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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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Reviews: 775
Hads: 1,570
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 56
Gots: 114 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 775 | Hads: 1,570
Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogony with a smallish tan foamy head. Very dark and hearty looking,great for winter. The smell is alittle light with roasted malt, vanilla, nuts, and coffee. The taste is chewy with nuts,coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, and dark fruit. A very hearty beer that hides the alcohol well and is a sipper. The m/f is medium and the flavors mix very well. This is a reason to look forward to winter. A damn good beer, good job Avery.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown, with hints of ruby redwith good carbonation, and a medium tan head that lingers and then reduces to good lacing. The nose is a mild aroma of malty dark fruit, and the taste is a nice mixture of this malty sweetness and hop bitterness. The 8% alcohol creeps into both the aroma and taste at mid-glass, and leads to a sweet, warming finish. This bottle depicts a winter scene, and thgis may be better as a winter warmer, but I was not disappointed having it on a warm, early Fall evening.

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Photo of stouty1
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color witha 2 finger of-white creamy head. Head hung around with lacing, sticky, and milky clinging to the rim. A nice malty chocolate smell overwhelms my senses. Nuts galore with more chocolate. My wife almost took a drink!

Initial flow over the palette was an attack of fruit (apple and raisin) with a malty, hop finish. It took about three sip to actually adjust to the high amount of fruitiness. Half way through and now I get a a smooth dark, malty, chocolatiness that flows over my tongue with a sweet nice dry finish. It is becoming very drinkable and enjoyable the more I drink.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This review is for a 2005 bottle of this beer.

This year-old Old Jubilation pours with a good amount of carbonation creating an off-white head that settles slowly to a collar of foam. The color is a sort of light to medium brown. The aroma is malty, with a touch of a nutty character. Very smooth mouthfeel. Starts with fruity, malty flavors; predominantly caramel malt flavors and some nuttiness. However, the roasted, coffee-like flavors detected in younger versions of this beer are quite muted. The finish is not nearly as bitter and the hops overall have diminished quite a bit and remain mostly in the background as compared to an early review. A very enjoyable old ale that holds up well to some aging.

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Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep almost opaque ruby body. Good retention and lace. Full range of bubbles in the light brown head.
Strong sweet malts, burnt caramel and mild hops make up a very pleasant smell.
Strong chocolate and caramel malts almost burning sweet but well balanced once into the aftertaste of caramel malts and powerful hops. Quite tasty.
Moderate to full body, smooth and good coating. Dry finish.
This is one very drinkable winter brew.


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Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: The pour gives a low, khaki colored head that recedes to a ring aorund the glass and an arrangement of bubbles on the surface. The beer is a rich chestnut brown in color.

smell: Mmmmm oh man. I love winter warmers. A blend of sweet, dark fruits and milk chocolate upfront. There's a light, wintery spice noticeable after swirling the glass alongside some dark wood. I've never had plum pie, but a well toasted crust and mushy, warm plums comes to mind. Candied orange notes. Nice American hop aroma in perfect balance with the moderate malts sweetness. So close to a 5.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth, lighter medium. The body is a full medium.

taste: Upfront I find notes of milk chocolate and dark fruits, particularly raisins. There's also a slight nutty woodiness, especially noticeable after the swallow. There's a nice hop flavor and a considerable bitterness that lingers into the finish with some roasted flavors. Not overly complex, but very solid and nice in the subtlety of the flavors..

drinkability: Not a hint of the 8% ABV save for just a tinge on the nose. An easy sipping winter warmer.

Picked up a single this past winter, cellared since then (8 months or so)

2012 bottle consumed 2013, properly cellared. Fun to look back on my original review, when a beer of this type was so new and foreign. While I may not score it the same today, I do find that it's a nice, simple old ale that melds toasted, nutty malts with even a little roast and dark, leathery fruit flavors. Hints of spice but not in an additive sense, wood and touches of cured tobacco. Only a touch of balanced brown sugar mid-palate before a balancing bitterness and earthy hop flavor pulls in. Good stuff.

old scores 45/45/45/4/4

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark dark amber/brown in color. Nice head that stays and leaves great lacing.

Smell: Pretty complex aroma, its obviously a winter ale in the aroma department. Lots of differing malts aromas, some caramel, and I keep picking up on some vanilla, maybe a bit of oak?

Taste: Complex as hell. Overloading my sense of taste. Roasted malts, caramel, a fruitiness, vanilla, brown sugar? I typically don't care for an overload of taste like this but it works in this beer some how for me. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick very creamy tasting.

Drinkability: It's strong, for me the alcohol doesn't make this one non-sessionable, just the overloading taste. I really dig it and I have had it on draft and in the bottle several times. I recommend you try it even if you aren't a big fan of winter warmers.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Csims for this bottle.

I am always intrigued by this style of beer. There's so much room for differences between brewers that it's always an adventure. This brew was no exception. It looked great, smelled amazing, fell a bit flat in the taste as compared to the smell and was very easy to drink.

I'd love to try it fresher and see what the difference is. For a winter warmer with some time and shipping under it's belt it was a nice brew. I'd definitely buy a 6 pack if it was in my local market.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation - Picked it up today, was on sale, so going to assume that it has been sitting around for a while. Rough estimate is about 1 year.

Pours a very dark amber, only the red hues appear when put up to the light. Awesome creamy white head, with excellent retention. Lacing is quite sticky as well. Smell is very reminiscent of the Christmas season. Chocolaty malts are the backbone, with undertones of light fruit, and toffee. Now on to the taste. Upfront a nice roasted mocha coffee taste. Strong and straight to the point. A nice chocolaty undertone helps with the balance, along with some nice fruits, and caramel malt. Taste overall is a malt lovers dream. This beer almost borderlines an RIS. Mouthfeel is creamy, and semi-coating. Drinkability is great.

An awesome beer to have in the Winter, or just about any time. Recommended.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color is a deep dark ruby with a thin quarter inch cream colored head. This beer also provides us with a minimal amount of laceing and a shower of beads floating to the top.

Smell: The aromas are sweet nectars but yet not fruity, maybe just a sweetened maltiness that seems to have some fruits in it. A subtle hops is delightfully noted. No alcohol comes to mind but im sure its there.

Taste: Yes the the alcohol is there,but not abrassive at all. As a matter of fact, it blendes quite nicely with the sweetness coming from the toffeeish and brown sugared malts with a very quaffable hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The feel is in between medium and thick. It is slick, olily, and goes down very smooth. High amount of carbonation seems to be a plus for me, cause i tend to like this almost spritzy feel.

Drinkability: Wow! I must say this is a good beer, and i'll definitely have to put this in my winter rotation. Another great beer Avery has provided us with.


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

Nothing wrong with a Winter Warmer in July, hey, it's Winter somewhere! Pours from the bottle a deep caramel, ruby brown with a thick dark tan head which quickly dissipates with minimal lace. Aroma is noticably sweet and alchoholic, strong with roasted malts and chesnut with hints of spice and herbs to come.

Taste is malty but not immediately heavy, with hoppy spiciness felt later at the back of the tongue and a dark fruitiness not hinted at by the aroma. I wouldn't call it complex really with the malts as the dominant component, but flavors of raisins and figs, maybe prunes and a hint of coriander offset the malts and combine as one of my favorite examples of the style. Goes down smooth and creamy with little hint of the high-ish ABV.

Something else unfortunately common in the Avery beers I have tried is a is a strong sweet aftertaste which doesn't suit me well. The aftertaste is a reiteration of the aroma, sweet and heavy in alcohol which was well concealed by the taste itself. This probably won't put me off picking this up again, but it keeps me reserved in my praise.

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Photo of cbl2
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8.00 6 pack 8.00% No best by date.


Deep dark crystal clear brown with hints of burnt sienna adorned by an inch of creamy tan foam.


Sensation overload!!! Instantly sweet with the aroma of oranges, coupled with a bread-like yeastyness and the distinct aroma of cocoa. Very intriguing and welcoming.


Nice smooth mouthfeel which leads to a mouth puckering back of the mouth tartness (a good thing) followed by a sublime malt sweetness that has hints of dark fruit and a dash of coffee thrown in. Avery has been hit or miss for me, but this one is superb. One of the best ales I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of wingman14
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogony with a tan head. Smell is hoppy with some sweet notes, very inviting. The taste is layered and good. It starts hoppy with a bitter bite, but not harsh. It is smooth with a sweet subtle chocolate finish, and a tiny hint of a burnt aftertaste. This beer has a great balance, and I question why it is a winter beer because I could enjoy these all year round. This beer has multiple personalities but treats them all very well. The 8% ABV is not even noticible, I would have never guessed. This is a well rounded beer with many positive attributes. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

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Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark, dark amber / brown color with an off-white foamy head that slows up and goes down to about 1/2" and then stays there, thankfully, with lots of spotty lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell: Definitely a beer for winter, but this is enjoyable in the summer too, and I'm glad I didn't save it for the former. Lots of balanced, toasted, chocolate malts. The sweetness is there but is curbed and mellowed by the slight aroma of the hops. Some dark fruit, some berries and cherries. A bit of vanilla and maple sweetness also, and some caramel malts it seems also.

Taste: Damn, I'm pretty impressed by this. I get some marshmellow sweetness, some chocolate malt, caramel malt, honey, slight fruit like cherries and maybe some apple skin, a bit of graham cracker, vanilla, maple, and a finish that's fruity, toasty, malty, and finally lingers with some slightly bittering hops too bring it all back.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy and silky without a hint of being cloying, which is awesome. A lighter body than I thought it would be also.

Drinkability: 8% ABV? I don't see how it all. I may have to grab a case of this stuff next time it's released, which I imagine will be, well, you know when, and that's soon enough. Very delicious, not too heavy, and enough flavor and complexity to make it a delicious long sipper, so your bottles, if you choose to buy a few, will hopefully stay around for a while.

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Photo of karengarys
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours rich dark brown, leaving little head after my slow pour. The fizz ring sticks to the side and slowly slides back in the glass.

Smell is very nice - chocolates and malts with some sweetness and darkness.

Taste is way cool. I am not a holiday beer fan where the recipies go over the top with the spices, especially corriander. This one is nice and mellow on the spices, just a hint of correander, maybe pepper. It has a malty sweetness, and a beautiful hop balance - a nice dryness with a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

The finish is creamy and sweet. The back of your throat notices the pine hop the most.

it has a robust body.

This is probably one of my favorite winter beers to date. If you want to try a winter brew, but have been scared off by Anchor's or Sierra Nevada's, then turn to this and give it a try.

Just before I pushed "submit" I noticed the alcohol content. Holy cow! It sure hides the alcohol well!


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Photo of znarf
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like their brews so much that I stopped at their brewery when I was in Colorado. Old Jubilation has a knock you down fast potent alcohol content. Definitively a sipper. Dark in color, full of complex favors. A party favorite with beer snobs. Look for Old Jubilation starting around Thanksgiving. Put some away for those cold February days.

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Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a single to try it. 12 oz bottle with no date poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours cola brown with some ruby hints, clear, a ¾ inch cocoa colored cloud like head is produced, the head collapses into a Lilly pad of foam, lacing is moderate

S—very fragrant, chocolate liquor smell is strongest, lots of alcohol here, some bourbon notes, also nutty and sweet

T—chocolate and nut flavors are dominate, biscuity, toasted malts, really warms the soul as you sip it, finishes on the drier side

M—smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—very good, but a sipper for sure. I will buy this again for next winter.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny head, some lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, and caramel/toffee.

T - The taste is sweet and of caramel/toffee. Theres alittle bit of a warming feeling in the throat. Nice dry finish with a nice little bite.

M - Medium body. Well rounded brew.

D - Drinkable. I really like this one, very tasty, nice brew from Avery.

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Photo of plaid75
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep, dark amber, with a one finger cramy head, Little retention and lacing.

The smell was all toasted malt with hints of clove, raisins, coffee and gingerbread.

The taste started of mildly sweet but finished with a very nice spicy, toasted finish. Dry finish.

The mouthfeel was clean with sensations of both sweet and dry.

A good drinkable winter.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate with a pillowy head and great lacing. Smell is a nice blend of spices and distinct malt. Taste was composed of malt, smoke and some hop notes...nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and finishes dry. Very easy on the drinkability scale...refreshing dry finish.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass.

Deep crimson, almost brown under a finger of light tan. Decent retention with spotted lace.

The nose is very malty with sweet caramel dipped biscuits that are made with rye. Oats and spices towards the back. Interesting.

The taste follows along the same lines with a good dose of malts upfront that are sweet, slightly roasted and earthy. A hint of grain into a growing spice and hop finish. The bitterness from the hops builds until just after the finish. The spices linger a bit and taste of nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon.

Full mouth that stays smoothe. One of the better Winter Warmers out there.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkened brick. Roasty, malt accented aromas, with hints of hazelnut, raisin and caramel, along with a hint of black currant, which I believe is from the Bullion. Soft feel. Complex malt flavor, with hints of chocolate and coffee, raisins and plums and perhaps a bit of toffee. All about the malt, presented in a classy way. I’ve always liked this beer from Avery.

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Photo of kohoutek
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased on 3/20 at Hiller's. *This beer could be anywhere from 6 to 9 months old. It was stored completely in the cooler.

Lately I have been intrigued by beers that flirt boldy with the boundaries of dark garnet to brown/black. This is a territory that is less frequently explored these days. I have been homebrewing beers that are not brown, but incorporate some of the roast characteristics of porters and stouts. A difficult thing to do.

Avery has done a fine job with this beer.

It appears, as do all Avery beers, that this beer has been subjected to the over filtration that plagues breweries who are attempting to extend the shelf-life in search of greater regional/national distribution and market share. This beer is perfectly clear. As a result the head sucks. The yeast character is dulled into a soda-like presentation. I think a BA article is in the works to address this phenomenon. *

The beer pours a deep amber color. Not brown, but incorporating nice roast into the flavor/aroma profile. *The age/filtration issue has created some oxidation that is present in the nose. This, with the special roast creates a soy sauce experience mixed with cardboard. However, the other aromatic/flavor qualities of this brew are stellar and dominate the flaws. Grainy Graham crackers, oaken casks, a rich 70% dark cocoa spine. A wonderful, rich malty experience

This beer has a nice neutral hop profile that cleanses the palate and integrates all of the rich, warm malts.

This beer drinks well. I can't wait to try a fresh version at the pub. I think "my minds eye" might be inflating the score on his one.

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Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack for $8.89 at Sportsman's back in late November. Am finishing the last two bottles today-gotta like a little winter warmer in April!

This brew poured a reddish brown with a tan head that has dissapated quickly. Nose is malty and perfumed with dark fruits and some spice i cannot put my finger on. Taste is very malty, with a nice cherry chocolate hint, and a very mild dry hopping to finish. Mouthfeel is OK, but it is not as heavily bodied as I would have hoped for the style. Overall drinkability is good. The beer warms one up without a noticeable alcohol taste. Nice brew that I will put into the winter warmer rotation next fall!

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark reddish brown with deep red highlights a light tan 2 finger head in a tulip glass. head is nice and tight with great retention and lacing. pretty beer. aroma is both hoppy and malty. sweet caramel over sweet bread and chocolate covered cherries. nice fruity aromas. first taste is a light peppery hop flavor with a mild bitterness that's quickly overcome with a malty and yeasty bready flavor. mostly dark fruit, grapes and a touch of anise. unfortunately there's a slight metallic taste. finish is dry and yeasty. mouthfeel is a touch light in body, but with good carbonation. swallow clunks too much. easy to drink as the alcohol seems to be well hidden, but the metallic flavors hinder a tad. overall, not a bad winter selection and a nice try, but not one of my favs.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.