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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,312 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 44 | 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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buschbeer

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Served in a pint glass. Three inches of tan head. Copper colored and clear.

S - I get some cherry/plum smell along with burnt toast. Whiffs of alcohol come and go.

T - Alcohol hits me right off the bat. I get some plum in the middle and an almost metallic bitterness at the end.

M - It feels slick in my mouth.

D - Between the strong alcohol presence up front and the bitterness on the end, I wasn't impressed with this beer. That aftertaste is the last thing I have to remember and it's making me not want to try another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 20:54:06 | More by buschbeer
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despainmakesbeer

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice deep dark mahagony color with caramely highlights. Cream colored lacy ring around edge of glass with a super thin coat on face of beer. Not the spicy aroma I was expecting for winter beer. Very deep malty aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt very evident. A little bit of coffee. Very sweet start. Moderate carbonation, continues throughout entire drink, always brings head with a swirl. Not super heavy. A little bit of a candied sweetness. Coffee malt becomes more evident at end. Dry finish, not astrigently dry. Slight alcohol warming at end of swallow. Very nice winter beer not using any spices. Drinkable and not super heavy.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 20:02:24 | More by despainmakesbeer
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PintOHops

California

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Ruby/mahogany color that's clear. It hardly produced a 1-finger head that dissipated very fast. It left some nice spots on my glass.

S - Mild fruity characters like fig, pear and plum are upfront with a touch of alcohol. Mild grain and molasses notes, almost a little musky smelling to me. That's all I picked up here, sweet smelling and simple.

T - I get a bit of alcohol upfront and again as it goes down. Most of what I pick up is a one shot flavor punch of date, fig, plum, molasses, and grainy notes smashed together. The finish has a bit of leafy hop flavor and a nice noticeable bitterness that lingers just a bit. As it warmed I got a soft brown sugar quality that offered some complexity to the simple flavor profile.

M - Smooth and creamy, very soft crispness and a medium-full body.

D - This seems like a nice beer to sip, maybe 1-2 12oz bottles on a cold day. The drinkability is around average for the style but I thought the flavor profile was lacking in complexity. The aroma could have been more inviting as well, overall not bad and worth a try but I probably won't ever come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 23:53:09 | More by PintOHops
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JosiahS

California

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glass: Tulip

Appears dark brown with some red throughout. Not much head but a thin ring, looks nice though.

Smells 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.

I cant figure out if it's the hops or the alcohol that gives it it's light dryness, probably both. It's got a somewhat syrupy mouth-feel and the heat on the back-end is at least prominent enough for you to take notice.

The flavors are complex but it's a simple complexity, if that makes any sense. Floral tones fall over a huge deep malt profile mixed with some alcohol. Candy-like dates, fig, lickerish, grape, a hint of chocolate and of course, caramel.

Overall, i'm not liking this too much. It seems that the flavors don't fall into place as they should and just isn't all that pleasant to drink. That's not to say it's bad though. I'm glad i tried it but i'll probably not be getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 23:49:46 | More by JosiahS
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JizackFH

New York

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

A - This pours a nice dark reddish-brown color, and has a small 1-finger off-white head. The head left some little spots of lacing of the glass. This beer also has good clarity.

S - It smells of sweet caramel malts. There are also notes of toffee, cinnamon, and hops. There is also a spiciness too this.

T - The taste starts out sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. There is also some hop presence. The finish is slightly bitter and it slowly warms the mouth. You can also taste the alcohol, which comes out more as it warms. The alcohol taste never gets to strong.

M - The mouthfeel is good. 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.

D - This has a pretty good drinkability. I think this is a perfect beer for chilly nights. Good taste, good price, I would definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 06:31:14 | More by JizackFH
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter on tap at The Firkin

The appearance is of a nice winter warmer beer. A very dark ruby color, with a finger of white foam. The aroma is most akin to orange blossoms, there are some other hop esters along with brown sugar and clove, but the orange blossom smells of a wonderful floral bouquet. The taste however let me down so very much. The flavors are of burnt biscuit and coffee, with an odd aftertaste that really messes with you. The hoppy bitterness doesn't really help the beer, in fact I would say that it hinders it. However, amongst all of this it is a palatable solid brew that I would still consider good. It just really isn't my cup of brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 07:06:36 | More by Vdubb86
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Deep mahogany in color, with a centimeter-thick off white head that produces great lacing. Head retention is quite good as well and carbonation is very light.

S: This beer us quite sweet on the nose, with notes of toffee, dried fruits, and honey. Some toasted grain character lingers in the backround, along with a faint herbal hop aroma.

T: Taste is more balanced than the smell. Sweet notes of caramel, honey, and dark fruits blend nicely with flavors of toast and herbal hops. Alcohol lends a nice warming feel.

Notes: Old Jubilation starts sweet, and finishes dry. This full-bodied brew has the balance, along with the strength. A true winter warmer by any means. Avery continues to impress, once again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:33:57 | More by WYVYRN527
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

And our day at the Firk is nearing an end. Soon, we bottle some of our own beer! In the meantime, this one pours a dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light fennel, brown sugar, light maple syrup, and walnuts. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, light roasted malts, walnuts, and light maple syrup. There's a decidedly watered-down kind of feeling to everything. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, a decent Winter brew, but nothing I would heartily ask for or recommend. It's all just a bit watery for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 06:31:03 | More by TMoney2591
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a murky brown color with a half finger of sticky foam. Aroma is very malty, gingerbread, graham cracker.

Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. But the malt asserts itself as it warms, countering the harsh bitter flavor. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. Nice. Alcohol is well hidden for an 8% beer. Reminds me of Oskar Blues Old Chub in a few ways.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:10:20 | More by FickleBeast
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GordonQuid

Michigan

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

Dimpled pub mug.

Chesnut/amber, clear with a nice rocky head and clinging lace.

Smells of fresh bready malts, spicy hops and a bit of cinnamon and honey.

Taste is smooth, spicy blend of spicy hops and bisuitty malts, buttery and wet.

Warm and inviting medium bodied offering.

Very good!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 15:25:11 | More by GordonQuid
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this when I was picking some bottles up for a trade and thought it may be worth a shot. It came across as something that's worth trying, but nothing mind-blowing. Review is from notes taken on 11/15/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: As the bottle states, it certainly pours a dark mahogany color; starts with a a short, creamy, light tan head that fades immediately to nothing but a thin, faint skim; body is dark, but does show some violet-amber highlights and it doesn't appear cloudy; only a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Some sweet maltiness and light hints of toffee -- not is rather weak and comes out a little as it continues to warm, but really nothing beyond the sweet, candy root beer barrel like maltiness.

Taste: Not too bad, and a little better than the smell lets on -- nice warm toffee flavors and a bit of an earthy nuttiness; a slight hop bitterness is lingering in the back as well; comes across a little more complex than it lets on; the ABV is really minimal in flavor for something that's 8.3% and overall, it's quite sweet and it really does remind me of the candy root beer barrels.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and comes across a little slick and oily; carbonation is light and allows the body to be fairly smooth; a thin, dry and sticky coating is left all over the mouth; the belly is left a little warm from the ABV.

Drinkability: Not too bad, nothing overly special though; good for a cool night as it does have a bit of a warming presence; the body really isn't too heavy at all either, but I do think the ABV would start to catch up if more than 2 were had in a night.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 19:41:17 | More by bamadog
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Magpie14

Michigan

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

A: a rich chestnut hue with ambers and deep orange. When viewed from afar it looks fairly dark, even porter like. Head is a dingy white blob and foamy. Random spattering specks of lacing. A neat and tidy beer, looks like a winter warmer should

S: nose is rich full of life. Malty, slab of toffee, dark fruits, and a pinch of crusty hops. Booze is starting to gather force and conquer the nose

T: the palate holds raisins, figs, and a ripe plum. Plenty of sweet malty characters going on. Light leafy tea-like hop notes hang with a dash of cocoa powder within each sip. One concern is the boozy notes. Does finish slightly bitter

M: smooth and slick, kinda sticky. The body is a good medium in feel

D: moderately complex and pretty tasty. If any quarrels exist I would say that the alcohol notes are a little too exciting, but not unwelcoming

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:20:37 | More by Magpie14
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mjn5036

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle cracked open and poured into chalice. Very little head arose, even with a rough pour. There is quite a bit of carbonation however, as a stream of bubbles race from the bottom to the top of the glass ever inch or so around the circumference. The very minimal head reduces to a very thing ring around the glass and this absolutely beautiful white spider web pattern of foam across the middle. The color is burnt cherry oak, rich mahogany and leather bound books. This is a damn fine looking beer.
Oh how looks can be deceiving. The nose on this one very malty, toasted grains, roasty and maybe, maybe, a slight spiciness. Really not much going on here.
The taste has me picking up on sweet malts, roasty flavors, alcohol presence, toffee, caramel and maybe some resemblance of hop bitterness in the aftermath. It reminds me very much of a barely wine. I find myself enjoying this one a little more as it warms.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly thinner than I was expecting. Carbonation is decent and is relatively smooth on the palate. This would seemingly make it more drinkable but the heavy malts and inherent alcohol bring it back down. This one is definitely something to warm you on a cold winter night. While there are superior winter warmers, more easily available, I did enjoy this one and thought it was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 00:23:49 | More by mjn5036
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Bobby12many

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish brown with minimal head that dissipates rather quickly. Hazy and nearly opaque.

S - Musty and dank smelling with some rich malty notes and a hint of hazelnut. Just a slight reminder of the ABV in the sinuses. The nose isn't very appealing to me at all.

T - Thankfully the smell of this one is forgiven as soon as I take a sip.... Malty sweetness up front, followed by a roasted bitterness on the back end. Very well balanced for being so malty. Just a hint of hops can be picked up in the finish along with dark chocolate and toffee notes that linger well after each sip. Quite a complex mix of flavors that work very well together. Sweet, Malty, and Bitter all at once.... I really enjoy the flavor profile of this one.

M - Big bodied and smooth with a slightly creamy texture that works harmoniously with the complex malt flavors.

D - Ho Ho WOAH!!?! This beer is 8.3% ABV? Absolutely nothing about this beer hints of that kind of strength. Utterly drinkable for how big it is. A truly wonderful Winter Seasonal that I will certainly enjoy again. This one really surprised me, and is now going to be a beer that I seek out annually during the Holidays.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 23:45:20 | More by Bobby12many
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chrisgn

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Beautiful mahogany color, but very little head, lacing, or carbonation.

S- Sweet smell of cherries.

T- Rich and syrupy sweet with some roasted malt flavors. I taste hazelnuts and again cherries. Some hops flavors on the back end.

M- Low carbonation. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

D- 8% and very sweet. This is probably a one and done beer for me on a cold night.

All in all a decent warmer. This beer improves with warmth. Don't drink right out of the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:27:55 | More by chrisgn
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Avery Old Jubilation is sweet, sticky, and smooth.

It poured very dark copper with no head. It left a clear glass. The smell and flavor had strong brown sugar and molasses-like sweetness. There was a slight stinging metallic aftertaste. The ale was smooth and watery, leaving only a sticky feeling on the lips and tongue adding to the similarities between it and licorice-flavored hard candy.

Avery Old Jubilation has the look, flavor, and feel of flat root beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 20:19:22 | More by MetalHopHead6
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SpdKilz

Illinois

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

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a light chocolate color. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour. This dissipates relatively fast, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Not as prominent as I would have thought. Toasty malts, smoke, slight spices. As it warms some earthy tones come through, breadiness, and dark fruits.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Toasty malts up front combined with heavy caramel reach my palate first. Slight cocoa, smoke, and spicy hops come in next. It finishes with a slight bitterness, spics such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and a burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy overall, decent carbonation, finishes a bit dry/bitter.

Drinkability - For such a high ABV, quite high. Not overwhelmingly spicy for a winter warmer, so I could definitely see myself putting back a couple of these with no problem and getting some nice psychological warming from the high alcohol on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 02:55:04 | More by SpdKilz
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tronester

Oklahoma

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

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a creamy thin tan head. Smells of buttered toast. Taste is an earthy phenolic beginning, with a toffee middle, and a piney, tart finish. Rich mouthfeel, slightly prickly carbonation. This beer is certainly a sipper, but I would definately get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:13:49 | More by tronester
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codewarrior

New York

2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz from a 6-pack. Poured into a snifter.

One of the last bottled non-large-format beers I expect to buy from Avery, as they are mid-switch to can-town, on the heels of Oskar Blues, Ska, Wynkoop and Upslope.

L: Walnut brown, little head. Looks a bit cloudy, but the pour is a touch cold ...

S: Cold, a little musty. Slight sweetness, slight dankness. Not much going on here all in all.

T: Smooth sweet into a raw meat center. Backs off into unabashed booziness. The 8.3% is more noticeable here than the 15% in Meph. 8.3% here is like tits on a bull.

F: Real thick, creamy. Avery always nails the feel for me.

D: Take it or leave it ... I'll leave it for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 07:04:59 | More by codewarrior
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was probably the 2010 version. There is nothing on the bottle to indicate the year though. The label is a little different than the picture here; has the brewery logo at the bottom on the label.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown color, almost opaque. An inch head formed but quickly faded.

S - Overall a very light scent. Some malty smell...

T - There's a great balance between the malt and hops here. Neither really come out ahead, but they complement each other well. A short sweet finish. This is one of the few winter seasonals that I have had that does not have an array of the "Christmas spices" in its flavor. I like it.

M - Medium going toward heavy body. Almost no carbonation. A good weight for a winter warmer.

D - A good beer. I am enjoying sipping it on this (finally) cold night. I will probably have one more from the 6-pack and save the others for the next few years. Avery says that they can be cellared for a couple years so we will see if anything changes with time.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 00:28:47 | More by Fatehunter
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adam42381

Florida

2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Edition.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark cherry wood color with ruby highlights and a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and earthy malts with a touch of fruit and spice. There's also a slight bitterness that I can't quite decipher. Aroma is a bit lighter than I expected.

Taste: Sweet malt up front followed by mild dark fruits in the middle and ending with an astringent dark leafy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter toasted malt. The flavor is not well-balanced, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The alcohol warmth is missing so I wouldn't consider this a winter warmer.

Drinkability: Okay drinkability. The harsh flavor keeps me from wanting another.

Overall: Average beer overall. There are better options available in this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 15:19:24 | More by adam42381
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stephiehefe

Washington

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

Great beer in my opinion. On a lazy day, I'm drinking it from the bottle...no glassware=no glass-washing. :) Honestly, I can say that the first sip is the best...full of robust chocolatey, malty yum-ness...but that flavor regresses a bit as I nursed the beer over an hour or so. Yeah, I know...who nurses a beer of such immediate yum-ness (again...too lazy to search for a good descriptive word!)...for an entire hour? Well, that's how I roll...especially while cooking delicious blend of roasted zucchini, bell pepper and red onion to go with my grilled chicken breast...for one.
Hey why not? The bf is out of town, and after work, it's a perfect way to "ho ho whoa" myself to sleep...to quote the Old Jub bottle itself :)...
so overall review? The beer is worth checking out...and I'm interested to see how it progresses over the next 1-3 years. A tiny gem among the Avery jewel chest.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 04:44:37 | More by stephiehefe
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stimulus

New Jersey

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear brown/amber with a beige head that leaves light lacing.
S: Sweet malts and hazelnut for sure.
T: Big, sweet, and malty, with smooth hazelnut, caramel, and toffee flavors. Not even a speck of alcohol throughout.
M: Medium carbonation and medium bodied.
D: This needed to warm up quite a bit, but it sure tastes great now. Quite a smooth, malty beer that can probably get better in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:06:28 | More by stimulus
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep amber color with a small dierty white head.

S: Nose has roasted malt, spice

T: Taste is like the aroma with more bitterness than I was expecting. Chocolate, old molasses

M: Thin, light booze

D: Not the best Winter Warmer. I was expecting more from Avery.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 03:17:53 | More by barleywinefiend
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bump8628

Oklahoma

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

Poured this one into a small snifter to be sipped and savored.

Pours an attractive mahogany with a finger of light tan head that builds and sticks despite the appropriately low level of carbonation.

Heavily caramelized sugar, figs, warm bread, toasted nuts and a very mild roast note form the broad malt spectrum. Hop bitterness balances admirably while an earthy punch of flavor hits harder than anticipated.

A very fine example of Old Ale. This one is pretty fresh and it's great as is, but would be just as interesting with some age on it. Old Jubilation is one of Avery's most overlooked and best put together beers. A perfect choice for sipping by the first fire of the year.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 03:02:13 | More by bump8628
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.