were 6 months old and loved it then.
This year, at less than a month old this beer is heaven.
I definately have to stock up to last me through the year.

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

Ruby redish mahogany glows out of this dark glass of winter seasonal. Big froathy head of rosy beige color leaves a healthy layer over the beer along with sheety lace over the glass. Nose is pleasing. Aromas of light plummy flowers, aramel toffee, cocoa, offee, and hefty but soothing malts. Stout-like a bit. Taste shares the light delicate flavors and abundant malts with a more apparent roastiness and nice amount of hop bitterness. Slight alcohol kick becomes evident and is quite welcome. It fits with the hops and malt soaked fruits well. Though clearly bigger on the malts than the hops this pulls together and feels balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft save for mild carbonation and body is a light feeling full. Drinkability is great for what this beer is. The glass has rarely parted from my hand since I poured this. 'Winter Warmer indeed' I think with a smile.

I like that its not overly-spiced if at all. Perhaps a little different than the norm for this style but up on my list. Seems like it could somehow possibly (though not likely) be a sessionable full bodied winter beer.

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

Pours deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is thick and frothy, leaving thick sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Smell is quite malty, with dark fruit and brown sugar accents. Hints of spices and alcohol.

Taste is sweet dark maltiness up front. Sweet and candylike. Some mollasses, brown sugar, various spices, and a little woodyness offers some complexity. Add a little alcohol warmth and this beer finishes with a bit of leafy green herbal hop dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Very creamy and smooth.

A malty brew that is a little on the sweet side. Very nicely done. Flavors are balanced and enjoyable. There is also enough complexity too keep you interested. A great session brew for the holidays. For best results let this one warm a bit. Recommended.

Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive frothy head of fluffy foam rests on top of a dark mahogany shaded beer. Oh my, this head is seriously chunky...looks like seafoam. Sweet malty aroma: coffee, caramel, and nuts - very inviting and yet restrained. Heavy malt flavor - chocolate and nuts held together by a sweetness that isn't cloying in any way. Take a big mouthfull and all the layers of malty goodness become quite evident. Very pleasant sweetness in the finish. Perfectly enjoyable closer to room temperature and no signs of its apparent strength anywhere. Smooth, near creamy mouthfeel actually begins to resemble a dry stout near the end of the glass.

What a delicious malty treat this is. Stuck inside on a cold day? This'll put you in a good mood. Its not a huge beer, but its probably worth cellaring to see what would happen to it.

Photo of MiScusi
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Old Jubilation poured a dark opaque brown, only to turn to a see-thru red when held up to the light. Very similar appearance to a porter, with a thin off white head as well. Smells of roasted malts and a little nuttiness. The taste is very very smooth and well put together, very similar to a standard porter to me. The moutfeel is just towards the slick side with a good bit of carbonation as well. The high alcohol doesn't really show through too much until it warms up.

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

I was given a bottle of this by a local distributing representative, and was asked to evaluate it. I'm looking forward to this; I'm relative new to beer, and this is the first fall/winter season I've had to try various models of the Winter Warmer style. I've heard great things about this beer. Here are my thoughts.

It pours much darker than I thought it would. The beer looks much like a porter, only with more carbonation. I would describe the color as very dark brown; not quite black, but definitely darker than brown/dark amber. A substantial head formed, partially due to my exuberance in pouring! It was over a 1/2-inch thick and remained until the end, although considerably thinner.

The aroma is mainly of roasted malts and alcohol, with a bit of light caramel (or sugary fruit; I could go either way). It's a nice aroma, very well-balanced and intriguing; it really makes you desire a big gulp.

I was hooked with the first big sip. The mouthfeel is very nice; it's thick without being chewy. I find the carbonation a little much for my taste, but it's not obstructive. Flavorwise, there's a lot going on. Mainly of dark roasted malts and espresso, it's very well-balanced between malts and hop bitterness, and the dark, bitter aftertaste lingers just long enough. I was a little surprised by the small amount of winter spices in this winter warmer, but they can't all be like that, can they?

Wonderful brew. I'll certainly be checking this one out again.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt amber red just a hint of light shows thru on the color. The head is so impressive. Thick rootbeer like head two inches thick.
good lacing on the glass. The nose had a herbal almost a grey earl tea aroma. The rich flavor of roasted malts and a hint of toffy. The finish taste like a good french roast coffee. with a slight hint of clove. The reason I like this winter warmer is the brewer say's he adds no spices. The hint of clove I talked about was very faint.
The alcohol level is just right. They say this brew really shines at about two years in the cellar.

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

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours deep deep red, almost black, with ruby red edges. A thick light tan head forms at the top, and lasts forever. Eventually settles to a thick frothy cap.

Plenty of spice and dark dry fruit. Bits of carmalized sugar are also present.

A bitterness from the dark malt is mixed with the bitterness from the hops in the middle of the tongue. A raison like flavor can be tasted. This full bodied mix is finished of with bits of drying alcohol and spicy twang.

The aroma and flavor of this beer seems to go perfectly with the cold winter days. Recommended.

Photo of geexploitation
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mysteriously dark brown, almost black, that only gives off highlights when held up to direct light. Sticky Brussels lace gets left behind in spite of a head that starts out fluffy and ends up sparse. The aroma has very prominent hops, metallic and cirtusy with a minimal malt payload that shows up mostly as a graham crackery smell. On the palate, the first thing to come out are sweet malts that remind me of sweetened citrus fruits. After that, the hop bitterness arrives, tickling the sides of the tongue. The finish is long and actively bitter, with plenty of action on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is prominently harsh with hop oils and relatively unbalanced by malts, especially for a beer of this style. Overall, this is a hop-head's winter warmer, with little in the way of malt feel and balance, but it is nonetheless pretty tasty.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coca-cola like color with a nice creamy/frothy tan head that retains well.

Smells of ripe fruits, raisins, maltiness, tad bit of spices.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, some hoppiness, dry finish with alcohol present.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. I can take down a few of these relatively easily.

Photo of AmorousAngel
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Head diminished quickly, leaving a delicate lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts prevalent; hint of alcohol.

Excellent roasted malt, coffee and spice flavor followed by a bit of a lingering, but not unpleasant, alcohol burn.

Medium-bodied and creamy mouthfeel, with a slight tingle of carbonation.

This beer has a lot of flavor and body; a nice, warming brew. A little heavy to drink more than one, but one is really nice.

Photo of Neehan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An interesting pour that starts as a medium-brown with tons of bubbles but quickly becomes a dark cola-like color with thin, but prevalent lacing. The smell is nice with dark roasted malts the most prevalent. The taste is smooth and sweet with a bitter, dark coffee-like finish. Noticeable taste of the alcohol as well. A weak-mild low carbonated mouthfeel. Will definitely warm the body. Solid choice.

Photo of carln26
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with mahogany highlights, and topped by a light, short lasting tan colored head. A delicate lace is left on the side of the glass as I drink the beer. The nose is reminiscent of a belgian dubbel. It has layers of dark fruit. Dates, figs, mild dark berry are blended well with some mild spice. The flavor echoes the nose well. More of the dark fruit. The date really comes across strongly. Spice is milder than I expected. The finish has a lingering bitterness. Hard to characterize. The spice does not meld well with the citrus hops. Still, this is a nice winter warming beer. The mouth feel is full, and smooth. Good drinkability.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.