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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,328 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.88/5  rDev -51.2%

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.

B967ierhunter177, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

jsanford, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

GDBEERMAN, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

Vonerichs, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

philbertk, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of klkatz
3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

klkatz, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

GRG1313, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of cooch69
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

cooch69, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

KevinBrewer, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of mountdew1
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

mountdew1, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

samie85, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

HOPPYKC, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of wajacobs
4.08/5  rDev +6%

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.

wajacobs, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

chodinheaven, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

TheHoppiest, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of JRed
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

JRed, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Tifore
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Tifore, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Clear, layered dark amber to mahogany on the bottom with a medium tan frothy/foamy head with good retention and lacing. Malty spice aroma. Robust chocolate with roasted malt and toffee with a slightly off finish (that begins to go away after a bit) and light alcohol. Chewy and smooth with low carbonation.

Cellerable for 3 years? Interesting, might be worth it. As is, a slightly above average taste with a nice malt profile for cellar potential and it does have a great mouthfeel.

Bfarr, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brownish-red w/ nice foamy head and nice lacing. Faint scents of hops, fruits, malts, breads. The taste is very harmonious w/ all of the flavors, it's pretty sweet w/ a mixture of dark and sweet fruits, caramel, spices, and hops; very balanced. Mouthfeel is nice, rich and creamy. Full-bodied but not heavy. Drinkability is great, alcohol is completely hidden, very easy to drink.

Great winter time brew, I always look forward to Old Jubilation. The flavors aren't in your face, just subtle and tasty. Recommended.

BB1313, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%

Dark mahogany in color. Head isn't exciting, but a film does stay throughout.

Bready malts and some faint spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) along with a little molasses on the nose.

Tastes quite dry. The toffee note is noticeable...almost comes across as a caramel apple. Finishes short; only a little alcohol warmth and a faint bitterness barely lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is more or less average, if not a little lacking.

Overall this one's OK. Wouldn't purchase it again, but nice enough to try.

jbertsch, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving lots of dry sticky residue behind. Plenty more spider web lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Malt nose with the customary winter spices.

T: Pungent, roasted, baked bread malt. Some Italian spice in there. A subtle sweetness.

M: Heavy and robust body. Pungency in the front, with a dry peaty finish.

D: This is definitely a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Rich dark brown appearance, with a frothy head and plenty of lacing. Nose is a nice combination of malt with the customary winter spices. Flavor is heavy and rich malt with a lot of pungency. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%

Aromas of intense malt, super dark fruit, very sweet and candy like, lots of caramel and molasses. The alcohol adds to the sweetness. Dry, floral overtone from the hops.

Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. Way way way too astringent and roasty. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. It has a medium body that is more on the heavier side of medium. Has a little bit of a chewy quality to it. It has a creamy quality to it, and warms the mouth. Not balanced enough to revisit in my opinion, will not revisit.

claspada, Dec 30, 2010
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.