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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,313 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 45 | 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.

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Durge

Connecticut

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

The color of this holiday brew is a semi-transparent dark brown with a fair tan head and good lacing. And placing a finger aside of my nose, I detect a mild evergreen aroma over a stout-like charcoal malt. There’s a near cherry spritz to it. Pretty decent. The palate finds deep licorice malt and more evergreen. It blends nicely with a unique herbal sweetness. This may not be everyone’s favorite but I’m liking it. It’s medium to full bodied with very subtle but effective carbonation, resulting in a heavy, near chewy feel. This is pretty impressive. Not a session beer but it goes down readily considering the style and ABV of 8.3. Very enjoyable and recommended for your holiday pleasure, or a cool June night like tonight.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 18:57:02 | More by Durge
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

Been sitting on this bottle for a while, so figured it was getting into summer and a good time to drink a winter warmer.

A: Pours a dark brown with orange edges when held up to the light. Tan head, about one finger in height forms and reduces down to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Nice sticky lacing covers most of the glass.

S: Extremely malty, loads of roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. Has a little bit of dark fruit, but not as much as most winter warmers, this almost smells like a porter.

T: Tons of caramelized sugar with some roasted malt. There is a little bit of cocoa and coffee and just a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, pretty smooth and on the creamier side. Just enough carbonation to prevent it from being too thick.

O: Pretty good, a different take on a winter warmer, and it would definitely warm me up in the middle of winter.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 00:26:06 | More by mdaschaf
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beagle75

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium reddish-brown color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Strong vinous fruit and mellow fermented grain combine to make a smell that is initially potent but fleeting. As intensity decreases, very faint vanilla and brown sugar are revealed. Alcohol fumes diminish in a similar manner, becoming undetectable after a few minutes.

T: Begins slightly sweet, with toffee, dark toast, and faint dark fruit. Grain turns husky in the middle, drying just slightly, with a phantom flavor of urea that comes and goes, but is a definite distraction when it is present. While dryness is never achieved, it is approached by an additional degree in the finish where bitterness is noticeable but not excessive, and rustic earthy malt lingers on the palate. Alcohol is mostly concealed, lending just occasional volatile fumes.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy showing restrained acidity, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer is appealing in concept--strong and malty, but with the omission of those troublesome spices that are meant to invoke the spirit of wassail, only to trip up so many winter warmers. Unfortunately the transient urea notes take one completely out of the experience, limiting enjoyment. Still, it is not without its charms; considering it is an Avery product, it may be considered a qualified success.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 22:26:36 | More by beagle75
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Radome

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Very attractive beer. It is a deep dark amber and perfectly clear. The head is off-white and fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

S - Aroma is delicious sweet malt and alcohol. Some faint roasted, burnt notes and woody, Bourbon notes.

T - Taste is similar to aroma. Sweet malt with some chocolate and roasted barley, but those are in the background. There is a smooth alcohol flavor in the middle, followed by a sudden sharp almost dusty bite of grain and hops that gives a dry finish.

M - Medium to heavy body, no carbonation fizz. Mouthcoating sweetness that counteracts the dry grainy finish. Some hops bitterness.

D - A very drinkable beer for one that is so complex. Great for sipping by the fire in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 06:03:12 | More by Radome
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beerinmorning

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is nice and clean, leaves good lacing.

There is a lot of alcohol at the front of this beer. The middle has notes of cherry and chocolate, with a fairly dry finish. The smell is full-on cherry, which make the alcohol hit at the front muy tolerable. Still, with an 8.3% ABV, you gotta expect to get some alcohol.

The color is a really rich amber, reminiscent of some other English ales I have had, but without the fullness of body. It's a mixed blessing, because I like a certain amount of body (think stout), but the lighter body goes down really nicely.

I would recommend this one as something different to try later in the evening. The taste and the ABV are a little too much to start the night with.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:06:54 | More by beerinmorning
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

1.88/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear brown with a rapidly fading head. The aroma has hints of roasted nuts, chocolate, and raisins. The flavor has a mix of toast, brandy, and a coffee note and a bit of brandy. It's got a creamy full mouthfeel and a warming feeling as it goes down. Avery Old Jubilation is a good representative of the style, a bit too much like brandy. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:36:34 | More by B967ierhunter177
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jsanford

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. 2010 vintage.

A - Pours a dark brown-copper with a 1-inch head of ivory foam that eventually settles to a slight haze. Leaves some spotty lacing.
S - Big, malty aromas of caramel, cocoa, roasted nuts, and just a hint of cinnamon. Very festive and warming.
T - More malty flavors of caramel and toffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts. I know no spices were added, but it has a definite "spicy" quality that relates nicely to the holiday season. Again, nice and warming on a cold day.
M - Smooth and creamy with a medium-full mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.
O - Really nice example of a Winter Warmer, I'll definitely look for this next Winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 03:59:17 | More by jsanford
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, slight ruby appearance to it. Head and lacing were nothing special. Aroma is nutty, warming alcohol presence.

Taste, alcohol presence is not big now, nutty roast flavor, potential for a tinge of cocoa in this one, cinnamon. Maltbombesque. A decent hop mouthfeel comes on later than keeps this only in the -esque category when it comes to malt bombs.

Not my favorite offering from Avery, too reminiscient of Deschutes winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 16:50:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into tulip: from notes> Winter 2010/2011 release.
A: A deep brown body, with slight clarity has medium levels of visible carbonation. The head is a very light tan in color. The head formation is nice and holds well through the entire glass. Lacing is present and left in a frothy wave pattern.

S: Aroma hints at rich European malts and a touch of imported hop profiles. While the aroma has a medium intensity, it is well balanced for style. Very dry and earthy. Better aroma than most for this style.

T/M: The upfront taste is a smooth and creamy English malt backbone with a touch of hops that give it a dirty and herbal note. A malt sweetness dominates the palate, with a blast of dark malts and a nice touch of candy sugar. NO spice presence found. Mouthfeel is silky and has a hint of a milky creaminess, very well rounded brew.

O: This has been one of my favorite winter offering for a long time, and really enjoy to give it the proper respect that it deserves here on BA. As it is well balanced and an all around great brew, my most found memories of this brew are when I got back from a week long backcounty ski tour in the south-eastern San Juan mountains of Colorado (with not a drop of beer), sitting at home and kicking up my feet with this brew had truly made a deep connection. Great beer, one of the seasons best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 16:20:48 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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

Clear mohagany body with a tall off-white head.

The smell is tons of toffee and a touch of chocolate. It's very heavy on the malts.

The taste is also heavy on the toffee malt but the sweetness is cut with a nutty flavor, giving it a little bitterness. The alcohol does have a pronounced presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Slightly soft on the tongue.

A good example of the style, but a bit hot with the booze. A decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:25:43 | More by Vonerichs
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philbertk

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Old Jubilation Ale

1998--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. Winter Ale. (3.0 / 5.0)

2005--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Arctic Liquor Beer of the Month Club Selection December 2005. Thin lacy head. Clear dark bronze color. Mild roasted floral hop cinnamon malt spice front. Dry sweet burnt crisp toffee caramel spice thin rich body. Crisp Winter spice roasted hoppy end. Sampled 4/18/2006.

2006--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Mild lacy head. No sediment. Clear dark bronze color. Mild hop big malt front. Crisp tangy tart sweet toasted toffee clove nutmeg malty body. Hot malt spice mild EtOH hop clean dry sweet end. Big & balanced. Sampled 6/12/2007.

2007--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale. 6-Pack $8.99. Perfect Label. No sediment. Rich lacy off white head. Clear thin dark bronze color. Toasted malt spice smoky mince meat mild hop front. Crusty roasted burnt nutmeg toffee caramel body. Cloying sweet smooth mild hop lingering malt spice roasted nutty end. Sampled 10/13/2008.

2008 12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Big foamy lacy head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Mild hop toasted malt spice front. Mild coffee toffee rich malty no added spice nutty hint body. Mild hop hot EtOH tangy malt spice boisterious malt end. Sampled 12/10/2008. 6-Pack $9.99.

Avery Brewing Company--Old Jubilation Ale--Limited Release 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 30 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Old Ale? Lacy dense tan 1/2" head. Clear dark ruby walnut color. Mild hop malty toasted dark fruit front. Creamy smooth rich doughy malty toffee raison dark mellow fruit mildly crusty sweet body. Clean mild hop hot EtOH hint dark fruit malty end. Too rich. Sampled 2/21/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $9.99 at The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 10/27/2010.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:50:47 | More by philbertk
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

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

LIke you'd expect from a winter brew- it's dark... reddish - celebrate the dark color and enjoy the dark malts

Smell is nutty, malty, coffee-like...

taste has hints of coffee - a bit of chocolate

moutfeel - more crisp then you'd expect.

well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:25:53 | More by klkatz
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GRG1313

California

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

On Cask at Avery.

Pours dark brown with a nice off white head.

Nose, flavors and finish - all rich toast and nicely burnt coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with nice balance and, as expected on cask, light carbonation and an "elegant" feel.

Cask really brings out the coffee and rich malty character, especially when it warms a bit. (Avery is "famous" for casks being a bit colder than "normal" cask servings. Nice to see a cask beer a bit colder and then experience it as it warms).

This is a complex drink that is sure to make a coffee lover drink as much as Avery will tap.

Serving type: cask

02-19-2011 16:18:12 | More by GRG1313
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep ruby brown with a small but lacy head.

Nose of roasted malts, grassy and piney hops and some dark fruits (figs).

Taste shows a decent amount of grass and pine hops up front followed by a rich caramel breadiness and some dark fruits. Pretty dry beer all the way through. Alcohol shows through even as I started the beer out at a cold temperature.

It's got a nice creamy texture, and a long lasting foamy cap.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:48:48 | More by cooch69
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KevinBrewer

California

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

A- Deep clear mahogany with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film, leaving moderate lacing.

N- Rich toasted grain accented by spicy resinous hops and peppery alcohol.

T- Sweet and nutty, balanced by dark hops, spicy esters, and a warming alcoholic kick. Smooth roasted grain and grassy hops in the aftertaste.

M- Smooth and sturdy body with moderate carbonation and a bittersweet finish.

D- This is a tasty winter warmer. One is enough to make a good evening great.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:24:19 | More by KevinBrewer
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Was a dark reddish brown with a thin light brown head that lasted a very long time. Aroma was slightly sweet, slightly syrupy with a small spicy hints. Taste was fairly subtle to begin with. Grew to a spicy tangy sweetness over time. Felt great in the mouth. Coated extremely well, just the way a winter warmer should, with a good amount of carbonation. A pleasure to drink, not a session beer, but a solid sipper that made me want more.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 00:33:41 | More by mountdew1
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samie85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a burgundy hued brown color with one finger light cappuccino-colored head.

S-Sweet smelling bread and caramel notes with a discernible nuttiness and maybe the slightest bit of cinnamon and allspice.

T-A nice solid brown ale base with cocoa and a very measured use of spices like cinnamon and allspice.

M-On the thicker side of medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slick, and rich mouthfeel.

D-A very enjoyable warmer with just the right amount of spice for my palate. Highly drinkable for a spiced beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:54:34 | More by samie85
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Amber-brown in colour, creamy and rich beige coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is malty, chalky, some chocolate, plums, high sweetness. The aroma is malty, rich, sweet with lots of fruit and some chocolate. Sweet but still some bitterness in the mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes sweet, fruity and malty but dries out at the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 22:58:00 | More by CuriousMonk
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

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

Pours a nice deep brown with a little bit of tan head. No bottled on or bb date available on the bottle.

A- Pours a deep vivid brown to near black color. Opaque in color. Shows very little signs of carbonation.

S- A full and flavorful chocolaty and roasted malty ale. Small amount of hops are present and hard to pick up.

T- The taste is almost coffee like. A very full flavor. Malts, tobacco, and a heavy resin from hops meld with chocolate.

M&D- A very full beer. I could drink a lot of these. This is not my favorite type of brew by compliments the style well.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 00:50:37 | More by HOPPYKC
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wajacobs

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation is one of my favorite holday seasonal and the 2010 while a little more roasty than previous years doesn't dissapoint.
It pours a deep brown with nice amber highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is dominated with rich toffee and molasses notes that are lifted into you nostrils on a cloud of ethanol vapors.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:31:57 | More by wajacobs
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown hint of amber. Small amount of head but the retention is stable.

Fresh ground toasted grain along with caramel and milky chocolate. Some rich fruity spice notes.

Flavor is pungent molasses and dark fruits (figs) and some plum. Some dark grains linger with a mild hop dryness. The malt, mild fruit and spice really cut through this beer. Almost too much.

Thick body but the heavy flavors make it a definite sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:19:20 | More by DrinkingDrake
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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

A: Pours a beautiful deep brown color that at first reminded me of dark caramel. The bottle says it's mahogany. No argument here. Not much of a head at all.

S: Not as much on the nose as expected. Faint smells of hazelnut.

T: Simple at first, but the complexities of a well crafted brew come out as it explores your tongue. An excellent balance of malted barley and hops and alcohol resulting in a very pleasurable winter beer. The alcohol, while noticeable, is warming and not distracting from the balance.

M: Nice carbonation level, maybe not what I expected from a wintery beer, but I find that it works.

D: I could certainly knock several of these back despite the high ABV. Just an excellent balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 05:37:14 | More by chodinheaven
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a vintage 2009 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep ochre, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A thick, pillowy ivory head settles at 1/4" high and remains.

Boozy, yeasty and malty, with caramel and burnt sugar aromas. There are also hints of figs in this beer.

Taste starts sweet, with definite alcohol and yeast, grapes, currants and other dark fruit, and raisins. Ends with a stripe of bitter down the middle of my tongue.

Buttery mouthfeel, this is a medium to full bodied brew.

Cellaring this beer for a year didn't hurt it one bit. My only disappointment was that I was not able to find a 2010 vintage (which was why I saved this from last year) to contemporaneously compare this to. Highly drinkable, this is an excellent winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:42:17 | More by TheHoppiest
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JRed

New Jersey

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

Pours blackened amber with red edges and a white head that disappears. Weak aroma of spices, dark fruit, slight chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of maple syrup, brown sugar, grains, caramel, hop bitterness towards the finish but it is still overwhelmed by the dark malts. Medium carbonation in a medium bodied brew. The booze is hidden well behind this syrupy malt bomb but an enjoyable winter warmer all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 03:54:09 | More by JRed
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Tifore

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A - Pours a deep carmel amber color with some slight red hues. Must not have much carbonation because it only poured a small 1/4 finger head that was slightly off white in color. Head was gone fast but left a nice thick cap to it.

S - Smells like a malt bomb and from reading the bottle, I think this is what they may have been going for. I smell lots of roasted malts, some smokey malts, some carmel and sweet malts and just some more malts. I also get some slight pine hops as well but those are pretty subdued.

T - Very smooth from the start, no big hop or bitter punch. Gets sweet after the first taste and the malts come creeping slowly and then dissapate slowly. A real slow moving under the radar brew. There is quite a bit of alcohol hitting the tongue and throat though which is suprising to me since this isn't exactly a high ABV beer.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty heavy from all the malts and complexities. Theres not much carbonation as I expected which is a bit of a downer. I think a bit more carbonation would really do this beer good.

T - A very drinkable beer. Unfortunately I only have this one left plus one in the cellar so I won't be having more any time soon as I'm curious what the malts will do over a six month period or so.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 03:50:17 | More by Tifore
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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