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Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 795 | Ratings: 1,652
Photo of DCon
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of znichols
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Cyrano41
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Vashtar
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
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?

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Photo of harrymel
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of isualum12
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of dcook11
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of gatorbreath
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of fatmusic14
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This offering was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The body is a dark mocha body with burnt red highlights. The beer is opaque. The head is a tan one-fingered, frothy cap. There are tons of bubbles on the lid. There is a decent sheet of thick lace left on the side of the glass.

Smell- There’s a good amount of roasted malt on the nose. There’s also some toffee malt sweetness in there. Also a sense of some sour fruit, also seems a little musty.

Taste- There’s some roasted malt, a sweet, toffee malt character, and some coffee roast that is long in the finish. The blend of malts is pretty complex. I’m getting everything from dark fruit to cinnamon, even though none of that was actually used.

Mouth feel- It’s a really nice medium body and creamy. It finishes just a little dry.

Overall- This winter warmer uses a silly amount of malts, and it really works. The complexity of the drink is what makes this winter warmer the good drink it is. If you enjoy winter warmers, this beer will not let you down.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint

bright chestnut brew with a really creamy white head that won't go away. beer-stache alert! Caking on the glass all the way down.

smells of roasted nuts and fresh bread yeast

a little "beerier" than I anticipated with a dominant nutty malt bill. Some semi-spicy hops are tossed in so you can tell where the malt ends. Some coffee-like toastiness and comforting heat on the tail end.

A tad heavy, but not overwhelming. Very malty without being too sweet and sticky.

Decent, but not an immediate must-have-more bottle. A palate warmup before I delve into some 10%abv+ beers with more going on.

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Photo of diamondc
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.99 for a 12 oz. Bottled on the 270th day of 2011.

A: Dark, murky deep blood red. Great looking head and lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel, hazelnut, coffee with cream. Maybe a touch of pine in there, mostly malt though.

T: Lots of good roasted malt action going on .... coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, leather, and some tobacco. Some hint of cherry there too. Hops add a pleasant pine-y bitterness at the end.

M: Has a medium to heavy, creamy body to it.

O: Another good cold weather sipper, look forward to this beer every winter.

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Photo of litheum94
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. Aged for a year.

Very deep brown body, nearing black. Tiny, tan head that's gone in a breath. Smattering of bubbles.

Rich caramel malts with toffee and hazelnuts. Cinnamon and other spices. Tea-like hops.

Roasted malts, with more coffee flavors than the nose would suggest. Some pine and citrus hops. As it warms, the malts become a little richer, with tones of toffee and chocolate. Spices and orange zest linger.

A good winter warmer for the hop head, as there is still a good hop profile even after a year.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This winter warmer pours out as a nice deep brown color with a tan colored head on top. The head fades with a light sticky lacing that grabs the glass. The smell of the beer was sweet and a little spicy on the nose as well. The taste of the beer gives of a little bit of warming spices along with some sweet malts. The mouthfeel of this brew was decent. I'd say it's about medium bodied. Overall this beer wasn't bad. I'd drink it again but it wasn't something I'd crave.

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Photo of gtermi
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:The beer pours a very dark brown with a nice head that quickly fades.

S: The beer smells like your typical winter warmer. it has some malt and spices.

T: I love the nutty flavor and maybe I am crazy but get a tiny mint type flavor. It has some roastedness too, but that is on the finish.

M: This beers mouthfeel is very pleasant. It has a good amount of carbonation, but is also very smooth.

O: This beer is very nice. It is the best winter warmer I have had and I wish this was year round. I will get this as many chances as I get.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, nutty brown hue with a good finger of pillowy ivory foam and a little bit of haze to the body. A nice looking beer.

Smell: biscuity, bready malt aroma with a bit of tartness quite a bit like an English porter. Wintry and a bit nutty as well, although this particular combination of malts isn't particularly my favorite; it's kind of a mix between a porter and a dry red ale.

Taste: much like the aroma but with a little bit of spiciness. There's a good hop bitterness right at the end, too, which I find surprisingly smooth. Flavor starts a bit like an English porter, then dries out a bit and some spices, nutmeg and grains-of-paradise maybe, set in. I'm liking this beer better than I thought I would.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprisingly good level of creaminess. It is perhaps a little bit over-attenuated, though; I would have expected more body in an 8.3% winter beer.

Overall: this is a very nice quaff on a chilly October evening. I'm sure it would be even better with a dusting of snow outside.

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Photo of hopluva1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter @ 45* from a 2011 bottle

Appearance is reddish brown/mahogany with a one finger off white head.

Smell is grain/malt not sweet, and definitely some peated malts in there. Resembles a scotch ale.

Taste is malty but not sweet, I'm sticking with my peated malt, bit of hops. It has good flavor.

Overall it is good. Winter Warmer is a very vague catagory, similair to barley wine the range is broad. This is very malty without being sweet. It has a smokiness to it that resembles a scotch ale.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle, opened 10/2011. Poured cola brown with a ruby tinge and a half finger of khaki head. Sweet, malt-dominated aroma with dark fruit, caramel, and spice.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity toffee malt up front with molasses, traces of dark cocoa, fig, dark fruit, and lingering cinnamon/spice. Just a touch of boozy warmth on the finish as the beer warms, with a gentle roasty bitterness that gradually emerges too.

Malty but not overly sweet. Really nice beer; I bought this bottle last year and stuck it in the cellar, and now I'm curious to try some fresh as well. Up there with Jubelale as a favorite winter warmer.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red in color, good head and lacing. Smells of some piney hops and weak malts. Sweet malts hit the tongue first, some caramel and toffee as well as hop strength in the back. Like it. Warming and pretty thick for a sixer beer. Simple, does the trick. I'd have two.

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Photo of mastodonj
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a complex ale that I always look forward to, year after year.
This review is based on recent on-tap and cask versions that
I've had in the last few days at the Avery tap room.

It's a very dark, porter-ish color with extensive lacing and a dark creamy white head.

The aromas are complex also. The smokiness is very prevalent; maybe from the malts or what. There is almost a coffee smell as well. And, of course, plenty of spice to meet its "winter seasonal" designation.

All the smells come through in the flavor; the smokiness smooths everything out while the spice livens things up. And, like a lot of
Avery ales, the hops keeps the bitterness at the front of the tongue.

The creamy head and the smoothness already mentioned, followed by the hoppy bitterness makes this one of my favorite winter seasonals. The alcohol adds to the overall complexity; great for any cold evening.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, deep red/purple color with a big, off white head, that laces and sticks around all day.

Smells of caramel malt, chinook, chalky/spicy hops, slight yeast ester/fruit notes.

Taste is toasty up front that fades into a smooth sweetness and ends on a dark fruit/sugar/fig note...woah, the finish on this one is where the bitter hop spice and interest comes in. Complex, smooth, and spicy.

Lighter to medium body with medium to low carbonation make this one a nice drinker...not too heavy.

This is a damned fine Winter beer that has spice, hop, and caramel malt characteristics and is easy to drink given the abv.

Edit: Woah!!! I did a side-by-side of this fresh v one-year old, and the year-old version is simply amazing. Has a lot of barleywine characters...sweet, not hoppy like the fresh release. Age this beer.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.