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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,274 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1274
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%


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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Gusler

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
Another great beer I’ve only had in bottles, so it’s always nice to sample the Tap/Cask versions, and it was with great anticipation I sampled this excellent beer from one of America’s best breweries.

On the pour a transparent bruin with a majestic crown of creamy head that is a beauteous beige color and the lace an all encompassing sheet to obscure the glass. The hop floral aroma greets you first, followed by the fresh and slightly earthy malt sweetness; also a fine brandy like top also present in this magnificent nose, start is ambrosial, rich in malt, with the top middling to full in its feel. Finish is moderate in acidity, the hops forceful in their spicy presence, bittersweet aftertaste ends this great work of the brewer’s art, with each new beer I sample from this brewery, my admiration grows by leaps and bounds.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2003 16:07:12 | More by Gusler
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JISurfer

South Carolina

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

I like this one. At first, it was alittle bit too hoppy for me, but then the hoppiness "calmed" down. The color was a deep amber with a nice frothy creamy head. The head lasted a little bit and then went down to a thick laceing. The smell was quite malty, mixed with a beefy and fruity body. The taste was similar to the smell, but more on the semi-fruity side. Mouthfeel was creamy/bubbly and balanced out pretty well. All in all a good offering from Avery. The first brew from them that I have had, and most likely not the last.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 03:36:50 | More by JISurfer
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: As per the picture in the BA Database, this is a 12 ounce tall thin brown glass bottle, purchased as a single from a broken 6-Pack. The one obverse label has a snow covered Xmas scene. Strangely it has the words “Yeah, It Is!” in the bottom right hand corner – what’s all that about then? No freshness date or strength listed – but the Website states this is an 8% Seasonal beer.

Appearance: Served in my thick based old McEwan’s Scotch Goblet, it has a chestnut brown body, yet it portrayed a deep auburn body, with a deep rich red mahogany hue when held to the light. Lucid yet dark. The head strangely only started to appear half way through the restrained pour. A beige head that slowly disappeared and laced well, still, the beautifully rich deep color of the beer made up for the lack of a decent head at the end. Excellent conditioning in the body of the beer. I chose a fitting glass selection, because at times this looked like a strong Scotch Ale!

Nose: Deeply malty with a hint of hops. Apparently 5 different malts are utilized in this beer – I am no expert – but I would say that they all, to varying extents perhaps, shine through in the nose. Some dark fruits in the bottom of the glass at the end.

Taste: Lovely rich malt beginning. Hints of chocolate hazelnut spread and dark chocolate covered raisins in the middle peak through. The middle is still dominated by malts, but the latter third slowly exhibits some light bitterness, with a limited hoppy feel that feels bigger than it really is. Dark fruits occasionally peep through, more so as the beer warms. A clever beer, not complex – but very interesting nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Solid levels of dissolved carbonation are superbly balanced with great poise and lend a smooth creamy feel on the tongue, and do a good job of holding the 8% off. In fact the alcohol rarely comes through in this beer at all. Smooth, rich chocolate malts are enticing yet never overpowering.

Drinkability: I easily finished this one, and its 1:39am (I can’t sleep) – but it’s a good job I don’t have a 6-pack of this stuff, it’s very quaffable. A very good example of a Strong Ale.

Overall: Fantastic, very reminiscent of some English Strong Ales that I drank in the UK. I must return to the beer store where I found this offering standing on its own, and pick up a whole 6-Pack if I can. Avery has yet to disappoint me.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 09:55:10 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jtw5877

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one heck of a solid holiday beer, as I am getting tired of Holiday Ales with cinnamon and spice. This is an old school old ale. Nice strong maltiness toffeeish caramel tones. I love it. a nice warming brew for cold winter months. I'd recommend this to anybody.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 02:50:38 | More by jtw5877
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Winter

Wisconsin

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

No freshness date. This sample may have been left over from last year. Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights. Rocky tan head that remains throughout consumption. Pleasant aroma consists of chocolate malt, nut, some feint alcohol and is a tad vinous. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Flavors of burn malt and roasted hazelnut dominate the taste. Very rich in maltiness. Finish is smokey and bitter. Alcohol virtually undetectable.

Alright for a winter seasonal. Lack of spices in the brewing process is alright. Not all winter seasonals have to be brewed with spices, which in this case makes the beer rather mellow. Could be because of an older sample or maybe that's just the nature of this brew. Definitely stands out from the Avery stable of beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 18:29:03 | More by Winter
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Morris729

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with a light tan head that fades into a nice amount of lace. The nose is quite lovely and is the highlight of the beer with aromas of dark fruits and rum-soaked raisins and just a bit of molasses. Fairly full-bodied with a nice delicate level of carbonation. Taste begins with notes of plums and raisins with a touch of brown sugar followed by some unsweetened chocolate. A roasted nuttiness has a brief showing before some drying alcohol finishes the taste. Overall, the 8% ABV is well hidden and this makes for a fine drink on a cold evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 01:28:46 | More by Morris729
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

I'm guessing this one is from last Christmas season, and at 8% abv and bottle conditioning if handled properly by the good folks at Vintage Cellar this beer should have survived. Bottle gives no dates or info about the brew. Appearance: Deep ruby brown colored body with nice sized tan head leaves perfect rings of lacing with close clusters of tiny patches clinging to the glass very nice. Aroma: Plum like over ripened sweetness with some deep piney hop character going down, a layer of bready yeast note all flows very well aromatically. Taste: Deep thickets of hop bitterness here a mild sweetness comes through with a bready yeast flavor a bit musty but suprisingly quaffable and interesting. Mouthfeel: Medium to full body mild carbonation goes down too easy at 8% abv. Drinkability: A bit complex to enjoy in session but a wonderful beer to sample and enjoy may track some more fresher bottles this coming winter.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 14:47:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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beerguy101

California

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

Dark Amber color. Large head. Aroma is malty and nutty. A medium bodied. Malts are nutty, dark fruits and molasses. Hops are spicy. Well balanced. Smooth taste. No hint of the 8% alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry. Nice..

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 02:13:43 | More by beerguy101
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Elemental

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good dark brown color with a thin amount of head. The aroma is pleasant with some hoppy, maltly, and spicy notes but a little sour (bot too bad though). Rich in taste with a large amount of malts and spices floating around. It gets pretty bitter towards the end and finishes dry and tart. A good seasonal thats not over spiced, very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 04:00:43 | More by Elemental
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freed

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, my wife took this beer before I could get it, but managed to snag a sizable sample while she was preoccupied. Here's what I surmised.

Rich red hints around the deep molasses body. Low carbonation provides a slight head, it dies with time, leaving little lace. Rich warm spiced flavors, a heavenly malt syrup that will certainly show up on my rain season table. Is this the answer to SAD? Who'd have guessed it comes from a place that has plenty of winter options that don't require an umbrella.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 04:32:37 | More by freed
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Color, tawny brown and clear, showing reddish at the bottom. Impressive head, fluffy, sturdy, pillowy, meringue-like.
Aroma: sweet, malty, caramel-accented, with notes of toffee and nuts, slowly warming and revealing alcohol.
Thick, plummy flavor makes an immediate presence on passing the lips, with nutty notes joining in later. Further on, the profile is overcome by a syrupy sweetness that goes so far, but never so far as to be cloying.
Very nice winter warmer/barleywine, enjoyed in the heat of July. And why not? Body is full, flavor ever-lasting, luscious, and lively!
Hats off to Gromit for getting us together!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 00:02:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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marburg

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Where did my beer go? Where is it? Oh, there it is... it's the same color as the bar -- mahogany, that is. Big bubbles form a billowing, rocky head that doesn't hang around terribly long but doesn't disappoint either. Smells like the outside of a not-quite-sealed bag of chocolate malt, some prunes, and some very light spices. Great taste! Very smooth and easy to drink. Malty sweetness with a tofee kick. I could see a latte lover enjoying this beer -- but tell mom not to get the "grande" size with this one. So drinkable despite it's abv. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 11:28:23 | More by marburg
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

Crystal clear, mahogany in color with a quickly thinning dark-beige head (despite a vigorous pour) atop medium-sized bubbles and mild to moderate carbonation. Lacing is coincidentally, like frost on a window. Aroma is rich with plentiful, citrusy hops (Bullion); warm, bready, sweet malts; a hint of caramel, and faint nuts. There is a distinct "lime" character to the hops, and makes for an interesting aroma. Mouthfeel is moderately smooth and soft in finish with a medium-firm body. Taste starts with brisk, floral hops, fades into a firm, yet not overly sweet, earthy malt backbone, and is followed by a soft, toasty graininess. Raisins, dates and figs are minimal without any noteable vinous qualities. The finish is extremely smooth in mouthfeel, however there is a harsh flavor hop towards the end with some astringent roasted grains...the malts are beefy and linger while coating the tongue. Alcohol is hardly noticeable in taste, but creates a pleasant warming effect. Despite others comments that they taste spices, Avery's webpage states that this brew is not flavored with spices, and I don't taste them. This is a complex and rewarding brew, and certainly would benefit from cellaring (the hops are a little rough at this point). If it were a musical scale, it would be Dorian:)

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 16:54:32 | More by Mitchster
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TXHops

Texas

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

Old Jubilation is Avery’s winter seasonal, available October-December. My bottle (thanks to Marc77) poured a deep, brilliant, reddish brown with a thick head that lasted pretty well for about 90 seconds, before fading into uneven clumps of foam here and there on the top of the glass, streaming lace. The nose was vinous, spicy and brown sugary—like many west coast winter ales (MacTarnahan’s Bobbydazzler, Full Sail Wassail, and Pyramid Snowcap come to mind), though Old Jubilation smelled a bit more malty and a bit less spicy than those PNW offerings…

Old Jubilation has a medium-full body (about as expected from an 8% offering) with a nice, tight, non-prickly carbonation falling somewhere between soft and crisp. The flavor is malt driven, but not Crystal malts—I taste mostly dry chocolate malts. In fact, it’s the dryish aspect of the darker malts that give this beer a good chunk of its earthy, dry, pipe-tobacco-like character. The finish is the same—lingering, dry, roasted maltiness with a solid bitterness that doesn’t taste particularly hoppy. I understand that this beer is single-hopped with Bullions, but I wouldn’t know what a Bullion tasted like after having this beer alone, as the hops seem to mainly impart malt-balancing bitterness in the case of Old Jubilation. The sweetness is very appetizing, even as it’s juxtaposed against the dryness of the high-kilned malts and the hops, leaving a beautiful combination of brown sugar and roasted, sweetened nuts in my mouth. What a beautifully balanced, complex ale. I wish I had more of this one…

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 19:37:12 | More by TXHops
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marc77

California

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Brilliantly clear crimson hue. Topped by a thin, spotty but well retained foam layer that leaves isolated pleomorphic foam aggregates. Sweet, maple syrup laced dark caramel sweetness is ensued by hints of buttery malt and faint dark caramel seemingly above 100 lovibond that provides a roasty edge. Pleasant, mild, dark figgy fruitiness couples with mellow spicy hops to round out the aroma. Brown sugar sweetness at first in flavor is immediately ensued by bready, lightly burnt malt notes and an mildly earthy hop flavor. Light buttery diacetyl emerges slowly and complements the rounded dark caramel. Subdued, dryish date like fruitiness appears late concomitantly with moderate, non descript hop bitterness. Unfortunately a bit shy in body, with an unexpectedly thinnish mouthfeel that falls short of supporting the malt profile. Finishes cleanly sweet, w/ notes of dark chocolate and brown sugar sprinkled crusty bread lingering on the palate. Old Jubilation is a delicious brew. The only noteable weak link in the chain is the weak mouthfeel, perhaps a result of excessive filtration. It is nonetheless an absolutely drinkable, tremendously quaffable brew. It's akin to a Goose Island Christmas Ale / Youngs Special London Ale hybrid, albeit filtered and/or heavily fined.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 19:24:10 | More by marc77
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comat0se

Colorado

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

Fluffy, cobwebby off-white head which leaves some lace on the glass. Aroma is mild floral and spicy hops with notes of chocolate. Deep copper-red, which is more brown than red. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Flavor is notes of chocolate, caramel, nuts, slight diacetyl, dark fruits, followed by spicy hops and slight warming alcohol (this is 8.0%? I'm surprised) Finish is roasted malt, paper, and light grain bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 21:26:37 | More by comat0se
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bold holiday seasonal presents a deep, reddish-mahogany body topped by a frothy light-tan head that holds well and leaves some interesting Brussels lace throughout the glass. The nose is somewhat limited but reveals a sweet grainy malt, some dark fruitiness (raisins, prune), and a touch of floral hoppiness. The body is full with an exceptionally fine carbonation that caresses the tongue before becoming nicely creamy. The flavor is quite rich with a chocolatey note that's entwined with threads of soft dark fruit (raisins, plum, red grape) and balanced by an understated bitterness. The long finish lingers with residual semi-sweet & lightly chocolatey malt, a drying touch of alcohol, some thin hop flavor, and a light bitterness. Very nicely done with alot of character and a very good drinkability despite it's full maltiness and strength.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 18:56:54 | More by NeroFiddled
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sponberg

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a thin but persistent head.

Aromas of citrus and caramel. This rolls into a tea-like caramel/toffee malty flavor that has citrus, spice (cinnamon?), and chocolate around the edges - very, very good. For some reason a hint of mint (due to the hops & spice, if any spice is actually used?) appears in the finish - not a bad thing, and sets the flavor of this one apart. The alcohol is very well controlled. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 12:25:39 | More by sponberg
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep garnet color with a decent lasting, frothy, dense, tan head. On the nose the aroma was of caramel malts, and slight floral hop aroma. On the palate the flavors consisted of caramel malt, slight roastiness, slight dark fruity flavors, nice sweetness, nuttiness, and brown sugar. The alcohol is not over done, and hardly detected, very drinkable seasonal winter brew…

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 08:22:14 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Found at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. Avery's brews have all been pretty good so far and this is no exception. This is a pretty good seasonal ale to boot. Pours a pretty amber color with a medium thin beige head. Spicey aroma of connamon and hops. The flavor was a mixture of malts, brown sugar, cinnamon etc and was surprisingly rich. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 08:57:11 | More by Dogbrick
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RBorsato

Virginia

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

Copper, auburn color with a nice tan head that leaves good lace. A hoppy malty balanced aroma and taste. Piney and sprucey aromas from the hops (?) Hard to tell if this is spiced or not ... Full bodied (leans medium) and creamy with a bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 13:15:32 | More by RBorsato
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DarthMalt

Virginia

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

Wow! 8% a.b.v.? I find that hard to believe, since the entire beer hardly hints of anything alcoholic.

But this is certainly a Jingle Bells beer. The Currier-and-Ives looking label is very classy and gets you feeling all warm and fuzzy before the cap is even off. A nice dark-amber-red color looks warm and inviting.

Hops get the party started, however. There's a strong and "stanky" hop wiff just daring you to join in the fun. And you won't be disappointed, as an explosion of fruity hops, plum-like esters, and sugary crystal malts all jump in the pit and mosh heavily.

A smidge of roasted-toasted malts foil the fun, but you'd actually have to stop halfway through a chug to find them, which is not likely to happen with this beer.

Happy Holidays!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2002 20:24:22 | More by DarthMalt
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice old ale....great nose of raisens/dark fruits and some floral hops....reddish borwn with a nifty little tan lace that rims the glass....great maltiness on the buds...has a bit of a Barley Wine flavor to it...dark fruits and also some nutty characteristic...the floral hop finish is wonderfull....some alcohol is evident but it is 8 %...pretty easy drinking...very solid overall

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 22:09:02 | More by ZAP
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

This brew is a deep dark ruby. A one finger creamy tan head tops the brew and sticks around for awhile. Sweet malt dominates on the nose, but there are also some hints of flowery hop notes. This is a solid old ale, but just a notch below some of the great old ales that come out around X-mas time (like Summit's). The malt presence is very firm and almost dominating in this beer. Sweet caramel like tones. There is a bit of a lingering bitterness though. And it's just a little "off." That is what dropped the drinkability rating to a 3.

Thanks once again to cokes for landing my a solid brew that I can't get my hands on here in the Twin Cities.


Some additional notes on Feb. 11, 2003:

I also recoginize a slight dry roasted character to this brew. And I upped the drinkability since I no longer notice the lingering off bitterness. Thank you to Davo for my second sampling of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2002 21:22:20 | More by Bighuge
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Andy

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby color with nutty malt nose. Very malty upfront, almost cloying, with too much hop flavor. Hops actually detract from the malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 19:49:40 | More by Andy
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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